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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: 07-07-2020 / 19:38 GMT
Version: 0.8 (????) 07-07-2020 / 22:37 GMT

Quests Available after Sharla joins

Jackson's Awakening
Client Rewards Affinity
Jackson 2200G, 450 EXP, Ether Up III (Route A), Strength Up III 3✰

Once you have Sharla as a permanent party member, and your Colony 9 affinity is at 3✰, Jackson's quest can be activated. He will ask you to find someone to take him on as an apprentice. This quest has two separate endings, depending on who you talk to. Your chosen route also determines whether you activate Jackson the Poet or Jackson the Cook.

  • Talk to Kenny Rohan (Route A) - Kenny Rohan (Tranquil Square, 21:00 - 18:00) offers to teach Jackson how to be a poet. But firstly, he asks you to defeat 5 Tephra Lizards, which can be found near Villa Lake in Tephra Cave. Once you've defeated the monsters, speak to Kenny Rohan and then to Jackson to complete the quest. Taking this route will unlock the quest Jackson the Poet.

  • Talk to Giorgio (B Route) - For this route, speak with Giorgio, who mentions he is looking for someone to help him come up with some curry recipes. Before he brings the boy on, though, he wants you to take out five Tephra Lizards at Villa Lake in Tephra Cave. Do that, report back to Giorgio and return to Jackson with the news, bringing an end to this quest.


Jackson the Poet
Client Rewards Affinity
Jackson 3800G, 650 EXP, Ether Up II 3✰

This quest is only available if you spoke to Kenny Rohan instead of Giorgio in Jackson's Awakening. Jackson has asked you to defeat the Dim Wisp so that he and Kenny Rohan can finally concentrate on their art. The Dim Wisp can be found near Kneecap Hill in Tephra Cave. The wisp will only come out at night, so if you need to, change the time in the menu. Return to Jackson to complete the quest.

The Dim Wisp can be found on Kneecap Hill right before you enter Gaur Plains.

Jackson the Cook
Client Rewards Affinity
Jackson 4200G, 750 EXP, Pile Driver 3✰

This quest is only available if you spoke to Giorgio in Jackson's Awakening. Jackson has asked you to collect 5 lots of Raw Piranhax Meat from the Colony Piranhaxes here in Colony 9 so that he can create his new Curry recipe. The easiest place to find these are by heading to the Cylinder Hangar Landmark and then leaping into the water, you'll find plenty here. Alternatively, head to Outlook Park and search in the cave under it. Once you have them, return to Jackson to hand them over and complete the Quest.


Out-of-Luck Giorgio
Client Rewards Affinity
Giorgio 3500G, 250 EXP, Quark Gauntlets 3✰

This quest is only available to you after you escorted Juju to the Refugee Camp in Bionis' Leg and Sharla joins your party. Also, you will only be able to log this quest if you chose the consulting a relative option during Overworked and Underpaid. His business seems to be in a rut, as customers are complaining the curry isn't like it usually is, since Giorgio is busy with his daughter. As a stopgap, he wants you to get five lots of Piranhax Roe for him, which drop from Piranhaxes on the Bionis' Leg.

The only Piranhax in the Bionis' Leg area are Leg Piranhax, which can be found in the pools of water to the northeast and southwest of Jabos Rock Rest Area landmark (there are none at any other bodies of water, including Rho Oasis). Return with the items and Giorgio needs one more thing, three pieces of Juicy Broccoli. This is a collectable in the Bionis' Leg area, so you might have enough already. If not, then the quest markers will help you find them a lot easier, so keep a lookout for those as you roam about. Once you find the necessary amount, bring them back to Giorgio to finish.


Pestering Paola
Client Rewards Affinity
Giorgio 3500G, 550 EXP, Quark Leggings 3✰

If you chose Route A in the Overworked and Underpaid quest, then you will have activated this quest, rather than Out-of-Luck Giorgio. Giorgio tells you he doesn't have the time to play with Paola, and asks you to spend some time with her instead. Upon talking to Paola, she will ask you to defeat the Fiendish Bunnit, who can be found on a hill near Cliff Lake. To complete the quest, talk to Paola and then to Giorgio.


