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Riki
Riki
Riki in Xenoblade Chronicles
Aliases
None
Gender
Male
Age
40
Species
Status
Heropon
Hair color
Blond with red highlights
Eye color
Brown
Voice actor (Japanese)
Yuki Kaida
Voice actor (English)
Wayne Forester
"Ready to go! Come new friends, Riki's adventure begins!"
—Riki

Riki (リキ; English dub: /ˈrɪki/) is one of the seven playable characters in Xenoblade Chronicles and a member of the mercantile Nopon race. Although he looks like a child, he is actually 40 years old and six of his children can be found in Frontier Village. In the English version, Riki eventually reveals (during a side quest) that he has a total of 11 children (Although in the epilogue, Reyn remarks that he will be in trouble if he doesn't catch enough food for fourteen, possibly meaning Oka gave him another "littlepon" after the storyline events). A natural story-teller, he will go on at length about how he is actually a legendary hero spoken of in Nopon prophecy. He seems to eat a lot despite his small size, a trait shared by his children, and he accompanies Shulk and the group as a way to pay off the heavy debts that have arisen from this. It is revealed in a heart-to-heart that Riki actually has a crush on Melia but will not act on it due to his wife, Oka.

Story Edit

The party is first introduced to Riki in a short, humorous scene. The characters are seemingly unimpressed with the compact hero and are unsure what to make of him. This does not improve upon learning that Riki expects them to find equipment for him, too.

Riki informs the group that his reason for being the Heropon (chosen legendary warrior for the Nopon race) is that he owes "lots of monies" to the people of Frontier Village. However he does mention that they will forgive his debts should he successfully slay the "Dinobeast" that has been plaguing Makna Forest.

When Reyn doubts if Riki will be of any help, he immediately suggests that they hunt the "Dinobeast", by finding a place where there are many Ether Crystals. Apparently the Telethia they are hunting prefers to nest where there are Ether Crystals.

Upon finding the Telethia, Riki becomes quite angered with the way "his Makna Forest" has been damaged. Melia mentions that Telethia will absorb Ether from the surrounding environment. They engage the beast in battle.

After the fight, Riki takes most of the credit back in Frontier Village for slaying the "Dinobeast", even though according to the rest of the group, he did not actually do very much.

Gameplay Edit

In gameplay, Riki could be described as a combination of Black Mage & Thief, thanks to his debuffs and pickpocket skills, although he does not have as high base damage arts as other characters. He has fairly good moves for inflicting status ailments onto enemies. He will not inflict as much damage due to lack of fire power, but most of his offensive arts inflict status effects, meaning he can inflict considerable amounts of damage over time. He can learn to steal EXP, AP, and stats from enemies, too. Riki also has the highest hp stat of any of the playable characters, and although he initially can only wear light armor his later skill tree Heroism allows him to equip heavy armor.

General Stats Edit

Max Level Max HP Max Physical Strength Max Ether Strength Max Agility
99 9,674 417 399 124

※ These stats are raw and do not include the bonuses from the skill lines.

  • each auto-attack hit adds 10% to his talent gauge
  • likes to debuff enemies; also has the most debuff arts out of all the characters
  • can steal points, items, stats, etc. from an enemy with his talent art

Art list Edit

  • Riki Yoink Yoink! [Talent Art] (steal something from an enemy, at first only items or stat boosts but later he can obtain XP and AP with skills)
  • Riki HappyHappy Happy Happy (fills party gauge, high tension required)
  • Riki BiteyBitey Bitey Bitey (bleed damage, back-hit extends duration)
  • Riki Sneaky Sneaky (back-hit triples damage)
  • Riki PlayDead Play Dead (removes all aggro, no damage when feigning death, heal HP like when revived, subsequent use of physical arts increases damage (one-time only))
  • Riki Lurgy Lurgy (poisons enemies in a frontal cone)
  • Reyn Berserker Hero Time (aura around Riki with limited range, prevents tension decrease, significantly increases a single stat for himself at random)
  • Riki RolyPoly Roly Poly (30% chance to force Topple, binds if Topple fails)
  • Riki Behave Behave (inflicts Paralysis, may remove Crazed, less effective with lower tension)
  • Reyn Rage Riki is Angry (counters all non Talent Art damage with spike damage, which reflects 2, 4 or 8 times the damage)
  • Riki Bedtime Bedtime (sends all enemies around Riki to sleep, as well as Riki himself)
  • Riki YouCanDoIt You Can Do It (heals targets in a frontal straight area, amount depends on the number of debuffs on targets (battle members))
  • Riki Peekaboo Peekaboo (side-hit confuses Mechon)
  • Riki SaySorry Say Sorry (removes debuffs from enemy, but increases damage for each one)
  • Riki Burninate Burninate (causes Blaze damage in a circle around Riki)
  • Riki Freezinate Freezinate (causes Chill damage to a single enemy)
  • Riki Tantrum Tantrum (3-hit combo, causes Break in a frontal cone on third hit)

Initial skill trees Edit

Riki initially has access to three skill trees: "Vivacity", "Innocence", and "Flexibility".

Additional skill trees Edit

Riki's fourth Skill Tree "Cowardice" can be acquired via the quest Getting Bigger! from Frontier Village and has the following prerequisites:

Riki's fifth Skill Tree "Heroism" can be acquired via the quest Final Challenge of the Sage and has the following prerequisites:

Additionally, completing it requires the defeat of a level 96 unique monster.

