The second half of Honkai: Star Rail version 1.1 is finally here, and with it comes the debut of a new 5-star character: Luocha!
Luocha is an enigmatic traveling merchant who is always seen carrying a coffin around with him, first being encountered by players in Dan Heng’s side story quests during the initial Xianzhou Luofu storyline.
He also bears very striking similarities to Honkai Impact 3rd’s Otto Apocalypse, which has made many fans nervous about what he brings to Star Rail’s story.
His lore aside, Luocha wields the Imaginary element and follows the Path of Abundance. Yes, he’s a healer, but describing him as just that doesn’t do him justice.
Luocha can automatically heal allies in a pinch, summon a field that heals allies as they attack enemies, as well as remove debuffs from allies and buffs from enemies. Not only that, his healing scales with ATK, so his damage output won’t be negligible.
As an offense-oriented healer, Luocha will be a worthwhile addition to your account that can keep any party going through battle. Here’s how you build him.
Luocha’s kit and how you can best utilise him
The Traveler with a coffin on his back
As an Abundance character, Luocha focuses on supporting other party members through healing, though he can also remove debuffs from allies and buffs from enemies.
Luocha’s bread-and-butter is his skill, Prayer of Abyss Flower, which restores a single ally’s HP. Whenever an ally’s HP falls below 50%, Luocha automatically casts his skill on them without consuming a skill point.
Keep in mind that Luocha’s auto-heal ability has a 2-turn cooldown after it has been triggered.
Meanwhile, Luocha’s ultimate, Death Wish, removes 1 buff from all enemies while also dealing a hefty amount of Imaginary DMG.
While Luocha’s skill and ultimate are straightforward enough abilities, they also work into his talent, Cycle of Life, to help him provide sustained healing for his teammates.
Whenever Luocha casts his skill or ultimate, he gains 1 stack of Abyss Flower. When Abyss Flower reaches 2 stacks, Luocha consumes them to summon a field for 2 turns that heals an ally whenever they attack an enemy.
Luocha’s major Traces improve his utility and survivability. First off, his A2 Trace, Cleansing Revival, lets him remove 1 debuff from an ally whenever he casts his skill on them.
Luocha’s A4 Trace, Sanctified, lets him provides even more sustained healing. When the field from his Talent is triggered, an enemy attacked by an ally will cause all party members, except for the attacker, to get healed. This makes it so that whenever an enemy is attacked while his field is up, all party members will get healed.
Meanwhile, his A6 Trace, Through the Valley, massively improves his survivability by making it so that any damage he receives from a single attack cannot be higher than 80% of his Max HP.
Finally, using Luocha’s Technique, Mercy of a Fool, to start a battle lets him immediately summon the field from Cycle of Life.
In battle, make sure to trigger Luocha’s Talent as much as possible so he can provide sustained healing for his allies while they focus on offense. You can do this by either using his skill and ultimate in one turn or by one after another across two turns.
Use Luocha’s skill whenever an ally is in need of a burst of healing or is afflicted by a debuff. While his skill can automatically trigger when an ally falls below half health, take note of its 2 turn cooldown.
Don’t hesitate to use Luocha’s normal attacks too, as he can help generate skill points and his ATK-scaling kit also means his personal damage won’t be negligible. If you need an area-of-effect burst of Imaginary DMG or are facing buffed enemies, feel free to use his ultimate as well.
When leveling up Luocha’s abilities, prioritise his skill first, his Talent second, and his ultimate third. You don’t need to level up his normal attacks, but feel free to do so if you are willing to spend the resources as it can help improve his personal damage output.
Luocha’s best equipment
Luocha’s best Light Cone is obviously his signature, Echoes of the Coffin. It passively gives him a 24% ATK bonus, which improves both his healing and personal damage output, while also regenerating energy whenever he attacks. In addition, it also grants a party-wide Speed bonus after he casts his ultimate.
If you have the Stellar Jade to afford Luocha’s signature Light Cone, then it gives some hefty bonuses to both him and his allies. With that said, don’t feel obligated to get it.
The 5-star Light Cone Time Waits for No One is also a good choice for Luocha for its defensive and offensive utility. It increases his Max HP and Outgoing Healing by 12%, which helps improve Luocha’s survivability and healing efficiency. In addition, this Light Cone also records the amount of healing done by Luocha and deals 50% of that amount to deal damage to an enemy being attacked by an ally afterwards.
