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

In Xenoblade Chronicles, Battle Arts can be levelled up by using AP and art books.

AP CostEdit

The AP cost of levelling up an art depends on both the art and the level. The cost for each additional level follows a consistent pattern:

Level 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
AP Cost 1x 2x 4x 8x 12x 18x 26x 36x 48x

For example, raising Shulk's Back Slash to level 2 costs 200 AP, while raising his Slit Edge to level 2 costs 220 AP. Raising these arts to level 3 costs 400 AP and 440 AP respectively (2x200 and 2x220), while raising them from level 5 to level 6 costs 2,400 AP and 2,640 AP respectively (12x200 and 12x220).

Benefits Edit

All physical and Ether attacking arts at level 1 have an additional hit rate of 5%. Each level increased will increase the hit rate further by 5%, up to a maximum of 25% at level 5 or higher.

Furthermore, arts will have their effects enhanced by levelling up. These enhancements may include, but are not limited to: increased aggro added to enemies, increased damage, increased healing power, increased buff or debuff duration, and reduced cooldown time.

Art BooksEdit

Initially, arts cannot be raised beyond level 4. Intermediate books allow the art to be raised as high as level 7, and can be bought from shops. Advanced books allow the art to be raised to level 10, even if an intermediate book for that art has not yet been learned or obtained, and can be found in gold chests dropped by monsters above level 45, or in special chests found in certain locations. These sources are mutually exclusive; there are no Advanced books available for sale, nor are there any monsters that drop Intermediate books.

After an art book is obtained, it is necessary to select it in the inventory and read it to unlock the additional levels of that art. Art books can only be read once, and cannot be used if the character has not yet learned the Art itself. Intermediate books cannot be used if an Advanced book has already been learned. Excess Art Books can be sold to shops.

(Note: There are two separate Art Books for the two characters who learn Guard Shift. These books are not interchangeable.)

Art Book Sources Edit

Generally, the drop rates for advanced books are extremely low—some have a drop rate of less than 1%. Higher level monsters tend to have higher drop rates. The save and reload method can be used to open the same gold chest repeatedly until a desired advanced book is obtained. Up to two of four named books can be acquired without duplicates (e.g. a given monster can drop up to two of either Back Slash, Battle Soul, Slit Edge or Light Heal).

Battle Art Intermediate Advanced
Slit Edge Ether Light (Colony 9)
Back Slash Ether Light (Colony 9)
Light Heal Ether Light (Colony 9)
(After the Mechon raid only)
Shaker Edge Weapon Shop (Frontier Village)
Air Slash Refugee Camp (Bionis' Leg)
Shadow Eye Refugee Camp (Bionis' Leg)
Battle Soul Weapon Shop (Frontier Village)
Stream Edge Refugee Camp (Bionis' Leg)

Battle Art Intermediate Advanced
Hammer Beat Ether Light (Colony 9)
Wild Down Ether Light (Colony 9)
Guard Shift Refugee Camp (Bionis' Leg)
War Swing Refugee Camp (Bionis' Leg)
Sword Drive Hope Farm Shop (Colony 6)
(before Mechonis Core only)
Berserker Drainage Control Room (Ether Mine)
Shield Bash Drainage Control Room (Ether Mine)
Engage Hope Farm Shop (Colony 6)
Last Stand Drainage Control Room (Ether Mine)
Rage Ether Light (Colony 9)
(After the Mechon raid only)
Magnum Charge Weapon Shop (Frontier Village)
Bone Upper Ether Light (Colony 9)
Dive Sobat Weapon Shop (Frontier Village)
Aura Burst Refugee Camp (Bionis' Leg)
Anchor Chain Supply Convoy (Sword Valley)
Lariat Supply Convoy (Sword Valley)

Battle Art Intermediate Advanced
Double Blade Hidden Village Shop 1 (Fallen Arm)

Hidden Village Shop 2 (Fallen Arm)
Junks Shop 1
C6 Shop 7 (Colony 6)

Healing Energy C6 Shop 7 (Colony 6)
Spear Blade C6 Shop 7 (Colony 6)
Cross Impact C6 Shop 7 (Colony 6)
Speed Shift C6 Shop 9 (Colony 6)
Zero Gravity C6 Shop 7 (Colony 6)
Lock-On C6 Shop 7 (Colony 6)
Ether Drain Hidden Village Shop 1 (Fallen Arm)

Hidden Village Shop 2 (Fallen Arm)
C6 Shop 7 (Colony 6)

Double Wind C6 Shop 9 (Colony 6)
Mag Storm C6 Shop 7 (Colony 6)

Hidden Village Shop 2 (Fallen Arm)
Junks Shop 1

Shutdown C6 Shop 9 (Colony 6)
Air Fang C6 Shop 9 (Colony 6)
Power Drain C6 Shop 9 (Colony 6)
Guard Shift C6 Shop 9 (Colony 6)
Second Gear C6 Shop 7 (Colony 6)

