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Riki in Xenoblade Chronicles
Aliases Heropon
Gender Male
Age 40
Species Nopon
Hair color Blond with red highlights
Eye color Brown
Voice actor(s) Yuki Kaida
Wayne Forester
Appearances Xenoblade Chronicles
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
"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. 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.


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.


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. He does, however, have one downfall: due to his height, he tends to swim rather than walk in water (even water shallow enough for the other party members to walk in), making him useless in water battles.

General stats

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


  • 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)
  • 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 Freezinate Freezinate (causes Chill damage to a single enemy)
  • Riki Bedtime Bedtime (sends all enemies around Riki to sleep, as well as Riki himself)
  • Riki Tantrum Tantrum (3-hit combo, causes Break in a frontal cone on third hit)
  • Riki Burninate Burninate (causes Blaze damage in a circle around Riki)
  • Reyn Rage Riki is Angry (counters all non Talent Art damage with spike damage, which reflects 2, 4 or 8 times the damage)
  • Riki Peekaboo Peekaboo (side-hit confuses Mechon)
  • Riki SaySorry Say Sorry (removes debuffs from enemy, but increases damage for each one)

Skill trees

Riki has the following Skill Trees:

Vivacity is one of Riki's initial three skill trees, and the first skill is unlocked at the start of the game.

Prioritizing Vivacity improves Riki's maximumm HP based on the number of skills that have been unlocked in this tree:

Skills Unlocked 1 2 3 4 5
Max HP Increase 4% 6% 8% 10% 15%


Frame Skill Effect SP Cost Link Cost
Skills-blue-circle-1 Like Sun! Increases Strength by 10% during the day -- 7
Skills-blue-diamond-all Friends Now! Trading Bonus 5% 700 --
Skills-yellow-circle-1 Love Sun! Reduces Cooldown by 10% during the day 1000 18
Skills-yellow-hex-3 Lucky Me! Increases chances of monsters dropping silver chests by 10% 2000 30
Skills-blue-circle-1 Adore Sun! Increases EXP from battles by 15% during the day 3500 18

Innocence is one of Riki's initial three skill trees.

Prioritizing Innocence improves Riki's Ether Defence based on the number of skills that have been unlocked in this tree:

Skills Unlocked 0 1 2 3 4 5
Ether Defence Increase 5 10 20 30 40 50


Frame Skill Effect SP Cost Link Cost
Skills-yellow-circle-1 Adventure Time! Increases movement speed by 5% 300 5
Skills-blue-star-1 Learning all the Time! Awards the same AP regardless of participation in battle 700 4
Skills-blue-star-1 Explore Time! Awards 20% extra EXP when discovering a Landmark. 1000 8
Skills-yellow-circle-1 Make it all better! Increases amount of HP restored to allies when healing them by 20% when they have 50% HP or less 2000 12
Skills-yellow-hex-3 Dream of Money Increases the chance of monsters dropping gold chests by 3% 3500 45

Flexibility is one of Riki's initial three skill trees.

Prioritizing Flexibility improves Riki's Agility based on the number of skills that have been unlocked in this tree:

Skills Unlocked 0 1 2 3 4 5
Agility Increase 2 5 8 10 12 15


Frame Skill Effect SP Cost Link Cost
Skills-blue-diamond-all Buy Stuff! Increases the sell price of items by 20% 300 --
Skills-blue-star-1 Riki See, Riki Do Awards the same EXP regardless of participation in battle 700 4
Skills-yellow-diamond-all AP for All! Lets Riki steal AP with Yoink! and share it with the party 1000 --
Skills-yellow-star-1 Riki Strong! Grants immunity to Strength Down 2000 20
Skills-yellow-diamond-all EXP for All! Lets Riki steal EXP with Yoink! and share it with the party 3500 --

Cowardice is Riki's fourth skill tree. It can be unlocked by completing Getting Bigger!, which requires 4☆ affinity with Central Bionis.

Prioritizing Cowardice improves Riki's block rate based on the number of skills that have been unlocked in this tree:

Skills Unlocked 0 1 2 3 4 5
Block Rate Increase 2% 5% 10% 12% 15% 20%


Frame Skill Effect SP Cost Link Cost
Skills-blue-circle-1 Pretty Stars! Increases Strength by 15% at night 200 7
Skills-yellow-hex-1 Watch Out! Increases Agility by 20% when HP is at 50% or less 500 8
Skills-yellow-circle-1 Amazing Stars! Reduces cooldown by 15% at night 800 13
Skills-yellow-hex-1 Bullseye! Increases accuracy of back attacks by 50% 1000 45
Skills-blue-circle-1 Bestest Stars! Awards 20% extra EXP from battles at night 1500 13

Heroism is Riki's fifth Skill Tree. It is obtained by completing Final Challenge of the Sage.

