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Pela is a 4★ character available since the initial release of Honkai: Star Rail. She is an Ice-Type debuffing support belonging to the Nihility Path with excellent enemy DEF reduction and team utility. As one of the few sources of DEF reduction, enemy buff dispel, and teamwide EHR buffs, Pela is difficult to replace and always useful. Gearing her requires minimal effort and her SP generation is amongst the highest in the game. With her universal effects and ease of use, Pela can effortlessly find a place in any team with an open slot.
Pela is a powerful and flexible debuffer that specializes in reducing enemy DEF (an effect often known as ‘DEF Shred’) and generating a large amount of SP for the team. She can also dispel enemy buffs. Almost no other support characters have the flexibility to Basic ATK as much as Pela does, and when combined with a high base SPD stat and a lack of demand for other stats, these factors make her one of the most SP-Positive characters in the game.
Pela’s DEF Shred being universally applicable and enemy-centered allows for a wide variety of characters to synergize with her, to the point that there are virtually no noticeable downsides other than using up a team slot for her.
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Ultimate > Talent > Basic ATK ≥ Skill
Pela’s Ultimate is where the majority of her utility comes from, and as such, should be the first priority. Her Talent helps with her Ultimate uptime and therefore should be the second priority; however, the Talent does not need to be maxed. You can find Energy breakpoints in the Energy Requirements section.
As her personal damage is not a priority, her Basic ATK and Skill can be ignored when building purely for debuffs. Basic ATK takes higher priority in most cases as her default action of choice, but with E4 and an Ice-Type damage dealer, her Skill priority can rise.
Note: Trace levels shown are 1/10/12 (Basic ATK 1/6/7).
Due to the ease of reaching her required EHR, and lack of demand for other stats, Pela finds it very easy to stack high SPD and act as many times as possible. As her Skill does not have much use outside of dispelling buffs, the default way to play Pela is to use her Basic ATK unless an enemy buff needs to be dispelled, or if you’d like to reduce Ice RES with her E4 effect.
Pela’s kit implies that she can be built as a damage dealer, having several damage-oriented Traces and a 6th Eidolon that increases her Basic ATK damage. These should not be taken as a hint to build further damage, as a dead Pela cannot debuff enemies.
As Pela’s primary role is as a support, the importance of substats cannot be understated. It is encouraged to use whatever sets available on your account with more optimal SPD and survivability stats.
|Pela is not dependent on any sets to function, and prioritizing her SPD and survivability is often preferable to focusing on her damage. It is not recommended to farm any set specifically for Pela herself, but to simply use whatever is available from farming for higher-priority units.|
Possible 2-Pc sets include Messenger Traversing Hackerspace, Guard of Wuthering Snow, Longevous Disciple, and Knight of Purity Palace. To a lesser extent, Musketeer of WIld Wheat and Hunter of Glacial Forest can work as well.
4-Pc Eagle of Twilight Line
|A highly competitive set for Pela. The more often you use your Ultimate, the faster Pela goes and the more SP you can generate. The higher Pela’s personal SPD, the better it gets. |
Most potent when using S5 Before The Tutorial Mission Starts Light Cone for 2-turn Ultimates.
For anyone interested in the math, when Pela is able to cast her Ultimate in 2 turns, this set offers an approximately 14% increase to her effective SPD, which falls to 9% with 3-turn Ultimates, and further to 6% with 4-turn Ultimates.
You can multiply her SPD stat with this increase to find her effective SPD. For example, 134 SPD at 2-turn, 3-turn, and 4-turn rotations respectively would equate to 153, 146 and 142 effective Speed. The higher Pela’s Speed, the better the effect.
4-Pc Guard of Wuthering Snow
|With little need to prioritize damage output, Guard’s lack of offensive bonuses is irrelevant. Reducing incoming damage by 8% and receiving an 8% heal when below 50% HP allows Pela to absorb large amounts of damage without the need for external healing.|
The extra Energy while below 50% HP is occasionally useful if not using Before the Tutorial Mission Starts but cannot be relied upon to enable 2-Turn Ultimate rotations.
4-Pc Musketeer of Wild Wheat
|As Musketeer of Wild Wheat is readily available from Echoes of War and will be naturally acquired without farming, it makes for an excellent filler set for Pela. The increase in SPD from its 4-Pc Set Effect is helpful to Pela, but the increases to damage stats are unlikely to have a noticeable impact.|
|Generally Pela’s best Planar set, as 10% CRIT DMG is usually more impactful than 8% ATK. However, this can vary based on your team and the stats your damage dealers already have. |
The decision between Fleet of the Ageless and Broken Keel should depend on your substats and teammates.
