Honkai Star Rail: Black Swan Officially Revealed by Hoyoverse
The latest wave of drip marketing for Honkai Star Rail is out and it features none other than Black Swan. Currently, the two rumored new characters for Version 2.0 are Black Swan and a character currently only known as Sparkle. Players were first introduced to Black Swan with a teaser titled “Myriad Celestia Trailer: Fables About the Stars Part 1.” According to leaks, Black Swan is set to be a Wind element Nihility character, who will join the ranks of highly acclaimed characters like Silver Wolf, Pela, and Kafka.
Everything we know about Black Swan in Honkai Star Rail
Black Swan in Honkai Star Rail is a Memokeeper of the Garden of Recollection. HoYoverse showed a quick glimpse of the character through a teaser titled “Myriad Celestia Trailer: Fables About the Stars Part 1.“
Not much is known about the mysterious Memokeeper as the video didn’t reveal much information on her lore. However, a leak from back in April 2023 unveiled a potential character design for Black Swan in Honkai Star Rail.
According to the announcement by Hoyoverse Black Swan is “A Memokeeper of the Garden of Recollection. A mysterious and elegant soothsayer. Bears a warm smile and is willing to patiently heed the words of another, and thus uses such means as a pretext to enter "memories" and gain a comprehension over the flow of all information. Feels strongly about collecting unique memories, yet the thoughts that guide her are hard to glean.”
Black Swan Abilities in Honkai Star Rail (According to leaks)
According to leaked information, her abilities are as follows;
Skill: Deals wind damage equal to 60% of Black Swan's attack to a designated enemy and its adjacent targets with a 100% base chance to reduce the defense of each enemy by 27.0% for 3 turns.
Ultimate: Deals wind damage equal to 96% of Black Swan's attack power to the entire enemy team and strengthens the target's [Fate Card] effect for 2 turns. Strengthened [Fate Card] reduces the target's effect resistance by 17.5% and can be considered as any 1 Damage Over Time type negative status. The enhanced [Fate Card] does not reset its level after the target deals damage at the beginning of its turn, and the effect is triggered a maximum of 1 time during the duration of the enhancement.
Passive: When an enemy target takes Damage Over Time, Black Swan has a 60% base chance to apply [Fate Card] to the target, which can be triggered 4 times per unit per action. The target of the [Fate Card] will take wind damage equal to 155% of the Black Swan's attack at the beginning of the turn.
[Fate Card] has a level mechanic, with an initial level of 1. Apply [Fate Card] again to a target that has already had it increases the level of [Fate Card] by 1. When [Fate Card] deals damage at the beginning of the target's turn, it has additional effects depending on the level:
Greater than or equal to level 1: Each level additionally increases damage equal to 31% of Black Swan's attack power.
Greater than or equal to level 3: Deals additional damage equal to 90% of the original damage to adjacent targets.
Greater than or equal to level 6: Ignores 22.5% of the target's defense.
[Destiny Card] Resets the level to 1 at the beginning of the target's turn after dealing damage.
Technique: After using the secret technique: draw 1 Fate Crystal (physical, fire, lightning, or wind) that you do not already hold, up to a maximum of 4 Fate Crystals at the same time. When entering battle, Black Swan consumes all the Fate Crystal it holds, and for each one consumed, triggers a Weakness Break effect with a 100% damage multiplier on every single enemy with a corresponding attribute weakness, depending on the attribute of the consumed Fate Crystal.
Black Swan Release Date
According to the current leaks, it is estimated that Honkai Star Rail will go straight to version 2.0 after the upcoming version 1.6 ends. And since Black Swan is currently expected to release in version 2.0, players can expect her release to be in late January 2024 to early February 2024.