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Aegis Sword
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png
The Aegis Sword icon in Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
Animation type Aegis Sword
Role ATK
Just Range 3m — 7m
Auto-attack type Physical
Auto-attack distance 5m
Auto-attack aggro 2
The Aegis Sword icon in Torna ~ The Golden Country.

The Aegis Sword is a weapon type in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Torna ~ The Golden Country. In the former, it is unique to the Aegis; as such, only Rex has Driver Arts using it. These Driver Arts are identical in animation and name, although not necessarily in stats, to those of the Broadsword. In Torna ~ The Golden Country, it is Mythra's weapon.

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Overview[edit]

The Aegis Sword is a balanced weapon focused on attack power, boasting Auto-Attack values on the higher end of weapons (especially among those not exclusive to DLC). It has a slightly-below-average Critical hit rate, block rate, and stability.

The Driver Arts of the Aegis Sword are mostly physical, with the exception of Rolling Smash which is Ether-based. They have medium damage ratios, aggro draw and cooldown, and relatively fast animations. The Arts' special effects provide a mixture of positional damage, aggro reduction, and HP Potion healing, with Anchor Shot inflicting Topple.

Strategy[edit]

In Xenoblade Chronicles 2, the four Driver Arts available to Rex with this weapon are relatively well-balanced in their capabilities. The standout is Anchor Shot, an excellent Topple which is inflicted in under a second (although the Art's animation lasts somewhat longer, making it more difficult for Rex to capitalise immediately). Anchor Shot also causes the enemy to drop HP potions, which can be useful as an emergency source of healing; for these reasons, it is wise to always have it as one of Rex's available Arts with the weapon. The other three Arts are all damage-oriented, although Rolling Smash provides additional utility with reducing aggro and AOE. Sword Bash and Double Spinning Edge are directly comparable: the former has a much faster animation (especially when cancelled out of using Arts Chain), less cooldown, and a stronger conditional effect, while the latter does more damage and its conditional damage is easier to fulfil. It also deals two hits, either of which may activate on-hit effects like Lightspeed Flurry. On the whole, however, Sword Bash is more effective, in particular with regards to building the Special gauge quickly. This is true at all levels of play but in particular in postgame, where various effects make up for the Lightspeed Flurry deficit. Therefore, the optimal loadout for most strategies is to use Anchor Shot, Rolling Smash, and Sword Bash.

When using the above Driver Arts with Pyra or Pneuma (at maximum Art level and Affinity) and with 1.0 Arts recharge per second from Pouch Items, it is possible to cancel Sword Bash -> Anchor Shot -> Rolling Smash -> Sword Bash -> Anchor Shot -> Sword Bash using Arts Chain without the need to auto-attack in between. This is enough to charge the Special Gauge to level III from empty. The process is even faster with Mythra, as Sword Bash's animation is substantially shorter than the others; 6 flurried Sword Bashes in a row takes significantly less time than the above sequence. Should Sword Bash fail to crit, pressing another art button at almost the same time will ensure that the chain is preserved by canceling into something else.

The base critical hit rate of the Aegis Sword is not incredible, especially among attack-focused weapons, but both Pyra and Mythra perform particularly well with higher crit rates (due to Flaming Edge and Lightspeed Flurry respectively). Therefore, focusing on Core Chips that provide a higher crit rate may be more effective than focusing on auto-attack or block rate. The best such chip for postgame is the Moon Matter Chip. Pneuma is unaffected by equipped Core Chips; her weapon is instead fixed as being the Tertiary Sword.

Driver Arts[edit]

Art Driver Effect
XC2 driver art icon type 6 range 1 overlay 6.png Rolling Smash XC2 character icon Rex.png Rex AOE / Aggro down
XC2 driver art icon react 2 range 0 overlay 5.png Anchor Shot XC2 character icon Rex.png Rex HP Potion
XC2 driver art icon type 1 range 0 overlay 2.png Double Spinning Edge XC2 character icon Rex.png Rex Side attack↑
XC2 driver art icon type 3 range 0 overlay 1.png Sword Bash XC2 character icon Rex.png Rex Back attack↑

Core Chip effects[edit]