Quests Available After Reaching Colony 6 Area

A Mysterious Light
Client Rewards Affinity
Kenny Rohan 2200G, 700 EXP, Auto-Atk Stealth II 3✰

Kenny Rohan asks you to find out about the mysterious light in the lake. There are two potential routes to this quest, however, both have similar outcomes, so it does not matter too much which you pick.

  • Begin by talking to Suzanna (Route A) - Talking to Suzanna will lead you to talking to Françoise and then to Dionysis. Conveniently, they all have similar active hours and can be found in Tranquil Square.

  • Begin by talking to Arnaut (Route B) - Talking to Arnaut will lead you to talking to Narine and then talking to Arnaut again.

Once you return to Kenny Rohan with the rumours you have heard, he will tell you you're wrong, and reveal that the light is merely an ether light that fell into the lake after the Mechon attack.

This quest must be completed in order to unlock Kenny Rohan's second quest, Out Like a Light. This is not affected by your chosen route.


Out Like a Light?
Client Rewards Affinity
Kenny Rohan 3400G, 950 EXP, Iron Armour (Route A), King Cluster (Route B) 3✰

After completing A Mysterious Light, Kenny Rohan asks you to decide what to do about the broken lamp. He will give you an ether cylinder, and you can either use it to fix the lamp or throw it away so the lamp remains broken. Here, you will have two endings to the quest, depending on what you choose to do. There are no wrong answers here, it is what you believe would be best for the people of Colony 9

  • Throw the ether cylinder into the lake (Route A) - After throwing it away, speak to Kenny Rohan. He will tell you that the light offered the people of Colony 9 some comfort, but that throwing the cylinder away meant they would finally move on. This route is definitely the easier option, since you only have to stand on the bridge and throw away the ether cylinder to complete the quest, whilst Route B is a little trickier.

  • Mend the lamp (Route B) - If you choose this route, then you must first speak to Arnaut. He will tell you that to fix the lamp you need an ether cylinder (Kenny Rohan gave you this) and 2 Krabble Fixed Parts. You can find Junk Krabbles in the Ether Mine, specifically in Test Area 1 and 3. The Krabble Fixed Parts are a rare drop, so you might have to farm for a little while to get 2 of them. But once collected, return to Arnaut. After he has mended the lamp, return to Kenny Rohan. He will tell you that he looks forward to seeing people gather at the bridge every night.

You can farm for rare drops by fast travelling back and forth between landmarks to force enemies to respawn.

Route A requires you throw the ether cylinder over the bridge Arnaut will repair the lamp if you choose Route B.


Quests Available After Beginning Colony 6 Reconstruction

The Gem Man's Invention
Client Rewards Affinity
Gem Man 1000 EXP, Mobile Furnace None

This quest will be unlocked once you have witnessed the Sororal Statues cut scene and also begun Colony 6 Reconstruction. The Gem Man offers to make you a Mobile Furnace if you reconstruct Colony 6 to level 1 and collect an Ultra Small Reactor. Once completed, return to the Gem Man and receive the Mobile Furnace.


Quests Available After Reaching Makna Forest

A Young Captain's Challenge
Client Rewards Affinity
Emmy Leater 3300G, 600 EXP, Purity Striker, Swep Gauntlets 3✰

Emmy Leater will offer this quest upon you reaching Makna Forest, as well as after you complete A Young Captain's Rise. The lieutenant colonel qualification test is about to begin and it's not looking good for Emmy. She asks for your help, asking for either a Carbo Shield or a Nopon Claymore. You can only get one of these items for her, which will block off the other route. Both routes lead to different quests after finishing this one.

