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Honkai: Star Rail — Best Ways to Farm Experience

Farming for experience in Honkai: Star Rail is essential. Here are the best activities.

Knowing how to farm experience in Honkai Star Rail is important because EXP works a little differently here than in other similar titles. While combat gives a small amount of it for defeated enemies, most of comes from EXP materials. Farming for these mats is essential to progress through the campaign toward the endgame. Our guide covers the best sources of experience in HSR.

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The Best Sources of Experience in Honkai: Star Rail

There are two ways to get EXP items in Honkai: Star Rail:

  • Repeatable activities.
  • One-time purchases.

Repeatable activities tend to be less rewarding up front but have infinite rewards if you farm them. One-time purchases tend to have higher initial value, but you can never buy them again.

All Repeatable Experience Farms in HSR

Repeatables are precisely what their name suggests. You can do them as many times as you wish, provided you have either the Trailblaze Energy or time. As they are infinite sources of EXP, repeatable activities are the best experience farm currently available.

Golden Calyx

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The Golde Calyx activities cost 10-60 Energy to activate. The Bud of Memories in the Outlying Snow Plains and Bud of Aether in Backwater Pass provide character and Light Cone EXP items, respectively. The harder the difficulty, the more and higher-quality items you get.

Assignments

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Unlocked early in a playthrough, Assignments have you send out characters to collect items in your spare and offline time. You’ll only have access to the lowest-quality EXP items, but the rewards are essentially free. There’s no reason not to use them.

You can send out two characters at a time for four, eight, 16, and 20 hours, with more time meaning more rewards. Sending characters keyed to that specific Assignment also gives increased rewards.

Daily Training Missions

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Your Daily missions are a regular and infinite source of experience, upgrade items, and Trailblaze EXP. You won’t be getting hundreds of items from here. However, as long as you aren’t wasting your items needlessly, you can generate and maintain a solid bank with little effort.

Embers Exchange

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Every time you do a Warp in Honkai: Star Rail and don’t get a 5-Star entity, you’ll receive 20 Undying Embers. You can take this currency into the Ember Exchange Store and trade it for up to 80 EXP items. A single bundle costs five Embers, and you can buy up to 40 of them per month. As you’ll continuously pull for characters in the Stellar and Character Event Warps, you’ll have plenty of Embers to spend.

The Nameless Honor Season Pass

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Don’t expect thousands of items from Nameless Honor, but even the free track offers a few dozen EXP boosts that you’ll unlock as you play. Paying the $4.99 fee offers much more if you’re willing.

One-Time Experience Item Sources

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While these aren’t “experience farms” in the traditional sense, there are enough one-time sources of EXP worth mentioning.

  • Most Missions, and especially Trailblazer Missions, often provide a good number of EXP items.
  • Your Operational Briefing offers a few higher-quality EXP items per part.
  • World Shops have a large selection of EXP items for a one-time purchase.
  • Completing Forgotten Hall stages offers some high-quality EXP items and mats per first memory completion.
  • Opening chests in the world can award some small EXP-boosting items.

Those are all your main sources of experience and ways to farm EXP in Honkai: Star Rail. For more content on HSR and its many facets, check out our guides to all the warp trotter locations, how to complete Signs of Fragmentum, and how to beat Svarog, among others, in our Star Rail guides hub.


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John Schutt has been playing games for almost 25 years, starting with Super Mario 64 and progressing to every genre under the sun. He spent almost 4 years writing for strategy and satire site TopTierTactics under the moniker Xiant, and somehow managed to find time to get an MFA in Creative Writing in between all the gaming. His specialty is action games, but his first love will always be the RPG. Oh, and his avatar is, was, and will always be a squirrel, a trend he's carried as long as he's had a Steam account, and for some time before that.