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Valkyries Strike Now!note 

"Fight for all that is beautiful in the world."
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Honkai Impact 3rd (aka Benghuai 3rd or Houkai 3rd) is the Spiritual Successor to Guns GirlZ - Mirage Cabin (alternatively known as Honkai Gakuen 2), developed by miHoYo. It is also their third entry in the Honkai Gakuen universe. It was released first in China in 2016, in Japan and Southeast Asia in 2017 and globally on March 28, 2018 for iOS and Android. A PC port with cross-play capability was later developed and was released globally on December 26th, 2019, with Southeast Asia getting it in 2020.

The story follows the escapades of the "Valkyries" of the Schicksal Organization, groups of female fighters who fight against the phenomenon called "Honkai"note  and its manifestations, mainly in the form of zombies and Honkai Beasts. They also clash with a rival organization named Anti-Entropy (aka "Negentropy") who are also fighting the Honkai phenomenon but have different agendas and use different methods.

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In-game, you take the role of "Captain" of the flying battleship Hyperion, your Valkyries' home base, and you'll be tasked with managing the Valkyries and completing missions. The gameplay follows a 3D Beat 'em Up format (similar to PlatinumGames works) with you being able to deploy up to 3 characters in the levels, along with a simple but powerful control system. The game's content features a Story mode, which is essentially the "main" game; a number of side missions which allow you to earn coins, materials, upgrades for the Valkyries, and other rewards; and occasional events and quests which often contain RPG and Visual Novel elements.

Honkai Impact also includes supplementary comics and Visual Novels that can be found on the main Chinese website. Official English versions of the comics are posted by miHoYo on their Global website for mobile phone users, and on Mangadex for those that prefer a PC-accessible version. Some of the game's animated scenes have also been posted outside the game, such as the "Reburn" video, along with CGI-animated videos that correspond to parts of the story but don't appear in-game.

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Starting from June 28, 2019, a Slice of Life short animated series titled Cooking with Valkyries (an adaptation of one of the Spin-Off comics) was released on the official YouTube channel.


The game contains examples of:

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  • Absurdly Cool City: The Arc City is a highly technological city that remained untouched by Honkai phenomenon even after the Third Honkai War. Kiana flees there after her Herrscher powers are suppressed. In one of the Raid stages, it's shown that the city has a supervisory AI called "ARC".
  • Achievement System: There is a list of achievements that will give you some coins and crystals if you manage them, such as leveling up your captain's level, gaining a number of A, S, SS and SSS rank Valkyries, completing a number of missions, and much more.
  • Action Bomb:
    • The Mecha-Mook called Spider Mecha and its variants are robotic suicide bombers; they either do high damage when they go boom, or leave a patch of slow debuff on the ground on their wake. A stronger version of them can act as mines, too.
    • Whenever the HOMU variant HOLA appears as mooks, they also have "exploding near you" as a tactic.
  • A.K.A.-47:
    • Subverted since a few of Kiana’s early handguns are based off real world handguns and retain their real world names, such as the "USP45", "Desert Eagle", and "Colt Anaconda".
    • Inverted with the "Mosin Nagant"; in-game it's a futuristic dual handgun instead of the real life early twentieth century bolt action rifle.
  • All Just a Dream:
    • Chapters 5 and 6 are revealed to be this, at least partly. While it's clear from the start that they take place in a "simulation of the past", a lot of what happens in said simulation doesn't seem to be possible given its simulation nature, such as Kiana's parents recognizing the grown-up Kiana and her helping her mother beat the 2nd Herrscher (while historically she could only hold the Herrscher back for long enough for Otto to bombard the facility, killing them both). It's because, as Fu Hua reveals to her in the end, the mind of the Herrscher inside Kiana's mind is messing with her perception and is actively shaping what she sees.
    • The special story in the Dating Sim storyline that takes place in the past is revealed to be set in the "Captain's" dreams, but they're actually "scenarios" put inside their head by Rita and Otto. The Captain is only aware of this once they wake up for the third time; in the first 2 times they're still trying to figure out what happened, in the third one, they've put the infos they get in the previous scenarios together in order to resolve all of the problems between the people they meet. In the end, though, you (as the Captain) are given the Sadistic Choice of either shooting Kallen or Theresa (Luna Kindred), and no matter who you choose, they both lead to the Downer Ending where Kallen died. After this, you wake up again to see Otto monitoring you, saying that he has been facing failure in trying to find a way to resurrect Kallen countless times, but he won't stop until he succeeds and he will stop at nothing to see his goal become reality.
    • "St. Freya's Fiesta" ends with the Captain apparently about to dance with Rita, but just as they begin, the scene suddenly changes to Rita offering the Captain a cup of tea while Theresa and the twins are playing a board game in the background that looks exactly like the four areas in the Fiesta, implying that the entire event was solely in the Captain's mind.
  • All There in the Manual: Much of the game’s lore isn’t explained in the actual game itself, instead being explored in more detail in the numerous manga, comics, and visual novels based on the game. The official YouTube channel eventually started posting a series of videos piecing the lore found in all media together, dubbed Honkai Chronicles. Never read a specific manwha or skipped some chapters? Don't worry, the channel has got you covered!
  • Alternate Universe:
    • The game takes place in a parallel universe which retells mankind's struggle against nature, with nature being replaced by the Honkai. Geographical locations names remain the same as their real life counterpart, and historical events like the Black Plague and Apollo 11's Moon landing are still present, although they're revealed to be related to the conflict with the Honkai.
    • The "bubble universes" in the Sea of Quanta are essentially pocket universes simulating the effects of For Want of a Nail.
    • The "Sanka Saga" event is implied to take place in a different universe, or at least in an Alternate Timeline. The events that occured as Sakura's backstorynote  still happened here (they're said to happen 500 years ago, just like in the main story), but ended differently; Kallen still lives on to the present day thanks to the "Zakti Rune of Deva" and is the head of "Yae Machi" (or "Yae Town"), and a different version of Sakura (called "Kasumi") is officially part of Schicksal, who's on a mission to collect the Zakti Runes. Later on, during the trip to the "Saha World", the Ferryman says that their native world may just be one of the many worlds out there; Kasumi says that she finds it hard to stomach.
    • In one of the supplementary comics, Schrodinger is exploring one of the bubble universes in the Sea of Quanta. She enters a world where humans are extinct, leaving only strange creatures called "ELFs" as the sole kind of sentient beings on this world. Schrodinger is only lucky that she meets Jingwei's Wings, the only ELF who cares about the world's history; the latter then guides her around, leading Schrodinger to deduce things that happened in this world. She then finds a recording which Jingwei's Wings claims holds the secret of the EL Fs' creation; after she hacks its password system, it shows that world's version of Einstein, announcing that the Honkai was threatening the world and she had created the ELFs as her attempt to combat it.
  • Amazing Freaking Grace: The CG animation of Chapter 11-EX plays John Newton's "Amazing Grace" in the background.
  • Ancestral Weapon: The Judgment of Shamash is a powerful weapon belonged to the Kaslana family. Kallen's father once wielded it, and in the present, Kiana's father Siegfried wields it. It's a pair of fire-elemental guns that can hold massive amounts of Honkai energy and can turn into a BFS when "released", but using its maximum power is a Dangerous Forbidden Technique that can cause massive collateral damage and kill its user. In-game, the weapon is available both in dual guns form and the greatsword form, and their skills let the user deal immense fire damage but with some HP cost.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: While Schicksal and Anti-Entropy operate in the open against the Honkai in their own ways, there is one more human organization that hides in the shadows through the events of the game, biding their time and making covert moves that carry a lot more influence than they suggest. The World Serpent are an order of cultists that believe in the existence of the Primordial Snake that was said to be the first being in the universe, and have been behind several myths that spawned from witnesses trying to comprehend their exploits. Not only that, but they're led by the unequivocally greatest hero of the Previous Era, Kevin Kaslana.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different:
    • After an update, one level in ch. 1 has Bronya hack into one of the Titan Mechas; then Kiana gets to drive it to smash enemies.
    • One level in Chapter 5 allows you to ride (and play as) a Titan Mecha, and another in the same chapter has you play as the "missile robot mook".
    • A few Chapter 6 levels also let you play as different characters; see Unexpected Gameplay Change below for details.
    • One stage in ch. 9-EX and one in ch. 13 has you playing as Phantom Iron (Rita)'s Stalker Carbon robot.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: A few events give you costumes for your Valkyries. Some of them are available after you finish some event quests, while with some others you have to purchase them with in-game currency or with real money.
  • And Your Reward Is Interior Decorating: In the Dormitory, increasing the "dorm acceptance" number of certain Valkyrie suits to a certain point will net you a reward of interior appliances or furniture for your dorm.
  • An Interior Designer Is You: In the Dormitory, you're given three rooms (two bedrooms and a commons room) and, as an event reward, a house on the beach, with three bedrooms and an outside pool area, for your Super-Deformed version of the Valkyries (and, later, Stigmata) to live in. Furni-Bitz and Honkai Blocks are spent to obtain blueprints for furniture, appliances, and accessories, which earns "comfort points" which are used to determine your dorm's "comfort level", while building up Home Materials allows you to renovate your dorm's rooms, which will let you put in more furnishings. The comfort level determines the regeneration rate of Onigiri, which is spent to do Errands which earn "Work Points Card" that can be used to buy goodies from the shop.Prior to 3.5...  Aside from that, sometimes the Valkyrie chibis will ask for certain appliance-related requests (such as wanting to eat, sleep or play games) which will earn you a few affection points for the specific Valkyrie and some goodies. This means you need to buy certain appliances and furnishings to fulfill the requests.
  • Anti-Debuff: The Rowland M Stigma gives a 51% chance to remove debuffs if equipped.
  • Anti-Frustration Features:
    • For most game modes that use stamina, the stamina point is only subtracted after you get into the victory screen. If you fail the stage, or quit midway, you won't lose the stamina.
    • While 10-part draws guarantee an A-Rank Valkyrie unit, the Standard Supply gacha guarantees an S-Rank Valkyrie after the first 33 draws. In Focused Supply, 10-draws will guarantee a 5-star weapon or Stigma at random (selected from the list in the particular gacha banner). In the Expansion Supply, you'll also be guaranteed an S-rank Valkyrie in the next draw if you don't get any for the past 99 draws, and this "draw count" will extend to the next rate-up gacha.
    • A majority of the Valkyries can be obtained by grinding out their fragments, which means that players don't have to rely completely on the gacha to obtain new playable characters.
    • When you complete a stage, all the other uncollected items on the floor will automatically be magnetized to your Valkyrie, so you won't have to waste time picking them up one by one in the middle of a fight.
    • In the "Path of Apotheosis" game mode, if you fail a stage for the first time, your next run on it will have its enemies weakened. The boss stages in said mode will not make the boss regenerate their HP if you fail to defeat them under the time limit.
    • After an update, you can earn comfort points for your Dorm simply by purchasing the dorm appliances, not necessarily by placing them in the rooms.
    • As the usage and limit of Skill Points for upgrading Valkyries' skills are seen as needlessly superfluousnote , an update omitted said system. Now you only need coins (and, for Awakened characters, a certain upgrade item) to level up the Valkyries' skills, the base's section dedicated to increasing the skill points' cap is changed to increases for the limit of making friends, and the "skill point machine" in the Dorm now gives coins instead. Furthermore, version 3.5 outright omits the "base upgrades" and "skill point machine".
    • Version 3.5 gives "upgrade levels" to Valkyries themselves, akin to the weapons and Stigmata. Between each rank up, there are "upgrade stars" that can be filled by collecting enough Valkyrie fragments; with each stars filled, the Valkyrie will get increased stats (when previously, stat upgrades for the valkyries can only be acquired when you rank them up). The total number of fragments required to rank up valkyries remain the same, and skills are still locked behind ranks.
    • Due to the overhaul of the Base/Dorm system in 3.5, you no longer have to use upgrade materials or allocate energy to get stat increases for your Valkyries - instead, all of them get 35% increase in stats by default, and can be further increased (applies to every Valkyrie you have) by collecting the "Dorm Emblems"note  to level up your Dorm. The "coin refinery" and "stamina reserve depot" are now tied to the dorm level, i.e no longer requiring upgrade materials to level them up.
    • In the Bounty Mark game mode, you can craft certain weapons and Stigmata that are normally gacha-only, and for most of them you'll need to sacrifice one certain 3* weapon/stigma and one certain 4* weapon/stigma that you have (and they tend to be the ones you can get by grinding). If you've previously upgraded the equipments that are about to be used to craft the new equipment, the game will give the upgrade materials back to you after crafting.
    • An update gives you "booster" cards that you can acquire through playing in the events. They can be used to automatically finish Open World tasks and daily quests.
  • Anti-Grinding:
    • Daily quests are limited to one free run per day. While the player can simply use Planeroid Tokens to gain more tries, said tokens are capped to prevent grinding out the daily quests ad infinitum.
    • Hard and Supreme difficulty stages of the story mode (where you can grind materials and Valkyrie fragments) can only be played 3 times and twice, respectively, for each individual stage. You can play beyond that limit by spending Crystals, though.
    • The "Time Base" co-op stages can only be played 10 times per day.
    • Certain event stages can also only be played a limited time per day, usually three.
    • In a variant, if you want the specific material drop from the Co-op Raid stages, you have to pay a certain amount of Time Structures to "reset" the playthrough so that you can play from the start again and get the item drops again. The game gives you "Time Structure boxes" that you can buy with certain materials, and beyond that, the Time Structure itself can be bought with a certain rare material.
  • Anti Poop-Socking: Like many online game contemporaries, this one has a "stamina" system to prevent the players from doing too much in one sitting. Many gameplay modes cost a certain amount of stamina to play, and it regenerates at the rate of one unit every 6 minutes. The stamina limit is increased by upping the captain's level. You can buy more stamina by spending crystals, but the more you buy in a day, the more expensive it'll get. In a later update, the Valkyrie you set on your bridge may sometimes remind you to not play the game for too long.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: The "Herrschers" (German for "Sovereigns" or "Rulers") are humans who are "chosen" by the Honkai (usually against their will) to become their "agent" of spreading Honkai's influence. They naturally use vast amounts of Honkai energy and each has an unique ability, such as the 3rd Herrscher that wields lightning or the 4th Herrscher who commands the winds. They can also command Honkai Beasts, and people who don't have Honkai resistance will turn into mindless zombies just by being near a Herrscher's presence.
  • Arbitrary Augmentation Limit: In-game, Valkyries can only equip up to 3 Stigmata at a time.
  • Area of Effect: Some Valkyries, enemies, weapons, and occasionally Stigmata effects have area-of-effect damaging skills or buffing/debuffing abilities.
  • Armor Meter: Some stronger mooks, Elite Mooks, and bosses have shield gauges that will reduce the damage taken and make them resistant to flinching until the gauge is depleted; bosses will also become stunned/dazed when it happens. The shield will eventually regenerate, so you gotta give it your all while they're still vulnerable. Some of your Valkyries' attacks may deal extra damage to the shields, while elemental attacks won't damage the shields and instead deal direct damage to the enemy.
  • The Artifact: As part of the Dorm overhaul in 3.5, the "strengthening machines"note  as well as the "link-to-the-base board" are no longer functional, but they still exist inside the "main room" of the dorm. The "vending machine" also still exists, but its function (storing excess stamina) is moved towards the new "main interface" of the base.
  • Artifact Collection Agency: One of the things the Schicksal Organization does is searching and collecting artifacts of the Previous Era, ranging from Unobtainiums, Lost Superweapons (such as the "Sacred Relics" and the "Divine Keys"), and Lost Technologies (such as AIs made in the past or the "silver orbs" that are quantum computers).
  • Art Shift: While story cutscenes and the natural gameplay display the Valkyries in their realistic proportions, the Dorm section of the game turns them into Super-Deformed chibis.
  • Ascended Meme: miHoYo has shrewdly incorporated several of the game's memes into actual content, such as an animation of Rita doing a JoJo pose, complete with Crescent Harvest as her Stand; acknowledging delays of Seele actually becoming a playable character; and multiple nods to the fandom treating Theresa's Oath of Judah weapon as an actual character. In the case of the "cabbage hair Ai-chan" jokes, not only has this meme been acknowledged, it's actually been incorporated into the "Empyrean Legends" event by making Ai-chan a cabbage farmer.
