Phase 1

St Freya Valkyries

Intro

Welcome to Honkai Impact. We’ve got monsters, cute characters, and an ocean of story. Are you ready to take a dive? 

Trailers

Note: These are some really old trailers.

About trailers in this guide

Trailers will improve in quality over time. I’ve arranged them to loosely line up with content updates. Trailers contain minor spoilers. They tease the future after all. Sometimes, we’ll link the trailer AFTER the content, because the spoilers are perhaps a bit too big.
 
Whether you watch the trailers is up to you. They can wet your appetite, but make for a less ‘blind’ experience. You can also come back and watch them after you’ve played trough the content.

Animation

Reburn

Note: This animation is a pure concept trailer. It is not canon to the story.

Where Dreams Began

Chapter 1: Dusk, Girls, Battleship
Chapter 2: Voice in the Dreams

Introduction to the world and characters. Played in the game.

If you want to go in knowing a bit more about the characters, you can instead choose to do the next step first, reading the first manga chapters and then coming back to do the game chapters.


Song

Reburn

A little extra for flavour.

Manga

Escape from Nagazora

This is a bit of a mess to sort through, but it’s worth it. When you click this link, it’ll take you to the AE Invasion page.

Do NOT read the chapters labeled AE Invasion or Divine Key just yet.

Scroll down to the unnamed chapter 1, or use this link to jump there, and read from chapter 1 up to chapter 6. It provides more backstory for the world and characters. Don’t mind the chapter thumbnails. They don’t all line up.

There is a separate section for Escape from Nagazora linked from the game, but it’s incomplete. I don’t recommend relying on the in-game links.


Manga

Steamy Hot Springs

This short bonus chapter takes place before chapter 1. It is missing from the manga website. You can read a fan translation using this Mangadex Link

Note: This chapter was put in a large collection. Mangadex chapters are not in order. Keep an eye on the chapter counter so you don’t accidentally start reading another manga. This chapter is listed as Vol 1 Ch 1.1.


Manga

Himouto BRONYA-chan

This is another chapter that is missing from the manga website. You can read a fan translation using this Mangadex Link

Note: This chapter was put in a large collection. Mangadex chapters are not in order. Keep an eye on the chapter counter so you don’t accidentally start reading another manga. This chapter is listed as Vol 2 Ch 7.1.

The End of Destiny

Chapter 3: Poem of the Wind
Chapter 4: Betrayal Has a Silvery Smile

Song

Girl Inside

Stigma Saga

Recap

Bronya is in a coma with severe brain injuries. Wendy is dead. Things have gone downhill fast. But before we can explore what the future may hold, it’s time to take a jump into the past.

Chronicles

Everlasting Memory

In the game, find the Chronicles tab and play through Everlasting Memory in its entirety.

Manga

EX – Sakura Arc

This bonus manga is in a weird spot. It was originally drawn for GGZ, another miHoYo game using the same basic setup for the story. The EX series of manga would give backstory to GGZ, before Houkai3rd launched with its alternate storyline, silently taking parts of EX into its canon.

This manga was added to the HI3 official Chinese manga website. It is referenced often, even word for word in some cases, so it can safely be considered HI3 canon. The version linked here was fan translated. It was never officially translated. Read at your leisure. 8 chapters Link


Manga

Sakura Remembrance

We’re using the same manga link

Read chapter 7 up to chapter 14.
Ignore the rest of the chapters (Divine Key and AE Invasion) for now.

Chronicles

Chapter Xuanyuan
Chapter Chiyou

Under the Chronicles tab, play through Chapter Xuanyuan and Chapter Chiyou in their entireties.

Due to complicated events, these parts are unlocked at a higher level than the next story chapter. I still recommend doing this part of the story first.

Youtube alternative (comments may contain spoilers):

Chapter Xuanyuan (Japanese)

Chapter Chiyou (Japanese)

Important note: The Chiyou Chronicles replace a manga arc that was removed for censorship. The manga arc contains aspects that have become loose ends, and are generally considered not canonical. However, it also contains content that has been referenced as canonical. Reading it is optional. Personally, I heavily recommend reading it, as it does fill some holes, but do keep in mind that some of it will contradict the Chronicles, and certain plot points have been completely scrapped.

Link to the fan translation: Mangadex

Manga

2016 New Year Special

This is another chapter that is missing from the manga website. You can read a fan translation using this Mangadex Link

Note: This chapter was put in a large collection. Mangadex chapters are not in order. Keep an eye on the chapter counter so you don’t accidentally start reading another manga.

Manga

AE Invasion

Click this link and read all the chapters labelled AE Invasion. 15 Chapters. Ignore Divine Key.

Manga

Book of Fuxi

This is another chapter that is missing from the manga website. You can read a fan translation using this Mangadex Link

Note: This chapter was put in a large collection. Mangadex chapters are not in order. Keep an eye on the chapter counter so you don’t accidentally start reading another manga. This chapter is listed as Vol 5.1 Ch 1. It counts 8 pages.

Manga

Gratitude Arc

Next, go and read the Gratitude Arc. You can read this one safely in its entirety.


Song

Double Cherry Blossoms

Yae Sakura’s Song

Trailers

Open World

Sakura Samsara

You can play Sakura Samsara now at any pace you like. You don’t need to look to the rest of the guide for Sakura Samsara. There will be some lore connections, but the order in which you get those doesn’t matter much. I will include a note when it is ‘advisable’ to have finished all of Sakura Samsara’s chapters before continuing.

