UPDATE: Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Highlights Nopon Archsage & Challenge Battles Launching This Week; New Clip & Screenshots

The official Xenoblade Chronicles PR Twitter account has shared a new clip introducing Xenoblade Chronicles 3’s incoming Challenge Battles feature.

UPDATE: Wave 2 of the Expansion Pass is now available.

Located at the Llyn Nyddwr Camp within Ribbi Flats of the Fornis Region, the party can access a portal leading them to the Nopon Archsage. Veterans should be familiar with the name of this character since they preside over the Challenge Battles.

In case you forgot, this content is set to be part of the title’s Wave 2 of DLC, releasing on October 13, 2022. Swimsuit outfits, the new hero Ino, and the Noponic Champion Class will also be included in this forthcoming content drop. It is worth noting that Ino is only recruitable once players reach Chapter 3.

Thanks to fansite Perfectly Nintendo for translating information about the portal location leading to the Challenge Battles.

New screenshots depicting the party encountering the portal leading to the Challenge Battles were shared, viewable via our gallery below:

The Twitter account also shared new official swimsuit images, viewable via our gallery below. They are stated to be Challenge Battle rewards.

You can view the clip showcasing the cast meeting the Nopon Archsage below:

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.

The narrative ties 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 this title’s premise.

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.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is now available for Nintendo Switch.


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