  • Assassination Sidequest: In Sakura Samsara, one of the tasks you can take is to stealthily kill a number of roaming monsters. By activating "stealth mode", the monsters are less likely to be aware of your presence, and you also get the Back Stab mechanic which can kill said monsters in one hit.
  • A Taste of Power: Some of the time limited events allow you to use higher level and rank versions of a certain character along with their optimal equipment for a test run. One of the rewards for the "cadets" for the "Shishou/Sensei System" is also a special trial character card which lets the cadet use a fixed-level, -rank and -equipment Valkyrie for a few days in normal levels.
  • Back Stab:
    • In Sakura Samsara game mode, with Stealth Mode activated, you can sneak behind the roaming enemies (including Rare Monsters) and do a powerful attack (with good timing) that deals massive damage to them. Most enemies die in one hit with it, while that may not always happen with the Rare Monsters as they have high HP (although the attack can deal Critical Hit that increases the damage immensely).
    • In Schicksal HQ, Ai-chan can do a similar thing, but it'll cost some of her energy whenever she does so. She also can't assassinate Rare Monsters directly.
  • Beach Episode:
    • The Summer Wars event. In this event, you can acquire swimsuits for your Valkyries, and there are event stages set at the beach.
    • A special Imaginary Maze mode (which replaces Matrix Explore for the duration) is also set in a beach, where the playable characters look for hidden treasures.
    • Played with in the dorms, as one is set on a beach and one of its "rooms" is a large seaside deck and volleyball court; subverted, though, in that the Valkyries' chibis don't include options for their swimsuits.
  • Behemoth Battle: Some scripted stages require you to pilot a giant mecha to take on other giant mechas.
  • Benevolent Precursors: The people of the Previous Era (primarily Dr. Mei) were shown to be genuine in their efforts to pass their knowledge to the future generations when they saw that their extinction was inevitable. The few survivors from the era would then go on to guide the new humanity in general knowledge and science, and help them in surviving against the Honkai and general knowledge.
  • Betting Mini-Game: Played with in both halves of the "Odd Drifter" event, which incorporated Sir Gacha, a piece of Anti-Entropy tech in the form of a "one-armed bandit"-style casino machine. Completing tasks in the event earned you Tesla Chips as rewards, which were then given to Sir Gacha one at a time; it would then randomly give you up to three selections for chibis to add to your roster. Selecting a duplicate chibi increased that chibi's stars by 1, to a max of 5, which increased her stats.
  • Big Bad: Otto Apocalypse, the supreme leader of Schicksal, is the one behind many of the tragedies happening in the present, and he's got his own Evil Plan for the whole war against the Honkai.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: As the game's story goes on and more print media are released, the power struggle between the antagonists becomes clearer. On one side, you have the Honkai, led by a gestalt will bent on exterminating humans as it has always been doing across several eras. Then you have Otto Apocalypse, who first appears as the big good, but is then revealed to subtly sabotage humanity's efforts against the Honkai for his own personal agenda. Then, the World Serpent organization slowly emerges from their millennia-old secrecy, intent on leading humanity against the Honkai, but also employing dubious methods in the process.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: One variety of the zombie mooks has a mechanical harness which sports a pair of large blades that the zombie wears on its arms and uses to make stabbing attacks.
  • Blessed with Suck: In many cases, Herrschers are otherwise innocent people who wouldn't wish to harm others, but they usually can't stop their Superpowered Evil Sides from wreaking havoc without some help. Average people who know of them may shun them at best, or try to kill them at worst. As for the first Herrscher, however, instead of a Superpowered Evil Side, he takes a heavy toll on his body each time he uses his power.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing: Occasionally, you may find enemy versions of Kiana, Mei or Bronya as a mook in the levels. Their attacks are slower than the playable version's (but still faster than the average mooks), but with their ability to use combos, Ultimate Evasions and Ultimate Skills, they're as much of a pain as "Dark Bronya" (an actual boss, of Chapter 2).
  • Boss-Only Level:
    • In the main story, major bosses tend to have levels dedicated to fighting them (Ganesha, Dark Bronya, Wendy, Wotan, etc.).
    • In both Infinite Abyss (and its successors) and Matrix Explore, there are designated "boss floors" where you fight only a boss (or 2-3 Elite Mooks).
    • Some levels in the Co-op Raid stages are about fighting bosses without any mooks around/preceding them.
  • Bowdlerize: The KR and Global versions of the game lack the "touch the Valkyrie on the home screen" feature, which, among other things, makes the achievement of raising their affection level take longer. At least, there's another feature where shaking the screen will cause the Valkyries to react in a similar way. The original CN server also lost it after a patch. While the SEA and JP servers still have it, a patch makes touching their chest or groin area not increase the affection level, even if they still react. Also, starting with the release of Herrscher of the Void, any newly released Valkyries will not come with the ability to touch their body.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: Honkai Impact 3rd runs on a gacha lottery system, so this trope naturally applies, as players who top-up with premium currency obviously have more chances of obtaining Valkyries, weapons, Stigmata and other resources on the Supply gachas than those who grind them instead. The rarest and most powerful Valkyries, Herrscher of the Void and Herrscher of Reason, can only be obtained in the gacha, unlike most of the farmable Valkyries. In addition, the game also sells "bundles" of materials with special currency, which itself can only be bought with real money.
  • The Bridge: The home screen is set on the Hyperion's bridge, with the Bridge Bunnies in the background and a Valkyrie of your choice standing in front of you.
  • Bullet Time: The "Time Fracture" effect can slow down time around the user for a few seconds, which helps with navigating around enemies; this can also slow down the timer for a Timed Mission. Some Valkyrie suits can activate Time Fracture with an Ultimate Evasion, while others trigger it with their QTE skills (which have shorter durations), and Divine Prayer Kiana has it as part of her Ultimate Skill.
  • Call-Back: In the supplementary comic about the ELFs' world, Schrodinger examines the magazine she finds and she notices something peculiar: the "Mu continent", which she thinks was a lost world in the middle of the sea. Jingwei's Wings says that that's the name of this world back when humanity was still around. It's an oblique reference to another comic set in the Previous Era, where it's mentioned that there existed a continent called Mu that was lost due to the activity of the 9th Herrscher, who can control gravity.
  • Camera Lock-On: By default, your character will lock on to the closest enemy they're facing when they attack. You can change the settings to either disable this or give you manual lock-on (by tapping the enemy's body), although it's usually better to keep it automatic.
  • Cap:
    • Your Valkyries' max level is capped at whatever your current level is as Captain, and can't go higher than 80 although your Captain level is capped at 85 (as of Version 3.4).
    • The max upgrade levels for weapons and Stigmata are denoted by stars. 4-star equipments' upgrade level cap is 35, while 5-star ones is 50.
  • Cast Full of Gay: Out of all playable characters, only Himeko is confirmed to be straight. The rest...
    • Kiana adores Mei and is not shy at all about expressing it. This somehow extends to Sirin's dormant Herrscher core within Kiana, which is attracted to Mei's Herrscher self and feels entitled to take it—because back in the 2nd Honkai War, Sirin used to possess the core of the 3rd Herrscher (among other cores) to empower herself. She also jokes that Fu Hua might be a contender, if not for the fact that Kiana's soul and body already belongs to Mei.
    • Bronya and Seele are so close that they end up kissing each other before the latter disappears from reality, with Seele promising that this wouldn't be their last kiss and Bronya will find a way to restore Seele, becoming one of her main motivations throughout the story. In the "Stygian Blooms" event, in the "Album/Seele's Notebook" section, there are writings of negative emotions and other things ("Solitude", "Anger", "Fear", etc), and among them is "Seele loves Bronya".
    • Kallen bonds with Yae Sakura due to their similar circumstances, and they spend most of their screentime together like a couple. It's saying something when most official works have them kissing each other at least once.
    • Downplayed with Fu Hua. She doesn't exactly show attraction towards anyone, but she's often close to Himeko (who simply sees her as one of her students). In the previous civilization 50000+ years ago, she used to be a newbie soldier under the command of a Himeko lookalike, who turned out to be the Herrscher of Flame and had to be slain. Her commander taught her a lot of things and was protective of her, which causes Fu Hua to look up to her, even after her death. Though more recent events seem to have shifted to pairing her up with Kiana more often than not, with one event having the Captain note how he senses a "special chemistry" between the two.
  • Cataclysm Backstory: The supplementary comic centered around the Divine Keys shows that there used to be a much more advanced human civilization 50000+ years ago that had dealt with numerous Honkai threats, including Herrschers. Back then, humans, thanks to the previous world version of Mei, who's a renowned scientist, had many technological breakthroughs such as the creation of the special alloy "Soul Steel" and the weapons derived from it, the study of the Herrscher Cores and their use in creating the Divine Keys, as well as the "M.A.N.T.I.S" project, which created powerful Super Soldiers. Despite their best efforts, however, they eventually faced extinction at the hand of the final Herrscher ("God Kiana" of the previous game, Guns GirlZ), but not before Mei flung a light into the future in the form of Stigmatanote  and her "child"note .
  • Challenge Run: The first time you play most stages (story mode, Chronicles stages, daily missions, certain events, etc), there'll be "medals" that you can obtain by doing challenging tasks, such as doing a number of combo hits, finishing the stage under a number of seconds, not taking more than X amount of hits, etc. Successfully getting the medals would give you a few Crystals each, and in story mode and Chronicles mode, getting enough medals from a cluster of stages will give you some more rewards.
  • Changing Gameplay Priorities: You'll spend your lower captain levels learning about your Valkyries' skills and how they work in battle, and you'll gain crystals and coins rather quickly. The game unlocks more and more things as you level up, from the Dormitory, to the Base, to the Armada (basically guilds) and their related features, and various gameplay modes such as Memorial Arena and Infinite Abyss. Once you're at level 40+, leveling your Valkyries (including their skills) requires more resources, and you also have to start planning about getting better gear for them (at worst, the 3-stars-base ones).
  • Character Alignment: The chibis of the Stigmata characters are each assigned one of the classic D&D-style alignments. For instance, Sirin and Elizabeth Bathory are Chaotic Evil since Sirin is the Herrscher of the Void and Elizabeth Bathory is based on the historical murderer Elizabeth Báthory.
  • Character Level: Each of the Valkyrie suits have their "levels", which can be increased by playing as them or by special EXP chips, the latter method being faster. Leveling up means increasing their stats and available skill levels, as well as increasing their "load point" so that they can equip more powerful weapons and Stigmata. ELFs also have their levels, which are increased by feeding them special food. Their level is capped by their "star grade" (which are increased by collecting their fragments), akin to weapons/stigmata.
  • Chekhov's Gag: The "HOMU Rush!" event mentions "Sekigo: Sakura Dies Twice" as one of the games that Bronya plays in a lifestream, and as part of the "Beach Empress" (aka the "desert genie")'s video game collection. The "Sanka Saga" event's final act is called "Sekigo", and its only normal stage is named "Sakura Dies Twice".
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • In "Winter's Rhapsody" and "Odd Drifter" events, if the particular item you get from the adventure isn't immediately useful, it will become useful later on.
    • The "St. Freya Fiesta" event features a board game-like gameplay, with you following a linear path (with occasional branching that leads back to one path), deciding how long you can go with randomized means (from 1 to 4 squares), and various things that could happen when you stop on a particular square. The significance of this is in how it's revealed in the end that the Captain is just daydreaming while Theresa and the Olenyeva twins are playing a board game.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Some of the weapons' Flavor Text mentions the designer as neither Schicksal nor Anti-Entropy, but "Mikoyan Design Bureau", who's affiliated with the organization called "World Serpent". Chapter 9-EX is where the story directly tackles said organization for the first time, by first showing one of their agents/informants called "Gray Serpent" and his subordinate called "Ningyo". Version 2.9's introduction video also puts emphasis on them and the serpent theme. Version 3.5 also puts them in a bigger spotlight, coming complete with a new side comic that focuses on them.
  • Church Militant: The Schicksal Organization, at least at its core/in its earlier days, has some Christian (particularly Catholic) themes, and is led by an Archbishop. They're also the foremost group on fighting the Honkai phenomenon.
  • *Click* Hello: This is played with in ch. 14, when Mei makes her presence known to Rita by putting her sword to Rita's neck.
    Rita: Miss Raiden, it's been a long time.
  • Cliffhanger:
    • The Sakura Samsara's extra story ends like this: Sakura manages to defeat the sword-turned-demon Jizo Mitama and free Higokumaru from "her" influence, but then a masked thief (Kallen as Sixth Serenade) steals the cursed sword away. The Raid stages "Soul Throne" continues from this, as Sakura goes to chase the thief.
    • The "HOMU Rush!" event ends in one, as the ship the Captain and the girls are on is swept away by a huge wave. The next event, "Odd Drifter", picks up in the aftermath, as Yae Sakura finds the Captain washed up on a beach which becomes the first area in the event.
    • The end of ch. 9 has Himeko preparing herself to fight Herrscher of the Void. The cutscene only shows glimpses of the fight; the full video is in the official Youtube channel, called "Last Lesson". Likewise, the end of ch. 14 has Kiana preparing to use Herrscher of the Void's full power with Fu Hua's aid; it then cuts with an announcement for an upcoming video.
  • Color Wash: Certain attacks/effects by the Valkyries or the ELFs will tint the surroundings with certain color. Time Fracture effect will dim the lights and give a subtle purple tint, the ELF Blood Embrace's Ultimate Skill will tint the screen red until it finishes, Arctic Kriegsmesser's special mode (after using her Charged Attack) will tint the screen blue until the mode stops, and so on.
  • Combat Resuscitation: In the Coop Multiplayer stages, when one of the player characters is downed, they can be brought back up by one of their co-op friends by walking towards them and waiting for a few seconds until they get back up. There's a 20-second time limit to this state, however; once those seconds pass, they can't be revived unless their player pays a certain amount of Crystals that increases with each subsequent death. Some of the "Co-op Skills" affect this mechanic in many ways, like increasing the speed of resuscitation, or providing some temporary buffs after successful resuscitation, etc.
  • Combo: These can be executed by repeatedly tapping on the attack button. Variations require some sort of unique input like delayed taps or tap-and-holds. There is also a combo counter in-game, which is tracked by certain stage objectives. Certain Valkyrie skills and weapon and Stigmata effects are tied to how many combo hits you make; most of them are about giving you buffs after reaching a number of combo hits. Some of the "medal missions" are also about doing enough hits in a combo.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: In the Dirac Sea mode, the clusters that contain only 1 enemy and the clusters that contain "duo elites" are harder than the normal ones, which house more enemies. The "solo warrior" cluster's enemy will have a lot of HP, and two special buffs: one that burns your characters' SP and temporarily weakens them if said enemy damages you, and another that gives them resistance towards most Standard Status Effects whenever said enemy gets debuffed. The "duo elites" cluster's enemies have the Soul Link buff and there might be multiple pairs of them, though you fight them one pair at a time.
  • Continuity Nod: The event stories tend to reference previous ones, but "Odd Drifter" makes it a plot point because the Captain is dealing with some amnesia, with him getting flashbacks to the previous events' stories every now and then. In particular, seeing the "vampire Theresa" reminds him of the events of Soukai City where he couldn't save Luna Kindred no matter what he does and thus he strives to help her in however way he can, including giving her his own blood.
  • Contractual Boss Immunity: Most bosses are immune to many status effects, making QT Es harder to use (as they're triggered by status effects). The few ones that they aren't immune to are "bleeding", "ignite", "time-slow" (and a few bosses are immune to even that), "impaired" and "weakened" (lowered attack power). They also can only be launched up if their Armor Meter is broken, and even then (most of the time) they aren't "launched" per se, merely enough that it'll trigger launch-based QTE. In a lesser variant, some of them are also attribute-less, so that none of your Valkyries have advantage against them (but neither would they).
  • Cool Airship: The Hyperion, which doubles as your Home Base.
  • Cooldown Manipulation: Some Stigmata effects reduce the cooldown of Ult. Evasion/Perfect Defense, such as Zhuge Kongming T or the 2-Set Bonus of Shakespeare. Some others reduce the cooldown of weapon skills, such as Theresa: Origins M or Siegfried M.
