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Honkai: Star Rail – All Free Characters & How To Unlock Them

Board the train with these free characters.

Honkai: Star Rail is the gacha game from Genshin Impact creator HoYoverse. Like all gacha games, most of the characters in Honkai: Star Rail require you to use premium currency to purchase pulls on a banner. Unlocking most of these characters will require luck or buying enough pulls and taking advantage of the pity system. However, Honkai: Star Rail is entirely playable without spending a single dime, partly thanks to the abundance of free characters the game offers.

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Honkai: Star Rail – All free characters unlock guide

This guide lists all free characters available in Honkai: Star Rail and how to unlock them.

Honkai: Star Rail – How to unlock The Main Character

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The Main Character is a playable character that every player receives near the start of the game. After mowing down some mobs like Kafka, you’ll get to choose between a male or female main character, which is generally how it works in Genshin Impact. This Honkai: Star Rail character is technically a 5-star, although as the free character for all players, it’s unknown whether their strength lives up to that title.

Honkai: Star Rail – How to unlock March 7th

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March 7th is a useful 4-star support character that you will receive for free by progressing through the main story. She’s the first free character you’ll receive aside from the main character. March 7th provides some defensive utility for the team through her shields, and she’s a great asset for those who need a defensive edge.

Honkai: Star Rail – How to unlock Dan Heng

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Dan Heng is a 4-star character that you receive for free by progressing through the main Honkai: Star Rail story. You’ll receive him as a part of the initial tutorial quests alongside March 7th. This character is mostly a single-target DPS and is a useful nuker when there aren’t a bunch of mobs around.

Honkai: Star Rail – How to unlock Qingque

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Qinque is a 4-star character that requires players to complete a few objectives before unlocking. You’ll need to reach Trailblaze Level 21 and clear the Forgotten Hall – Memory Stage 3. The Forgotten Hall is similar to the Spiral Abyss in Genshin Impact and requires you to draft two teams of four to challenge some tough battles.

Honkai: Star Rail – How to unlock Asta

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Asta is a 4-star Honkai: Star Rail character. You are guaranteed to receive her during the Warp tutorial. Using a free Star Rail Pass, all players are guaranteed to receive this character with their first pull on the Stellar Warp banner. Asta is a buffer who increases the attack and speed of her allies.

Honkai: Star Rail – How to unlock Serval

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Serval is a 4-star character that was given to players for free as a pre-registration reward. If you haven’t received her yet, you probably haven’t checked your in-game mailbox. After doing so, you’ll also receive a free avatar, 20 Star Rail Passes, and 100,000 credits.

Honkai: Star Rail – How to unlock Natasha

Natasha is a 4-star character you’ll receive for free while completing the Jarilo-VI quest. She’s a free healer, which is always helpful.

Honkai: Star Rail – How to unlock Herta

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Herta is a 4-star character you can get for free after completing World 2 of the Honkai: Star Rail Simulated Universe.

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Joshua Chu
Joshua Chu is a Contributing Writer at Gamepur and is known for fantastic guides on Genshin Impact and Honkai: Star Rail. They cover a variety of interesting tips and tricks to succeed in the games, and how best to tackle each world. Joshua also has writing at Kotaku and PCInvation.