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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Guide: How to Get Rare Blades

by Kyle Hanson


Blades are such an important part of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 experience. I mean, they’re right there in the name of the game. They are companions, characters, and your weapons for fighting the forces of evil and restoring Alrest to its true glory. But you need to unlock each and every one of them, if you want to have them all. And rare ones truly are rare. So, here’s some guidelines for how to get rare blades in Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

This won’t be an exhaustive walkthrough, as that’s not really possible here. Rare blades are a bit random in Xenoblade Chronicles 2, with some tied to quests, including the main story, while most will be picked up randomly throughout the world. And even once you get a rare core crystal, it’s not the end of your search, as the whole process has some RNG added to it.

So here’s the basics for how to get rare blades in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Focus on getting rare core crystals, which will only become more prevalent as you progress through the game. Fighting enemies, completing missions, buying them from shops. These are just a few of the ways you can acquire rare, or even more uncommon core crystals in Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

Once you have the core crystal you want, at the rarity level you want, you just need to bond it to one of your available Drivers. Rex is usually a good choice, as he’s a guaranteed character in your game, while others might pop in and out throughout the story (though, this is rare). Either way, pick someone who might benefit from a new blade and bond them.

Once you do, you can get the choice of adding a Booster to the crystal. This is another key to getting rare blades. Make sure you mix these up, adding one that you haven’t tried before. You can only add one type of Booster, but you can add multiple of it. Try to go for the most, when trying for a rare blade. Do this enough, mixing things up when you can, and you’ll get those rare blades in no time. Not really…it’ll take dozens of hours, but still.

Hope this helped a bit. For more tips, check out our beginner’s guide. And for my thoughts on the game you can read our review.

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