  • Co-Op Multiplayer: Players can join lobbies of 3 and battle enemies in real-time.
  • Cover Version: Seele's theme "Dual Ego" has a cover version sang by Hanser, Bronya's voice actress.
  • Crapsaccharine World: This setting may be placed in a generally thriving 20 Minutes into the Future, but no one is safe here, as there's Honkai all over the place, and the organizations opposing them are not much better. Not to mention those Valkyries are extremely expendable, and generally, their lifespans get cut off for good measure by artificial Stigmata augmentationnote .
  • Crapsack World: In comparison to the current era, the Previous Era is this, as the Honkai threats occur much more frequently, forcing humanity to advance just as quickly. Even with their best efforts, there was always the feeling of looming Honkai threats, they're forced to adapt desperate and extreme measures, and humanity dwindled - and eventually went extinct - in the span of little more than a decade (compare Kevin and MEI at the time of the 3rd Honkai outbreak, to the end of the era).
  • Critical Hit:
    • In the traditional sense, physical attacks have a chance of dealing critical hits, shown by the damage number glowing gold. The CRT stat determines the chance and damage a critical hit does. Some Valkyries' skills, some weapons and Stigmata can increase the critical hit chance and damage directly, or increase the CRT stat; some others have effects that trigger upon dealing critical hitsnote .
    • In a variant, when you're leveling your weapons and Stigmata up using level-up materials, there'll be a chance that you'll fill it by 1.5 times the amount, and a much more rare chance to fill it by 2 times. If you're lucky enough, this would mean that you can level up your equipments using lower amounts of money and materials.
  • Creator Cameo: In the first Summer event, the miHoYo building exists in Soukai City. In the story, you can sometimes see miHoYo advertisements and logos in Arc City.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • At the end of Chapter 8, Sirin fully takes control of Kiana's body and awakens as the Herrscher of the Void. Mei tries to fight her while being assisted by her Herrscher self, but gets utterly trounced no matter how well the player performs in the boss battle. In the following cutscene, Anti-Entropy's army of mechs also gets wrecked when the Herrscher of the Void sends all of their firepower back at them.
    • In the Second Eruption comic, Sirin gets utterly trounced by Fu Hua when the latter uses Fenghuang Down on the Herrscher before she even has time to react. She ends up wrapped in an illusion where Fu Hua picks apart her defense with impunity and lands countless physical blows on the untrained girl; while in the real world, Fu Hua simply stabs her with the Waterblade to keep her pinned down and maintain Fenghuang Down's illusion. Unfortunately, Sirin snaps out of it and starts adapting herself to Fu Hua's tricks, swiftly turning the tables.
    • In the London Holiday comic, Stan the bio-engineered cat is infuriated that his fight against Rita always gets interrupted by some inconvenience, so when he runs into Durandal on his way out, he decides to pounce on her... only to get swatted off with a nonchalant hit from Durandal's wrist, who's still in her civvies. This sends Stan flying into the ceiling so hard, the collar that allows him to transform into a Honkai Beast shatters and he's left powerless before Durandal, who fortunately treats him like any other cat.
  • Damage-Increasing Debuff: The "Impaired" debuff, indicated by downward yellow arrows near the body (whether the playable characters or the enemies'). This debuff increases physical damage done onto the one with the status. Some Valkyries have ways to inflict this debuff (with Theresa's Celestial Hymn suit specializing in it), while some weapons and Stigmata have effects/skills that can also do so.
  • Damage Typing: Two types, physical and elemental damage.
    • Physical damage is affected by the attacker's ATK stat, the defender's DEF, and whether or not they have an Elite Shield or some other protection. Physical damage can be affected by Critical Hit and will also damage and break Elite Shields.
    • Elemental damage sources are rare, with only certain Valkyries specializing in dealing them. They may or may not depend on the ATK stat (depending on the applicable formula), but they will ignore DEF, physical shields, or Elite Shields. However, they cannot break Elite Shields nor deal Critical Hits, and they can be resisted by certain equipments or buffs that give elemental resistance. A few bosses are also highly resistant or immune to elemental damage.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The Divine Keys each have a Limit Break on their own, collectively called "Zeroth level release". Triggering it will release the full extent of the power of the Herrscher themselves, which tends to have devastating effects on everything within vicinity, including the users themselves.
    • Oath of Judah's Zeroth level is to shut down every sort of energy, Honkai power and all. Sirin temporarily loses her Herrscher powers, becoming completely powerless upon the activation, while Theresa can barely stand, and would've died if she activated it any longer.
    • Judgement of Shamash's Zeroth level is to release a large blast of fire that destroys everything in its path, including its user.
    • Star of Eden's Zeroth level is nothing short of a miniature black hole. Bronya used it in "World 3" in Ch. 11 to end the bubble universe she's in, stopping the Alternate Universe Welt in the process.
    • This also occurs in Ch. 11-EX: Fenghuang Down's zeroth release is to merge the entirety of one's consciousness onto someone else's, bonding their souls until their death.
  • Darker and Edgier: World 3 in Chapter 11 is significantly bleaker than the other two. The initial premise is the Second Honkai Eruption occurring in the present-day, meaning Bronya is fighting alongside Kiana and Mei, with Anti-Entropy allying with Schicksal to put down the Second Herrscher. And then Welt gets to Sirin, steals her core, kills her, and then turns on the Valkyries, with the intent of destroying Schicksal out of revenge. You know shit has hit the fan hard when Mei is just straight up obliterated, and Kiana apparently dies offscreen. Bronya barely avoids being corrupted by this world's Welt, who has apparently succeeded in destroying Schicksal. The one saving grace is that Bronya stops his mad rampage and ends the bubble universe in the end.
  • Dating Sim: The Anniversary event gives a new game mode that's basically a dating sim lite. Set in Soukai City near the beach, complete with maps like in dating sims, you can date your Valkyries, experience various (humorous) event stories and give them gifts (gained from event stages in the city) to increase your bond levels with them, which will give you some event prizes. A patch, however, adds a new Visual Novel layer to it with deeper storylines.
  • Decoy Convoy: In the 2nd Eruption comic, some years prior to the 2nd Honkai War, Welt attacked Schicksal convoy that supposedly carried a secret weapon and guarded by some A-rank Valkyries. When Welt checked the container, he only found an empty box instead. He then planned to pursue Cecilia, one of the aforementioned Valkyries, to get information about the weapon from her.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: In Ch. 3, our heroes corner Herrscher Wendy and convince her to turn normal so that she can be brought to the Hyperion, have her legs healed, and have a better life. Due to Bronya's words, Wendy is convinced and willing to go with them... just in time for Cocolia to command Bronya to beat Wendy, causing Bronya to attack the latter. An angered Wendy turns Herrscher again and you have to fight her for real. Worse, after the battle, a squadron of Anti-Entropy robots come in and strike your Valkyries and Wendy down after they're exhausted, and they and brainwashed Bronya then go away with Wendy and Mei in their clutches.
  • Difficulty Levels: Usually comes in Normal, Hard and Supreme, which each being increasingly harder while giving better rewards for completing stages.
  • Difficulty Spike:
    • Chapter 4 is where things start to generally become harder, especially if you're trying to get the levels' medals.
    • Leveling up to 56 and 70 raises the difficulty of Infinity Abyss, Dirac Sea, and Memorial Arena.
  • Doomed Hometown: Or more like "Doomed Home Base", but this is implied to be what happened to St. Freya Academy after ch. 9: in between the Time Skip, Schicksal bombarded and destroyed the school, as seen through Bronya's memories.
  • Dramatic Chase Opening: The beginning of the Second Eruption comic has 2 frightened scientists in the Babylon Lab running away from a ghost-like figure. One of them got captured by the ghost girl while the other tried to escape with an elevator, but she then phased through the shutters and called him out for abandoning his comrade, leading him to stand back and shoot the ghost. Then somehow, the bullets hit him instead. Before he lost unconsciousness, he saw the ghost girl approaching him.
  • Dual Wielding: One variant of the zombie mooks dual wield katanas. Certain Schicksal mechas are also armed with blades on each arms.
  • Dual-World Gameplay: The special "Helheim Labs" game mode has this as its main gimmick. It has "Real Space" (the real world) and "Imaginary Space" (an alternate dimension to the real world) that you can switch between by pressing a button. There are some things in the Real Space that you can access/affect by going to the Imaginary Space and then interacting with the "imaginary" version of the things. Imaginary Space also lets you avoid the Real Space's enemies and dangerous obstacles, but beware: the Imaginary Space has their own Patrolling Mooks that, if they spot you, you'll get paralyzed and forced back into the Real Space.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • Downplayed with 天命 and 律者 which are translated to "Schicksal" and "Herrscher" and mean "destiny" and "ruler" in Chinese/Japanese and German, respectively.
    • Played straight with Negentropy, which becomes "Anti-Entropy".
    • A lot of the Valkyrie battlesuits' names aren't direct translations from the original Chinese.
  • Dungeon Shop: In the Matrix Explore game mode, you may come across the HOMU Shop (indicated by a glowing golden portal, while others are blue) where you can buy things from HOMU with the Honkai Energy cubes you collect throughout the play. HOMU will sell 3 items at random, from a selection of: health pickups, SP pickups, special "buffs" that strengthen your characters, or "cards" that can be activated to generate different effects.
  • Dynamic Entry: Certain characters have "switch attacks", attacks that they'll perform as they're tagged in. The QTE system allows the characters to do a more powerful attack as they're tagged in, but they need a "trigger condition".
  • Easy Level Trick: Urgent Missions in Sakura Samsara will pit you against a "boss monster" that has really high defenses. The fight is also a semi-Timed Mission where, after 90 seconds have passed, they'll have increased stats, be Immune to Flinching and deal continuous fire elemental damage just by being in your vicinity. There are tricks to defeating them quickly, however:
    1. The boss may appear next to a Rare Monster (keyword being "may"). The trick is to perform a Stealth Kill to the Rare Monster while the boss is in the vicinity so that they'll get hit by the high (collateral) damage. Higher adventure level bosses may teleport somewhere else after their health is depleted by a certain percentage; if the new place has another Rare Monster in it, you can use the Stealth Kill method again. Note that the level 27-29 bosses highly resist it.
    2. You can try acquiring "soul cannon" from one of the available tasks, which lets you launch highly damaging exploding fireballs. After you get the item, you can teleport out of the area where you get it and into where the boss is located; you can then use the soul cannon to hit the boss safely from afar, for huge damage. (The boss may teleport to another place, like the above.) Note that the stuff does elemental damage, and the level 27 boss is immune to them.
  • Eldritch Ocean Abyss: "The Deep" (as shown in ch. 10) may not exactly be a deep dark abyss (it's a bright Underwater City of the previous civilization), but it's sprawling with aquatic Honkai Beasts. The "Eye of the Deep", however, looks the part more, with a darker, more eerie look and even more Honkai Beasts, including a gigantic one, Tlaloc.
  • Elite Mook: The "elite monsters", who have 2-3 bars of health instead of just one and have "elite shields", a gauge that will reduce damage taken until the gauge is depleted from taking hits; the gauge will regenerate after some time, as well. They also have more powerful attacks than regular mooks.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • Chapter 7 shows that Theresa is willing to cooperate with Anti-Entropy in order to go against Otto. They fully became allies in the storyline of Schicksal HQ Open World.
    • In Chapter 8, the 3rd Herrscher lends her power to Mei against Herrscher Kiana. It doesn't help her at all.
    • In the supplementary comic set in the 2nd Honkai War in Schicksal's facility Babylon Tower, Anti-Entropy's leader came to the Schicksal members already there (mainly Siegfried) and struck a deal with them to fight the 2nd Herrscher together. Otto, while he has his own plans in this battle, approved it.
  • Equipment Upgrade:
    • Your weapons and stigmata have "enhance levels" and "upgrade stars". They all start out as 1-star grade lower than their maxed state and in enhance level 1; leveling them up means increasing their stats, and if you've leveled it to the max, you can "upgrade" it with certain materials, giving them 1 "sub-star". Repeat the process until all the sub-stars are lit, and doing it once again will raise their grade by 1 star. Each sub-star upgrade, until the max upgrade, will also enhance the weapon's skill effects. Higher rarity equipments have better stats, but they also have higher max levels and thus require filling more sub-stars before they can be fully upgraded.
    • Version 3.4 introduces "PRI-ARM" weapons, upgraded versions of existing weaponry that have 6-star rarity. They have a max level of 65, higher attack power and upgraded skills, but to make them available for crafting, it requires you to have the corresponding existing weaponry in questionnote  and they consume new upgrade materials that take quite some time to farm. Each subsequent patch is intended to introduce two new PRI-ARM weapons. Every PRI-ARM seen so far is a significantly improved version of the "signature weapon" of older S-Rank Valkyries and clearly intended to be used by them, having abilities that are tailor-made to address their weak points and make them much more viable in the endgame.For Example...  However, the ability to upgrade these weapons into the PRI-ARM stage is locked until the player reaches Level 80, so these are exclusive to very long-time players deep into their endgame experience.
    • In a variant, you can upgrade your ELFs the same way (use specific leveling and upgrading materials), with a twist: they also have "ELF Fragments" like Valkyrie battlesuits, and in order to increase their star rank (and thus max level and stats), you have to acquire enough of their fragments. Unique to them is the "ELF Talents", skills that can be equipped to your ELFs and leveled up by their own, with specific materials. To equip the talents, you have to unlock their talent slots, which also costs materials. Version 3.7 gives a big overhaul to the ELF mechanics following Book of Fuxi's release: their max level is no longer dependent on the star rank (which is upgraded by collecting their fragments), and each ELF now has a predetermined skillset instead of having to take skills from the "talent bank" and slot them in. Each of the EL Fs' skills (basic attack, Ultimate, passive, team) have sub-skills that can be unlocked and upgraded with materials, and with leveling the ELF up to certain levels and leveling up the previous sub-skill as a prerequisite.
  • Escort Mission:
    • One side mission in Theresa's side story (Everlasting Memory) requires you to protect Theresa from several waves of zombies and Honkai beasts as she slowly walks across the courtyard of St. Freya's toward the main building.
    • One possible Sakura Samsara mission is to find a "Red Fox Soul" wandering around the Sparrow Hill area and escort it into the nearby town, requiring the player to avoid entering battle until the soul enters the town's boundary.
  • Evil Is Angular: Robots built by the antagonistic Anti-Entropy look very blocky, while those made by Schicksal (where our heroes belong to) are sleeker, with the humanoid ones being close to human in proportions and outline. Played with in that our heroes end up going against Schicksal while allying with Anti-Entropy.
  • Experience Booster: For players of Lv. 50 or below, the game will give you "EXP boosting chips" that can help newer players quickly level up. A few events may also give more general EXP booster chips that can be used for anyone.
  • Extradimensional Power Source: One supplementary comic mentions that the Herrschers draw their powers from the Imaginary Space through their Herrscher Cores.
  • Extra Normal Institute: St. Freya Academy is meant for teaching and training young girls to become strong Valkyries to combat the Honkai threats. Theresa built it as a shelter for victims of Honkai testing, and to teach them how to control the Honkai energy inside them.

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  • Faceless Goons: A later update introduces the "Immortal Blades" mooks, the Valkyrie squad led by Durandal and Rita. They all wear masks similar to that of Fu Hua's Shadow Knight outfit, although their hairstyles are different. As they're trained human soldiers as opposed to the zombies or robots, they have various attacks and strategies, and can be surprisingly fast as well.
  • Fanservice:
    • An entire essay could be written on the volume of fanservice elements in the Valkyries' battlesuits and alternate outfits, the Stigmata, and even Ai-chan, with Bare Your Midriff, Cleavage Window, Stripperiffic and Vapor Wear as four of the most prevalent.
    • You can pick up swimsuit costumes for the Valkyries, as well as Stigmata of some of the Valkyries in their swimsuits, along with other characters such as Cecilia and Durandal. While some can be purchased, these are mostly given out as event prizes, or bought with event currency.
    • Tesla, Einstein, and Schrodinger's normal outfits are fairly conservative, but their Band Stigmata sets each have one or two pieces that feature them wearing midriff-baring outfits, although Tesla's is downplayed since her tummy is mostly covered by her bass guitar and one of Einstein's is similarly obscured by both her shirt and pose.
