Every class and its abilities in Xenoblade Chronicles 3 are explained

Every class and its abilities in Xenoblade Chronicles 3 are explained ...

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is a game that combines the best elements from the previous games, with significant variation in many different areas, such as locales, colonies, side-quests, and exploration. One of the key places where things have changed is with combat. Read on for a detailed look at XC3 classes.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3s classes are a brand new component of Xenoblade Chronicles 3s combat, which include six different classes that you can switch between, as well as additional classes you can acquire throughout the game thanks to Xenoblade Chronicles 3 heroes.

Weve got a lot more Xeno-guides for you once youve learned all about Xenoblade Chronicles 3s classes. Take a look at the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 timeline guide to see how everything fits together, or read more about Xenoblade Chronicles Operation Rainfall for a history lesson. Then, go to our Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Ouroboros guide to discover another new aspect of combat.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 classes

Each of the six base XC3 classes has its own master skill, the first acquired at level 5, the second at level 20, as well as three master arts, all acquired at levels one, ten, and 20 respectively. All of these classes are upgraded as you advance through the class rank system, too.

A skilled attacker who possesses a large sword whose technique is able to keep both offense and defense under control

Expertise in several areas

  • Cypher edge boosts critical rate by 10%
  • Covert attack reduces aggro generated from attacks by 20%

The master's degree is a prerequisite for mastering.

  • Ground beat physical attack with frontward AoE
  • Shadow eye buff which halves own aggro value
  • Overclock buster physical attack which boosts damage dealt when attacking dazed enemies

A defensive specialist who is quick to maneuver, skilled evasion, and quick counterattacks opponents.

Mastering abilities

  • Split-second counter deals 150% of attack damage after you evade an attack
  • Stormy gale boosts agility by 10%

Mastering in science

  • Wide slash physical attack which evades enemy attacks at the cost of a low crit rate
  • Glow ring physical attack with target lock
  • Gemini strike ether attack which evades attacks and boosts aggro by 70%

A healer who uses fields to heal and buff comrades across a large area.

A mastery of skills

  • Ninja healer reduces aggro generated from healing arts by 40%
  • Eternal formation increases field effect duration by 40%

Master's degrees are often overlooked.

  • Myopic screen ether attack which inflicts daze
  • Ether cannon ether attack which reduces accuracy
  • Healing ring set field which regenerates health of whole party when within range of effect

A healer who specializes in defying foes and provides help by using spell tags.

Mastering skills

  • Ethereal ability boosts damage dealt by ether arts by 40%
  • Inevitable evitability 8% chance to evade enemy attack

Mastering in the arts

  • Dark banner ether attack which inflicts sleep
  • Overfall ether attack which reduces ether defence
  • Tidal wave ether attack which heals all allies when it hits, up to a maximum of 150% of healing power

A defender who protects his associates with a massive weapon and arts to draw their attention.

A master's skill

  • Defensive soul boosts physical defence by 15%
  • Tenacious blocker boosts block rate by 40% when HP is at 30% or lower

The masters of the arts

  • Crash out physical attack with frontward AoE which boosts aggro generated by 70%
  • Solid stance a stance which reduces damage taken by 25% and damage dealt by 25%
  • Mad taunt taunt with AoE around the user

A powerful attacker who smashes through foes' defenses with a massive hammer and unstoppable skills.

Mastery of skills

  • Fighting prowess boosts damage dealt by physical arts by 30%
  • Dynamite spirit boosts damage dealt by 20% when HP is at 90% or higher

Master of Fine Arts

  • Giant swing physical attack which inflicts knockback
  • Maximum voltage stance which makes attacks unblockable and boosts damage dealt by 20%
  • Pressure drop physical attack which inflicts launch

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 hero classes

There's also a way to make a seventh party member from different characters you encounter over time. Here are a few of the ones we've seen thus far, as well as the hero from which you've inherited these XC3 classes.

An attacker, pounding foes with a dual-sword strategy and falling them in short, brutal bouts.

