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The Art Set in Xenoblade Chronicles X

Battle Arts are battle mechanics in Xenoblade Chronicles X. They are attacks that do more damage than an Auto-Attack. Similar to Xenoblade Chronicles, they can also heal an ally and inflict debuffs on their foes. All characters and enemies have Battle Arts. They are also used during Skell battles with Skell Weapons. Many arts share names with those in Xenoblade Chronicles.

Each playable character other than Cross has two Signature Arts which are unique to that character. Cross is able to learn the other characters' Signature Arts by completing their Affinity Missions.

Main Art Types

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Four of the five Art types

There are five main types of Arts in Xenoblade Chronicles X.

  • Melee Arts (orange) can be used when fighting close to enemies.
  • Ranged Arts (yellow) can be used at a range to fire on distant enemies.
  • Buff Arts (green) defend the party by healing or granting buffs, such as damage resistance.
  • Debuff Arts (purple) debuff enemies with negative status effects, such as Taunt.
  • Aura Arts (blue) grant the user a special buff over time, in exchange for 1000 TP when outside of a Skell. These buff auras are usually unique to this art, such as Offensive Stance.

Arts that require TP to cast are referred to as Tension Arts. As such, all Ground Gear Aura Arts can also be called Tension Arts.

Cooldown Time

Once an Art is used, the Cooldown Time is triggered until it is available again. The Cooldown Time depends on the Art type. By improving the Art, the Cooldown Time can be reduced. By continuing to charge up the Art, it is possible to reach Secondary Cooldown, which will increase its effect or allow immediate reuse. When in Overdrive, arts can also reach Tertiary Cooldown, which increases their effects further, or allows an additional immediate reuse. The higher the number on the Overdrive Counter, the faster the Cooldown will be for any Arts of the same type of the previously used Art.

Skell Weapons

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The Arts usage with Skell Weapons

Skells can be equipped up to eight Skell Weapons, shown on the model, for Arts usage, four in each hand. Using an art consumes a certain amount of Skell Fuel depending on the weapon unless a Skell Overdrive is in effect. There are four weapon slots, all have left and right slots:

  • The Back Weapons that can use high power Arts.
  • The Shoulder Weapons that can use more powerful Arts than the Back Weapons.
  • The Arm Weapons that can use specific Arts with numerous effects.
  • The Spare Weapons that are characterized by short Cooldown times.
  • The Superweapons that are characterized by high damage output, enormous fuel consumption and long Cooldown times.

Arts per Weapon

The following tables list all Arts and when Cross can acquire them. The order in which other playable characters acquire the arts varies. Most of Cross' arts can be learned by levelling up Class Rank; other characters' Signature Arts can only be learned through affinity missions.

Melee Weapons

Ranged Weapons

Art Class/Mission Acquired
Boost Barrel Equip a Multigun
Missile Barrel Equip a Multigun
Sniper Barrel Equip a Multigun
Cannon Barrel Equip a Multigun

