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Elma
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Species Human
Gender Female
Age 29
Designer Kunihiko Tanaka
Japanese VA Houko Kuwashima
English VA Caitlin Glass
Appearances Xenoblade Chronicles X
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
This article is about Elma in general. For gameplay information, see Elma/Gameplay (XCX) and Elma/Gameplay (XC2).

Elma (エルマ) is a main playable character in Xenoblade Chronicles X. She serves as the central protagonist of the story. She is a team leader of BLADE—her main responsibility is to recover the Lifehold.

Appearance and personality[edit]

Elma is a human with shoulder-length white hair, blue eyes, and dark skin. Her outfit consists of armored clothings of which is mostly red with some hints of black, white, and purple.

Elma's true form is as a xenoform. In this form, she has long crystal-like purple-white hair, purple eyes, pointed ears and white skin. Her armor is mostly black with transparent mesh and some gold and silver accents. On her forehead are small purple horn-like structures.

Elma is a capable leader who tries to protect humanity at all cost. She has a tendency to be serious while at work. She is well-respected by her peers and has even developed a good reputation among the citizens of New Los Angeles. She tries to be inclusive of everyone, inviting various xenoforms to the city. Outside of work, she acts friendly and caring towards other. At the same time, she has built up a wall around her and seems to harbor secrets about her past. She rarely divulges to anyone about certain aspects of her past, indicating that she has been traumatized by whatever happened to her.

Story arc[edit]

Elma received intel that a war between the Samaar Federation and the Ghosts would take place on Earth. She set out on a mission to save mankind, so she arrived on their planet in the early to mid-2020s to warn them. After convincing the Coalition government that the threat was real, they established the Earthlife Colonization Project. Elma provided them various alien technologies which led to the creation of Skells, light-speed travel, and mimeosomes. During her time on Earth, she grew attached to the peoples and cultures. She also seemingly developed strong feelings for a certain guy from a country known for their cherry blossom trees.

The war had begun in July 2054 AD, and so Elma boarded the White Whale to escape Earth. After two years wandering in space, the Ghosts had caught up with them and assaulted the ark ship. Both Elma and the guy that she admired used a tandem Skell to ward off the invasion. During the attack, the unnamed hero ejected Elma out of the Skell, presumably to save her. The hero and the Ghosts seemingly vanished during all of the chaos. As a result of the attack, the White Whale's flight system was shut down causing it to crash-land into a nearby planet known as Mira. As a team leader of BLADE, Elma was tasked with finding crash survivors on Mira.

Two months after the crash, she found Cross asleep inside a stasis chamber south of New Los Angeles. Upon awakening them, she discovers that they do not have any recollection of past events. She hands them a weapon to defend themselves against the Miran wildlife. After a quick battle against a lurking predator, she recognized their potential and encourages them to join BLADE. She guides Cross back to New Los Angeles. They bump into BLADE's most talented Skell mechanic named Lin, who introduces herself as a team member of Elma's crew. The three take a quick tour of the city, before eventually meeting up with Secretary Nagi. Elma and Nagi give a brief recap on BLADE's role on Mira; finding the Lifehold that was splintered away from the White Whale during the crash.

Elma takes in Cross to become the third member of her unit. After Cross is given a training assignment to become a BLADE, Elma and Lin bring them outside of the city's walls to install a data probe. They take down a Tyrant that had been wreaking havoc to the area surrounding the designated probe installation site. Upon completing their task, they return to their base in the city to meet up with Nagi and Commander Vandham. Cross is officially established as a member of BLADE.

Elma's crew accept a mission to find a team who went missing. Using the missing team's last known location, they travel to eastern Primordia to investigate. Upon arrival at the location of the signal, they are confronted by a group of new xenoform who appear to be able to speak their language. Elma attempted to settle through diplomatic means, but she quickly learns that Nelson's team was murdered by Glennar and his squadron. Elma's team engages in combat against Glennar and defeats him.

As the team makes their way back to New Los Angeles to report their findings, they stumble upon a Nopon named Tatsu who was locked inside a crate, to which they free him out. They learn from Tatsu that the beings that they recently encountered are known as the Prone. They also find out that the Prone and other hostile alien races recently arrived on Mira and thus are not native to the planet. Tatsu joins the party serving as a source of information on Mira and the various xenoforms.

A new signal from the Lifehold was detected in the direction of Noctilum. Elma and her crew travel there to investigate. They meet up with Lao Huang, who decides to aid the team with their mission.

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Lore[edit]

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As a party member[edit]

Xenoblade Chronicles X[edit]

Main article: Elma/Gameplay (XCX)

Xenoblade Chronicles 2[edit]

Main article: Elma/Gameplay (XC2)

As an NPC[edit]

Elma can be found at a random location in Garfont Village after Rex takes over the Merc Group, provided she is not equipped to her Driver or sent on a Merc Mission. The specific locations she may be found at are listed here.

Dialogue[edit]

Elma
So this is where your troops rest between assignments?
It reminds me of the BLADE barracks back home... I quite like it here.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Elma appears as a Spirit. She has the Grab type and the Ace class, and comes with two support slots with a power of 2981 at base level and 8986 at max level.

Elma is obtainable through the Spirit Board, where she is represented by Bayonetta (referencing Elma's choice of dual guns) in her fifth costume (referencing her silver hair and red outfit) on the Final Destination version of Gaur Plain with the BGM Xenoblade Chronicles Medley. In this fight, she comes equipped with a Killing Edge and her melee weapons will have increased power. Occasionally, she will temporarily become invincible (referencing Arts like Ghost Factory which grant the ability to dodge attacks).

As an enemy[edit]

Elma is fought as an enemy in Challenge Battle Mode in the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass. She is first fought in Otherworldly Fighter, then a harder version can be fought in Elma: Redux.

In other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
United Kingdom flag.svg English Elma
Japan flag.svg Japanese エルマ Elma
France flag.svg French Elma
Germany flag.svg German Elma
Spain flag.svg Spanish Elma
Italy flag.svg Italian Elma
China flag.svg Chinese (simplified) 艾尔玛
Taiwan flag.svg Chinese (traditional) 艾爾瑪
South Korea flag.svg Korean 엘마

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Xenoblade Chronicles X[edit]

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2[edit]