Poppi α (Japanese: ハナ ジェット・スパークモード, Hana Jetto Spāku Mōdo, lit. "Hana Jet Spark Mode", abbreviated ハナJS, Hana JS or ハナ, Hana) is an artificial Special Legendary Blade in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. She was built by Tora, whom she calls "Masterpon", as a robotic companion. She has a powerful metallic body and perfectly practices the Nopon language. Although Poppi α is not a natural Blade awakened from a Core Crystal and Tora is not a Driver, they work as a kind of Driver and Blade duo during battle. She originally uses the power of earth with a Tank class, but she can equip wind, ice, and electric element cores through Poppiswap. In battle, Tora can fight using the Drill Shield, particularly to attract enemies and direct their attacks on him while protecting his allies offering them offensive opportunities. Poppi α can be upgraded through the Poppiswap mechanism. She views Lila as her older sister.
Tatazo, Tora's father, gave Tora Lila's blueprints and told him to run away and continue his work when their lab was attacked. Tora then fled to Torigoth, and he began improving on Lila's blueprints to create Poppi. With the help of Rex, he gets the materials necessary to complete Poppi. Poppi and Tora then assist in rescuing Nia and Dromarch and join Rex on his travels.
When the party reaches Alba Cavanich, the party runs into Muimui, who is surprised to see Poppi fully functional. Lila attacks the city that night, and the Ardainian solders mistake Poppi for Lila, prompting Mòrag to attack the party. Niranira later intervenes and tells them Poppi is not the culprit.
The search for Lila has the party traveling to the Old Factory, where Bana and Muimui were creating artificial Blades. Bana later controls Lila into attacking Poppi. Lila claims that her upgraded ether furnace makes her stronger, while Poppi claims that her strong bond with Tora is more important. Eventually, Lila goes back on her orders and begins listening to Tatazo. Lila helps upgrade Poppi's ether furnace, causing her to transform into Poppi QT. Despite the upgrade, many of the game's cutscenes show Poppi in her α form.
After Rex loses Pyra at the hands of Jin, he gives up and announces that he will return to Argentum. Poppi walks up to Rex, claiming that the real Rex wouldn't give up after one loss. She reveals that she and Tora look up to Rex, and she is hurt to see Rex give up. Rex eventually agrees not to leave the party.
While traveling in the Land of Morytha, Poppi sneaks away from the group while they are sleeping. Mythra joins her and the two look over the skyline, with Mythra claiming that humanity's technology ultimately brought their downfall. Poppi then asks if she, as a technological advancement, will soon destroy the world. Mythra then promises to make sure Poppi will not destroy the world, but Poppi must repay an unspecified favor, to which Poppi agrees.
As the World Tree begins to collapse, Pneuma pulls aside Poppi and Azurda and asks them to do something. Poppi initially refuses to do so, but Pneuma brings up the promise she made to Mythra. Pneuma eventually destroys a path before she states that she must activate Aion and destroy the World Tree. Rex tries to get Poppi's help in getting back over to Pneuma, but as a part of her promise, she says she can't. Poppi then leaves the World Tree with the others and happily hugs Pyra and Mythra when they return.
Despite being an artificial blade, Poppi has a fully human personality and is able to feel emotion, though she speaks like a Nopon. Befitting of her childlike appearance, Poppi has a lot of childhood innocence and curiosity. However, this occasionally irks Tora, as Poppi does not possess the social awareness when sharing something that would embarrass Tora. As Tora's creation, she is very loyal to him, though she occasionally voices a snarky opinion of Tora's habits form time to time. Poppi also gets along very well with the rest of the party. In particular, she displays sadness when another party member is suffering and when she is worried that she will turn on her friends. She admires Rex and Pyra, wanting Tora and herself to be like the duo. This is so much so that she is heartbroken when she sees Rex give up after Pyra gets captured.
These stats correspond to Poppi α wielding the Primitive Shield with no Role CPU bonuses or Affinity Chart rewards. Different Core Chips and Role CPUs result in different adjustments to each stat.
|Role||Auto-Attack||Block Rate||Critical Rate||Phys. Def.||Ether Def.||Strength|
- Big Boost, Topple / Low HP ↑, Physical
- Steady Drill, Launched ↑, Physical
- Spinning Cutter, AOE / Aggro Up, Physical
- Rigid Shield, Defense, Defensive
- Poppi Spinning Slash - Attack all within range with spinning motion.
- Noponic Storm - Shoot out a vortex of ether created within the body.
- Poppi Drill - Charge with jet propulsion like a spinning drill.
- Jet Biter - Attack with the Big Mecha Biter (once charged).
