Starting a new game is always difficult, and a game like Xenoblade requires quite an in-depth knowledge of the genre to be good at it. This Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Starter Tips guide will get you started on the path of acquiring that knowledge so that you can understand all of the basics of the game before you move on to some of the more advanced stuff.
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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Starter Tips
In this Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Starter Tips Guide, we will first give you a very basic overview of the game and what you need to do before giving you some Tips and Tricks on how to be a better player of the game.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Beginners Guide – Starter Tips
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Tips and Tricks
As stated before, the game can be very difficult to pick up regardless of whether you have played a Xenoblade game before or not. The main character this time is Rex and his Titan is Gramps. You will meet many other characters such as Nia, Tora, and Poppi. Everyone has a blade which they use to perform magic. In the game, you are on a journey to Elysium and have to fight your way towards it.
Speaking of fighting, you can see your health bar in the upper left of the screen and the enemy’s in the middle. Your abilities are visible to the bottom right of the screen. Lock on to an enemy by pressing R and use A to initiate combat. You will automatically attack them until you give a command otherwise.
Each attack builds up your abilities and you can use those abilities when they are fully charged. Successfully landing your abilities charge the ability meter on the right which can be used to perform your Special ability, which will deal extra damage based on a quick time event.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 General Tips and Tricks
Travel to previously visited points by going to the menu and choosing the Skip Travel option. You are not told of the rewards of your quests so keep that in mind before you dedicate a lot of your resources to side quests. The characters option in the menu can be used to accessorize and customize your blades. You can upgrade the abilities (Driver Arts) of any of your Characters in the characters menu option.
You can permanently boost your stats if you go to the Affinity Chart option in the Characters Menu and spend Affinity points gained through battle. Go to the Pouch Setup in Characters section to get temporary boosts by consuming items. Consumables can be bought from the food merchants in most towns. Initiate fight by locking on to an enemy with R and then pressing A to attack them with your equipped weapon.
You can lock on to an enemy and then press D to lure it away from a group using a rock. It is difficult and takes time, but running away from an enemy may be your best option in certain scenarios. Try to explore the gorgeous areas of the game and do the quests which you find fun or fight some random monsters. You can also get some good rewards this way. Try to find the best time to use your Arts (abilities) as they are only available for you after a certain amount of time and wasting them instantly may not be the best option.
Try to unlock as many blades as you can as they give you a different way to utilize your characters and unlock the path for a whole new different play style. Remember to Power Up your blades as well to boost them and make them more useful by attaching items for protection and damage. Watch the Cutscenes as they will allow you to understand the story on a deeper level.
Occasionally, you will be able to start Heart to Heart conversations with characters if an icon of two hands shaking appears over them. These conversations will increase their affinity and give you some useful background of the story.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Collection Points and Town Dev Level
Before we finish the guide, it is important to know about the Collection Points spread across the world. Your characters can mine those points (They have a shovel symbol over them) to find items which can be used or sold for profit. They can be sold to the various different merchants found in the towns.
While we are on the subject of merchants in the town, you can actually buy items for cheaper if you increase your party’s Town Development Level. This can be increased individually for each town through acts such as trading and helping the local villagers. This Level can help you with various different things, so try to increase your Town Dev Level if you can.
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