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Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition
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Author(s): Ben Chard, Jarrod Garripoli, Seren Morgan-Roberts
First Published: 01-06-2020 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 13-07-2020 / 02:31 GMT
Version: 0.8 (????) 13-07-2020 / 07:50 GMT

Shulk is the main protagonist of Xenoblade Chronicles and calls Colony 9 his home, where he works as a young scientist to improve the lives of everyone around him. When he begins the game, Shulk is seen researching the Monado, a powerful sword that is the only thing that's capable of hurting the Mechon. Shulk believes the Monado is hiding many powers, which is why he spent his whole life researching it. After an event, Shulk learns to wield the Monado and unlocks the power to see the future.


Shulk can be a bit problematic in battle sometimes, as a lot of his Arts require specific position, meaning that if he has aggro from an enemy, then he's not going to be able to get access to those Arts unless someone manages to get aggro back. Despite this, Shulk does have a pretty good Strength and Agility stat, although his HP is a little on the low side. Once he gains access to the Monado, Shulk will become a bit more complicated to use, as he gains use of another Battle Palette for his Monado skills, in addition to the normal ones. These Monado skills are a combination of buffs, debuffs and damage, and will be great use in battles. He will learn more Monado Arts as the story progresses, as well as rewards from specific Quests.

A lot of Shulk's Arts require him to be in specific positionsBack Slash can be one of Shulk's most powerful skills

Regular Arts

Note that Turn Strike is Shulk's Talent Art and will remain so until he acquires the Monado as a weapon, which is when it will turn into Activate Monado. Choosing Activate Monado will allow him to access his Monado Arts palette. Since Shulk only learns eight normal Arts, you do not have to switch them out at all.

Art Level Learned
Turn Strike (Talent) --
Back Slash 1
Light Heal 1
Slit Edge 3
Stream Edge 5
Shadow Eye 10
Air Slash 14
Shaker Edge 23
Battle Soul 32

Monado Arts

As mentioned above, Activate Monado replaces Turn Strike as Shulk's Talent Art whenever he acquires the Monado. In order to use a Monado Art, the Talent Gauge needs to be filled, with each Monado Art taking a certain amount of the gauge. Shulk only learns a total of eight Monado Arts, so there is no need to switch them out, meaning he will have access to all of them once he gets them.

Monado Art When Learned
Activate Monado (Talent) Story Related
Buster Story Related
Enchant Story Related
Shield Story Related
Speed Story Related
Purge Complete Mystery Girl Rescue
Eater Complete Mystery of Rakna Ruins 4
Armour Complete Stop the Mechon Rampage!
Cyclone Story Related

Best Gifts

The following are the best gifts to give Shulk to help boost his Affinity with for other playable characters.

# Hearts Gift Item
Love Source
Azure Hollyhock, Blue Chain, Digital Filament, Grape Spring, Pauper's Cup, Rainbow Slug, Shield Bug, Winding Gear
Art Core Coil, Black Blossom, Black Panel, Blue Blood, Blue Light Amp, Cable Mouse, Dramatic Night, Modern Blue Gear, Mud Squirrel, Mystery Firefly, Orb Daisy, Rumble Stonefly, Sirius Anemone, Steel Hauyne, Strong Screw, Thunder Compass, Water Boatman

Humanity Skill Tree

The Humanity skill tree, when prioritized, will improve Shulk's Ether stat. The Ether stat will be raised as follows, which is based on the number of skills that have been unlocked in this skill tree: 5/10/20/30/40/50.

Icon Skill Effect SP Cost Link Cost
Healing Wisdom 15% more HP restored with Healing Arts 300 8
Kind Encouragement HP is restored to an encouraged ally 700 7
Friendship Heals Slight heal for party after a Chain Attack 1000 20
Cheer of a Friend Burst Affinity will fill more of the Party Gauge 2000 45
Chain of Friendship Chance of a Chain Link is increased by 15% 3500 45

Integrity Skill Tree

The Integrity skill tree, when prioritized, will improve Shulk's block rate. The block rate is as follows, which is based on the number of skills that have been unlocked in this tree: 4%/6%/8%/10%/15%.

Icon Skill Effect SP Cost Link Cost
Medium Equipment Allows medium weight armor to be equipped 0 10
Secret of Life 10% more HP restored when reviving party member 700 20
Rewarding Work 10% more EXP when completing quests 1000 3
Resilient Warrior Physical and Ether Def Up 5% 2000 11
Ultimate Teamwork Chain Attack damage increased by 25% 3500 18

Intuition Skill Tree

The Intuition skill tree, when prioritized, will improve Shulk's Agility stat. The Agility stat will be raised as follows, which is based on the number of skills that have been unlocked in this skill tree: 2/5/8/10/12/15.

Icon Skill Effect SP Cost Link Cost
Battle Cry Tension increases by 20 from Battle Start Affinity 300 13
Underdog Agility Up buff at beginning of battle with higher level enemies 700 2
Equipment Master Weight of equipment is reduced by 5 1000 5
Fever Pitch Increases chance of Fever when gem crafting 2000 18
Element of Surprise Improves Arts with Bonus Effects from behind 3500 20

Guide Information

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    1 June 2020
  • Last Updated
    13 July 2020
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  • Guide Author
    Ben Chard, Jarrod Garripoli, Seren Morgan-Roberts

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The Bionis and the Mechonis, two great titans, their remains the scene of an epic adventure is about to begin. The guide for Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition features all there is to see and do including a walkthrough featuring coverage of all Chapters, Quests, Affinity Charts, and much more. Including an in-depth walkthrough of Future Connected, the new story and all of the new changes that Definitive Edition brings.

Inside Version 1.0

  • Full coverage of the both the original tale and Future Connected
  • Coverage of all Quests

Coming Soon for Version 1.1

  • Full coverage of every location
  • Bestiary
  • Coverage of all Gems and Equipment
  • Details on every character
  • Complete coverage of the Affinity Chart

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