With Honkai: Star Rail's release, players interested in playing Honkai: Star Rail, especially those coming from Genshin Impact, may find themselves wondering: Does this game have multiplayer or coop? Will we be able to play with our friends in the game? We will answer that question and more in this article.

The answer to the question “Does Honkai: Star Rail have multiplayer or co-op” is both yes and no. Yes, players will be able to add their friends to the game. No, players will not be able to join your game like in Genshin Impact. What then, you may ask, is the point of adding your friends if they can't join you? The answer is quite simple: you can add friends to take advantage of their Support Characters.

Now you may be asking: What are Support Characters? Players can set one of their Characters as the Support Character on their Trailblazer Profile. Once set, the people on your friend list can then borrow your Support Character as a temporary team member. It is important to note, however, that players cannot just borrow their friend's overpowered character and breeze through the story of the game. The Support system is only available in Calyxes and Caverns of Corrosion.

To do so, players just have to start any of the game's Calyxes or Caverns of Corrosion. Once there, they need to press the green Support button beside their fourth team member. Doing so brings up the list of Supports the player can borrow from their friend list. Should you have no friends on your list, the game randomly picks a list of players from whom you can borrow Support Characters. If you don't like any of the Support Characters on the list, you can refresh the said list.

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Once you have selected a Support Character you want to borrow, they will be added to your team for the duration of your Calyx or Caverns of Corrosion run. They function as if you own the character, so make sure to take full advantage of this feature. It is important to remember, however, that players cannot borrow a Support Character that is already in their team. No matter how much you want to have two Himekos on your team, it is not possible. Trying to do so will give the player the prompt to replace their character and replace it with the Support One.

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There is, thankfully, an incentive when setting a Support Character. Should your friends borrow your Support Character, you will receive Credits. The number of Credits you receive depends on how many players use your Support Character. That's why it is ideal to put strong attackers like Himeko and Seele or good supporters like Bailu as your Support Characters. This increases the chance of players borrowing your Support Character. There's also an incentive on the borrower, in that they can borrow characters that they most likely do not have. As Honkai: Star Rail is a gacha game, borrowing Support Characters lets players try out the characters they don't have yet. This also allows players to have some variety in their teams, as having a Character they do not currently have may help in theorycrafting teams, as well as finding out which characters they want.

That's all the information we have about the multiplayer and coop aspect of Honkai Star Rail. Or at the very least, something close to one. Honkai: Star Rail comes out on April 26, 2023. It will be available on iOS, Android, and PC via the official launcher and the Epic Games Store. Players interested in playing this game can pre-register on the game's website, with rewards unlocking as more players pre-register. For more gaming news from us, you can check out our gaming news articles.