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The future doesn't belong to you!

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Dunban in Xenoblade Chronicles
Aliases Dundun
Gender Male
Age 30
Species Homs
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Voice actor(s) Ryo Horikawa
Rufus Jones
Appearances Xenoblade Chronicles
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
"We may die if we take a stand here. But staying gives us the chance to change our destinies."
— Dunban

Dunban (ダンバン, Danban; English dub: /ˈdʌnˌbæn/ ) is a Homs, and is one of the seven playable characters in Xenoblade Chronicles. Dunban serves as the voice of reason for the group, being willing to kill even a Homs in order to bring peace. Fiora says that Dunban is a big softy and cries when nobody is around. Riki calls him "Dundun".


Dunban is a soldier and a hero with a true heart. He's always willing to put his own life on the line to save everyone else. He's one of the most mature members of Shulk's party if not the most mature. He does at times let his boldness get to his head, but he tries to avoid being a coward and motivate his fellow comrades to do the same. Despite being degraded to his left arm, he still continued to fight rather than complain. As second-in-command and mentor/advisor of the team, Dunban is the voice of reason and speaks for everyone in some of the most dire times.

Dunban almost never forgets that family and friends are important even in the battlefield. He serves as a mentor to Shulk and Reyn; but even though he has patience, he knows better than to be their babysitter and expects them to depend on their own strength.

Like Shulk, he is very protective of his younger sister Fiora. As her older brother as well as the only biological family member she has close to him, her safety and well-being are his biggest concern. When he thought he lost her, he tried to stay strong and not let his emotions get the best of him; but he loses his temper after he finds out who "murdered" her. And it is later revealed that he cries when no one is around.


Dunban has a variety of moves that allow him to deal a great amount of damage towards an enemy. In addition, many of his attacks combo together (and with status effects that a single party member usually cannot achieve), making his moves very effective. He also possesses many moves that draw aggro to him or increase his speed/evasion. His downside is his poor HP. Wearing heavy armour to increase Physical Defence does not fix this problem, as Dunban is more oriented toward evading attacks than taking damage.

One of Dunban's greatest strengths is his ability to fight up-level; he has many options suited toward this. High Agility (which Serene Heart can boost further) allows him to deal consistent damage against opponents that non-ether fighters have almost no chance of hitting. With sufficient talent levels, this accuracy allows him to maintain debuffs from moves such as Worldly Slash against Unique Monsters with very little downtime. He will usually hold aggro from damage alone in these scenarios, making it important to emphasize evasion and healing from another party member.


A high-ranking soldier of Colony 9, Dunban was originally thought to be the only one capable of wielding the legendary Monado. He used the Monado to repel the invading Mechon forces at the Battle of Sword Valley, one year prior to the game's main story. During the battle, the Monado took a considerable toll on Dunban's health, causing his right arm to become almost completely paralyzed and preventing him from wielding the Monado, as any further exposure to the weapon could kill him. Despite the damage, Dunban is still able to effectively wield a katana, albeit with his left hand. He joins the party permanently after Xord is defeated.

General stats

Max Level Max HP Max Physical Strength Max Ether Strength Max Agility
99 5,530 541 350 148

※ These stats are raw and do not include the bonuses from the skill lines.


  • Dunban BlossomDanceBlossom Dance [Talent Art] (4-hit combo if B is pressed at the correct time)
  • Dunban GaleSlashGale Slash (inflicts Bleed)
  • Dunban ElectricGutbusterElectric Gutbuster (causes Break if used after Gale Slash)
  • Reyn BerserkerPeerless [Aura] (cures party of confusion, draws aggro and increases strength)
  • Reyn SwordDriveWorldly Slash (2-hit combo lowering phys. def., also lowers strength when used after Gale Slash)
  • Reyn EngageBattle Eye [Aura] (causes Lock-On, increases double attack rate, evasion fills talent gauge)
  • Dunban SteelStrikeSteel Strike (Topples an enemy suffering from Break)
  • Dunban SpiritBreathSpirit Breath [Aura] (removes debuffs, grants Haste)
  • Dunban BlindingBlossomBlinding Blossom (transfers aggro from a team member to Dunban)
  • Dunban SereneHeartSerene Heart [Aura] (increases accuracy and evasion, higher bonus with lower health)
  • Dunban TempestKickTempest Kick (long range ether attack, removes enemy buffs when used after Gale Slash)
  • Sharla CovertStanceHeat Haze [Aura] (completely removes aggro, guarantees critical hits)
  • Dunban ThunderThunder (hits enemies behind Dunban with an ether blast, forces Daze when used while an Aura is active)
  • Reyn WarSwingSoaring Tempest (multiple hits to enemies in range, hits fill Talent Gauge)
  • Reyn LastStandJaws of Death [Aura] (increases physical arts damage, revives when incapacitated, fills Talent Gauge when incapacitated)
  • Shulk BattleSoulFinal Flicker (fills Talent Gauge in exchange for HP)
  • Reyn WildDownDemon Slayer (all enemies suffer forced Topple when used to kill an enemy)