Hidden Village Shop 2 (Fallen Arm)

Final Cross C6 Shop 8 (Colony 6)

Battle Art Intermediate Advanced
Heal Bullet Refugee Camp (Bionis' Leg)
Thunder Bullet Refugee Camp (Bionis' Leg)
Shield Bullet Refugee Camp (Bionis' Leg)
Cure Bullet Refugee Camp (Bionis' Leg)
Drive Boost Hidden Village Shop 1 (Fallen Arm)

Junks Shop 2
C6 Shop 6 (Colony 6)

Heal Blast Refugee Camp (Bionis' Leg)
Heal Round Drainage Control Room (Ether Mine)
Head Shot Hidden Village Shop 1 (Fallen Arm)

C6 Shop 5 (Colony 6)

Metal Blast Drainage Control Room (Ether Mine)
Aura Bullet Weapon Shop (Frontier Village)
Heat Bullet Weapon Shop (Frontier Village)
Head Shaker Weapon Shop (Frontier Village)
Covert Stance Weapon Shop (Frontier Village)
Heal Counter

Syrath Lighthouse (Eryth Sea)
C6 Shop 2 (Colony 6)

Tranquilliser Refugee Camp (Bionis' Leg)
Cure Round Hidden Village Shop 1 (Fallen Arm)

C6 Shop 5 (Colony 6)

Battle Art Intermediate Advanced
Gale Slash Nopon Merchant Camp (Satorl Marsh)
Electric Gutbuster Nopon Merchant Camp (Satorl Marsh)
Peerless Nopon Merchant Camp (Satorl Marsh)
Worldly Slash Nopon Merchant Camp (Satorl Marsh)
Battle Eye Nopon Merchant Camp (Satorl Marsh)
Steel Strike Nopon Merchant Camp (Satorl Marsh)
Serene Heart Weapon Shop (Frontier Village)
Final Flicker Hidden Village Shop 1 (Fallen Arm)

Junks Shop 2
C6 Shop 6 (Colony 6)

Jaws of Death Hidden Village Shop 1 (Fallen Arm)

C6 Shop 5 (Colony 6)

Tempest Kick Weapon Shop (Frontier Village)
Heat Haze Weapon Shop (Frontier Village)
Spirit Breath Nopon Merchant Camp (Satorl Marsh)
Soaring Tempest Supply Convoy (Sword Valley)
Thunder Supply Convoy (Sword Valley)
Demon Slayer Hidden Village Shop 1 (Fallen Arm)

C6 Shop 6 (Colony 6)

Blinding Blossom Nopon Merchant Camp (Satorl Marsh)

Battle Art Intermediate Advanced
Summon Bolt Melfica Road (Alcamoth)
Summon Flare Melfica Road (Alcamoth)
Summon Ice Hidden Village Shop 1 (Fallen Arm)

Junks Shop 2
C6 Shop 6 (Colony 6)

Hypnotise Hope Farm Shop (Colony 6)
Spear Break Hidden Village Shop 1 (Fallen Arm)

C6 Shop 6 (Colony 6)

Shadow Stitch Melfica Road (Alcamoth)
Summon Copy Melfica Road (Alcamoth)
Reflection Supply Convoy (Sword Valley)
Summon Wind Melfica Road (Alcamoth)
Summon Earth Hidden Village Shop 1 (Fallen Arm)

C6 Shop 5 (Colony 6)

Summon Aqua Melfica Road (Alcamoth)
Healing Gift Supply Convoy (Sword Valley)
Starlight Kick Melfica Road (Alcamoth)
Power Effect Hidden Village Shop 1 (Fallen Arm)

Junks Shop 2
C6 Shop 6 (Colony 6)

Burst End Melfica Road (Alcamoth)
Mind Blast Supply Convoy (Sword Valley)

Battle Art Intermediate Advanced
Happy Happy Armour Shop (Frontier Village)
Bitey Bitey Armour Shop (Frontier Village)
Sneaky Armour Shop (Frontier Village)
Play Dead Armour Shop (Frontier Village)
Lurgy Armour Shop (Frontier Village)
Hero Time Armour Shop (Frontier Village)
Roly Poly Armour Shop (Frontier Village)
Behave Armour Shop (Frontier Village)
Riki is Angry Hidden Village Shop 1 (Fallen Arm)

C6 Shop 5 (Colony 6)

Bedtime Nopon Camp (Valak Mountain)
You Can Do It Armour Shop (Frontier Village)
Peekaboo Hidden Village Shop 1 (Fallen Arm)

Junks Shop 2
C6 Shop 6 (Colony 6)

Say Sorry Hidden Village Shop 1 (Fallen Arm)

C6 Shop 6 (Colony 6)

Burninate Hidden Village Shop 1 (Fallen Arm)

C6 Shop 5 (Colony 6)

Freezinate Armour Shop (Frontier Village)
Tantrum Nopon Camp (Valak Mountain)

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