This guide is updated for Honkai Star Rail Version 1.3.
➥ Summons a Trotter at the beginning of each wave or each cycle. The Trotter takes 200% more DMG from Basic ATKs and DoT effects. When defeated, recovers 2 Skill Points for all allies.
➥ Recommended Elements: Ice & Fire
All enemies here have one common weakness and that is the Fire element, so you should bring at least one of them. Both of the elite enemies here can lock on to a certain target, so having a shielder here would be great to make sure the targeted character is well protected.
➥ Recommended Elements: Quantum & Wind
Fortunately, both elite enemies here are weak against the same elements, so focus on bringing Wind or Quantum. Having an AoE character is also quite important here because the Aurumaton here can summon Dragonfishes, and you don’t want your single-target DPS to waste their turn to attack the Dragonfishes. Bring Pela or any character that can remove debuff here so they can remove the Draining Vigor buff from the Disciples of Sanctus Medicus elite enemy.
Node 1: Stormbringer 1
➥ Start the battle with a Fire attack (or Imaginary if you bring the Premium Team). We want to Weakness Break the mobs as fast as we can to avoid them. If you bring an AoE damage dealer, you can leave them with the mobs while the single-target DPS attacks the Stormbringer. While the Windspawn is not that threatening, they can inflict Wind Shear and stack them on your characters, making them take damage in each turn.
➥ Stormbringer can also inflict Wind Shear on your characters but result in being targeted by its Windfall Storm attacks in the next turn (Kind of its Ultimate attack). The Windfall Storm attack is really hurtful unless your characters have a shield, so you can prevent it by triggering Weakness Break or cleansing the Wind Shear on your party members (But I recommend bringing a shielder before in the team recommendation so have a shield instead of removing the debuff).
Node 1: Malefic Ape
➥ Once again, start the battle with either Fire or Wind attacks because all the mobs here are weak to those elements. Then, focus on the 2 Wooden Lupus first to avoid them calling for more reinforcement. Remember that the wolves they summon (Shadow Jackhyena) will have the same amount of HP as them (Wooden Lupus), so try to decrease their health as fast as you can.
➥ Once you believe the Wooden Lupus will die soon (or has already been defeated), focus on the Malefic Ape. The Malefic Ape will focus and target the last character that uses Skill, so you should time your Skills wisely, or just make sure the last one using Skill has a decent HP because the Ape deals huge single-target DMG. Look at the left corner to see your character and enemies’ rotation to decide who will be the last one using Skill to trigger the Malefic Ape gaze.
Node 2: Aurumaton Gatekeeper
➥ The common weakness in the first wave is Quantum so start with it if you bring any. If you don’t bring any Quantum, settle for the second best which is Lightning to scrap the Aurumaton’s Weakness bar. If you don’t want to keep the Mara-Struck Soldiers hanging around for too long, use Pela’s Skill to remove the debuff (so they can’t revive anymore after dying once).
➥ When this Gatekeeper summons the 2 Illumination Dragonfish, make sure to kill the fish with the lowest HP so it can quickly explode. Once it’s exploded, it deals Fire DMG to every opponent with a chance to reduce their DEF (and may create a chain of explosions if other Dragonfishes also have Critical Health).
Node 2: Guardian Shadow
➥ All 3 enemies here have the same common weakness: Wind, so you know which element to start first and inflict Weakness Break. Remember that the traffic light enemy (Automaton Beetle) can gain a Barrier that nullifies one attack. Make sure to NOT use your Ultimate on them when it has its barrier on. It will be such a waste of Ultimate. Instead, use Normal Attack on them first to remove the Barrier, only after that you can use the Ultimate.
➥ Guardian Shadow has 3 types of Ban skills: Ban on using Basic ATK / Ban on using Skill / Ban on attacking the Guardian Shadow. If you don’t heed those Bans, she will immediately attack your character that breaks the rule (Retribution). This attack isn’t that dangerous since the enemies’ levels are still low, especially if your characters’ are in full HP.