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Shulk in Xenoblade Chronicles
|Voice actor(s)||Shintaro Asanuma (Jp)|
Adam Howden (En)
Super Smash Bros. 4
- "The Monado... I hope I can figure out the secret of its power one day."
- — Shulk
Shulk (シュルク, Shuruku; English dub: /ˈʃʊlk/ ) is the main protagonist of Xenoblade Chronicles. He likes to think things through and is very methodical in his approach to most situations. He was one of the only known survivors on a previous expedition to retrieve the Monado, and as a young man has become a budding researcher set on unlocking the sword's secrets. He first wields the sacred weapon when his home, Colony 9, is attacked by Mechon.
As the main hero of Xenoblade Chronicles, Shulk is a young man with strong qualities. He is determined, organized, strong-hearted, smart, kind, and quick to the bone. Despite losing his parents at a young age, Shulk was still surrounded by people who cared about him, and he cared for those people in return.
Shulk easily gets along with almost anyone he fights alongside with; his teammates in particular. For example, he and Reyn have treated each other as brothers and have a shared oath of covering each others' backs on everything; he looks up to Dunban as a mentor as well as a second-in-command of the team; he gets along with Fiora very well, especially since the two share mutual feelings for each other.
As shown in the field, Shulk is also very protective of everyone. He seems to take it personally if anyone gets hurt during battle. He also asks everyone how they are holding up, even when the case is the other way around.
Aside from the Monado arts, Shulk has very few normal arts (only eight) compared to every other permanently playable character (about fifteen moves each). Most of his arts revolve around positioning, requiring other party members to draw aggro away from him in order for his arts to gain additional power or effects, and this makes him weaker when fighting enemies head-on, as his arts require him to wait for openings. However, he can call upon the power of the Monado, which can stock another eight skills unique to the Monado itself, and all of his moves are useful in a variety of ways, including giving useful buffs and protecting his entire party from harm with a single Monado Art. He also has the third lowest HP of the playable cast, above Melia and slightly more than Sharla, but his Strength and Agility greatly balance out this flaw. An important note is that after gaining the Monado, Shulk cannot switch weapons. This works both for and against him. Whenever a point in the story occurs where Shulk gains a new Art for the Monado, its damage will increase. This means at times he will jump ahead of the other characters in terms of damage, but they will eventually catch up to him.
When Shulk confronts Egil and ultimately chooses to spare him, Dickson intervenes and shoots Shulk. As Shulk falls unconscious, Zanza leaves his body and takes the Monado into his own hands before taking control of the Bionis. Shulk, left in a comatose state, is taken back to Colony 6 aboard Junks. Within his mind, Shulk struggles to find the will to continue on, but manages to find his way again with the help of Alvis and is revived. Upon awaking, Shulk receives a replica Monado built by the Machina and manages to help fend off a Telethia attack on Colony 6, where he learns that Alvis is also an ally of Dickson and Zanza.
Aiming to stop Zanza, Shulk and his allies journey through the Bionis' Interior and Prison Island, defeating Lorithia and Dickson in the process. From there, Shulk's party enters Memory Space and confronts Zanza. During their final battle, Shulk awakens to the power of a new Monado, his True Monado, and uses it to strike Zanza down. At the game's end, it is revealed by Alvis that Shulk has become a third god on par with Zanza and Meyneth, and is given the chance to decree the fate of the world. Hesitant to take on such a responsibility at first, in the end Shulk wishes for a world without gods, and the world is reborn once more, with new, Earth-like landmasses. The fallen body of Bionis can still be seen in the distance from Colony 9's place on the new world, now inhabited by all of the beings of Bionis and Mechonis.
General stats Edit
|Max Level||Max HP||Max Physical Strength||Max Ether Strength||Max Agility|
※ These stats are raw and do not include the bonuses from the skill lines.
- each auto-attack hit adds 20% to his Talent Gauge
- can have up to 8 Monado Arts, which can be rearranged but can't be removed from the Battle Palette
- can only use a Monado Art after using Activate Monado, the amount of Talent Gauge depletion from using a Monado Art depends on the Art
- can do burst damage with his Back Slash attack
- can do burst damage to Mechon with his Monado Buster; can also add more auto-attack damage to Mechon with Monado Enchant
- Turn Strike [Talent Art] - Heavy damage to a single target, and inflicts Break for a long duration. Permanently replaced by Activate Monado after obtaining the Monado.
