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For other articles titled "Affinity", see Affinity (disambiguation).
Not to be confused with Affinity Chart (XC2).
The Affinity thread between Driver and Blade

Affinity is a mechanic in the combat of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Torna ~ The Golden Country. It represents how well a Driver and Blade are working together while fighting, and is shown by a visible ether line running between the Blade and Driver. At no affinity, the line does not appear. When affinity is low, the line is faint and deeper blue; when it is higher, the line is light blue; and when it is at maximum, the line is bright gold.

Affinity affects a large number of different aspects of combat; when affinity is high, the Driver-Blade pair's capabilities are increased, and vice versa. Affinity is generally raised by doing well in combat; as such, it generally determines the momentum of a fight. When party affinity is high, the fight is going well and will likely continue to go well; when it is low, the fight is generally going poorly and the party may struggle to turn it around.

Overview[edit]

Affinity is internally parametrised by a value from 0 to 1000, with 0 being minimum affinity and 1000 being maximum. This 0-1000 range is split into 7 partitions when calculating the effects of the current affinity value on the capabilities of the Driver and Blade. The initial value at the start of battle depends on the Blade's personality; it generally varies between 350 and 600, although this value can be increased using effects such as Hunter's Chemistry.

The functional and visual effects of maximum and minimum affinity persist to an extent. When maximum affinity (1000) is reached, the effects of maximum affinity begin, and they remain even if affinity drops slightly; affinity must be reduced below 800 to lose the effects. The same is true for minimum affinity; if affinity reaches 0, the effects of minimum affinity remain until it is brought above 199.

The Driver and Blade may call out certain voice lines when reaching certain affinity levels. Upon reaching maximum affinity, the Blade has a special animation; if affinity drops to 0, they have an (interruptible) flinching animation.

Effects[edit]

Affinity affects the probability of Blade Art activation, the damage of Specials (aside from level IV Specials), the rate of critical hits (as an independent multiplier), the Driver/Vanguard's movement speed, and the cooldown of Driver Arts/Vanguard Arts.

Affinity range Blade Art probability I-III Special damage Crit rate Movement speed Driver Art recharge rate
1000 (max) +20% +25% +30% +0% +25%
800-999 +10% +15% +20% -10% +15%
600-799 +5% +10% +10% -20% +10%
400-599 +0% +0% +0% -30% +0%
200-399 -5% -10% -10% -40% +0%
1-199 -10% -20% -20% -50% +0%
0 (min) -100% -25% -100% -50% -10%

Maximum affinity benefits[edit]

In addition to the above benefits, several discrete beneficial effects occur at maximum affinity:

  • The level of all Driver Arts/Vanguard Arts and Specials is increased by 1, typically increasing their damage ratio and possibly reducing their base cooldown. This is the only way to use Driver Arts and Specials at level 6 (if they were at level 5 beforehand).
  • Level IV Specials can be charged over time, by building the Special gauge to level III, keeping the Driver and Blade close to one another (such that the visual affinity link does not break), and not using Driver Arts or Blade Switches.
  • Several effects (primarily those of Aux Cores and Battle Skills) are conditional upon the Driver and Blade being at maximum affinity.
  • Ending a battle with maximum affinity increases the trust of the relevant Blade(s) by 10. This can be increased using the Heart Compass and the Telepathic Bell.

Minimum affinity detriments[edit]

At minimum affinity, in addition to the effects listed above, several interactions between the Driver and Blade are disabled:

  • The Special gauge drops to 0 and cannot be increased.
  • Block rate reduces to 0.
  • Damage dealt is halved.
  • Damage taken is increased by 50%.

Raising and lowering affinity[edit]

A number of events mid-combat may increase or decrease affinity. Some such events change only the affinity of the relevant Driver-Blade pair; others change the affinity of all Driver-Blade pairs currently active in the party. In all cases, only the Blades currently on the field are affected.

The amount of affinity gained/lost varies depending upon the trust of the Blade; higher trust often corresponds to greater affinity gains and lesser affinity losses. Affinity gains and losses are also affected by a Blade's personality (see below), and losses are decreased by certain Pouch Items (particularly Textiles).

Besides the following global triggers, many enhancement effects (e.g. that of the Cheer Treat) may increase affinity gained or lost in certain situations, or directly grant it in others.

Events which raise Affinity[edit]

Action Trust Affected Driver
E D C B A S S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8 S9 S+
Enemy defeated 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 All
Party member lands a critical hit 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 Single
Special used 24 24 25 25 26 26 27 27 27 28 28 28 29 29 29 31 All
Enemy attack blocked or missed[rn 1] 8 10 11 11 12 12 13 13 13 14 14 14 15 15 15 16 Single
Ether line visible between Driver and Blade (increases every second) 10 10 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 12 12 12 13 13 13 14 Single
Target enemy's elemental weakness with a Driver Art 8 8 9 9 10 10 11 11 11 12 12 12 13 13 13 15 Single
Driver Art used 16 16 17 17 18 18 19 19 19 20 20 20 21 21 21 23 Single
Stage 3 Blade Combo inflicted on enemy 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 All
Smash inflicted on enemy 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 All
"GOOD!" button challenge 12 12 13 13 14 14 15 15 15 16 16 16 17 17 17 18 All
"COOL!" button challenge 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 All
"EXCELLENT!" button challenge 28 30 32 34 36 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 All
  1. Evasion, e.g. due to Driver Arts such as Azure II: Judgment, does not count.

