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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.
They are several classifications of Blades depending on the Drivers and Blades relationship and their type. Blades are differently recruited by the party 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. The 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 bonding. The Special Blades have story importance, are signature Blade of a main Driver character 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 natural Blades awakened from a Core Crystal but have been built using an Ether Furnace to give them Blade-like abilities, such as Poppi α and Lila. They are controlled by characters who are not real Drivers but they work as a kind of Driver and Blade duo during battle. The party will encounter several Blade enemies in combat who are not bounded to a Driver.
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
|Driver||Blade||Role||Stat Modifier||Given Weapon||Element|
|Rex||Pyra||Attacker||Strength 10%||Aegis Sword||Fire|
|Mythra||Attacker||Ether 10%||Aegis Sword||Light|
|Roc||Attacker||Dexterity 15%||Dual Scythes||Wind|
|Nia||Healer||Max HP 15%||Catalyst Scimitar||Water|
|Nia||Dromarch||Healer||Ether 10%||Twin Rings||Water|
|Tora ※1||Poppi α (artificial)||Tank ※2||Max HP ※2||Drill Shield|| Earth|
then various ※2
|Poppi QT (artificial)||Tank ※2||Agility ※2||Mech Arms|| Fire|
then various ※2
|Poppi QTπ (artificial)||Attacker ※2||Strength ※2||Variable Saber|| Ice|
then various ※2
|Vandham||Roc||Attacker||Dexterity 15%||Dual Scythes||Wind|
|Aegaeon||Tank||Agility 15%||Chroma Katana||Water|
|Zeke||Pandoria||Attacker||Strength 10%||Big Bang Edge||Electric|
|Niall||Aegaeon||Tank||Agility 15%||Chroma Katana||Water|
|Malos||Sever ※3||Tank||Strength 15%||Sword Tonfa||Wind|
|Akhos||Obrona ※3||Attacker||Agility 20%||Brilliant Twinblades||Electric|
|Patroka||Perdido ※3||Attacker||Strength 10%||Decimation Cannon||Fire|
|Mikhail||Cressidus ※3||Tank||Max HP 20%||Rockrending Gauntlets||Earth|
- ※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.
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||Wind||Random|
|Perceval||Tank||Agility 10%||Chroma Katana||Dark||Random|
|Dagas||Attacker|| Strength 5%|
then 10% ※1
|Azami||Attacker||Ether 15%||Ether Cannon||Dark||Random|
|Nim||Healer||Dexterity 10%||Knuckle Claws||Earth||Random|
|Electra||Tank||Max HP 15%||Shield Hammer||Electric||Random|
|Adenine||Healer||Dexterity 15%||Knuckle Claws||Wind||Random|
|Newt||Tank||Max HP 20%||Chroma Katana||Fire||Random|
|Gorg||Attacker||Max HP 15%||Greataxe||Water||Random|
|Kora||Healer||Ether 10%||Knuckle Claws||Electric||Random|
|Vess||Healer||Max HP 10%||Bitball||Electric||Tranquility|
|Boreas||Healer||Max HP 15%||Bitball||Wind||Random|
|Wulfric||Attacker||Strength 15%||Megalance||Earth||Beastly Core Crystal|
|Herald||Attacker||Strength 15%||Ether Cannon||Electric||Sealed Core Crystal|
|Godfrey||Tank||Max HP 15%||Shield Hammer||Ice||Random|
|Praxis||Attacker||Dexterity 10%||Megalance||Water||Crystal Clear|
|Theory||Tank||Agility 15%||Chroma Katana||Ice||Blade-Sharp Memory|
|Sheba||Attacker||Ether 15%||Ether Cannon||Water||Inherited Core Crystal|
|Kasandra||Tank||Max HP 15%||Shield Hammer||Dark||Lucky Core Crystal|
|Ursula||Healer||Agility 10%||Knuckle Claws||Ice||Random|
|KOS-MOS||Attacker||Ether 20%||Ether Cannon||Light||Random|
- ※1 Dagas's Affinity Chart and stats change after his Blade quest.
New Game +
|Blade||Role||Stat Modifier||Given Weapon||Element||Acquisition|
|Akhos||Healer||Ether 15%||Calamity Scythe||Electric||Random|
|Patroka||Attacker||Strength 15%||Cobra Bardiche||Earth||Random|
|Mikhail||Tank||Agility 15%||Infinity Fans||Dark|| Talk at Megaflote Base|
during Chapter 10
|Obrona||Attacker||Agility 20%||Brilliant Twinblades||Electric||Random|
|Sever||Tank||Strength 15%||Sword Tonfa||Wind||Random|
|Perdido||Attacker||Strength 10%||Decimation Cannon||Fire||Random|
|Cressidus||Tank||Max HP 20%||Rockrending Gauntlets||Earth||Random|
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. 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.
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.
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.
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
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)