Shulk MonadoBuster
Shulk with Monado

Shulk using Monado Buster with the Monado II

Monado Buster is one of Shulk's Monado arts in Xenoblade Chronicles. When activated, it generates a long glowing blade, allowing Shulk to cut an enemy from a distance. Damage will double if the attack is inflicted against Mechon. 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 this art.


Level Learnt Attribute Range Distance # of hits Talent Gauge Cost Knockback Effect
1 Physical Frontal Line 10 M 1 100% 1 Damage doubled ※
Party Gauge +20% per hit ※

※ Against Mechon only

Arts Level AP Cost Multiplier Hit Rate
1 - 2.50 5
2 520 3.00 10
3 1040 3.50 15
4 2080 4.00 20
5 4160 4.50 25
6 6240 5.00 25
7 9360 5.50 25
8 13,520 6.00 25
9 18,720 6.50 25
10 24,960 7.00 25

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Monado Arts, Shulk's Neutral Special, allows Shulk to use five different Arts that increase and decrease his traits for a short period. One art is called Buster, but it is far different from the original Monado Buster. This version of Buster greatly increases Shulk's damage output while reducing dealt knockback and slightly increasing taken damage. While it hampers Shulk's KO potential, the reduced knockback can allow for highly-damaging combos. The shade of purple used to represent the art, plus the fact that it increases damage as opposed to directly attacking, makes it more reminiscent to Enchant.


  • When Dunban uses this art in the Battle of Sword Valley prologue, it is possible that the length of his energy blade is much longer due to his immense strength.
  • The symbol that appears on the Monado when Monado Buster is activated is the kanji "斬", which literally means "to slash (a living being)".


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