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Note about |OT2|: This is a condensed "FAQ" version of the original |OT| full of helpful links, tips and useful stuff. For the full overview, check the old |OT|.
Developed by: MonolithSoft
Localized by: 8-4 Ltd. & NOA Treehouse
Published by: Nintendo
Platform: Wii U
Release Dates: April 29, 2015 (JP) / December 4, 2015 (NA/EU) / December 5, 2015 (AU)
Multiplayer: Yes, 32-player passive online squads, 4-player online co-op squad quests
Voice Chat: No
Text Chat: Yes (USB Keyboard supported, also supports the usual touch screen keyboard)
Off-TV Play: Yes
amiibo support: none
Supported controllers on Wii U: Wii U GamePad, Wii U Pro Controller, USB Keyboard (for text entry to online squad)
Miiverse Integration: Yes
Audio Language: English-only. There's no JP voice track, sadly. (Disc is at full capacity)
eShop download file size: (space required to download:) 22.7GB // (final file size after install:) 19GB
Add-on DLC: The Japanese DLC is already included for free on-disc with the Western release!
- Spoilers belong in spoiler tags! Spoilery images shall be posted as links only, no embeds. Unmarked Spoiler/Postgame Discussion Thread here.
- Keep the face-whining, Sawano-whining, bikini-removal-whining to a minimum please.
- Also, would you kindly scan the OP [CTRL+F is your friend!] or at least skim through the FAQ before asking the easy questions? Thanks!
Diffense wrote a really cool combat overview here. It's a highly recommended read!SOUL VOICE OVERVIEW:
ChefWycoon wrote up a cool guide on the Soul Voice system with pics. Check it out here!MINING PROBES:
Here's a cool guide a bout Data Probes. Read it! Be enlightened!How-to picture guide for setting up probes to get 100k+:
A detailed rundown can be found on Reddit. Click it, learn stuff!CAAAAAAAAAAAW's amazing spreadsheet guide to "everything" (item/monster locations, etc, etc):
GENERAL NEWBIE TIPS:
Also linking my sheet again because it's color-coded and I'm proud of that. Still missing some online stuff and equipment, and everything in English :(
FYI, here's an augment/material search engine that I found to be incredibly convenient and useful.
You can look up any augment or material (as well as any Skell frame, Skell Superweapon, and/or ground armor that needs to be crafted) and it will show you exactly what you need to farm and where you need to farm to obtain them. Personally, I think this site should go in the OP!
NeoGAF's Show Off Your Xenoblade Chronicles X Character & Skell Thread:
I'm super worried for some reason that this game has "no" story (focus)?
Where this comes from is the fact that the main story isn't what's driving this game. There is a story with its epic twists and turns guiding you through the game but the real meat comes from being part of BLADE and doing the sidequests (the Affinity Quests, to be specific) which exist to flesh out the world. This one isn't so much about the epic journey like Xenoblade was, but the act of just being part of the world while stuff happens. I hope this makes sense. See below for more on the sidequests.So how about those sidequests? Tell me about sidequests!
Is it related to Xenoblade story wise or maybe other Xeno games?
Well, in the end, every RPG is like that :P. Every quest, including story quests, comes down to "kill monster X" or "go to location Y", etc. and that doesn't change in XenobladeX. But context is key and the Kizuna/Affinity quests are really good in that regard.
The Kizuna Quests are all fully voice acted, have cutscenes and have pretty high production values overall. On par with the story quests, I'd say. The stories mainly focus on character development and expanding on the game's lore. I would say that if you beat the game without doing any Kizuna Quests (which is impossible btw, as some story quests require you to finish specific Kizuna Quests), you would've gotten an "incomplete" story, if that makes sense. You will want to seek them out and complete them all :).
Btw there are also Normal Quests, which is sort of between Kizuna Quests and Simple Quests. Normal Quests are activated by talking with NPCs with a quest marker above their head, so kinda like in the original Xenoblade. They're not voice acted, but (usually) tell cute little stories. Lots of text in these quests. The Simple Quests are accepted from the quest board and they're the sort of filler quests you come to expect from MMOs. Just "Gather 3 of this item" or "Talk to this NPC" or "Kill 5 of this monster" kind of quests. I don't know if they're endlessly generated but it wouldn't surprise me if they were.
No. Not in the slightest. That also means you do not need to play Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii/N3DS) before playing this one. But you need to play it at some point anyway because it's still amazing.Any missable quests or other stuff you can miss?
No. There are no missable quests. The only missables are heart-to-hearts for a specific recruitable character. That character is: ___Lao___ and you can safely do those heart-to-hearts until chapter 09.Can I customize the HUD?
