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What to Expect from Honkai Star Rail Version 2.3 "Farewell to Penacony"!

The upcoming Honkai Star Rail update, Version 2.3 "Farewell to Penacony" is set to be released tomorrow! Here is everything there is to know about the latest release, which includes the latest events, the two new character banners as well as a new game mode!



Starting things off would the continuation to the Version 2.2 Trailblaze Quest. Based on the trailer, it was revealed that Sparkle placed bombs throughout the Radiant Feldspar ship, a new map location in Penacony, after she handed them as 'gifts' to the citizens while disguising herself as Robin.


Furthermore, the trailer also revealed in this trailer that Dr. Ratio and Screwllum were working together on another project, similar to the Simulated Universe project which many players are already familiar with. called Divergent Universe. Though we'll talk about that in a bit.


Now moving on to the portion where people are most excited for, the new featured characters!


In Phase 1 of Version 2.3, the featured characters are Gallagher, Misha and Xueyi as the four stars alongside the two Five-Star characters, Ruan Mei, who is getting her first rerun since her first release in December 27th 2023. Alongside her will be the new character, Firefly, also known as Sam from the Stellaron Hunters, who is a Fire Character from the Destruction path.



This banner is accompanied by their Character Light Cones as well:


Meanwhile, for Phase 2 of Version 2.3, the four stars are Serval, Natasha and Asta. While the new featured Five Star characters are Argenti and Jade who is a Quantum character from the Erudition path.



Now, it is here where we'll talk about the new in-game event known as the Divergent Universe. The Divergent Universe has many similar features that also exists in the Simulated Universe as players explore through the 'universe' and battling enemies, obtaining curios and blessings in order to buff up your team before facing the Final Boss. Though in addition to this, the game also included new modes: Ordinary Extrapolation and Cyclical Extrapolation.


In addition to the new characters, Honkai Star Rail also intend on releasing new Relic and Planar Ornament Sets that players will be able to obtain, with the latter available via the latest game mode event, the Divergent Universe.



The two new Relic sets are the Iron Cavalry against the Scourge and the The Wind-Soaring Valorous. These two new sets are meant to relate back to the two newly introduced characters, Firefly and Jade.


The former is a set that is meant to benefit Firefly and teams that function on Weakness and Super Breaks. Meanwhile the latter focuses on providing buffs around follow-up attacks and Ultimates.



As for the newly introduced Ornament sets are available for players to strengthen and boost the newly introduced characters as well.


The first ornament set that was introduced is the Forge of the Kalpagni Lantern set, which is meant to benefit's Firefly attacks and skills. The 2-pc set bonus is as follows: 2-Pc: Increases the wearer's SPD by 6%. When the wearer hits an enemy target that has Fire Weakness, the wearer's Break Effect increases by 40%, lasting for 1 turn(s).


Meanwhile, the second ornament set is the Duran, Dynasty of Running Wolves, which pays homage to Jade and her upcoming banner. Similarly like before, the 2-pc set bonus is as follows below:


2-Pc: When allies use follow-up attacks, the wearer gains 1 stack of Merit, stacking up to 5 times. Each stack of Merit increases the DMG dealt by the wearer's follow-up attacks by 5%. When there are 5 stacks, additionally increases the wearer's CRIT DMG by 25%.


And ANOTHER game mode that is set to make an appearance for players is the Apocalyptic Shadows. This permanent game mode will rotate ever three weeks alongside existing game modes, Pure Fiction and Memory of Chaos, providing a LOT of Stellar Jades for players.



As for the Apocalyptic Shadows, players will get the chance to battle old bosses from before, and they will have new or additional attacks and abilities to make things a little harder. And the total number of stellar jades that you can obtain from a single phase is not the 720 stellar jades that we're familiar with, rather the game will be providing 800 for clearing it! With this increase in rewards, players now can earn up to 2,400 Stellar Jades from a single update from these three game modes!


As for some events that you can expect are some of the usuals, Planar Fissure and Realm of the Strange which gives double Relics earned from the Simulated Universe and the Cavern of Corrosion respectively. Players can also expect to get a candy crush type event in Version 2.3.


Origami Bird Clash


It's a match-3 type arcade game that you could also battle with other people online and even your friends!


So what are you waiting for? If you haven't tried out Honkai Star Rail and have been meaning to do so for a while now, this is definitely the right time for you to try the game out!


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