- Back Slash - Damages single target. Attacking the target's back will cause double damage.
- Light Heal - Restores HP to a single ally.
- Slit Edge - Damages single target. Attacking the target's side will reduce Physical Defence.
- Stream Edge - Damages multiple enemies in front of Shulk, inflicts Break and fills Talent Gauge.
- Shadow Eye - Reduces aggro and increases damage of next physical Art.
- Air Slash - Damages and inflicts Break on a single target. A side hit may inflict Slow.
- Shaker Edge - Damages single target. Dazes if target is Toppled.
- Battle Soul - Sacrifices half of Shulk's HP to refill a portion of his Talent Gauge.
For information on leveling battle arts, see Levelling Battle Arts.
Monado Arts Edit
- Activate Monado [Talent Art] [Aura] - Switches Shulk's available Arts between his normal Arts and Monado Arts.
- Buster - Damages enemies in a straight line. Mechon suffer double damage.
- Enchant - Allows allies to damage Mechon for a time and boosts attack power.
- Shield - Blocks Talent Arts of equal level or lower. Best used when Shulk has a vision.
- Speed - Improves evasion of a single ally.
- Purge - Damages single target at a distance. Removes Auras and Spike effects and inflicts Aura Seal.
- Eater - Damages enemies in front, removes all buffs and inficts Bleed.
- Armour - Reduces all Physical and Ether damage to the party.
- Cyclone - Damages all enemies around Shulk. Enemies suffering Break will be Toppled.
Skill trees Edit
Shulk initially has access to three skill trees:
Shulk's fourth skill tree, Pessimism, is found in Colony 9 via the quest "Désirée's Future". Prerequisites are Colony 9 Affinity between 4 and 5 stars and the quest "Jackson's Awakening" needs to be completed.
(Note: 4 star affinity runs between 6000 and 7999, and the requirement is 7000 affinity. So this quest can be done with 4 star affinity, but it must be very close to 5 stars.)
Shulk's fifth Skill tree, Bravery, is also gained in Colony 9 and has the following prerequisites:
- Mechonis Core cleared
- Colony 9 Affinity at least 4.5 stars
- A Young Captain's Request completed
- A Young Captain's Suffering completed
- A Young Captain's Rise completed
- A Young Captain's Challenge completed
The actual quest is either A Young Captain's Trust or A Young Captain's Revival. One or the other will be given by Miller, Emmy Leater's subordinate, depending on the choice made in A Young Captain's Challenge.
Gem Crafting Edit
Shulk owns unique Shooter and Engineer abilities for Gem Crafting, they are:
- Fever Plus: Gets into a Fever easily when crafting.
- Strong Flame: Average
- Medium Flame: Average
- Gentle Flame: Good
4 hearts Edit
3 hearts Edit
- Azure Hollyhock (Flower, Mechonis Field)
- Rainbow Slug (Animal, Fallen Arm)
- Shield Bug (Bug, Makna Forest)
- Blue Chain (Part, Colony 9)
- Winding Gear (Part, Bionis' Leg)
- Digital Filament (Part, Fallen Arm)
- Grape Spring (Part, Agniratha)
- Pauper's Cup (Strange, Satorl Marsh)
2 hearts Edit
- Sirius Anemone (Flower, Colony 6)
- Orb Daisy (Flower, Satorl Marsh)
- Black Blossom (Flower, Sword Valley)
- Mud Squirrel (Animal, Valak Mountain)
- Cable Mouse (Animal, Central Factory)
- Rumble Stonefly (Bug, Tephra Cave)
- Mystery Firefly (Bug, Ether Mine)
- Water Boatman (Bug, Mechonis Field)
- Art Core Coil (Part, Galahad Fortress)
- Modern Blue Gear (Part, Mechonis Field)
- Blue Light Amp (Part, Agniratha)
- Strong Screw (Part, Prison Island)
- Thunder Compass (Other)
- Black Panel (Strange, Frontier Village)
- Steel Hauyne (Strange, Eryth Sea)
- Dramatic Night (Strange, Agniratha)
- Blue Blood (Strange, Prison Island)
In Super Smash Bros. Edit
Shulk is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. His Neutral Special move gives him the ability to change his attributes in battle using his Monado Arts, such as Speed, Shield, and Buster. There are also some Monado Arts invented for the sake of the game, including Monado Jump and Monado Smash.
