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Xenoblade Chronicles 2, known in Japan as Xenoblade 2 (Japanese: ゼノブレイド2, Zenobureido Tsū), is a role-playing video game published by Nintendo and developed by Monolith Soft for the Nintendo Switch. The game was announced during the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 on January 12th. The game was released on December 1, 2017 in Japan, North America, Europe, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

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Gameplay

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 uses a similar approach to gameplay mechanics as Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Chronicles X, such as the freedom to explore the world of Alrest, the ability to run to virtually anywhere seen in the distance, and the return of a Arts battle system which involves both auto-attacks and a cooldown timer for each Art. In this installment, playable characters are called Drivers, and they are supported by weaponized lifeforms called Blades, which determines their currently wielded weapon and available arts. Blades appear as characters on the field, although they cannot be controlled directly, and establish a tether to their Driver while supporting them during combat.

Unlike in the previous games, Arts must be built up overtime through auto-attacks. Arts are divided into Driver Arts and Blade Arts. Executing Arts, in turn, will fill up the Special gauge. These Specials deliver a powerful attack and feature four levels of intensity (from I to IV). Instead of an Art palette, Arts are assigned to the face buttons of the controller. A Driver can have up to three Blades equipped and may switch between them in battle as the situation warrants. The game introduces the new Driver, Blade and Fusion Combos battle mechanics.

A mechanic called Blade Resonance allows Drivers to resonate with Core Crystals to awaken new Blades, with some being rarer than others, and increase their possibilities. The Blades created cannot be anticipated, however the Rare Blades are unique while the Common Blades are randomly determined. Each Blade is associated with a type of weapon and element affinity. It is possible to switch Blades in order to obtain more combinations allowing more playstyles. A Driver can bond with multiple Blades, enabling flexibility for encountering enemies while on the field.

XC2-battle-screen
  • XC2-bullet-1 Party Gauge: A three-bar gauge filled as the party characters fight together. The energy gathered in a full bar is necessary to revive an incapacitated member, and the full gauge is necessary to initiate a Chain Attack, where each member attacks in succession with one of their Blades.
  • XC2-bullet-2 Party: Names, levels, and HP of the Drivers in the party.
  • XC2-bullet-3 Blades: The Blades currently driven and mapped to the corresponding buttons of the controller.
  • XC2-bullet-4 Arts Palette: The Arts the Driver controlled accessible from the current Blade, each one mapped to the corresponding button of the right controller.
  • XC2-bullet-5 Special Art Effect: The duration effect of the Special Art inflicted to the enemy. During this time, other Special Arts can be used for Blade Combos.
  • XC2-bullet-6 Blade Combo Tree: The Special Arts available to be chained together to continue the Blade Combo.
  • XC2-bullet-7 Enemy Info: The enemy's level, name, HP bar, and elemental weakness.
  • XC2-bullet-8 Available Elemental Arts: Icons displaying another Driver using a Blade, here Nia driving her Water Blade Dromarch, who can continue the Blade Combo with "Venom Water". When this move is charged and available, a controller button will appear inside the icon.

Story

Main article: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (plot)

Characters

Rex pic Pyra pic Mythra-portrait Nia-portrait Dromarch-portrait Tora-portrait Poppi-a-portrait XC2-Jitchan
Rex Pyra Mythra Nia Dromarch Tora Poppi α Azurda

Downloadable content

Patch Updates

Several free updates have been released for the game on Switch. Each update can expand the game content or fix bugs and glitches.

Patch (Ver.1.1.0)

The Patch (Ver.1.1.0) released on December 1st, 2017 brings:

  • "Event Theater" function to watch cutscenes
  • Unlock access to content from Expansion Pass added to the main menu
  • Game balance adjusted
  • Various fixes to improve gameplay
Complete Patch Notes
  • Added the “Events Theater” feature.
    • Allows you to view event cut scenes you’ve previously viewed whenever you like.
    • Requires save data played up to the event cut scene in question.
  • Added the ability to turn Japanese character voices on or off to the Sound Options.
  • Added the ability to receive items distributed via the Expansion Pass.
    • Downloading the Expansion Pass will add “Expansion Pass” to the main menu, allowing you to receive associated items.
    • The main menu can be accessed during play by pressing the + button.
  • Adjustments have been made to better balance aspects of the game.
  • Adjustments have been made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience.

