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Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Exploring Syra Hovering Reefs

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Vincent Lau

This is a guide for Chapter 4 of Xenoblade Chronicles 3, covering the exploration of Syra Hovering Reefs in the Keves Castle Region. Also, how to sneak into Keves Castle.

Where to go after Moebius O & P

(1 of 2) Syra Hovering Reefs is just outside Keves Castle.

Syra Hovering Reefs is just outside Keves Castle. (left), The hovering reefs are connected by zip-lines. (right)

After thrashing Moebius O & P, you’ll regain control near Engardo Pass Camp. From here, the exit that leads to the Keves Castle Region is a stone’s throw away to the south.

Upon entering the Keves Castle Region, you’ll be at Syra Hovering Reefs. First, head south-east towards a bridge that leads to the castle area. However, heading that way would be unadvisable. That said, you can go that way to trigger Ashera’s Hero Quest (you still cannot reach the castle though).

Instead, ride the zip-line to the south towards Hovering Reef 7, then make your way anti-clockwise along the other hovering reefs, till you reach Hovering Reef 2. While you’re adventuring, be care not to fall off the edges (or get excited and jump off the zip-lines) because there aren’t any landmarks for a while.

Only when you reach Hovering Reef 2 can you relax, because that’s when you’ll discover the Hovering Reef 2 Camp. Get some rest if you need, then continue south a bit to trigger a cutscene.

How to Sneak into Keves Castle

(1 of 2) This path is shorter, but the enemies are right there.

This path is shorter, but the enemies are right there. (left), Meanwhile, this path is longer but has fewer enemies. (right)

Next, you’ll need to infiltrate the Ether mine at Hovering Reef 1 towards the north-east. After riding the zip-line, there are two routes you can take. Nearby to the north, there’s a shorter zip-line that leads to a bunch of enemies. This path is shorter, but riskier. That said, if you’re overleveled from quests, you should have little issues.

Otherwise, if you go east, there’s a climbable wall that leads to higher ground, allowing you to circle around a bunch of foes. From here, you can travel anti-clockwise around the reef. This path is longer, but there are minimal foes to deal with.

Either way, your target is the north-west corner of this reef, where the cargo crates and transport vehicles are. Once you’ve reached the destination, the gang will sneak into the crates and be transported into Keves Castle proper.

Locations

Landmarks at Syra Hovering Reefs

Name Description
Penshia Portal Entrance from the Pentelas Region, towards north-west corner.
Colony 11 West Gate Beyond the bridge south-east from Penshia Portal. Need to accept Ashera’s Hero Quest.
Colony 11 East Gate East from the west gate. Need to accept Ashera’s Hero Quest.

Rest Areas at Syra Hovering Reefs

Name Description
Hovering Reef 2 Camp At Hovering Reef 2 towards the far south, somewhat near the south-west corner.
Colony 11 Canteen Along the south side of Colony 11. Must complete Ashera’s Hero Quest.

Containers at Syra Hovering Reefs

(1 of 2) Theres a bunch of containers scattered around the reefs.

Theres a bunch of containers scattered around the reefs. (left), Plus a couple inside Colony 11. (right)

Container # Map Marker Location
1 Map Marker East from Penshia Portal.
2 Map Marker South-east from Penshia Portal, just before the First Ixia Bridge.
3 Map Marker Along the north side of Colony 11, accessible near the north-west corner. Must accept Ashera’s Hero Quest.
4 Map Marker Near south-west corner of Colony 11, behind a shutter. Must accept Ashera’s Hero Quest.
5 Map Marker Near south-east corner of Colony 11, behind a shutter. Must accept Ashera’s Hero Quest.
6 Map Marker West side of Hovering Reef 6.
7 Map Marker Around south side of Hovering Reef 5, on ground level.
8 Map Marker South-east corner of Hovering Reef 4.
9 Map Marker At Hovering Reef 2, south from the center. Must climb up.
10 Map Marker Around east side of Hovering Reef 1. Go around from the north side of the pool.
11 Map Marker At Hovering Reef 1. To the west after going down the short zip-line near the entrance.
12 Map Marker Near north-west corner of Hovering Reef 1, next to the transport vehicles.

Soldier Husks at Syra Hovering Reefs

(1 of 2) You can find many of Colony 11s fallen.

You can find many of Colony 11s fallen. (left), Plus failed invaders from Agnus Castle. (right)

Soldier Husk # Map Marker Location
1 Map Marker South-west from Penshia Portal, just before the First Ixia Bridge.
2 Map Marker West side of Hovering Reef 6.
3 Map Marker Near north-west corner of Hovering Reef 5, on ground level.
4 Map Marker Atop raised ground near north-east corner of Hovering Reef 5.
5 Map Marker Around east side of Hovering Reef 1, after climbing up.

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  • Publisher
    Nintendo
  • Platforms,
    Switch
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    27 July 2022
  • Last Updated
    27 September 2022
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