Honkai: Star Rail has been enjoying a great time in both the general gaming and gacha gaming worlds. Released in April 2023, the game is slated to receive the 1.2 version update on July 19th. This new update will bring with it two of the most anticipated and well-loved characters (as playable) to the game: Blade and Kafka, along with a new addition: Luka. Players are already preparing for this new content drop and are eagerly waiting for it. Plus, this also marks a good time for newer players to try out the game and learn all the important bits about it. One of them is the break effect mechanic.
Honkai: Star Rail employs the age-old technique of turn-based combat. And if you are a fan of this type of combat system, you will surely love playing Star Rail. Well, turn-based combat might seem slow and boring, which is a valid criticism. But in recent years, games have seen a huge increase in the popularity of turn-based combat games, thanks to their intricate and complex game mechanics. Persona 5 and Octopath Traveler are two of the best examples of that statement. And Honkai: Star Rail doesn’t fail to make the combat interesting for players. This Break Effect mechanic is a part of the turn-based combat in the game, and this article will help you get familiar with it.
Honkai Star Rail Break Effect Explained
Break Effect is one of the few gameplay mechanics included in Honkai: Star Rail’s turn-based combat system. In fact, it’s one of the most important mechanics you should become familiar with if you want to advance further into the story. Moreover, it will help you kill enemies faster, and if you didn’t know, you will encounter a lot of them.
Put simply, Break Effect is a stat in the game that determines the number/amount of damage dealt to enemies upon their Weakness Break. Furthermore, it also contributes to the DoT (Damage Over Time) damage upon Weakness Break and the delay in enemy action initiated by Quantum and Imaginary Weakness Breaks. Once you deal damage and break an enemy’s toughness meter (the white bar at the top of the HP meter), a debuff will be applied to the enemy depending upon the element:
Imaginary – Will apply Imprisonment on enemies, delaying their action and reducing SPD (Speed)
Quantum – Will apply Entanglement which will delay enemy action and make them vulnerable to Quantum damage
Fire – Will apply Burn effect and deal burn DoT (Damage Over Time) upon shield break
Wind – Will apply Wind Shear effect and deal DoT (Damage Over Time) upon shield break
Ice – Will apply Freeze effect to the target and deal additional ice damage upon shield break
Lightning – Will apply Shock effect and deal lightning DoT (Damage Over Time) upon shield break
Physical – Will apply Bleed effect and deal physical DoT (Damage Over Time) upon shield break
Character level is very important when it comes to base break damage. However, break effect is independent of other main stats such as ATK, DEF, CRIT DMG, and CRIT RATE. This makes it easier for players to build a character with more priority on Break Effect. Anyway, we hope now you know everything about what Break Effect is in Honkai Star Rail. For more guides as such, don’t forget to bookmark DigiStatement. Also, read: Honkai: Star Rail Effect Hit Rate Explained
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