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"I wonder... If the people I loved were still around, would things be ...different?"
— Mikhail

Mikhail (Japanese: サタヒコ, Satahiko) is an antagonist in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and a non-playable party member in Torna ~ The Golden Country. He is a member of the secretive organization Torna. He is a Driver and is accompanied by his Special Blade, Cressidus. He is often viewed with Patroka and seems attracted to her.

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

Story

As a child, Mikhail was the only survivor of the destruction of Porton Village in the Kingdom of Torna after it had been looted and burned down by other humans. He was found by Lora and Jin, who took him back to Addam's camp. He became friends with many of the Drivers and Blades there, including Haze and Mythra, as the Aegis War went on.

Eventually, the war ended with the defeat of Malos, and Mikhail went with many other Tornan refugees to the Indoline Praetorium, where they were fused with Core Crystals to become Blade Eaters. To keep this practice a secret, almost all of them were eliminated by Amalthus, though Mikhail survived.

Five centuries after the end of the war, Mikhail joined together with Jin, Patroka, Malos, and Akhos as the new Torna; they stole Core Crystals from shipments headed to Indol and reawakened the Aegis with the help of Rex.

Mikhail and Patroka first encounter the party in the Empire of Mor Ardain, where they fight them in the abandoned factory as Bana escapes. Mythra uses Siren's power to revert Mikhail's Blade, Cressidus, to its Core Crystal. They are weakened by Fan la Norne, the new identity of Haze, and are forced to retreat on the Monoceros.

Mikhail spends much of his time working on the systems of the Marsanes, the sole remaining Tornan warship which acts as the organization's base, preparing them for the inevitable confrontation with Amalthus. At the World Tree, after Jin and Malos are dropped off, Indol appears and begins fighting the Marsanes. After a fierce battle, Mikhail orders Patroka and Akhos to follow after Jin and Malos, and transforms the ship into an enormous, Titan-sized mech, which he uses to fight against Indol directly.

After Rex and Mythra destroy the amplification towers with the help of Siren, Amalthus releases a massive energy blast at them in rage, which Mikhail blocks with his mech. After a brief conversation with Rex, in which Mikhail reminisces about his past and tells the party how much they remind him of his old friends, he charges at Indol and slams the Titan into the World Tree. In a massive explosion, he sinks the Titan by sacrificing himself heroically.

After finishing the game, installing Patch (Ver.1.3.0) and starting a New Game Plus, the party can return to the base of the World Tree, where it is revealed that Mikhail survived the explosion of the Marsanes. He wishes to travel with Rex in order to discover what it is he wishes to do, joining Rex's party as a Blade directly.

Personality

Mikhail comes across as rather playful, as he pompously attempted to boast about his and Patroka's luck when encountering the party for the first time. Additionally, he again attempts a playful style of introduction when facing the party a second time. Despite this playfulness, Mikhail tends to maintain more emotional control and focus than Patroka in times of stress, as he was able to recognize when the two needed to retreat. Mikhail supposedly has a deep hatred of the world, especially humans, but this hatred is undermined by the regret he felt when he saw the Land of Morytha. Additionally, Rex's party reminded him of his former friends and the emotional bonds he once had, causing him to sacrifice himself so that they could achieve their goal.

Battles

Mikhail is fought twice as a boss during the story. He is first battled as a level 34 Driver enemy at the Bulge Harbor in the Old Factory of the Empire of Mor Ardain with his Blade, Cressidus, alongside Patroka. He is later fought at level 43 at the Genbu Crown in the Head area of the Kingdom of Tantal alongside Patroka and Akhos.

Arts

Mikhail drives Cressidus and wields Rockrending Gauntlets using arts:

  • Leonine Upper
  • Leonine Roar, AOE / Taunt
  • Leonine Shaker, AOE / Knockback
  • Leonine Shield, Defense

Cressidus' Specials

  • Dead Ball, Knockback
  • Beserk March, Knockback / Blowdown
  • Earth Breath, Heal (Applies to everyone, party included)
  • Stellar Explosion, AOE / Launch

New Arts

During Chapter 6, Mikhail reveals his true form as a Blade. He wields Infinity Fans and gains an entirely new set of arts:

  • Crow Beat, AOE
  • Crow Dancer, AOE / Evasion / Blowdown
  • Crow Feather, Aggroed ↑
  • Crow Taunt, AOE / Taunt
  • Final Crow, AOE / Launch

Mikhail as a Blade

After finishing the game and installing Patch (Ver.1.3.0), the New Game Plus will be available and will allow to recruit Mikhail as a Rare Blade. He can grant tremendous power to his Drivers, Rex, Nia, Zeke or Mòrag, and their allies. Mikhail uses the dark element, wields Infinity Fans, and acts as a Tank in battle. He is not awakened from a Core Crystal but must be found and talked to in order to recruit him. He will bond with the current party leader. He can be found at the Megaflote Base in the Land of Morytha.

Blade Specials

  • Lv. 1 - Crow Beat - Soar into the air and attack with black wings.
  • Lv. 2 - Crow Feather - Deal serious damage simply by twisting your fan.
  • Lv. 3 - Final Crow - Compress ether between two fans and shoot it at the enemy.
  • Lv. 4 - Ultimate Crow - Flourish two fans to slice the enemy with an elegant dance.

Blade Arts

Battle Skills

  • Gravity Pinwheel - Adds 30% chance of Blowdown on enemy upon being attacked (affects all).
  • Dimensional Fold - Increases aggro every second.
  • Dimensional Wrinkle - Increases evasion rate by 45% when Affinity is at max.

