in the ultimate combat guide to Xenoblade Chronicles 3 we tell you:
- Basic information about the fights
- Tips on techniques, combos and attack chains
- How the Oroborus form and synchronization works
Combat in Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is incredibly complex. Many important Gameplay Elements are not available to you at the beginning and will only be unlocked in the further chapters. In order not to lose the overview, we have summarized all the information for you.
The most important basics
Attack, Retreat & Surrender
You cannot attack your opponents until you have drawn your weapon. Aim at your target and hold it A button pressed. If you want to flee a fight, you must sheath your weapon. To do this, hold down the A button.
Actively attacking and retreating only works in random encounters while exploring the areas. Although you cannot withdraw from boss fights, you do have the option of abandoning the fight by using the (-)-Button holding down. Select “Surrender” to abandon the battle and return to the next fast travel point.
Pay attention to anger & anger lines
Accumulating anger pulls that opponents’ attention on you, which is also known as “aggro” in other role-playing games. You generate anger by attacking opponents. Defenders generate the most Rage and are tasked with protecting healers and attackers from enemy attacks.
One red or blue line indicates which character is being attacked by an opponent. This line is called the “anger line.” A blue line appears when your defender holds aggro. A red line indicates an attacker or healer is caught in the crossfire.
Auto Attacks & Auto Battle
When you are in combat with opponents, your characters will automatically attack. This normal standard attacks are called “auto-attacks”. Auto-attacks only work when you are near an enemy and not moving. After an auto attack, you have a small window to reposition without sacrificing DPS (damage-per-second).
How to fight automatically: The monster density in the open areas can sometimes be really annoying. If you don’t want to flee from every fight to collect items and XP, you can switch to auto-combat. Press for that (-)-Buttonafter drawing your weapon.
What are tactics and how do I use them?
Tactics are orders you can give to your opponents to influence the course of battle. The correct use of tactics is enormously important and often decides between victory and defeat. You open the tactical palette by ZR button holding down.
through the Tactic Palette you can determine which combos and fusions your group members should use. This gives you the advantage of saving valuable resources and accessing them at the right moment. Much more important, however, are the “Concentrate Attack” and “Assemble/Disband” commands.
Select “Focus Attacks” to order your party to focus attacks on a single target. As a rule, your fellow combatants attack the opponent you are currently fighting. You should almost always activate this command in order to quickly thin out the enemy lines and priority targets – like the enemy healer – to be taken out of play quickly.
You use “Gather” to gather your party members tightly around you. Not only does this help collect runaway companions, it can also be used to pull your companions out of danger zones. Furthermore, you can target your group members in strengthening and healing circles place.
Techniques & special techniques
Techniques are active skills that you use to damage enemies, heal allies, or apply buffs. In the character menu you can choose three normal techniques and one particularly strong one special technique be assigned to. Techniques and special techniques must be charged before you can use them.
There are different ways of the so-called engineering charging. Kevesian classes auto-recharge techniques over time, Agnic classes auto-attack. Follow-up attacks to auto-attacks recharge techniques even faster.
The perfect battle positioning
Some techniques receive special effects depending on their positioning in relation to the opponent. This is called battle positioning. The right position will bring you bonuses, such as more damage when attacking the opponent’s back. With appropriate techniques, the appropriate position is displayed above the name.
What are follow-up attacks?
If you launch a new attack at the exact moment an attack hits, you attack with what is called a follow-up attack. For example, you can have a technique follow auto-attacks and special techniques follow normal techniques. This will make the Execution accelerated and the DPS increased.
Execute technique combos – how it works
Certain techniques trigger additional effects and can be combined with each other to form technique combos. An opponent that you let stagger, for example, can be thrown to the ground with another technique. An example of a longer combo would be: stagger -> knock over -> faint -> blast.
Overview of additional effects:
- Sling: Hitting knocked down enemies with a technique that triggers Fling causes all subsequent attacks to hit and deal more damage.
- fainting: Hitting knocked down enemies with Faint causes all subsequent attacks to hit and generate no Rage.
- Smash: Animating a flung enemy with Smash will knock them down and take massive damage.
How do fusion techniques work?
In addition to the normal class techniques master techniques be equipped, which you unlock by leveling up a new class. When a pair of class and master techniques are charged, their effects can be combined. Fusion techniques can be used as a follow-up attack on normal techniques.
Ouroborus form: All information about synchronization
After completing the second chapter, the powerful Ouroborus forms are at your disposal. At the so-called “synchronization” any two group members merge and transform into an Ouroborus for a short time.
A synchronization can only be carried out if the corresponding snake icon is fully charged. Synchronized characters have unlimited Ouroboros Techniques and are extremely resilient. Ouroboros Techniques can also function as follow-up attacks.
In the Ouroborus form, you don’t take any damage, but you constantly generate heat. Is the heat bar full, you transform back and have to wait a little until the snake symbol is recharged.
Increase synchro levels
If you use fusion techniques in combat, the Ouroboros form can be gradually increased. These three progressively stronger stages are called synchro stages. When you morph with an increased synchro level, you switch into one strengthened Ouroboros form.
Improve Ouroboros form
In addition to general character improvements, the Ouroboros forms can also be strengthened. To do this, select “Characters” -> “Synchronizations” -> “Soul Tree” in the main menu. New traits and skills are coming through Soul Points (SP) acquired, which you earn in the battles.
Use attack chains correctly
The last gameplay element that we want to explain to you in this guide are the attack chains. A chain of attacks is a powerful combat strategy in which party members use their techniques in direct succession. Through combos, technique connections and role actions fills the chain bar. Once it’s filled, you can start a chain of attacks by pressing the (+) Button.
Chain commands & executing commands
If you start an attack chain, the fight is paused and you have to choose from three different commands. Compare the different bonuses and choose the best chain command. You then have to select group members one after the other and use techniques to Tactic Points (TP) to obtain. If the TP reaches 100 percent, the command is considered successfully completed.
After a command has been successfully completed using various techniques, the first phase of an attack chain ends. Depending on rating Characters who have already had their turn become available again. As long as characters are available and the chain bar is not empty, the chain continues.
Role dependent chain bonuses
A special effect can be activated for each role during command execution if you meet the corresponding condition:
- preemptive strike: If the attacker attacks first, you gain a large amount of TP.
- Point Limit: When attacking with a healer, HP never exceeds 99 percent.
- Back in battle: Completing a command with a defender will reactivate the character with the most HP.
If you have heroes in your group, you can activate special chain commands that Do not use up the chain bar. Because of this, it’s best to use a Hero Command in most scenarios.
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