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Blade Combo

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Blade Combos are a mechanic in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Torna ~ The Golden Country that stack extra damage and effects on enemies when certain sequences of Specials are used.

Overview[edit]

When a Special is first used on a foe, a level 1 Blade Combo is applied to that enemy. The element of the combo matches that of the Blade that used the Special. If another Special is then used that fills the requirements of the combo continuing, the level 1 combo is replaced with a level 2 combo. This can be continued to create a level 3 combo, at which point the process resets. Each step in the combo applies an additional package of damage based on the damage dealt by the Special, and depending on the combo's element and stage, might also apply a reaction or damage-over-time effect.

There are two requirements for a Special to advance a combo: it must be of a correct element, and its level must exceed the level of the current combo. If these requirements are not met, the combo remains unchanged. For example:

  • A level 1 Special will not advance a level 1 combo. The next Special must be level 2 or higher.
  • An ice Special will not advance a water combo. There are no water combo steps for which ice is a valid next step.

There is no advantage or disadvantage to using an over-levelled Special; a level 4 Special will still only move a level 1 combo to a level 2 combo, and a level 3 Special can still advance it from there.

Successfully executing a level 3 combo has two effects.

  • It applies an elemental orb to the enemy, which makes them resistant to further attacks of that element, discouraging the repeated use of the same combo. Chain Attacks can be used to destroy these orbs for extra damage.
  • It activates a Seal, which prevents all enemies in the fight from using a certain mechanic based on the last element in the combo. Only the most recently-applied seal will be active; multiple seals cannot be active at once.

If the player has a Blade they can switch to to continue a combo, their icon will flash if they are not active. Female Drivers (and sometimes Tora) will actively switch to Blades that will continue combos, attempting to avoid duplication with other Drivers; male Drivers can do this but will prefer to switch for Driver Combos instead.

If a party member has a Blade active that is the correct element to begin or continue a combo, a "request" will appear onscreen to notify the player: at the bottom for the controlled member, on the left for the second member, and on the right for the third member. This takes the form of the Driver's icon, the name of what the combo would become, and the button to press for that member. A number of white orbs circles around the icon based on the level of the Special the Driver currently has available (e.g. two orbs if their level 2 special is ready), allowing strategization based on whether they are likely to charge the necessary level in time. The player can press the corresponding button at any time to make that person use their Special, but the button prompt only appears if doing so will successfully continue the combo.

List of Blade Combos[edit]

Tree[edit]

XC2 element icon Fire.png
Heat
XC2 element icon Fire.png
Burnout
XC2 element icon Fire.png
Mega Explosion
XC2 element icon Light.png
Nuclear Blast
XC2 element icon Water.png
Steam Bomb
XC2 element icon Fire.png
Steam Explosion
XC2 element icon Ice.png
Diamond Mist
XC2 element icon Water.png
Aqua
XC2 element icon Water.png
Venom Water
XC2 element icon Dark.png
Dark Tide
XC2 element icon Water.png
Splash Hazard
XC2 element icon Earth.png
Pandemic
XC2 element icon Wind.png
Final Disaster
XC2 element icon Wind.png
Wind
XC2 element icon Ice.png
Ice Wind
XC2 element icon Ice.png
Frost Typhoon
XC2 element icon Wind.png
Cyclone
XC2 element icon Electric.png
Thunder Gale
XC2 element icon Earth.png
Sandstorm
XC2 element icon Earth.png
Stone
XC2 element icon Fire.png
Volcano
XC2 element icon Earth.png
Mega Eruption
XC2 element icon Wind.png
Volcanic Storm
XC2 element icon Earth.png
Gaia Crash
XC2 element icon Electric.png
Lightning Quake
XC2 element icon Electric.png
Volt
XC2 element icon Electric.png
1,000,000 Volt
XC2 element icon Water.png
Electrolysis
XC2 element icon Fire.png
Flame Bolt
XC2 element icon Wind.png
Electrofire Storm
XC2 element icon Ice.png
Ultimate Aurora
XC2 element icon Ice.png
Ice
XC2 element icon Ice.png
Freeze
XC2 element icon Earth.png
Permafrost Crash
XC2 element icon Dark.png
Gravity Blizzard
XC2 element icon Water.png
Cold Snap
XC2 element icon Wind.png
Dead of Winter
XC2 element icon Light.png
Photon
XC2 element icon Light.png
Gamma Ray
XC2 element icon Light.png
Supernova
XC2 element icon Water.png
Ruinous Weather
XC2 element icon Electric.png
Lightning Bolt
XC2 element icon Fire.png
Second Sun
XC2 element icon Dark.png
Gravity
XC2 element icon Dark.png
Black Abyss
XC2 element icon Dark.png
Hyper Graviton
XC2 element icon Earth.png
Meteorite
XC2 element icon Light.png
Ray of Light
XC2 element icon Electric.png
Heaven's Bolt

Steps[edit]

Additional technical information can be found at the provided links.

