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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.

Story

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.

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Rex and Azurda

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.

General stats

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

Arts

※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.

New Game Plus Arts

New weapons and Driver Arts are obtainable upon New Game Plus, after finishing the game and installing Patch (Ver.1.3.0).

Affinity Chart

Rex's Affinity Chart contains the following skills.

Tier Name Effect SP
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 Button-X 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 Button-Y 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 Button-B 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

Favorite Items

Games Collaboration

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Rex's costume worn by Link in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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.

Quotes

Rex's salvaging rules

During the course of the game Rex mentions seven rules for salvaging:

  • "Swim like a fish, drink like one too!"
  • "Always help others that help you!"
  • "Make a girl cry? That's not gonna fly. Make a girl smile? You pass the trial!"
  • "Open a chest, it might turn out great. Until then, it's just a crate."
  • "Always be-..." [Interrupted by Mythra]
  • "First have a punch-out, then drink to forget. Once you've forgotten, the friendship's all set!"
  • "Never leave a debt unpaid!"

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