If you’re looking for the best Kafka build in Honkai Star Rail, then you’re in the right place. In this guide, you’ll learn all the best gear to use for Kafka and what stats you need to bring out the best in her attacks.

Most of the time, Nihility characters will focus on using debuffs on their enemies that reduce their defenses or attack. However, Kafka uses damage over time (DoT) to deal massive damage to her enemies.

Players will need the right build to use her mechanics to their advantage properly. If you focus on the wrong stats, then you’ll find yourself underwhelmed with her in battle. This is why choosing the right stats and relics is so important.

Best Honkai Star Rail Kafka Build

The best Kafka build in Honkai Star Rail involves using the Band of Sizzling Thunder Relic Set and Space Sealing Station Ornaments to boost her attack and crit damage as much as possible.

To do this, we recommend using the following Light Cone, Relics, and Planetary Ornaments:

  • Patience is All You Need Light Cone
    • Increases the DMG the wearer deals by 24%/28%/32%/36%/40%. After every attack initiated by the wearer, the wearer’s SPD increases up to 3 stacks, with a 100% base chance of causing the attacked enemy to take additional DoT damage for 1 turn.
  • Band of Sizzling Thunder Relic Set (4 Pieces)
    • Where to Obtain – Cavern of Corrosion (Path of Holy Hymn)
    • Body Stat Priority – Attack % or Crit DMG
    • Feet Stat Priority – Attack
  • Space Sealing Station Planetary Ornaments (2 Pieces)
    • Where to Obtain – Simulated Universe World 3
    • Sphere Stat Priority – Lightning DMG
    • Link Stat Priority – Attack % or Energy Regeneration
Honkai Star Rail Kafka Build(1)

To obtain the Patience is All You Need Light Cone, you’ll need to pull for it in the Light Cone Event Warp. However, a great alternative is the Before the Tutorial Mission Light Cone that was available during the Silver Wolf Event.

If you missed out on both, then Fermata is a great third option that players can obtain from the Light Cone Manifest by speaking to the Messenger in the Astral Express.

To make the most of this build, make sure to level up Kafka to Level 80 as soon as possible. You’ll need to farm quite a few ascension materials first, but it’s well worth it to increase her power.

Best Light Cones for Kafka

The best light cone for Kafka is the 5-Star Nihility Patience is All You Need that players can get from the Event Warp in Honkai Star Rail.

  • Patience is All You Need Stats at Leve 80
    • HP – 1058
    • ATK – 582
    • DEF – 463
    • Ability – Increases DMG dealt by the wearer by 40%. After every attack unleashed by the wearer, the wearer’s SPD increases by 8%, stacking up to 3 times. If the wearer hits an enemy target that is not afflicted by Erode, there is a 100% base chance to inflict Erode on the target. Enemies afflicted with Erode are also considered to be Shocked and will receive Lightning DoT at the start of each turn equal to 100% of the wearer’s ATK, lasting for 1 turn.

This Light Cone helps increase Kafka’s attack while directly improving all her skills with the ability to apply more damage to DoT (Damage Over Time) skills for one turn. It also helps increase her Speed.

The more speed that Kafka has, the more often she can attack and trigger the DoT effects applied to enemies with her Skill and Ultimate.

However, this Light Cone is only available during the Event Warp. This can make it difficult to obtain, especially for players looking to save their Stellar Jades for more pulls.

Thankfully, there is a free Light Cone that players can easily obtain for Kafka, which is the 4 Star Nihility Fermata.

Kafka Key Art Honkai Star Rail

Best Kafka Relics and Stats

To get the most power out of Kafka, players will need to obtain the Band of Sizzling Thunder Relic Set and the Space Sealing Station Planetary Ornaments.

  • Band of Sizzling Thunder Relic Set
    • Found in the Caves of Corrosion Path of Holy Hymn.
    • If the wearer has two items from this set, their Lightning DMG is increased by 10%.
    • When all four set items are equipped, the wearer will increase their ATK by 20% whenever they use a Skill.
  • Space Sealing Station Planetary Set
    • Found in the Simulated Universe World 3
    • When the wearer has both set items equipped, their ATK is increased by 12%. If their SPD reaches 120 or higher, then their ATK is increased by another 12%.

When it comes to relics, it is important that you are getting the correct Stat Priority. This is more important than the effect of the relics because it’ll determine how powerful your attacks are.

For Kafka, we recommend focusing on the following stats:

  • Body Stat Priority – Attack %/Crit DMG
  • Feet Stat Priority – Attack
  • Sphere Stat Priority – Lightning DMG
  • Link Stat Priority – Attack % or Energy Regeneration

You really want Kafka’s attack to be as high as possible. This will enable her DoT to shine and demolish enemies.

When you pair her up with another character that can leave DoT effects on any enemy, then she becomes one of the best characters to use in Honkai Star Rail.

Best Team Compositions for Kafka

The best team for Kafka uses Silver Wolf, Bailu, and Blade to maximize the amount of damage you can do while keeping your team alive, and the enemy debuffed.

However, that is quite an expensive team and will require players to have pulled for both Silver Wolf and Blade during their Character Event Warps.

For a more F2P-friendly team, we recommend using the following:

  • Kafka – Nihility, Lightning
  • Trailblazer = Preservation, Fire/ Natasha – Abundance, Physical
  • Pela – Nihility, Ice
  • Sampo – Nihility, Wind

This build destroys the enemy using DoT abilities from Sampo and Kafka while keeping their defense low using Pela. To keep your team alive, you’ll need either the Fire Trailblazer or Natasha, which you get for free by progressing through the story.

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