Sampo is a weird character in Honkai: Star Rail, and not just because of his role in the story. He’s a Nihility character, which makes you think he’d act as a supporter debuffing. But really, he’s there to act as a damage dealer who can attack groups of characters. This means when coming up with a Sampo build that’d be best for you in Honkai: Star Rail, you’ll want to prioritize a Relic set or Light Cones that boost his attack. His various attacks and Talent all look to that stat for damage.
What are the best Light Cones for a Sampo build in Honkai: Star Rail?
The bad news for Sampo is due to the way he works, the Light Cones that work best for a build for him in Honkai: Star Rail are a bit limited. For example, the only three-star you can really use with him is Void. That increases his Effect Hit Rate, which aids his Wind Shear capabilities.
As for a four-star, I’d say Fermata is your best bet. It’s base description notes, “Increases Break Effect dealt by the wearer by 16%, and increases their DMG to enemies afflicted with Shock or Wind Shear by 16%. This also applies to DoT.” But Eyes of the Prey is also really good. It increases the Effect Hit Rate and the amount of damage over time the foe will take from attacks.
While Sampo’s three-star compatibility is limited, he works great with two five-stars! Since the benefits are so complex, here’s the list and their exact effects as taken from HoYoVerse in-game. Note that the details apply to not Superimposed versions of the two Light Cones.
- In the Name of the World: Increases the wearer’s DMG to debuffed enemies by 24%. When the wearer uses their Skill, the Effect Hit Rate for this attack increases by 18%, and ATK increases by 24%.
- Patience is all You Need: The wearer deals 16% more DMG to enemies inflicted with DoT. For every attack, increases the wearer’s SPD by 4%, up to 5 time(s). Meanwhile, enemies receiving attacks take 20% more DoT for 1 turn.
What are the best Relics for a Sampo build in Honkai: Star Rail?
While attack is most important for Sampo, you can go with one of two Relic sets for him in Honkai: Star Rail. One is basically the failsafe Musketeer of Wild Charge at the Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Drifting at the Corridor of Fading Echoes on Jarilo-VI. It increases Sampo’s attack by 12% with two pieces and speed by 6% and attack damage by 10% with four.
However, given how important Wind damage is to him too, you could also choose Eagle of Twilight Line. That’s found in the Cavern of Corrosion: Path of Gelid Wind in the Herta Space Station Storage Zone. Two pieces of it means he’ll do 10% more Wind damage with attacks. Add all four, and he gains the effect “after the wearer uses their Ultimate, their action is Advanced Forward by 25%.”
Honkai: Star Rail is available for PCs and mobile devices, and PS4 and PS5 versions are in development.