    • Himeko is the subject of an incredibly blatant instance in the battle against her Brainwashed and Crazy self in Chapter Xuanyuan (which gets homaged in the "Imaginary Rumble" event's stage "The Unexpected"), in which you fight her first as Scarlet Fusion and then as Blood Rose. When she bursts out of the crystal she's sealed in and becomes Blood Rose, for a few seconds the view is just a close-up of her torso, with her barely-covered bosom front and center in the view.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: The three main elements that your Valkyries can use; some of the weapons are imbued with one of the three elements and a number of Stigmata either focus on one element or all of them in general. Himeko is notable in that she can wield all three in her different battlesuits, and as her boss self, she can summon 3 clones of herself, each of them wielding one of those elements. Some enemies may also come in elemental variants. The Herrschers' command of natural elements aren't limited to those three, however.
  • Fisher King: The "Sakura Samsara" is a "stigmata realm" that is primarily formed by Sakura's memories, with the people inside them being the living memories of the people she knew in life (primarily Kallen), but is also influenced by the "Honkai will from the box" that was sealed with her and was referred to as "Hellmaru". The latter warped things inside the realm and looped the time passage multiple times in order to break Sakura's mind so that one day it can take over her body and break free. During the events of the story, Kiana (who jumps into the realm with Bronya's help) finds the space around her warping multiple times, confusing her. After Hellmaru's defeat, the realm starts becoming unstable, which (among other things) causes Kallen to disappear, and Sakura tries to find her. Among other things, she discovers the "Celestial Castle" which she never visited before in life; the castle, its environment, and its "tower guardians", are the creation of the "will in the box".
  • Flavor Text: The game gives some lore for the equippable weapons, as well as each of the Valkyrie suits you can obtain, although the latter have to be unlocked by increasing their affection levels.
  • Floating Continent: Schicksal's main HQ is located in the skies above Europe, consisting of a set of floating artificial islands.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In Chapter 6, which takes place in a "simulation" of the past, Kiana sees a robot that's similar to Anti-Entropy's Titan Mechas inside Schicksal's Babylon Lab. She questions how an Anti-Entropy robot could be there. Then Chapter 8 and the "Schicksal Invasion" event reveals that Anti-Entropy used to be Schicksal's North American branch before they separated due to inner conflicts and became their own organization.
    • For the "Odd Drifter" event:
      • One of the early scenes in the event has someone offscreen talking about "formation" and "eight trigrams", with 2 other characters saying that they don't understand any of them. Then, throughout the event, you encounter Roza and Lili multiple times, who's working for a "master". Near the end of the event, the "master" is revealed: it's Zhuge Kongming (also known as Zhuge Liang), who's known for the "Stone Sentinel Formation". She apparently has appeared before, in the Honkai Kingdoms event (in the Emberya side).
      • When the Captain's group approaches the strange tower in Part 1, they noticed a piece of ripped clothing near the trap door, suggesting that someone else was there before them. In Part 2, during the story on the tundra, the Captain says that he's seeing someone similar to himself near the beach, but Tesla thinks he's hallucinating. At the final chapter of the event, the 2 different groups meet each other and deduce that there are 2 of the same Captain (one of them was captured by the Olenyeva Twins). Later, they discovered the "other" Captain being Bound and Gagged. The two "captains" then stare at each other, causing his memories to be restored; by the time he opens his eyes again, the bound Captain is gone.
    • In Ch. 13, in the first act, Rita's subordinate Alvitr contacts her, saying that among the zombies she found in Arc City, some of them have Stigmata, but Rita dismissed it, thinking that she might've been seeing it wrongnote . Then when she encounters Kiana, the latter gives Rita a glass tube containing a kind of serum and an access card, while saying that something else has been causing the Honkai outbreaknote . In the second act, Alvitr confirms that what she saw on the zombies she found are indeed stigmata, and thus Rita decides to follow Kiana's intel. The end of the second act confirms her suspicions. Upon discovering the deepest chamber of Heliopolis building, she acquires some valuable data about the company, which reveals that the company belongs to the World Serpent, and they've been secretly performing Stigmata-related experiments on people of Arc City.
    • In the prologue of the "Sanka Saga" event, the Hanafuda Oyabun (Rita) claims that Kasumi is the second person who has managed to sneak that far into her mansion. The epilogue has Kasumi recounting this, and the Ferryman (Kasumi's assistant) admits that he was the "first infiltrator".
  • For Want of a Nail: Chapter 11 has multiple "bubble universes" in the Sea of Quanta, demonstrating how the world might have turned out had things been different:
    • World 1 is a timeline where Cecilia actually survived the Second Honkai Eruption, and founded St. Freya. As a result, this timeline is actually better than reality in some ways, including Cocolia being a Valkyrie and a genuinely heroic person.
    • World 2 is a timeline where Otto and Theresa are running what is implied to be the same orphanage Cocolia owned in the main timeline, and Otto, unlike his real self, is a genuinely good person.
    • World 3 is a timeline where the Second Honkai Eruption happens several years later than it should, and Anti-Entropy was slaughtered by Schicksal, with Welt being the only survivor. Welt rebuilt the organisation, stole Sirin's core, and proceeded to return the favor, basically annihilating Schicksal and slaughtering nearly all of its Valkyries, including Kiana and Mei.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Around 0:38 in Reburn, images of Mei and Himeko are on two of the soda cans.
  • Gainax Ending: The "Odd Drifter" event ends with one. From the tower, Zhuge Kongming supposedly warps the Captain to his world, but he instead finds himself inside a computer system(?) where he encounters a Bad Boss version of Ai-chan, called "Bug Fixer" who overworks the "debugger" workers under her. You (as the Captain) eventually "fight" her and bring an end to the "tyranny" (by deleting the app "Bug Fixer" in your phone), with the workers thanking you. Then you walk out of the place... and the story ends. The months-earlier event "Winter Rhapsody" had a similar sequence, but there, it wasn't the ending—there's still more stories after that that led to a proper ending.
  • Gaia's Vengeance: The Honkai grows with civilization and seeks to destroy it.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: There's a bug in the open-world maps where, if you lag while transitioning between planes/platforms, your player character may "sink" beneath the map, making you unable to move or do anything else. Your only option is to exit the stage.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Due to the gacha nature of the game, you can obtain and use gacha characters before they are properly introduced in the main story.
  • Gameplay Automation: In Schicksal HQ Open World, once a week, there's the "Mecha Defense" battle, where you can put the mechs you've built in the Hangar into an automated battle. The Weather of War system in this mode might give bonuses to certain robots you may bring, i.e either it buffs ranged-types or melee-types, or Anti-Entropy mechs or Schicksal ones, etc. Once you bring them into battle, the robots will move by their own, trying to demolish the waves of enemies that appear. You can support them in 3 ways (depending on how far you've progressed Ai-chan's tech level): either support bombardment, paralyzing all the enemies present, or temporarily strengthening all of your robots, each with their own cooldowns. Once you're done, you'll get prizes depending on how long you took to finish it.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: The "Sanka Saga" event focuses on Kasumi's mission from Schicksal to retrieve all 6 of the "Zakti Runes", collectively called the "Raksha's Rage". Later in the epilogue, after she gets them all, she discusses them with the Ferryman, where he implies that all but one of them are (their world's equivalent of) Divine Keysnote , while the last one is a Herrscher Core (that can suck anything into the Sea of Quanta).
  • Gratuitous German:
    • As part of a Dub Name Change on the English SEA server, certain in-game terms are in German like Schicksal, Herrscher and Kriegsmesser.
    • Reburn ends with the phrase "Ich liebe dich.", which translates to "I love you." in German. It's also the Arc Words of Chapter 6.
  • Gravity Master: The power of the 9th Divine Key, Star of Eden, is to control gravity. It normally takes form of an orb, but Einstein built a special harness around it that allows it to be used like a "cannon" of sorts. You can acquire said cannon in-game for Bronya, which shoots powerful gravity orbs instead of rockets.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: The two rival organizations, Schicksal and Anti-Entropy, both have a fair share of good and bad seeds in them, and both have done ethically questionable things in order to fight the Honkai phenomenon and protect humanity. The Honkai forces, meanwhile, like the Gohma from Asura's Wrath, believe that humans are a plague that has harmed the planet and they aim to exterminate them.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: In ch. 11, Seele reveals that the "bubble universe" she's in apparently loops multiple times; specifically, it'll loop when she and the other Valkyries choose to take the kidnapped boy Joachim to Schicksal HQ. It takes Bronya (who comes from the real world) to notice it and convince the others to not give the boy to Schicksal, because he's apparently a runaway Schicksal experiment who had faced a lot of torturous experiments. The St. Freya Academy higher-ups agree with her and choose to take the boy to the academy instead, and the bubble universe "pops", leaving Bronya back in the Sea of Quanta.
  • Guide Dang It!: The Witch's Corridor Shop only appears once the player possesses an SSS-Rank Valkyrie. Even if the Valkyrie is promoted to that rank, there are no immediate tutorials to remind the player of that shop's presence.
  • Hard Mode Perks: The Hard and Supreme difficulties for the story mode chapters add Valkyrie fragments and other rare materials in the drop tables that you can't otherwise obtain from playing the Normal Story difficulty. Also, the higher difficulties of the Co-op Raid stages reward better materials.
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose:
    • Even though you have to beat Fu Hua's Shadow Knight form with Honkai-possessed Knight Moonbeam Kiana at the last stage of Chapter 6, the chapter ends with Fu Hua defeating Kiana and taking her to Otto.
    • A similar thing happens in Chapter 8. You control Scarlet Fusion to fight Shadow Knight and you have to win the boss fight, but the cutscene afterwards still shows that Himeko loses and is apprehended by Fu Hua.
    • Played with in the final battle of Chapter 8, Mei (you) vs Herrscher of the Void. The battle stops before you can deplete the boss' health, after which it's shown that the latter is trouncing Mei.
    • This happens again in Ch. 11, where the first battle with Seele would end with Bronya below her heel even if you win.
  • Health/Damage Asymmetry: Your playable Valkyries may only have an average of 4-digit maximum health, but the enemies can have health in the tens or hundreds of thousands. The asymmetry goes to the point where a few thousand damage per attack is common for end-game players.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: In the "Sakura Season" event, when Higokumaru asks for Darkbolt Jonin's name, there'll be a prompt where you have to type a name for her. After that, the UI and story texts will display the name that you put for her, but Higokumaru notes that it's just an alias, befitting a ninja.
  • Heroic Fatigue: Downplayed in the dorms. If a Valkyrie is sitting on the floor and has a blue speech bubble with a white chair over her head, she's extremely tired and wanting to rest. Dragging her to a bed or something she can sit on will fulfill the request, and she will either sit happily or stretch out and go to sleep. Some of the Valkyries say something relating to this before the trigger bubble appears, such as Kiana and Bronya talking about how much they've been deployed and Mei bemoaning having to cook for everyone while being tired.
  • Heroic Lineage:
    • The Kaslana family is stated to have been dealing with the Honkai threats for centuries; it helps that they have natural resistance against Honkai energy. It's implied that the other core family of Schicksal, the Schariac family, also goes similarly. In particular, the Kaslana family seemingly has a kind of trait where they're always ready to become "the shield for the people", even if they have to sacrifice their lives in the process. Otto, who witnessed Kallen's father dying in battle by using the Judgment of Shamash to kill a giant Honkai Beast, realized that a similar fate will befall Kallen as well and thus he became protective of her.
      Kiana: My old man once told me that "the Kaslana blood boils when they see people in trouble".
    • Kallen's father once told her how the Kaslana family goes in a Posthumous Narration:
      We hail from an ancient line far older than you can think of. Our Great Sires fell in battle against the Honkai, but never for tyranny. Will you let the strong feast on the weak? Watch closely, progeny. This is our path. The path is bitter and cold. It was never easy. They say that the heavens wept when our first great sire took the Oath. Though conceived in pure love, he knew he was bound to the Kaslana path. "I do not fear death. We Kaslanas die and never yield." But I fear the day when you, my sweet girl, choose to take the Oath and wield the Judgment as a Kaslana.
      I'm proud of you, Kallen. I can sleep in peace knowing that you will defend the weak in my place. Take the Oath, my sweet daughter. It is yours now.
      Kallen: Our sires sleep in the fields as humanity's brave shields. By the Judgment of Shamash, Kaslanas die and never yield.
  • High-Altitude Battle: The first chapter of the game takes place on top of a battleship. Chapter 7 has you fight on top of a Helios fighter aircraft, while Chapters 8 and 9 take place in Schicksal HQ, which is located in the skies above Europe.
  • Historical Gender Flip: Most Stigmata are female versions of male Historical Domain Characters and legendary figures like Galileo, Attila the Hun, Charlemagne, Sakamoto Ryouma, Zhuge Liang, etc. Others that are around in the present time like Einstein are ambiguous if they are the real deal or simply descendants of those scientists. Meanwhile, Tesla and Edison are both descendants (their first names are Frederika and Nancy respectively).
  • Horizontal Scrolling Shooter: The weekday bonus mission "Aerial Battle" is one, as you control the RPC-6626 hovercraft and shoot down satellites.
  • Human Sacrifice: In Sakura's backstory, the people of her village performed this ritual, according to a legend where, whenever a child is sacrificed, the "fox god" will descend and call forth the rain. When Sakura was young, her sister Rin was one of the sacrifices, causing her to become bitter and resent the village. Some years later, when Kallen heard of an upcoming ritual, she tried to stop this, but she was too late as a fox beast had eaten the sacrificed girl.
  • Immune to Flinching:
    • Downplayed for the most part. Monsters with shield gauges are highly resistant to flinching, but certain attacks and/or buffs of the Valkyries may still be able to flinch them. When the gauge is depleted, any attack will flinch them. Most Valkyries that have a Super Mode as their ultimate skill will also have resistance (i.e not immunity) to flinching when it's active, and Himeko's Charged Attacks and some of her weapon skills also make her resistant to flinching.
    • Played straight with bosses, who won't flinch until their shield gauge is depleted; for bonus points, they tend to be stunned/dazed when their shield gauge is broken. The rare "Iron Body" buff also gives total immunity to flinching; a few monsters may briefly gain this buff during their attacks, while the "Titan Mecha" mook will gain the buff when it Turns Red (after you deplete its health enough).
  • The Infiltration:
    • Ch. 4 has your group (Kiana, Himeko and Theresa) trying to infiltrate ME Corp building in order to rescue the kidnapped Mei and Wendy. Thanks to Bronya, they manage to get in, but later on Cocolia tried to control Bronya from afar to attack them; Bronya fries the control chip inside her brain in response, while telling Kiana to take Mei away. They didn't manage to rescue Wendy, however, whose Herrscher Core has been pulled out to be used to power up Wotan.
    • Half of ch. 9 is focused on Himeko and Tesla trying to infiltrate Schicksal's Helheim Labs, guided by Fu Hua. There, Himeko finds the special battlesuit Vermilion Knight, while Tesla manages to replicate an anti-Honkai serum that she finds in their database. They need both to fight Herrscher of the Void.
    • In ch. 12, in the Sea of Quanta's bubble universe that is set in the Previous Era, Seele (who entered the universe) accompanies the era's version of Sakura in infiltrating the Fire Moth building to find the latter's quarantined sister. By the time Sakura arrives in her sister's cell, however, the latter's already dead.
    • In ch. 13, following the intel that Kiana gives her, Rita decides to infiltrate the Heliopolis Life Sciences building to find hidden infos about them. Some of the stages become a Stealth-Based Mission. Her mission there is to find hidden infos related to the company's contribution to the Honkai problems; she ended up finding a secret basement and traces of zombies inside them, confirming her suspicions about the company. The twist is that the company's high ranking members had already known from the start (shown in the earlier stages, even) that Rita is infiltrating the building; they simply plan to "let her in" and then give her a "gift". That "gift" being the anti-Honkai serum that Schicksal developed, in form of gas bombs, in order to weaken Rita and her Valkyrie squad.
    • In ch. 14, in separate stages, Kiana and Rita infiltrate the Heliopolis building again. Kiana is looking for one of its members, Raven, while Rita is looking for the antidote for the anti-Honkai gas that she got affected with.