Fleet of the Ageless
|A very competitive alternative to Broken Keel, especially when considering that the HP% from this set provides more defensive utility than the Effect RES from Broken Keel. Reaching the SPD threshold for Fleet’s Set Effect is much easier than reaching Broken Keel’s Effect RES requirement.|
When in a DoT team, this set becomes her best option.
Pan-Cosmic Commercial Enterprise
|Provides a 10% EHR stat, which with other common sources of EHR, such as Before the Tutorial Mission Starts or an EHR Body, completes her EHR requirements. |
However, these EHR stats are easily found elsewhere and Pan-Cosmic’s partner Planar Ornament is Fuel-inefficient, so this set is not recommended to farm specifically.
Before the Tutorial Mission Starts
|A strong competitor for Pela’s best Light Cone. Just like on Silver Wolf, this Light Cone has excellent synergy with Pela. It helps with reaching her EHR goal, which allows for greater focus on defensive stats on her Relics. |
Furthermore, this Light Cone enables quicker Ultimate rotations, see Energy Requirements for Energy Breakpoints.
|Although the merits of pulling a limited Light Cone for a support character are questionable, Incessant Rain does provide decent EHR, as well as an additional damage-amplifying debuff via Aether Code’s application. |
However, Aether Code is applied after attacking the enemy. If the Aether Code-applying attack is the first debuff added to the enemy, this will prevent Pela’s Talent from activating.
Patience Is All You Need
|Same as Incessant Rain, pulling Patience Is All You Need just for Pela is a questionable decision, but the SPD buff is appreciated, and due to her high EHR, Pela finds it easy to apply Erode to enemies. The additional debuff is appreciated to trigger Pela’s Talent.|
Resolution Shines as Pearls of Sweat
|Although this Light Cone is inconsistent at lower Superimposition Ranks due to low base chance of the Ensnare debuff and low DEF reduction, it becomes an excellent option at S3+. Pela can easily proc it due to her high SPD, AoE Ultimate, and two-hit Basic ATK, and its DEF reduction stacks with her own DEF Shred. The additional DEF Shred bridges gaps when Pela’s Ultimate is down, which is helpful with Talent uptime.|
Eyes of the Prey
|Eyes of the Prey is a solid pick if it’s your only option for her. The Effect Hit Rate allows you to run a defensive Body stat. However, the DoT buff from this Light Cone is completely wasted on Pela, which makes this just a worse Before the Tutorial Mission Starts, and other Light Cones easily outclass it.|
|If there are no other options, this is Pela’s best accessible Light Cone. Although the EHR buff lasts only three turns, it’s better than other 3★ options.|
EHR% (until 67%) ≥ SPD = Effect RES/HP%/DEF%
Tank Stats (HP, DEF, Effect RES)
Pela has no inherent survivability built into her kit, and low base stats due to being a 4★ support. For reference, Sushang, a typical Hunt damage dealer, has four HP/DEF boosts from Traces, an aggro-reducing Bonus Ability from her A2, and a lower aggro stat than Pela. This effectively means that Pela is more fragile than all damage dealers in the game, and survivability must be built on her.
If using Broken Keel, increasing Pela’s Effect RES to 30% should be prioritized above other tank stats.
Offensive Stats (ATK, CRIT, Ice DMG%)
Damage output is a luxury for Pela, as stacking meaningful amounts of CRIT is extremely difficult and other damage stats are low priority. Make sure that your survivability and SPD are in a comfortable spot before choosing to build damage.
Pela Energy Requirements
|Light Cone||+15 ERR Rope||2-Pc Vonwacq||Talent Level||# of Talent Procs||Rotation (Actions per Ultimate)|
|Before the Tutorial Mission Starts S5||Yes||No||7||3||2 Basic||–|
|Tutorial S5 on First MoC Turn||Yes||No||7||1||1 Technique||1 Skill|
Any Basic ATK and Talent proc pair can be replaced with one use of her Skill. For example, Pela can get her Ultimate back with three Talent procs, two Basic ATKs, and a Skill.
Pela and Silver Wolf both share a niche as debuffers that reduce enemy DEF with universally useful effects and strong SP positivity.
Silver Wolf’s Weakness implant allows her to enable unique team compositions and less content-optimal damage dealers at the cost of taking slightly more SP than Pela. Silver Wolf’s DEF Shred effect is greater and lasts a turn longer, but is single-target locked unlike Pela’s AoE effect. This makes Pela more prone to losing uptime on the debuff against incredibly fast enemies, especially when she does not have Before the Tutorial Mission Starts equipped. Pela’s access to buff dispel can also often be vital against certain content, and must be taken into consideration.