  • A Route - In order to get the Nopon Claymore, you will need to venture to Satorl Marsh, specifically the Sororal Statues landmark. Nearby will be a Nopon Merchant, so speak to him and he'll give you the sword, in return for 4 pieces of Bunnia Scent Wood. To get this, you will need to travel to the Glowing Obelisk landmark in Satorl Marsh and head north to find Ogre Bunnias. They drop the Bunnia Scent Wood, so slay them until you get four; if you don't get enough on a first one, then fast travel back to the Glowing Obelisk and some more should respawn. Bokoko, at the Nopon Merchant Camp, will offer the wood for trade (1). Bring the wood back to the merchant to get the sword, then return it to Emmy Leater.

Important: The Nopon Merchant in Satorl Marsh will move to the Nopon Merchant Camp, in Satorl Marsh, after the events of the Mechonis Core.

Ogre Bunnias are the only ones who drop the Scent Woodthe location of the Carbo Shield for the B Route

  • B Route - Should you take this route, you will have to find a Carbo Shield for Emmy. This will be located in the Colony 6 area, so fast travel to Freight Road or Main Entrance landmark in the area, then venture north of the Main Entrance. Head up the ramp and to your right will be a red orb, which will be the Carbo Shield. Bring this back to Emmy to finish.

Note: Completing Route A will unlock A Young Captain's Revival later in the game, while the B Route unlocks A Young Captain's Trust.

Désirée's Future
Client Rewards Affinity
Désirée 8000G, 3500 EXP, Swep Gear, Swep Gauntlets, Swep Boots, Shulk's Pessimism Skill Tree 4+✰

This is a rather tricky quest to even unlock as you'll need to get a fair way into 4✰ Affinity for Colony 9 and then spend time speaking to every resident multiple times until they offer no further Affinity Boosts. At that point, you may find Désirée with this Quest so long as you have Shulk as the party leader. She's looking for advice on what route to take in life and looks to Shulk for advice. You'll need to listen to all of the stories that Desiree tells you and then at the end of it all, you'll be given a choice for her future. You will have to choose whether she becomes a Soldier (Route A) or a Sculptor. The rewards are the same, however, there are mutually exclusive quests that are unlocked depending on your choice.

Soldier - If Route A is taken then Désirée will become a soldier and you can unlock the quest, Betty's Gift from Betty.

Sculptor - If Route B is taken then Désirée will become a sculptor and you can unlock Désirée's next quest, Désirée's Apology.

Note: Finishing Désirée's Future will unlock Shulk's fourth skill tree, Pessimism.


Quests Available After Melia Joins Your Party

The Old Soldier's Test
Client Rewards Affinity
Jan 5800G, 5000 EXP, Dawn Staff 3✰

To obtain this quest, a number of prerequisites must be fulfilled. Firstly, you must have 3✰ affinity with Colony 9 and Jan, Cheryl, Minnie and Dionysis must be registered (as well as Jan) on the affinity chart. Jan and Minnie must also have a link between each other, this is established when Jan tells you that he had dinner with a young girl (Minnie). Once that affinity link is established, you can talk to Dionysis who will ask you for your opinion on the relationship. To obtain this quest, you must answer "He's too old", if you pick the other option then you will notbe able to activate Jan's quest. After all of the prerequisites have been satisfied, you should be able to head over and accept the quest from Jan in the Military District.

Jan thinks young people need a challenge to build character. He has asked you to defeat Elder Gragus near the Nopon Arch in Makna Forest. The Elder Gragus is a level 34 Quadwing-type Unique monster. There are a few Jungle Quadwings surrounding him that might also join in on the fight. Once you have defeated Elder Gragus, head back to Jan to complete the quest.

The Elder Gragus can be found on an elevated area near Nopon Arch.


Quests Available After Riki Joins Your Party

A Big Brother's Fight

This quest will expire if you activate and complete Jiroque's quest, A Little Brother's Fight. You may only complete one or the other, and both quests have a mutually exclusive quest after finishing them.

