Beginner tips for Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 drops you into the world of Aionios in the middle of a long war. The game starts out very simple, but over time it becomes something else entirely, both in terms of narrative and game mechanics. Battles are flashy and frenetic, and options are constantly being added to your menus.

In this Xenoblade Chronicles 3 In the beginner’s guide, we’ll give you tips from our time with the game so that you can get started faster. We will talk about the pace of the game, get used to the ever-expanding combat mechanics, collect resources and items, manage equipment and explore.

It’s a slow game

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 introduces its mechanics – particularly abilities and other combat mechanics – at a leisurely pace. To the point where you get tutorial screens after a few dozen hours. Be patient.

Everything that is introduced builds on or complements everything before it. It’s not that the game is radically different in hour one from hour 20, but enough is added to make it feel like it. Just let the game run at its own pace. Get good enough at what is being introduced to be comfortable with it, and then move on. There’s a good chance the next story beat will introduce another new mechanic to keep things interesting.

Use training exercises to practice

All of these new combat mechanics are introduced mid-fights, and you have the option to use them right away – but the prompts and explanations won’t appear again. When (and when) you get confused or lose track of exactly how to do something, go to your menu.

Use training exercises to practice what you have learned.
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Go to System > Training Drills and select the skill you want to practice. This is a bite-sized tutorial to help you pinpoint exactly how all of these new mechanics work.

Learn to fight and then stop fighting

fight one Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is a strange mixture of rhythm, positioning and waiting. You really just wait for your arts to charge up and then unleash them in a row to deal as much damage as quickly as possible. In the background, your allies will automatically do the same.

Once you get it, you can set yourself free Everyone too automatic. When a battle begins, pay attention to the prompt on the left below your team’s portraits, then press the minus button. This sets all combat to automatic. You’ll still be able to control tactics, but you won’t have to worry about the minutiae of another battle against an angry hyena monster.

This prompt doesn’t appear during crucial or important fights, so you still need to know what you’re doing.

You don’t have to fight every monster

As you run through the world, you will see many monsters dotting the landscape. Fighting them gives you experience to level up and later increase your class rank. but Xenoblade Chronicles 3 it’s not about grinding. In fact, once you level up above an area’s monsters, they tend to stop attacking you.

The heroes of Xenoblade Chronicles 3 enter the Alfeto Valley

Image: Monolith Soft/Nintendo via Polygon

Use the monsters to level up and then look for a suitable challenge. Don’t waste your time fighting every low-level rabbit – you’ll get a lot more XP by tackling something at your level.

Collect some items, but not everything

Items are scattered everywhere, everywhere, everywhere while you explore. It might be tempting to pick up everything you see. But all of these items have fairly limited uses.

Mostly you will use them to complete collection side quests called Collectopedia Maps. These happen in the background and when you enter them you will get some bonus XP. You can see them in the Quests menu on the far right tab. (You can also hand them in multiple times.)

Noah runs through Colony 9 in Xenoblade Chronicles 3

This icon appears when you need to turn in a Collectopedia card.
Image: Monolith Soft/Nintendo via Polygon

Since you can’t actually see what item you’re picking up, you have no real control here. Just pick up most of the items you see and watch for the Collectopedia icon to appear under your map on the right side of the screen.

Items with a scales symbol are safe to sell

Most items you pick up are probably worth holding on to – you might need them later for a Collectopedia quest. However, some items are only for sale to merchants. These items are marked with a scales symbol. Sell ​​it every time. (In fact, you’ll automatically sell them later in the game.)

Equipment is subtle

You cannot change your team’s clothing or weapons Xenoblade Chronicles 3; these are determined by their class. However, you can change the accessories.

Accessories provide stat boosts. However, the benefits of an accessory can be quite subtle, such as: B. an 11% increase in HP healed by healing arts, or a 6% increase in physical defense, or additional damage against a certain type of enemy.

The actual stats are not that important. Just try to match the accessories to the role each teammate is playing. Defenders need extra HP and a better block rate. Healers are the only ones who benefit from accessories that promote healing. Attackers spend more time using auto-attacks than others.

It’s (frustratingly) subtle, but swapping out accessories can make all the difference in a fight.

Unlock new landmarks as you explore

There’s not much to find when exploring the world of Xenoblade Chronicles 3. Your path is pretty linear. Sure, you might find some new items as you reach new areas, but you won’t miss much if you just head straight to your next destination.

However, what you will find as you explore are sights. Landmarks are fast travel destinations. Unlocking them will make your life much easier later on. You don’t have to uncover every inch of the map every time you reach a new area, but poke around a bit to find landmarks when you can.

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