For those who have not completed Xenoblade Chronicles 2, this page may contain spoilers regarding the plot. Discretion is advised.
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 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.
There are three classifications of Blades: the uniquely named Special Blades, such as Pyra and Dromarch, who have story importance and are linked to a unique Driver; the uniquely named Rare Blades, such as Finch, who are created from Rare Core Crystals and can be linked to any Driver in the party; and the randomized Common Blades who are created from Common Core Crystals during a bonding.
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:
- Fire and Water
- Ice and Wind
- Earth and Electric
- Light and Dark
Different Blade roles enable different fighting styles. The combination of currently equipped Blades' roles determines a Driver's class.
Unleashes powerful Arts.
Heals allies while attacking.
Takes aggro to defend allies.
List of Blades
|Tora ※1||Poppi α (artificial)||Tank ※2||Drill Shield|| Earth|
then various ※2
|Poppi QT (artificial)||Tank ※2||Mech Arms|| Fire|
then various ※2
|Poppi QTπ (artificial)||Attacker ※2||Variable Saber|| Ice|
then various ※2
※1 Tora is not a Driver but he controls Poppi α, Poppi QT, Poppi QTπ as artificial Blades.
※2 Poppi's element and role can be changed by upgrading it.
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.
|Vess||Healer||Sphere||Electric||Tranquility side quest|
|Wulfric||Attacker||Megalance||Earth||Beastly Core Crystal (main quest)|
|Herald||Attacker||Raygun||Electric||Sealed Core Crystal (side quest)|
|Praxis||Attacker||Megalance||Water||Crystal Clear side quest|
|Theory||Tank||Sword||Ice||Blade-Sharp Memory side quest|
|Sheba||Attacker||Raygun||Water||Inherited Core Crystal (500.000 G)|
|Aegaeon ※1||Tank||Sword||Water||Aegaeon's Core Crystal (main quest)|
|Kasandra||Tank||Shield Hammer||Darkness||Lucky Core Crystal (Salvaging in Mor Ardain)|
※1 Aegaeon can only resonate with Mòrag.
The Common Blades are created from Core Crystals. Their name, weapon, element and stats are obtained randomly. Each Common Blade prefers one category of Pouch Item at random.
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 anthropoid", "female anthropoid", "large anthropoid" and "quadrupedal animal". Beyond their basic model, they have minor differences; for example, each Male has a differently-shaped set of horns.
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.
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.
- Main article: Poppiswap
As an artificial special Blade, Poppi has its own Blade mechanics and a particular customization. By upgrading her, her element and skills can be changed.