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"Bravery (XC2)" redirects here. For the boat in Xenoblade Chronicles 3, see Bravery (XC3).

Idea stats are a set of stats in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Each Driver (whether they are a "normal" Driver or not) has four idea stats: Bravery, Truth, Compassion, and Justice. Increased idea stats increase the damage of corresponding elemental attacks and make the Driver more likely to pull Rare Blades of the same elements.

Idea stats are not in Torna ~ The Golden Country; they technically exist internally, but are modified to have no gameplay effect.


Each idea stat corresponds to a pair of the eight elements, indicated by the colour of their icon:

  • XC2 thought icon Bravery.png Bravery corresponds to fire and water.
  • XC2 thought icon Truth.png Truth corresponds to wind and ice.
  • XC2 thought icon Compassion.png Compassion corresponds to earth and lightning.
  • XC2 thought icon Justice.png Justice corresponds to light and dark.

The four stats are represented together in a Thought Cloud, a radar chart visible in the Character menu for the Driver and on the Blade Bonding screen.

Each stat varies from level 0 to level 10, although a Driver may have a nonzero default value. Boosters can be used when resonating with a Core Crystal to raise idea levels up to 15 for a single Core Crystal pull.


When a playable character inflicts damage with an elemental attribute, the damage is increased by an independent multiplier of (1 + 0.05 * IdeaLevel), thereby +5% damage per level.

When resonating with a Core Crystal, a Driver's idea stats influence the chance of summoning a Rare Blade. In the absence of boosters, whichever of the the Driver's idea levels are highest increases their chance of pulling a rare Blade with one of the corresponding two elements. Ties are broken by randomly selecting one idea from among those that are the Driver's highest.

If one or more Bravery Boosters, Truth Boosters, Compassion Boosters, or Justice Boosters are used, then the corresponding idea level increases by the number of respective boosters used, for this summon only. Moreover, using a booster causes the corresponding idea stat to be the one which increases Rare Blade likelihood, even if it is not the Driver's highest.

In either case, the chance of resonating with any Rare Blades of the affected elements is multiplied by (1 + 0.05 * IdeaLevel) (a +5% increase per level), to a maximum of x1.75 with an idea level of 15 (the natural limit of 10 plus 5 from boosters).

Raising idea stats[edit]

Idea stats are raised via obtaining Idea Points. The number of points required to reach each level is as follows:

Level Points (per level) Points (cumulative)
1 500 500
2 1500 2000
3 3000 5000
4 5500 10500
5 10000 20500
6 17000 37500
7 27000 64500
8 41000 105500
9 60000 165500
10 84000 249500

Defeating enemies[edit]

When the party defeats an enemy, all Drivers at most 5 levels above the enemy earn idea points for a random idea stat: 1 point for regular enemies, 3 points for unique monsters, and 6 points for bosses.

The Fishy Fishy Deeds, Reedirait Deeds, and Talmye Deeds each increase the above values by one; therefore, with all three deeds, 4 points are obtained for regular enemies, 6 for unique monsters, and 9 for bosses.

The idea stat the points are granted to from defeating enemies is random, but not uniformly so. Each relevant character has a varying probability for each stat.

Character Bravery Truth Compassion Justice
Rex 20% 40% 20% 20%
Nia 20% 20% 20% 40%
Zeke 20% 20% 40% 20%
Tora 40% 20% 20% 20%
Vandham 25% 25% 25% 25%
Mòrag 40% 40% 10% 10%
Jin[note 1] 10% 10% 40% 40%
Malos 25% 25% 25% 25%
  1. Applies to all three instances of playable/party member Jin.

Unlocking Affinity Chart nodes[edit]

When a node (including a Key Affinity node) is unlocked on a Blade's Affinity Chart, a certain number of idea points are awarded (between 100 and 800). The type of idea point granted is dependent upon the node; it is not limited to that corresponding to the Blade's element. The number of idea points granted is dependent upon how the Key Affinity Condition level of the node (equivalently the Trust required to unlock it):

Level (Trust) Rare or Legendary Blade Common Blade (Key Affinity) Common Blade (ordinary node)
1 (E rank) 100 0 0
2 (D rank) 200 200 150
3 (C rank) 300 300 225
4 (B rank) 500 300 375
5 (A rank) 800 500 500

Trust is granted to the Driver with whom the Blade is bonded. Master Driver does not override this, but Overdrive Protocols do.

Blades which can be freely equipped to any Driver (Poppibuster, Shulk, Fiora, and Elma) give points to whoever has equipped them at the time of the node unlocking. If no Driver has currently equipped them (e.g. due to the node being unlocked during a Merc Mission), all Drivers in the party (including Tora) receive the points.


Tora cannot bond with Blades normally, and therefore will not receive nearly as many idea points from affinity chart nodes. As an ad hoc compensation for this, certain items are available to him via the Archsage's Orderly Noponstone Exchange in the Land of Challenge. The following items are offered for 1 Noponstone each:

These can be used by going into the Characters menu, scrolling to Tora via ZL/ZR, and pressing Y. Each grants 1000 points to the corresponding idea stat.


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In other languages[edit]


Language Name Meaning
United Kingdom flag.svg English Idea
Japan flag.svg Japanese イデア Idea
France flag.svg French Vertus
Germany flag.svg German Tugend
Spain flag.svg Spanish Virtud
Italy flag.svg Italian Virtus
China flag.svg Chinese (simplified) 心相 Heart perception
Taiwan flag.svg Chinese (traditional) 心相 Heart perception
South Korea flag.svg Korean 이데아


Language Name Meaning
United Kingdom flag.svg English Bravery
Japan flag.svg Japanese 勇気 (ゆうき) Courage
France flag.svg French Bravoure
Germany flag.svg German Mut
Spain flag.svg Spanish Valentía
Italy flag.svg Italian Coraggio
China flag.svg Chinese (simplified) 勇气 Courage
Taiwan flag.svg Chinese (traditional) 勇氣 Courage
South Korea flag.svg Korean 용기


Language Name Meaning
United Kingdom flag.svg English Truth
Japan flag.svg Japanese 誠実 (せいじつ) Sincerity
France flag.svg French Sincérité
Germany flag.svg German Aufrichtigkeit
Spain flag.svg Spanish Lealtad
Italy flag.svg Italian Lealtà
China flag.svg Chinese (simplified) 诚实 Honesty
Taiwan flag.svg Chinese (traditional) 誠實 Honesty
South Korea flag.svg Korean 성실


Language Name Meaning
United Kingdom flag.svg English Compassion
Japan flag.svg Japanese 慈悲 (じひ) Mercy
France flag.svg French Empathie
Germany flag.svg German Empathie
Spain flag.svg Spanish Compasión
Italy flag.svg Italian Pietà
China flag.svg Chinese (simplified) 慈悲 Mercy
Taiwan flag.svg Chinese (traditional) 慈悲 Mercy
South Korea flag.svg Korean 자비


Language Name Meaning
United Kingdom flag.svg English Justice
Japan flag.svg Japanese 正義 (せいぎ) Justice
France flag.svg French Intégrité
Germany flag.svg German Gerechtigkeit
Spain flag.svg Spanish Justicia
Italy flag.svg Italian Giustizia
China flag.svg Chinese (simplified) 正义 Justice
Taiwan flag.svg Chinese (traditional) 正義 Justice
South Korea flag.svg Korean 정의


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