Prioritizing Heroism improves Riki's Critical Hit rate based on the number of skills that have been unlocked in this tree:

Skills Unlocked 0 1 2 3 4 5
Critical Hit Rate Increase 2% 5% 10% 12% 15% 20%


Frame Skill Effect SP Cost Link Cost
Skills-blue-star-1 Heavy Equipment Allows Heavy Armour to be equipped 200 15
Skills-blue-circle-1 Nutritious! Increases Strength by 50 500 29
Skills-yellow-diamond-1 Kissy Kissy! Reduces Party Gauge usage when reviving an ally by 50% 800 --
Skills-yellow-hex-1 Ouchies! Increases Spike damage dealt by 25% 1000 15
Skills-yellow-star-1 Cuddly Hero! Decreases the chance for the character to be hit by Debuffs by 30%. Is not affected by Debuff Resist gems. 1500 43


  Blue skills are always active.
  Yellow skills are active only when the character is in the battle party.
Skills-party-1 Affects the party member with the skill.
Skills-party-3 Affects the battle party members.
Skills-party-all Affects the whole party.
Skills-shape-diamond Skills with a diamond shape cannot be linked.
Skills with other shapes can be linked to a frame of the same shape.

Gem Crafting

Riki owns unique Shooter and Engineer abilities for Gem Crafting, they are:


  • Impatient Shooter: Gem crafting process happens twice in a row.


  • Strong Flame: Terrible
  • Medium Flame: Terrible
  • Gentle Flame: Great


4 hearts

3 hearts

2 hearts

In Super Smash Bros.

Riki (Assist Trophy)

Riki in Super Smash Bros.

Riki appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U during Shulk's Final Smash, performing a Chain Attack with Dunban and Shulk. He also appears as an Assist Trophy, using a variety of arts such as Happy Happy, Freezinate, and Yoink!.


  • "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."
  • "Friend wrong! Chief choose by instinct!"
  • "Friends get ready, friends help Riki get ready!"
  • "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."
  • "Meet this year's Legendary Heropon, Riki! Riki live to serve!"
  • "Melly! Riki hear you hurt Dinobeast!"
  • "New Hom Hom friends!"
  • "Nyapakapow!"
  • "Of course Riki know!"
  • "Ok, Riki ready for round two- uh, what? Monster defeated already? Riki not know!"
  • "Riki listen because Riki is the Heropon"
  • "*sigh* Riki owe lots of monies to village. If Riki defeat Dinobeast, village promise to forget my debts. So Riki like being Heropon!"
  • "Riki's friend right, Hom Hom clever!"
  • "Riki's friends, listen to Riki! Dinobeast is big and scary!"
  • "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!"
  • "Why friend surprised? Chief have sharp instinct. Chief be village seer!"


  • "Aye-aye! Nose, mouth."
  • "B-B-B-Burninate!"
  • "Bitey... Bitey!
  • "Everyone do good!"
  • "F-F-F-Freezinate!"
  • "Heropon run from nothing!"
  • "Heropon snap chop!"
  • "Heropon's breath makes monster sick!"
  • "Monster! {screams}"
  • "Now you have... the Lurgy..."
  • "Now, now... Behave!"
  • "Riki can win by himself."
  • "Riki feel faster!"
  • "Riki fight better than anyone!"
  • "Riki find goodies!"
  • "Riki get lonely without you!"
  • "Riki go to bed now!"
  • "Riki hungry..."
  • "Riki like fighting eaaasy monsters!"
  • "Riki looove chain attack!"
  • "Riki scared! Friends run!"
  • "Riki show secret Nopon special move!"
  • "Riki sneaky!"
  • "Riki's Sidekicks do good!"
    Fiora: "Thank you, O Mighty Riki!" *giggles*
  • "Riki's Sidekicks do good!"
    Sharla: "Sidekicks!?... Well, whatever makes you happy!"
  • "Riki's Sidekicks do good!"
    Shulk: "Teach us, Heropon Riki!"
  • "Riki's Sidekicks do good."
    Reyn: "Who're you callin' a sidekick, furball!?"
  • "Roly Poly keep on rolliiiiiing!"
  • "Sharlaaaa, pow bam yeah!"
  • "Shulk! Go now!"
  • "Sidekicks... finish... fight..."
  • "Victory to Riki!"