Yes, you can disable everything separately. However, you can't move anything to the GamePad screen. Some of it, like the map, is already there of course. This is the HUD customization screen:Can I adjust audio levels (turn music down/voices up)?
But DO NOT disable the button/control guide until you've familiarized yourself with every menu and submenu, otherwise you will miss vital options since it also removes the button info in menus (you might miss you can upgrade skills, etc)
No. :(Can I use headphones with the GamePad while playing on the TV?
No, not unless you switch to Off-TV Play which mirrors the gameplay to both the TV and GamePad and sends the audio to the GamePad but then you have to tap the touch screen to disable Off-TV every time you need to use the map UI. It's a hassle but it's a workaround at least.Can I redesign my character later on?
Yes, you can completely change your character during the game (incl. their sex). You're not stuck with anything except for the name. You'll get the option after clearing chapter 5 and doing a certain quest. Details here.Where do I claim those rewards that they keep telling me I got?
At the terminal in the BLADE barracks.Do I have to physically walk up to every character I want to add to my party? Is there no menu?
Yup, you have to walk up to them every time. There is no menu to just beam them into your party. Here's a detailed location overview helping you find where they all hang out.I got disconnected from the network, how do I get back online ("offline" is displayed in the top left)?
example pic of map (more at the link):
You have to return to the title screen (in the settings tab). Don't forget to save. Then just "continue" and you're back online.Can I use both the Pro Controller and the GamePad for the map?
Yes, you can play with a Pro Controller and have the GamePad on the side to use the map UI when needed. But even when using a Pro Controller, you still need the GamePad to do touch screen stuff. Can't do it completely without that.I heard you can download something to make loads better? What's the 411 on that?
Yes but this is only relevant if you own the disc version (!) to bring it in line with the eShop version. You have the option to download the following data packs to improve load times and have assets stream in faster. Note: it doesn't matter when you download them or if you only download some of them or none of them. Do what you want. But: IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED YOU INSTALL THESE!. Also, let me repeat: You do not need these if you have the eShop version. They have zero benefit in that case. ZERO! NADA! NOTHING!Anything I else I should know going in?
Basic High-Speed Data Loading Pack - for greatest impact on your experience, download this pack firstHigh impact to load timesEnemy High-Speed Data Loading Pack - for players who like to explore and fight enemies
Installs frequently used data, such as terrain to speed up load times in the city and field.
For greater load-time improvement, use in conjunction with one or more of the other data packs below.
Size: 2011.0 MBMedium impact to load timesPlayer High-Speed Data Loading Pack - for players who like to complete lots of missions
Installs frequently used data in the field, such as enemy data.
For greater load-time improvement, use in conjunction with the Basic data pack.
Size: 2937.5 MBMedium impact to load timesSkell High-Speed Data Loading Pack - for players who own and like to customize Skells
Installs the data for character graphics and equipment to speed up load times in the city and when you change equipment.
For greater load-time improvement, use in conjunction with the Basic data pack
Size: 3867.1 MBLow impact to load times
Installs data for skell graphics to speed up load times in the city and field as well as when loading skell data.
For greater load-time improvement, use in conjunction with the Basic data pack
Size: 1675.1 MB
How long is this game? Do I need to fake my death?Read these newbie tips from KingSnake: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost...postcount=9255
Save each time before starting an Affinity Quest. Some of them require rare drops, one that I took just now required having 20% of the whole planet explored - sometimes you just realize that you don't want have the time for the quest and just want to progress the story, but with Affinity Quests when you accept them, it's already too late.
Also, watch these to learn about systems and stuff you can do:
Xenoblade Chronicles X Survival Guide: Your New Home
Xenoblade Chronicles X Survival Guide: Planetary Defense 101
Xenoblade Chronicles X Survival Guide: Large Skell Combat
Xenoblade Chronicles X Survival Guide: Mining Your Own Business
Xenoblade Chronicles X Survival Guide: The Sharpest BLADE in the World
Some numbers: You get your first Skell between hour 20-30. You can finish the main story by hour 60 or so. Then you can keep going until your clock reads 300h+. You're not done once you finish the story. Plenty of stuff to do still. Keep flying.How do you take screenshots on Wii U?
To post 720p screenshots, hit HOME, go to the web browser, go to your preferred image hoster (imgur.com/abload.de are recommended), click the "browse" button and then pick either the TV or GamePad screen and upload. Ideally you should have an account so you can easily access your uploaded pics via the gallery on your computer.
Add your NNID in the spreadsheet linked below (quote to see link). If you all want to hang out in a Squad, I can put that info here too if you want.
There's also a discord room where you can set up stuff.
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Player NNID Google Spreadsheet: QUOTE TO SEE LINK