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"If the Architect does indeed exist, I wish I could ask him... Who am I, truly?"
— Jin

Jin (Japanese: シン, Shin) is an antagonist in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. He is the head of the secret organization Torna who wants to find and capture Pyra. He is seconded by Malos. He is a mysterious masked swordsman with a sympathetic temperament, although he will do whatever it takes to achieve his goals.

Jin is the deuteragonist in Torna ~ The Golden Country. He is a Special Legendary Blade, and can grant tremendous power to his Driver, Lora, and her allies. Jin uses the ice element, and wields a Nodachi in battle.

Jin was designed by Tetsuya Nomura, a lead character designer for the Final Fantasy series.

NPC

Jin is a temporary NPC found at the C.S.E.V. Maelstrom's interior in the Argentum Trade Guild.

Story

Jin was once the Blade of a person named Ornelia, and was a member of the Colony Defense Force. They fought together in a war for independence, saving villages, and eventually Ornelia passed away, leaving Jin to return to his Core Crystal until he was reawakened. Before he did, however, he wrote down in his journal a way for he and his Driver to be carved together in flesh. He also mused whether the Architect exists, and wondered who he truly is.

Eventually, Jin’s Core Crystal was stolen by Gort and is accidentally resonates with a ten-year-old girl named Lora. When Gort threatened to kill her to take possession of Jin, Jin stopped him instead, cutting his left arm off in the process, in order to protect her.

Years later, Jin had garnered a reputation as the strongest Blade in Torna, and Lora was officially made a Tornan Driver. They fought together in the Aegis War alongside Addam and Mythra, with whom they were close friends, other Blades such as Haze, and Titans such as Azurda.

At some point, Lora and Jin were approached by Teo who claimed to have known Jin and Ornelia when he was young; he tells them that the old house Jin once lived in was still standing in the outskirts of a nearby village. Upon investigating, Jin found his journal, and read what he had written about joining together the spirits of a Driver and their Blade.

After the Kingdom of Torna was decimated by Malos, Lora was mortally wounded in a attack by Amalthus. She told Jin that for humans, being forgotten is a fate worse than death, and though Jin assured her that he would not forget her, they both knew that the nature of Blades would not allow his memories to be passed down after her death and his return to his Core Crystal.

With his knowledge about Flesh Eaters, Jin was able to join Lora's spirit with his own, ensuring that he could live on without a Driver and retain the memories they had made together. He placed her body in suspended animation.

Devastated by Lora's death, the destruction of Torna, and the very nature of the world in which he lived, he became a loner. He wandered around Alrest for five centuries, seeking a meaning for his now eternal life. Malos later met a dejected Jin in a city alleyway and offered to work with him and the remnants of Torna in their new organization, with the goal of going to Elysium and killing the Architect.

Jin became the de facto leader of the group. He found Akhos and Patroka, two other Flesh Eaters, imprisoned and being transferred from Tantal to Indol. He asked them to join him, and they agreed. Jin knew that the first step was to reawaken the other Aegis, who had been sealed away by Addam after the end of the war. He also breaks Nia and Dromarch out of Indoline custody, and Nia joins him as well.

He requests a person from the Leftherian Archipelago to help on a salvage mission, with Rex ultimately agreeing to the job. The salvage team manages to bring up the target shipwreck, and once inside, Jin finds his target, the Aegis. However, Rex unexpectedly begins to resonate with it, prompting Jin to stab him in the back, killing him. However, Rex is ultimately resurrected by Pyra and, with the help of Azurda and Nia, manages to escape, leaving Jin empty-handed.

Later, at the Olethro Ruins, Akhos reveals that Jin plans on using the Aegis to wipe humanity from existence in the world of Alrest.

Jin travels to the ruins of Judicium on the Titan Temperantia, and takes control of a Titan weapon that was being excavated by the Empire of Mor Ardain. With it, he fires on the Kingdom of Uraya's forces, making it seem as if the Empire had illegally attacked them and nearly sparking a war. The party fights him atop the Titan, where he reveals to be a Blade, but with his powers limited by Fan la Norne, Haze's new identity, they manage to force him away; however, he kills Fan la Norne by stabbing her through the Core Crystal and escapes. It is soon revealed that Jin's Core Crystal is partially damaged due to his life as a Flesh Eater.

He is fought again in the Genbu Crown, where he demands the party hand over the Omega Fetter and the Aegis. When they refuse, he reveals his true form, which gives him control over all elementary particles and allows him to move his body at the speed of light, making it impossible to dodge his attacks, even with Mythra's foresight. He is able to withstand Mythra's attack from Siren, and along with a new army of artificial Blades, he and the other members of Torna restrain the entire party.\When Pyra threatens to destroy herself with the power of Siren to thwart their plans, he lets the party go, but leaves with Pyra and the Omega Fetter.

