Who is Duke Inferno in Honkai Star Rail?

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Who is Duke Inferno in Honkai Star Rail?

Abhimannu Das
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Duke Inferno is a recurring character in Honkai Star Rail who is the leader of the Annihilation Gang.
Current leaks suggest that he will not be a playable character, but will serve an antagonistic role.

Duke Inferno, in Honkai Star Rail, remains shrouded in mystery, leaving players eager to unravel his secrets. He was involved in the newest patch's (1.6) story quests and a lot of players want to know more about this enigmatic villain. Do note that there will be spoilers for patch 1.6's Trailblaze Missions so if you do not want to be spoiled, complete the story quests and return to this article. Here's a quick rundown of everything we know about Duke Inferno in Honkai Star Rail so far.

Duke Inferno in Honkai Star Rail: Everything We Know So Far

Duke Inferno is the leader of the Annihilation Gang, a notorious group known for causing chaos and violence. He seems driven by a desire for destruction and believes the gods have abandoned the world. His ultimate goal appears to be setting the universe ablaze.

 He made his debut in the 1.6 update cutscene "Crown of the Mundane and Divine," taking responsibility for the attack on Madame Herta. Duke Inferno possesses fiery powers and wields a massive flaming sword. He's incredibly powerful, capable of teleporting and unleashing devastating attacks.

Some speculate he might be connected to the Flame-Chasers, ancient warriors associated with fire. His real name and past remain unknown, leading to theories about his true identity. Some believe he could be a fallen Flame-Chaser or another entity corrupted by Honkai energy.

Duke Inferno's role in the main story is yet to be fully revealed. He's likely a major antagonist for our playable characters, the Trailblazers, and could pose a significant threat to the universe. With limited information available, we can expect more details about Duke Inferno's origins, motivations, and connection to the overall narrative in future updates.

Who Are The Flame Chasers?

The Flame-Chasers, also known as the Thirteen Flame-Chasers or the Thirteen MANTISes, are a significant group in Honkai Impact 3rd. They were created by MOTH, an organization dedicated to fighting the Honkai, through the MANTIS Project. 

This involved implanting Honkai beast genes into humans, granting them immense power but risking Honkai corruption. The Flame-Chasers played a pivotal role in battling the Honkai across various eras, suffering incredible losses and witnessing devastating events.

There are no confirmed playable Flame-Chasers in Honkai: Star Rail. However, the game has dropped several hints and teasers suggesting their potential appearance in the future.

Certain plot points, like the existence of the Simulated Universe and the Astral Express train, connect to the Flame-Chasers' history and technology. If they appear, the Flame-Chasers could act as experienced guides or powerful allies for the Trailblazers. Some theories suggest they might play a more antagonistic role, driven by conflicting ideologies or unforeseen circumstances.

Will Duke Inferno Be Playable in Honkai Star Rail?

The currently available leaks suggest that Duke Inferno will not be a playable character in Honkai Star Rail. This might come as a disappointment to some as he has one of the coolest character designs in the entire game.


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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.

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