Honkai: Star Rail gives players the chance to take the field as a wide array of different characters, each capable of making a difference in their own way. But as you may have already noticed, some of them, like Kafka, set themselves apart, given their playstyle and overall set. But is it possible to build Kafka as a top-tier DPS as a F2P player? With that said, here’s the best Kafka F2P DPS build in Honkai Star Rail.
The Best F2P Light Cones for DPS Kafka
Considering her role as a DPS focused on dealing massive standard and DoT damage, the best Light Cone for a F2P DPS Kafka build in Honkai: Star Rail will be the 4-star Fermata. The Light Cone can be acquired by expending a total of 2.600 Shields in Boulder Town’s Underground Shop. You can also get as many copies of it as you want by purchasing it from the Messenger for 200 Lucent Afterglows each.
Overall, Fermata will both increase Kafka’s Break Effect by 16% (which is always a welcome buff no matter the character) as well as increase her DoT damage against enemies affected by Shock or Wind by 16% (lv1), thus truly empowering her strengths.
The Best Relics and Planar Ornaments for Kafka
Given Kafka’s role as a Lighting DPS, she must be able to both deal high damage and take on the field multiple times within a single turn/rotation. With that in mind, we recommend that you go with a 4-piece Band of Sizzling Thunder Relic set. The set is our main pick as it will increase her Lighting DMG by 10%, as well as her ATK by 20% after she performs her Skill.
Planar Ornament-wise, we then recommend that you go with either Rutilant Arena or Inert Salsotto. While Rutilant Arena will permanently increase her CRIT Rate by 8% as well as increase her Skill and Basic Attack DMG by 20% if her CRIT Rate total goes above 70%, Inert Salsotto will offer the same CRIT increase but will, in turn, increase her Ultimate and Follow-Up damage by 15% if her Rate overall goes beyond 50%.
Best Stats and Substats for DPS Kafka
Like all DPS’, Kafka will need pieces featuring the Elemental Damage Bonus and Crit Rate stats, we also recommend that you go for the Speed stat on your Feet piece, as doing so will increase Kafka’s per-turn availability, and thus maximize your whole party’s DoT damage.
For the Link Rope, we recommend that you go with either Energy Regeneration Rate or ATK, with the latter being our main choice.
To recap, you can check out the best main stats for each Relic and Planar Ornament piece for DPS Kafka, below:
- Head: HP%
- Hands: ATK%
- Body: CRIT Rate
- Feet: Speed / ATK
- Planar Sphere: Lightning Damage Bonus.
- Link Rope: Energy Regeneration Rate / ATK
Substat-wise, we recommend that you prioritize CRIT Rate / DMG in order to reach the desirable 50/100 threshold, while also focusing on getting both Speed and ATK.
How to Get the Band of Sizzling Thunder, Rutilant Arena, and Inert Salsotto Sets
You will be able to get the Band of Sizzling Thunder Relic set in Honkai: Star Rail by completing the Path of Holy Hymn Cavern of Corrosion. The Cavern of Corrosion will be located in the Cloudford area, which is in turn located within The Xianzhou Luofu.
The Rutilant Arena and Inert Salsotto Planar Ornament sets, on the other hand, can be acquired by taking part in the Simulated Universe and then expending either Trailblaze Power or Immersifiers.
The Best F2P Team Compositions for Kafka
Given her role as a main DPS, as well as the way Kafka can only deal maximum damage when featured as part of a team featuring both a overall support and at least one sub-DPS capable of applying constant DoT effects, the best team for Kafka (F2P or not) must feature either Silver Wolf, Bronya, or Pela as a main support, as well as either Luke, Sampo, or Asta as a DoT-focused unit. We also recommend that you make use of a healer for the last team slot.
Using a composition featuring 2 DoT-focused units, such as Kafka + Luke + Sampo + Natasha/Bailu/Luocha can also work well in some cases. The same can be said about teams set to take the field without a healer, although picking the latter is not recommended for end-game scenarios/challenges.
This guide was made while playing Honkai: Star Rail on PC and will be updated if needed as new Light Cones, Characters, Relics, and Planar Ornaments become available.
- This article was updated on August 14th, 2023