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Honkai: Star Rail Luka is coming next and here’s why you should pull for him

Are you ready to maximize your DoT teams?

Luka is the anticipated new 4-star character in Honkai: Star Rail. He is a mysterious individual primarily associated with Boulder Town. He is a known fighter in the Super League of the area where players get to experience combat during the Boulder Town Super League event. In the upcoming version 1.2, players will have the chance to encounter Luka as a featured character in the Jarilo-VI area.

As a playable character, Luka belongs to the Path of Nihility, a 4-star Physical-type element. These characters excel at applying potent debuffs to enemies, particularly reducing their DEF. Additionally, they can contribute to the party by providing damage over time (DoT) effects and enhancing overall damage output. Leaked information has revealed details about Luka’s gameplay, skill set, and abilities.

Why should you pull for Luka

Luka is an exciting addition to the roster of 4-star characters in the Path of Nihility, specializing in the Physical element. His playstyle revolves around the utilization of DoT mechanics. The Physical element brings a powerful DoT effect known as Bleed, which scales with the enemy’s total HP and currently stands as the strongest form of DoT in terms of damage.

Luka’s ability to apply Bleed proves to be highly valuable in various team compositions that focus on DoT strategies. Reliable information suggests that Luka will be introduced to Honkai Star Rail in version 1.2, alongside Kafka and Blade. Recently leaked gameplay footage showcases his distinct gameplay, Eidolons, and Traces, providing players with a glimpse of his unique abilities and playstyle.

Luka Abilities and Ascension

Luka Ascension plays a big role in his DoT capabilities, he can increase his DoT damage as well as enhance his basic attack to stack more Bleed on enemies.

Ascension 2Ascension 4Ascension 6
Kinetic OverloadCycle BrakingCrush Fighting Will
When the Skill is used, immediately dispels 1 buff from the enemy target.For every stack of Fighting Will obtained, additionally regenerates 3 Energy.When using Enhanced Basic ATK, every hit Direct Punch deals has a 50% fixed chance for Luka to use 1 additional hit. This effect does not apply to additional hits generated in this way.
Honkai Star Rail Luka
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Luka’s Ascensions reveals his versatility as both a support and debuffer. He possesses the ability to remove enemy buffs, which proves highly advantageous in specific scenarios, particularly in the challenging Memory of Chaos mode. Additionally, his Ascensions provide a boost to his damage output, allowing him to contribute as a damage dealer in the team.

Luka Abilities

Basic Attack – Direct Punch

Luka inflicts Physical damage to a single enemy, dealing damage equivalent to 50% of his ATK.

Basic Attack – Sky-Shatter Fist

By consuming 2 stacks of Fighting Will, Luka utilizes Direct Punch to unleash a series of 3 hits. Each hit inflicts Physical damage equal to 10% of Luka’s ATK on a single enemy target.

Following that, Luka employs Sky-Shatter Fist, delivering a single powerful strike. This attack deals Physical damage equal to 40% of Luka’s ATK to the same enemy target.

Skill – Lacerating Fist

Luka’s attack deals Physical damage to a single enemy, amounting to 60% of his ATK. Moreover, there is a guaranteed 100% chance to inflict Bleed on the target, which lasts for 3 turns.

While under the Bleed effect, the enemy will suffer Physical damage over time (DoT) equal to 24.0% of their maximum HP at the beginning of each turn. However, this damage will not exceed 130% of Luka’s ATK.

Ultimate – Coup de Grâce

Upon activation, Luka gains 2 stacks of Fighting Will. This ability also includes a guaranteed 100% chance to amplify the damage received by a single enemy target by 12.0% for a duration of 3 turns. Subsequently, Luka inflicts Physical damage equivalent to 198% of his ATK on the target.

Talent – Flying Sparks

After Luka performs his Basic Attack or uses his Skill, he gains 1 stack of Fighting Will, which can accumulate up to a maximum of 4 stacks. When Luka has 2 or more stacks of Fighting Will, his Basic Attack, known as “Direct Punch,” transforms into an enhanced version called “Sky-Shatter Fist.”

When Luka’s enhanced Basic Attack, “Rising Uppercut,” successfully hits an enemy target affected by the Bleed status, the Bleed effect immediately inflicts damage once, equal to 68% of the original damage, on the target. At the beginning of the battle, Luka starts with 1 stack of Fighting Will.

Luka Eidolons

Eidolon 1 – Fighting EndlesslyWhen Luka takes action, if the target enemy is currently affected by the Bleed status, his damage output is boosted by 15% for a duration of 2 turns.
Eidolon 2 – The Enemy is Weak, I am StrongWhen Luka’s Skill hits an enemy target that has a vulnerability to Physical damage, he gains 1 stack of Fighting Will.
Eidolon 3 – Born for the RingSkill Lv. +2, up to a maximum of Lv. 15. Talent Lv. +2, up to a maximum of Lv. 15.
Eidolon 4 – Never Turning BackFor each stack of Fighting Will acquired, Luka’s ATK is enhanced by 5%. This effect can stack up to a maximum of 4 times.
Eidolon 5 – The Spirit of WildfireUltimate Lv. +2, up to a maximum of Lv. 15. Basic ATK Lv. +1, up to a maximum of Lv. 10.
Eidolon 6 – A Champion’s ApplauseWhen Luka’s enhanced Basic Attack, “Rising Uppercut,” successfully hits an enemy target affected by the Bleed status, the Bleed effect will immediately deal damage once. The amount of damage inflicted is equal to 8% of the original damage for each hit of “Direct Punch” that has been unleashed during the current enhanced Basic Attack.

Please keep in mind that the information provided here is not official but comes from a reliable source. It is important to note that details may be subject to change, so players should take it with a grain of salt.

Why is Luka worth pulling for in Honkai: Star Rail

Luka will be an amazing addition to the Physical element rosters. His addition to the game will enable more Mono-Physical DMG compositions for players lacking Clara. He is an amazing alternative to Sushang as well with a different playstyle. Additionally, Luka’s overall kit is centered around DoT damage and his Bleed application from the Physical element is the strongest type of DoT in the game, he can easily fill a role in any team regardless of what team composition he can be part of.

He is looking to be the next best 4-star character in the game and an amazing pair to Kafka in the future to make DoT team compositions top tier. They both have similar abilities that complement each other’s abilities and make them stronger together.

Honkai Star Rail Luka
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If you are in need of a Physical-element and a debuffer for a team, Luka is the best option for you. He can easily fill the role of any team composition that requires a Physical damage dealer. He is expected to be released in the second half of the banner when version 1.2 releases on July 19, 2023, alongside Kafka’s banner.

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