Weapons function similarly in Xenoblade Chronicles X as they did in Xenoblade Chronicles. They are a type of Ground Gear which can be equipped on party members and used in battle. There are many distinct looks for weapons, and even weapons that look similar to each other can have completely different effects in battle. There are two major types: Melee and Ranged weapons. Weapons can be dropped by enemies, earned from missions, bought or sold at shops, obtained from Treasure Chests, created through the AM Terminal, or received through trading with NPCs.
The weapons a party member may use is dependent on the character's class. For example, members of the Full Metal Jaguar class, like Elma, can only use Dual Swords and Dual Guns. They cannot use other kinds of weapons, like Longswords or Assault Rifles. Players who have fully mastered a Level 4 class may use its weapons with any other class.
Weapon drops are not tied to a specific enemy type, like armor; rather, they are influenced by the classes of the current party. A party consisting of Partisan Eagle Cross, Elma, and Lin will be more likely to find Sniper Rifles, Dual Guns, Gatling Guns, Javelins, Dual Swords, and Shields than other weapon types.
Melee Weapons are used for fighting close to enemies. The main types of Melee Weapons are:
Ranged Weapons are used for shooting enemies from a distance. The main types of Ranged Weapons are:
Weapon materials are divided into tiers based on their equip level, one for every ten levels. Some salvaged equipment may be "Worn" (can be equipped three levels earlier), "Advanced" (slightly stronger but requires three more levels), or "Ultra" (strongest variant and only for level 60 weapons).
|Tier||Ranged||Melee||Six Stars Ranged||Six Stars Melee|
Some weapons can be crafted at the AM Terminal, via the Develop New Gear option. This includes the Delta Bliss and the Archetype and Original/Masterstroke sets. Archetype weapons are made by Sakuraba Industries and Grenada Galactic Group, Masterstroke weapons are made by Six Stars, and Original weapons are made by Candid & Credible, Orphean Technologies, and Nopon Commerce Guild.
Archetype weapons are craftable from the beginning, are Prime quality, have built-in augments, and come in level 20, 40, and 60 versions.
Original/Masterstroke weapons must be unlocked by obtaining Schematics from specific Ganglion enemies. Original/Masterstroke weapons are level 60 and are common-quality with three empty slots and no built-in augments.
Each Arms Manufacturer gives their weapon a specific name. The numeral (I, II, or III) suffix refers to the weapon's attribute and/or stat differences in Stability, Cooldown, Ammo, or TP Gain.
|AM||Longsword||Javelin||Dual Swords||Shield||Knife||Photon Saber|
|Grenada Galactic Group||Slair||Parce||Ralzes||Paive||Riv||Fulge|
|Candid & Credible||---||Bolide||Twins||Haven||---||---|
|Meredith & Co.||Spatha||Pilum||Gladiis||Parma||Pugio||Candela|
|Nopon Commerce Guild||---||---||---||Thudclang||Pokepoke||---|
|AM||Assault Rifle||Sniper Rifle||Dual Guns||Gatling Gun||Raygun||Psycho Launchers|
|Sakuraba Industries||Assault Rifle||Sniper Rifle||Dual Guns||Machine||Raygun||Launchers|
|Grenada Galactic Group||Avagar||Retic||Gemels||Repethe||Lastyr||Psylans|
|Meredith & Co.||Sclopetum||Sicarius||Pistolia||Grando||Radius||Ruina|
|Candid & Credible||Assailer||Trigger||Dyads||Crank||Strobe||Saboteurs|
|Nopon Commerce Guild||---||Thwipper||Bangbangs||Ratatatta||---||Fwooshers|
- Main article: Skell Weapons
Sources of Weapons
These are all the enemies known to drop ground weapons: