- This article is about the first game in the series. For the series, see Xenoblade Chronicles (series).
Xenoblade Chronicles boxart
|Released|| June 10, 2010|
August 19, 2011
September 1, 2011
April 6, 2012
Xenoblade Chronicles (ゼノブレイド, Xenoblade) is a role-playing video game developed by Monolith Soft and published by Nintendo. It was released in 2010 in Japan, in 2011 in Europe and in 2012 in North America for the Nintendo Wii. In 2015, the game was ported to the New Nintendo 3DS as Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. An enhanced remake of the game was also released in 2020 for the Nintendo Switch as Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition.
- 1 Playable characters
- 2 Plot
- 3 Gameplay
- 4 Other releases
- 5 Gallery
Main playable characters
Battle of Sword Valley
One year before the events of Xenoblade Chronicles, a battle between the Homs and the Mechon was fought in Sword Valley. Dunban was the only person who could control the Monado, a mysterious sword found fourteen years prior to the battle. Together with hist old friends Dickson and Mumkhar, they repelled the Mechon, but Mumkhar betrayed the Homs and Dunban lost control of the Monado and was badly injured.
One year after the Battle of Sword Valley, the Mechon attack the Homs settlement Colony 9 on the foot of the Bionis. Dunban tries to fight the Mechon with the Monado again, but he fails. Instead, Shulk, a scientist studying the Monado, takes control and not only is able to control it, but also sees Visions of the future. Together with Reyn, they fight the Mechon. However, a unique Mechon that is known as Metal Face appears and cannot be harmed even with the Monado. Fiora, Dunban's sister and Shulk's and Reyn's childhood friend, is attempting to attack it and gets attacked by Metal Face. He slices his blades into her. After the Mechon retreat together with Fiora's body, Shulk and Reyn swore revenge on the Mechon and began their journey to the upper regions of the Bionis.
When the party reaches the Bionis' Leg, they find a boy named Juju and same him from angry Arduns. He tells them that Colony 6 was attacked by the Mechon too and leads them to the Refugee Camp where they meet Sharla, Juju's big sister. She tells them that his fiancé Gadolt was taken by the Mechon. After they realize that Juju disappeared in the next morning, they go together to find him. They find him being attacked by Xord, another faced mechon. The party was unable to kill him and he fled together with Juju.
The party reached the Ether Mine below Colony 6 where they meet Otharon, a survivor of Colony 6. Shulk sees a vision that it seems that he is unable to save Juju and Otharom. On the bottom of the mine, they fight Xord and Otharon survived, sowing Shulk that he is able to change the future. They take the freight elevator up where they get attacked by Xord one more time. After he finally dies and reach the outside, they are surrounded by many faced Mechon including Metal Face. Dunban and Dickson come to help, but the Mechon only retreat when a Telethia showed up. Shulk gets a series of many visions where he sees Prison Island, making that bhis next destination.
After Otharon, Dickson and Juju left the party in Satorl Marsh and going up through the Bionis' Interior, the party reaches Makna Forest. They find a girl named [[[Melia]] unconscious after a battle with a Telethia. Sharla sends Shulk to a shore near the Great Makna Falls toi find Ether Crystals. There, he meets Alvis who teaches him that Telethia has the ability to read people's minds. He takes the Monado and shows Shulk how to defeat a Telethia that attacks them. Shulk asks him who he is and why he is able to control the Monado, but when Reyn appears, Alvis disappears. Men they return, Sharla manages to heal Melia and she leads them towards Eryth Sea. When they reach Frontier Village, a place inhabited by the Nopon, Melia asks Chief Dunga to take Shulk and the others to Eryth Sea. She explains that she has unfinished business with the Telethia that injured her and killer her companions. Shulk decides to help her and defeat it deep in the forest.
The party reaches Eryth Sea. They find Alcamoth, the capital of the High Entia that Melia belongs to, floating in the sky above the sea, together with Prison Island. In Alcamoth, Melia goes ahead and the rest gets arrested by soldiers because of the Monado.
- See also: Xenoblade Chronicles (series)#Gameplay
Up to three characters can be in the party at once. They periodically use Auto-attacks to deal some damage and fill up the Talent Gauge. Filling it up allows the player to use its Talent Art. Up to eight other Battle Arts are available to the player at once. Once used, they enter a cooldown phaseand the player has to wait until the art can be used again. Once the Party gauge is full, a Chain attack can be started. The Party gauge is also used for reviving incapacitated party members. If the enemy is about to unleash a strong attack, a Vision may appear. This gives the player some time to react and prepare for the attack.
Outside of battles, the player can accept quests from NPCs where enemies must be slain, items collected, or other NPCs talked to. Crystal Deposits that are located all over Bionis and Mechonis give Crystals that can be used to craft Gems. Collectables can be registered in the Collectopaedia or can be used together with materials to reconstruct Colony 6. Talking to named NPCs might create or alter links on the Affinity Chart.
The game was released digitally on the Wii U e-Shop. It is the same as the original Wii version.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D
- Main article: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D
A port of the game was released in 2015 for the New Nintendo 3DS. It added a few features like the Jukebox.
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition
- Main article: Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition
A remaster of the game was released on May 29th 2020 on the Nintendo Switch. It features many graphical improvements and most interestingly new story content in the form of Xenoblade Chronicles: Future Connected.