Balaenas (Japanese: バラエナ, Baraena) are Piscinoid enemies in Xenoblade Chronicles X. They are flying baleen whale-like creatures with two sac-like organs attached to their backs and are similar to Cetos in appearance. They can be found in Primordia and Oblivia and their surrounding waters.
"These whale-like creatures' dorsal sacs house vaporized biofluid that swells the organs like hot-air balloons, granting them aerial mobility. In rare cases, these dorsal sacs remain inflated after death, resulting in the carcass remaining airborne for years, and causing unique ecologies to form around them."
"Though generally slow, jet mechanisms near their tails allow for high-speed locomotion. They can also shell foes from afar with a kind of biological mortar. Monogamous in nature, balaenas produce a single offspring every three years, the rearing of which is handled by both partners. This period of raising young is streaked with irritability, resulting in the predation of creatures that the usually gentle balaenas would typically regard as symbionts."
Balaenas fall into two color variants:
- Purple balaenas are mauve and reddish-purple in coloration with blue gas sacs. They can drop Big Balaena Water Bags. They are only found in Primordia Waters.
- Blue balaenas are blue with yellow gas bags. They can drop Big Balaena Sand Bags.
Types of Balaenas
Normal Minor Enemies
Mission Exclusive Enemy
Balaena may be derived from the genus Balaena, which contains the bowhead whales.