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Pyra, the Blade linked to Rex

Blades (Japanese: ブレイド, Bureido) are characters in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. They are weaponized life forms linked to a Driver who creates and summons them by resonating with a Core Crystal. Blades endow their Driver with powers and a weapon. Each Blade plays a different role, owning different stats and an elemental type, such as fire for Pyra, and providing a distinct set of Blade Arts and support abilities depending on its weapon. By searching for and collecting Blades, the player chooses to attach and selects Blade companions and the kind of role desired.[1]

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Drivers and Blades relationship

They are several classifications of Blades depending on the Drivers and Blades relationship and their type. Blades can be recruited into the party through different means, depending on their rarity: Common, Rare and Legendary. The uniquely named Legendary Blades, such as Pyra and Dromarch, are mainly recruited through the story progression and are linked to a unique Driver. Rare Blades, such as Finch, are created from Common, Rare, Legendary or specific Core Crystals and can be linked to any Driver in the party. The randomized Common Blades are created from Common, Rare or Legendary Core Crystals through resonance. The Special Blades have story importance, are the signature Blades of their respective Drivers, and have a unique weapon. Most of them are Legendary Blades, except those of Torna who are Rare Blades. There are artificial Blades, who are not awakened from a Core Crystal like natural Blades but built using an Ether Furnace to give them Blade-like abilities; Examples include Poppi α and Lila. They are controlled by characters who are not real Drivers, but the resultant duos function very similarly to normal Blade/Driver groups. Some Blades are powerful enough to function as independent enemies in the absence of their Drivers.

Elements

Each Blade is associated with an element, and any Blade Arts they use are of that element. In battle, some enemies may exhibit a weakness to a particular element, evidenced by an icon of that element displayed in their target frame. Elements and their opposite counterparts play a key role in Blade Combos and Chain Attacks. The eight elements, paired by opposites, are:

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Fire
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Ice
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Earth
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Light
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Water
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Wind
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Electric
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Dark

Blade Roles

Different Blade roles enable different fighting styles. The combination of currently equipped Blades' roles determines a Driver's class.

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Attacker
Unleashes powerful Arts.
Healer
Heals allies while attacking.
Tank
Takes aggro to defend allies.

List of Blades

Special Blades

Driver Blade Role Stat Modifier Given Weapon Element
Rex Pyra Attacker Strength 10% Aegis Sword
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Mythra Attacker Ether 10% Aegis Sword
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Roc Attacker Dexterity 15% Dual Scythes
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Nia Healer Max HP 15% Catalyst Scimitar
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Nia Dromarch Healer Ether 10% Twin Rings
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Tora ※1 Poppi α (artificial) Tank ※2 Max HP ※2 Drill Shield
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Poppi QT (artificial) Tank ※2 Agility ※2 Mech Arms
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Poppi QTπ (artificial) Attacker ※2 Strength ※2 Variable Saber
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then various ※2
Vandham Roc Attacker Dexterity 15% Dual Scythes
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Mòrag Brighid Tank Agility 15% Whipswords
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Aegaeon Tank Agility 15% Chroma Katana
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Zeke Pandoria Attacker Strength 10% Big Bang Edge
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Niall Aegaeon Tank Agility 15% Chroma Katana
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Malos Sever ※3 Tank Strength 15% Sword Tonfa
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Akhos Obrona ※3 Attacker Agility 20% Brilliant Twinblades
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Patroka Perdido ※3 Attacker Strength 10% Decimation Cannon
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Mikhail Cressidus ※3 Tank Max HP 20% Rockrending Gauntlets
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Dughall Dolmes Spiked Hammer
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※1 Tora is not a Driver but he controls Poppi α, Poppi QT, Poppi QTπ as artificial Blades.
※2 Poppi's element, role, and stat modifier can be changed by upgrading it.
※3 All of these Blades are identified as Rare Blades.

Rare Blades

Some can be obtained through the main quests or by doing side quests, but most rare blades are random rewards of Common, Rare or Legendary Core Crystals.

Blade Role Stat Modifier Given Weapon Element Acquisition
Finch Tank Agility 15% Shield Hammer
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Perceval Tank Agility 10% Chroma Katana
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Floren Healer Ether 10% Bitball
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Dagas Attacker Strength 5%
then 10% ※1
Greataxe
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Azami Attacker Ether 15% Ether Cannon
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Nim Healer Dexterity 10% Knuckle Claws
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Electra Tank Max HP 15% Shield Hammer
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Perun Attacker Dexterity 10% Megalance
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Adenine Healer Dexterity 15% Knuckle Claws
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Newt Tank Max HP 20% Chroma Katana
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Gorg Attacker Max HP 15% Greataxe
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Kora Healer Ether 10% Knuckle Claws
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Vess Healer Max HP 10% Bitball
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Boreas Healer Max HP 15% Bitball
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Vale Attacker Ether 15% Megalance
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Wulfric Attacker Strength 15% Megalance
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Herald Attacker Strength 15% Ether Cannon
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Godfrey Tank Max HP 15% Shield Hammer
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Zenobia Attacker Strength 15% Greataxe
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Praxis Attacker Dexterity 10% Megalance
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Theory Tank Agility 15% Chroma Katana
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Sheba Attacker Ether 15% Ether Cannon
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Inherited Core Crystal
Agate Attacker Dexterity 10% Greataxe
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Kasandra Tank Max HP 15% Shield Hammer
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Lucky Core Crystal
Dahlia Healer Dexterity 10% Bitball
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Ursula Healer Agility 10% Knuckle Claws
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KOS-MOS Attacker Ether 20% Ether Cannon
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Poppibuster (artificial) ※2 Tank Agility 15% Shield Hammer
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T-elos ※3 Attacker Strength 15% Greataxe
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Shulk ※4 Attacker Ether 20% Monado
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Fiora ※4 Healer Strength 15% Knives
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※1 Dagas's Affinity Chart and stats change after his Blade quest.
※2 Poppibuster can be obtained after installing Patch (Ver.1.4.0) and completing the Blade Quest Shiny New Power.
※3 T-elos can be obtained after installing Patch (Ver.1.4.0) and having cleared the game's main story, from a Core Crystal at random but with a higher probability rate.
※4 Shulk and Fiora can be obtained after installing Patch (Ver.1.5.0) and doing Challenge Battle Mode. They are initially restricted to the Land of Challenge but can be taken into Alrest once the Alrest Linkring is obtained.

