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"Thunderbolt Zeke. Tantal's most powerful Driver ...and its Crown Prince."
— Mòrag

His Highness the Crown Prince Ozychlyrus Brounev Tantal (Japanese: ジーフリト・ブリューネ・ルクスリア, Jīfurito Buryūne Rukusuria, Sîvrit Brunet Luxuria), better known as Zeke von Genbu (Japanese: ジーク・B・極・玄武, Jīku B Arutimetto Genbu, Zeke B Ultimate Genbu), is a main playable character in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. He is a Driver and is accompanied by his Blade, Pandoria. He is tall, has dark grey hair and green eyes, and wears an eyepatch over his left eye.

Personality

Zeke is prone to flamboyant speech and mannerisms, styling himself "Zeke von Genbu, Bringer of Chaos" and "The Zekenator", and uses similarly grandiose names for his sword and arts. Mòrag introduces him as "Thunderbolt Zeke", the Crown Prince and most powerful Driver of the Kingdom of Tantal. Since his disownment from the Tantalese throne by his father, Zeke has apparently developed a deep resentment of him, being fully willing to openly backtalk his father, and views his hometown as backwards and ignorant to the rest of the world.

Zeke, however, still cares for the lives of innocents, as he was disgusted by the Empire of Mor Ardain's work on the Judicium excavation and later on immediately began organizing an evacuation of Tantal when the Titan Genbu went out of control, knowing he may need to sacrifice his life in doing so. Despite his goofy behavior, Zeke is able to act more serious and mature when the situation demands it. He volunteered to work as a special envoy for the Indoline Praetorium, to test the Driver of the Aegis in combat. Pandoria says he "has the most awful luck" and is afraid of heights. Zeke and Pandoria have a pet turtle and mascot named Turters.

Story

Some time before the events of the game, Zeke and his Blade Pandoria are banished from his home country of Tantal. Later, he ends up severely wounded after a battle in a forest. Pandoria tries to carry Zeke, on the brink of death, to safety, but collapses. Praetor Amalthus arrives on the scene and takes the two back to Indol. He then takes a portion of Pandoria's Core Crystal and implants it into Zeke's heart to save him, effectively making him a Blade Eater. In return, Zeke became a special envoy for Indol to find and test the new Driver of the Aegis.

Before he departed from Indol, he shared a few conversations with Amalthus. Amalthus asked him whether he had ever killed a person, and Zeke answered that he hadn't, as killing is a sign of weakness. Zeke later talked of how some bandits in the forest attempted to take Pandoria's Core Crystal and sell her. Amalthus responded by stating that humans forcibly take that what is denied to them, but Zeke challenged this claim. Zeke then asked why he even bothered protecting the refugees in Indol, to which Amalthus replied he must never forget the true nature of humans. Zeke asks whether that was why Amalthus saved him, and Amalthus draws a comparison of Pandoria trying to save Zeke to his own mother saving his life.

Zeke first meets Rex and the others nearby Cobalt Cliffs in Uraya. He challenges them to a battle, but a cliff that he was standing on collapses, and he falls and disappears. He reappears once more before the party can reach the Old Factory and challenges them again. This time, a large boulder sends Zeke and Pandoria flying off into the distance. He later shows up in Ysheva Harbor to challenge them to another battle. Though the party remains skeptical, as all other times have resulted in his defeat, he performs Sonic Thunderslash and knocks down the party, much to their surprise. Mòrag then reveals that he is the crown prince of Tantal. After battling the Aegis, he takes the party to Indol.

Zeke later represents his home country of Tantal at the Ruler's Congress. Acting as an eyewitness alongside Mòrag and Mythra, he convinces Queen Raqura that the Titan Weapon attack was the work of Torna and Malos.

He then guides the party to Theosoir, the capital of Tantal. He reveals the poor state of the Tantalese people, showing a dislike for his father's rule. After Pyra is captured, Zeke rescues the party and helps divert the Ether Accelerator's aim. This, however, causes Genbu to quickly dive beneath the Cloud Sea, threatening all life inside it. To save Genbu, he joins the party to get to Genbu Crown and fix the Omega Fetter. When the party defeats Mikhail, Patroka, and Akhos, Zeke intends to imprison them before Jin turns the tide. After the Aegis is taken by Torna, King Eulogimenos tells Zeke to travel with Rex and protect him.

