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Corvin
Corvin.png
Driver any
Gender Male
Type Humanoid
Weapon Uchigatana
This article is about Corvin's gameplay in this specific game. For information on the character in general, see Corvin.

Corvin is a Rare Blade in Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

Overview[edit]

Corvin is a very strong evasion tank/attacker hybrid, who serves as a general jack-of-all-trades that can fit into many team compositions. Although he is listed as a tank blade, he is part of the highest critical rate tier, has some of the strongest Special damage ratios in the game, and comes with a skill that provides a 90-150% additive increase to damage at Max Affinity. This makes him one of the strongest damage dealers. Moreover, he provides a smash art to every driver, providing critical Driver Combo access to drivers that may lack a versatile smash art. His circle AoE/Evasion/Smash art on Zeke, Galactic Strike, along with his AoE Lv.1 and Lv.2 Specials, give him some of the best crowd control in the game as well.

Corvin can also function as likely the best evasion tank because of his Ictus skill, which recharges arts upon evasion. Combined with his class providing evasion arts to every driver, 100% evasion uptime is viable. His Lv3 special also provides evasion of the 4-6 next attacks. This, combined with his natural Agility mod and passive 15-25% evasion increase at Max Affinity, allow him to function as an evasion tank who can actually hold and maintain aggro.

Corvin also provides support abilities that can enrich many different playstyles. His skill Alae Custodiae provides large amounts of Party Gauge on critical hits, which when combined with Corvin's high critical rate, means that he can fill the party gauge incredibly quickly. On Easy and Normal difficulties, this combined with his powerful specials makes him a natural asset towards Chain Attack focused teams. This party gauge gain also provides a remedy to the nerfed party gauge gain on the Bringer of Chaos difficulty, and this combined with his defensive capabilities makes him one of the strongest blades on this difficulty. Moreover, his Lv.2 Special, Lacerna Noctis, is the only way to purge the Rage status from enemies, which can be invaluable for avoiding Rage Strikes and the buffs enemies get when enraged. He can even heal via his Lv.1 Special, although as healing options go this is not the most efficient.

Corvin's weapon type, Uchigatana, is a clone of the Chroma Katana weapon type, although all drivers gain a Smash art from this weapon. All drivers also get one Evasion art from this weapon type as well.

Strategy[edit]

On Easy and Normal Difficulty, Corvin provides utility on Chain Attack focused builds, due to his party gauge gaining skill Alae Custodiae, high critical rate, and strong, defense-piercing Specials. Corvin on any driver (optionally combined with an Omega Drive accessory) can gain party gauge so fast that Chain Attacks can essentially be used defensively, providing invincibility frames from any attack. However, in multi-round chain attacks his Lv.2 and 3 Specials, having many hits and high damage ratios, can do massive damage.

Corvin can be used to evade tank as well: his Ictus skill, which recharges arts upon evasion, combined with his evasion art, can provide essentially 100% evasion to any attacks. Time use of evasion arts to when enemies attack, so that the resulting evasions recharge the evasion art. This combined with Art Recharge pouch items should allow for evasion of essentially all attacks. In particular, this can be used for very effective crowd control using Zeke's AoE Evasion art Galactic Strike. In crowd fights, Galactic Strike is essentially spammable since the hits evaded from the mob of enemies will recharge the art very fast. This combined with the art's AoE and high damage ratio, especially when combined with Dagas's Kaiser Zone, can very effectively manage most mobs of enemies. Likely the most infamous use case of this is in the challenge mode battle Elma: Redux, where the continuous barrage of enemy attacks functions to recharge Galactic Strike instantly, and Galactic Strike can be spammed for the whole battle, allowing Zeke to vanquish all enemies in relative safety.

Since Corvin provides Smash arts to all drivers, and has a very short (12.5s) blade cooldown stat, he naturally fits into any driver combo loop focused team. In fact, Zeke with the correct blade setup (Adenine or Kora, Pandoria, and Corvin, all with Fast Blade Switch Aux Cores), can reliably perform three of the four driver combo stages without an Overclocking Bangle. He pairs naturally with Mythra on Rex or Shulk on Mòrag as well, allowing Rex or Morag to topple and smash enemies which another driver can break and launch. Even Nia can smash with Corvin, which she cannot do with any other Blade/Weapon type.