  • In Medias Res:
    • Ch. 9's first stage starts with Himeko in her Vermilion Knight suit tearing large swathes of Honkai Beasts. A few stages later, we see how she ended up getting the suit: by sneaking into the Helheim Labs, helped by Dr. Tesla.
    • Ch. 12's first stage starts with Bronya as Herrscher of Reason running through the Sea of Quanta to look for the missing Seele. The next stages focus on Seele's whereabouts, i.e in one of the "bubble universes". Near the climax, after Seele goes out of the bubble universe and encounters Kevin, Bronya finally meets her.
    • The prologue of "Sanka Saga" event starts with Kasumi infiltrating a large mansion/castle in order to retrieve an important item, only to get trapped by the "Hanafuda Oyabun". The next few stages are about the beginnings of her mission; later in the middle, the scene in the prologue occurs again (though with a few differences) as Kasumi starts infiltrating the same mansion.
  • Interface Screw: "Confused" is an uncommon status effect which will make your character's controls reversed momentarily.
  • In Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves: One supplementary comic focusing on Schicksal in the middle ages opens with young Otto saying that he doesn't believe that the Honkai, despite its potential to destroy humanity, is their greatest enemy.
    ...That accolade goes to humanity itself. We have waged war against each other since the beginning of history.
  • Item Crafting: By collecting certain rare materials of specified amounts, you can forge weapons and Stigmata of your own choice.
  • Item Farming: Typical for an ARPG gacha title, a lot of good stuff can, and in many cases, has to, be farmed. Although in this game, you can also farm Fragments to obtain new playable Valkyries.
  • Jiggle Physics: On the screen where a Valkyrie's costume can be swapped, you can rotate the Valkyrie to get a full look at the costume. Do it fast enough, and it becomes very evident that several of them have noticeable sway, although not to the extreme of actual Gainaxing.

    K - O 
  • Kill 'Em All: World 3 in Chapter 11 is basically this. Driven home by Mei just being obliterated out of nowhere, resulting in Kiana being driven right to the Despair Event Horizon, and even she doesn't have the luxury of dying on-screen, as she's just gone the moment Bronya takes her eyes off her in the heat of battle.
  • Kill Enemies to Open: Moving through the story chapters and most Co-op segments will have you locked in a border until you defeat all enemies within. Subverted in the Open-world maps, as you are free to roam but only get trapped in a border once you attack the roaming enemies or get into their lines of sight, to which this trope is played straight afterwards.
  • Kungfu Proof Mook:
    • Most Anti-Entropy robots are immune to stunning. Titan Mecha and its variants, after Turning Red, are immune to most status effects like bosses would.
    • The Quantum-type enemies are immune to most status effects, up until you induce a "Quantum Collapse" on themnote .
  • Lag Cancel: Most characters' normal attacks can be canceled into the dodge move in case there's an attack coming their way. It can also be used to cancel parts of a combo into the starting part of the combo so that you can keep comboing an enemy (usually a juggled one) without knocking them down. Many basic attacks (including branch/charged attacks) can also be canceled into the weapon's active skills.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Due to the large amount of updates, new battlesuits are introduced with a video explaining their abilities and narrating their context, which inevitably give out massive story spoilers. Fu Hua's Phoenix and Azure Empyrea battlesuits, for example, are blatantly presented as the manifestation of her true power and nature as an immortal defender, while Kiana's Herrscher of the Void is the product of a Wham Episode.
  • Launcher Move: Several Valkyries can launch enemies into the air with their attacks, which lets your team juggle said opponent and/or activate certain other Valkyries' QTE. Some weapons also have skills that do the same.
  • Legendary Weapon: The "Divine Keys" are weapons of lost civilizations from the past that hold incredible power. In-game, they can be obtained easily through certain events, and they have good stats and weapon skills. The use-able versions of the weapons are mentioned to be "dormant" and no one is able to bring out the weapons' full potential; they're unique, however, in that you can power the weapons up by not just leveling and upgrading them like other weapons, but also by going to the "shrine" (next to the Base in the menu) and using certain materials to unlock useful passive skills for the weapons. The Kaslana family's Judgment of Shamash is mentioned to be one such Divine Key; others include the Jizo Mitama sword and the Xuanyuan Sword. One of the supplementary comics serves as the Origins Episode for the weapons, detailing what they are and how each of them are made.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: After Chapter 9-EX, our hero group (consisting of our Valkyries and some Anti-Entropy members) are still planning to find more information about the missing Kiana, but Cocolia sends them a distress call, asking them for help in defending the Gem of Desire from Schicksal's forces. They decide to split their forces for this: Mei and Dr. Tesla go to find more information about the missing Kiana (and Mei gets her upgrade to her Valkyrie Bladestrike suit in-story), while Bronya, Theresa and Dr. Einstein go with the Hyperion to Cocolia's location.
  • Letting the Air Out of the Band: The ninth episode of Cooking with Valkyries is a Beach Episode, starting with Kiana and Bronya duking it out on the beach with water guns. Kiana inadvertently splashes Mei, and when the former goes to check up on her, the sequences plays out like a dream for Kiana — at least until Mei turns around and checks up on Fu Hua instead, who also got soaked by Kiana's antics. By this point, the dreamy music dies out and Fu Hua calmly prepares to hand out punishment to Kiana.
  • Limit Break: The Valkyries each have their own Ultimate Skills, powerful skills that require large amounts of SP (with a few exceptions) to perform. They either do a lot of damage, act as a Super Mode, control enemies in a large area, or (occasionally) a combination of them. The ELFs introduced in 3.0 also have their own Ultimate Skills that can be used when their SP reach the appropriate amount (after attacking).
  • Literally Shattered Lives: Enemies affected with the Freeze status debuff will shatter when their HP is depleted.
  • Loads and Loads of Sidequests: There's a lot to do outside of the Story mode that encourages the player to farm numerous items and upgrade their Valkyries, along with various events.
  • Loot Boxes: The "Supply" is the game's gacha system. It comes in a variety of forms, each with some cost:
    • The Standard, Expansion, and Focused Supply types cost Crystals to use, with each Supply giving two prizes. You can purchase individual Supplies, or 10 at once; you can also pick up Supply Cards for each which give you one for free. They differ based on the prizes given:
      • Standard Supply contains a wide variety of items, including Valkyrie character cards (especially the S-rank ones), Epic-grade weapons and Stigmata. This Supply will guarantee an A-rank Valkyrie card or higher (i.e S-rank) if if you haven't successfully pulled any for the past 9 rolls ("pity 10th roll"), which will become fragments for that Valkyrie if she's already unlocked. After an update, there's also Equipment Supply, which contains only equipments and guarantees an Epic-grade equipment as the pity 10th roll.
      • Expansion Supply appears less often and has only certain Valkyrie cards as its grand prize. In particular, certain Valkyries (especially Awakened versions) appear only in Expansion Supply. This supply guarantees an A-rank Valkyrie or higher as the pity 10th roll, and the current supply's promoted S-rank as the pity 100th rollnote .
      • Focused Supply contains specific weapons and Stigmata as the grand prize, noted by the daily announcements. A later update introduced "Expansion Focused Supply", which features the weapon and Stigmata specific to the current Expansion Supply's rate-up Valkyrie. Both versions will guarantee an Epic-grade equipment as the pity 10th roll.
    • Prior to version 3.5, there was also a Friendship Supply which cost Friendship Points (acquired by choosing one of your friend's characters to accompany you in gameplay, as well as playing Co-Op Multiplayer) to spin. It only provided 1-2 starred materials, and occasionally a few Valkyrie fragments, and only gave one prize per Supply. Since it was discontinued, "Friendship Supply boxes" are now purchasable in the shop with Friendship Points, which work similarly.
    • Event Supply requires event-related items to use. What they may contain also tends to be less random.
    • In some updates, there's a "special costume supply" that has a beautiful costume for one of the Valkyries as the grand prize. It costs special tickets that can only be acquired by participating in events (and there are only a limited number of them), or by purchasing them with increasing amount of crystals; the first attempt is free. Unlike the other supplies, there are only 10 prizes, which are arranged by pyramid hierarchy; you're more likely to get the bottom prizes first before the ones at the top. You can only roll this supply 10 times, and you're guaranteed to get the grand prize with your last roll (if only because you've gotten the other 9 beforehand).
    • Version 3.5 introduces "Dorm Supply", which costs less than Standard Supply. Its gimmick (other than "guaranteed A-rank Valkyrie as the pity 10th roll") is that, like Expansion Supply, it'll guarantee an S-rank Valkyrie as the pity 100th roll (25th roll for the first time). If you happen to roll S-rank Valkyries that you already have for 2 times, the 3rd S-rank you get will be a brand new one you haven't had yet. The catch is that it only contains Valkyries that were added before the Herrscher of the Void update, so there are only 31 of them; this includes "Awakened" valkyries that normally aren't available in Standard Supply. Version 3.6 deletes the Standard Supply in favor of Dorm Supply, while Version 3.7 added a few more Valkyries into the supply (and the new Dorm system). Version 3.7 also replaces the Equipment Supply with "Dorm Equipment Supply", which only contains useful equipments (particularly to the Valkyries available in the Dorm Supply).
    • An update introduced "FOCA Select" and "EXPA Select", variants of Focused and Expansion Supply respectively. Most of the rules regarding the latter two also apply to the former two, but the gimmick is that there's a selection of "rate-up lineup" in each one, and you can choose between 3-5 lineups with different grand prizes; this is basically covering multiple Focused and Expansion supplies in one (each). Another difference is that while in Focused Supply you aren't guaranteed to get the supply's grand prize, the FOCA Select has a "pity 50th roll" that covers it.
    • A more "traditional" example of loot boxes exist with some boxes you can buy with materials in the in-game shop, as well as the boxes dropped by playing Dirac Sea or Q-Singularis, such as the Time Structure Box (contains either Time Structuresnote , high-grade EXP chips, or some money).
  • Loot-Making Attack: Some Stigmata in the game will make the enemy drop something (depending on the Stigmata) by the user's attacks, usually with a cooldown. One example is the Theresa: Gluttony Stigma, which makes your successful attacks drop candy every 5 seconds that can be picked up to increase your damage output.
  • Lost in Translation: Perhaps intentionally in this case. "Honkai" means "wish/desire" in Japanese, but the literal reading of the Chinese/Japanese letters is "Houkai", i.e "collapse".
  • Macross Missile Massacre: The "missile robot" mooks' main purpose is simply to shoot lots and lots of missiles toward you. They do, however, have other attacks as well, such as dropping floating mines that can paralyze you, and a Shockwave Stomp to protect themselves at close range. Taken Up to Eleven with the strongest of the missile robot you can acquire in Schicksal HQ Open World, whose Ultimate Skill is a nonstop missile barrage that only ends when its SP is depleted.
  • Mana Burn:
    • Some enemies have the "SP Drain" buff which drains your character's SP when you're close to them.
    • One type of the Immortal Blades mooks can throw a special grenade at your position. It creates a blue field on its wake that not only burns through your SP, but also make you unable to switch out unless you move out of the circle.
  • Manual Leader, A.I. Party: In a few stages, all three Valkyries in your squad will be out at the same time as opposed to just one at a time; you still control one while the other two are played by the AI. In general, the AI members are good enough at attacking, evading, and using Ultimate Skills, but they may get overwhelmed at times, they may attack a target that has an attribute advantage against them, and they will only use weapon skills at random. There are two ways in how this goes, depending on the stage and game mode:
    • In one, you start playing as the designated "leader" of the squad, but you can tap the other Valkyries' icons in order to switch the controls over to that Valkyrie. This can be useful to make a Valkyrie attack a better target, or to use their weapon/Ultimate skills with better timing, or to move them out of trouble. In this type, the QTE system is disabled, however.
    • In another, you can only play as the designated "leader" of the squad, but the gameplay is akin to the Coop Multiplayer mode in that you're given access to powerful Team Skills in order to support your whole team, and the QTE system also works like in that modenote . You're also given a special button that lets you activate your AI Valkyries' team skills and Ultimate Skills whenever available.
  • Mascot:
    • Kiana Kaslana is one for miHoYo as a whole, being featured from their very first game (in 2011) and used here as the game's icon.
    • Ai-chan, the AI of the battleship Hyperion. She acts as the "system voice" and also helps with the tutorials with her rather casual style of speaking. She also has her own Twitter account.
    • The plush bunny named HOMU is an in-universe example, with Bronya being a huge fan. He has multiple variants, such as HOLA (red colored, likes playing with explosives) and HOMEI (pink colored female). HOMU and his variants may appear in certain stages as mooks, be playable in certain other stages, and used as a thematic decoration in the Dormitory. They also play a major part in the co-op Raid stage "HOMU Fantasy" and the Extra Stage "Dilemma Dreamland". You can also acquire HOMU treasures which give you varying amounts of coins when used.
  • Mass Monster Slaughter Sidequest: Some stage objectives require you to kill certain amount of enemies.
  • The Maze: The "Imaginary Maze" gameplay mode, which only appears in certain patches of the game, tied to events, takes place in a grid-style maze where your Valkyries walk around on the squares, encounter monsters, find Inexplicable Treasure Chests and advance through floors. Certain events put their twists to the maze: the summer event has a beach-themed one, the Halloween event has a gothic, spooky-themed one, the winter event has a winter-themed one that is also a parody of Alice in Wonderland, the 2019 summer event (HOMU Rush!) is another beach-themed maze, and the "Odd Drifter" event has multiple ones that introduces the "block-pushing" puzzle.
  • Mecha-Mooks:
    • Robots appear as mooks starting from Chapter 2. Anti-Entropy apparently prefers building robots to do their dirty work, as they deem the whole Valkyrie business (i.e turning humans into disposable soldiers against the Honkai) as unethical; their robots, however, cannot handle as much Honkai Energy as a human body would, making them weaker potentially. They're weak against Psychic-type Valkyries, and usually explode when defeated.
    • In Chapter 8 and the Schicksal HQ Open World, we see Schicksal's own robot mooks that guard the Schicksal HQ. They're much less "blocky" and stiff than Anti-Entropy's robots, although they're lighter in frame.
  • Mercy Kill Arrangement: In one of the supplementary comics, it's explained that Valkyries who fight in the frontline against the forces of Honkai will always be under the threat of succumbing to Honkai corruption and turning into mindless, murderous zombies. It's a common arrangement that, if a Valkyrie ends up getting corrupted by the Honkai, their comrades will immediately execute them. In Ch. 11-EX, in a flashback, Himeko drilled this knowledge to the students.
    Kiana:: ...But what if you're the one experiencing the cascade thing, Miss Himeko?
    Himeko: Then you MUST do the same thing and end my life right there!
    Kiana:: But if I... you know... get that cascade thing... I wish you're the one to do it, Aunt Himeko.
    Himeko: It'll never happen, sugarplum. As your instructor and squad leader, I won't let any of you get in trouble.
  • Moe Anthropomorphism: An in-game example. Version 3.0 introduced the ELFs (short for "Equipment: Living Form"), anthromorphized versions of existing weapons in Fun Size. They function similarly to Open World's Higokumaru and Ai-chan, as they can join battles and fight alongside the Valkyries. The lore mentions that they acquire said forms after a strange interaction with the Sea of Quanta and their behavior and mannerisms seem to be (as Einstein thinks) based on what "image" their creators think of the weapons; e.g Jingwei's Wings acts like a wise old lady (emulating the legendary Jingwei) with slips here and there; while Blood Embrace is literally bloodthirsty (she tries to make up for that image by drinking tomato juice, though).
  • Missing Floor: In the 2nd Eruption comic, the Babylon Lab was stated to have 50 floors, 20 of them filled with Honkai reactors and the other 30 being various laboratory rooms. However, as Theresa discovered and Einstein blurted out, there are secret floors underneath the Honkai reactor ones where the human test subjects were placed in.
  • The Mole: The Heliopolis Life Sciences is a humanitarian organization/company that dedicates themselves in treatment of people's injuries and diseases. In particular, they have been researching ways to treat and prevent Honkai-related illnesses; the anti-Honkai organization Schicksal has affiliated themselves with said group since early 2000s, providing them with funds and materials for research and development. Unbeknownst to Schicksal, however, said group actually belonged to a secret organization, "World Serpent", which secretly uses the company to conduct Honkai-related experiments on the people.