Client Rewards Affinity
Zukazu 2500G, 3000 EXP, Jungle Top 2✰

In order to unlock this quest you must have already completed Biscuits for a Grandson and have Riki in your party. Zukazu and Jiroque's fight is approaching, and Zukazu has asked you to fetch him a Red Pollen Orb so that he can secure his victory. Once you have activated this quest, you will have the opportunity to activate Jiroque's quest, A Little Brother's Quest and you may only complete one or the other of these two quests. Should you choose to stay with A Big Brother's Fight, you may remember the Nopon, Zazadan, in Satorl Marsh who has Red Pollen Orbs. Head to Nopon Refuge north of the Glowing Obelisk landmark and retrieve a Red Pollen Orb from behind Zazadan. Return the Red Pollen Orb to Zukazu to complete the quest.

This quest must be completed in order to unlock the mutually exclusive quest, A Place to Come Home to.


A Little Brother's Fight

This quest will expire if you complete Zukazu's quest, A Big Brother's Fight. You may only complete one or the other, and both quests have a mutually exclusive quest after finishing them.

Client Rewards Affinity
Jiroque 7500G, 1500 EXP, Jungle Bottoms 2✰

In order to unlock this quest you must have already completed Biscuits for a Grandson and have Riki in your party. Zukazu and Jiroque's fight is approaching, and Zukazu has asked you to fetch him a Red Pollen Orb so that he can secure his victory however by informing Jiroque about Zukazu's request, you can help him instead. Should you choose to stay with A Little Brother's Fight, you may remember the Nopon, Zazadan, in Satorl Marsh who has Red Pollen Orbs. Head to Nopon Refuge north of the Glowing Obelisk landmark and retrieve a Red Pollen Orb from behind Zazadan. Return the Red Pollen Orb to Jiroque to complete the quest.

This quest must be completed in order to unlock the mutually exclusive quest, Thawing Relations.


A Place to Come Home to
Client Rewards Affinity
Jiroque 4500G, 2500 EXP, Lion Cutlass 2✰

This is a mutually exclusive quest, meaning you can only access it if you chose to complete A Big Brother's Fight instead of A Little Brother's Fight. Following their big fight, Zukazu has headed off on an adventure and Jiroque wants to make his bedroom nice for when he returns. He has aked you to get the following items to decorate with:

  • 3 Quality Antol Jaws - These can be obtained from Clinger Antols in Colony 9. They are specifically located in two areas: an elevated cave near Cliff Lake, and northwest of Agora Shore. They are in a higher abundance near Cliff Lake so it would be advised that you head there first to see if you can get the required amount in one go, and then if you're missing some you can head over to Agora Shore. Be careful around Cliff Lake though, since there is a level 39 antol-type unique monster called Roguish Frengel. It can drop the Quality Antol Jaw, so you could fight it if you're a high enough level.

  • 4 Black Irises - These are a collectable found in Makna Forest.

  • 2 Forget-You-Nots - These are a fairly rare collectable found in Satorl Marsh. You may need to fast travel back and fourth between Satorl Marsh landmarks and other regions in order to spawn in the collectable. They typically spawn around Barren Moor and the central areas of Satorl Marsh.

Once you have collected all the items, head back to Jiroque to complete the quest.


Thawing Relations
Client Rewards Affinity
Zukazu 4500G, 2500 EXP, Meditor Gnasher 2✰

This is a mutually exclusive quest, meaning you can only access it if you chose to complete A Little Brother's Fight instead of A Big Brother's Fight. To begin with, Zukazu wants you to track down 3 lots of Maternal Armu Milk. You can track these down by defeating the Plain Armus found at Agora Shore to the east. Alternatively, if you're already at 4✰, you can simply Trade for them with Zukazu (which begs the question, why is he asking for them in the first place). Once you have this, make your way to Ether Light during the day and speak with Marcia to give her the milk and the Old Watch before returning to Zukazu at night to complete the Quest.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Nintendo
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    1 June 2020
  • Last Updated
    7 July 2020
    Version History
  • 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.

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  • Bestiary
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  • Complete coverage of the Affinity Chart

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