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Vandham (XC2)

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Aquila Paronet Sol Esteriole
Vandham XC2.png
Species Urayan
Gender Male
Designer Masatsugu Saito
Japanese VA Tessyo Genda
English VA Simon Thorp
Appearances Xenoblade Chronicles 2
For other articles titled "Vandham", see Vandham (disambiguation).
This article is about Vandham in general. For gameplay information, see Vandham/Gameplay (XC2).

Vandham (ヴァンダム), also known as Aquila Paronet Sol Esteriole, is a playable character in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. He is leader of the Garfont Mercenaries and Roc's Driver.

Appearance and personality[edit]

Vandham is a burly and tough man with dark skin and white hair. He appears to be a very tough kind of guy but is also very kind. He is well respected as the leader of the Garfont Mercenaries and those who are close to him.

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Story arc[edit]

Vandham is first encountered in chapter 3 when Rex's party ends up being caught by the Urayan Titan. Vandham battles with Rex's party their first encounter. He is accompanied by his trustworthy companions Yew and Zuo.

As the fight nears its end, Pyra realizes that Vandham doesn't mean any real harm. The fight is then concluded with no casualties. Vandham brings Rex's party to Garfont Village where they all regroup. Vandham learns that Rex is trying to reach Elysium and offers his help. Vandham then joins the party as a playable character onwards.

After their rest in Garfont, Vandham enlists the help of the party to investigate a "crazy energy effect" around Uraya's blowhole. While they travel up the Titan's head, they encounter an ether miasma that Vandham quickly dispels with Roc's help, and a Rampaging Ardun, which Vandham uses to teach Rex how to use his anchor to topple enemies. After a brief demonstration, and a battle against the enraged Ardun, Vandham comments on how swiftly Rex picked up the trick, lecturing him on how to be a true Driver in the process, before revealing that it took him five years to learn the trick. After the party finally arrives at the source of the energy, a deceased Titan, they are attacked by a Driver Arachno.

After the Arachno is dealt with, the party returns to Garfont to rest at the Training Ground. There, Vandham notices the peculiarity of Rex and Pyra's situation, their shared life, before they are interrupted by Akhos and Obrona. During the ensuing battle, Rex and Pyra are in difficulty against the member of Torna before Vandham steps in, disturbing the ether flow around Akhos, who decides to retreat.

After the battle, Nia decides to tell him about her former affiliation with Torna, which Vandham quickly dismisses before telling Rex about a possible lead on how to reach Elysium, an old friend of his who lives in Fonsa Myma, accompanying the party on their journey there.

Near the end of the chapter, when Pyra is kidnapped by Malos and Akhos, Vandham demonstrates to everyone how to continue ether flow despite Akhos's ether jamming blade art by intentionally stabbing himself with Roc's sickles. This gives him a fighting chance against the two while yelling to Rex to flee. Vandham is then killed by Malos and is buried in the same place the battle took place. After Vandham's death, Rex learns that Vandham wanted him to be the next leader of the Garfont Mercenaries.


  • Vandham's birth name is Aquila Paronet Sol Esteriole, and he was born into a noble Urayan family. [1]
  • Vandham got his name from a famous person he looked up to as a child. [1]
  • Vandham once had a son, who is now deceased. In post-battle conversations, Vandham mentions that both Rex and Poppi remind him of his son.[2]
  • Vandham's hobby is growing trees.[3]
  • Vandham is well known in the mercenary business with many active and retired mercenaries in Uraya praising him and his legacy.[4]

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Vandham/Gameplay (XC2)

Vandham joins the party as a playable Driver in Garfont Village. His default and only Blade is Roc, as he is unwilling to bond with any other Blades.

As an enemy[edit]

Main article: Vandham (boss)

Vandham is fought as a boss in Jebbas Cavern alongside Yew and Zuo.


In other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
United Kingdom flag.svg English Vandham
Japan flag.svg Japanese ヴァンダム Vandham
France flag.svg French Vandham
Germany flag.svg German Vandham
Spain flag.svg Spanish Vandham
Italy flag.svg Italian Vandham
China flag.svg Chinese (simplified) 凡达姆
Taiwan flag.svg Chinese (traditional) 范達美
South Korea flag.svg Korean 반담