- Pouch item types: Staple Foods, Instruments
- Pouch items: Fizz Juice (Drinks), Roly-Poly Maracas (Instruments)
|Type||Name||Skill Level||Affinity Level||Effect||Prerequisite||Count||Flavor Text|
|Key Affinity Reward||1||1||Affinity Chart level 1 unlocked.|
|2||2||Unlocks level 2 of the Affinity Chart.||Increase Trust||100||"Poppi can do more things now!"|
|3||3||Unlocks level 3 of the Affinity Chart. Affinity bond will be easier to sustain.||Increase Trust||1,600||"New powers of Poppi unleashed!"|
|4||4||Unlocks level 4 of the Affinity Chart.||Increase Trust||4,600||"Poppi growing all the time!"|
|5||5||Unlocks level 5 of the Affinity Chart.||Increase Trust||10,600||"All preparations complete. Time is come to unleash all powers!"|
|Blade Special||Poppi Spinning Slash||1||1||Effects are determined by the specifications in Poppiswap.|
|2||2||Perform a Blade Combo||5||"Watch Poppi demonstrate power!"|
|3||3||Perform a Driver Combo (It's enough to just be present)||7||"Poppi's turn next. Time for Blade Combo!"|
|4||4||Use Poppi Spinning Slash||12||"Poppi mastered this technique to maximum level!"|
|5||5||Perform a Blade Combo finisher||3||"Poppi perform amazing feat."|
|2||2||Use Noponic Storm||7||"Attack of Poppi get stronger!"|
|3||3||Perform a Blade Combo||7||"Leave it to Poppi! Poppi can handle anything!"|
|4||4||Perform a Driver Combo (It's enough to just be present)||10||"Can Poppi become real Blade...?"|
|5||5||Collect an HP Potion (Previous instances count toward total)||500||"Combat ability of Poppi increased!"|
|2||2||Perform a Driver Combo (It's enough to just be present.||5||"Masterpon very amazing. Poppi must work hard to match."|
|3||3||Use Poppi Drill||6||"Poppi getting quite good at this!"|
|4||4||Perform a Blade Combo||10||"Poppi get stronger and stronger!"|
|5||5||Perform a Driver Combo finisher (It's enough to just be present)||3||"Poppi want to do cool attack too!"|
|Battle Skill||Noponic Iron||1||1||Boosts physical and ether defense by 5%|
|2||2||Boosts physical and ether defense by 6%||Use Poppi α's favorite pouch item from the Instruments category||2||"Roly-Poly Maracas...so cute... Poppi love them too much!"|
|3||3||Boosts physical and ether defense by 7%||Raise Affinity in combat||5||"This is power of working together?"|
|4||4||Boosts physical and ether defense by 8%||Raise Affinity in combat||6||"Poppi sure now. Working together make Poppi extra strong!"|
|5||5||Boosts physical and ether defense by 10%||Deal a critical hit (Previous instances count toward total)||20,000||"Armor functions of Poppi enhanced."|
|Guard Shift||1||1||Increases block rate by 10%||Block an attack||2||"How nice, Poppi get power-up!"|
|2||2||Increases block rate by 12%||Block an attack||5||"Poppi features improving!"|
|3||3||Increases block rate by 14%||Poppi's Remodel Heart-to-Heart (not game text)||"Masterpon, when you let Poppi equip new armor?"|
|4||4||Increases block rate by 16%||Block an attack||9||"Time for lots of upgrades."|
|5||5||Increases block rate by 20%||Receive a certain amount of damage||80,000||"Guard functionality at top potency!"|
|Emergency Mode||1||1||Boosts block rate by 20% when HP is 30% or lower||Perform a Blade Combo||2||"New power for Poppi! Very excite."|
|2||2||Boosts block rate by 30% when HP is 30% or lower||Salvage (Previous instances count toward total)||20||"What is under surface of Cloud Sea like? Can Poppi go inside?"|
|3||3||Boosts block rate by 40% when HP is 30% or lower||Hit the specified score in Tiger! Tiger!||20,000||"Leave support to Poppi!"|
|4||4||Boosts block rate by 50% when HP is 30% or lower||Hit the specified score in Tiger! Tiger!||50,000||"Poppi help out Masterpon lots!"|
|5||5||Boosts block rate by 60% when HP is 30% or lower||Trade items at an exchange||50||"Many things collected... Any useful for upgrading Poppi?"|
|Field Skill||Leaping||1||1||The power to jump. Used to reach high places.|
|2||2||Use Poppi α's favorite pouch items (Instruments category)||2||"This make good sound. Poppi like musical instruments."|
|3||4||Jump (Previous instances count toward total)||300||"Jumping power increase?"|
|Nopon Wisdom||1||1||Knowledge related to Nopon. Decode writing, speak Nopon, etc.|
|2||2||Speak to a Nopon||20||"Poppi feel smarter now!"|
|3||4||Speak to a Nopon||40||"Poppi good at dealing with Nopon. Can even deal with Masterpon."|
|Superstrength||1||1||Extraordinary physical strength. Used to break things, lift them up, etc.|
|2||3||Use Poppi α's favorite pouch items (Staple Foods category)||4||"Poppi not eat food, but can sense smells! This smell fill Poppi with strength!"|
|3||5||Use Poppi α's favorite pouch item from the Drinks category||4||"Ahhhhh... Looks so lovely! Poppi wish could actually drink it."|
- Main article: Poppiswap
As an artificial special Blade, Poppi α has her own Blade mechanics and a particular customization. Her element, role, skills and Arts can be changed using items earned from playing Tiger! Tiger!, a mini-game created by Tora's grandfather, Professor Soosoo.
Poppi α's Japanese name, Hana JS, may be a reference to "Joshi Shougakusei" (女子小学生) meaning "Elementary School Girl". Hana is the Japanese word for flower while Poppy is a type of flower.
- Even though Poppi α is not a real Blade, she can still be affected by Ether disrupting mechanisms (like in Genbu's prison) just like real Blades. If no arts are used, she can keep Ether reserves via her furnace.
|Playable Characters||Rex · Nia · Tora · Vandham · Zeke · Mòrag|
|Special Blades||Pyra · Mythra · Dromarch · Poppi α · Poppi QT · Poppi QTπ · Roc · Pandoria · Brighid|
|Supporting Characters||Amalthus · Azurda · Cole · Fan la Norne · Turters|
|Torna||Jin · Malos · Akhos · Mikhail · Patroka|