  • Money Sink: Higher levels of skill upgrades cost thousands of coins. If you're planning to max out a Valkyrie's skill tree upgrades, prepare to have a hefty sum of currency.
  • More Than Mind Control: Several cases of Herrscher mind-takeovers involve the person's original self being in a state of anguish or rage (usually both), so that they're in their Moment of Weakness which either makes them give in to their anger and willing to use the Herrscher's power to "get back" at who/whatever upsets them, or makes them weak-willed enough that they can't resist the Herrscher self taking over. It didn't help that they tend to be wronged in one way or another, turning them into Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds. Herrscher of the Void in Kiana's body, specifically, repeatedly tries to break the latter's mind so that "SHE" can freely take over her body. Meanwhile, Herrscher of Corruption (from the Previous Era) was driven by Rin's lingering grudge right before she succumbed to her wounds. In the 2nd Honkai War, Sirin entered a strange sphere where she saw an image of her mother dying on a sickbed, and then...
    Sirin: I don't want to feel weak again...
    Inner voice: Very good, Sirin. Tear apart your human heart and become a true Herrscher...
  • Motive Decay: As mentioned in one supplementary comic, the Schicksal organization used to be genuinely helpful, offering protection against the Honkai to various kingdoms in Europe. However, it eventually became engrossed in so many aspects of life and culture that the Overseer and other aspects of its leadership became Drunk with Power, its once noble motives becoming tainted with ambition and greed.
  • Move in the Frozen Time: The rare "Shuttle" enemy buff makes them immune to the Time Slow and Time Fracture effects. You can try activating Time Fracture, but they'll still move in a normal speed. The boss Benares also heavily resists such effects, and after it Turns Red, it's effectively immune. A good number of other bosses (especially ones introduced later) also has increased resistance to Time Slow effects.
  • Multi-Mook Melee:
    • The Infinity Abyss gameplay mode, where you descend down "floors" as you fight increasingly stronger mooks and Elite Mooks and, every certain floor (differing with your character level group), encounter boss enemies as well. There'll also be the "end" floor (higher level groups mean more floors to descend) where you fight a boss that's tougher than the previous ones. It's also possible to "skip" floors by finishing the current floor under a time limit. In this gameplay mode, the active Valkyrie's HP will also drain at an increasingly rapid ratenote , which forces you to either kill the enemies quickly (so that they'll drop HP pickups) or use Valkyries that can heal others. You're going to compete against other players to see how many floors they've completed; you'll be given consumable items that will either help you advance faster, or hinder other players' progress. You'll get rewards when the game's time limit ends (the "challenge" occurs twice a week) and, if you manage to place yourself in the top 5 or 3, the right to descend to a lower, tougher "level" of the abyss to get even better rewards. There are 4 levels of this abyss (plus one exclusive to Captains of level 70-80); the deeper it gets, the hotter it gets, which means the enemies are tougher and your HP depletes quicker.
    • The second-to-last stage of Chapter 10 involves Theresa fighting off repeatedly-spawning Honkai Beasts, up to 100.
    • An update introduces the "Dirac Sea" mode, which combines this with the open world system. There are only 4 floors, but each floor is wide and has a number of "enemy clusters" that you have to beat in order to score points. Once you engage in combat in one enemy cluster, you won't be able to get out until you beat all enemies in said cluster or you exit the stagenote . Some clusters are true to the trope—multiple respawning enemies up until a specified number of them—while some others are either a fight against a single, strong Elite Mook or against 2 mooks (at a time) with the Soul Link buff. Once you beat all enemy clusters on a floor, you can enter the boss room, then beat the boss to advance to the next floor. note . In the final floor, the fight against its boss will also give you extra points depending on how fast you defeated it. It has the same "HP drain" mechanic as the Infinity Abyss, but played differently: your health won't deplete until about 2 minutes have passed, after which there'll be a "heat level" where your health depletion rate increases every 30 seconds or so; the longer you take to beat an enemy cluster or a boss, the more dangerous to your character's health it'll be. Like Infinity Abyss, the game mode opens for 2 times a week, each being active for 3 days, there'll be a degree of "disturbance" based on the how quickly the players were progressing in the previous cycle (which would affect the enemies' strength and HP drain's intensity) and the "depth" you're in, and you'll compete against other players to see who can get the highest score; the reward and "level" system in this mode is also similar to that of Infinity Abyss (see above).
    • A few events have a variant where you and another player fight off multiple enemies in a Co-Op Multiplayer while ascending floors. You can "skip floors" if you can beat the current floor's enemies in a time limit, although "boss floors" cannot be skipped. There are 100 floors to ascend, and you'll stop if you take too long to clear a floor. The last 10 floors are also filled entirely with bosses.
    • Version 3.2 introduces Q-Singularis, which replaces Infinity Abyss. It plays similarly to the latter (multiple floors, the ability to "skip" floors, boss floors, degree of "disturbance" and the same grading/depths & reward system and opening schedule), but with some elements of Dirac Sea mixed in (some floors would have waves of "Soul Connection" mooks or "single Elite Mook" instead of plain multiple mooks, and you'll earn points depending on how much you've progressed), as well as a few new ones: 1) there'll sometimes be Quantum-type enemies (which most valkyries deal neutral damage to, save for Seele), and 2) you can have access to a "special skill"; this skill comes with a gauge that is filled by performing Ultimate Evasions, and once it's full, you can activate it to support your gameplay in some waynote . Every time the heat level increases, there'll also be "quantum vibrations" where there are 2 "Area of Effect attack" circles (coming one after another) that are harmless, but can be "evaded" to fill the skill's gauge.
  • My Rules Are Not Your Rules: Enemy Valkyries usually have the same movesets of their playable versions, except that they are usually in Iron Body status. Certain Valkyries, however, have their boss version fight with very diverse movesets like Gyakushinn Miko, Black Nucleus, Shadow Knight, Blood Rose, Umbral Rose, Argent Knight, and Herrscher of the Void, where they have moves that the playable versions can't perform.
  • Naked People Are Funny: The miHoYo staff publishes a series of online parody 4koma comics based on the game which feature the characters wearing skin-colored bodysuits over their actual clothes. The gag is pointed out a number of times in-series.
  • Night of the Living Mooks: Zombies appear as enemies in the levels. They aren't your regular zombies, either: They move as normally as humans would (except for two of the kinds, which float in the air instead), they merely have pale and sometimes cracked skins, and they use their weapons well (again, except for two of the kinds, who use some magical powers). They all seem to be female, too. They are normally BIO-type enemies, making them weak against MECH-type Valkyries.
  • Non-Combat EXP: EXP Chips allow you to directly fill the EXP bars of your chosen Valkyries. Matching types among the BIO, MECH, PSY attributes gives a bonus.
  • Non-Entity General: The player assumes the role of Captain of the Hyperion, which is mostly unseen. The Captain is also uninvolved in main and side stories, only showing up in events.
  • Nonstandard Game Over: Two stages in Ch. 11-EX have a variant of this: there's a special gauge that fills whenever Kiana attacks. If it's filled to full, the stage ends in failure—her Herrscher self re-awakens and the narration says that the world's end is nigh. It slowly empties itself when she's not attacking, which Fu Hua tries to remind you.
  • Not-Actually-Cosmetic Award: You can acquire "emblems" by doing certain tasks, which you can display in your "account screen" so people can see your achievements. They can also be "equipped" and give a little stat boost depending on the emblem.
  • Notice This: Items that you can pick up or interact with in Sakura Samsara or Schicksal HQ will have an icon floating over them which varies depending on how you interact with them. When you get close enough to them, a button will appear that allows the action to be taken.
  • Ominous Cube:
    • The item "Honkai Piece" is an aggregate of Honkai energy in an uneven cuboid shape, consisting of smaller cubes and blocks of varying sizes. Another item, "Honkai Cube", is a rarer variant that is larger and holds more power; it is used to upgrade high level weapons.
    • In a supplementary comic set in the Middle Ages, there was the "Honkai box" that Schicksal had discovered; they were trying to find out how to use the power of the box to empower themselves. One of the Valkyries, Eleanor Schariac, managed to harness its power in form of a Power Crystal that came out of the box; she turned into a powerful Honkai Beast with it. When the crystal got broken in battle, it releases dark fumes, which is revealed to be the true essence inside the box. Said "true essence" was the power and will of the 12th Herrscher of the Previous Era, which took form of a viral corrupting agent that can take control of humans, animals and machines alike, until it was trapped inside a special box by the previous incarnation of Mei (Dr. Mei). After Kallen defeated the will inside said box, she decided to bring it far away from Europe and ended up in Japan, where she met Sakura; the box later corrupted Sakura, turning her into a pseudo-Herrscher whom Kallen had to put down. After the events of Sakura Samsara, it's shown that the true purpose of the box - aside from being the can to seal the 12th Herrscher - is to turn it into a Divine Key, which is only possible after the 12th Herrscher's will is pacified; it and the box become the sword, Jizo Mitama.
    • Also in the past, Schicksal had a "golden cube" that the Overseer at the time kept in the chapel of Schicksal. His son, Otto, stumbled into it; the cube then spoke to him, claiming that it can help him with anything he needs if he offers his soul. Otto accepted it, and then its contents flowed into his body. It was the 1st Divine Key, "Void Archives", that holds a lot of knowledge from the Previous Era.
  • The One Guy: Among the Herrschers, only one of them is male: the first one, Walter "Welt" Joyce, who apparently fought Otto in the past. He's unique in that his human consciousness overcame his Herrscher side, allowing him to preserve his mind while still commanding the vast power from his Herrscher Core at the cost of him being unable to control Honkai Beasts. He was then succeeded by a Finnish boy named Joachim, who received Welt's Herrscher Core, giving him Welt's powers, albeit without the Honkai influencing him due to him not actually merging with the core unlike other Herrschers. He later went by the name "Walter Young" and became Anti-Entropy's leader.
  • Orwellian Retcon: After Chapter 8 was incorporated into the game, Chapters 1 and 2 were rewritten (complete with modifying the stages within, at least for the normal mode). Chapter 1 now includes Chapter 2's scenario where Bronya gets Brainwashed and Crazy, while the new Chapter 2 focuses entirely on the "mysterious voice" inside Kiana. Newer characters Fu Hua and Rita were also inserted in the storyline, complete with new cutscenes.

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  • Patchwork Map: The map of the island in the "Odd Drifter" event consists of a beach area, a village in a forest, a desert, a frozen tundra and a volcanic area. In-universe, Einstein theorizes that this involves a space-time/dimensional anomaly and that the tower at the center of the island is the cause of this, as well as the urban legend of "people who got randomly teleported from one side of the world onto another". The strange tower is revealed to be a space-time warping device from the "previous era", and the reason for the strange map is that the Captain (back in the "Honkai Kingdoms" event) inadvertently warped space and time when he subconsciously wished for happy endings for his "girls" while Zhuge Kongming is activating the warp device, causing the different environments to be warped into the island as well, and the Captain to be "split" into two separate versions, forcing Kongming to orchestrate the whole event to try to fix it.
  • Panty Shot:
    • While Ai-chan's proclamation that the player will never be able to see the Valkyries' panties is technically true since they're never shown in typical underwear or lingerie, for the Valkyries whose battlesuits and alternate outfits have Dangerously Short Skirts, it's quite common to see what they're wearing under them, whether from walking/running/Victory Pose animations, the costume screen, or some of their animations while on the bridge.
    • Enemies are not safe from this either as certain zombies have their underwear visible in a glimpse. You can also see Wendy's throughout the fight against her as she tends to breeze her skirt up with her own power.
    • Theresa gives a blatant, if unintentional, one to the Captain during the animated sequence at the start of the "St. Freya Festival" event, courtesy of the Captain running into her hard enough to knock both of them to the ground.
  • People Jars:
    • The end of ch. 2 has Kiana being trapped in a nightmare; there, she's inside the corridors of an unknown building, where she sees people inside glass jars. Some of them come out from their jars, and they somehow resemble Kiana, which then proceed to attack her.
    • In ch. 6, inside the "simulation" of the 2nd Honkai War, she enters the Babylon Tower; in one stage, she comes across jars lined together with dead bodies inside them. Some of them are zombies that proceed to attack Kiana.
    • At the start of the side story "Everlasting Memory", Theresa was first seen inside such a jar, depicting the moment of her "birth".
    • At the end of the comic focusing on the 2nd Honkai War, Otto is monitoring a glass jar that he's experimenting on. Inside it is K-423, who gets implanted with the 2nd Herrscher's core, giving her sentience. This gets referenced at the start of ch. 7 of the game, where Otto monitors the captured Kiana inside a jar, aiming to awaken Herrscher of the Void.
    • The trailer for Version 3.5 shows the inside of a building's room with multiple glass jars, with a prominent one where a person in a suit of armor is suspended inside it. In ch. 13, Rita infiltrates the Heliopolis building and finds a secret room, inside which lie lots of people in jars; some of them have a bit of Honkai flesh grafted to them, a few of them have Stigmata, and yet others have their limbs replaced with robotic ones. Rita is horrified when she sees this. Then in one of the stages, Rita's enemy releases one of the special cyborg zombies from such a jar to attack her.
  • Peninsula of Power Leveling: Some daily stages reward you with EXP Chips to help you level-up Valkyries. In a variant, some other daily stages reward you with upgrading materials for weapons and Stigmata. Playing in Coop Multiplayer also gives your character more EXP per run.
  • Physical, Mystical, Technological: The game plays with the 3 attributes: BIO (Biologic), PSY (Psychic) and MECH (Mechanic) respectively, for both the Valkyries and the enemies. They also form Tactical Rock–Paper–Scissors, with BIO beating PSY beating MECH beating BIO.
  • Play Every Day: There are daily and weekly challenges that players can complete to gain EXP for their Captains and small amounts of Crystals. There are also events where players can gain leveling materials for their characters, Stigmata and weapons that change everyday.
  • Player Nudge: Many of the stages tell you what you need to do to complete them, and/or the particular gimmick of the stage. This also includes when you're fighting bosses.
  • Playing with Syringes:
    • Back in the 15h century, Schicksal (including Otto) tried to devise a cure for the Black Death plague by experimenting on the sick. Many of the patients went berserk (likely due to the Honkai) and had to be Mercy Killed. Later, they also secretly experimented on multiple people to find a way to use the mysterious "Honkai box" and its hidden powers. When Kallen questioned a Schicksal priest about this, he bluntly told her that Schicksal is going to use the power of the box to avenge their defeat in the East and unite the world under their name, and then purge the Honkai from the world.
    • Ch. 13 shows that the World Serpent (through Heliopolis) has been experimenting on people of Arc City for some time, particularly Stigmata-related ones. It's later called "Project Stigma".
  • Power Creep: Like any gacha RPG title, many later-introduced Valkyrie suits are superior to the ones that came before. A good number of newer weapons and Stigmata also have many assorted effects while earlier ones tend to be simpler, although some of them still see use because they're Simple, yet Awesome and straightforwardly powerful.
  • Power Equals Rarity: Higher-rarity units have higher base stats and have more available skill tree nodes from the start than the low-rarity units. Higher-rarity weapons and Stigmata will also have higher base stats than lower ones when they're upgraded to the max.
  • Power Levels: They're presented in form of CP (Character Points), which are increased by leveling your Valkyrie up, leveling their skills up, increasing their rank and equipping them with powerful weapons and Stigmata. A few game modes recommend you to have Valkyries with big enough CP in order to fight more comfortably.
  • Power Tattoo:
    • The "Stigmata" are memories and powers of certain people that manifest in form of a set of tattoos on the Valkyries' backs. When equipped, they give the selected Valkyrie additional stats and effects, and they have Set Bonuses if you can make a set of 2-3 Stigmata of the same type.
    • One supplementary comic reveals more about the Stigmata's nature: they can be either naturalnote  or artificialnote . They're the outward sign of the "Honkai antibody" inside them that lets them resist corruption from Honkai energy and use said energy as a power source. The artificial ones are flawed—they aren't as powerful as the natural ones and don't offer as much resistance to Honkai corruption, and for this reason (and the fact that they're fighting Honkai phenomenon on the front lines), Valkyries tend to have short lifespans.