Shulk's Neutral Special uses his Monado Arts:
- 翔 (Jump): increased jump height, increased air speed, increased falling speed, increased Air Slash height, lower defence.
- 疾 (Speed): increased ground speed, increased air speed, decreased attack power, decreased jump height.
- 盾 (Shield): increased defence, increased weight, increased shield health, decreased ground speed, decreased air speed, decreased jump height, decreased attack power
- 斬 (Buster): increased attack power, decreased launching power, decreased defence.
- 撃 (Smash): increased launch power, decreased attack power, decreased weight
Shulk's Up Special move is Air Slash, a rising slash with an optional second slash.
Shulk's Side Special move is Back Slash. It does more damage if it hits the back, similarly to the Art's effect in Xenoblade Chronicles.
Shulk's Down Special move is Vision, in which he foresees an opponent's attack, dodges, and counterattacks. Vision can be altered to launch the opponent behind Shulk.
Nintendo released a Shulk amiibo as part of the third wave of amiibo figures. In the US the Shulk figure is exclusive to retailer Game Stop. It is not exclusive to any retailer in Europe or Japan. The announced release dates by Nintendo were February 2015 in North America and 20th February, 2015 in Europe.
According to Nintendo's amiibo compatibility chart, the Shulk amiibo is compatible with the following games:
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|Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS||Read / write|
|Xenoblade Chronicles 3D||Read only|
|Yoshi's Woolly World||Read only|
|Super Mario Maker||Read only|
In Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, the Shulk amiibo can be used to unlock items in the Jukebox and Model Viewer. Using the amiibo once per day will grant three tokens to use for the raffles. The Shulk amiibo is the only amiibo currently supported by the game.
In Yoshi's Woolly World, the amiibo unlocks a Shulk pattern for Yoshi.
In Super Mario Maker, the Amiibo will unlock a Shulk skin to be used in Super Mario Bros. stages. It also uses Shulk's Japanese voice clips.
- "The enemy's weak, but don't drop your guard!"
- "Everyone — let's go!"
- [starting versus red level enemies] "Looks like we don't have a choice!"
- [Fighting a Unique Monster] "Everyone do your best!"
- [Dodging] "Not good enough!"
- "We haven't lost yet!"
- [activating] "This is the Monado's power!"
- "Nothing's gonna stop me!"
- "Looking good too, Fiora!"
- "We can do even better! C'mon, Sharla!"
- "Yeah, Dunban!"
- "Let's aim higher!"
- "Haha, teach us heropon Riki"
- "We can definitely do this!"
- "Almost there!"
- [healed] "Just what I needed!"
- "Monado! Show me the way!"
- "Behold the power of the Monado!"
- "I... I'm seeing something!"
- "It's coming to me...!"
- "Ohh... Wait!"
- "Ok, my turn!"
- "Not bad!"
- "Monado, lend us your power!"
- "Sharpshooter Sharla!"
- "More enemies!"
- "There's no end to them!"
- "I can't...go on..."
- "This isn't going well..."
- Shulk: "I'm really feeling it!"
Reyn "yeah! get stuck in!"
- Shulk: "Reyn!"
Reyn: "I know, I know!"
- "Altogether for a Chain Attack!"
- "Sharla! Don't worry about it!"
- "We can definitely do this!"
- Shulk: "This isn't going well."
Reyn: "Sorry, I lost focus."
- Shulk: "Altogether now!"
Riki: "Riki together too!"
- "BATTLE SOUL!"
- "Shadow Eye!"
- "Back Slash!"
- "Air Slash!"
- "Streeeam Edge!"
- "Light Heal!"
- "Slit Edge!"
- "This'll leave a mark-- Shaker Edge!"
- [Art: Shaker Edge] "Pesky thing! Hyah!"
- [Art: Monado Shield] "Monado... Shield us!"
- [Art: Monado Speed] "Monado, show me the way!""
- "You're not invincible! Monado Enchant!"
- "No escape..." *yelling* "Monado Purge!"
- [Art: Monado Purge] "That's ENOUGH!!!"