Events which lower Affinity[edit]

Action Trust Affected Driver
E D C B A S S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8 S9 S+
Enemy lands a critical hit -10 -9 -8 -7 -6 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 Single
Enemy dodges an attack -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 Single
Enemy targets party member's elemental weakness -10 -9 -8 -7 -6 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 Single
Enemy blocks an attack -10 -9 -8 -7 -6 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 Single
Driver incapacitated[ln 1] -400 -400 -400 -400 -400 -400 -400 -400 -400 -400 -400 -400 -400 -400 -400 -400 Single
Ether line broken between Driver and Blade (every second) -30 -29 -28 -27 -26 -25 -20 -20 -20 -20 -20 -20 -20 -20 -20 -20 Single
Blade Combo stage inflicted on party member -40 -38 -36 -34 -32 -30 -30 -30 -30 -30 -30 -30 -30 -30 -30 -30 All
Reaction inflicted on party member -25 -23 -21 -19 -17 -15 -15 -15 -15 -15 -15 -15 -15 -15 -15 -15 All
Affinity Down inflicted Varies based on level of effect (see Affinity Down page for details) Single
  1. Affinity will not drop to 0 due to incapacitation, it will only be lowered to 1.

Personality[edit]

A Blade's personality in main-game Xenoblade Chronicles 2 determines the default amount of affinity they start with in each battle (which can be further modified by effects such as that of Hunter's Chemistry and Shoulder to Shoulder), and modifies how much affinity is gained and/or lost via the events given above. In Torna ~ The Golden Country, these values are determined by the personality of the character in the Rear Guard.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Blade Starting affinity Affinity gain modifier Affinity loss modifier
Adenine 500 ±0% ±0%
Aegaeon 400 ±0% -10%
Agate 450 ±0% ±0%
Akhos 400 ±0% ±0%
Azami 550 +12% -12%
Boreas 400 +5% -5%
Brighid 450 ±0% -10%
Corvin 500 ±0% -20%
Cressidus 400 +10% +20%
Crossette 600 +10% +20%
Dagas (strong) 500 ±0% +10%
Dagas (weak) 500 ±0% +10%
Dahlia 500 +5% ±0%
Dromarch 450 ±0% ±0%
Electra 400 +10% +20%
Elma 550 +5% -10%
Finch 400 ±0% -10%
Fiora 600 +5% +10%
Floren 450 ±0% ±0%
Godfrey 500 ±0% ±0%
Gorg 450 ±0% ±0%
Herald 400 ±0% -20%
Kasandra 400 +5% ±0%
Kora 400 +12% +24%
KOS-MOS 600 +5% -10%
Mikhail 400 +10% -10%
Mythra 500 +10% +20%
Newt 400 +10% ±0%
Catalyst 500 +5% -5%
Nim 400 ±0% ±0%
Obrona 400 +5% +10%
Pandoria 500 +5% +10%
Patroka 400 ±0% -20%
Perceval 400 -10% -10%
Perdido 400 -10% -10%
Perun 450 +5% -5%
Pneuma 750 +100% -100%
Poppi QT 450 +5% +10%
Poppi QTπ 550 ±0% ±0%
Poppi α 450 -10% -10%
Poppibuster 550 +5% -5%
Praxis 500 ±0% ±0%
Pyra 500 ±0% ±0%
Roc 400 +5% ±0%
Sever 400 ±0% -10%
Sever (chapter 1) 400 ±0% -10%
Sheba 500 +5% ±0%
Shulk 500 ±0% -10%
T-elos 500 ±0% -15%
Theory 400 -10% -20%
Ursula 400 ±0% +5%
Vale 400 +10% +20%
Vess 400 ±0% -10%
Wulfric 400 -10% -20%
Zenobia 450 +8% -10%
Torna ~ The Golden Country
Character Starting affinity Affinity gain modifier Affinity loss modifier
Addam 550 +5% -5%
Aegaeon 400 ±0% -10%
Brighid 450 ±0% -10%
Haze 500 +5% +10%
Hugo 500 ±0% ±0%
Jin 450 ±0% -20%
Lora 600 +10% -10%
Minoth 450 -10% -10%
Mythra 500 +10% +20%

As the personality of a common Blade is randomly determined, they have varying battle start affinities and affinity modifiers. The personality of a common Blade also determines the voice they use; as such, their voicelines can be used to identify the personality, and thus the starting affinity and modifiers.

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Regional effects[edit]

Affinity cannot be raised to its maximum level in certain regions. Specifically, it is capped at 900 in the Spirit Crucible Elpys between the Bone Road and the Grave Robbers' Haunt, and at 700 below the Grave Robbers' Haunt. This does not apply to Artificial Blades (the Poppi forms and Poppibuster) or to Challenge Battle Mode cameo characters (Shulk, Fiora, and Elma), who may raise Affinity to the maximum of 1000 in all locations.

Strategy[edit]

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In other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
United Kingdom flag.svg English Affinity
Japan flag.svg Japanese キズナ Bond
France flag.svg French Entente
Germany flag.svg German Harmonie
Spain flag.svg Spanish Afinidad
Italy flag.svg Italian Intesa
China flag.svg Chinese (simplified) 牵绊 Relationship ties
Taiwan flag.svg Chinese (traditional) 牽絆 Relationship ties
South Korea flag.svg Korean 인연 Relationship

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Tutorials[edit]

Xenoblade Chronicles 2[edit]

Torna ~ The Golden Country[edit]