    • The comic that focuses on the Advanced Ancient Humans of the past shows that Stigmata were the information of most of scientific progress and advancement by the previous incarnation of Mei, coded into genetic data, put inside select humans, who are then put into cryostasis in order to spread the knowledge of their civilization and technology to the future. They're what the current people would call "natural Stigmata".
    • Ch. 13 further expands on this: As the Stigmata is planted into genetic data, the "anti-Honkai genome" would be diluted by process of breeding from generation to generation, and thus become weaker the further down the generation it goes. Nowadays, most common people are said to only have parts of the genomes inside them, mixed from various different stigmata; they aren't enough to give them protection from the Honkai and powers to oppose them. This is why people who have "natural stigmata" are rare nowadays. The World Serpent has a plan of rearranging the stigmata genome inside people in order to bring their potentials, but in their experiments, many of them ended in failure; either the experimented people die from the shock, or turn into zombies. They also have a plan of doing it in a city-wide scale: they distribute special vaccines that they ordered from Schicksal and modified, then they would detonate a big Honkai-powered bomb (with the Honkai engine they took from Rita's airship) to spread Honkai energy on a large scale to trigger the "stigma rearrangement" onto people who had the vaccines.
  • Protection Mission: Several missions, both in Story mode and side quests, have a stationary object with a certain number of hit points that the player must defend from multiple waves of zombies and Honkai beasts that are closing in to destroy it.
  • Protection Racket: Around 500 years before the present, the Schicksal organization lost a lot of their members and resources after their "crusade" (read: invasion) to China failed. They had to resort to extorting money from the closest people (in Europe) at the time to cover their losses, under the pretense of "buying 'indulgences' as a means to pay for their 'original sins' for those who didn't go to the war". This caused the populace to start resenting Schicksal.
  • Quick Time Event: The "QTE" system allows your playable characters to tag in (or teleport close to your friend in co-op) with a powerful attack after you inflict the enemy(ies) with a certain condition, such as getting launched to the air or paralyzed.
  • Rank Inflation: The story has at least acknowledged B-, A-, and S-rank Valkyries. You'll start your game with B-ranked ones (Kiana at the start is also a B-rank), then as you collect "fragments", you can either upgrade your existing Valkyrie suits' rank or get new A-rank or even S-rank suits. The inflation comes in the SS and SSS-rank Valkyries, which require you to collect a boatload of Valkyrie fragments. The ranks here are used to upgrade the Valkyries' Leader Skills and unlock new sub-skills for them, making them more powerful and useful.
  • Rare Random Drop: Stages such as Befall, Time Swirl, and a few others have rarer items that may drop by chance.
  • Real Event, Fictional Cause: The "Black Death" plague in 14th century Europe is revealed to be part of the Honkai phenomenon.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: The song "Lyin" that was previously used in Gun GirlZ during the cutscene where God Kiana kills everyone is used in 9-17 when Himeko must conquer her inner demons to wear the Vermillion Knight - Eclipse Battlesuit without allowing it to corrupt her.
  • Reference Overdosed: The game has a healthy number of references to various anime and games. From the achievements alone you may find more than a dozen, such as Consecutive Normal Punches or Gate of Babylon. Kiana's White Comet and Divine Prayer variants have a few of Bayonetta's attacks and techniques, including the Wicked Weaves and Witch Time. A good number of events liberally throw around more references.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Aside from real-life Historical Domain Characters, the game uses religious and mythological words such as Stigmata and Valkyrie. Many Honkai Beasts are given codenames from different myths, and Schicksal's Mecha-Mooks have a Norse Mythology naming scheme.
  • Resource-Gathering Mission:
    • There are daily missions that change everyday, which (depending on the day) will give you various resources when completed, such as character EXP chips, upgrading materials and ores that level up your weapons and Stigmata.
    • An update introduces "Expeditions", that serves to help you farm Valkyrie fragments and materials in story stages. You can assign some Valkyries that meet the "Character Points" requirements (see Power Level above) into a stage in the story mode, then wait for a time (usually an hour), and then you can pick up the stage drops. This is useful for when you're busy and can't take time to play but still wanting to farm materials. All the rules regarding stage play and item drops are the same (i.e the stamina cost, the drop rate, the stage's cap on how much you can play in it, etc), with the added caveat that 1) you (logically) cannot assign a Valkyrie that is still in an expedition, 2) there's a limit to the usage of "expedition stamina" that increases with Captain's level.
    • In the "base", you can assign some Valkyries into missions that take hours to complete (you can simply wait) and then give you some resources when they finish. Version 3.5 gives it an overhaul: when previously you can only take up to 4 missions at a time (i.e you can only take another base mission after any of the 4 has been finished), now there are no hard limits; instead, it's only limited by a separate stamina meter (called "onigiri") that regenerates per hournote  akin to the "normal" stamina. Each base missions - now called "errands" - will cost some amount of onigiri to perform.
  • Required Party Member:
    • The story mode's normal difficulty from Chapter 6 onward will make the player use either a lone playable character or 2-3 of them, preset to the levels; the character here would also have preset levels, star rank, skills and equipment.
      • White Comet Kiana (alone) is fixed into your team for the entirety of Chapter 6, though this only applies on Normal.
      • For Chapter 7, you're only allowed to use Himeko's Scarlet Fusion suit for its first act and Fu Hua's Shadow Knight suit for the last stage. Chapter 8 also has you using Scarlet Fusion in most stages except for a few that use Shadow Knight and a few that uses Crimson Impulse (Mei), including the endboss stage.
      • Chapter 9 will have you use only Scarlet Fusion (again) for most stages; the exceptions are the stages where you use Violet Executer (Theresa), Yamabuki Armor (Bronya), Shadow Knight (Fu Hua), Umbral Rose (Rita), Herrscher of the Void (Kiana) and Vermilion Knight (Himeko).
      • Chapter 9-EX is divided in half: you play as Phantom Iron (Rita) in one half and a combination of Yamabuki Armor, Valkyrie Pledge (Theresa) and Valkyrie Bladestrike (Mei) in the other.
      • Chapters 9-EX 2 and 10 will have you use either Yamabuki Armor (Bronya) Valkyrie Pledge, Violet Executer (Theresa) or both of the 2 girls.
      • In Chapter 11, you'll use mostly Bronya (either Yamabuki Armor or Valkyrie Chariot) with some others occasionally joining in.
      • In Ch. 11-EX, you're locked to White Comet Kiana (again, by herself) for most stages, except for the penultimate one (where Phoenix Fu Hua assists her) and the last one (where she's now Void Drifter).
      • Ch. 13 has you playing as either Kiana or Rita depending on the stage. Ch. 14 adds Mei to the mix. For both chapters, there's a special mechanic where you can acquire a material drop specific to the stages in them that you can use to unlock Kiana, Rita and Mei's battlesuits, weapons, Stigmata and a special buff, all of them are exclusive to those stages.
    • The Time Swirl game mode forces you to use only a selection of 3 characters (with any of their battlesuits) that you have, depending on the specific stage.
    • The "Stalker Files" stages will require your own Rita (any of her battlesuits) in the team, while the "Striker Files" stages will require your own Valkyrie Bladestrike (Mei), although some of them will also give you a high-powered Celestial Hymn (Theresa) and either Yamabuki Armor, Dimension Breaker or Snowy Sniper (Bronya) to accompany her.
    • A few event stages will also ask you to play with a certain character/battlesuit, either the one you own or a high-powered preset one the stage gives you.
  • Rescue Arc:
    • Chapter 4 focuses on you trying to rescue the kidnapped Mei and Wendy. Mei gets saved in the end, while Wendy unfortunately doesn't.
    • Chapters 7-9 and the Schicksal Assault Battle event focuses on the rescue of Kiana, after she gets kidnapped by Fu Hua in Chapter 6.
  • Right Hand vs. Left Hand: Schicksal and Anti-Entropy both have the same goal: defending against Honkai forces that threaten to eradicate humanity. However, they also oppose each other due to them having different agendas. This apparently stems from how Anti-Entropy used to be Schicksal's North American branch who came to clash with the rest of the organization due to suspicions about Otto's motives and then broke off, turning themselves into an independent organization.
  • Roguelike: Prior to version 3.6, players who joined an Armada had access to the Matrix Explore gameplay mode, consisting of floors of Randomly Generated Levels; whenever you completed a floor, you'd receive a few rewards. The more floors you completed, the more points you got, and the tougher the enemies became. Every 5th floor was a fight against elite mooks, while every 10th floor had a proper boss fight; beating them gave you big rewards. The points were for gaining extra rewards for the Armada; accumulate enough of the points with your Armada mates and you could get even better rewards. The catch was that your healing abilities were disabled; you either had to wait for health pickups to drop or purchase them from the HOMU shop (which was rare), or gain the buffs exclusive to this mode which let you heal by doing certain actions (which had a slow rate, and came with a price). You were allowed to bring up to 9 Valkyries if your Captain level was high enough (you played the normal 3, the rest were reserves), but once you started playing the mode, you were locked to those Valkyries unless you "reset" the playthrough. The reserves were there in case your main Valkyries died (and they couldn't be revived/wouldn't respawn if they died), and once all of them died you'd have to reset.
  • Running Gag: "AMAGAD!" is uttered by several characters, but especially the Captain, during dialogue in the various events.
  • Scale of Scientific Sins: The fact that the more advanced humanity becomes, the stronger the Honkai gets, makes it this trope in embodied form.
  • Secret History: Partly, at least. In this world, the Apollo 11 moon landing is something well-known to most people. What people didn't know, however, is that the the moon landers found "Honkai energy" and strange relics on the moon, which they chose to keep as a secret to the common people. Not only that, Schicksal also secretly launched their own craft to the moon around this time to discover the same thing.
  • Shield-Bearing Mook: The "shield Honkai beast" mook (PSY type, name varies) and the "mech zombie" mook (MECH/BIO type, name varies) have shields that protect them from frontal attacks. You have to either attack them from behind or use elemental attacks against them to deal damage. In a variant, the "scythe zombie" and "dual swords zombie" mooks may sometimes attempt to block your melee attacks, and the latter has a Counter Attack should you attack them too much. The "titan mecha" mooks may also sometimes put up a Deflector Shield that will deflect projectiles off them and Counter Attack incoming attacks at point blank. The "catapult" Honkai beasts also block frontal attacks when they are holding a ball until it explodes from consecutive attacks. A later update introduces the "crab Honkai Beast" mooks, who have large pincers that give them high defense against frontal attacks; the twist is that it's hard to go behind them, as they have the tactic of strafing around you (like a crab would).
  • Ship Tease: In the Second Eruption comic, it's obvious that Tesla has feelings for Welt, even though neither fully acknowledges it. They do share a waltz that Welt once wished to do with her when he was young. When he requested Tesla to use the "silver bullet" (i.e tactical nuke) to hit Sirin, Tesla is shown tearing up, thinking that he might be killed by the nuke too. When Welt asks her how to detonate his Herrscher Core, Tesla gets angry and tells him to get out, given she hates people who throw their lives away to solve problems. She eventually gives him the info, but she's incredibly saddened by it, and tears up when Siegfried returns from the Moon and brings her news of his defeat.
  • Shoot the Mage First:
    • The "coffin zombie" mook variant can summon weaker zombie mooks from her coffin and has a potent Wave Motion Gun attack. If she isn't beaten quickly, you'll have to deal with many minor zombies while she lasers you from far away.
    • The "intangible zombie" mook variants can turn intangible to avoid your attacks (although they can't attack in that state), create a slowing Area of Effect on the ground, and buff/heal other enemies in the area. A stronger version has potent ice attacks, while another can deploy "glowing AOE towers" that can either attack you in varying ways, or give them and/or other enemies a buff, or even heal them. Defeating them (and the glowing towers) quickly will help you big time.
    • The rare "wizard mecha" mook variant can either give a high defense buff to other enemies, or trigger a Time Fracture of its own, slowing you down to a halt. You'll have a hard time beating the other enemies if you don't destroy that one first. A later variant introduced in Chapter 9-EX has a Deflector Shield that blocks all damage (even elemental ones) until it's broken by physical attacks, and aside from buffing other enemies, it can extend laser-like lines to its fellow mooks that slowly but surely burns through your HP if you touch them.
  • Silicon-Based Life: Honkai Beasts are made mainly of silicon. As they're the embodiment of Gaia's Vengeance, they're literally made of the most common element of the earth. And, as one event scene in Chinese New Year (of the Pig) event shows, they're inedible.
  • Sinister Scythe: One type of the zombie mooks wields a scythe. The icy variant of the mook, in particular, can throw their scythes like a boomerang.
  • Social Darwinist: Actually not really "social" as the issue is indeed "phsyiological" (i.e close to real Darwinism), but the World Serpent (and Kevin in particular) believes that only a few "qualified" ones among humanity can hope to survive the Honkai. This is reflected through their "Project Stigma": a plan to forcefully rearrange the "stigma genome" in human bodies on people of Arc City at once, in order to awaken the latent power of Stigmata inside them, but as their prior experiments ended with a lot of failure (i.e most of the subjects either died or turned into zombies) they expect that only a few would survive the process and become empowered with Stigmata. In a flashback, Gray Serpent said to a young girl that in rough times like this where basic needs are scarce, only those who "deserve" them can live on, while other people have to be "sacrificed". He then told the girl (who he believed "deserve" to live) to survive and live on for those who have sacrificed their lives for hers, and to make them worth it.
  • Socialization Bonus:
    • Making friends with other players will let you summon your friend to help in most missions, and/or use their "friend skills" to enhance your team's capabilities. Doing so will also grant you Friendship Points which you can use for a particular supply drop.
    • In the Armada's Boss Invasion mode, playing co-op with your armada mates will let you do more damage than if you're playing alone. Playing co-op also extends the timer to 80 seconds.
    • There are also materials, such as those needed to upgrade the various Divine Keys, that can only be acquired through playing co-op stages.
  • Socketed Equipment: Stigmata can be "refined" by certain materials to give them additional effects at random, such as increasing (certain character's) attack power, increasing defense or element resistance, increasing max HP or SP, etc.
  • Soul Jar: Herrscher Cores in general contain the souls of the original Herrschers, which results in a Split Personality for whoever is unfortunate enough to have a core shoved into their body. Special mention goes to the core of the 1st Herrscher, which houses three hundred thousand souls, including Welt Joyce himself.
  • Standard Status Effects: A number of common status ailments show up in this game: Ignitenote , Freezenote , Paralysisnote , Stunnote  and Bleedingnote 
  • Stealth-Based Mission:
    • A few stages in Bronya's side story "Dilemma Dreamland" has her try to avoid surveillance drones as she moves towards the destinations.
    • Some of the levels in ch. 13 and 14 play like the Sakura Samsara open world where there are {[Patrolling Mook}}s around; the player can activate "stealth mode" to see where the mooks are looking at, which also lets the player character see the mooks behind walls. She can also Back Stab them if she walks behind them.
  • Stealth Parody: The special story in the "Summer Memories" event (which takes place 10 years from the present) is actually one for the Sakura Samsara storyline. Both of them involve time looping and an outsider (the Captain for the event, Kiana in Sakura's story) is brought in in order to save someone (Kallen in the event, Sakura in her story). However, while Sakura Samsara ends in a happy note where Sakura is freed from her "nightmare", the event's story ends badly no matter what happened: the Captain couldn't save Luna Kindred, while Otto couldn't save Kallen.
  • Stock Weapon Names: Some guns and swords are named for real or common terms of weaponry such as Desert Eagle and Muramasa.
  • Story Difficulty Setting: In the Story Mode, the Normal difficulty also serves as this, as story cutscenes will appear before and/or after the levels' end, while they won't appear in Hard or Supreme difficulties.
  • Superpower Lottery: Herrschers are bestowed with the power to command different aspects of nature itself, and each is a Person of Mass Destruction.
  • Super Soldier: This is what Valkyries boil down to; they're girls augmented with stigmata in order to empower themselves and resist Honkai's influence, making them powerful anti-Honkai fighters. The Advanced Ancient Humans in the distant past also had their own "M.A.N.T.I.S"note  project, which fuses humans with DNA of Honkai Beastsnote  in order to give them phenomenal strength.
  • Support Party Member:
    • Most Bronya suits are more suited to support her teammates with their inherent skills. The major exceptions to this are Black Nucleus and Herrscher of Reason (both of them being S-rank Awakened characters).
