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Blade (XC2)

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Blades are a species in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Torna ~ The Golden Country. They are awakened from Core Crystals by Drivers.

Appearance[edit]

Blades vary greatly in appearance. Most of them, known as "Common" Blades, resemble blue-skinned humanoids wearing white and dark grey armour, with glowing blue lines across their body and a round blue Core Crystal on their chest. Some Common Blades are quadrupedal beasts, shaped more like a feline predator; these have their Core Crystal on the top of their head instead. There are also unique Blades known as "Rare" or "Legendary" Blades. These have entirely unique and distinct designs, appearing as a wide array of different colours and species. Even among the Rare and Legendary Blades, they all have a blue Core Crystal on their chest, with very few exceptions (e.g. Pyra's crystal is green, and Dromarch's is on his chest instead of his head like other beast-forms).

Characteristics[edit]

Blades begin their existence as nothing but their Core Crystal. In order to take form and awaken, a potential Driver must resonate with the crystal. The awakened Blade provides their Driver with additional abilities and a summonable weapon. Each Blade can only be attached to one Driver at a time, while Drivers can have multiple Blades at once.

Blades fight alongside their Drivers in combat, waiting for an opportunity to use powerful special attacks. It is generally futile to attack a Blade, as they possess a universal barrier ability and heal very quickly from most injuries. However, Blades can be exhausted if forced to do too much too quickly, hence why they defer to their Driver most of the time. In addition, a Blade's Core Crystal is a weak point. If the crystal is damaged or fragmented, their healing abilities are compromised, and if the crystal is sufficiently damaged the Blade can be killed outright.

If their Driver dies, the Blade instantly reverts back to an inert Core Crystal. Such a crystal turns a dull black, and the Blade cannot be reawakened. After some time, the crystal will regain its glow, and the Blade can be reawakened by another Driver. When reawakened, the Blade retains its personality, but loses all memories of its previous awakening - some Blades try to leave notes and diaries behind for their future selves, but this is rarely successful. Over the span of centuries of reawakening, Blades can become Titans, which produce new Core Crystals, continuing the life cycle.

In Torna ~ The Golden Country, it is revealed that the strategy of a Driver sharing the Blade's weapon between them both is a relatively recent invention. Prior to this, it was normal for a Driver and their Blade to fight with their own, separate weapons. The idea of sharing a Blade's weapon was created by Lora and Jin, mostly because they only had one sword between them. Addam became intrigued by the idea, and from there it spread to become the standard.

Unusual types of Blades[edit]

Some Blades have distinct origins or powers.

  • An Aegis is an especially powerful Blade said to be created by the Architect.
  • A Flesh Eater is a Blade that has absorbed human cells by some means, which grants additional powers and drawbacks.
  • A Blade Eater is a human that has all or part of a Core Crystal implanted within them, which grants them several properties of being a Blade.
  • An Artificial Blade is essentially a robot that behaves as a Blade, allowing them to be paired with someone that lacks a Driver's aptitude.

Gameplay[edit]

In battle[edit]

When the game starts, Drivers can only have one Blade equipped at once. After unlocking the ability to awaken more, they are now able to engage two at once. At the start of Chapter 4, each driver can have up to three Blades engaged at once. The player can swap between Blades mid-fight, but only after a certain cooldown. Although Blades are not controlled directly, they determine the Driver's weapon type, and with that its Driver Arts. Through using Driver Arts, Blades can activate their individual Specials needed for Blade Combos. Blades also each have their own Blade Arts, which grant special effects when triggered in battle, and Battle Skills, which are passive buffs. Blades' Specials, Blade Arts, and Battle Skills can be upgraded through a Blade's Affinity Chart.

Blades come in three different roles, Attacker, Healer, and Tank. These roles determine the Class of the Driver. Blades also come with their own individual modifiers affecting their Drivers' stats. The stats and abilities of Blades can be customized through the usage of Aux Cores and Core Chips.

Each Blade is associated with one of eight different elements, affecting their Specials and role in Blade Combos.

In the field[edit]

In the field, Blades can use their Field Skills to execute actions, such as increasing the amount of collectibles dropped by Collection Points, create help reaching new locations to explore, as well as many other actions that can progress quests, such as interrogating someone or following tracks.

Any Blades not engaged to its Driver can be sent on Merc Missions via the Merc Group, which helps in its growth and awards various rewards.

Any Blades not engaged to its Driver or sent on a Merc Mission has a random chance to be found as an NPC in Garfont Village.

Notable Blades[edit]

Rare Blades[edit]

Main article: Rare Blade

List of Blade enemies[edit]

Main game[edit]

Enemy Area Level
Akhos Tantal 43
Amalthus World Tree 68
Brighid Gormott 10
Criminal Praxis Mor Ardain 35
Herald Unbound Spirit Crucible Elpys 61
Jin Cliffs of Morytha 54
Jin Cliffs of Morytha 54
Jin Tantal 46
Jin Temperantia 40
Jin World Tree 66
Malos Cliffs of Morytha 52
Malos Cliffs of Morytha 56
Malos Cliffs of Morytha 56
Mediator Theory Leftheria 48
Mikhail Tantal 44
Patroka Tantal 42
Piratical Praxis Gormott 33
Plunderous Theory Gormott 33

Torna ~ The Golden Country[edit]

Enemy Area Level
Brighid Gormott 14
Malos Kingdom of Torna 40
Malos Kingdom of Torna 50
Malos Kingdom of Torna 50
Mythra Kingdom of Torna 10

Challenge Battle Mode[edit]

Enemy Challenge Battle Level
Bomber Dolmes Think of the Soldiers 35
Elma Elma Redux 65
Elma Otherworldly Fighter 60
Ghost Elma Elma Redux 65
Ghost Elma Otherworldly Fighter 60
Jin Serious Showdown 64
Malos Serious Showdown 64

In other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
United Kingdom flag.svg English Blade
Japan flag.svg Japanese ブレイド Blade
France flag.svg French Lame Blade
Germany flag.svg German Klinge Blade
Spain flag.svg Spanish Blade
Italy flag.svg Italian Gladius
China flag.svg Chinese (simplified) 异刃 Different blade
Taiwan flag.svg Chinese (traditional) 神劍 Divine Sword
South Korea flag.svg Korean 블레이드 Blade

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