The Xenoblade Chronicles is now a decade old, and while we have our hands on the fourth installment of the series, it can still be a bit difficult to comprehend how all the games work together. With the peculiar nature of the alternate realities that intertwine with each other in unexpected ways, it can all be confusing.
So, let's go through all of the information, from the beginning of the game to the end, and see if we can get a better picture of the Xenoblade Chronicles timeline. Of course, there are also the storylines from the two mainline games Torna: The Golden Country and Future Connected, which help a lot in putting everything together.
So far, there have been no spoilers for the whole Xenoblade series. However, just in case: please do not continue reading if you do not want spoilers for any game in the series. Why not check out our Xenoblade Chronicles 3 review instead?
Let's get started.
The Xenoblade Chronicles timeline explained
- Torna: The Golden Country
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2
- Xenoblade Chronicles
- Future Connected
- Xenoblade Chronicles 3
There are many flashbacks that are vital to constructing a backstory before we get started with the in-game present. So, friends, this could be a long one. Klaus is the key character in all of this, and the key object is the conduit.
In Africa, the conduit was discovered in the 21st century, a strange object that can help bridge the gap between different dimensions. Scientists constructed many space stations for research purposes and kept the conduit in the one called Rhadamanthus, which you explore in Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
Klaus activated the conduit in a scuffle around the same time period, believing it was a gift that needed to be utilized to transform the world for the better. However, once activated, portals to other dimensions opened up and one sucked half of his body through alongside another scientist, Galea.
The half that remained was known as the Architect and is still known in XC2, the other half in the new universe as Zanza from the first game, with Galea becoming Meyneth. As this is where things split and two concurrent stories play out, the chronology is somewhat murky, but we do know what will happen next.
Torna reveals a lot more about some of XC2's main characters, including Lora and Malos' interactions with some of the game's main characters. This is mostly due to XC2's main plot, but it does show us how Pyra came to be.
Addam took Pyra to the ship where Rex meets her in a flash of rage and guilt. Lora dies at the hands of Amalthus, and Jin becomes a flesh eater and the villain we ultimately see in the main game. It's not that important to the whole story, at least not yet.
The events of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 take place in the original world where one-half of Klaus remained. In this world, the activation of the conduit stripped the earth bare, and Klaus became known as the Architect, the only thing alive.
He created life, the cloud sea, and collected miniature vessels containing memories of all [the earths] lifeforms, which he scattered over the cloud sea, which became known as the core crystals. These would be used to create the Titans.
These Titans became huge, and civilizations grew on them all over Alrest, the new name for earth. They said they used to live with him on the World Tree in a place called Elysium. They were apparently expelled due to some reason, and the Architect sent the Titans to rescue them.
Rex, a salvager who goes into the cloud sea to find supplies, is recruited to help out some drivers (people who wield blades by connecting their core crystal). Pyra, a legendary blade known as the Aegis, is connected to him.
Their adventure takes them to the World Tree, attempting to reach the top, and ends with them meeting the Architect, who explains what the conduit done to him and the world, reveals that he is about to die. The World Tree begins to crumble.
For the first time, Pyra and her second form Mythra surrenders herself to stop the world from being destroyed by the disintegrating tree. Rex and his crew manage to escape, but then Pyra and her second form Mythra are revived right in front of them, in separate bodies.
The Xenoblade Chronicles continues to unfold. With Zanza (one half of Klaus) and a fellow scientist Galea being pulled through a portal, the world was either discovered or created by the activation of the conduit. It's unclear what the world was like there before, but the Trinity Processor (that supercomputer from earlier) did something that gave them the ability to make things.
Because they were not really in corporeal form when they went through the portal, they each created existence. Using the abilities they gained through the Trinity Processor, they each created life.
The Machina, which is inhabited by Mechonis, was created, while Zanza, the Telethia, and the High Entia, both races were created from the Telethia. The High Entia created the city Alcemoth on the head of Bionis, while the Machina made the city Agniratha on the head of the Mechonis.
Although the two gods were lonely, the life they created was not just because they were lonely. Zanza fed off the ether that his creations died, so it was vital that they continued to do exactly that. But the Giant Arglas and the Machina leader Egil wanted to explore other worlds. So, Zanza had to stop.
Zanza did a few things. First, when Arglas wielded the Monado, he possessed him and used him to dethrone Bionis and Mechonis. He also gave himself three disciples: Dickson, Alvis, and Lorithia. They'll be relevant later.
Meyneth and Zanza's life forces were slain in this conflict until they had to stop and rest to regain their full power. Both weapons were sealed away on Prison Island, but Zanza's life was no longer there.
Egil built the Mechon to wreak havoc on Bionis, preventing Zanza from regaining enough ether. Yet, those disciples from earlier were still alive. And they began to work towards regaining him.
Dickson discovers Shulk and the Monado and finishes with Shulk creating a new world on the request of Alvis, who actually comes from the Trinity Processor. This world is one without gods, where the survivors may live in peace.
Following Fioras' conversion into a human form, the Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition DLC occurs right after the main game's events, and Shulks wish for a world without gods, where people can live in harmony. This time, however, our focus is on Shulk and Melia.
Shulk and Melia travel to Alcamoth, the High Entian city, to investigate. They meet a couple of Nopon and discover that the Fog King has overran the city. They meet other characters, investigate the strange creature, and set out to defeat it.
The real deal is what happens at the end. After the Fog King is defeated, Shulk and the Nopon return to Colony 9. However, Melia remains in Alcamoth, the High Entia return, and she is named Empress of the High Entia. Who knows what their future holds.
Seriously, who knows? There are a lot of hint here, so please find out what you need to know first. These are either speculation, conjecture, or spoilers, so beware. In the other two main games, Nintendo has tweeted this.
So, let's talk Melia. In Xenoblade Chronicles 3, there's an endless conflict between two factions, Keves and Agnus. Both have leaders, and the leader of Keves is a woman with a mask and tiny wings on her head, which she probably is some form of. Also, she lives longer than most humans, thus her nickname.
There's also the other leader, a cat-eared mask-wearer. I'd wager on Nia, a flesh eater from XC2, since she lives longer than most people.
There's another interesting mechanical difference between Keves and Agnus: Keves and Agnus are both well-known in the game. But soldiers of Agnus are much more effective at charging up their arts by just waiting for the ring to fill up, like in XC2.
So, if the soldiers below the leader that we think is a character from the first game fight with a mechanical similarity to the first games combat, I think it is fair to assume that the soldiers that fight with a mechanical similarity to the second games combat have a leader that is a character from the second game.
Well, that's my theory for the time being. It's not for certain, but it might be a clever trick from Monolith Soft, showing two main gamers how to fight in the ways they know, and then how to make a difference mechanically.
If you're as excited as I am, check out our Xenoblade Chronicles 3 pre-orders and Xenoblade Chronicles 3 release date guides to prepare for the big day. Who knows, it may be even more terrifying than I've ever imagined.