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Akhos (Japanese: ヨシツネ, Yoshitsune) is an antagonist in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. He acts as Torna's brains and an information analyst of the secretive organization. He is a Driver and is accompanied by his Special Blade, Obrona. He always wears his characteristic stylish red glasses.
Akhos was designed by Tetsuya Nomura, a lead character designer for the Final Fantasy series.
Akhos and Patroka were the Blades of two siblings. After they died, the two Blades ate the flesh of their Drivers, becoming Flesh Eaters. This causes Akhos to view Patroka as his sister, though she doesn't feel the same way. They were on their way to be transferred from Tantal to Indol when Jin broke them out. They then joined Torna alongside Jin.
Akhos eventually bonds with a new Blade, Obrona. Using Obrona's powers, he is able to pinpoint Pyra's location and deduces that Nia is traveling with them. Jin sends him and Malos after the party. Akhos first makes his entrance in Garfont Village and attacks the party. Using Obrona's power, he is able to control the ether flow in the air, though Roc and Vandham disturb the ether flow, prompting him to escape.
He later visits Minoth alongside Malos in Fonsa Myma and offers him a way to rejuvenate his life force at a cost. Minoth refuses, but his granddaughter Iona asks them to help. Iona is then captured by the two and is taken to Olethro Playhouse. With the help of Obrona, he once again limits the power of the party's Blades. Vandham and Roc attempt to fight back, but Vandham is eventually killed. Mythra then awakens, catching Akhos by surprise, and attacks the two members of Torna with Siren's power. This causes Obrona and Sever to return to their Core Crystals, prompting Akhos and Malos to escape.
Akhos later investigates Mor Ardain's activity in Temperantia and discovers that they are excavating Judicium's Titan Weapons. He pinpoints Pyra's location in the Leftherian Archipelago, and Jin heads off to Temperantia. Akhos later rescues Jin from Temperantia, now wielding a new bow and arrow weapon.
He later ambushes the party alongside Mikhail and Patroka at Genbu Crown and attempt to get the Omega Fetter. Though they are defeated by the party, Jin shows up and is able to take both Pyra and the Omega Fetter. Malos later tells him that an Aegis Core holds information on every life form and that Aegises can survive for a short period of time without their Cores.
Akhos later helps pilot the Marsanes down to the Land of Morytha in order to retrieve Jin. As Jin and Malos leave the Marsanes to climb the World Tree, Akhos pilots the ship against Indol alongside Mikhail and Patroka. Once Amalthus begins commanding the Titans, Mikhail tells Akhos and Patroka to leave the ship and help Jin and Malos. He meets up with Jin at Megrez Gateway, but Jin tells him not to attack the party. Amalthus, however, shows up and kills Patroka. In rage, Akhos futilely attacks Amalthus, and Amalthus steals his Core Crystal as well, leaving him dead.
As Torna's tactician, Akhos approaches situations with some degree of emotional detachment. Akhos tends to speak of Torna's plans and actions as part of a play's plot, and can get very flustered when things go "off script." Unlike most other Torna members, Akhos does seem to care about his teammates, particularly Patroka. The loss of a teammate, such as his blade Obrona or Patroka, would lead him to lose his calm composure. This care for his allies does not extend to his opponents. He will mercilessly strike down those opposing Torna's goal. He additionally is willing to use a child as a hostage to get what he wants, which shows how cruel he can be.
Akhos is fought twice as a level 24 Driver boss along with his Blade Obrona. He is first battled at the Training Ground in the Kingdom of Uraya, then at the Olethro Playhouse alongside Malos. Later in the Kingdom of Tantal, he is fought at level 42 alongside Patroka and Mikhail, no longer supported by Obrona.
Akhos drives Obrona and wields Brilliant Twinblades using arts:
- Flash of Steel, Knockback
- Checkmate, Shackle Driver
- Shadow Cut, Shackled ↑
- Skull Smasher, Break / Topple
- Skewer, AOE
- Cruel World, AOE / Shackle Blade
- World's End, Knockback
During Chapter 6, Akhos reveals his true form as a Blade. He wields a Calamity Scythe and gains an entirely new set of arts:
- Endless Night
- Through the Night
- Black Wave, AOE / Shackle Blade
- White Wave, AOE / Heal Party
- Sacred Wyrm, AOE
- Dark Judgement
Akhos as a Blade
After finishing the game and installing Patch (Ver.1.3.0), the New Game Plus will be available and will allow to recruit Akhos as a Rare Blade. He can grant tremendous power to his Drivers, Rex, Nia, Zeke or Mòrag, and their allies. Akhos uses the electric element, wields a Calamity Scythe, and acts as a Healer in battle.