Presents Edit

4 Hearts Edit

3 Hearts Edit

2 Hearts Edit

Quotes Edit

  • "New Hom Hom friends!"
  • "Meet this year's Legendary Heropon, Riki! Riki live to serve!"
  • "Riki's friends, listen to Riki! Dinobeast is big and scary!"
  • "Friends get ready, friends help Riki get ready!"
  • "Riki's friend right, Hom Hom clever!"
  • "Friends meet Riki when ready. Then friends and Riki leave together!"
    Reyn: Big attitude for a furry footrest. *imitating Riki* 'Dinobeast is big and scary', Great. That'll come in handy.
  • "Of course Riki know!"
  • "Melly! Riki hear you hurt Dinobeast!"
  • "When Dinobeast hurt, Riki know it go to place with ether crystals. Friends and Riki go to place with crystals. Then we find Dinobeast! Chief tell Riki! Chief always right!"
  • "Why [am I the Heropon]? Because Chief Dunga chose Riki!"
  • "Friend wrong! Chief choose by instinct!"
  • "Why friend surprised? Chief have sharp instinct. Chief be village seer!"
  • "*sigh* Riki owe lots of monies to village. If Riki defeat Dinobeast, village promise to forget my debts. So Riki like being Heropon!"
  • "Ok, Riki ready for round two- uh, what? Monster defeated already? Riki not know!"
  • "Chief lying! Chief make up prophecy one minute ago! Riki mad!"
  • "Dundun watch over Shulk, Dundun watch over Fiora. That is all a daddypon can do." to Dunban on Fallen Arm
  • "Riki listen because Riki is the Heropon"

The following quotes can be heard in-battle

  • "Now, now... BEHAVE!"
  • "RIKI SNEAKY!"
  • "Riki's Sidekicks do good!"
    Sharla: "SIDEKICKS!?... Well... whatever makes you happy!"
  • "Riki's Sidekicks do good!"
    Shulk: "Teach us, Heropon Riki!"
  • "Riki fight better than anyone!"
  • "Now you have... the Lurgy..."
  • "Heropon's breath makes monster sick!"
  • "FFFFreezing!"
  • "Monster! {screams}"
  • "Riki like fighting eaaasy monsters!"
  • "Riki can win by himself."
  • "Everyone do good!"
  • "Riki find goodies!"
  • "Riki feel faster!"
  • "Riki hungry..."
  • "Shulk! Go now!"
  • "Riki get lonely without you!"
  • "Sidekicks... finish... fight..."
  • Dunban: "Mighty Heropon, I can see that you're in pain."
    Riki: "Hm, nothing can beat Riki."
    Shulk: "Stop it, Dunban, you're embarrassing Riki."
  • "B-b-b-burninate"
  • "Riki show secret Nopon special move!"
  • "Sharla, pow bam yeah!"
  • "Victory to Riki!"
  • Riki: "Aww... Riki wish Melly real sister-pon"
    Melia: "Aww... What about Sharla?"
    Riki: "Sharla more like mama-pon. Riki think one Mama enough"
    Sharla: "Now just hold on one minute!"
  • Riki: "Sidekicks try hard"
    Reyn: "What, who do you calling sidekicks?"
    Riki: "Don't see anyone else, must be you."
  • "Roly Poly keep on rolliiiiiing!"
  • "Heropon snap chop!"
  • "Aye-aye! Nose, mouth."

Trivia Edit

  • Riki's debt is the same as the value of "20,000 fish eggs", according to a heart-to-heart with Reyn in Makna Forest.
  • Riki seems to be able to hear, but not see, the ghosts of dead people. He displays this ability twice in the game. The first time is after the battle with Lorithia where he hears Kallian. The second instance is during a heart-to-heart with Dunban in the Sealed Tower (Ose Tower) on Valak Mountain.
  • "Riki" means "Strength" in Japanese

Tips and tricks Edit

  • It is recommended to use Riki's arts that cause damage over time, such as bleed / chill / poison / burninate etc, at the beginning of battle so they continue to do damage throughout the fight.
  • Because using a chain attack raises the affinity between all battle party members each time it is used, Riki can raise the affinity through battle easier than any other character by frequent use of the Happy Happy art and killing enemies with a chain attack. His Happy Happy art will raise the party gauge nearly one bar, and for every enemy killed during a chain attack, the party gauge increases by one bar. If Riki can do Happy Happy at the beginning of battle and kill the previous enemy with a chain attack (where Riki again does a Happy Happy during his turn at chain attack), it is possible to begin the next battle with nearly two thirds of the party gauge full! In this way it becomes much easier to use a chain attack nearly every battle, which raises affinity between party members each time.
  • As Happy Happy requires high tension to use, make this art readily available at the beginning of battle by giving Riki Initial Tension and Tension Swing gems. Further, skill link him with Shulk's "Battle Cry" skill, and Dunban's "Warrior Ambition" to raise amount of tension gained from Battle Start Affinity. It is also recommended to link to Dunban's "Mind Of The Warrior" skill to maintain Party Gauge between battles.
  • Riki can further increase party gauge by skill linking to Shulk's "Epic Evasion" skill. This skill link can be skipped if Riki is low on affinity coins, as it is the least useful for this strategy in terms of effectiveness versus affinity coins required per skill.
  • Although some player consider this to be cheesy, it is possible to max out the party gauge without ever hitting an enemy. Simply target an enemy far off in the distance, get tension from battle start affinity, activate the Happy Happy art to increase the party gauge about a third, then run from battle and repeat. The party will be so far from the opponent that they can easily activate Happy Happy and run away without ever being in danger. Repeating these steps will allow the party to max out the party gauge without risk.
  • Riki is the easiest character to obtain AP with because he can steal AP with his Yoink! talent. Further, since killing a monster with a chain attack rewards double the amount of EXP, AP, and SP, using Riki's Happy Happy art allows the party to use chain attacks the easiest, ultimately awarding more AP.

Gallery Edit

Videos Edit

First Encounter Video

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