Version 1.1 of Honkai: Star Rail (HSR) has arrived, and we can finally meet the expert gamer and master hacker, Silver Wolf! Every HSR player probably knows who she is already since she’s one of the very first characters we meet and get to use during the game’s tutorial. But now, we can actually make her part of our roster and unleash her full potential on the battlefield! Let’s break down Silver Wolf’s story, abilities, and what makes Silver Wolf such a valuable addition to your Honkai: Star Rail team.
Who is Silver Wolf?
No real name. No known identity. Wanted by Interastral Peace Corporation (IPC). This is Silver Wolf. At least, that’s how most people in the world of HSR know when they hear the name, Silver Wolf. There’s very little information about Silver Wolf’s identity and her past except for the fact that she became a legendary hacker and gamer at a very young age. Hailing from the planet called Punklorde, Silver Wolf adapted what’s called the Punklorde Mentality, where everything is just a game waiting to be played and conquered. Most of the denizens of Punklorde follow this motto, making the planet famous for producing some of the best gamers and hackers in the universe.
Silver Wolf is the current legendary hacker of her generation, and she eventually realised that she’s conquered every game in Punklorde. When a couple of mysterious strangers visited the planet, she saw this as an opportunity to move on from the “tutorial”, which is Punklorde, and onto the real game. This group is the Stellaron Hunters, a group of intergalactic criminals introduced early in the game along with her companion, Kafka. Equipped with her reality-bending Aether Editing ability and her status as a member of the Stellaron Hunters, Silver Wolf aims to beat everyone in the game of life and become the best player in the universe. Even if it means becoming one of the most wanted persons in the universe.
Silver Wolf’s Kit and Playstyle
Silver Wolf is a Nihility character who also has an affinity to the Quantum element. Like all Nihility characters, Silver Wolf focuses on debuffing enemies while also dealing damage. But what makes her unique from other characters on the same path is her ability to apply a new weakness type to enemies with her skill. Let’s take a closer look at each of Silver Wolf’s abilities to better understand how she works and how best to use her in combat:
System Warning (Basic ATK): Silver Wolf uses her weapon to swipe at a single enemy, dealing 50%–130% of her ATK as Quantum DMG.
Allow Changes? (Skill): This is Silver Wolf’s signature ability, where she deals Quantum DMG to one enemy while applying debuffs. When attacking an enemy, there is a high probability of adding a weakness to the enemy if they share a type with one of your allies on the field. This weakness will reduce the enemy’s resistance to that type of attack by 20% for two turns. However, if the enemy already has that type of weakness, damage resistance reduction will not occur.
Please take note that Silver Wolf can only give one weakness to an enemy. If you cast the skill again on the same enemy, only the most recent one will count. There’s also a 100% chance to decrease the enemy’s overall resistance by 7.5-11.25% for two turns.
User Banned (Ultimate): Silver Wolf uses her Aether Editing ability to deal a significant amount of Quantum DMG to the targeted enemy. There’s an 85%–107.5% base chance to decrease the target enemy’s DEF by 36%–49.5% for 3 turn(s) while dealing Quantum DMG to the target enemy. When using this ability, there’s an 85% to 107.5% chance of decreasing the enemy’s defence by 36% to 49.5% for three turns.
Awaiting System Response (Talent): Whenever Silver Wolf attacks, there’s a 60%–78% chance that the enemy target will be inflicted with a random Bug lasting 3 turns. The bug is applied randomly and can be any of the following:
5%–12.5% ATK Reduction
4%–10% DEF Reduction
3%–7.5% SPD Reduction
Force Quit Program (Technique): Silver Wolf attacks the enemy as soon as the battle begins. This attack deals Quantum DMG equivalent to 80% of Silver Wolf’s attack power to all enemies. It also disregards any weaknesses of the enemies and reduces their toughness. If an enemy’s weakness is broken this way, it triggers the Quantum Weakness Break effect.
Playstyle and Team Synergy
As a follower of the Nihility Path, Silver Wolf excels in debuffing enemies no matter the team composition. She basically works well with any team composition as long as you build her well. Despite being a debuffer, you can also build her as a Sub-DPS character capable of dishing out significant damage with her Skill and Ultimate. However, her main role is to weaken the enemy and make them vulnerable to your other DPS characters.
If you’re used to the typical multi-element team where you try to widen your coverage, Silver Wolf shakes up that meta by allowing the possibility of running mono-element teams. Basically, a mono-element team with Silver Wolf can be very effective because she can weaken the enemy’s defences, making it easier for your DPS character to deal massive damage.
But why stick to one or two elements when she has the ability to weaken an enemy’s resistance regardless of their element? That’s because of how her skill works. The type of elemental weakness Silver Wolf applies to enemies depends on your team’s element and the existing elemental weakness of the target. Suppose you have an enemy that’s weak against Fire, Physical, and Imaginary elements, and you have a team composed of three Lightning characters and Silver Wolf, who is Quantum. With Silver Wolf’s skill, you have a 50/50 chance of applying either Lightning or Quantum weakness to the enemy. However, if you have a team with a mix of three or four different elements, you’ll be decreasing the chances of getting the elemental weakness you want, making it less effective.
This means that a mono-element team with Silver Wolf can be more consistent in applying the elemental weakness that you want. It also allows for more focused team building and strategy, as you can optimise your team’s elemental reactions and synergies within the same element. So to be more consistent in applying the elemental weakness that you want, it’s recommended to run either a full Quantum element team or Quantum plus any one other element that complements Quantum’s strengths. This way, Silver Wolf’s debuffing ability can be maximised, and your team can deal massive damage to enemies.
How to Properly Build Silver Wolf
If you’re going for a Sub-DPS build, then the typical Crit Rate, Crit DMG, and ATK/SPD stat priority should work well for her. However, if you want to maximise her debuffing ability, then you should focus on building her Effect Hit Rate, as her skill’s success rate depends on this stat. Without Effect Hit Rate, Silver Wolf’s enemies can easily resist her debuffing effect, rendering her skill useless. That said, a 4-piece Genius of Brilliant Stars set, or the Musketeer of Wild Wheat are both good options for her, whether you’re going for a debuffer or a sub-DPS build. Just follow the stat priority we mentioned above. Here are some relic builds you can follow:
- Debuff Build = 4-piece Genius of Brilliant Stars + 2-Piece Pan-Galactic Commercial Enterprise
- Sub-DPS Build = 4-piece Musketeer of Wild Wheat + 2-piece Inert Salsotto / 2-piece Celestial Differentiator
- Sub-DPS Weakness Break Build = 4-piece Thief of Shooting Meteor + 2-piece Space Sealing Station
For Light Cones, Incessant Rain, which is the current 5-star Light Cone banner, is best for a sub-DPS Silver Wolf. If you want to bolster your Effect Hit Rate for debuffing, Before the Tutorial Mission Starts should be your best option. This is a 4-star Light Cone that you can get for free by finishing Silver Wolf’s companion mission and the Starhunt Game event.
Silver Wolf is quite a versatile character that effectively shakes up the meta with her unique ability to apply elemental weakness to enemies and debuff them. She can fit into any team composition and can be built as either a debuffer or a Sub-DPS character. With her ability to weaken the enemy’s defences, she opens up the possibility of running mono-element teams, which can be very effective in dealing with massive damage. Overall, Silver Wolf is a valuable addition to any team and is definitely worth considering when building your team composition.
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