Cycle 1-3: Kiana’s Adventure

It is not entirely clear if Kiana’s Adventure is meant to take place áfter Gratitude Arc, or if it’s an alternate portrayal of the Gratitude Arc’s story. Sakura Samsara came out when the game still had some very hard technical limitations, slightly before the Gratitude Arc Manga was published.

Extra Cycle: Side Story

This one came out later, and is a bit separated from the rest of the game mode.

Both Gratitude Arc and Side Story are considered canon by later content.

I do not recommend rushing through all the parts at once. I will include reminders to hit certain points in this mode later in this guide.

Sakura Samsara is not replayable. Here’s a youtube playlist if you already played through the story before. (Japanese)

Bonus

Kiana Plays Honkai
Summer Memories
AI-chan’s Facts

These are three bonus manga. They are not canonical to the main story.

Summer Memories was never added to the main website, so the link will take you to mangadex.

AI-chan’s facts appears to be missing its zeroth chapter. It has yet to be recovered.

Kiana plays Honkai

Summer Memories

Ai-chan’s Facts

Eruption

Recap

With Bronya in the hospital, a desperate Theresa searches for information in the Schicksal archives. Behind the scenes, sinister plots are taking shape. History is about to catch up with the present.

Manga

Elan Palatinus

Now read Elan Palatinus. 14 Chapters (including chapter 0)

The End of Destiny

Chapter 5: Tundra Reunion
Chapter 6: Babylon’s Prisoner

Manga

Second Eruption/Second Impact

This is the longest manga to date with a whopping 66 chapters (including 0), and also the one with the most acclaimed story.


Song

The Day You Vanished with the Stars

Theresa’s Song

Note: You can tell this is one of the oldest music videos, as the translation and editing on the text animations is a bit odd. The song’s really great though.

Music Video

Full Version

Trailers

Honkai Impact 3rd

Recap

Kiana was taken. Fu Hua is working for Otto Apocalypse. Theresa scrambles to reassemble the team. The climax is near.

Chronicles

Dilemma Dreamland

Get ready for an absolute fever dream.

Play through the entirety of Dilemma Dreamland.

Note: This one has a level requirement. If you don’t feel like grinding that far, that’s understandable. You can either grind it out, watch it on youtube or just delay the chronicle until you hit the required level. Just don’t forget to play through it when you do, as it is plot relevant.

Youtube alternative (comments may contain spoilers):

Japanese voice over

Manga

Moon Shadow

13 Chapters total.

Trailers

Chronicles

Kallen Fantasy VII

You can now play through Kallen Fantasy in the Chronicles. A game series developed by Otto Apocalypse. This one can be considered filler, but it’s also really short.

Note: This one has a level requirement. If you don’t feel like grinding that far, that’s understandable. You can either grind it out, watch it on youtube or just delay the chronicle until you hit the required level. Just don’t forget to play through it when you do, as it is plot relevant.

Youtube alternative (comments may contain spoilers):

Japanese voice over

Chronicles

The Forgotten

Go to the Chronicles tab and play The Forgotten in its entirety. Refers back to events from the Book of Fuxi manga.

Note: This one has a level requirement. If you don’t feel like grinding that far, that’s understandable. You can either grind it out, watch it on youtube or just delay the chronicle until you hit the required level. Just don’t forget to play through it when you do, as it is plot relevant.

Youtube alternative (comments may contain spoilers):

Japanese voice over

Under the Falling Sky

Chapter 7: Lift the Sword of Rebellion

Song

Feather of Aeons

Fu Hua’s song

Music Video

Full Version

Trailers

The Reburn update included an overhaul of the first two chapters.

Under the Falling Sky

Chapter 8: Will of the Herrscher

Note: The animation CGs are available in the game (Japanese only).
Youtube versions will be linked below. For the Chinese version, you can always check the links.

Don’t check them out until you’re certain you’ve reached these points in the story.


Will of the Herrscher

Animation


Song

Befall

Trailers

Under the Falling Sky

Chapter 9: Journey Continues

Note: The animation CGs are available in the game (Japanese only).
Youtube versions will be linked below.

Don’t check them out until you’re certain you’ve reached these points in the story.


Final Lesson

Animation


Song

Lyin

Song

Nightglow

Click this after completing the chapter.

Welcome to Honkai, Captain.

Manga

AI Chan Origins

This is another manga that was fan translated. You can read it on Mangadex.

Open World

Schicksal HQ

You can play Schicksal Open World now at any pace you like. You don’t need to look to the rest of the guide for this mode. There will be some lore connections, but the order in which you get those doesn’t matter much.

Note: When it comes to canon, this is an alternate or expanded take on the battle of Schicksal HQ.

Captainverse

Sanguine Nights

The first of the Captainverse events. Captainverse events take place in an alternate timeline. They are events designed to bridge the gap between updates. They are not permanent, so the only way to experience old events is through recordings. This is completely optional.

Big tip: If you want to watch all of Captainverse, consider these mentions in the guide more of ‘unlock’ moments to add these to your list. Don’t wait until you’ve completed them to continue the main story. Choose your own pace instead.