- "I'll blow you away... Monado Cyclone!"
- "Piece of cake!"
- "Hahaha, we win!"
- Shulk: "Sharla, could you teach me how to use a rifle sometime?"
Dunban: "So that's how it is. Given up on the sword already, eh?"
Shulk: "N-no, that's not it at all..."
Sharla: "Oh, let him have a go, Dunban!"
- Shulk: "Melia, could you teach me how to use ether sometime?"
Dunban: "So that's how it is. Given up on the sword already, eh?"
Shulk: "N-no, that's not it at all..."
Melia: "You've left me speechless."
- Shulk: "Fiora, are you hurt?"
Fiora: "Tell me you're OK."
Sharla: "Uh, I'm here too you know."
Shulk and Fiora: "Sorry Sharla."
Sharla: "I'm just teasing."
- Shulk: "When did you get so tough?"
Fiora: "What? Just because we're girls we're supposed to be wimps? How rude."
Melia: "Quite. I'm afraid you have much to learn about our sex, Shulk."
Shulk: *groans* "Why do I get the feeling mastering the Monado's going to be easier?"
Melia and Fiora: *both laugh*
Vision Warnings Edit
- "Reyn, this is not good."
- "Sharla, watch out!"
- "Dunban, listen!"
- "Riki, be careful!"
- "Melia, this is bad!"
- "Fiora, we've gotta hurry!"
- "No! I can't see it clearly!"
- "The future doesn't belong to you!"
- "What's important isn't whether you can see the future or not. It's the will to make a choice, and the strength to seize your destiny! Our time has come. OUR DESTINY IS OUR OWN!"
- "Long ago, the world was nothing more than an endless sea cloaked in a boundless sky, reaching as far as could possibly be imagined. Then two great titans came into existence. The Bionis and the Mechonis. The titans were locked in a timeless battle. Until at last, only their lifeless corpses remained. […] Eons have passed. Now, our world, this vast land stretching across the remains of the Bionis, is under attack by a relentless force known as the Mechon."
"Reyn's right. You can't go on like this. […] Dunban! … This time...it's my turn!"
"I've made a decision. … My purpose in life - I will pursue that faced Mechon. … They attacked our colony, killed Fiora... I will find that Mechon - find it and destroy it. Destroy them all!"
- "Xord? So you have a name?"
- [to Metal Face] "You will know the pain and suffering you caused the Emperor and Fiora!"
- "Fiora! It's me! Shulk! Fiora!"
- "So it's true. You really don't remember us at all. Fiora, listen! If nothing else, you must remember your family! That's Dunban over there!"
- [jumping after Fiora's falling Mechon] "Fiora!"
- Shulk: [after reviving Fiora] "Fiora. You're awake. Uh...do you remember? My name is Shu-"
[Fiora puts her hand on Shulk's cheek, and he looks at her expression of content with surprise.]
- Fiora: "I can't believe it. My first kiss."
- Shulk: [overjoyed] "You do remember me! Fiora!"
- Fiora: [nods] "Of course I do, Shulk." [The two embrace.]
- "I just want to live my life as a Homs, in a world...without...you!"
- "I wish for a world that has no need for gods!"
- In a Heart-to-Heart - "A Gift for a Loved One" - between Dunban and Sharla at Eryth Sea, Dunban states that Shulk's diet is not healthy as he dislikes vegetables. He eats the vegetables Fiora cooks him without complaining though, because he is too embarrassed to admit that he does not like them to her.
- According to "The Legend of the Spider", Shulk is scared of caterpillars. Apparently this was caused when Reyn hid a caterpillar in Shulk's sock drawer.
- After falling from Galahad Fortress, Shulk has a dream where he picks up a piece of scrap metal and falls through the ground as a child. The piece of scrap metal bears a high resemblance to the Monado.
|Playable Characters||Dunban · Fiora · Melia · Reyn · Riki · Sharla · Shulk|
|Homs||Alvis · Dickson · Gadolt · Juju · Mumkhar · Otharon · Vangarre|
|Nopon||Chief Dunga · Oka|
|High Entia||Kallian · Lorithia · Sorean · Tyrea · Yumea|
|Machina||Egil · Linada · Miqol · Vanea|
|Gods||Meyneth · Zanza|