Combo Element Level Damage Damage (from enemies) Reaction
Heat XC2 element icon Fire.png Fire I 38%, plus 6% every 1.5s 3.8%, plus 0.6% every 1.5s None
Aqua XC2 element icon Water.png Water I 38%, plus 6% every 1.5s 3.8%, plus 0.6% every 1.5s None
Wind XC2 element icon Wind.png Wind I 150% 15.0% None
Stone XC2 element icon Earth.png Earth I 150% 15.0% None
Volt XC2 element icon Electric.png Electric I 38%, plus 6% every 1.5s 3.8%, plus 0.6% every 1.5s None
Ice XC2 element icon Ice.png Ice I 38%, plus 6% every 1.5s 3.8%, plus 0.6% every 1.5s None
Photon XC2 element icon Light.png Light I 38%, plus 6% every 1.5s 3.8%, plus 0.6% every 1.5s None
Gravity XC2 element icon Dark.png Dark I 38%, plus 6% every 1.5s 3.8%, plus 0.6% every 1.5s None
Burnout XC2 element icon Fire.png Fire II 50%, plus 8% every 1.5s 6.3%, plus 1.0% every 1.5s None
Flame Bolt XC2 element icon Fire.png Fire II 225% 30.0% None
Volcano XC2 element icon Fire.png Fire II 63%, plus 10% every 1.5s 8.8%, plus 1.4% every 1.5s None
Cold Snap XC2 element icon Water.png Water II 203% 27.0% None
Steam Bomb XC2 element icon Water.png Water II 51%, plus 8% every 1.5s 6.8%, plus 1.1% every 1.5s None
Venom Water XC2 element icon Water.png Water II 50%, plus 8% every 1.5s 6.3%, plus 1.0% every 1.5s None
Cyclone XC2 element icon Wind.png Wind II 170% 21.3% Knockback (level 5)
Gaia Crash XC2 element icon Earth.png Earth II 180% 22.5% None
Pandemic XC2 element icon Earth.png Earth II 51%, plus 8% every 1.5s 6.8%, plus 1.1% every 1.5s None
1,000,000 Volt XC2 element icon Electric.png Electric II 200% 25.0% None
Lightning Bolt XC2 element icon Electric.png Electric II 225% 30.0% None
Freeze XC2 element icon Ice.png Ice II 50%, plus 8% every 1.5s 6.3%, plus 1.0% every 1.5s None
Ice Wind XC2 element icon Ice.png Ice II 225% 30.0% None
Gamma Ray XC2 element icon Light.png Light II 180% 22.5% None
Ray of Light XC2 element icon Light.png Light II 225% 30.0% None
Black Abyss XC2 element icon Dark.png Dark II 180% 22.5% None
Mega Explosion XC2 element icon Fire.png Fire III 250% 35.0% None
Second Sun XC2 element icon Fire.png Fire III 255% 38.3% Blowdown (level 2)
Steam Explosion XC2 element icon Fire.png Fire III 234% 34.0% Blowdown (level 5)
Electrolysis XC2 element icon Water.png Water III 248% 36.0% None
Ruinous Weather XC2 element icon Water.png Water III 248% 36.0% None
Splash Hazard XC2 element icon Water.png Water III 225% 31.5% None
Dead of Winter XC2 element icon Wind.png Wind III 255% 38.3% Knockback (level 1)
Electrofire Storm XC2 element icon Wind.png Wind III 255% 38.3% Blowdown (level 5)
Final Disaster XC2 element icon Wind.png Wind III 270% 40.5% None
Volcanic Storm XC2 element icon Wind.png Wind III 255% 38.3% Blowdown (level 2)
Mega Eruption XC2 element icon Earth.png Earth III 270% 40.5% None
Meteorite XC2 element icon Earth.png Earth III 234% 34.0% Blowdown (level 4)
Permafrost Crash XC2 element icon Earth.png Earth III 261% 38.0% Blowdown (level 2)
Sandstorm XC2 element icon Earth.png Earth III 234% 34.0% Knockback (level 4)
Heaven's Bolt XC2 element icon Electric.png Electric III 270% 40.5% None
Lightning Quake XC2 element icon Electric.png Electric III 248% 36.0% None
Thunder Gale XC2 element icon Electric.png Electric III 234% 34.0% Blowdown (level 3)
Diamond Mist XC2 element icon Ice.png Ice III 270% 40.5% None
Frost Typhoon XC2 element icon Ice.png Ice III 275% 40.0% None
Ultimate Aurora XC2 element icon Ice.png Ice III 300% 45.0% None
Nuclear Blast XC2 element icon Light.png Light III 261% 38.0% Blowdown (level 2)
Supernova XC2 element icon Light.png Light III 250% 35.0% None
Dark Tide XC2 element icon Dark.png Dark III 275% 40.0% None
Gravity Blizzard XC2 element icon Dark.png Dark III 275% 40.0% None
Hyper Graviton XC2 element icon Dark.png Dark III 250% 35.0% None

