Honkai: Star Rail’s version 1.3 update introduces two new playable characters from The Xianzhou Luofu, namely Dan Heng – Imbibitor Lunae and Fu Xuan, both of whom players have previously encountered during their Trailblazer’s journey in this world. Consequently, players might already have a favorite character in mind to pull for, based on their individual characteristics. However, when it comes to the gameplay aspects, there’s more complexity than initially meets the eye, and making a decision may not be as straightforward as it seems.
Fortunately for players, in this version, making the decision might be easier than in previous versions that introduced characters with similar roles. Imbibitor Lunae and Fu Xuan serve entirely different functions and belong to different elements. Consequently, players are generally advised to base their decision on their current character roster and consider various factors related to their specific gameplay preferences. This approach can help players conserve resources, particularly if they plan to summon for other upcoming characters in near future version updates of Honkai: Star Rail.Imbibitor Lunae Or Fu Xuan In Honkai: Star Rail
It’s reassuring to know that both characters are valuable additions to players’ character rosters, thanks to their unique abilities and strengths. However, in this version update, even with the abundance of Stellar Jade available, players who invested their sources in the previous patch to obtain Kafka or Blade may find themselves short on resources to summon both Imbibitor Lunae and Fu Xuan. Nevertheless, since Imbibitor Lunae focuses on a DPS-oriented playstyle while Fu Xuan primarily serves as a defensive-oriented support character, players can make their decision based on which role aligns better with their gameplay preferences.
Furthermore, it’s important to note that both of these characters come with their own strengths and weaknesses. Players should pay attention to these aspects to maximize the potential of the character they choose to pull for.Roles
Imbibitor Lunae is an Imaginary-type Destruction path character, specializing in both single-target and AoE DPS through his enhanced basic attacks, a feature shared with Blade. However, Imbibitor Lunae brings a unique playstyle to the table. Players can choose to enhance their basic attacks up to three times, resulting in a substantial increase in damage with impressively high modifiers. It’s worth noting that enhancing his basic attacks comes at a cost, as it requires spending a Skill Point for each enhancement. Fortunately, Imbibitor Lunae possesses an additional mechanic that grants him Squama Sacrosancta stacks after using his Technique or Ultimate. These stacks can be used in lieu of Skill Points to enhance his basic attacks, allowing players to manage this resource more efficiently. Consequently, with these manageable high modifiers and the distinction of being the first Imaginary element DPS character, Imbibitor Lunae offers players a new way to deal with significant Imaginary DMG.
Fu Xuan, in contrast to Imbibitor Lunae, doesn’t possess significant DPS potential. However, she excels in providing substantial support capabilities. As a Quantum Preservation character, her primary focus is on defensive gameplay. Unlike other Preservation characters like March 7th or Gepard, who create shields for themselves or allies, Fu Xuan takes a different approach. She mitigates a certain percentage of the damage received from all allies and then absorbs this damage herself. Moreover, her Matrix of Prescience state, activated through her Skill, which enables this mitigation and damage distribution, offers additional benefits. During this state, allies gain the ability to resist crowd control debuffs, and Fu Xuan boosts the max HP of all allies while also increasing their Crit Rate. Additionally, with her Ultimate, Fu Xuan can deal AoE damage while simultaneously healing herself and her allies. Taking all of these aspects into account, Fu Xuan not only functions as a Preservation character but also exhibits elements of Harmony and Abundance to some extent.Builds
The optimal builds for both characters do have some reliance on luck, but players will be pleased to know that they can be customized in various ways to suit their needs and team compositions, offering significant versatility.
For Imbibitor Lunae, players can choose between a 2-piece set of Wastelander of Banditry Desert and a 2-piece set of Musketeer of Wild Wheat, or even go for the 4-piece versions of these sets, depending on their luck with main and sub-stats and their specific team compositions. For instance, those planning to assemble a mono Imaginary team may find the 4-piece Wastelander of Banditry Desert set more valuable. However, if they already have sufficient Crit Rate and Crit Damage values, mixing with other sets might prove more beneficial.