Although running both Silver Wolf and Pela is not as optimal as running a Harmony support instead of one, it is not a bad idea. See the synergy section for information on running both Pela and Silver Wolf.
Due to her DEF shred’s universally useful nature and her SP positivity, Pela works with all damage dealers. However, there are some types of units that benefit more than others.
Damage dealer using 4-Pc Genius of Brilliant Stars
|DEF shred becomes more potent in larger quantities, and is also additive with the Genius set’s DEF ignore. This increases Pela’s value when paired with damage dealers that can use 4-Pc Genius, which is essentially all of them.|
|Pela’s A4 gives Kafka the perfect amount of EHR to fulfill her requirement without any additional EHR substats. Her debuff synergizes well with Kafka’s DoT damage as DEF Shred is one of the few effects that can help both Break and DoT damage.|
|Pela is very SP-Positive, which makes her especially useful on teams with units who consume large amounts of SP, like Dan Heng • Imbibitor Lunae, Qingque, or even Seele. |
4-Pc Eagle of Twilight Line combined with Before the Tutorial Mission Starts on Pela will allow her to generate extra SP in this case.
Any Ice-Type Damage Dealer
|With E4, Pela has access to Ice RES reduction on her Skill, which is especially useful against bosses and makes Pela a great choice for any Ice team that relies on Ice damage. |
However, keep in mind that the E4 RES Shred is a two-turn debuff, which is a small window to make use of, and this entire effect is gated by a higher Eidolon.
Multi-Target Damage Dealers
|Pela’s Ultimate applies to all enemies, which has excellent synergy with AoE characters such as Jing Yuan, Blade, and Serval, especially compared to single-target debuffers like Luka and Silver Wolf.|
Any Unit with Debuffs
|Pela provides an unconditional 10% teamwide EHR with her A4, which automatically makes her synergize with anyone who needs Effect Hit Rate, such as Nihility units, Fire Trailblazer, and March 7th.|
|For characters who already grant themselves a large amount of DMG% and/or ATK% buffs, running two debuffers can be a strong option, especially given that DEF Shred gets more effective the more is present. |
There is one issue with running both of these characters, which is that with many sources of DEF reduction, this may end up reducing enemy DEF to zero. This prevents any other DEF Shred from taking effect after that point. This is not an issue with Silver Wolf and Pela’s Ultimates as the only DEF reduction sources, but may become a problem with the Genius of Brilliant Stars set, Pela’s Technique, or Resolution Shines as Pearls of Sweat.
Pela has no notable anti-synergies. Her debuff is universal, and her SP-Positive playstyle means that she can easily fit into any team if a spot is available.
As Pela can fit into most teams as a debuffer, a hypercarry team format is an excellent choice for her.
Herta’s AoE Ice damage pairs well with Pela’s AoE debuffs, especially for doing damage to Ice-Weak enemies. Pela’s SP generation should allow for a high uptime on Asta’s Ultimate, as well as enabling Herta’s damage.
Kafka Double DoT
Pela’s EHR buff helps both Kafka and Sampo with their stat requirements. Her SP positivity combined with the SP generation from a sustain such as Luocha allows for Sampo to use his Skill indiscriminately for extra damage.
A highly SP-Positive team that focuses on Yanqing’s damage, and makes use of Pela’s E4 if she has it. As long as Yanqing uses his Skill every turn, SP can be very flexibly used, with Pela, Silver Wolf, and Gepard able to use their Skills at will.
Imbibitor Lunae Hypercarry
Pela is a great SP generator, allowing Imbibitor Lunae to spam his triple enhanced Basic ATK more often. Additionally, Pela applies AoE DEF Shred, which aligns with Imbibitor Lunae’s Blast targeting.
Pela’s AoE DEF Shred synergizes with Blade’s Blast and AoE attacks. Furthermore, Blade does not have many good Harmony support options due to his HP-scaling, making Pela a safe pick for a second support.
Dual Damage Dealer
Pela can benefit teams with multiple damage dealers due to how her debuffs affect all damage. This can be especially helpful if the two damage dealers have different damage scalings, such as ATK-scaling versus Break Effect-scaling.
An excellent pick for AoE damage with Qingque and Serval able to take advantage of Pela’s DEF Shred. As reducing DEF is one of the few ways to improve Break damage, Serval, especially if built for Toughness Breaking, greatly appreciates it.
Qingque-Blade Dual Carry
Both Qingque and Blade can take advantage of Pela’s AoE DEF reduction, despite scaling off of different stats. This is a team where 4-Pc Eagle of Twilight Line would be greatly appreciated on Pela. These units are arranged so Blade can be targeted by AoE attacks targeting Pela, as well as the healer.
- September 26 2023 – Published for v1.3