For those who have not completed Xenoblade Chronicles 2, this page may contain spoilers regarding the plot. Discretion is advised.
- "If such a place did exist, maybe we could all live in peace, without the need to fight."
- — Rex, about Elysium
Rex (Japanese: レックス, Rekkusu; English dub: /ˈrɛks/) is the main protagonist of Xenoblade Chronicles 2. He is a Driver who harnesses the power of a Blade named Pyra, also known as the legendary Aegis. Rex is devoted to protecting her, and together with Pyra, he goes on a quest to find her long-lost home, Elysium. Due to the Aegis' duality, Rex can drive the other incarnation of the weapon, the Blade Mythra.
Rex was designed by Masatsugu Saitō, the lead character designer for the game.
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Rex was around two years old when he and his mother washed up on the shores of Fonsett Village. His mother died upon arrival and his father's body was found in the Leftherian Archipelago nearby; they were both buried in Oratory Knoll Cemetery. Rex grew up in Fonsett, living with Corinne, whom he affectionately refers to as his Aunt.
Rex lived on the back of Azurda, a small Titan, whom he calls "Gramps". Rex is a dynamic and vivid boy who earned his living by performing retrieve and rescue missions as a Salvager (サルベージャー, Sarubējā). His outfit allows to protect himself while saving people who get lost in the Cloud Sea, and while scavenging useful resources from fallen Titans beneath the sea.
One day, while visiting the Argentum Trade Guild, Rex is informed to meet with Bana, the Chairman of Argentum. Bana offers Rex a salvaging job, to which he quickly accepts, and introduces him to Jin, Malos, and Nia. After making preparations, Rex joins the group aboard the C.S.E.V. Maelstrom.
Once they reach their destination, Rex and a few other salvagers are tasked to bring a large, ancient ship to the surface of the cloud sea. Rex and the other salvagers manage to surface the Ancient Ship, and then he, Jin, Malos, and Nia enter the large vessel after battling the Lethal Lysaat King that escaped from inside. They travel through the inside of the ship and come across a door that only Rex can open, and after entering they are attacked the Megalo Aligo inside. After the battle, Rex momentarily wanders off from the rest of the group, and enters a room containing a sword and a mysterious girl. Rex approaches the sword and, after being warned off by Malos, accidentally touches the emerald Core Crystal on the sword's hilt. Jin quickly stabs Rex through the heart, declaring it as "an act of mercy".
Rex awakens in a large green field, and heads toward the mysterious girl standing next to a tree at the top of the hill. She reveals herself as Pyra, the Blade of the legendary Aegis, and also informs Rex that they are in a memory of a place known as Elysium. Rex realizes that he has been killed, and begins to panic. Pyra then offers to give Rex half of her life force, effectively reviving him, on the promise that he takes her to the real Elysium at the top of the World Tree.
After Rex's revival, and Pyra's reawakening, they confront Malos on the deck of the Ancient Ship. Using the Aegis Sword, Rex and Pyra battle Malos and his blade Sever. Malos manages to knock Rex down, but before he can attack, Nia and her Blade Dromarch intervene. The battle continues as the Maelstrom reappears and begins shooting at the heroes. Nia is launched into the air by the attack with Rex in pursuit, and Azurda appears just in time to rescue them. They fly away towards the Gormott Province, and, back in Argentum, Bana is informed of their destination.
After crash landing, Rex and Pyra are separated from the rest of the group, but soon come across Azurda. Mortally wounded, Azurda transforms into a larval state, becoming Rex's companion and often staying inside his helmet. Soon after, Rex reunites with Nia and Dromarch, and they team up. They travel through the sea of clouds overrunning the world of Alrest. Rex becomes the Master Driver and can resonate with every Blade, except for the artificial Poppi forms.
|Max Level||Max HP||Max Strength||Max Ether||Max Dexterity||Max Agility||Max Luck|
|99, no modifier||6,994||368||388||310||215||366|
|99, full affinity chart||7,194||388||408||310||235||386|
- Aegis Sword/Broadsword
- ※1 Anchor Shot does not have the Topple effect until an event in Chapter 3.