- Pouch item types: Staple Foods, Board Games
- Pouch items: Smoke-Braised Killifish (Seafood), Witness the Crustip (Literature)
|Type||Name||Skill Level||Affinity Level||Effect||Prerequisite||Count||Flavor Text|
|Key Affinity Reward||1||1||Unlocks level 1 of the Affinity Chart.||-||-||-|
|2||2||Unlocks level 2 of the Affinity Chart.||Increase Trust||100||"I feel like even the stars are within my grasp..."|
|3||3||Unlocks level 3 of the Affinity Chart. Affinity bond will be easier to sustain.||Increase Trust||1,300||"One more step towards perfection..."|
|4||4||Unlocks level 4 of the Affinity Chart.||Increase Trust||3,800||"All is proceeding according to my script...as it should."|
|5||5||Unlocks level 5 of the Affinity Chart.||Increase Trust||9,800||"Everything is clear to me now...I feel the finale approaching..."|
|Blade Special||White Wave||1||1||When landing a hit, restores 30% of the damage dealt to the whole party.||-||-||-|
|2||2||When landing a hit, restores 35% of the damage dealt to the whole party.||Perform a Blade Combo||5||"With me on side, you can expect elite performance."|
|3||3||When landing a hit, restores 40% of the damage dealt to the whole party.||Use White Wave||11||"Prepare yourself for a stellar performance."|
|4||4||When landing a hit, restores 45% of the damage dealt to the whole party.||Use a Chain Attack||5||"???"|
|5||5||When landing a hit, restores 50% of the damage dealt to the whole party.||Use White Wave||13||-|
|Sacred Wyrm||1||1||Increases damage dealt by 100% when HP is 90% or higher.||-||-||-|
|2||2||Increases damage dealt by 110% when HP is 90% or higher.||Use Sacred Wyrm||7||"One must think about one's delivery before stepping out on stage, you know."|
|3||3||Increases damage dealt by 120% when HP is 90% or higher.||Perform a Blade Combo||7||"Anyone who gets in my way can expect an early curtain call."|
|4||4||Increases damage dealt by 130% when HP is 90% or higher.||Defeat a Trilut Grebel at the Cliffs of Morytha||5||"???"|
|5||5||Increases damage dealt by 150% when HP is 90% or higher.||Use Sacred Wyrm||10||-|
|Dark Judgment||1||1||Restores 10% of damage dealt when a Special connects.||-||-||-|
|2||2||Restores 12% of damage dealt when a Special connects.||Defeat a Tomlok Anlood||5||"Perhaps following my stage directions is beyond a Tomlok Anlood."|
|3||3||Restores 15% of damage dealt when a Special connects.||Use Dark Judgment||6||"Everything proceeds according to my plan."|
|4||4||Restores 17% of damage dealt when a Special connects.||Use Dark Judgment||7||"???"|
|5||5||Restores 20% of damage dealt when a Special connects.||Perform a Blade Combo||12||-|
|Battle Skill||Transmigration||1||1||30% chance to flip enemy defense, granting more damage vs higher values.||-||-||-|
|2||2||40% chance to flip enemy defense, granting more damage vs higher values.||Use board games.||1||"Ah, games of strategy are fun, are they not? How about a bout or two?"|
|3||3||50% chance to flip enemy defense, granting more damage vs higher values.||Evade an attack||7||"Please, just follow my script."|
|4||4||60% chance to flip enemy defense, granting more damage vs higher values.||Use an Ardainian Arms Album||3||"Sometimes a spell of idleness is just what one needs."|
|5||5||70% chance to flip enemy defense, granting more damage vs higher values.||Use board games||2||"Perhaps you'd like to take me on sometime? Be warned, I won't hold back."|
|Dead Zone||1||1||Restores 45% HP each time an enemy is defeated.||-||-||-|
|2||2||Restores 53% HP each time an enemy is defeated.||Use The Alrestogony||3||"The Alrestogony is a great inspiration to me. You should try reading it sometime."|
|3||3||Restores 60% HP each time an enemy is defeated.||At the theater in Uraya, view the Heart-to-Heart "The Literary Life"||-||"What a marvelous stage! It would make a fine stage for one of my plays."|
|4||4||Restores 68% HP each time an enemy is defeated.||Evade an attack||9||"???"|
|5||5||Restores 75% HP each time an enemy is defeated.||Use Akhos's favorite pouch item from the Seafood category||3||"???"|
|Endless Cycle||1||1||Boosts recharge for Specials after canceling by 20%.||-||-||-|
|2||2||Boosts recharge for Specials after canceling by 25%.||Evade an attack||5||"My astute directions are a boon to my fellows."|
|3||3||Boosts recharge for Specials after canceling by 30%.||Use The Millenarian Titan||3||"The Millenarian Titan is a fine work. It'll be a wonderful reference for me."|
|4||4||Boosts recharge for Specials after canceling by 35%.||Use board games||4||"I look forward to putting this to the test."|
|5||5||Boosts recharge for Specials after canceling by 40%.||Raise Affinity in combat||7||"???"|
|Field Skill||Electric Mastery||1||1||The power of an Electric Blade||-||-||-|
|2||2||Defeat a Chituk Rapchor in Leftheria||5||"Thunder and lightning is an awesome manifestation of power, don't you think?"|
|Agronomy||1||1||Knowledge related to vegetables.||-||-||"Another feather in my proverbial cap."|
|2||3||Acquire Vegetable items from the Collectibles list.||25||"If you require my erudition and knowledge, please do not hesitate to ask."|
|3||5||Acquire Vegetable items from the Collectibles list.||30||"???"|
|Keen Eye||1||1||The power to see things clearly. Used to notice small changes, etc.||-||-||-|
|2||3||Use Akhos's favorite pouch items (Staple Foods category)||4||"Ah...An enchanting bouquet..."|
|3||5||Use Akhos's favorite pouch items (Staple Foods category)||6||"Ah, it's heartening to know that there is still something left to discover in this world."|
Akhos's Japanese name may refer to Minamoto no Yoshitsune, a well known samurai in Japanese history. Akhos name may refer to Αχος (Achos), one of the three Algea, daughters of Eris, goddess of strife. Akhos is the personification of grief. Alternatively, his name may be derived from Achilles, the famous Greek soldier from the Trojan War.
|Playable Characters||Rex · Nia · Tora · Vandham · Zeke · Mòrag|
|Special Blades||Pyra · Mythra · Dromarch · Poppi α · Poppi QT · Poppi QTπ · Roc · Pandoria · Brighid|
|Supporting Characters||Amalthus · Azurda · Cole · Fan la Norne · Turters|
|Torna||Jin · Malos · Akhos · Mikhail · Patroka|