Nintendo have shared the third Xenoblade Note blog post on their Topics website, sharing some more details about Xenoblade Chronicles 3. This time, the focus is on exploring the world!
Here’s the list of blog posts available:
- Xenoblade Note Vol. 2 (Battle System)
- Xenoblade Note Vol. 3 (Exploring the world)
- Xenoblade Note Vol. 4 (Battle System: Arts and Fusion Arts, Classes and Class Change, Cancelling, Chain Attacks, more)
- Xenoblade Note Vol. 5 (Heroes, Cooking, Gem Crafting, new music tracks)
- Xenoblade Note Vol. 6 (Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Direct)
- Xenoblade Note Vol. 7 (Overview trailer, Battle System, Ouroboros, Heroes)
- Xenoblade Note Vol. 8 (Side activities, Expansion Pass, Commercials)
Throughout the game, Noah and his friends will get to explore the many regions of Aionios. This third Xenoblade Note blog post starts by introducing some of them:
- Millick Meadows: vast, sprawling grasslands traversed by a river. Be careful, as many monsters can be found near that river, including some ferocious plant-like monsters that attack on sight! And that’s not all: some large monsters can also be found roamind those meadows.
- Eagus Wilderness: a desert area subjected to sandstorms. Unlike the Millick Meadows and their boundless nature, this is a harsh region for Noah and his friends, which is why you might want to spend some time at the oasis. It appears that a giant mechanical finger, as well as a mysterious abyss, can be found somewhere in this region,
- Great Cotte Falls: a region with a massive waterfall (with a beautiful rainbow above it), and deep waters for you to swim in. You can see the Iron Giant of Colony Lamba (led by Isurd), but also some buildings in ruins.
- Maktha Wildwood: a region covered in lush forests, with massive trees. The fruits you can harvest there are said to be scrumptious! And sometimes, it’s fine to forget about your adventure and simply search for food and camp at your own leisure.
While exploring the world, you will come across many creatures. Most of them are hostile, and will attack Noah and his friends. To know which type of enemy you’re dealing with, take a look at the symbol to the left of its name (when targeting it).
There are 4 different types of enemies:
- Elite: stronger than normal monsters
- Unique: even stronger monsters, who have their own surname (like everyone’s favourite from Xenoblade Chronicles: Territorial Rotbart)
- Lucky: they are more or less the same as Normal monsters (same strength, for example), but you’re more likely to get good drops by defeating them. Make sure to defeat any Lucky monster you come across!
Next, we have an extremely important feature for players who don’t want to be wrecked by a mob of angry monsters (especially when trying to defeat a Unique monster): Luring. Instead of charging ahead without thinking, it’s recommended you lure enemies away, so you can defeat them one by one.
This third Xenoblade Note blog post also details two of the features you can make us of while exploring the vast world of Xenoblade Chronicles 3. It starts with a staple of most RPGs: Skip Travel.
While exploring Aionios, you will come across special spots known as “Landmarks”. Once you’ve discovered one, you can skip travel to it at pretty much any time. Like in previous Xenoblade Chronicles games, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 features some rare landmarks, found in remote and/or hard to reach places. Finding them will often reward you with a spectacular view. Make sure to explore every nook and cranny of the world in order to find all the landmarks!
In order to fully explore the world, you need to make use of something called Field Skills. Some places can only be reached by walking on a tightrope, or by climbing a wall, but in order to do so, you need to make use of Field Skills. Each time a character join your party, you get access to new Field Skills. Therefore, the more people you meet during your adventures — and the more people end up joining your party — the more of the world you will be able to explore.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Switch) comes out on July 29th worldwide.