Name Appearance Base damage Stability Crit rate Block rate Effect
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Accelerator Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 811 10% 15% 9% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Adamant Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 424 13% 24% 3% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Agarthan Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 524 11% 11% 10% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Ancient Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 370 11% 11% 10% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Battle Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 179 6% 6% 15% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Blessed Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 394 16% 9% 8% Increases Luck by 50.
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Breaker Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 188 8% 16% 8% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Cavalry Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 150 11% 14% 9% Increases Agility by 50.
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Ceramic Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 416 10% 17% 13% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Clockwork Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 266 6% 11% 10% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Custom Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 231 8% 8% 19% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Delta Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 522 8% 11% 12% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Duelist's Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 204 11% 12% 10% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Eater of Souls XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 891 15% 23% 5% Restores 8% HP of damage dealt after a successful auto-attack.
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Elder Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 352 8% 6% 18% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Energy Edge XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 445 10% 15% 7% Increases Strength by 50.
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Eternal Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 665 5% 14% 10% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Final Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 608 3% 9% 16% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Flatform Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 71 8% 11% 10% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Godspeed Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 570 10% 14% 7% Adds a 25% chance of attacking again after a successful auto-attack.
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Guardian's Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 136 12% 12% 8% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Holy Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 445 7% 8% 14% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Insect Slayer XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 724 10% 14% 11% Increases damage dealt to insects by 50%.
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png King of Sharks XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 800 10% 4% 21% Increases damage dealt to aquatic organisms by 50%.
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Knight's Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 124 10% 15% 10% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Legendary Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 833 15% 11% 9% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Machine Slayer XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 795 8% 8% 18% Increases damage dealt to machines by 50%.
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Mechanized Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 399 5% 6% 16% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Meteorite Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 908 10% 19% 8% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Mutinous Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 577 18% 29% 2% Counters attacks with 150% physical damage.
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Orichalcum Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 850 12% 14% 8% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Ornate Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 714 10% 15% 8% Increases the enemy gold drop rate by 50%.
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Paladin's Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 482 9% 12% 7% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Plain Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 26 8% 11% 10% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Primitive Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 20 8% 11% 10% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Saintslayer Brand XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 825 20% 24% 3% Increases damage dealt to Titans by 50%.
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Satellite Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 865 3% 15% 23% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Shooting Star XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 900 2% 20% 15% Counters attacks with 50% ether damage.
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Sigma Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 538 14% 25% 3% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Snare Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 680 5% 8% 22% Increases the enemy item drop rate by 50%.
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Sword of Banishing XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 874 18% 30% 2% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Sword of Chaos XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 612 13% 17% 4% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Sword of Despair XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 560 10% 14% 8% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Sword of Eden XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 489 15% 14% 8% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Sword of El Dorado XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 479 9% 6% 18% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Sword of Origin XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 627 9% 21% 8% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Sword of Thanatos XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 856 10% 15% 22% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Sword of Valor XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 454 13% 19% 5% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Sword of the Dingo XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 49 13% 19% 8% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Sword of the Fox XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 38 13% 19% 8% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Sword of the Jackal XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 753 15% 19% 5% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Sword of the Jaguar XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 335 11% 16% 6% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Sword of the Lycaon XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 96 13% 19% 8% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Sword of the Lynx XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 284 9% 12% 12% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Sword of the Puma XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 305 15% 23% 3% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Technical Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 240 12% 18% 8% Increases Dexterity by 50.
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Tertiary Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 1,298 10% 23% 25% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Turbine Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 424 8% 11% 13% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Valkyrie's Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 794 12% 17% 8% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Wootz Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 411 8% 11% 11% none
XC2 weapon icon Aegis Sword.png Zephyr Sword XC2 weapon thumbnail wp010101.png 763 9% 12% 20% Increases damage dealt to aerial creatures by 50%.

In other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
United Kingdom flag.svg English Aegis Sword
Japan flag.svg Japanese 聖杯の剣 Sword of the Holy Grail
France flag.svg French Épée de l'Aegis Sword of the Aegis
Germany flag.svg German Aegisschwert Aegis sword
Spain flag.svg Spanish Espada de la Égida Sword of the Aegis
Italy flag.svg Italian Spada Aegis Aegis Sword
China flag.svg Chinese (simplified) 圣杯之剑
Taiwan flag.svg Chinese (traditional) 聖杯之劍
South Korea flag.svg Korean 성배의 검

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