Arts per Type

Art Weapon Attribute Users TP Scaling (Rank 5) Hits Cooldown (Rank 5) Effect
Assault Hammer Assault Rifle Weapon Cross, Irina, Alexa 0 600% 1 40s Inflicts Topple
Slit Edge Knife Weapon Cross 0 225% 1 7.2s Damage boosted by 150% if hitting from the side
Rising Blade Longsword Weapon Cross, Gwin, Nagi, Frye 0 200% 3 9s Damage boosted by 125% if targeted by an enemy
Tornado Blade Longsword Weapon Cross, Gwin, Frye 0 125% 4 18s WITH AN AURA: boosts TP per hit
Assault Breaker Assault Rifle Physical Cross 0 400% 1 24s FROM BEHIND: Inflicts Stun
Ultraslash Longsword Weapon Cross, Gwin 0 400% 1 18s FROM BEHIND: Damage boosted by 400%
Incendiary Edge Longsword Thermal Cross, Gwin, Frye, Nagi 1000 700% 3 18s When used in a Melee combo, damage boosted by 200%
True Stream Edge Longsword Weapon Cross, Nagi 0 250% 5 24s WITH MORALE: Boosts TP
Blossom Dance Longsword Weapon Cross, Nagi 1000 700% 6 18s Ignores target's attribute resistances
Wild Down Shield Weapon Cross, Lin, L, H.B. 1000 350% 1 30s Inflicts Topple
Wild Smash Shield Weapon Cross, Lin, L, H.B. 0 150% 3 12s Damage dealt to enemies inflicted with Topple boosted by 125%
Drum Roll Shield Weapon Cross, Lin 1000 350% 8 18s Inflicts Physical Res Down, and when used in a melee combo, damage boosted by 200%
Atomic Hit Shield Weapon Cross, H.B. 0 600% 1 18s Damage dealt to appendages boosted by 200%
Bombardier Shield Thermal Cross, Lin, L, H.B. 0 225% 1 24s Inflicts Blaze
Back Slash Dual Swords Weapon Cross, Phog, Murderess 0 400% 1 9s Boosts damage by 300% if hitting from behind
Stream Edge Dual Swords Weapon Cross, Elma Phog, Murderess 1000 400% 2 18s When used in a Ranged combo, damage boosted by 200%
Seventh Edge Dual Swords Weapon Cross, Murderess 0 250% 6 18s When used in a Ranged combo, boosts TP with each hit
Gravity Lunge Psycho Launchers Gravity Cross, Murderess 1000 300% 10 18s Inflicts Topple, and when used in a Melee combo, damage boosted by 200%
Electric Surge Dual Swords Ether Cross, Elma, Phog, Murderess 0 250% 3 18s The lower the current HP percentage, the higher the damage dealt.
Hundred Shells Dual Swords Weapon Cross, Elma, Phog, Murderess 1000 300% 14 18s Boosts damage by 200% if hitting from behind
Shadowstrike Dual Swords Weapon Cross, Elma 0 300% 1 18s Boosts damage by 400% if hitting from behind
Arcing Horn Javelin Electric Cross, Lao, Alexa, Bozé 0 450% 1 12s Inflicts Electric Res Down, and when used in a Melee combo, damage boosted by 150%
Spiral Horn Javelin Weapon Cross, Lao, Alexa, Bozé 0 150% 1 18s Inflicts Physical Res Down, and when used in a Melee combo, damage boosted by 150%
Balance Breaker Javelin Weapon Cross, Lao 0 400% 1 18s If used in a melee combo, inflicts Stagger
Vortex Javelin Electric Cross, Bozé 0 350% 1 24s If used in a melee combo, inflicts Stun
Maximum Voltage Javelin Weapon Cross, Alexa 1000 250% 12 36s Damage boosted by 800% if character's skell has been wrecked in the same battle
Trident Buster Javelin Electric Cross, Lao, Alexa, Bozé 1000 500% 1 18s Inflicts Shock, and when used in a ranged combo, boosts damage by 200%
Dispel Knife Ether Cross, Irina, Hope, Celica, Mia 1000 400% 1 18s Removes one random buff from the target
Black Butterfly Knife Ether Cross, Hope, Celica, Mia 0 300% 4 24s Inflicts Ether Res Down on a chosen target, and shortens duration of an active aura
Black Bane Knife Ether Cross, Celica 0 400% 1 18s The more debuffs on a target, the higher the damage dealt
Starfall Blade Photon Saber Weapon Cross, Doug, Yelv 0 200% 3 9s when used in a melee combo, damage boosted by 125%
Starfall Rondo Photon Saber Weapon Cross, Doug, Yelv 0 250% 5 18s when used in a melee combo, damage boosted by 125%
Starlight Duster Photon Saber Weapon Cross, Doug 1000 300% 9 36s Inflicts Gravity Res Down, and when used in a melee combo, damage boosted by 125%
Starfall Blossom Photon Saber Weapon Cross, Yelv 0 150% 4 24s Boosts TP per hit when attacking from the front
Starlight Kick Psycho Launchers Gravity Cross, L, Hope 1000 1600% 1 48s Inflicts Topple
Galactic Cataclysm Photon Saber Beam Cross, Doug, Yelv 1000 1300% 1 18s Damage boosted by 300% with an aura active