Regarding planar ornaments, Imbibitor Lunae is best equipped with “Rutilant Arena.” While this ornament requires a 70% Crit Rate on the wearer to unlock additional benefits, Imbibitor Lunae’s inherent Crit Rate from his traces, as well as certain Destruction light cones that can contribute to this requirement, make it a feasible feat to achieve. Consequently, players who have previously acquired suitable pieces from these sets can efficiently build him quickly and easily.
Fu Xuan, in contrast, requires a distinct set of relics and light cones due to her scaling with HP rather than the DEF stat like other Preservation characters. This means players can’t simply swap out their gear for her. However, this difference doesn’t necessarily present a downside since Fu Xuan has access to viable sets such as the 4-piece “Guard of Wuthering Snow.” This set not only reduces the damage Fu Xuan takes but also restores her HP and Energy. Alternatively, players can opt for a 2-piece of this set combined with a 2-piece “Longevous Disciple.” Those who have been farming the “Genius of Brilliant Stars” for Seele or suitable pieces for Blade may find it relatively easy to build Fu Xuan as well.
For planar ornaments, Fu Xuan boasts more versatility compared to Imbibitor Lunae. She can equip a variety of support-oriented pieces, with “Broken Keel” or “Fleet of the Ageless” being the primary contenders. Fu Xuan also has access to a range of light cones that enhance her support capabilities for the team.Strengths and Weaknesses
Both Imbibitor Lunae and Fu Xuan are proficient in their designated roles, but weighing their pros and cons can help players make a more informed decision about which character to pull for.Imbibitor Lunae’s Strengths and Weaknesses:
WeaknessesFirst and only Imaginary DPS character in game so far, which allows for mono-Imaginary team composition. Single target and AoE DPS capability with high modifiers. Versatile team compositions that also allow for different builds on relic preferences, that is possible to pre-farm. Relatively F2P friendly with not requiring signature light cone, or Eidolons to perform effectively, although these will increase his damage output. Unique kit that allows for different strategies based on the available skill points at hand. ATK Scaling allows for many Harmony characters to be used effectively.
DPS Character with no other functionality. Can be skill-point-heavy if players are unable to use his Ultimate often. Some team compositions may suffer if other characters require using skill points often. May not be future-proof upon other Imaginary DPS characters’ release.
Fu Xuan’s Strengths and Weaknesses:
WeaknessesSkill point friendly. Can function in multiple support roles, thanks to damage mitigation, healing and buffs Her early Eidolons increase her buff and healing potential even more, even though it is not a necessity. F2P friendly with versatile builds, and team compositions. Potentially future-proof due to her unique functions. Can be a core character for mono-quantum teams especially combined with Silver Wolf and Seele. Additionally, another Quantum character, Lynx comes under her banner to enable a mono-quantum team right away.
HP scaling as opposed to DEF may slow down optimizing her build if players have not pre-farmed suitable relics for her, and focused on other Preservation character builds. Low DPS potential. No shield capability on her own, which can Healing potential is not so high for other allies, and as such, players may still require utilizing a healer. Not necessary for farming simple content.
Verdict: Pulling Imbibitor Lunae vs Fu Xuan
Considering both characters have more advantages than disadvantages, players should take into account additional factors like their existing character and light cone rosters, gameplay preferences, and overall strategies to determine which of these characters aligns better with their goals and needs. As such the following factors may also help players decide whether to pull for Imbibitor Lunae or Fu Xuan:
Players should pull for Imbibitor Lunae if:They are planning on building a mono Imaginary team, particularly if they have characters like Luocha, who is not skill-point heavy. Have not pulled or Blade or Clara or not planning to pull for the upcoming character Jingliu, and are interested in Destruction path’s play style. Can accommodate team compositions with characters that are not skill-point-reliant. Have not invested in many DPS characters and are looking to add another 5-star DPS character to their limited DPS roster. Have optimized relic pieces and other materials readily available to maximize his damage output right away.
Players should pull for Fu Xuan if:They are looking for a versatile and all-round defensive support character to add to their roster instead of a DPS character. Are interested in building a mono-Quantum team with other characters like Seele and Silver Wolf. Are interested in characters with more future-proof potential. Do not have well-built Preservation characters like Gepard or March 7th and are looking to tackle difficult content like Forgotten Hall or high-difficulty Simulated Universe with ease.
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