In Torna ~ The Golden Country[edit]

Blade Combos are significantly simpler in Torna ~ The Golden Country.

  • Every step of a combo applies an elemental orb, not just the level 3 step.
  • A combo progresses even if the elements used do not match. Most named combos from the base game are still available, now known as Critical Routes. For example, using a level 2 dark Special on top of a level 1 combo will advance the combo to Black Abyss if the level 1 combo matches, and Gravity II otherwise. "Generic III" finishers do not come with a cutscene.

List of basic combo steps[edit]

Combo Element Level Damage Damage (from enemies) Reaction
Heat XC2 element icon Fire.png Fire I 38%, plus 6% every 1.5s 3.8%, plus 0.6% every 1.5s None
Aqua XC2 element icon Water.png Water I 38%, plus 6% every 1.5s 3.8%, plus 0.6% every 1.5s None
Wind XC2 element icon Wind.png Wind I 150% 15.0% None
Stone XC2 element icon Earth.png Earth I 150% 15.0% None
Volt XC2 element icon Electric.png Electric I 38%, plus 6% every 1.5s 3.8%, plus 0.6% every 1.5s None
Ice XC2 element icon Ice.png Ice I 38%, plus 6% every 1.5s 3.8%, plus 0.6% every 1.5s None
Photon XC2 element icon Light.png Light I 38%, plus 6% every 1.5s 3.8%, plus 0.6% every 1.5s None
Gravity XC2 element icon Dark.png Dark I 38%, plus 6% every 1.5s 3.8%, plus 0.6% every 1.5s None
Heat II XC2 element icon Fire.png Fire II 44%, plus 7% every 1.5s 5.0%, plus 0.8% every 1.5s None
Aqua II XC2 element icon Water.png Water II 44%, plus 7% every 1.5s 5.0%, plus 0.8% every 1.5s None
Wind II XC2 element icon Wind.png Wind II 175% 20.0% None
Stone II XC2 element icon Earth.png Earth II 175% 20.0% None
Volt II XC2 element icon Electric.png Electric II 44%, plus 7% every 1.5s 5.0%, plus 0.8% every 1.5s None
Ice II XC2 element icon Ice.png Ice II 44%, plus 7% every 1.5s 5.0%, plus 0.8% every 1.5s None
Photon II XC2 element icon Light.png Light II 44%, plus 7% every 1.5s 5.0%, plus 0.8% every 1.5s None
Gravity II XC2 element icon Dark.png Dark II 44%, plus 7% every 1.5s 5.0%, plus 0.8% every 1.5s None
Heat III XC2 element icon Fire.png Fire III 200% 25.0% None
Aqua III XC2 element icon Water.png Water III 200% 25.0% None
Wind III XC2 element icon Wind.png Wind III 200% 25.0% None
Stone III XC2 element icon Earth.png Earth III 200% 25.0% None
Volt III XC2 element icon Electric.png Electric III 200% 25.0% None
Ice III XC2 element icon Ice.png Ice III 200% 25.0% None
Photon III XC2 element icon Light.png Light III 200% 25.0% None
Gravity III XC2 element icon Dark.png Dark III 200% 25.0% None

List of Critical Routes[edit]