Monado Arts

During the Battle of Sword Valley and the second round of the story battle event at Central Plaza when the Mechon attack Colony 9, Dunban wields the Monado and can perform three arts:

  • Shulk ActivateMonado Activate Monado [Talent Art] [Aura].
  • Shulk MonadoBuster Buster - Damages enemies in a straight line. Mechon suffer double damage.
  • Shulk MonadoEnchant Enchant - Allows allies to damage Mechon for a time and boosts attack power.

Skill trees

Dunban has the following Skill Trees:

Bravery is one of Dunban's initial three skill trees, and the first skill is unlocked at the start of the game.

Prioritizing Bravery improves Dunban's counter-attack rate based on the number of skills that have been unlocked in this tree:

Skills Unlocked 1 2 3 4 5
Counter-Attack Rate Increase 4% 6% 8% 10% 15%


Frame Skill Effect SP Cost Link Cost
Skills-blue-star-1 Medium Equipment Allows Medium Armour to be equipped -- 10
Skills-yellow-star-1 Invincible Hero Increases Strength by 10% when HP is full 700 6
Skills-yellow-square-3 Warrior's Ambition Increases tension by 25% with Battle Start Affinity 1000 8
Skills-yellow-circle-1 Overwhelming Increases aggro drawn when dealing damage by 10% 2000 2
Skills-yellow-hex-1 Hero's Valour 75% chance of increasing max HP by 20% for 40 seconds at the start of a battle 3500 3

Wisdom is one of Dunban's initial three skill trees.

Prioritizing Wisdom improves Dunban's Agility based on the number of skills that have been unlocked in this tree:

Skills Unlocked 0 1 2 3 4 5
Agility Increase 2 5 8 10 12 15


Frame Skill Effect SP Cost Link Cost
Skills-yellow-circle-1 Spiritual Awakening Increases aggro gained by 25% when no armour is equipped 300 2
Skills-yellow-square-1 Reckless Abandon Increases Agility by 15% when HP is at 50% or less 700 8
Skills-yellow-star-1 Twin Swords Increases chance of performing a double attack by 5% 1000 18
Skills-blue-square-1 Natural-Born Warrior Reduces the combined weight of armour by 5 2000 5
Skills-blue-circle-1 Inner Peace Increases Agility by 30% when no armour is equipped 3500 18

Prudence is one of Dunban's initial three skill trees.

Prioritizing Prudence improves Dunban's block rate based on the number of skills that have been unlocked in this tree:

Skills Unlocked 0 1 2 3 4 5
Block Rate Increase 2% 4% 6% 8% 10% 15%


Frame Skill Effect SP Cost Link Cost
Skills-yellow-star-1 Sustained Spirit Increases the duration of Auras by 10 seconds 300 28
Skills-yellow-circle-1 Steel Protection Reduces Spike damage taken by 20% 700 30
Skills-yellow-star-3 Mind of the Warrior Reduces depletion rate of the Party Gauge outside of battle 1000 2
Skills-blue-star-1 Lightweight Expert Improves Physical Defence and Ether Defence of Light Armour by 15% 2000 28
Skills-yellow-circle-1 Critical Drain Restores 2% of max HP when dealing a critical hit. Affected by Recovery Up gems. 3500 50

Obstinance is Dunban's fourth skill tree. It can be unlocked by completing The Balance of Power.

