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Roc (Japanese: スザク, Suzaku) is a Special Legendary Blade in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. He can grant tremendous power to his Driver Vandham, and his allies. He uses the power of wind. He is an anthropomorphic bird who fights using his powerful breath. His appearance is reminiscent of a cockerel (in-game portrait in particular), or a fowl in general as implied by his Japanese name, a reference to the Vermilion Peafowl.

※ Note: According to the Merc Group menu, Roc is reported as a genderless Blade since not listed as a Male, Female or Animal Blade. However, the party refers to Roc via male pronouns in-game.

Story

Roc was the Blade of Vandham, and he is first fought alongside Vandham after the party escapes the head of Uraya. Vandham and Roc reveal to have no bad intentions, and they take the party back to Garfont Village after the battle. As Vandham and the party go to investigate a large energy buildup near the blowhole, Roc displays his ability to get rid of Ether Miasmas.

When Akhos attacks Garfont Village, Vandham uses Roc's power to create a small tornado and disturb the ether flow in the air, prompting Akhos to retreat. Roc and Vandham then join the party as they venture to Fonsa Myma to meet Cole. When fighting Malos and Akhos at the Olethro Playhouse, Vandham impales himself with Roc's scythes to continue fighting despite Obrona's power. Despite his efforts, Vandham is killed and Roc returns to his Core Crystal.

After the death of Vandham at the Olethro Playhouse in Uraya, Rex carries Roc's inactive Core Crystal. Later on, in Argentum, Rex and company prepare to travel to Mor Ardain. Rex's bag, with Roc's Core Crystal inside, is stolen by a young Gormotti, and the party pursue him back to Umon's Shipyard. The children planned on using Roc to fight a group of bandits who raided their village. They eventually return the crystal, but as the party pursues the bandits, an Ether Miasma blocks their path. This prompts Rex to re-awaken Roc as his own Blade, and Rex tells Roc more about Vandham. He then joins Rex on his travels to Elysium.