Patch (Ver.1.1.1)

The Patch (Ver.1.1.1) released on December 22nd, 2017 brings:

  • Bug fixes
  • Easy mode for Tiger! Tiger!
  • By pressing the X Button, the Skip Travel screen will open the map to the current location. This will make it easier to spot Skip Travel locations and Salvage Points on the map.
  • An additional 1:1 zoom on the mini map will be displayed by pressing the L Stick. This will allow improved visibility of your surroundings and make it easier to check quest locations.
Complete Patch Notes
  • Fixed an issue occurring in the Gormott regular quest “One Step Ahead,” where acquiring the Healing Herb quest item at 12:00 caused the item to fail to be counted in the quest log, preventing completion of the quest.
  • Fixed an issue occurring in the Gormott regular quest “A Young Man's Prize,” where acquiring the Snow-White Rhino quest item at 7:00 caused the item to fail to be counted in the quest log, preventing completion of the quest.
  • Fixed an issue occurring in the Gormott regular quest “The Riddle on the Wall,” preventing quest progression.
  • Fixed an issue occurring in Perceval’s blade quest “Failure and Success,” preventing quest progression.
  • Fixed an issue occurring in Gorg’s blade quest “Follow Your Passion,” preventing quest progression.
  • Fixed an issue occurring after viewing the “Something in Common” movie in the “Chapter One: Encounters” section of the Events Theater causing the camera to continue shaking after returning to the game.
  • Made adjustments to improve the stability of performing certain actions.
    • Due to these adjustments, time required for Skip Travel and loading event cut scenes has become longer in some instances and shorter in others.
  • A Pro Controller can now be used when the Joy-Con Controllers are attached to the system in Tabletop Mode.
  • Added an Easy difficulty to the Tiger! Tiger! mini game.
  • Added a new size of map to the mini map.
  • Pressing X when in the field to open the Skip Travel screen, the map of your current location will open.
  • Added functionality to allow players to receive the second round of items associated with the Expansion Pass.

Patch (Ver.1.2.0)

The Patch (Ver.1.2.0) released on January 18th, 2018 along with the "New Quests Pack 1" and the "Helpful Items Pack 3", it brings:

  • Bug fixes
  • New functionality added to receive the "New Quests Pack 1" and the "Helpful Items Pack 3"
  • Voiced segments in menus can be skipped
Complete Patch Notes
  • Fixed an issue in which parts set to a specific Skill RAM failed to provide their intended effects.
  • Adjusted the Gormott regular quest The Riddle on the Wall to make it completable regardless of player progression in the main story.
  • Adjusted Finch's Blade Quest Birds of a Feather to make it completable regardless of player progression in the main story.
  • Fixed an issue in Agate's Blade Quest Precious Yearnings preventing quest progression.
  • Added functionality to allow players to receive the first round of quests and the second round of items associated with the Expansion Pass.
  • Voiced segments in menus can now be skipped with the A or B button.
Note

Although it was not officially indicated, this update modifies the voice lines of the Ardainian Soldiers:

"Think you can take me?" becomes "Take this!"
"Don't forget me!" becomes "Don't forget!"
"You're done!" keeps as such.

Patch (Ver.1.3.0)

The next patch will be released on March 2nd, 2018 along with the "Helpful Items Pack 4", it brings:

