Xenoblade Chronicles 3 tips and tricks

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is a massive JRPG, filled with different systems, resources, and classes. Although the game has tutorials for most of its systems, sometimes it can be overwhelming or some information is omitted. In order to get the most out of Xenoblade Chronicles 3, it’s important to know which systems to engage that you can override. Here are some tips to help you in Xenoblade Chronicles 3.

Lessons and equipment

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 asks you to manage six main party members, as well as a seventh hero. There are six interconnected skill trees to manage, along with attachments and gems for each character. Here are some tips to help you make these menus a little more manageable.

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First, make sure to constantly switch classes once they’re maxed out. A major system in Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is that you can change each party member’s classes, and each character has a number of art slots reserved for moves outside of their current class. In order to equip these arts, you must “master” the arts using the other class. On that same note, you should pay attention to the letter grades for each class. This tells you how each class behaves in all four slots, attacker, defender, healer, and tactic. This information will allow you to balance your party a little more than just selecting two of each class.

As with all menu options for each character, you will need to manually set each character’s Arts and Mastery Skills, although when each slot is unlocked it will be filled automatically. As for accessories and gems, press the Y button to auto-create each character. This will apply gems and accessories that make sense for the character’s class. It won’t be the perfectly optimized build you can create yourself, but it will certainly get the job done.

Crafting, Cooking, and Resources

Crafting better gems can give you a boost in combat.
Crafting better gems can give you a boost in combat.

Another important aspect of Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is resource management, as well as cooking and gem crafting systems. When it comes to collecting items and materials, it can be a bit hit or miss. Some materials are dropped by specific monsters, but a large amount of resources are just scattered around the open world. The best way to approach this is to collect everything near your path, but don’t stray too far out of your own path. There are ways around the materials required for cooking and crafting.

When it comes to exploring the open world, it’s important to learn the visual cues of Xenoblade Chronicles 3. The important things are that green light beams are ether, yellow light is resource containers, red is a fallen soldier and blue is a rare item. . Each monster has a level above its head, but there are additional visuals to indict certain things. Gold sparkles accuse a rare monster, blue flowers an elite monster, and yellow flowers a unique monster.

As for cooking, check out GameSpot’s cooking guide for a detailed breakdown. The two most important parts of cooking are doing it regularly and making sure you always have a bonus meal going. Second, be sure to eat from each colony’s canteen at least once, to ensure you unlock new recipes.

On the gem crafting front, gems give specific stat bonuses. Each gem requires a gemstone, aether cylinders, and a random assortment of materials. It’s important to check for higher gem levels, as you don’t have to upgrade them at each individual level. If your gem is at level 1 and you have the materials to go to level 4, you can go directly to level 4.

Other tips

You can unlock new classes by completing yellow hero quests.
You can unlock new classes by completing yellow hero quests.

Nopon coins, available in silver and gold, are a special currency used by Nopon coin traders. These coins however have a fixed cap of 99, so any coins collected after that are automatically sold. These coins have a ton of uses, like bypassing materials for cooking and crafting gems, as well as leveling up a class for a specific character. Make sure to use the coins so often so you never hit the ceiling.

It is also important to know what type of quest it is. Story quests are red, side quests are green, and hero quests are yellow. Hero quests are important because they can unlock new classes and heroes to ride with you. Ascension quests, which increase the maximum class level from 10 to 20, also appear as yellow hero quests.

Other tips:

  • You can move faster during combat by dodging with the right stick.
  • Try every new class you unlock, you never know if you’ll like it or not.
  • Keep a balanced group of two attackers, defenders, and healers, otherwise the fight might become unnecessarily difficult.
  • Increasing your affinity with the different Colonies will give you permanent passive bonuses.
  • Pressing plus will show you your current objective on the map, where you can see if you can fast travel somewhere nearby.

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