    • Many of the dual guns' skills are useful for triggering status effects (especially for triggering QTE), so that theoretically any Kiana or Kallen can be this, but Valkyrie Ranger (and its "augmented" form, Void Drifter) and Divine Prayer also have inherent skills that can support her teammates. Downplayed with Knight Moonbeam; aside from being a decently powerful attacker, her ability to trigger Time Fracture without needing to evade helps a lot of characters.
    • The Epic-grade greatsword Blood Dance has the rare ability to greatly increase elemental damage towards affected targets with its active skill, so that any Himeko or Olenyeva twin can be this towards elemental Valkyries. Another greatsword, Dark Xuanyuan Sword, has the ability to trigger Time Fracture just by normal attacks (but with a hefty cooldown), making it also a(n otherwise niche) supportive sword for Memorial Arena battles.
    • Liliya, in particular, has skills that can support a good number of other Valkyries, but mainly towards Rozaliya (whose gameplay is greatly improved if Lili's around).
    • Theresa's S-rank suit Celestial Hymn is the prime physical damage supporter in the game (especially against PSY-type enemies), with many of her attacks being able to give the "impair" debuff onto enemies. Some cross weapons are capable of affecting any teammate (not just Theresa) in the Area of Effect, so that she can support her teammates by using her weapon's active skill.
    • Fu Hua's Valkyrie Accipiter suit has skills that can heal the whole party, while the Phoenix suit helps other elemental Valkyries become stronger with her skills (while also being a decently powerful attacker herself). Azure Empyrea (Phoenix's awakened form) is a better elemental supporter, with many of her skills providing buffs for the entire team and debuffs for the enemies, but she's a bit more complicated to use than Phoenix. Her 2 Stigmata sets, with their effects, also let the user (primarily Fu Hua herself) become a good elemental supporter.
    • Rita's Phantom Iron suit supports fellow elemental Valkyries mainly with her Ultimate Skill, where she summons a hound-like robot that gives an Area of Effect that strengthens your team and weakens the enemies.
    • A good number of Stigmata have effects that affect the whole team (or another member of the team), so that anyone who use them can support their teammates—and they tend to be the Item Caddy for the Stigmata in question. One big example is Newton B, which lets the user apply a special debuff onto a single enemy; this debuff makes the enemy take 41% more total damage multiplier (whether physical or elemental) for 5 seconds, with 10 seconds cooldown. This debuff is effective even when you switch characters, making the user as much a supportive character as a main offensive one.
  • Synchronization: Some enemies have the "Soul Link" buff which links 2-3 of them together. If you kill one, said enemy doesn't immediately die; you have to kill the others as well, and if you take too long, the dead one will be revived with half health.
  • Tag Line: "Fight for all that is beautiful in the world."
  • Tag Team: A major part of the gameplay is that (for single player modes) you can control 3 characters, one at a time, and you can tag in and out between them. Some levels (particularly the Coop Multiplayer ones) have the 3 characters out at the same time instead.
  • Take That!: The 2019 summer event "Game of Honkai" is a Whole Plot Reference to Game of Thrones, with most of the game's prominent characters in GoT-equivalent roles in the show. There are also a lot of not-so-subtle jabs directed at GoT, especially in regards to the infamous Season 8, via the Captain ragging on Game of Honkai's horrible writing and someone noting that the books' writer left several seasons prior.
    Captain: WHAT?! The worst show ever made it to Season 15? That's ridiculous. I'll stick with Cooking with Valkyries, thank you.
  • Tech Demo Game: By virtue of having top notch graphics among mobile phone games, some players have to buy a new phone for it, with some saying that it's suitable to be a PC game.
  • Temporary Online Content: There are a good number of event-only weapons, Stigmata and costumes that usually won't be available again (whether you get them from event quests, Event Supply, or in-app purchase) after the event ends. Certain later events might see the return of a few of the older events' stuff, but don't count on it.
  • Timed Mission:
    • A few missions in the Story Mode and certain event missions are timed, and you fail when the time's up. In a variant, some of the levels' medals require you to beat the level under a certain number of seconds, even if the levels themselves aren't timed.
    • In a variant, the Infinity Abyss game mode, and later, Dirac Sea game mode, have each fight depleting your active character's health; the longer the fight goes, the faster the health depletion becomes.
  • Time-Limit Boss:
    • The Memorial Arena game mode pits you against a selection of 2-3 bosses each week; you have to beat them under 5 minutes to score points, the faster the better. (Points are still awarded even if you fail.) Each time they're defeated, they'll go up a rank, which will make them pull out more powerful attacks and have more powerful attributes if you fight them again; defeating higher rank bosses means getting more points. You may get prizes from getting certain number of points, and you and the other players will also get ranked with the points; you may win better prizes each week if you get higher in the ranks.
    • The Armada-specific "Boss Invasion" game mode had you and your fellow Armada members (individually, or by co-op) fighting a boss with millions of health points. Each Armada member got three chances to fight the boss, each fight lasting for one minute, with the goal being to do as much damage as possible in order to completely deplete the boss' health. Members gained rewards if the boss got under 66% or 33% HP or was taken to 0% HP.
    • After an update, the Boss Invasion was replaced with "Sim Battle". This mode appears twice a week, 3 days each. In every cycle there'll be 3 bosses, and you and your Armada members have to beat them under a time limit to score points; the faster you finish, the better your score gets. You earn rewards based on your total score, with higher scores accruing more rewards, and bonus rewards are given out as your Armada's accumulated total score reaches certain tiers. The unique part is that the game gives you preset characters with their "optimal" setting to beat the bosses, but you can choose to not use them if you want to use your own.
  • Time Skip: There's a 4 month time skip between ch. 9 and ch.9-EX. During it, a large "Honkai eruption" occurred courtesy of Herrscher of the Void, causing many parts of the world to become devastated, with the survivors occupying the few large cities left. Kiana and Himeko also went missing, and our Valkyrie group has found intel about Kiana's whereabouts, which prompts them to find her before Schicksal's forces do.
  • Title Drop: The title actually refers to the "Third Honkai Impact" that happened two years prior to the story of the game (and is shown in one supplementary comic), also known as "Third Honkai War". There were sudden mass Honkai outbreaks, a lot of people in Nagazora city turned into zombies, and Honkai Beasts appeared en masse. It also influenced Mei, causing her Herrscher side to awaken.
  • Too Happy to Live: The beginning of Second Eruption comic has Theresa hanging out with the Kaslana Family, having fun together and hoping that this peace can last. Not long after, she's called by Otto to investigate the Babylon Lab... and that's the start of her and Kaslana Family's hardships.
  • The Tower: The Tower of Babylon, a Honkai research lab belonging to Schicksal. It is the main setting of the 2nd Honkai War, and it's shown in-game in ch. 5 and 6.
  • Trapped in Another World: The "Honkai Kingdoms" event has the Captain being whisked off to a different world with only the Olenyeva twins keeping him company. There, they meet the other girls being put in different roles, such as Fu Hua being a king or Himeko being a pirate captain.
  • Trapped in TV Land:
    • The Co-op Raid stages "Final HOMU Fantasy" has Kiana and Mei enter the titular video game world in order to find Bronya, who is missing. It turns out that not only does Bronya want to stay inside the game, she hacks it in order to fight her friends.
    • The "Winter Rhapsody" event starts with the Captain and the girls playing a game, then everything turns black and they're suddenly in a different world, which the Captain notes might be the game they were playing earlier. Seele was the one trapping them.

    U - Z 
  • Underwater Ruins: The Deep, located in the Mariana Trench, holds the undersea ruins of the previous civilization, now occupied by Anti-Entropy. Chapter 10 has the Valkyries visiting it to meet Cocolia.
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change:
    • Three levels of Story Mode Chapter 6 (only in Normal difficulty) have different gameplay: one has you playing as HOMU in a platformer-style game to get coins and go to the finish, another has you controlling a plane in an Unexpected Shmup Level, and the last one has you control HOLA to bomb enemies in a Bomberman-like game. All of them also appear as event stages where you can get weekly rewards.
    • Chapter 7 also starts with an Unexpected Shmup Level and a reference to Ikaruga with the white and black bullets and lasers that the enemies shoot, and the black and white barriers you can deploy to defend your aircraft.
    • The "Winter Rhapsody" event features a Rhythm Game-like mode for some of its battles.
    • The "Honkai Kingdoms" event has one special level different from the others: a shooter-like game where you're playing as chibi Dorm avatars and wielding a gun that shoots balls, trying to shoot other players of opposing teams in real time. When you die, you'll respawn after a few seconds in a different place, ready to attack again. There are a few pickups that will help you, including a speed up item and a Deflector Shield item. This gameplay returns in the Slugfest minigame in the "Odd Drifter" event, with the chibi Valkyries able to use the various weapons used in the event's levels.
    • "Odd Drifter" itself mainly plays like an overhead shooter game, with different chibi characters using different weapons to run around and shoot multiple enemies (and some bosses). Then there are some special levels where they play like an Endless Running Game, where you attack incoming enemies and jump over obstacles until the finish/you defeat the boss. This "running game" mode comes back for a few events later.
    • The "Empyrean Legends" event sees the shooter game mode coming back, now with more mechanics introduced.
  • Unlockable Content: Many game features get unlocked one at a time as your Captain level increases.
  • Unobtainium: Soulium (aka "Soul Steel") is a special metal alloy that was made from the Previous Era. The technology to produce it is lost in modern times, so Schicksal has to scour the Earth to look for it. It's not only sturdy, it also exhibits many different properties. Einstein claims that it's actually a semi-intelligent nano-robot composite that can change its form depending on its user's need. Many of the in-game weapons were built using this material.
  • Unreliable Narrator:
    • It's said that Cecilia died fighting and keeping Sirin busy long enough for Otto to order Schicksal to fire the Honkai fission missile upon them, killing them both as a result. The Second Honkai War comic, however, makes it clear that Cecilia and Siegfried managed to subdue Sirin's Superpower Meltdown before they were hit by the missile, and that the missile strike was really Otto trying to kill Siegfried, as he considered Siegfried too powerful to let loose. He even rewrites Theresa's memories with Fenghuang Down to draw her suspicions away from the truth. As Otto succinctly puts it:
      Otto Apocalypse: ... I shall fabricate a version of history that benefits Schicksal most.
    • Played for laughs in the Gemina Tales side comic, where Rozaliya narrates how she and Liliya got their Honkai augmentations and boasts how they've become more powerful than even S-rank Valkyries (with Liliya correcting that they're not). Then she recounts how Cocolia gave her blessings to the twins to leave the orphanage and become idols, when in reality Cocolia flat out rejected Rozaliya's plan.
      Cocolia: For the last time! нет!
      Roza's narration: Matushka gave us 100% support.
      Cocolia: [Sees Roza drag Lili away from the orphanage] Roza! Lili! Get back here, now!
      Roza's narration: She was almost crying when we left the orphanage with her blessings.
  • Valkyries: The female warriors of Schicksal aren't real Valkyries of the myth, but they've been called such since the Middle Ages.
  • Void Between the Worlds: The "Sea of Quanta" is theorized to be something like this. Einstein describes it as "when worlds are like drinking glasses, then water is poured into them until they spill, the puddle formed from the spill is the Sea of Quanta". It's part of what Einstein called the "many worlds interpretation" and it's noted to still be a hypothesis. So far, the only access point into said realm is the "Eye of the Deep", a structure located in the heart of the Deep. As shown when Bronya entered it in ch. 11, it's an Eldritch Location where surreal things float in the air, where one's memories can shape its appearance, and where "bubble universes" exist, consisting of the many alternate possibilities of timelines and history. The "Sanka Saga" event implies that the "Saha World" that Kasumi repeatedly jumps into (and, for the last time, deliberately) is none other than the Sea of Quanta. It's rumored that all things that are "missing" in the real world would end up in this space.
  • Weak to Magic: MECH-type entities (whether they're Valkyries or the Mecha-Mooks) take more damage from PSY-type entities.
  • Weapon of Choice: All of the playable characters wield one type of equippable weapon each. A lot (though not all) of the Valkyrie suits have "signature equipment" that are tailored (often exclusively) towards the strengths and abilities of the particular suits, such as Hyper Railguns (for Kiana's Knight Moonbeam suit), Skoll and Hati (for Fu Hua's Night Square suit) or Sleeping Beauty (for Rozaliya).
  • Weather of War:
    • The Schicksal HQ Open World has a weather system that affects the gameplay. The weather changes thrice a week; this will affect how the enemies work/behave (such as giving them buffs/debuffs or changing their properties), your Valkyries' status, and a buff/debuff for the drive-able mechas you may bring in. E.g in snowy days, you'll be hampered by constant snow fall which will deal small amounts of ice damage; staying inside a mecha/chopper will protect you from the damage; and enemies will take increased ice damage from your attacks and periodically get frozen.
    • The Dirac Sea game mode also has a simpler weather system; this will affect the kind of enemies present and their increased resistance/vulnerability towards different kinds of damage.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 6 in the game ends in a massive doozy as the truth about Kiana is revealed in the most heartrending way possible, Kiana is captured by Otto, and Theresa orders the Valkyries of St. Freya to get ready for a rescue mission against Schicksal itself. From there on, the game's story shifts to a Ensemble Cast instead of focusing on Kiana, and moves to a darker, more desperate tone as the heroes has gone from being supported by Schicksal to fighting them directly.
  • Wham Line:
    • "Chapter 63 - Epilogue" of the Second Eruption comic closes with a line that puts several things about the plot in a completely new perspective as it reveals that the soul driving K423 has always been Sirin from the start, wishing to live the life of an ordinary girl in the hopes of experiencing Cecilia as her mother again.
      Sirin: If I were given another chance... Another chance in life... I wish I can hear her say those magic words to me again... Ich liebe dich.
    • This one is also alluded to in Chapter 11-EX in the game.
      Herrscher of the Void: You'll never be rid of me. ... Escape? Where can you hide? I *AM* YOU, Kiana!
  • Wham Shot: In the special chapter "Everlasting Memory", there's a shot of child Kiana, cuffed and blindfolded, accompanied with Otto mentioning about how he has Kiana in his custody. It foreshadows that the Kiana that we know is actually Experimental body K423.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: One stage in ch. 11-EX is, at least in big part, a flashback - this time, about Kiana's time with Himeko in the academy.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: One chapter in "Valkyrie's Dining Escapades" comic has a metaphor of this. While seeing the withered becoming "alive" againnote  is good and all, seeing them "becoming" something elsenote  is just as good, as Kallen points out.
  • Who You Gonna Call?:
    • There are currently 2 groups that respond to the Honkai threats: Schicksal and Anti-Entropy, the former being founded in the Middle Ages and the latter being more recent. They just as often have conflicts with each other, however. They differ in their fighting methods: Schicksal usually uses their Valkyries, while Anti-Entropy uses Mecha-Mooks.
    • In the previous major civilization 50000+ years ago, there existed the Fire Moth (aka "The Moth who Chases the Flames"), which also responded to the Honkai threats. Their troops are called the MOTH, or "Myrmidons of Taskforce Honkai". The previous incarnation of Mei later became the head scientist of this group and created many inventions for fighting the Honkai and especially Herrschers.
  • Wolverine Claws: One type of zombie mooks fights with a pair of clawed gloves. They can also run on all fours and generally attack like a wild beast.
  • World of Action Girls: All of the playable characters are female, and many significant characters are female fighters. The exceptions are: Siegfried, Kiana's dad and one of the strongest Valkyries; Welt, the first Herrscher and leader of Anti-Entropy; and Archbishop Otto Apocalypse, the leader of Schicksal and owner of the Divine Key Void Library.
  • You Require More Vespene Gas: Prior to the Version 3.5 update, the "Base" contained facilities that would help you improve your gamenote . They could all be upgraded in order to make them more potent, but they required certain equipment enhancement materials each time, and more and rarer kinds of them to upgrade as their levels increased. Also, they required a certain amount of "power" to unlock their benefits, which was generated by the Honkai Powercore which also had to be upgraded to sufficiently fuel everything. After the 3.5 update, however, the Base (now rolled into the Dorm) no longer requires any material to upgradenote ; instead, it is now upgraded by finishing specific Valkyrie-related tasks.


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