Corvin's powerful specials and high crit rate can also provide a reliable source of Damage over Time (DoT), which is a useful source of damage especially on the Bringer of Chaos difficulty. Corvin's relatively fast, strong, and defense-piercing Lv.2 special can be performed on a launched enemy to provide a powerful damage over time effect which can then be extended and strengthened through driver combo loops. Blades which can increase damage in this situation, such as Dagas or Crossette (who provide extra damage via their Kaiser Zone and Fireworks skills respectively), naturally pair with Corvin to provide large Damage over Time effects. This, combined with his crowd control, evasiveness, party gauge gain, and combo access, make Corvin invaluable on many teams in the Bringer of Chaos difficulty mode.

Stats[edit]

Note: Cooldown time depends on Trust.
General stats
Element Light Light
Weapon class XC2 weapon icon Uchigatana.png Uchigatana
Default weapon XC2 weapon icon Uchigatana.png Halteclere
Cooldown time 12.50s
Aux Core Slots 3
Merc Group name Hrafnagud
Stat modifiers
Physical defense +35%
Ether defense +45%
Maximum HP +0%
Strength +0%
Ether +0%
Dexterity +0%
Agility +20%
Affinity modifiers
Base affinity 500
Affinity gain ±0%
Affinity loss -20%
Favorite items
Categories XC2 item icon Drinks.png Drinks
XC2 item icon Board Games.png Board Games
Items XC2 item icon Drinks.png Twinklejuice Common
XC2 item icon Board Games.png Nopon Chess Set Common
Base rarity
Condition Blade has been released
Group 1 1%
Group 2 1%
Group 3 1%
Group 4 1%
Group 5 1%
Pity Blade

Skills[edit]

Specials[edit]

Level Name Description
XC2 menu icon level 1.png Fuga Daemonum Slash foes in the surrounding area with blades made of light.
XC2 menu icon level 2.png Lacerna Noctis Lead with a mighty cleaving blow, then follow-up with a cape swipe.
XC2 menu icon level 3.png Ex Tenebris Lux A dual-sword combo assault using the power of Durandal.
XC2 menu icon level 4.png Evello Mortem Tyrannis Let loose with a series of slashes, followed with a strike from mid-air.

Blade Arts[edit]

Name Probability Recharge Description
Recharge Boost 50% 22.5s Boosts Arts recharge from auto-attack.
Accuracy Up 75% 15s Increases accuracy.
Debuff Cancel 50% 15s Cancels debuffs from enemies.

Battle Skills[edit]

Name At level I At level V
Alae Custodiae Fills the Party Gauge by 8 for each critical hit delivered. Fills the Party Gauge by 16 for each critical hit delivered.
Ensis Lucis Increase dmg. dealt by 90% and eva. rate by 15% when Affinity is at max. Increase dmg. dealt by 150% and eva. rate by 25% when Affinity is at max.
Ictus Boosts recharge for Driver Arts by 0.5 when you evade an attack. Boosts recharge for Driver Arts by 2.5 when you evade an attack.

Field Skills[edit]

Name Description
Light Mastery The power of a Light Blade.
Forestry Knowledge related to trees.
Ancient Wisdom Knowledge of ancient civilizations. Used to decode writing, etc.