  • Bug fix on Chapter 7 brought by Patch (Ver.1.2.0) concerning a Blade not displayed on list afterwards.
  • Five updates can be applied to first playthrough or second one, the New Game +:
    • A locking mechanism to lock certain Blades in the party from the menu so that they cannot be released, and to make them more visible. This feature will be useful in a variety of situations, such as if a 4-star Common Blade is obtained.
    • The option to skip the Blade resonating scene.
    • While expanded, the mini-map can display the same icons set up on the Skip Travel screen.
    • The "Easy Mode" is added to the game difficulty. The original game difficulty level is "Normal Mode". The difficulty level can be changed at any time with the in-game options.
    • New sorting options for Accessories, Aux Cores, and Blade lists.
  • The second playthrough New Game + elements:
    • Many elements carried over to New Game + such as Driver levels, awakened Blades, Driver and Blade equipment and Affinity Charts, acquired items and Gold, Development Level status and Merc Group level, status of Events Theater and defeated unique monsters, and play time.
    • While Quests, Merc Missions, Heart-to-Hearts, and Skip Travel points are all be reset. Saving after beginning a New Game + playthrough overwrites the save data in which the game was initially cleared.
    • All Blades can be dispatched on Merc Missions. This means that Blades like Pyra, Mythra or Dromarch that could not be disengaged from the party during an initial playthrough can now be dispatched.
    • Level 4 Specials of certain Blades can be unlocked.
    • New Drivers' Skills by adding further growth factors to unlock in the hidden Drivers' Affinitiess, such as Zeke's "Eye of Shining Justice" skills.
    • Drivers' level can be decreased at inns, and will likewise gain bonus experience according to their decreased level. This bonus experience can be exchanged for special items, including an item that increases the number of Accessory slots available to a Driver, obtainable by trading with the bards who appear on each Titan.
    • Ability to recruit Torna members:
      • Ability to recruit the Blades Obrona, Sever, Perdido and Cressidus from Torna, who can join the player's party as Blades.
      • Akhos, Patroka and Mikhail from Torna will also be able to join the player's party as Blades.
      • These new Blades can be obtained by resonating with Core Crystals or after meeting them in quests.
Complete Patch Notes
  • Issues Fixed
    • Fixed an issue occurring in chapter 7 and onward, in which specific conditions caused bonded blades and drivers to not appear in the Manage Blades menu.
    • Fixed an issue associated with acquiring Perun’s Key Affinity Gift in which the counter for “small good deeds” required to earn it would stop, making the item unobtainable.
    • Fixed an issue associated with acquiring Perceval’s Affinity Gift, “Brandish,” in which certain monsters failed to count toward the requirements “Defeat Igna enemies in Uraya. (Excludes unique monsters.)" and “Defeat Tirkin enemies in Tantal. (Excludes unique monsters.)".
    • Fixed an issue associated with acquiring Perceval’s Affinity Gift, “Brandish,” in which defeating high-level Tirkin enemies (around level 80) failed to count toward the “Defeat Tirkin enemies in Tantal. (Excludes unique monsters.)”.
    • Fixed an issue in which Blades with the condition “Deal a certain amount of damage in one hit” to acquire Affinity Gifts would not meet the condition if they were not present at the start of a battle, and were brought in via Blade Switching instead.
    • Fixed an issue in which Rare Blades, once released, could not achieve a level of Trust higher than S1, even if bonded with a different Driver.
      • After applying this update, performing an action to raise Trust (clearing quests, using pouch items, etc.) will raise the rare blade’s Trust to the correct rank.
    • Fixed an issue with Poppiswap in which if the player possessed a combined total of 1023 or more Skill RAM and Skill Upgrade parts, and equipped the 1024th part, they would be unable to set or crystalize any additional parts, even if they had enough energy to do so.
    • Fixed an issue in which the descriptions for the Silver Feather and Phantom Feather accessories was switched.
  • Advanced New Game has been added
    • Players with save data from the final chapter and who have cleared the game will now be able to select “Advanced New Game” on the title screen and carry over some of their data from the previous playthrough.
    • Elements carried over into Advanced New Game
      • Driver levels
      • Driver and Blade equipment and growth
      • Awakened Blades
      • Acquired items and gold
      • Town development status and Merc Group level
      • Status of Events Theater and defeated unique monsters
      • Play time
    • New system features added to Advanced New Game
      • Bonding with certain Blades from Torna will allow them to join your party.
      • Meeting certain Blades from Torna in the game world will allow them to join your party.
      • All Blades can be dispatched on Merc Missions.
      • Driver Hidden Affinities have been unlocked. New skills can also be learned.
      • Zeke’s “Eye of Shining Justice” has been unlocked. (The skill can be learned by developing Zeke’s Hidden Affinities)
      • Levels can now be decreased at inns, with a corresponding amount of bonus EXP being granted for the number of levels decreased.
      • Traveling Bards that will exchange Bonus EXP and special items have been added to various locations throughout Alrest.
        • Traveling Bards are displayed on the mini map as green shop icons.
        • Among the newly exchangeable items, there are those that will increase the number of accessories a Driver can have equipped.
      • Level 4 Specials have been unlocked for certain Blades.
    • Things to note in Advanced New Game
      • Quests, Heart-to-Hearts, and Skip Travel points will all be reset.
      • Cleared Merc Missions will be reset.
      • Saving after beginning an Advanced New Game playthrough will overwrite the save data in which you initially cleared the game.
  • Other Updates
    • Easy difficulty has been added. Due to this addition, the default difficulty will now be “Normal.”
      • This only adjusts the balance of elements of battles. Game difficulty can be changed at any time via the Options menu.
    • Added a “simple mode” option allowing players to skip the lottery animation when bonding with Blades.
    • Added the ability to “lock” Blades so that they can’t be mistakenly released.
    • Added a “Sort” option to the Blade List, Accessories, Aux Cores, and Poppy’s Skill Parts.
    • Map icons will now appear on the mini map.
    • Adjusted AI to perform Blade Switches with no regard for Driver combos when using Drivers that prioritize Driver combos while fighting enemies against whom those combos aren’t effective.
    • Added the ability to receive the 4th round of items distributed via the Expansion Pass.