If you don’t have any 5-star Light Cones ready, don’t fret. Luocha has some very good 4-star alternatives, and even a solid 3-star option.
Quid Pro Quo is by far Luocha’s best 4-star Light Cone. While it doesn’t increase Luocha’s damage output or healing efficiency, it does provide a very valuable energy regeneration buff to a random ally (excluding Luocha himself) every turn.
Another thing that makes Quid Pro Quo such a good option is its availability. Not only is it given for free after reaching Trailblaze Level 20, it drops as a reward from completing Echo of War challenges and can also be purchased from the Forgotten Hall’s Light Cone Manifest.
You can also go for Shared Feeling, available through the Warp. It increases Luocha’s Outgoing Healing by 10% while also regenerating energy for his allies whenever he uses his skill.
If you don’t have any of the above 4-star or 5-star Light Cones, then you can go with the 3-star Cornucopia. It increases Luocha’s Outgoing Healing by 12% whenever he uses his skill or ultimate, with the bonus going up to 24% at max Superimposition.
Despite being a 3-star, Cornucopia can be competitive against Luocha’s 4-star options especially at high Superimposition levels. While we highly recommend switching over to 4-star or 5-star Light Cones eventually, Cornucopia can serve you very well in the earlier stages of the game.
Luocha has two options when it comes to his Cavern of Corrosion relics. Your best bet is a mixed set composed of the 2-piece Passerby of Wandering Cloud and 2-piece Musketeer of Wild Wheat. But you can also go for the 4-piece Passerby of Wandering Cloud set.
The mixed 2-piece Passerby of Wandering Cloud and 2-piece Musketeer of Wild Wheat set increases Luocha’s Outgoing Healing by 10% and ATK by 10%. We recommend going for this mixed set since it significantly improves Luocha’s healing while also being much easier to farm.
Meanwhile, the 4-piece Passerby of Wandering Cloud set increases Luocha’s Outgoing Healing by 10% while also giving your party one bonus skill point at the start of battle. While this option isn’t as good as the mixed set above, it can be a worthwhile pickup if your party is particularly skill point hungry.
As for Luocha’s Planar Ornament relics, we recommend going for either 2-piece Space Sealing Station or 2-piece Fleet of the Ageless.
The 2-piece Space Sealing Station set increases Luocha’s ATK by 12%, plus another 12% if his Speed reaches 120 or higher. More ATK is always nice and it fits nicely with how you want to build Luocha since he does need Speed.
Meanwhile, the 2-piece Fleet of the Ageless set increases Luocha’s Max HP by 12% and, if his Speed reaches 120 or higher, gives a party-wide 8% ATK buff. While this option gives Luocha less ATK, it does help with his survivability while also giving a welcome ATK buff to all allies.
The main stats you should be going for are either ATK% or Outgoing Healing Boost for the Body, Speed for the Feet, ATK% for the Planar Sphere, and either ATK% or Energy Regeneration Rate for the Link Rope.
Luocha’s best teammates
As an Abundance character, Luocha works with any team. That’s pretty much it. Healers are always needed in your party (if you’re not running shielders), and Luocha brings healing, buff removal for both allies and enemies, as well as significant personal damage output.
With Luocha’s talent providing sustained healing as long as allies attack enemies, he works particularly well with DPS characters that either attack a lot like Seele and Jing Yuan or those that tank a lot of hits like Clara and Arlan.
But really, whoever your carry is, Luocha will work perfectly fine with them.
With that said, you can also go with a mono-Imaginary team featuring Welt Yang as your primary damage dealer, Yukong as your buffer, Luocha as the healer, and Silver Wolf rounding out the squad to make sure enemies get an Imaginary weakness.
The second half of Honkai: Star Rail version 1.1 features the debuts of 5-star Imaginary Abundance character Luocha and 4-star Imaginary Harmony character Yukong.
If you're still torn on whether or not you should pull for Luocha or Yukong, then we can help you decide.
Honkai: Star Rail officially launched on 26 April on PC, Android, and iOS. The game will also be made available on PlayStation some time after release. You can download the game here.
If you're still just starting with Honkai: Star Rail or want to try the game out for yourself, we've got you covered! You can check our beginner's guide, guide to building the starter characters, and guide to its gacha system.
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