Originally, Kafka left a great impression on gamers with a special ability from 1.0, but when it was released, it was forgotten by Honkai Star Rail.
At the time of Honkai Star Rail’s launch, players were introduced to the Hunter Stellaron Kafka for the first time. The mysterious red-haired woman uses a gun as her preferred weapon, and she seems to be able to control the minds of anyone who gets in her way as she and her Silver Wolf companion infiltrate the Herta Space Station. .
Magical appearance and interesting and mysterious personality are the points that make gamers extremely impressed. Since then, there have been many gamers determined to accumulate their Starlight Gems for this Stellaron Hunter.
At launch, Kafka’s strength and her distinctive playstyle were greatly appreciated. However, do you still remember another special ability of Kafka, which impressed you so much when you challenged her in the Simulation Universe? Yes, it looks like HoYoverse missed the opportunity to incorporate this feature into Kafka’s design when she released her 1.2.
Kafka’s Mind Manipulation in Honkai Star Rail
According to Kafka’s in-game character story, she has a kind of “charm” called Spirit Whisper that can hypnotize people through language. She used this to set up a Discoverer (Stelle/Caelus) to absorb Stellaron at the start of the game. Kafka will also use this ability to stop Blade from helping him control his Ghost Incarnation.
If a Honkai Star Rail player notices Kafka’s dialogues, it’s likely that she uses “Listen” as an effect word to start controlling people. A recent example is Kafka stopping the fight between Blade and Mommy Moon by saying “Listen to me.”
It’s pretty similar to how BioShock villain Frank Fontaine used “Would you please?” to control Jack’s actions throughout the game. Meanwhile, some might argue that Kafka can manipulate people at will without having to utter such keywords.
This ability of Kafka is most clearly demonstrated when gamers challenge her in the story and Simulation Universe. Here, if the Effect Resistance is not enough, your character can completely be manipulated and attack the remaining characters for a certain number of turns.
Has Honkai Star Rail ‘forgotten’ to add the ability to Kafka’s skill set?
Kafka’s Spirit Whisper is undeniably broken. However, Honkai: Star Rail did not add this ability to her combat skills when she was released as a playable character.
Although this is not required because an NPC when becoming a playable character will usually not possess all of the abilities that he or she gets in the game. However, Spirit Whisper is one of Kafka’s most iconic skills, so it’s a big flaw that it disappeared without a trace in Kafka’s character design.
In fact, it’s possible that HoYoverse decided not to let Kafka use this skill in her Traces set because it’s really only useful when in a match with multiple enemies. This skill will be completely useless when their opponent has only one target left.
In general, designing Kafka with the current DOT gameplay will give her more opportunities to be able to coordinate well with many characters while still being able to secure her position in the game. On the contrary, if you still try to “cram” the idea of the Spirit Whisper skill, there is a high chance that Kafka will become a character … less useful.
In addition, Honkai Star Rail can also design for Kafka a skill that helps her interact with NPCs outside the map, for example, being able to read their minds or control their minds to create interactions. more interesting special works like Nahida’s Listen to the World in Genshin Impact. However, this possibility is basically very low.
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There seems to be no indication that Spirit Whisper will become a playable skill in the near future. But considering that Honkai Star Rail has already started releasing alternate versions of its characters with new abilities, like Dan Heng’s Moist Moon, it’s possible that Kafka in the future will receive the same treatment. .
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