I spent almost $1k on Honkai: Star Rail – and I still didn’t get what I wanted


Live-service games and the allure of gacha

LIVE-SERVICE games are all the rage right now, with players eagerly returning month after month. One popular type of live-service game is the gacha game, where players spend virtual currency in the hopes of obtaining their desired characters. Two of the most famous gacha games in the industry are Genshin Impact and Honkai: Star Rail from HoYoverse. In these games, players can spend virtual currency on Banners to try and unlock high-level characters and weapons.

An exclusive look at Honkai: Star Rail 2.0

We were fortunate enough to gain access to a preview server for the Honkai: Star Rail 2.0 update before its public launch. With this special account, we had nearly everything unlocked, including new characters like Black Swan and Misha. The account also came with 50k Stellar Jade, the in-game currency used to purchase Warps for a chance to obtain new characters and weapons.

The pursuit of the best items

With 50k Stellar Jade in hand, we embarked on our gacha journey, hoping to pull the best items the game had to offer. In total, we were able to make 419 spins of the gacha machine. After all those spins, we ended up with 67 four- and five-star pulls, 35 four-star characters, 16 four-star weapons, six five-star characters, and no five-star weapons. This was actually above-average luck, considering that a five-star drop is only guaranteed once every 90 pulls. For limited banners like Black Swan, you have to make a whopping 180 pulls to be guaranteed a five-star drop.

The cost of chasing limited-time characters

One of our colleagues also spent the 50k Stellar Jade on pulls and only managed to receive one five-star character. These results highlight the fact that players who are hoping to obtain their beloved limited-time characters may find themselves spending a significant amount of money.

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Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GLHF.

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