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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Battle System Guide – Battle Driver Arts, Performing Combos, Elemental Weaknesses, Best Blades, Party Gauge Chain Attacks

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a massive game which has a lot of complexities, even for an RPG fan. The Battle System has a lot of intricacies which need to be explored to be understood. This Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Battle System Guide will tell you all of the basics of the system so that you can move on to exploring other parts of the game. You may have learned a little bit in the first few chapters but read on to expand on them.

For more help on Xenoblade Chronicles 2, you can check out our Mechanics Guide, Rare Blades Unlocks Guide, and Level Up Fast Guide.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Battle System Guide

In this Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Battle System Guide we will be scouring the Basics of Combat, Cancels, How to Take Advantages of Weaknesses, Combos and lastly, the Chain Attacks.

Understanding the Battle System of Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Basics of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Combat System

The combat is pretty similar to MMOs, your party moves around the world and defeats enemies of different levels. Hit R to target an enemy and then press ‘A’ to start combat.

Your party attacks on their own and you have to use your arts. You can switch targets using the A and Y button while holding R. Remember you can run away as well so do not be afraid to retreat.

Understanding Battle Driver Arts

The Battle Driver Arts are the main way to fight enemies in the game. They are assigned to the X, Y, and A buttons and have a cooldown.

Press the face button to use an art once it is active. Arts can also make up blade combos which we will discuss later on. You can also hit the art button when auto attacks hit the enemy to cancel and reduce the cooldown of your arts.

Best Blades

Blades are different from one another and you can explore the expansive options that you have to ensure you find the right Blade for yourself. Blades also make up your class and decide which bonuses you get so it is good if you read our guides which relate to Blades to understand how to utilize them.

You can switch Blades when in combat using the directional buttons, but they have a cooldown as well. You can also use Core Chips on blades to make them stronger.

Taking Advantage of Elemental Weaknesses

Each enemy has a weakness like your Blades. You can see the symbol which is the weakness if you look at the health bar of the enemy. Use the Blade which counters them to ensure you deal a lot more damage than usual.

How to Perform Combos

You can Chain Attacks together to pull off combos. These are quite hard to master and thus they take up a lot of your time to perfect. Driver Combos use your Driver Abilities to perform multiple attacks on the enemies.

The sequence used is often something like Break, Topple, Launch, and then Smash. You can use your Party Members to perform these combos effectively.

Apart from this, you can do Blade Combos, you can use the art that you have for each Blade which builds up slowly. You have four different levels of this combo, each doing more damage than the last.

This will also inflict the Blades elemental status on the enemy and you can utilize your Party Members to charge up their fourth art and use it with yours. It might seem difficult to learn combos, but you have to learn them to be effective against stronger opponents.

Chain Attacks Using Party Gauge

Lastly, you should remember that you can Chain attacks using your Party Gauge. When you have all three bars, you can use one of them to start the chain. Now use a Blade for each Driver in turn and play a quick time event with each of them.

These chain attacks deal massive damage and you can also make the chain last longer if you use an elemental blade opposite to the element in your chain attack.

That is all we have for our Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Battle System Guide. Let us know if we missed something using the comments section below!