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Shulk in Xenoblade Chronicles
Aliases None
Gender Male
Age 18
Species Homs
Hair color Blond
Eye color Blue
Voice actor(s) Shintaro Asanuma (Jp)
Adam Howden (En)
Appearances Xenoblade Chronicles
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.


It is later revealed that Shulk had been killed along with his parents during the Monado expedition and that Zanza had possessed his body and laid dormant within. The revived Shulk was then found by Dickson, who recognized him as the resting Zanza's new vessel and took him to Colony 9 along with the Monado. Shulk was thus able to grow up with Dickson looking after him, unaware that he was a pawn in the plan to revive Zanza. It is in fact because of Zanza residing within Shulk that Shulk is able to wield the Monado to its full potential and isn't harmed by its use like other Homs.

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

Max Level Max HP Max Physical Strength Max Ether Strength Max Agility
99 5,135 405 417 117

※ 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


  • Icon Shulk TurnStrike 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.
  • Shulk BackSlash Back Slash - Damages single target. Attacking the target's back will cause double damage.
  • Shulk LightHeal Light Heal - Restores HP to a single ally.
  • Shulk SlitEdge Slit Edge - Damages single target. Attacking the target's side will reduce Physical Defence.
  • Shulk StreamEdge Stream Edge - Damages multiple enemies in front of Shulk, inflicts Break and fills Talent Gauge.
  • Shulk ShadowEye Shadow Eye - Reduces aggro and increases damage of next physical Art.
  • Shulk AirSlash Air Slash - Damages and inflicts Break on a single target. A side hit may inflict Slow.
  • Shulk ShakerEdge Shaker Edge - Damages single target. Dazes if target is Toppled.
  • Shulk BattleSoul Battle Soul - Sacrifices half of Shulk's current HP to refill a portion of his Talent Gauge.

For information on leveling battle arts, see Levelling Battle Arts.

Monado Arts

  • Shulk ActivateMonado Activate Monado [Talent Art] [Aura] - Switches Shulk's available Arts between his normal Arts and Monado Arts.
  • Shulk MonadoBuster Buster - Damages enemies in a straight line. Mechon and Machina suffer double damage.
  • Shulk MonadoEnchant Enchant - Allows allies to damage Mechon for a time and boosts attack power.
  • Shulk MonadoShield Shield - Blocks Talent Arts of equal level or lower. Best used when Shulk has a vision.
  • Shulk MonadoSpeed Speed - Improves evasion of a single ally.
  • Shulk MonadoPurge Purge - Damages single target at a distance. Removes Auras and Spike effects and inflicts Aura Seal.
  • Shulk MonadoEater Eater - Damages enemies in front, removes all buffs and inficts Bleed.
  • Shulk MonadoArmour Armour - Reduces all Physical and Ether damage to the party.
  • Shulk MonadoCyclone Cyclone - Damages all enemies around Shulk. Enemies suffering Break will be Toppled.

Skill trees

Shulk has the following Skill Trees:

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

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

Skills Unlocked 1 2 3 4 5
Block Rate Increase 4% 6% 8% 10% 15%


Frame Skill Effect SP Cost Link Cost
Skills-blue-star-1 Medium Equipment Allows medium weight armor to be equipped. 0 10
Skills-yellow-circle-3 Secret of Life 10% more HP is restored when reviving a party member. 700 20
Skills-blue-star-1 Rewarding Work Successfully completed quests award 10% more EXP. 1000 3
Skills-blue-circle-1 Resilient Warrior Boosts Physical Defence and Ether Defence by 5%. 2000 11
Skills-yellow-star-1 Ultimate Teamwork Increases Chain Attack damage by 25%. 3500 18

Humanity is one of Shulk's initial three skill trees.

Prioritizing Humanity improves Shulk's Ether based on the number of skills that have been unlocked in this tree:

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


Name Shape Linkable Cost Description Skill Tree Effect Value
Skills-yellow-hex-1 Healing Wisdom Healing Arts restore 15% more HP. 300 8
Skills-yellow-star-1 Kind Encouragement Restores HP to an encouraged ally. 700 7
Skills-yellow-circle-3 Friendship Heals Heals the party slightly after a Chain Attack (5%). 1000 20
Skills-yellow-hex-3 Cheer of a Friend Causes Burst Affinity to fill more of the Party Gauge (15). 2000 45
Skills-yellow-star-1 Chain of Friendship Increases chance of a Chain Link by 15%. 3500 45

Intuition is one of Shulk's initial three skill trees.

Prioritizing Intuition improves Shulk'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


Name Shape Linkable Cost Description Skill Tree Effect Value
Skills-yellow-square-3 Battle Cry Increases tension gained from the Battle Start Affinity by 20. 300 13
Skills-yellow-circle-1 Underdog Agility Up buff (15%) at start of battle with higher level enemies. 700 2
Skills-blue-square-1 Equipment Master Reduced weight of equipment by 5. 1000 5
Skills-blue-star-all Fever Pitch Increases chance of Fever when gem crafting. 2000 18
Skills-yellow-square-1 Element of Surprise Improves Arts with Bonus Effects from behind. 3500 20

Pessimism is Shulk's fourth skill tree. It can be unlocked by completing Désirée's Future, which requires Colony 9 affinity of 4½☆.

