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Pyra, the Blade linked to her Driver 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 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

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.

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:

  • Fire and Water
  • Ice and Wind
  • Earth and Electric
  • Light and 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 Given Weapon Element
Rex Pyra Attacker Aegis Sword Fire
Mythra Attacker Aegis Sword Light
Nia Dromarch Healer Twin Rings Water
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
Zeke Pandoria Attacker Greatsword Electric
Vandham Roc Attacker Dual Sickles Wind
Mòrag Brighid Tank Dual Blades Fire
Akhos Obrona Dual Blades Fire
Malos Sever Wind

※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.

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 Given Weapon Element Acquisition
Finch Tank Shield Hammer Wind Random
Perceval Tank Sword Darkness Random
Floren Healer Sphere Earth Random
Dagas Attacker Greataxe Fire Random
Azami Attacker Raygun Darkness Random
Nim Healer Knuckle Gloves Earth Random
Electra Tank Shield Hammer Electric Random
Perun Attacker Megalance Ice Random
Adenine Healer Knuckle Gloves Wind Random
Newt Tank Sword Fire Random
Gorg Attacker Greataxe Water Random
Kora Healer Knuckle Gloves Electric Random
Vess Healer Sphere Electric Tranquility side quest
Boreas Healer Sphere Wind Random
Vale Attacker Megalance Darkness Random
Wulfric Attacker Megalance Earth Beastly Core Crystal (main quest)
Herald Attacker Raygun Electric Sealed Core Crystal (side quest)
Godfrey Tank Shield Hammer Ice Random
Zenobia Attacker Greataxe Wind Random
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)
Agate Attacker Greataxe Earth Random
Kasandra Tank Shield Hammer Darkness Lucky Core Crystal (Salvaging in Mor Ardain)
Dahlia Healer Sphere Ice Random
Ursula Healer Knuckle Gloves Ice Random
KOS-MOS Attacker Raygun Light Random

※1 Aegaeon can only resonate with Mòrag.

Common Blades

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Rex selecting a Common Blade named Kirim

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.

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 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.

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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.

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

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.

Gallery

Videos

References

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

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