Patch (Ver.1.3.1)

The next patch will be released on March 30th, 2018 along with the "New Quests Pack 2", it brings:

  • Correction of the defect of Patch (Ver.1.3.0), in particular some Common Blade disappearance during New Game +.
  • Many remaining issues fixed.
  • The new DLC NPC, Momoni has been added to chapter 1 of New Game +, to restore the money one time. He will help when the party is unable to buy an Abyss Vest or unable to send funds due to lack of money on-hand.
  • The difficulty is adjusted of some of the Boss battles in Chapter 10 of New Game + reflecting Rex's level.
  • The currently held and maximum number of accessories, Aux Cores、and Poppy parts in menus and shops are now dislayed.
  • The notification page containing information about the Expansion Pass is added to the menu. If the Expansion Pass is removed or deleted from the console, "Continue" can no longer be selected to resume Expansion Pass save data. "Continue" can be selected again once the Expansion Pass is downloaded.
Complete Patch Notes
  • Issues Fixed
    • Fixed an issue where common blades resonated to drivers other than Rex were being deleted if the player started a New Game Plus with them assigned to Rex.
      • We apologize, but even if you update your data, you will be unable to restore your common blades.
    • Fixed an issue during New Game Plus where the player was unable to acquire a common blade’s affinity gift even after fulfilling the conditions.
    • Fixed an issue where rare blades that were released were unable to rise above trust level S if they resonated with a character again.
      • Downloading the update data will set the trust level at S.
      • In the case that the actual trust level is higher than S, then upon doing something to raise the trust level, it will quickly increase to its actual level.
    • We have addressed the following problems where effects intended to be applied to blades on standby were only effective when they were deployed in battle.
      • Core Chips: Some status up types such as “HP MAX Boost”, “Increases the enemy gold drop rate”,”Increases the enemy item drop rate”
      • Aux Cores:”Hunter’s’ Chemistry”, and “Shoulder to Shoulder”
      • Poppy’s Skill RAM: Some status up types such as “HP MAX Boost”, “Gold Rush”, “Treasure Sensor”, “Hunter’s Chemistry”, and “Shoulder to Shoulder”.
      • Common Blade Skills: “Accelerated Growth”, ”Weaponsmaster”, ”Gold Rush”, and “Treasure Sensor”.
    • Fixed an issue where Patroka’s Evasion Effect Art wasn’t triggering correctly.
    • Fixed an issue where the player couldn’t advance in the Gormott quest “Whereabouts Unknown”.
    • Fixed an issue where the player couldn’t advance in the Uraya quest “Marvelous Mercenaries”.
    • Fixed an issue where the player couldn’t advance in the Mor Ardain quest “We Meet Again”.
    • Fixed an issue where the minimap and compass wouldn’t display, and fast travel with the X-button would become unavailable.
    • Fixed an issue where Mythra’s 10% Ether modifier wasn’t being reflected in Rex’s Ether attribute display.
      • This problem concerned the display of the modifier; it was being applied.
    • Addressed a problem with crafting field skills such as “Pyra’s Cooking” where you couldn’t continually make things.
    • Fixed an issue where titles of locations were not displaying when discovering landmarks, locations, and secret areas/viewpoints.
    • Fixed an issue where blades would cycle backwards for Rex when using blade change if Mythra was engaged.
  • Changes and New Features
    • An NPC, “Momoni,” has been added to chapter one of New Game Plus, to restore your money one time.
    • He will help you when you are unable to buy an Abyss Vest or unable to send funds due to lack of money on-hand.
    • Adjusted the difficulty of some of the boss battles in Chapter Ten of New Game Plus (so that they reflect Rex’s level).
    • Now displays the currently held and maximum number of accessories, Aux Cores、and Poppy parts in menus and shops.
    • Added a function to download the second Expansion Pass quest.
    • Added a notification page to the menu that contains information about the Expansion Pass.
    • If the Expansion Pass is removed or deleted from your console, “Continue” can no longer be selected to resume Expansion Pass save data.
      • You will be able to select Continue again once you download the Expansion Pass.