XC2 element icon Fire.png
Heat
XC2 element icon Fire.png
Burnout
XC2 element icon Light.png
Nuclear Blast
XC2 element icon Water.png
Steam Bomb
XC2 element icon Fire.png
Steam Explosion
XC2 element icon Water.png
Aqua
XC2 element icon Water.png
Venom Water
XC2 element icon Water.png
Splash Hazard
XC2 element icon Earth.png
Pandemic
XC2 element icon Wind.png
Final Disaster
XC2 element icon Wind.png
Wind
XC2 element icon Ice.png
Ice Wind
XC2 element icon Ice.png
Frost Typhoon
XC2 element icon Wind.png
Cyclone
XC2 element icon Earth.png
Sandstorm
XC2 element icon Earth.png
Stone
XC2 element icon Fire.png
Volcano
XC2 element icon Earth.png
Mega Eruption
XC2 element icon Earth.png
Gaia Crash
XC2 element icon Electric.png
Lightning Quake
XC2 element icon Electric.png
Volt
XC2 element icon Electric.png
1,000,000 Volt
XC2 element icon Water.png
Electrolysis
XC2 element icon Fire.png
Flame Bolt
XC2 element icon Ice.png
Ultimate Aurora
XC2 element icon Ice.png
Ice
XC2 element icon Ice.png
Freeze
XC2 element icon Dark.png
Gravity Blizzard
XC2 element icon Water.png
Cold Snap
XC2 element icon Wind.png
Dead of Winter
XC2 element icon Light.png
Photon
XC2 element icon Light.png
Gamma Ray
XC2 element icon Light.png
Supernova
XC2 element icon Electric.png
Lightning Bolt
XC2 element icon Fire.png
Second Sun
XC2 element icon Dark.png
Gravity
XC2 element icon Dark.png
Black Abyss
XC2 element icon Dark.png
Hyper Graviton
XC2 element icon Light.png
Ray of Light
XC2 element icon Electric.png
Heaven's Bolt
Combo Element Level Damage Damage (from enemies) Reaction
Burnout XC2 element icon Fire.png Fire II 50%, plus 8% every 1.5s 6.3%, plus 1.0% every 1.5s None
Flame Bolt XC2 element icon Fire.png Fire II 225% 30.0% None
Volcano XC2 element icon Fire.png Fire II 63%, plus 10% every 1.5s 8.8%, plus 1.4% every 1.5s None
Cold Snap XC2 element icon Water.png Water II 203% 27.0% None
Steam Bomb XC2 element icon Water.png Water II 51%, plus 8% every 1.5s 6.8%, plus 1.1% every 1.5s None
Venom Water XC2 element icon Water.png Water II 50%, plus 8% every 1.5s 6.3%, plus 1.0% every 1.5s None
Cyclone XC2 element icon Wind.png Wind II 170% 21.3% Knockback (level 5)
Gaia Crash XC2 element icon Earth.png Earth II 180% 22.5% None
Pandemic XC2 element icon Earth.png Earth II 51%, plus 8% every 1.5s 6.8%, plus 1.1% every 1.5s None
1,000,000 Volt XC2 element icon Electric.png Electric II 200% 25.0% None
Lightning Bolt XC2 element icon Electric.png Electric II 225% 30.0% None
Freeze XC2 element icon Ice.png Ice II 50%, plus 8% every 1.5s 6.3%, plus 1.0% every 1.5s None
Ice Wind XC2 element icon Ice.png Ice II 225% 30.0% None
Gamma Ray XC2 element icon Light.png Light II 180% 22.5% None
Ray of Light XC2 element icon Light.png Light II 225% 30.0% None
Black Abyss XC2 element icon Dark.png Dark II 180% 22.5% None
Second Sun XC2 element icon Fire.png Fire III 255% 38.3% Blowdown (level 2)
Steam Explosion XC2 element icon Fire.png Fire III 234% 34.0% Blowdown (level 5)
Electrolysis XC2 element icon Water.png Water III 248% 36.0% None
Splash Hazard XC2 element icon Water.png Water III 225% 31.5% None
Dead of Winter XC2 element icon Wind.png Wind III 255% 38.3% Knockback (level 1)
Final Disaster XC2 element icon Wind.png Wind III 270% 40.5% None
Mega Eruption XC2 element icon Earth.png Earth III 270% 40.5% None
Sandstorm XC2 element icon Earth.png Earth III 234% 34.0% Knockback (level 4)
Heaven's Bolt XC2 element icon Electric.png Electric III 270% 40.5% None
Lightning Quake XC2 element icon Electric.png Electric III 248% 36.0% None
Frost Typhoon XC2 element icon Ice.png Ice III 275% 40.0% None
Ultimate Aurora XC2 element icon Ice.png Ice III 300% 45.0% None
Nuclear Blast XC2 element icon Light.png Light III 261% 38.0% Blowdown (level 2)
Supernova XC2 element icon Light.png Light III 250% 35.0% None
Gravity Blizzard XC2 element icon Dark.png Dark III 275% 40.0% None
Hyper Graviton XC2 element icon Dark.png Dark III 250% 35.0% None

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