For those who have not completed games in the Xenoblade Chronicles series, this page contains spoilers regarding the plot. Discretion is advised.
The Monado III, also known as Shulk's Monado or the True Monado, is a weapon in Xenoblade Chronicles. Shulk obtains the Monado III after defeating the second form of Zanza, when beings from Bionis and Mechonis unite their power. As opposed to the other Monados, copy and not, the light beam is absent; instead, the entire sword is transparent and glows, becoming brighter when activated. Its wielder has the power to "kill the gods". With this blade, Shulk becomes a god, and decides the destiny of the universe, with the help of Alvis.
After Zanza is defeated, if the Monado III is equipped on Shulk, it will be automatically carried to the next playthrough and New Game +, even without selecting it in the weapon selection after completing the game.
Shulk's legendary weapon bears little resemblance to the other Monados; in fact, the only similarity it shares with Zanza's Monado is the ring that reveals the form of its powers. Unlike the scarlet coloration of Zanza's Monado, the sword is a transparent teal. The blade of the Monado III takes the form of a weaving fishbone pattern that branches downward, ending in a large triangular tip. A large hourglass-shaped guard now separates the Monado's ring from its hilt. The pommel of the sword is a small arrowhead design.
- It is possible to increase this weapon's critical rate up to 100% through Shulk's skill trees' passive effects. This makes Monado III the only weapon in the game that is able to deal guaranteed critical hits.
- When Shulk reaches level 72, the Monado III's minimum and maximum Attack values both reach the maximum of 999. At this point Attack Stability gems will have no effect unless paired with an Attack Plus gem.