Affinity Chart[edit]

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
Key affinity condition (unlocked) Increase Trust. (x100) Increase Trust. (x700) Increase Trust. (x2,000) Increase Trust. (x4,000)
Reward text Glad to see we get on well with each other! We really have to share more stories. Oh, hey! We're pretty tight friends now, huh? We have absolute faith in each other now, right? Not just a one-way dealio?
Reward Justice XC2 thought icon Justice.png x200 Justice XC2 thought icon Justice.png x300 Justice XC2 thought icon Justice.png x500 Justice XC2 thought icon Justice.png x800
XC2 Affinity Chart icon Blade Special.png
Fuga Daemonum
Effect When landing a hit, restores 6% of damage dealt to the whole party. When landing a hit, restores 7% of damage dealt to the whole party. When landing a hit, restores 8% of damage dealt to the whole party. When landing a hit, restores 9% of damage dealt to the whole party. When landing a hit, restores 10% of damage dealt to the whole party.
Condition (unlocked) Defeat a Nomad Rhinon at Farlaine Wells in Uraya, etc. (x2)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 2.
  • After the party winds up in Uraya
Defeat a Flow Bunnit at Rigitte Harbor in Leftheria, etc. (x2)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 3.
  • After the party enters the Cloudway in Leftheria
Defeat a Grad Gogol at the Genbu Drifts in Tantal, etc. (x2)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 4.
  • After the party reaches Tantal
Defeat a Organl Griffox at the Chansagh Wastes in Mor Ardain. (x2)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 5.
  • After the party arrives in Mor Ardain
Reward text Those Nomad Rhinon were a rowdy bunch! I could make an incredible pot roast with this Flow Bunnit meat. Look forward to that! Grad Gogol... Now that's one enemy I won't be forgetting any time soon. The Organl Griffox must be breeding like Bunnits!
Reward Justice XC2 thought icon Justice.png x200 Justice XC2 thought icon Justice.png x300 Justice XC2 thought icon Justice.png x500 Justice XC2 thought icon Justice.png x800
XC2 Affinity Chart icon Blade Special.png
Lacerna Noctis
Effect On using Special, has 60% chance to purge enemy rage status. On using Special, has 70% chance to purge enemy rage status. On using Special, has 80% chance to purge enemy rage status. On using Special, has 90% chance to purge enemy rage status. On using Special, has 100% chance to purge enemy rage status.
Condition (unlocked) Defeat a Bobbile Brog at Farlaine Wells in Uraya, etc. (x2)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 2.
  • After the party winds up in Uraya
Defeat a Sloam Runner on Daram Isle in Leftheria, etc. (x2)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 3.
  • After the party enters the Cloudway in Leftheria
Defeat a Vint Griffox at the Genbu Drifts in Tantal, etc. (x2)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 4.
  • After the party reaches Tantal
Defeat a Berserker Mammut at the Chansagh Wastes in Mor Ardain. (x2)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 5.
  • After the party arrives in Mor Ardain
Reward text Bobbile Brogs are giving folk hassle, are they? Shame. Their expressions are hilarious! You know, come to think of it, how are Sloam Runners and Chituk Rapchors different, exactly? They look identical! There was no way we were leaving those Vint Griffox unchecked. Remind me never to get on a Berserker Mammut's bad side again.
Reward Justice XC2 thought icon Justice.png x200 Justice XC2 thought icon Justice.png x300 Justice XC2 thought icon Justice.png x500 Justice XC2 thought icon Justice.png x800
XC2 Affinity Chart icon Blade Special.png
Ex Tenebris Lux
Effect On Special, Driver receives afterimage, evading next 4 attack(s). On Special, Driver receives afterimage, evading next 4 attack(s). On Special, Driver receives afterimage, evading next 5 attack(s). On Special, Driver receives afterimage, evading next 5 attack(s). On Special, Driver receives afterimage, evading next 6 attack(s).
Condition (unlocked) Defeat a Massido Ardun at the Sternum Arch in Uraya, etc. (x2)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 2.
  • After the party winds up in Uraya
Defeat a Segel Ansel on Daram Isle in Leftheria, etc. (x2)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 3.
  • After the party enters the Cloudway in Leftheria
Defeat a Bland Upa at the Genbu Drifts in Tantal, etc. (x2)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 4.
  • After the party reaches Tantal
Go to Theoscaldia Palace in Tantal and complete the quest "Corvin's Approach".
Revealed
  • After chapter 8 begins
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 4.
  • After having access to Rex, Nia, Tora, Zeke, Mòrag, and Poppi QT
Reward text Poor Massido Ardun. It knew no wrong... Someday, I'll find a way to tame a Segel Ansel and fly around Alrest! Bland Upa are tenacious lil' critters. You've gotta be to live in these harsh conditions. I can tell this is going to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship!
Reward Justice XC2 thought icon Justice.png x200 Justice XC2 thought icon Justice.png x300 Justice XC2 thought icon Justice.png x500 Justice XC2 thought icon Justice.png x800
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
XC2 Affinity Chart icon Blade Skill.png
Ensis Lucis
Effect Increase dmg. dealt by 90% and eva. rate by 15% when Affinity is at max. Increase dmg. dealt by 105% and eva. rate by 17% when Affinity is at max. Increase dmg. dealt by 120% and eva. rate by 20% when Affinity is at max. Increase dmg. dealt by 135% and eva. rate by 22% when Affinity is at max. Increase dmg. dealt by 150% and eva. rate by 25% when Affinity is at max.