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Affinity Chart

Type Name Skill Level Affinity Level Effect Prerequisite Count Flavor Text
Key Affinity Reward 1 1 Unlocks level 1 of the Affinity Chart.
2 2 Unlocks level 2 of the Affinity Chart. Increase Merc level Level 2 "Mission accomplished, and I feel stronger for it!"
3 3 Unlocks level 3 of the Affinity Chart. Affinity bond will be easier to sustain. Increase Merc level Level 3 "Mission accomplished! Everything's going just fine!"
4 4 Unlocks level 4 of the Affinity Chart. Increase Merc level Level 4 "Mission accomplished! I feel that perfection is within my grasp!"
5 5 Unlocks level 5 of the Affinity Chart. Increase Merc level Level 5 "Ah, this might feeling of liberation! I feel the power coursing through me!"
Blade Special Death Wing 1 1 Increases damage dealt to aerial creatures by 60%
2 2 Increases damage dealt to aerial creatures by 70% Increase Trust 100 "Did that satisfy your expectations?"
3 3 Increases damage dealt to aerial creatures by 80% Deal a certain amount of damage in one hit 2,400 "A fine attack, indeed... A little more polish, and it will be even better!"
4 4 Increases damage dealt to aerial creatures by 90% Use Death Wing 12 "The execution of my moves has waxed powerful for me."
5 5 Increases damage dealt to aerial creatures by 100% Use a pouch item 33 "Proper preparation prevents poor performance!"
Crushing Twister 1 1 Increases damage dealt by 100% when HP is 30% or less
2 2 Increases damage dealt by 110% when HP is 30% or less Use Crushing Twister 7 "My techniques have really come on, have they not?"
3 3 Increases damage dealt by 120% when HP is 30% or less Increase Trust 1,300 "I aim always to live up to your expectations."
4 4 Increases damage dealt by 130% when HP is 30% or less Deal a certain amount of damage in one hit 4,800 "Get ready for one good hit!"
5 5 Increases damage dealt by 150% when HP is 30% or less Use Crushing Twister 10 "And the best one to finish!"
Feather Typhoon 1 1 1% chance of felling an aerial foe on attack (fails on bosses/uniques)
2 2 2% chance of felling an aerial foe on attack (fails on bosses/uniques) Use Feather Typhoon 5 "There's always room for improvement!"
3 3 3% chance of felling an aerial foe on attack (fails on bosses/uniques) Defeat Piranhax enemies in Gormott 5 "With the wind in my wings, I cannot lose!"
4 4 4% chance of felling an aerial foe on attack (fails on bosses/uniques) Increase Trust 3,800 "This is enough to satisfy even me... or maybe not..."
5 5 5% chance of felling an aerial foe on attack (fails on bosses/uniques) Defeat a Bagoan Sovereign in the Land of Morytha 5 ""Me? Lose to a Bagoan Sovereign? I don't think so."
Battle Skill Sickle 1 1 Reduces aggro build-up from attacks by 20% Deal a certain amount of total damage 200 "Ah, I'm still only a fledgling..."
2 2 Reduces aggro build-up from attacks by 25% Use Roc's favorite pouch items (Seafood category) 4 "Th-This is for me? You know me too well!"
3 3 Reduces aggro build-up from attacks by 30% Perform a Blade Combo 7 "Watch me go!"
4 4 Reduces aggro build-up from attacks by 35% Perform a Blade Combo 10 "Don't underestimate the power of the wind!"
5 5 Reduces aggro build-up from attacks by 40% Resonate with a Core Crystal (Previous instances count towards total) 50 "A new recruit for my squad?"
Storm and Stress 1 1 Increases damage dealt by 60% 30 seconds after the start of battle
2 2 Increases damage dealt by 70% 30 seconds after the start of battle Deal a certain amount of damage 8,000 "Even this cannot satisfy me..."
3 3 Increases damage dealt by 80% 30 seconds after the start of battle Deal a certain amount of damage 16,000 "Aim for the highest heights..."
4 4 Increases damage dealt by 90% 30 seconds after the start of battle Deal a certain amount of damage 32,000 "Is this really enough...?"
5 5 Recharges Art or Special used by 100% upon landing a critical hit Complete a Merc Mission (Previous instances count towards total) 160 "You can rely on me! I'm your Roc! Waark!"
Swoop 1 1 Increases damage dealt from the back by 20% Perform a Driver Combo 2 "My might has grown!"
2 2 Increases damage dealt from the back by 40% Use a Chain Attack 2 "A great team assault!"
3 3 Increases damage dealt from the back by 60% Use a Chain Attack 4 "Getting a little stronger...?"
4 4 Increases damage dealt from the back by 80% Speak to Roc at the inn in Garfont, Uraya, and view the Heart-to-Heart "Life Goes On" "Sometimes it's good to dwell on the past..."
5 5 Increases damage dealt from the back by 100% Sell items (Previous instances count toward total) 100 "Nothing like a good clear-out!"
Field Skill Wind Mastery 1 1 The power of a Wind Blade
2 3 Defeat an Illumi Skeeter in Uraya 5 "I must sharpen my senses..."
3 5 Defeat an Indoline Star at the World Tree 5 "The power of wind..."
Miasma Dispersal 1 1 Disperse poison gas emitted by Titans. Skill exclusive to Roc.
Lockpicking 1 1 The power to open various things. Works on doors, treasure troves, etc.
2 3 Acquire Insect items from the Collectibles list 25 "No lock is a match for Roc! Cra-caw!"
3 5 Acquire Insect items from the Collectibles list 30 "Wark wark! Sorry! I just can't contain myself sometimes!"

Etymology

The English name probably refers to the Roc, a gigantic mythological bird. The Japanese name Suzaku, known as "Zhū Què" (朱雀) in Chinese, is the Vermilion Bird (also known as the Vermilion Peafowl) in the Chinese constellations. It is one of the four symbols and represents the south and the summer season.

Trivia

  • According to the code of the game in version 1.0.0, Roc's gender is labeled as "4".
  • Rex and Vandham's Driver Arts when equipped with Roc share the same effects, with the exception of Wing Smash and Muscle Uppercut, which inflict Smash and Launch, respectively.

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