An almighty crash heralded the sudden arrival of the Bionis and the Mechonis to this world, for the two titans were locked in a timeless battle...
The sound of their clashing blades rang out, shaking the sea bed and sending ripples through the air.
As the duel reached its climax, the titans poured their remaining strength into one last slash of their great swords. Both struck forth with immeasurable power...
Once the dust had settled, only their corpses remained.
Eons passed, and signs of life finally began appearing upon the corpse of the titan Bionis.
People born of the Bionis will return to the Bionis.
Now, the Bionis's enormous body, covered in lush plains as far as the eye can see, is home to a developed civilization, which gives thanks to the titan for providing them with such a natural bounty.
Life on Bionis was not destined to flourish forever, however.
One day, an enormous horde of mechanical life forms from the titan Mechonis launched a sudden and all-out attack on the inhabitants of Bionis.
These overwhelmingly powerful entities, known only as the 'Mechon,' overwhelmed and devoured the inhabitants. Before long, the entire surface of Bionis was overrun.
The Homs' only remaining hope is a legendary sword, said to be a gift from the titan itself.
Its blade is imbued with a curious power that allows it to effortlessly slice through Mechon armor.
Unfortunately, whosoever wields the sword must endure a great toll on their body, and only one has ever been able to wield it: Dunban, Hero of the Homs.
The Monado...I hope I can figure out thesecret of its power one day.
Race: Homs | Gender: Male | Age: 18 | Height: 171cm
A handsome young man and a budding scientist. He and Reyn set out to destroy the Mechon that attacked their home colony.
I'm coming along as well.I'd feel better going with you boys thansitting at home worrying about you.
Race: Homs | Gender: Female | Age: 18 | Height: 160cm
A caring and energetic young woman. Fiora is a childhood friend of Shulk's, and feels a certain affection towards him. She is Dunban's younger sister.
We may die if we take a stand here.But staying gives us the chanceto change our destinies.
Race: Homs | Gender: Male | Age: 30 | Height: 180cm
Hero of the Homs, who once felled countless Mechon with the Monado. Currently recuperating from injuries received in the battle fought one year ago.
OK, I got it. I'll make you a promise.Shulk won't even get a scratch.
Race: Homs | Gender: Male | Age: 18 | Height: 190cm
A member of the Colony 9 Defence Force and Shulk's childhood friend. Optimistic and hard-working, though sometimes hot-headed and overly emotional.
If you do not grasp the importance of loved onesuntil after they are gone...That is simply too late.
Race: High Entia | Gender: Female | Age: ?? | Height: 156cm
A young member of the High Entia race that have built a vast civilization on the head of Bionis. She specializes in using ether attacks.
New Hom Hom friends!Meet this year's legendary Heropon, Riki!Riki live to serve!
Race: Nopon | Gender: Male | Age: ?? | Height: 60cm
A member of the Nopon village tucked away in the forest on the Bionis's back, he is also their Heropon. He acts and speaks just like a child, but therein lies a secret...
Move freely throughreal-time battles and unleash powerful arts.The battles of Xenoblade Chronicles combine action game-style attacks and turn-based tactics.
Your character will encounter various monsters as they travel around the game world. Target a monster and instruct your character to attack it in order to commence battle with that monster.
Each monster has its own traits and characteristics. Some will attack you as soon as they see you, others will only attack when you are endangering members of their herd.
You are free to move around during battles, and focusing on your position relative to the enemy will be important. As soon as you are within range to attack the enemy, the character you're controlling will auto-attack the enemy.
Pick your moment during battle to perform special actions known as Arts. (Once an Art has been used, it must cool down. It cannot be used again until its cooldown period is finished.)
Each character has a range of different Arts that they are able to perform. Some Arts have special effects when used at a certain point in battle, from a set direction, or in combination with another character's actions.
Effectively combining such actions will help swing battles in your favor.
Your party is made up of a maximum of three people. The party members you aren't controlling will decide how to act for themselves, based on the battle situation.
Communicating with your party and increasing your affinity, displayed as the Party Gauge in the top-left of the screen, will give you an advantage in battle.
Increasing party affinity allows you to perform powerful Chain Attacks with the other party members. You can also give simple commands to your party members, directing them to concentrate their attacks on a certain enemy, for example.
*Affinity is displayed as the Party Gauge which appears at the top-left of the screen.
When the enemy's HP reaches zero, the battle is over. You will receive experience that lets you level up and points that you can use to customize your abilities.
Check any treasure chests that appear for items or equipment. Sometimes they contain things of real value!
Defeating enemies will earn you XP and so on. Items can also be obtained from dropped treasure chests.
Each character can equip different types of weapons. Some excel at close combat whereas others specialize in long-range attacks. You will need different battle tactics for each character depending on their equipment and personality. The player can change which character they control at any time using the menu. (The player-controlled character cannot be changed during battles.)
The Monado is a weapon imbued with special powers that set it apart from other weapons in the game. As Shulk gradually becomes aware of its power, powerful moves with special effects, known as Monado Arts, become available for you to use.
Mechon's tough armor means they are impervious to damage unless a special attack that harnesses the Monado's power is used. The character who wields the Monado releases its power, sharing it with members of the party. This enables all party members' attacks to cause damage to Mechon.
Some of the monsters you'll encounter while travelling around the game world are unique monsters with individual names. Unique monsters drop items that are more valuable than those dropped by ordinary monsters when defeated.
You'll encounter powerful unique monsters right from the beginning of the story. Don't take them on until you are ready. Bide your time and build up your powers before challenging them.
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