- ※2 Rex does not gain access to Rolling Smash until after the Broadsword is replaced with the Aegis Sword.
- Catalyst Scimitar
- Twin Rings
- Big Bang Edge
- Dual Scythes
- Ether Cannon
- Shield Hammer
- Chroma Katana
- Knuckle Claws
New Game Plus Arts
- Sword Tonfa
- Brilliant Twinblades
- Decimation Cannon
- Rockrending Gauntlets
- Calamity Scythe
- Cobra Bardiche
The following weapons are exclusive to the Expansion Pass.
Rex's Affinity Chart contains the following skills.
|1||Muscle Builder||Increases Strength by 20.||375|
|Reflex Response||Increases Agility by 20.||250|
|Rapid Attack I||Allows use of the Driver Art assigned to at the start of battle.||750|
|Ether Studies||Increases Ether by 20.||625|
|Rescue||Increases the HP restored when reviving a teammate by 15%.||500|
|2||Picture of Health||Increases HP restored to self (not using HP Potions) by 10%.||1,500|
|Arts Chain||Lets you use a Driver Art after canceling a Driver Art.||3,000|
|Combo Enhance||Adds 20% to damage ratio after canceling an auto-attack.||2,000|
|Rapid Attack II||Allows use of the Driver Art assigned to at the start of battle.||2,500|
|Gramps' Blessing||Increases Luck by 20.||1,000|
|3||Rapid Attack III||Allows use of the Driver Art assigned to at the start of battle.||5,000|
|Lively Lad||Increases maximum HP by 200.||2,000|
|Ultimate Relay||Increases attack power ratio at the start of a Chain Attack.||4,000|
|Topple Champ||Extends Topple duration by 15%||6,000|
|Drive to Win||Slightly fills the Party Gauge for each critical hit delivered.||3,000|
Hidden Affinity Chart
Rex's hidden Affinity Chart contains the following skills.
|1||Further Ether Studies||Boosts Ether by 10%.||7,500|
|Shadow Strike||Increases damage dealt by a surprise attack by 50%.||3,750|
|Cheer Up||Increases Affinity by 25% after winning a Special button challenge.||2,500|
|Prediction||Increases Dexterity by 20.||5,000|
|Fight or Flight||Reduces enemy Break resist.||6,250|
|2||Inherit Muscle||Boosts Strength by 10%.||7,500|
|Herbalism||Boosts the effect of HP Potions by 20%.||12,500|
|Eyes on the Prize||Boosts Agility by 10%.||5,000|
|Combat Boost||Restores 3% HP when canceling an auto-attack with a Driver Art.||15,000|
|Pre-empt Moves||Boosts Dexterity by 10%.||10,000|
|3||Solidarity||Slightly fills the Party Gauge when an "Excellent" is scored during a Special.||15,000|
|Relentless Spirit||50% chance to survive hit with 1 HP + 5 secs invincibility (once per battle).||30,000|
|Heart Recharge||Boosts recharge for Specials after canceling by 20%.||25,000|
|Child of Steel||Boosts maximum HP by 10%.||20,000|
|Gramps' Auspices||Boosts Luck by 10%.||10,000|
A DLC for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild bringing "Rex's costume" to Link was released on November 9th, 2017. It offers the new side quest Collaboration: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 where Link must discover three red treasures across Hyrule, each of them containing the Salvager Headwear, Vest and Trousers. These three pieces of Rex's costume individually grant Link the bonus effect Swim Speed Up, with a set bonus of Swim Dash Stamina Up if all three pieces are worn together.
During the course of the game Rex mentions seven rules of the Salvager's Code:
- First rule: "Swim like a fish, drink like one too!"
- Second rule: "Always help others that help you!"
- Third rule: "Make a girl cry? That's not gonna fly. Make a girl smile? You pass the trial!"
- Fourth rule: "Open a chest, it might turn out great. Until then, it's just a crate."
- Fifth rule: "Always be-..." [Interrupted by Mythra]
- Sixth rule: "First have a punch-out, then drink to forget. Once you've forgotten, the friendship's all set!"
- Seventh rule: "Never leave a debt unpaid!"
- "Treasure acquired."
|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|