Mastery of abilities

  • Critical strike increases critical hit damage bonus by 30 percentage points
  • Capable hands fill talent art recharge gauge by 60% at the start of battle

Master's degrees are taught in the performing arts.

  • Hidden thorn physical attack which inflicts bleed
  • Cross impact physical attack which buffs self with power charge when art hits
  • Saber strike physical attack which inflicts smash

With healing and buffs, she is an invaluable healer who ensures the party's continued existence.

Mastery of abilities

  • Healing license boosts amount of HP healed from using healing arts by 20%
  • Antibody system shortens duration of debuffs on self by 30%

The masters of the arts

  • Multi blast ether attack which heals nearby allies when art hits, to max of 100% healing power
  • Advanced cooldown set field which increases defence to any of the party within the field range of effect
  • Technical heal healing for all allies

A defender who shines even brighter in the face of hardship. A ray of hope on the battlefield.

Mastery skills are important.

  • Protectors pride boosts recharge speed by 30% when non-defenders are targeted
  • Mind for guarding increases damage reduction rate when blocking by ten percentage points

Mastering in the arts

  • Noble taunt taunt which affects one target
  • Shield bash physical attack which inflicts topple
  • Deflector field defence buff called awakening which makes you stronger for a time and absorbs attacks taken while art is active

A healer with a violent bent. Blast enemies with powerful combos while soothing ailing friends.

Mastery of skills

  • Ultimate Qigong ignores 30% of enemys physical defence when landing a hit
  • Life-saving fists Heals self when auto-attack hits, to a maximum of 100% of healing power

The master's degree is a must.

  • Violent flurry physical attack which has a 30% chance to ignore defence
  • Spearpoint thrust physical attack which inflicts bind
  • Demise thrust physical attack which inflicts burst

A prototean attacker class that exploits enemy weakness and manipulates the tide of battle.

Mastery of abilities

  • Sappy-sappy drain! increases success rate of debuff effects by 15 percentage points
  • Slicey-dicey! boosts field damage dealt by 100%

Master's degrees are a must-have for artists.

  • Energy grenade ether attack which inflicts blaze AoE
  • Flashback physical attack which inflicts break when attack from side
  • Sword of valor physical attack which causes damage link

With twin guns and drones, an attack on foes in a wide area, with the bullets becoming deadly with each hit.

Mastering abilities

  • Positioning pro increases the number of positional arts that can be set to the arts palette by one
  • Shock shot boosts damage against enemies performing arts by 80%

Master's degrees are the foundation of the creative industries.

  • Demolition ether attack which has a 30% chance to ignore defence
  • Quickdraw ether attack which boosts damage dealt when attack from the front
  • Violent streak

A skilled tactical healer who uses special rifles to assist friends in many ways, as well as weakening foes.

Competencies are masters.

  • Strengthening gambit extends duration of buff effects issued by self by 30%
  • Preemption gambit 60% chance to grant all allies attack up on a preemptive attack

Mastering in the performing arts

  • No love lost ether attack which reduces physical defence
  • Hornet ether attack which heals nearby allies when art hits to a maximum of 100% of healing power
  • Soulfire ether attack which heals all allies when art hits, to a maximum of 150% of healing power

An attacker who excels at hitting enemies with arrows and hunting them from the safety of stealth.

Mastery of skills

  • Evasion expertise 30% chance to evade ranged attacks
  • Swift death deals 50% more damage against enemies who are at 30% HP or less

Master's degrees are earned by the artist.

  • Staying power set field for art-follow up
  • Night hunt stance which boosts back attack damage by 30% and reduces aggro drawn when attacking
  • Refreshing rain ether attack which deals 50% more damage against enemies who are at 30% HP or less

An aggressive defender with a quick, deadly slash strike draws opponents in, only to mow them down.

Mastering abilities

  • Natural selection reduces damage taken by 20% when HP is at 30% or lower
  • Maniac boosts damage dealt when attacking higher-level enemies by 30%

Mastering in art

  • Gale slash physical attack which boosts damage dealt when attacking enemies targeting you by 50%
  • Soaring tempest physical attack which inflicts launch
  • Blossom dance physical attack which deals damage that ignores defence, also boosts aggro generated when using the art by 50%

An elegant attacker, whose exquisite sword becomes even more powerful with critical hits.