Post-battle dialogues

Party Members Dialogue
Shulk, Reyn, Riki Riki - Thanks to Riki's sidekicks, we win.
Reyn - Wha!? Who're you calling sidekick?
Riki - No see anyone else. Must be you.
Reyn - Stupid furry volleyball. I'm gonna...
Shulk - Reyn, you're such an easy target. *Laughs*
Shulk, Sharla, Riki Riki - Mighty Riki also amazing with gun!
Sharla - Oh really? Sure you won't shoot yourself in the paw?
Riki - Oh no! Riki need paws!
Shulk - *Laughs* Sharla, cut him some slack.
Shulk, Dunban, Riki Dunban - Riki, mighty Heropon, I can see that you're in pain.
Riki - Hmph, nothing can beat Riki.
Shulk - Dunban, you're embarrassing Riki!.
Shulk, Melia, Riki Riki - Melly, Riki try really hard! You see it?
Melia - Of course, you sweet thing. Who's a brave boy?
Shulk - Um, Melia? Are you feeling okay?
Shulk, Riki, Fiora Riki - Riki try really hard.
Fiora - I was watching the whole time.
Riki - Wha..? No way. You watching Riki?
Shulk - I saw him slacking off a bit.
Riki - *Guilty laugh* You wrong. Riki try really hard.
Shulk & Fiora - *Laughs*
Reyn, Sharla, Riki Reyn - That's how I like it, guys. Take 'em down in one fell sweep.
Riki - Yeah! Reyn is cleaner, so like sweeping! *Laughs*
Sharla - Reyn, it's "swoop", not "sweep". Did you even try to go to school?
Reyn, Dunban, Riki Reyn - Ha! When the going gets going, the tough get tough.
Riki - *Laughs* Even Riki know that not right.
Dunban - Reyn, what are you babbling on about?
Reyn, Melia, Riki Melia - Here, Riki Riki Riki. May I stroke your fur, please?
Riki - Melly always welcome!
Reyn - Me too! Me too!
Riki - Reyn give one biscuit for every stroke!
Reyn - Hey! Why am I the only one who has to give you stuff?
Reyn, Riki, Fiora Riki - Fiora, good job. Well done.
Fiora - *Giggles* Thanks. Good job to you too, Riki.
Reyn - Hey, aren't we forgetting someone?
Riki - Reyn is smelly Orluga. No good job for you.
Reyn - When I get my hands on you I'm gonna... oh, forget it.
Fiora - *Sigh* Like little kids.
Sharla, Dunban, Riki Dunban - And as one, we will always be victorious!
Riki - Justice to you all, Riki and Dundun is here! Sharla have no scary!
Dunban - Ha! That's right, Riki!
Sharla - Good to have you with us, Dunban.
Riki - W-what about Riki?
Sharla, Melia, Riki Riki - Riki wish Melly was real big sister!
Melia - Aww. But what about Sharla?
Riki - Sharla more like mama. One mama enough.
Sharla - Now you wait just a minute!
Sharla, Riki, Fiora No Dialogue
Dunban, Melia, Riki Melia - He's so cuddly, I could almost cuddle him to death!
Dunban - Riki may well be the softest of all Nopon.
Riki - Riki suddenly feel afraid!
Dunban, Riki, Fiora Riki - Do friends think Riki is good Heropon?
Dunban - You're doing a magnificent job as Hero.
Riki - Really?! Oh, Riki so happy!
Fiora - *Laughs* Good for you, Riki.
Melia, Riki, Fiora Melia - How can you be so small and have so much energy, Riki?
Riki - Melly and Fiora, have no scary! For mighty Heropon here!
Fiora - Oh, my hero!


  • Riki's debt is the same as the value of "20,000 fish eggs", according to a Heart-to-Heart - "Riki's Crazy Crystal Plan" - with Reyn in Makna Forest.
  • The official Xenoblade Chronicles website states Riki's age as unknown, even though he himself reveals his age as 40.
  • Oddly, his theme song, "Riki the Legendary Hero", plays very early in the game when Vangarre is yelling at the Defence Force soldiers in Colony 9.
  • 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 - "In Ose Tower" - with Dunban in the Sealed Tower on Valak Mountain.
  • It is revealed in "Flowers of Eryth Sea" that Riki actually has a crush on Melia but will not act on it due to his wife, Oka, and their difference in species.
  • "Riki" means "Strength" in Japanese.
  • Riki's Japanese voice actor, Yuki Kaida, also voiced Vanea in Japanese versions of Xenoblade Chronicles.



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