The official Japanese promotional account for the Xenoblade series has shared new gameplay information regarding the forthcoming Xenoblade Chronicles 3. The title will house four unique types of monsters; Normal, Elite, Unique, and Lucky. Normal types are self-explanatory, Uniques are powerful variants with individual names, and Elites are far stronger than the average foe.
As for Lucky monsters, they have the same strength as the Normal variations of foes, but they have a greater chance to drop rarer materials, so they’re always worth slaying if encountered. All of these aforementioned monster types can be identified via distinct UI markings.
Thanks to the Xenoblade fan account, Xenoblade_EN, for providing translations regarding this information, viewable via their Twitter thread below:
There are 4 categories of monsters- Normal, Elite, Unique, and Lucky. They can be distinguished through the marks in the image. Elites will be stronger than usual, and Unique Monsters are powerful monsters with two word names. Keep this in mind! #Xenoblade3 pic.twitter.com/8bdyT0mkP1
— Xenoblade Chronicles (@XenobladeEN) May 11, 2022
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 tells the story of protagonists Noah and Mio contending with a conflict between the nations of Keves, and Agnus. 6 characters will be the crux of the experience, and the broad concept of “life” will be the title’s central theme. Additional seven characters will also be available during specific moments of the journey.
The narrative for the game will tie in elements and plotlines from the future of the prior two mainline games, Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Flutes seem to play an integral role in the title’s premise. The new trailer reveals characters have a mighty Ouroboros form, which allows them to assume the form of powerful oversized entities in battle.
The summoning of this powerful new form depends on a new Interlink system. If specific conditions are met, characters can combine into this mech, and choosing well when to transform should be key to the more difficult battles. Another system revealed is a class change option, allowing players to customize their parties’ builds further than in previous games.
- View recent screenshots and the special edition.
- Learn more about Ethel.
- Learn about combative roles.
- Learn about interlinking and Ouroborus.
- Learn about the Quick Move mechanic.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is releasing for Nintendo Switch on July 29, 2022.
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