New Game Plus

After finishing the game and installing Patch (Ver.1.3.0), the New Game Plus will be available. This will allow to recruit seven new Blades from the Torna organization.

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Akhos Healer Ether 15% Calamity Scythe
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Patroka Attacker Strength 15% Cobra Bardiche
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Mikhail Tank Agility 15% Infinity Fans
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in Land of Morytha after he falls out of battle in Chapter 9
Obrona Attacker Agility 20% Brilliant Twinblades
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Sever Tank Strength 15% Sword Tonfa
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Perdido Attacker Strength 10% Decimation Cannon
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Cressidus Tank Max HP 20% Rockrending Gauntlets
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Common Blades

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Rex selecting a Common Blade named Kirim

Common Blades are created from Core Crystals. Their name, weapon and element are determined randomly. Stats are determined semi-randomly, with the base auto-attack, guard rate, and critical rate determined purely from the Blade's weapon and appearance (see below). Their preferred Pouch Items are also chosen at random, and may consist of one category, two categories, or two categories and a specific item. Common Blades also have certain exclusive abilities that Rare Blades cannot obtain, such as "Orb Master", Luck modifiers, modifiers reaching between 21% and 24%, and certain Field Skills.

The Unnamed Core Crystal received from Gramps is a special case: it is guaranteed to produce a common Blade with Knuckle Claws and Wind element.

Appearance

They have a similar global appearance, dark gray skin with blue glowing eyes and lines on the body, and a crystal on the chest with the elemental coloration. Common Blades come in one of four basic models: "male humanoid", "female humanoid", "brute" and "animal". Each basic model has several head variations, differing in the type of horns or ears; humanoid and brute models each have four head variants, while animal models have only two.

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The possible appearances of an obtained Common Blade

Competences

The Specials of a Common Blade depend on their model and weapon type. Each Common Blade has 1-3 skills chosen at random. Each Common Blade has the Element Mastery skill related to their own element, as well as 0-2 random gathering or Merc Group skills.

Releasing Blades

Player can release most of the Blades in their party (although it is not possible to release Special Blades, and several other Blades, like first random Blade Rex bonds with). Releasing yields certain resources to the player, usually boosters corresponding to the Blade's element. The quantity and type of items received upon release is determined by Strength of Blade. If player releases a Rare Blade, it is possible to get this Blade again randomly from a Core Crystal, even if said Blade was initially obtained through a unique Core Crystal (e.g. Vess or Wulfric).

Aside of items, releasing can also be used as a way to free unused or weak Blades, as there is limit to how many the party can bond with in total.

Button Challenge

When a Blade draws a special move, the "Button Challenge" (Japanese: ボタンチャレンジ, Botan charenji) will be displayed on the screen. By pressing the button with good timing, the damage will rise. If it succeeds, a narrator (actor: Kentarō Tone) will compliment the player.

Poppiswap

Main article: Poppiswap
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Poppiswap

Poppi is an Artificial Blade and has her own mechanics related to her Poppiswap ability. As such, she has customizable features including adjusting her elemental affinity, role, and skills.

Core Crystal state

Blades come either lying in a dormant state inside a Core Crystal or awakened in their personified form. By holding a Core Crystal, it resonates with the person and tries to take shape. If this person has a certain aptitude, the Blade awakens and makes the person a Driver. Those who do not have the aptitude are simply knocked unconscious and are incapable of forming a Blade. Drivers for the most part are bound to one Blade for their entire life, however it is possible for Drivers to awaken more than one Blade at a time. Blades fight alongside their Drivers and lends their weapon for them to use in battle. Blades can be attacked, but any injury they sustain are healed quickly.

They are dependent on their Driver to retain their form. If their Driver dies under any circumstance, the Blades instantly revert back into their Core Crystal in a dormant state, shown by the Core taking on a dull black color rather than the normal blue glow. After some time, the Core will glow again and can be reawakened. Upon reawakening the Blade loses all memories of their past lives but retains their personality. Additionally, their Core Crystal, which appears normally on their chest, are another vulnerable point. If they are attacked there and their core crystal shatters, they permanently die and cannot be reawakened. However, a Driver of a Blade that has been killed is not affected.

List of Blade enemies

Main article: Blade (enemy)

Trivia

  • In the English localization of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, nearly all Blades speak with North American accents. By contrast, most of the game's non-Blade cultures (the Indoline and Urayans being noticeable exceptions) speak with accents of English native to the British Isles.
    • The only exception to this rule is Nia, who speaks with a Welsh accent.

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References

  1. 2017-06-13, Tetsuya Takahashi about Xenoblade Chronicles 2. IGN, accessed on 2017-06-13

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