Mastery of skills

  • Vigilance boosts critical rate of auto-attacks by 50%
  • Eye for weak points each successful attack boosts critical rate by 1% of initial value (up to a maximum of 100%)

Mastering in the arts

  • Aerial slash physical attack which grants a high critical rate; also evades enemy attacks while art is active
  • Glitter stream physical attack which inflicts break when attacking from the side
  • Supreme sword physical attack which boosts damage dealt when attacking launched enemies by 100%

A ruthless defender shields and arts his foes around him, while also crushing foes with a mace.

Mastery of skills

  • Now thats tactics! at start of chain attack, increases TP by 5
  • Come an get me! when blocking, deals 100% of attack damage to enemy, drawing aggro

Master of arts

  • Shield wall while performing guard arts, periodically recover 3% of HP
  • Mighty beat boosts aggro generated when using art by 50%
  • Thunder steel boosts damage dealt to machines by 70%

A special healer who excels at providing help, is using buffs to inspirit allies with courage and strength.

Mastery of abilities

  • All about support increases the number of field arts that can be set to the arts palette by one
  • We can do better restores 3% of HP when a buff is applied

Mastering in the performing arts

  • Aureole grants own buff to all allies
  • Resonant flag applies one random buff to self
  • Cry of faith applies two random buffs to allies

A special class that allows for a wide variety of combat styles by using skills and arts stolen from opponents.

Mastering abilities

  • Soul hack when defeating a unique monster, gain a skill or art

Master's degrees are taught in the performing arts.

  • Final countdown boosts damage dealt for each soulhacker art or skill learned

A martial artist attacker who pounds opponents into the dust with a persistent stream of blows.

Mastery of abilities

  • Feline righting reflex ignore blowdown and launch by somersaulting. Also has 60% chance to grant attack up
  • Frenzied combo on critical hit, recharge art used by 20%

Mastering in the arts

  • Impulse wave physical attack which boosts damage by 20% for every enemy in battle up to a maximum of 200%
  • Jackal claw physical attack which grants a high critical rate; also evades enemy attacks while art is active
  • Raging force physical attack which depletes art recharge; also boosts damage relative to number of arts used up

A special healer who increases his allies' attack frequency while strengthening them greatly with flute playing.

Mastery skills

  • Dance of barrages 10% chance to keep recharge when using art
  • Swiftsong boosts all allies accuracy and evasion by 10%. Does not stack.

Mastering is a term used in the performing arts.

  • Way home ether attack which inflicts burst
  • Ring o roses set field which fast recharges ally arts when in field range of effect
  • Glittering melody buff which recharges arts for all allies able to fight by 50% (does not affect self)

A determined attacker, trading wounds for increased offensive capability.

Having mastery of the craft

  • Greatest warrior boosts damage by 25% for every enemy in battle (max. 200%)
  • Universal annihilation boosts damage dealt to toppled and launched targets by 50%

Mastering in the performing arts

  • Flamerlord boosts damage dealt when attacking from the front by 50%
  • Crimson lance inflicts topple on enemy when attacking from side
  • Empyrean salvo boosts damage dealt by 50% when awakened

An attacker who hounds opponents with debuffs and then falls them at their most vulnerable with dual axes.

Mastery of the art skills

  • Cursed edge boosts damage dealt by 50% when attacking a debuffed enemy
  • Anti-erosion system grants 30% resistance to all debuffs

Mastering is a branch of arts.

  • Tyrant cross physical attack which applies one random debuff
  • Fatal bite physical attack which boosts damage dealt from the side
  • Viral vectorAoE physical which inflicts one randomly chosen debuff

Weve written a lot about the game beyond the XC3 classes. Weve written guides to Xenoblade Chronicles 3s Noah, Xenoblade Chronicles 3s Mio, and Xenoblade Chronicles 3 characters in general.