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For those who have not completed Xenoblade Chronicles 2, this page may contain spoilers regarding the plot. Discretion is advised.

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Rex, a driver and the protagonist

Drivers (Japanese: ドライバー, Doraibā) are characters in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. They are linked to Blades, special lifeforms they create and summon by touching a Core Crystal. Blades endow their Driver with power and a weapon. By collecting and attaching different Blades to the playable Drivers, the player chooses and selects Blades companions and the kind of role desired given to each Driver.[1]

List of Notable Drivers

Driver Plot Special Blade Role Given Weapon Element
Rex Protagonist Pyra Attacker Aegis Sword Fire
Mythra Attacker Aegis Sword Light
Nia Protagonist Dromarch Healer Twin Rings Water
Tora ※1 Protagonist Poppi α (artificial) Tank ※2 Drill Shield Stone
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 Protagonist Pandoria Attacker Big Bang Edge Electric
Vandham Protagonist Roc Attacker Dual Scythes Wind
Mòrag Protagonist Brighid Tank Whipswords Fire
Malos Antagonist Sever Wind
Akhos Antagonist Obrona Dual Blades
Patroka Antagonist Gun
Mikhail Antagonist Shield Arms

※1 Tora is not a Driver but he controls Poppi α, Poppi QT and Poppi QTπ as artificial Blades.
※2 Poppi α's and Poppi QT's role and element can be changed using Poppiswap.

List of Driver enemies

Main article: Driver (enemy)

Driver Class

Each Driver has a class. Unlike the classes in Xenoblade Chronicles X, a Driver class is automatically determined by the combination of currently equipped Blades Roles.

Equipped Blades Roles Resulting Class Class skills
1x Attacker Fighter
1x Tank Defender
1x Healer Healer
2x Attacker Elite Fighter Boosts damage dealt
1x Attacker, 1x Tank Warrior Reduces damage taken, Boosts damage dealt, Boosts Arts/Specials aggro
1x Attacker, 1x Healer Cavalier Boosts damage dealt, HP Potion effect up, Lowers Arts/Specials aggro
2x Attacker, 1x Healer Wild Cavalier Boosts damage dealt, HP Potion effect up, Lowers Arts/Specials aggro
2x Attacker, 1x Tank Wild Warrior Reduces damage taken, Boosts damage dealt, Boosts Arts/Specials aggro
2x Tank, 1x Healer Royal Knight Reduces damage taken, HP Potion effect up, Lowers Arts/Specials aggro
2x Healer, 1x Attacker Holy Cavalier Boosts damage dealt, HP Potion effect up, Lowers Arts/Specials aggro
1x Attacker, 1x Healer, 1x Tank Jack-of-all-trades Reduces damage taken, Boosts damage dealt, HP Potion effect up

In bold are the most powered up traits of each class.

Driver Arts

Main article: Driver Arts

Drivers can use Arts that are special techniques with a variety of effects.

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Driver Arts (Nintendo Switch)

Driver Arts mechanism

Affinity lines

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A short blue Affinity line between Pyra and Rex. Medium yellow Affinity lines between Finch and Rex,
and between Dromarch and Nia.

During the battle, a glowing Affinity line displayed on the screen connect a Driver and a Blade. This line shows the power sent from the Blade to the Driver. It looks like the blue line connecting members when a Chain Attack is available, but the Affinity line can glow with different colors and can have different lengths. Various things will happen depending on the color and the length of the line.

Gallery

References

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

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