Prioritizing Pessimism improves Shulk'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


Name Shape Linkable Cost Description Skill Tree Effect Value
Skills-yellow-diamond-3 Fight the Future Grants an extra 4 seconds before visions become reality 200 --
Skills-yellow-star-1 Stealth Warrior Reduces aggro gained by using Arts by 10% 500 30
Skills-yellow-circle-1 Epic Evasion Increases chance of gaining Burst Affinity by 5% after evading an attack 800 45
Skills-yellow-star-1 Forced Mercy Increases amount of aggro lost when attacked by 25% 1000 30
Skills-yellow-star-1 Immunization Grants immunity to stat-reducing debuffs 1500 45

Bravery is Shulk's fifth Skill Tree. It is obtained by completing either A Young Captain's Trust or A Young Captain's Revival, which require Colony 9 affinity of 4½☆.

Prioritizing Bravery improves Shulk'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-yellow-diamond-1 Fate Evasion EXP Bonus when vision tags are destroyed 200 --
Skills-blue-diamond-all Hero's Privilege Trading Bonus 20% 500 --
Skills-yellow-square-1 Lone Warrior Agility is raised by 20 when a party member is incapacitated 800 4
Skills-yellow-hex-3 Ultimate Defence Boost the party's Physical Defence and Ether Defence by 10% 1000 65
Skills-yellow-star-1 Glorious Future Talent Gauge is maxed after a vision 1500 28


  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

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

3 hearts

2 hearts

In Super Smash Bros.

Shulk (SSB4)

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; Speed, Shield and Buster from Xenoblade Chronicles and two new Arts, Jump and Smash, invented for the sake of Smash Bros.


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.

His Final Smash is a Chain Attack with Dunban and Riki.

Some of Shulk's neutral attacks in this game also bear resemblance to other arts that he and other party members in Xenoblade Chronicles used, two notable examples being his forward smash's similarity to Slit Edge and his down smash's to War Swing, one of Reyn's arts.


Nintendo released a Shulk amiibo as part of the third wave of amiibo figures. In the US the Shulk figure was exclusive to retailer Game Stop at launch, but was made available at Best Buy retailers in October of 2015. 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:

Game Compatibility
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Read / write
Hyrule Warriors Read only
Mario Party 10 Read only
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Read / write
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Read only
Amiibo Tap 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'm...sorry..."
  • "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!"


  • "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!"
  • "Monado—Buster!"
  • [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!"
  • "Monadoooo....Eater!"

Leveling up

  • "Cool!"
  • "I need to be even stronger!"
  • "I can feel the power!"


  • "Piece of cake!"
  • "Hahaha, we win!"

Vision Warnings

  • "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'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. 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!"

"I wish for a world that has no need for gods!"

Post-battle dialogues

Party Members Dialogue
Shulk, Reyn, Sharla Reyn - I'm on fire! Sharla, did you see me? Did you see what I did!?
Sharla - Oh! I, uh, wasn't really looking.
Reyn - Aw, come on. That's not fair.
Shulk - *Laughs*
Shulk, Reyn, Dunban Reyn - Dunban, with you around, there ain't no stopping us!
Shulk - Totally!
Dunban - Don't get cocky. Stay focussed, stay sharp.
Shulk & Reyn - Yes sir!
Shulk, Reyn, Melia Shulk - Melia, are you tired?
Melia - No, I am fine. Reyn, however... I'm not so sure about.
Shulk: Reyn, wake up! Reyn!
Reyn: *Yawns* Sorry, sorry. Didn't get enough sleep. Why don't we grab some shut-eye?
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, Reyn, Fiora Reyn - Man, am I good or am I good.
Shulk - *Laughs* That is so you, Reyn.
Fiora - *Giggles* You two never change.
Shulk, Sharla, Dunban Shulk - Sharla, could you teach me how to use a rifle sometime?
Dunban - So that's how it is. Giving up the sword already?
Shulk - No, no! That's not it at all!
Sharla - Oh let him have a go, Dunban.
Shulk, Sharla, Melia Melia - Sharla, your skill is truly unrivalled.
Shulk - It's true. You're really good, Sharla!
Sharla - Wow, thanks. I don't know what to say.
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, Sharla, Fiora Shulk - Fiora, are you hurt?
Fiora - Shulk, tell me you're okay.
Sharla - Uh... I'm here too, you know?
Shulk & Fiora - Sorry, Sharla.
Sharla - *Laugh* I'm just teasing.
Shulk, Dunban, Melia Shulk - Melia, it'd be great if you taught me how to use ether!
Dunban - So that's how it is. Giving up the sword already?
Shulk - No, no! That's not it at all!
Melia - I'm speechless.
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, Dunban, Fiora Dunban - Fiora, how are you doing?
Fiora - I'm fine, Dunban. But thanks for asking.
Shulk - I wish I had a brother or sister. You guys look like a real family.
Fiora - Well... you're basically like our baby brother.
Shulk - What!? Baby brother!?
Fiora - *Laugh* Be careful what you wish for.
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, Melia and Fiora Shulk - Wow, when did you two 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 the fairer sex, Shulk.
Fiora - *Laugh*
Melia - *Laugh*
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*


  • 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.
  • Shulk is the first Xenoblade Chronicles character to appear in a franchise outside his own, having appeared as playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U and as a unlockable Mystery Mushroom costume in Super Mario Maker.
  • Due to Super Mario Maker, Shulk is currently the only Xenoblade character to appear on his own in a franchise outside his own, as other Xenoblade characters and materials appear in Super Smash Bros. 4, and Fiora, Metal Face, and several enemies and areas from Xenoblade Chronicles in the non-Nintendo (but Monolith Soft developed) game, Project X Zone 2.




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