Prioritizing Obstinance improves Dunban's Physical Defence based on the number of skills that have been unlocked in this tree:

Skills Unlocked 0 1 2 3 4 5
Physical Defence Increase 5 10 20 30 40 50


Frame Skill Effect SP Cost Link Cost
Skills-blue-circle-1 Equipment Expert Greatly reduces weight of equipment 200 10
Skills-yellow-hex-1 Gentleman's Valour Grants HP Up buff at start of battle. 500 12
Skills-blue-star-1 Heavy Equipment Allows heavy weight armour to be equipped. 800 15
Skills-yellow-circle-1 Body of Steel Reduces physical damage taken by 15%. 1000 49
Skills-yellow-star-1 Solid Foundation Grants immunity to Blow-Down. 1500 45

Enthusiasm is Dunban's fifth Skill Tree. It is obtained by completing Stunted Growth, which require 4☆ affinity with Fallen Arm.

Prioritizing Enthusiasm improves Dunban's Strength based on the number of skills that have been unlocked in this tree:

Skills Unlocked 0 1 2 3 4 5
Strength Increase 10 30 40 50 70 100


Frame Skill Effect SP Cost Link Cost
Skills-yellow-square-1 Charge Acceleration Grants Haste buff at start of battle. 200 8
Skills-yellow-circle-1 Counter Rage Increases chance of a counter-attack by 10%. 500 6
Skills-yellow-circle-1 Ardent Strike Increases tension gained after a critical hit. 800 7
Skills-yellow-star-1 Deadly Determination Increases tension gained when using Arts by 10. 1000 58
Skills-yellow-hex-3 Blazing Aura Fills Party Gauge by 20 when activating an Aura. 1500 43


  Blue skills are always active.
  Yellow skills are active only when the character is in the battle party.
Skills-party-1 Affects the party member with the skill.
Skills-party-3 Affects the battle party members.
Skills-party-all Affects the whole party.
Skills-shape-diamond Skills with a diamond shape cannot be linked.
Skills with other shapes can be linked to a frame of the same shape.

Gem Crafting

Dunban owns unique Shooter and Engineer abilities for Gem Crafting, they are:


  • Combo Master: Qualities grow stronger when flame is constant.


  • Strong Flame: Good
  • Medium Flame: Poor
  • Gentle Flame: Average


4 hearts

2 hearts

In Super Smash Bros.

Dunban is shown performing a Chain Attack with Shulk and Riki as Shulk's Final Smash.

A Dunban costume is also available for Mii Fighters as downloadable content.



  • "Born in a world of strife!
    Against the odds,
    we choose to fight!
    Blossom Dance!"
  • "Gale Slash!"
  • "Electric Gutbuster!"
  • "Steel Strike!"
  • "Worldly Slash!"
  • "Tempest Kick!"
  • [While performing 'Blinding Blossom' art] "Dance with me!"
  • [While performing 'Heat Haze' art] "Heat Haze!"or "Die!"
  • [While performing 'Battle Eye' art] "Face me if you dare!"
  • [While performing 'Spirit Breath' art] "Dodge this!"
  • [While performing 'Jaws of Death' art] "I fear not the Jaws of Death!"
  • [While performing 'Thunder' art] "Ugh... Thunder!"
  • [While performing 'Soaring Tempest' art] "Soaring Tempest!" or "I'll cut you all to shreds!"
  • [While performing 'Demon Slayer' art] "Demon Slayer!" or "Taste true strength unleashed!"
  • [While performing 'Serene Heart' art] "Stay calm. Stay focused."


  • "For a bunch of soulless machines, they seem to know a thing or two. But we'll see."
  • "Follow my lead!"
  • "There is no escape!"
  • "Amateurish."
  • "Leave this to me!"
  • "Not bad. Not bad at all."
  • "Your days are numbered!"
  • [When controlling Dunban and initiating a chain attack] "On my mark!"
  • "There are things at play here we can't hope to understand."
  • "Ah... Just like old times!"
  • "At last, we move at the same pace!"
  • "You'll be gone before you know what hit you."
  • [After a chain attack] "Timing is everything, remember that!"
  • [After a chain attack] "Unity is vital for a superior team!"
  • [When engaging a higher level enemy] "Was this the wrong tactical decision?"
  • [When engaging a higher level enemy] "At least we'll fight!"
  • [When controlling Dunban and engaging a higher level enemy] "If we do not fight, we cannot proceed!"
  • [When engaging a weak enemy] "I don't have time for small fry!"
  • [When controlling Dunban and engaging a weak enemy] "No mercy!"
  • [When all other characters are down] "I am Dunban! Attack me if you dare!"
  • [When delivering a critical hit] "Felt that, huh?"
  • "It's only a matter of time before we lose!"
  • "But we mustn't be careless!"
  • "I can see this isn't pushing you at all!"
  • "Feel the flow of battle!"