As Zeke and the others climb the World Tree, he recalls his first conversation he had with Amalthus, and asks whether Rex likes the world. Naturally, Rex responds that the world is a good place and that though some people are bad, life is about taking both the good and the bad. As Amalthus is being killed by Jin, Zeke recalled his other conversation with Amalthus. He then wonders how Amalthus could be filled with so much hatred, yet he seemed so sad in that one moment.

General stats

Max Level Max HP Max Strength Max Ether Max Dexterity Max Agility Max Luck
99, no modifier 7,114 407 389 330 188 328
99, full affinity chart 7,314 469 409 330 208 348

Arts

Affinity Chart

Zeke's Affinity Chart contains the following skills.

Tier Name Effect SP
1 Mach Prep I Allows use of the Driver Art assigned to Button-X at the start of battle. 500
Brawn over Brain Increases Strength by 20. 250
Lucky Duck Increases Luck by 20. 750
Adamant Heart Increases maximum HP by 200. 375
Flash Step Increases Agility by 20. 625
2 Critical Pro Increases critical damage by 10%. 1500
Camaraderie Boosts recharge for Specials after cancelling by 20%. 2500
Herculean Strength Boosts Strength by 10%. 1000
Move Chaining Lets you use a Driver Art after cancelling a Driver Art. 3000
Mach Prep II Allows use of the Driver Art assigned to Button-Y at the start of battle. 2000
3 Histrionic Hero Increases critical hit rate during a Chain Attack by 10%. 3000
Mach Prep III Allows use of the Driver Art assigned to Button-B at the start of battle. 5,000
Tantal Courage Increases the HP restored when reviving a teammate by 15%. 2000
Ether Prodigy Increases Ether by 20. 4000
Air Extender Increases Launch duration by 15%. 6,000

Hidden Affinity Chart

After finishing the game and installing Patch (Ver.1.3.0), the New Game Plus will be available and will allow Zeke to get a new Affinity Chart. The new Unleash Shining Justice skill is obtained for the large amount of 30,000 SP and grants Zeke with the ability to enter a special state using his Eye of Shining Justice. In battle, with Pandoria and at max affinity, the player can press Button-plus while holding Button-R to activate the skill, during which blue flames ignite on Zeke's eyepatch. Zeke gains several buffs, including much faster art animations, immunity to all debuffs (Topple, Blowdown, etc.), movement speed faster than when at normal max affinity, and a very large damage multiplier. However, the effect is only temporary, can only be activated once per battle, and instantly inflicts Blowdown on Zeke once it ends.


Favorite Items

Battles

Zeke is fought three times as a Driver boss along with his Blade, Pandoria. He is first fought at level 23 at the Cobalt Cliffs in the Kingdom of Uraya, then at level 32 at the Chansagh Wastes in the Empire of Mor Ardain, right before the Abandoned Excavation, and at level 35 at the Ysheva Harbor in the Leftherian Archipelago.

Trivia

  • The name "Zeke" is likely a shortened form of his real name, "Ozychlyrus". His name "Sîvrit" in the Japanese version is the Middle High German form of "Siegfried".
  • During his "special" attack in cutscenes, the kanji (kyoku, ultimate) appears on the ground.
  • One of Zeke's lines during battle is "I'm really feeling it!", a line also said by Shulk in Xenoblade Chronicles.
  • Zeke says his eyepatch "conceals a power too great for mere mortals to comprehend… The Eye of Shining Justice!" However, this claim is undermined by Pandoria's backhanded support, "He definitely isn't wearing it because he didn't have the gold for a second contact lens."
  • According to Wikipedia, a "one-eyed monster" may refer to Zeke Von Genbu, Chaotic Bringer of Chaos.
  • Zeke’s Japanese voice lines seem to reflect an accent indicitive of the Kansai region of Japan.

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