He and Malos are later fought at the Cliffs of Morytha, where he is defeated when Rex attains his Master Driver state and is able to match him blow for blow. After a heated battle between Ophion and Siren, he, along with Rex and his companions, falls through the Cloud Sea to the Land of Morytha below.

Mythra assumes her ascended state to heal Jin, and in the process, she discovers that he is a Flesh Eater. Jin temporarily joins the party to escape Morytha, where the Monoceros comes to retrieve him. He convinces Malos, Akhos, Mikhail, and Patroka not to attack the group, and they leave for the World Tree.

He and Malos leave the others and climb the World Tree, where Jin stays behind to meet the party again, letting Malos go to meet the Architect alone. He tells them that he wants to see for himself if the world will choose Rex or Malos, but that he cannot let them pass without a fight. He says that he made a promise to see through Malos' will, even if it means his death.

He cannot understand why Rex wants to open up Elysium to humanity, thinking that they will eventually destroy it as they did with Morytha and Torna. Rex is able to defeat him, knocking his sword out of his hand, and as they talk, Akhos and Patroka arrive to help him. Jin orders them to stand down, saying that they have done all they have needed. Patroka asks Nia to heal Jin; she agrees and Patroka goes to prepare him for treatment. As she goes, however, she is killed by Amalthus, who has used all of the Core Crystals he "cleansed" to gain immense power.

Amalthus also rips out Akhos' Core Crystal, killing him and enraging Jin, but he is too weak to fight; instead, the party fights Amalthus, defeating him. Still intent on meeting the Architect and erasing everything in the world himself, he sends out his tendrils of energy to try and destroy the World Tree from the inside. Telling Rex to stop Malos, Jin releases all the power he has left, freezing Amalthus to the back wall. After Amalthus dies, Jin's Core Crystal finally cracks, and he falls to his knees and dissolves in a white light.

Arts

  • Ultraslash, Back attack ↑
  • Skyward Slash, AOE / Break
  • Empty Moment, AOE / Evasion
During Chapter 8, when Jin temporarily joins the party, Empty Moment is replaced with:
  • Heavenly Disrupt, Driver Combo
During the Challenge Battle Titan Battleship Assault, Jin is the controlled character with the following arts:
  • Stunned Swallow, Evasion / Counter / Launch
  • Empty Moment, AOE / Evasion
  • Heavenly Disrupt, Driver Combo

Battles

Jin is fought four times as a boss. He is first fought at level 40 at the Haggle's Swordtip in the Central Plain of Temperantia, at level 46 at Genbu Crown in the Head area of the Kingdom of Tantal, at level 54 at the Gotrock Oracle Ruins in the Lower Level of the Cliffs of Morytha, and at level 66 at Lv. 4, Megrez in the Upper Level of the World Tree.

Arts (XC2)

  • Ultraslash, Knockback
  • Skyward Slash, Blade Affinity Down
  • Heavenly Disrupt, Topple / Launch / Smash
  • Empty Moment, AOE / Evasion / Blowdown
  • Demon Cloak, Taunt
  • Stunned Swallow, Evasion / Counter / Launch
  • Zero Zone, AOE / Nulify Heal
  • Bladeless Blade, Evasion / Blowdown