Condition (unlocked) Defeat a River Bunnit at the Cleansing Spring in Uraya, etc. (x2)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 2.
  • After the party winds up in Uraya
Defeat a Buma Hiln in Fonsett, Leftheria, etc. (x2)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 3.
  • After the party enters the Cloudway in Leftheria
Collect Broom Icicles in Tantal. (Previous instances count toward total.) (x10)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 4.
  • After the party reaches Tantal
Defeat a Tempest Pterix at the Chansagh Wastes in Mor Ardain. (x2)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 5.
  • After the party arrives in Mor Ardain
Reward text I reckon Pyra could make something delicious out of this River Bunnit meat! I wonder where Buma Hiln get those funny objects they carry in their beaks? I thought you might be able use a Broom Icicle as an actual broom. Alas, it was not to be... We really would have been better off letting Mor Ardain take that Tempest Pterix down with one of their gunships.
Reward Compassion XC2 thought icon Compassion.png x200 Compassion XC2 thought icon Compassion.png x300 Compassion XC2 thought icon Compassion.png x500 Compassion XC2 thought icon Compassion.png x800
XC2 Affinity Chart icon Blade Skill.png
Alae Custodiae
Effect Fills the Party Gauge by 8 for each critical hit delivered. Fills the Party Gauge by 10 for each critical hit delivered. Fills the Party Gauge by 12 for each critical hit delivered. Fills the Party Gauge by 14 for each critical hit delivered. Fills the Party Gauge by 16 for each critical hit delivered.
Condition (unlocked) Defeat a Nuruba Upa at Farlaine Wells in Uraya, etc. (x2)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 2.
  • After the party winds up in Uraya
Collect Stream Navy in Leftheria (Previous instances count toward total.) (x10)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 3.
  • After the party enters the Cloudway in Leftheria
Defeat an Arno Kapiba at the Genbu Drifts in Tantal, etc. (x2)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 4.
  • After the party reaches Tantal
Defeat a Sarabashi Ropl at the Chansagh Wastes in Mor Ardain. (x2)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 5.
  • After the party arrives in Mor Ardain
Reward text No more Nuruba Upa! Uraya should probably thank us for that. Stream Navy swim around so quickly. They kept slipping through my hands! Arno Kapiba look so warm and cozy... Whew. Sarabashi Ropl mean business!
Reward Compassion XC2 thought icon Compassion.png x200 Compassion XC2 thought icon Compassion.png x300 Compassion XC2 thought icon Compassion.png x500 Compassion XC2 thought icon Compassion.png x800
XC2 Affinity Chart icon Blade Skill.png
Ictus
Effect Boosts recharge for Driver Arts by 0.5 when you evade an attack. Boosts recharge for Driver Arts by 1 when you evade an attack. Boosts recharge for Driver Arts by 1.5 when you evade an attack. Boosts recharge for Driver Arts by 2 when you evade an attack. Boosts recharge for Driver Arts by 2.5 when you evade an attack.
Condition (unlocked) Collect Rainbow Bugs in Uraya. (Previous instances count toward total.) (x3)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 2.
  • After the party winds up in Uraya
Defeat a Yurem Puffot in Fonsett, Leftheria, etc. (x2)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 3.
  • After the party enters the Cloudway in Leftheria
Defeat a Klim Anlood at the Genbu Drifts in Tantal, etc. (x2)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 4.
  • After the party reaches Tantal
Defeat a Growsa Aspar at the Chansagh Wastes in Mor Ardain. (x2)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 5.
  • After the party arrives in Mor Ardain
Reward text I can't imagine what you'd use Rainbow Bugs for... Yurem Puffot plumage is just spectacular. Just...wow. I bet Klim Anlood are lovely and soft to the touch. Can't say I enjoy the whole skin- shedding thing Growsa Aspar do. They really make life difficult!
Reward Compassion XC2 thought icon Compassion.png x200 Compassion XC2 thought icon Compassion.png x300 Compassion XC2 thought icon Compassion.png x500 Compassion XC2 thought icon Compassion.png x800
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
XC2 Affinity Chart icon Field Skill.png
Light Mastery
Effect The power of a Light Blade.
Condition (unlocked) Hear out Elaria near Waypoint Market, Uraya. (Requires Nia.)
Revealed after the party winds up in Uraya
Hear out Kitson near Messet Point, Leftherian Archipelago. (Requires Rex.)
Revealed
  • After the party enters the Cloudway in Leftheria
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 2.
Hear out Phyllistrata near Theospiti Temple Ruins, Tantal. (Requires Zeke.)
Revealed
  • After the party reaches Tantal
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 3.
Hear out the 8th Decade Sergeant near Hardhaigh Palace, Mor Ardain. (Requires Mòrag.)
Revealed
  • After the party arrives in Mor Ardain
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 4.
Reward text Come on, Nia, there's people in need. We've gotta do our part! We could never turn down a request from Fonsett now, could we, Rex? Seems like a hard life, living in Tantal, Zeke. I'll do whatever I can to make it a little easier! Mor Ardain's future's not looking too bright, is it, Mòrag? If there's anything I can help you with, just tell me.
Reward Compassion XC2 thought icon Compassion.png x200 Compassion XC2 thought icon Compassion.png x300 Compassion XC2 thought icon Compassion.png x500 Compassion XC2 thought icon Compassion.png x800