Vision Warnings

  • "Reyn! Got some trouble."
  • "Sharla, what should we do?"
  • "Riki! Time to prove your mettle as a hero!"
  • "Melia, let's go!"
  • "Fiora. You can do it, right?"
  • [Warning Shulk] "You saw a vision, yes?"

Post-battle dialogues

Party Members Dialogue
Shulk, Reyn, Dunban Reyn - Dunban, with you around, there ain't no stopping us!
Shulk - Totally!
Dunban - Don't get cocky. Stay focussed, stay sharp.
Shulk & Reyn - Yes sir!
Shulk, Sharla, Dunban Shulk - Sharla, could you teach me how to use a rifle sometime?
Dunban - So that's how it is. Giving up the sword already?
Shulk - No, no! That's not it at all!
Sharla - Oh let him have a go, Dunban.
Shulk, Dunban, Melia Shulk - Melia, it'd be great if you taught me how to use ether!
Dunban - So that's how it is. Giving up the sword already?
Shulk - No, no! That's not it at all!
Melia - I'm speechless.
Shulk, Dunban, Riki Dunban - Riki, mighty Heropon, I can see that you're in pain.
Riki - Hmph, nothing can beat Riki.
Shulk - Dunban, you're embarrassing Riki!.
Shulk, Dunban, Fiora Dunban - Fiora, how are you doing?
Fiora - I'm fine, Dunban. But thanks for asking.
Shulk - I wish I had a brother or sister. You guys look like a real family.
Fiora - Well... you're basically like our baby brother.
Shulk - What!? Baby brother!?
Fiora - *Laugh* Be careful what you wish for.
Reyn, Sharla, Dunban Reyn - How would you rate me in that battle?
Dunban - Amateurish!
Sharla - Yes, amateurish.
Reyn - Aw, man. After all my training
Reyn, Dunban, Melia Reyn - You can't have a rainbow without Reyn, baby!
Melia - Dunban, I think you need to have a talk with Reyn.
Dunban - No. Let's pretend it didn't happen.
Reyn, Dunban, Riki Reyn - Ha! When the going gets going, the tough get tough.
Riki - *Laughs* Even Riki know that not right.
Dunban - Reyn, what are you babbling on about?
Reyn, Dunban, Fiora Dunban - Fiora, are you okay?
Fiora - Yeah, I'm doing okay.
Reyn - I'm doing good 'n' all, Dunban.
Dunban - I don't remember asking about you.
Reyn - Oh wait. I got a sudden pain in the neck
Fiora - Okay. Enough messing around. Let's move on.
Sharla, Dunban, Melia Sharla - Isn't it quiet without Reyn or Riki around?
Dunban - Agreed. Let's continue with this team.
Melia - *Laughs* Hero of the Homs, you have a mean streak.
Sharla, Dunban, Riki Dunban - And as one, we will always be victorious!
Riki - Justice to you all, Riki and Dundun is here! Sharla have no scary!
Dunban - Ha! That's right, Riki!
Sharla - Good to have you with us, Dunban.
Riki - W-what about Riki?
Sharla, Dunban, Fiora Dunban - Fiora, don't push yourself too hard.
Fiora - Thanks, Dunban. You too.
Sharla - Family is so important. I wonder how Juju's doing.
Dunban, Melia, Riki Melia - He's so cuddly, I could almost cuddle him to death!
Dunban - Riki may well be the softest of all Nopon.
Riki - Riki suddenly feel afraid!
Dunban, Melia, Fiora Melia - Fighting besides Homs and Mechon. I never imagined this day would come.
Dunban - And as one, we will always be victorious!
Fiora - I fight with pride and all my strength.
Dunban, Riki, Fiora Riki - Do friends think Riki is good Heropon?
Dunban - You're doing a magnificent job as Hero.
Riki - Really?! Oh, Riki so happy!
Fiora - *Laugh* Good for you, Riki.


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