Favorite Items

Affinity Chart

Type Name Skill Level Affinity Level Effect Prerequisite Count Flavor Text
Key Affinity Reward 1 1 Unlocks level 1 of the Affinity Chart.
2 2 Unlocks level 2 of the Affinity Chart. Increase Trust  ??? "Lora, we still have a long way to go."
3 3 Unlocks level 3 of the Affinity Chart. Affinity bond will be easier to sustain. Increase Trust  ??? "I'll protect Lora. Always."
4 4 Unlocks level 4 of the Affinity Chart. Increase Trust 1,750 "We're in perfect harmony now, Lora."
5 5 Unlocks level 5 of the Affinity Chart. Increase Trust 4,500 "It's for Lora's sake that I fight. That will never change..."
Blade Special Hailstrike 1 1 Increases damage dealt to the back by 100%
2 2 Increases damage dealt to the back by 110% Use Hailstrike 10 "I must become stronger, or all is lost..."
3 3 Increases damage dealt to the back by 120% Defeat a Burran Gyanna at Lake Sarleigh in Torna, etc. 3 "I'm not quite there yet..."
4 4 Increases damage dealt to the back by 130% Use Hailstrike 25 "I've finally perfected it..."
5 5 Increases damage dealt to the back by 150% Defeat a Pallov Tirkin at the Verdant Fairylands in Torna, etc. 3 "This should be the end of it..."
Zero Blade 1 1 Increases damage dealt to toppled enemies by 100%
2 2 Increases damage dealt to toppled enemies by 110% Defeat a Arrah Rhogul on the Ordia Great Plains in Gormott, etc. 1 "Zero Blade can get stronger, I know it."
3 3 Increases damage dealt to toppled enemies by 120% Use Zero Blade 15 "I'm not done working on it yet."
4 4 Increases damage dealt to toppled enemies by 130% Defeat a Regus Moramora in the Ancient Lakebed in Torna, etc. 2 "You'll learn to fear my Zero Blade."
5 5 Increases damage dealt to toppled enemies by 150% Defeat a Grads Tirkin at the Saints' Practice Grounds in Gormott, etc. 3 "Now it's ready."
Ice Revolution 1 1 Increases damage dealt to higher-level enemies by 60%
2 2 Increases damage dealt to higher-level enemies by 70% Defeat a Cascade Krabble at the Serene Springside in Gormott, etc. 2 "Ice Revolution... You'll see its power."
3 3 Increases damage dealt to higher-level enemies by 80% Use Ice Revolution 10 "There's much to come to grips with."
4 4 Increases damage dealt to higher-level enemies by 90% Defeat a Grohl Plambus at Coolley Lake in Gormott, etc. 1 "Just a little more time..."
5 5 Increases damage dealt to higher-level enemies by 100% Use Ice Revolution 100% ""It is done."
Battle Skill Transmigration 1 1 Increases damage dealt by 30% on every Vanguard Switch (max: 250%)
2 2 Increases damage dealt by 35% on every Vanguard Switch (max: 250%) Finish off enemies 10 "I have much to learn..."
3 3 Increases damage dealt by 40% on every Vanguard Switch (max: 250%) Participate in Driver Combos 50 "I'll wield this for Lora's cause."
4 4 Increases damage dealt by 45% on every Vanguard Switch (max: 250%) Deal a certain amount of damage 300,000 "Everyone is safer with this power at my disposal."
5 5 Increases damage dealt by 50% on every Vanguard Switch (max: 250%) Finish off enemies 30 "All this violence... So senseless."
Full Reasonance 1 1 Deal 60% more and take 10% less damage at max Affinity
2 2 Deal 70% more and take 15% less damage at max Affinity Pull off a back attack 15 "Any opening begs to be exploited."
3 3 Deal 80% more and take 20% less damage at max Affinity Participate in a Chain Attack 10 "So, we can achieve more when we work together, hm...?"
4 4 Deal 90% more and take 25% less damage at max Affinity Overkill on Chain Attacks 5 "I'm not satisfied with myself yet..."
5 5 Deal 100% more and take 30% less damage at max Affinity Succeed in a button challenge during a battle (Previous instances count towards total) 350 "We move in perfect harmony..."
Mind's Eye 1 1 Increases critical damage by 20% Defeat a Arlo Kapiba in the Secluded Boneway in Torna, etc. 4 "We'd best stay prepared."
2 2 Increases critical damage by 35% Participate in Driver Combos 20 "Cooperation is proving more efficient."
3 3 Increases critical damage by 50% Deal a critical hit (Previous instances count towards total) 100 "I saw it in my mind's eye..."
4 4 Increases critical damage by 65% Deal a critical hit (Previous instances count towards total) 150 "Their weakness is...obvious to me."
5 5 Increases critical damage by 80% Make every item that Jin can craft 15 "It is its own kind of strength. For Lora."
Field Skill Mineralogy 1 1 Knowledge related to minerals. Mainly helps collect items in rocky areas
2 2 Use pouch items 2 "Make the most of it, and battle becomes child's play..."
3 5 Meet characters from the Community list 88 "Lora cares about them, so I will too."
Swift Swordplay 1 1 The ability to strike too fast for anyone (except Jin) to see or follow
2 3 Use Jin's crafting skill (Previous instances count towards total) 5 "In cooking, as in combat, you need to keep your skills sharp."
3 4 Use Jin's crafting skill (Previous instances count toward total) 15 "Practicing my cooking gives me an edge in battle, too."
Fortitude The power to endure hardships. Lets you excel at mind-numbing task, too. 1 1 Collect items 10 "Only the freshest ingredients will do."
2 3 Use Mythra's crafting skill 5 "That belongs in the trash heap..."
3 5 Walk a lot (Measurement is in peds) 85,000 "With you, I'll go anywhere,"

Quotes

  • "If the Architect does indeed exist, I wish I could ask him... who am I, truly? Whence did I come? Whither am I headed?"
  • "I am who I am. I do not change."

Trivia

  • Jin is a Blade using the ice element. This can be shown in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 with his use of ice-based attacks. Moreover when he joins the party during Chapter 8, Guldos can copy his element, where they become weak to the wind element.
  • Jin is the only Blade whose Core Crystal isn't located on his chest. It is instead located on his forehead.

Gallery

Artwork

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Torna ~ The Golden Country