Art Weapon Attribute Users TP Scaling (Rank 5) Hits Cooldown (Rank 5) Effect
Flame Grenade Assault Rifle Thermal Cross 0 700% 1 18s Inflicts Blaze, and boosts damage by 150% against toppled enemies
Furious Blast Assault Rifle Weapon Cross, Gwin, Irina, Alexa, H.B. 0 50% 15 18s Boosts damage by 300% in melee combos
Burst Grenade Assault Rifle Thermal Cross, Gwin, Irina, Alexa, H.B. 1000 1350% 1 24s Inflicts Blaze, and boosts damage by 300% against toppled enemies
Grenade Blitz Assault Rifle Thermal Cross, Gwin 0 500% 3 24s Inflicts Launch on certain enemies
Quick Cannon Assault Rifle Thermal Cross, Irina 0 1400% 1 18s Inflicts Blaze, and boosts damage by 150% in melee combos
Takedown Shot Assault Rifle Weapon Cross, Gwin, H.B. 0 150% 6 36s Inflicts Topple on Mechanoids
Missile Volley Gatling Gun Thermal Cross, Lin, Frye, Nagi 0 400% 6 24s Inflicts Thermal Res Down
Bullet Storm Gatling Gun Weapon Cross, Lin, Frye, Nagi 0 160% 12 24s Inflicts Flinch on Humanoids
Fire Carnival Gatling Gun Thermal Cross, Lin 0 250% 10 24s Deals damage to all enemy appendages (Not stated in-game)
Bullet Twister Gatling Gun Weapon Cross, Frye 0 300% 8 24s Gain TP per hit with an Aura active
Hellfire Gatling Gun Weapon Cross, Lin, Frye 1000 400% 12 18s Boosts damage by 200% with an aura active
Thermal Payload Gatling Gun Weapon Cross, Lin, Frye, Nagi 1000 900% 6 18s Boosts damage by 200% against toppled enemies
Sliding Slinger Dual Guns Weapon Cross, Elma, Phog, Celica 0 150% 6 12s Gain TP per hit when attacking from the side
Violent Streak Dual Guns Weapon Cross, Elma, Celica 0 350% 5 24s Gain TP per critical hit
Sky High Dual Guns Weapon Cross, Phog 0 350% 4 18s Inflicts Stun (and Launch on smaller enemies), and boosts damage by 125% in melee combos
Zero Zero Dual Guns Weapon Cross, Celica 0 200% 10 24.6s Gain TP per hit in melee combos
Executioner Dual Guns Weapon Cross, Elma, Phog, Celica 1000 300% 12 27s Boosts damage by 200% in ranged combos
Shrapnel Sniper Rifle Weapon Cross, Lao, Bozé 0 900% 1 18s Boosts damage by 200% when targeting appendages
First Down Sniper Rifle Weapon Cross, Lao, Bozé 0 700% 1 36s Inflicts Topple on Humanoids
Afterburner Sniper Rifle Weapon Cross, Lao 1000 900% 5 18s Boosts damage by 200% in ranged combos
Slayonet Sniper Rifle Weapon Cross, Bozé 0 700% 3 18s Boosts damage by 125% in melee combos
Sidewinder Sniper Rifle Weapon Cross, Lao, Bozé 0 900% 1 24s Inflicts Debuff Res Down
Beam Barrage Raygun Weapon Cross, Doug, Mia, Yelv 0 200% 5 18s Boosts damage by 150% with an aura active
Ether Blast Raygun Ether Cross, Doug, Mia, Yelv 1000 600% 3 18s Boosts damage by 200% with an aura active
Beam Bomber Raygun Weapon Cross, Mia 0 500% 6 24s Boosts damage by 150% with an aura active
Gravity Blast Raygun Gravity Cross, Doug, Mia 0 500% 1 48s Inflicts Topple
Stellar Ray Psycho Launchers Weapon Cross, L, Hope, Murderess 0 200% 5 24s Inflicts Beam Res Down, and boosts damage by 150% with an aura active
Shooting Star Psycho Launchers Weapon Cross, L, Hope, Murderess 0 1000% 1 24s Inflicts Shock
Missile Barrel Multigun Electric Cross 0 300% 4 18s Inflicts Shock, and boosts damage by 150% with an aura active
Sniper Barrel Multigun Ether Cross 0 800% 1 12s Inflicts Stun, if enemy is inflicted with Shock
Cannon Barrel Multigun Gravity Cross 1000 1000% 1 18s Inflicts Topple, and boosts damage by 200% in ranged combos

