15 things I wish I knew before starting Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Xenoblade 3's Noah uploads the latest gaming tips to his Iris.

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Xenoblade Chronicles 3 has five years in the making and it shows. Monolith Soft’s latest open-field JRPG odyssey has more systems and more to do than either previous game in the trilogy (not to mention the often overlooked Xenoblade Chronicles X). I enjoy it a ton so far. I also learn many useful lessons along the way.

Xenoblade 3 is not overly complex, but it is crammed with abstract systems that will take some time to become familiar with. And like any assembly-line grindfest, you’ll learn tons of tricks and shortcuts along the way. Below are the key lessons for anyone making their way through the earlier half of the game.

Kill every sparkling monster you find

Characters look over a cliff at a unique enemy swimming in a lake.

screenshot: Nintendo / Kotaku

Xenoblade 3 is full of monsters and some give additional rewards. Farm them whenever you can! The game explains this briefly at the beginning, but there are special enemy types that are summoned through unique visual effects centered around the level displayed above their heads. Here are the types:

  • Happy – sparkles overhead, normal difficulty, chance for better drops.
  • elite – Blue markers overhead, harder difficulty, chance for better drops and double XP and class points.
  • Unique – red marks over head, extra heavy, better drops and more bonus XP and class points.

Elite monsters can be challenging and you should level at least one or two of them to make it worth the time. Unique monsters are even harder, and you’re better off if you have a level or two stronger unless you want to risk spending 10 minutes in a fight only to end up dying.

Always choose the Nopon coins

Throughout your journey you will occasionally encounter groups of enemies fighting with a large red icon above you. You can choose which side you want to help on and get the appropriate loot in return. Always choose the site that gives you Nopon Coins as they are rare and incredibly useful.

Break, dash, stun and launch

The group brings down an enemy during combat.

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If you have never played Xenoblade Game before, the core combat combo revolves around these four things. Different special arts have different debuffs, but hitting an opponent with them in that order will incapacitate them and greatly increase damage dealt. And different than in the past Xenoblade These games allow you to switch between characters to initiate the combo yourself in case your AI allies aren’t that quick to draw.

Quit early and often

Like the two games before Xenoblade 3 encourages you to cancel attacks to deal bonus damage. It’s simple enough, but the name is a bit counterintuitive since you’re not actually canceling the attack. Instead, you enter a new one exactly when the old one hits. The most common version of this goes from auto attacks to special arts.

Use the art directly when a basic attack makes contact to use it instantly and gain a damage bonus. A small silver circle effect in the center of the screen will show you if it worked. This also allows you to pick up one special art into another. But you cannot convert an auto attack into another auto attack.

Take a break from switching to auto attack

Characters team up to defeat a giant rabbit.

screenshot: Nintendo / Kotaku

In battles, you often have to maneuver around, either to dodge an attack or because a special art requires hitting an enemy from the side or behind to maximize damage. Whenever you don’t move, you will automatically attack. However, the time between auto attacks is constant whether you move again or not. So instead of running from point A to point B in one shot in combat, pause along the way to perform a basic attack or two to keep your DPS high (this also helps fill up the master arts meter faster). .

Chain attacks are the whole ball game

In each battle, you slowly build up your chain meter. When it’s full, you can unleash a chain attack. This turn-based attack lets you choose a character’s special chain attack, use smaller attacks to build up tactical points, and then unleash the chain attack with a damage multiplier equal to the number of points you’ve earned that turn.

More points means more damage and a better chance to refresh characters who have already attacked, giving them a second or third turn. Carefully choose attacks to break, swoop, stun, and launch an enemy, and maximize your tactical points (characters of the class that match the one preparing the chain attack score more).

A menu screen shows fighters linking together during a chain attack.

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To initiate an even more powerful Ouroboros attack, use the chain attacks of two characters that can be linked back to back.

Chain attacks are also a great opportunity to heal and bolster your defenses mid-fight. Don’t be afraid to pick multiple healing arts during a chain attack, even if it means forgoing extra damage. Also, make sure to get out of Chain Attack with at least one buff, be it increased defense or significantly reduced aggro for healers.

Exaggerate if you can

Killing an enemy or boss during a chain attack triggers Overkill. Each round of damage you deal after death adds a percentage multiplier that increases the experience you gain from combat. In boss fights, that can be a big deal. Usually this means saving your second chain attack before the boss’s health bar is depleted. Performing a large chain attack gives you a chance to gain 400 percent more XP from combat.

Always increase character classes

A menu screen shows that Noah has a D rank in the Ogre character class.

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Once you have the ability to switch classes, you can have any character play almost any role. Initially, character classes cap at level 10. Once a character reaches this cap, they earn no additional class points. Make sure you switch them to a new class so they keep growing.

Prioritize the classes in which the characters are best

Not all characters can level every class at the same rate. Just like in real life, different fighters have different natural abilities. Be sure to stick with the classes a character is best suited for early on so they can level them up as quickly as possible. This allows them to unlock new master arts and passive abilities faster. Once you hit the third grade cap, you can experiment more with undermining roles.

Get new recipes

A nopon lays down some hard facts about the art of cooking.

screenshot: Nintendo / Kotaku

Hot meals bring important time-limited bonuses such as bonus XP and gold or better item drop rates. Make sure to eat at each colony’s canteen to learn new recipes, which you can then cook up with your own ingredients whenever you’d like when you get back to camp.

Visit older colonies often

Every time you advance Xenoblade 3‘s story there is an opportunity to open new quests, NPC talks or other side content. Check back often to make sure you’ve started the latest missions. The destination symbols are added to your map and you can then complete them wherever is most convenient on your larger journeys. Some of the quests also focus on lower level areas and it can feel like a waste of time to revisit them once you’ve progressed too far in the story.

Hold R and L to take nice screenshots

The main characters of Xenoblade 3 run through a field with a large mountain and clouds in the background.

screenshot: Nintendo / Kotaku

Monolith Soft has managed to do quite a lot with the aging Switch hardware, and there are some very nice vistas in its sprawling sci-fi world. But if you’re just taking screenshots with the dedicated console button, ugly UI elements will get in your way. Holding down the right and left shoulder buttons will also take a screenshot, but will automatically remove the entire UI.

Don’t be afraid to turn on pathfinding

The terrain a Xenoblade 3 is full of surprising curves, steep inclines and cliffs. If you want to reach your destination without getting lost, turn on the recommended path by holding ZL and pressing Y to “Show Quest Route”. This will activate a glowing red path leading to your next quest objective. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work for self-placed target markers.

Fast travel is your friend

A noppon advocates liberal use of fast travel.

screenshot: Nintendo / Kotaku

Almost every time you discover a new part of the world, you have the option to fast travel there by selecting this icon on the map. Xenoblade 3The levels of are vast and if you fight everything on the way you will advance at a snail’s pace. Don’t be afraid to hop around to quickly complete side objectives or explore random dead ends without wasting time backtracking unnecessarily.

That’s auto combat

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is a super long game. Make yourself comfortable every now and then. If you train them well, your party will be able to win most battles on their own. Press the select button during battle to put your character on autopilot.

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