Japanese-voice Pack Free DLC

  • December 1st, 2017: A free day-one DLC adds the Japanese-voice Pack.

Expansion Pass

An Expansion Pass was made available upon the release of the game. Currently, it requires 600MB of space.

Helpful Items Pack 1

December 1st, 2017: A series of adventure support items:

Helpful Items Pack 2

December 22nd, 2017: A series of adventure support items:

  • Driver Essentials Set: 10 x Rare Core Crystal, 1 x Legendary Core Crystal, 3 x Overdrive Protocol
  • Upgrade Parts for Poppi: 30,000 ether
  • Pyra's Favourite Things: 5 x Jenerossi Tea
  • Nia's Favourite Things: 5 x Ardainian Bear Carving

Helpful Items Pack 3

January 18th, 2018: A series of adventure support items:

New Quests Pack 1

January 18th, 2018: A series of additional quests for the main game:

Helpful Items Pack 4

March 2nd, 2018: An incoming series of adventure support items.

  • Upgrade Parts for Poppi QT: 30,000 Ether
  • Driver Essentials Set 3:
    • Legendary Core Crystal x 8
    • Overdrive Protocol x 3

New Quests Pack 2

March 30th, 2018: A series of additional quests for the main game:

New Rare Blade Pack

May 2018: An incoming group of additional Blades for the main game.

New Challenge Mode Pack

Summer 2018: An incoming new challenge battle mode against powerful enemies.

Brand-new Story Content Pack

Fall 2018: An incoming brand-new story and adventure.

Merchandise

Several tie-in products have been or will be released. These include:

  • A limited special/collector edition of the game with the following extras:
  • A special Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.
  • A 1/7 scale Pyra figure made by Good Smile Company and based on a concept art designed by Masatsugu Saito.
  • A 1/7 scale Mythra figure made by Good Smile Company and based on a concept art designed by Masatsugu Saito.
  • A 1/7 scale Siren figure made by Kotobukiya.
  • Three versions of the Xenoblade 2 Original Soundtrack on May 23, 2018:
    • Standard Edition, a 5 discs pack containing the 105 tracks.
    • Deluxe Edition, a 6 discs pack containing the 105 tracks plus 21 extras, with limited copies.
    • USB Deluxe Edition, a Core Crystal-shaped USB stick containing the 105 tracks and 21 extras; limited to 2,000 copies.

Games Collaboration

XC2-BotW-side-quest

Collaboration: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 side quest triggered

A DLC for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild bringing Rex's costume to Link was released on November 9th, 2017. It offers the new side quest Collaboration: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 where Link has to discover three red treasures across Hyrule, containing the Salvager Headwear, Vest and Trousers. These three pieces of Rex's costume, when worn together, grant Link the bonus effect Swim Speed Up.

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