Art Class Weapon Users Effect
Recuperate Drifter Knife Cross Grants Evasion Up, Continually restores HP
Offensive Stance Samurai Gunner Longsword Cross, Gwin, Frye, Nagi Boosts Melee Attack and Melee Accuracy, Increases damage taken
Defensive Stance Striker Longsword Cross, Gwin, Frye, Nagi Lowers Melee Attack, Continually restores HP, Decreases damage taken
Medic Free Samurai Gunner Assault Rifle Cross, Gwin, Irina, Alexa Increases debuff resistance, Revives the user upon incapacitation
Gunforce Duelist Assault Rifle Cross, Gwin, H.B., Alexa Boosts Ranged Attack and Critical Chance, shortens secondary cooldown time of arts
Samurai Soul Duelist Longsword Cross, Nagi Adds area of effect to melee auto-attacks, boosts auto-attack power when taking damage, shortens secondary cooldown time of arts
Overclock Signature art: Alexa Assault Rifle Cross, Alexa Boosts fuel recovery of parked skells, restores HP when an art is used.
Iron Prison Shield Trooper Shield Cross, Lin, L, H.B. Grants Physical Resistance Up, adds an area of effect damage spike around the user
Enhanced Stand Bastion Warrior Gatling Gun Cross, Lin, Frye, Nagi Boosts damage of auto-attacks, continually restores HP
Supershield Bastion Warrior Shield Cross, Lin, L Reduces damage taken, grants immunity to Stun, enables reflection of enemy physical attacks
Titan Recharge Signature art: Frye Gatling Gun Cross, Frye Nullifies damage from reflected attacks, shortens secondary cooldown time of arts, restores HP upon Aura expiring
Flamehand Signature art: H.B. Shield Cross, H.B. Grant Debuff Resistance Up, Nullifies Terrain Damage, adds a counter spike to the user, causing damage back to enemies from their attacks
Early Bird Commando Dual Guns Cross, Elma, Celica, Phog Boosts Critical Chance and Evasion, increases tier of Critical Power buff
Shadowrunner Commando Dual Swords Cross, Elma, Phog, Murderess Grants Back Attack Up, boosts overall attack, disables enemy detection outside of battle.
Thirsty Edge Winged Viper Dual Swords Cross, Elma, Murderess HP is recovered when melee attacks land
Killing Machine Winged Viper Dual Swords Cross, Elma, Murderess Grants Melee Accuracy Up, Melee Attack Up, Potential Up
Crisis Zone Signature art: Phog Dual Swords Cross, Phog Shortens cooldown time for auto-attacks, deals continual damage to user, boosts attack damage based on how little HP the user has.
Raijin Partisan Eagle Javelin Cross, Lao, Alexa, Bozé Boosts Critical Chance, restores HP when an art is used, enables reflection of enemy electric attacks
Speed Demon Astral Crusader Javelin Cross, Lao, Bozé Whilst sprinting, HP continually regenerates and art cooldown duration is shortened
Ghost Sniper Astral Crusader Sniper Rifle Cross, Lao, Bozé Boosts Critical Chance and Ranged Accuracy, TP is rewarded when landing critical hits
Full Specs Enforcer Knife Cross, Irina, Celica, Hope, Mia Boosts Ranged Attack and Potential, boosts Ether Resistance
Secondary Speed Signature art: Hope Knife Cross, Hope Shortens secondary cooldown time of arts, speeds up the animation of auto-attacks for faster hits
Master Gunner Signature art: Yelv Raygun Cross, Yelv Grants Ranged Attack Up and Potential Up, increases damage to enemy appendages
Geolibrium Blast Fencer Photon Saber Cross, Doug, Yelv Continually restores HP, nullifies terrain damage, boosts Beam Resistance
Astrolibrium Blast Fencer Photon Saber Cross, Yelv Boosts Beam damage, enables reflection of enemy beam attacks
Novalibrium Galactic Knight Photon Saber Cross, Doug, Yelv Grants Supercharge buff when taking damage, adds a counter spike to the user, causing damage back to enemies from their attacks
Astral Protection Galactic Knight Psycho Launchers Cross, L, Hope, Murderess Restores HP when an art is used, boosts all Attribute Resistances
Astral Horizon Galactic Knight Photon Saber Cross, Doug Enables the arts - Astral Heal and Astral Purge to target the entire batting party, extends the range of attacks with area of effect
Dual Dynamo Signature art: L Psycho Launchers Cross, L Grants Ranged Attack Up, Melee Attack Up, Potential Up
Boost Barrel - Multigun Cross Grants Potential Up, shortens secondary cooldown time of arts, shortens cooldown time for auto-attacks