Field Skills

  • Dark Mastery - Lv. 3
  • Salvaging Mastery - Lv. 3
  • Ancient Wisdom - Lv. 3

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 100 "How's that? You like me stronger, don't you?"
3 3 Unlocks level 3 of the Affinity Chart. Increase Trust 1,300 "I can do even better than this."
4 4 Unlocks level 4 of the Affinity Chart. Increase Trust 3,800 "You can expect great things. I'll keep you on your toes..."
5 5 Unlocks level 5 of the Affinity Chart. Affinity bond will be easier to sustain. Increase Trust 9,800 "I'm a hair's breadth from perfection! Whaddya say to that, huh?"
Blade Special Crow Beat 1 1 Increases aggro drawn from Specials by 60%
2 2 Increases aggro drawn from Specials by 70% Engage in combat alongside a female blade 5 "I'll show you how a real cool dude fights."
3 3 Increases aggro drawn from Specials by 80% Use Crow Beat 11 "Like what you're seeing?"
4 4 Increases aggro drawn from Specials by 90% Defeat a Margot Sovereign at the World Tree 4 "Well, I guess I wanted to test out my weapon anyway."
5 5 Increases aggro drawn from Specials by 100% Use Crow Beat 13 "How's this move for perfection?"
Crow Feather 1 1 Increases damage dealt to launched enemies by 100%
2 2 Increases damage dealt to launched enemies by 110% Use Crow Feather 7 "Back to your senses yet?"
3 3 Increases damage dealt to launched enemies by 120% Engage in combat alongside a female blade 6 "Fighting alongside girls just gives it an extra savor, ya know?"
4 4 Increases damage dealt to launched enemies by 130% Defeat a Riveral Ansel at the World Tree 5 "Time for me to step up."
5 5 Increases damage dealt to launched enemies by 150% Perform a Driver Combo. (It's enough to just be present). 12 "I'm not plannin' on losin'."
Final Crow 1 1 Increases damage dealt to enemies targeting user by 60%
2 2 Increases damage dealt to enemies targeting user by 70% Defeat a Phoebus Sovereign at the World Tree 5 "Wanna train with me? You might pick up some tricks."
3 3 Increases damage dealt to enemies targeting user by 80% Use Final Crow 6 "Hmmm. Not bad."
4 4 Increases damage dealt to enemies targeting user by 90% Engage in combat alongside a female blade 7 "Were you watching? I did that one just for you."
5 5 Increases damage dealt to enemies targeting user by 100% Defeat Mk. VI Margot at the World Tree 1 "What was that guy's deal? Such a pain... Ugh, I'm bored. Can someone take over for a while?"
Battle Skill Gravity Pinwheel 1 1 Adds 20% chance of Blowdown on enemy upon being attacked (affects all) Resonate with a Core Crystal and awaken a new Blade 3 "???"
2 2 Adds 22% chance of Blowdown on enemy upon being attacked (affects all) Resonate with a Core Crystal and awaken a female Blade 5 "???"
3 3 Adds 25% chance of Blowdown on enemy upon being attacked (affects all) Speak to women 30 "???"
4 4 Adds 27% chance of Blowdown on enemy upon being attacked (affects all) Resonate with a Core Crystal and awaken a new Blade 7 "???"
5 5 Adds 30% chance of Blowdown on enemy upon being attacked (affects all) Resonate with a Core Crystal and awaken a female Blade 12 "???"
Dimensional Fold 1 1 Increases aggro every second
2 2 Increases aggro every second Resonate with a Core Crystal and awaken a new Blade 5 "???"
3 3 Increases aggro every second Resonate with a Core Crystal and awaken a female Blade 7 "???"
4 4 Increases aggro every second Speak to women 40 "???"
5 5 Increases aggro every second Resonate with a Core Crystal and awaken a new Blade 10 "???"
Dimensional Wrinkle 1 1 Increases evasion rate by 15% when Affinity is at max
2 2 Increases evasion rate by 23% when Affinity is at max Speak to women 20 "???"
3 3 Increases evasion rate by 30% when Affinity is at max In Mor Ardain, view the Heart-to-Heart "A Thespian's Life" - "???"
4 4 Increases evasion rate by 38% when Affinity is at max Resonate with a Core Crystal and awaken a female Blade 10 "???"
5 5 Increases evasion rate by 45% when Affinity is at max Speak to women 50 "???"
Field Skill Dark Mastery 1 1 The power of a Dark Blade
2 3 Defeat a Valt Ropl at the Cliffs of Morytha 4 "???"
3 5 Defeat a Margot Sovereign at the World Tree 4 "???"
Salvaging Mastery 1 1 Knowledge related to salvaging
2 2 Acquire Mechanical items from the Collectibles list 20 "???"
3 3 Acquire Mechanical items from the Collectibles list 25 "???"
Ancient Wisdom 1 1 Knowledge of ancient civilizations. Used to decode writing, etc.
2 4 Acquire Treasure items through salvaging 7 "???"
3 5 Acquire Treasure items through salvaging 10 "???"

Quotes

  • "Hey, you're just putting me off."
  • "Yeah, okay! Or... something."
  • "Geez, do you have to get so worked up?"
  • "Not really my thing, but, whatever!"
  • "Hey, I know what I'm doing, okay?"
  • "Ha, you're gonna see quite the show!"
  • "You've got it in you. Don't doubt it!"
  • "So, I can just to crazy now, right?"
  • "Feel the Beat!"

Gallery

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