XC2 Affinity Chart icon Field Skill.png
Forestry
Effect Knowledge related to trees.
Condition Collect Blue Ladybirds in Uraya. (Previous instances count toward total.) (x10)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 2.
  • After the party winds up in Uraya
Collect Killi-Killi Killifish in Leftheria. (Previous instances count toward total.) (x3)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 3.
  • After the party enters the Cloudway in Leftheria
Collect Nitrotoluite in Mor Ardain. (Previous instances count toward total.) (x5)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 5.
  • After the party arrives in Mor Ardain
Reward text Yeah, I think I'm pretty keen on bugs! Killi-Killi Killifish... Do I want to know what you use those for? Nitrotoluite's used to make bullets, as I recall. Useful stuff!
Reward Compassion XC2 thought icon Compassion.png x200 Compassion XC2 thought icon Compassion.png x300 Compassion XC2 thought icon Compassion.png x800
XC2 Affinity Chart icon Field Skill.png
Ancient Wisdom
Effect Knowledge of ancient civilizations. Used to decode writing, etc.
Condition (unlocked) Collect Emerald Snow in Tantal. (Previous instances count toward total.) (x5)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 4.
  • After the party reaches Tantal
Collect Sand Salmon in Mor Ardain. (Previous instances count toward total.) (x10)
Revealed
  • After increasing Corvin's Light Mastery to level 5.
  • After the party arrives in Mor Ardain
Reward text Is Emerald Snow pretty, or is it pretty?! Makes me want to start hunting for precious stones... Sand Salmon is a prized commodity to the Ardainians, you know.
Reward Compassion XC2 thought icon Compassion.png x500 Compassion XC2 thought icon Compassion.png x800

Dialogue[edit]

Main article: Corvin/Gameplay (XC2)/Dialogue

Gallery[edit]