Art Class Weapon Users TP Effect
Chrome Armour Drifter Knife Cross 0 Grants Physical Resistance Up to a chosen party member
Power Dive Striker Assault Rifle Cross, Gwin, H.B., Alexa, 0 Grants Supercharge to the user, as well as total evasion whilst being executed
Last Stand Duelist Assault Rifle Cross, Irina, H.B. 1000 Gives TP to all allies
Flame Cloak Shield Trooper Shield Cross, Lin, L 0 Grants Thermal Resistance Up to all party members within a radius around the user
Mindstorm Signature Art: L Shield Cross, L 0 Grants Potential Up to all party members within a radius around the user and restores HP
Shield Wall Bastion Warrior Shield Cross, Lin, L, H.B. 0 Grants Barrier to all party members within a radius around the user
Cool Off Bastion Warrior Gatling Gun Cross, Lin, Frye, Nagi 0 Removes users debuffs, and consumes an active aura to grant TP
Upper Hand Commando Dual Swords Cross, Elma, Phog 0 Grants Critical Power to the user
Blood Sacrifice Winged Viper Dual Swords Cross, Elma, Phog 0 Halves user's current HP to grant TP
Primer Winged Viper Dual Guns Cross, Elma, Phog, Celica 0 Grants TP and Critical Power to the user
Ghostwalker Full Metal Jaguar Dual Guns Cross, Phog, Celica 0 Grants Decoy to the user
Combat Limbo Full Metal Jaguar Dual Guns Cross, Phog, Celica 0 Grants Effect Stasis to the user
Ghost Factory Signature Art: Elma Dual Guns Cross, Elma 1000 Grants Decoy to all party members within a radius around the user
Eagle Eye Partisan Eagle Sniper Rifle Cross, Lao, Bozé 0 Grants Ranged Attack Up and Ranged Accuracy Up to all party members within a radius around the user
Hawkeye Astral Crusader Sniper Rifle Cross, Lao, Bozé 0 Grants Critical Power to the user
Hair Trigger Astral Crusader Javelin Cross, Lao, Alexa, Bozé 0 Grants Supercharge to the user
Repair Enforcer Knife Cross, Irina, Hope, Celica 0 Removes debuffs and restores HP of a chosen party member
Absorber Skin Psycorruptor Knife Cross, Irina, Hope, Celica 0 Grants Barrier to a chosen party member
Smooth Recovery Signature Art: Irina Knife Cross, Irina 0 Grants Evasion Up to all party members within a radius around the user and restores their HP
Clarity Ray Signature Art: Mia Raygun Cross, Mia 0 Grants Ether Resistance Up to all party members, and removes their debuffs
Gravity Cloak Mastermind Raygun Cross, Mia, Yelv 0 Grants Gravity Resistance Up to all party members within a radius around the user
Energy Source Mastermind Knife Cross, Irina, Hope, Mia, Celica 1000 Grants TP to a chosen party member, and boosts their Potential
Lightning Cloak Blast Fencer Psycho Launchers Cross, L, Murderess 0 Grants Electric Resistance Up to all party members within a radius around the user
Essence Exchange Signature Art: Yelv Photon Saber Cross, Yelv 0 Swaps users HP and TP values
Astral Heal Galactic Knight Photon Saber Cross, Doug, Yelv 1000 Restores HP of a chosen party member, or the appendages of a skell (All party members/skells with Astral Horizon active)
Astral Purge Galactic Knight Photon Saber Cross, Doug, Yelv 0 Removes debuffs of a chosen party member (All party members with Astral Horizon active)

Art Class Weapon Users TP Effect
Infuriate Drifter Assault Rifle Cross 0 Taunt on a chosen target, and causes Flinch
Magnum Edge Striker Longsword Cross, Gwin, Frye, Nagi 0 Physical Res Down on enemies ahead, and causes Knockback on smaller enemies
Decoy Round Samurai Gunner Assault Rifle Cross, Gwin, Alexa, H.B. 0 Taunt on a chosen target, and causes Flinch.
Flash Grenade Samurai Gunner Assault Rifle Cross, Gwin, Irina, Alexa, H.B. 0 Blackout on a chosen target, and any nearby enemies
Burning Slash Samurai Gunner Longsword Cross, Frye, Nagi 0 Thermal Res Down on enemies ahead
Trash Talk Shield Trooper Shield Cross, Lin, L, H.B. 0 Taunt on all nearby enemies, and causes Flinch.
Reality Rift Bastion Warrior Shield Cross, Lin, L 0 Slow Arts on enemies ahead, and causes Knockback on smaller enemies
Side Slash Winged Viper Dual Blades Cross, Elma, Phog, Murderess 0 Fatigue on a chosen target
Intercept Partisan Eagle Sniper Rifle Cross, Lao, Bozé 0 Stun on a chosen target
Overwhelm Astral Crusader Javelin Cross, Lao, Alexa, Bozé 0 Fatigue on a chosen target
Myopic Screen Enforcer Raygun Cross, Doug, Mia, Yelv 0 Blackout on enemies ahead
Screamer Psycorruptor Knife Cross, Irina, Celica 0 Sleep on a chosen target
Subterfuge Psycorruptor Raygun Cross, Doug, Mia, Yelv 0 Debuff Res Down on enemies ahead
Brainjack Psycorruptor Knife Cross, Irina, Hope 1000 Control of a chosen target (Does not work on Tyrants)
Tacit Censure Signature Art: Hope Psycho Launchers Cross, Hope 0 Virus on enemies ahead
Servant Sacrifice Mastermind Knife Cross, Irina, Hope 0 Targets an enemy with the Control debuff, to yield HP and TP. Can sometimes instant-kill the controlled target.
Pathogen Blast Mastermind Raygun Cross, Doug, Mia 0 Virus on enemies ahead
Jetstream Blast Fencer Psycho Launchers Cross, Murderess 0 Stun on enemies ahead
Phenomenon Signature Art: Doug Photon Saber Cross, Doug 0 Ether Res Down on enemies ahead

Trivia

  • Most Arts usually cost 4, 12, 36 and 72 BP to upgrade to the next level. Tension Arts cost 6, 18, 54 and 108 BP to upgrade.
  • The Assault Rifle has the most arts with a total of 16, while the Multigun has the fewest with only 4.

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