Tales of Zestiria’s Miclio Is An Angel-Like Character From A Lost Race

By Sato . February 19, 2014 . 11:30pm


The recently revealed Tales of Zestiria character, named Miclio, is an angel-like character who comes from the “Heavenly Tribe,” and can apparently only be seen by certain people. Famitsu shares the latest details on the new character.



Miclio of the Heavenly Tribe was actually raised together with Slay since they were babies. While he’s well aware that he’s from a different race, but this has never been an issue since Slay’s high spiritual power allows him to see Miclio.


Slay is more of a free spirit, while Miclio is the calm and considerate type of character, but this difference actually makes them both a good combination of buddies.


The Heavenly Tribe are a mysterious race that are subject of faith. By using pure humans or materials as “vessels,” they can manipulate nature with the use of “Heaven Echo” Artes.


It is said that only humans with high spiritual powers can recognize the Heavenly Tribe, and those who agree to become their vessels are called “Monks”. The Monks can freely use Heavenly Tribe powers, but it is said that their existence is now merely a legend, as they’ve been long lost.


Tales of Zestiria is currently in development for the PlayStation 3.

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  • DeAndre Atchison

    Betting that part of the plot requires doing the rite to become a monk

  • Kotorin

    pl0t twist

    • Namuro


      Yes please! LOL

    • CirnoLakes

      The plot twist is that he likes to wear dresses and twintails?

      Sounds like a good plot twist to me. I’m waiting for the costume.

    • Spectacularity

      So wrong it’s right.
      Wait, what? o.O

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu



      • Zetayuri

        I’m stumped at the speed this happened as well.

      • joe yabuki

        Damn the game isn’t release yet and there’s already rule 63 what a godspeed.

    • raito_89

      I can see why MikuLeo dresses like that, lol

    • Roberto


    • DyLaN

      Heeeeyyy I posted that in the OT XP

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      I love your profile picture

    • sd28

      that was fast ……

    • >.>

    • I’d be fine with this.

    • Yan Zhao

      Watch him actually be a reverse trap in the game now.

    • DesmaX

      Gotta draw fast

      • beepboopity

        In case of unfortunate name romanization

        • Aimmi

          Looks like Miclio is on top of Slay after all. -nudge nudge-

    • xXDGFXx

      DO IT!

    • EinMugenTenshin

      Just a quick question. Wouldn’t this actually be possible, even likely? I mean they can use people as “vessels”, surely they don’t discriminate on gender. I mean He could be a girl originally from what we know?

  • Slayven19

    Can’t wait to see more characters.

  • Namuro

    Man… I can see doujins for these guys miles away…

    • God

      Rule 34.

    • Lumi

      I’m calling Slay as top

    • Ryuki

      ….Time to search the webs for those Doujins of these two.

    • harmonyworld

      I know right!
      I’m feeling it already!

    • Barrylocke89

      What would that look like to people who can’t see Miclio?

  • I hope the game doesn’t just have the party find a magic crystal or whatever in the first dungeon that lets everyone be able to see this character. I really like the idea of just the protagonist being able to see and communicate with this guy; it just presents a unique dynamic I’d like to see explored and worked with.

    • Emsa

      But they’ve already confirmed those with high spiritual power can see them. It would feel a bit silly if the protagonist was the only one with high enough spiritual power.

      • DragKudo

        Least they can do is reveal him to the group halfway through the game I can imagine how funny the skits are going to be. Everyone is going to think Slay is crazy.

      • Spiritual power doesn’t necessarily equal ability to fight monsters.
        Of course, I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re right about the game missing the opportunity entirely. I just want to see Tales of games try harder to do something new with their stories, and this looks like an interesting plot element to work with.

  • LustEnvy

    So….Asbel and Hubert?

    • LustEnvy

      I mean Miclio’s outfit is a blatant copy of Hubert’s. Come on, Tales team. Same-ish outfit, same-ish personality… these tropes are getting ridiculous. As a Tales fan, I still expect SOME evolution.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        Do what I do. When it comes to these ones, worry about the execution, skip some of the 7 games released on PS3 and get with the ones that have the best gameplay.( Like, Graces.)

      • Loli Summoner

        While the outfit is the same, don’t think the personality will be the same. Hubert was a dick.

        • Kitestwinblades

          Not gonna lie, The screens of Miclio make him look totally different from his description. Some hard stares and a raised eyebrow. He does look calm but I’m starting to think that considerate side comes at a price. Then again, if some people couldn’t see you, you could make all the faces you wanted without shame. This is going to be interesting :3

          But yeah, probably not as much as a hardass like Hubert.

      • Ladius

        Considering Tales has fourteen main entries with six to eight (sometimes even more) playable characters per game and has mostly employed Fujishima and Inomata as character designers, it’s inevitable to have some similar design traits over the time.

        Other than that, Miclio’s costume is actually more similar to Mao’s than to Hubert’s, and there’s no reason to think he will share Hubert’s personality since he’s described as “calm and considerate”.

      • Mar Mar

        SPOILERS: Miclio is Hubert

        I was listening to Graces F OST the other day. I want to play it all over again.

  • Loli Summoner

    Waiting for the busty girl or loli.

    • Superior Spider-Man

      Sheena/Collette (Edit: Should’ve said Presea….)

      Sophie……. and Cheria?….. Graces is the combo breaker…

      • JuhRo

        Kohaku, although I guess Beryl counts more as Loli, and Innes :D

      • EinMugenTenshin

        That is… a good observation. Question is when does it count? I mean she is clearly bigger than Pascal (no hard feelings, we still love you Pascal, swear!), but then again has some way to go until she reaches Milla levels.

        I mean, could this female knight/princess be the one for Zestiria? I think not, but I mean it is possible?

        • Superior Spider-Man

          That was my point. Everybody was lacking in the bust department. All of the other games (At least symphonia+) had their big bust girls and respective loli in the party but Graces didn’t.

      • Kitestwinblades

        Emeraude and Fourier! ( ̄ー ̄)

        • Superior Spider-Man

          Neither were main party members. (T_T*)

  • DyLaN

    So…. Miculio is assist character?

    Also yay for coffee and sugar returning :P (Valvrave watcher should know what I mean)


    More info and screenshot. Prefer Slay with his cape on IMO.

  • Warboss Aohd

    notice how he looks just like a humie though.

    • DyLaN

      Its…. not really a big deal.

      • Warboss Aohd

        it’s really not, but i always find that kinda lazy.

        Personal preference.

  • I’m still not used to seeing the main character wearing those feather earrings.

  • beepboopity

    High spiritual powers? Maybe he’s like Milla, able to perform artes and fights with a sword!

    Btw, Abyssal chronicles translated TOZ official page, if anyones interested..

  • stephane3012

    One thing i always wanted them to add in the tales series is online co-op. How cool would that be if we had online exclusive bosses to take on with a full party of players?Plz make this happen namco.

    • megaten666

      Online exclusive bosses? O_O
      Please, God, no! This is NOT an MMO! I definitely don’t want this to happen :/

      • stephane3012

        C’mon they don’t have to be exclusive but don’t completly reject the idea of online co-op like that. It could be the same as local co-op and i would be pleased. And when i said full party i meant 4 people not an mmo, gods!!!

        • megaten666

          Now, we are getting somewhere :)
          I absolutely hate the idea of online exclusive bosses. However, as long as online exclusivity is not present in a Tales, but an option is added to play the battles as local or online multiplayer, (or even better, mixed) I’ll be fine.

  • I’ll admit I’m very pleased at Bandai Namco for giving US and EU a better chance at Tales. Symphonia Chronicles comes out next week! and Xillia 2 coming out later this year with Zestiria maybe coming late this year but I think it will likely be next year. Either way I’m very happy. Can’t wait for my US ToSC CE next week from Amazon. I do hope they properly package it. Now on topic I like the new characters already and I see Miclio will be quite a fun fellow hope to see some new gameplay footage soon.

  • It’s interesting to see what is clearly Inomata’s style of character design alongside the Vesperia style. Miclio looks like he popped right out of Tales of Graces, while Slay and Alicia look like they belong in a Team Symphonia game. I think the clothing design is where the biggest differences lie.

    • beepboopity

      There was a collaboration in ToX and ToX2, but it wasn’t this obvious. Clothing may be a factor, but I remember an interview about how they wanted to be more accurate depicting the characters in regards to the original artstyle, so maybe this has something to do with it?

  • well that’s different.

  • Samsara09

    one thing I am wandering…we know “nothing” about the gameplay of this game,not even in the scans there are a pic or two about how the caracters fight…and we already have 3 caracters.We do know the weapons…but,well…how they use them we don’t.

    We don’t even know the catch this game will have,like the link of xillia…or the name of the combat style…

    the suspense is killing me:it is really unusual…

  • Spirit Macardi

    Calling it right now: Their English VAs will be Yuri Lowenthal and Johnny Yong Bosch x3

    It’s unavoidable. With these designs and mix of character traits, it’s like they were created with that exact purpose! They even look like Lelouch and Suzaku!

  • DivinePhoenix69

    Maybe it’s just me but i’m honestly not digging these designs at all. It’s not that they look generic or anything, it’s just that they look rather boring. I much prefer Xillia/Xillia 2’s artstyle and designs tbh. Of course my opinion may always change once we get more info or when it’s closer to release but as of now i’m not impressed.

    • kaotron

      I agree, so far I only kinda like Alicia’s design, this guy looks too much like hubert, and slay? oh god, what can I say about slay…

      …he looks like a combination of lloyd, colette and jude, who has an unhealthy obsession with feather accessories.

  • Learii

    nice clothe

  • kaotron

    …So abyss had fonic artes, graces called theirs cryas and this one has heaven echo’s…I think this guy might be this games version of sophie(minus the invisible part)

  • Kolibri

    Interesting story, and the design is pretty cool too.

  • kaotron

    I know this is way too early but I hope that this game has better post games content but I guess it’s a tales tradition to have the game reset before the final boss battle when you complete it…

  • Monterossa

    these screenshots just confirmed that the game will have bad brightness and contrast issue like Xillia. how sad….

  • kaotron

    i know its their marketing strategy but I wished that instead of showing reveals of the storyline little by little, they’d show the other cast members instead

  • Michael Connell

    I foresee many yaoi fanart and fanfics to come soon after this game’s release, lol

  • Steven Higgins

    I want them to get in constant arguments that make the party think Slay is insane. That would be fun.
    And it looks like Miclio may have a bit of a goofy side too, making faces at people, knowing they can’t see him.

  • fireemblembeast

    The first picture makes me think Miclio is like Slay’s agent getting all up in Alicia’s face about some contract or something lol

  • Lloyd Christmas

    Am I the only one who keeps seeing Kurapika here?

  • Bell

    This Heavenly Tribe sounds very interesting, but if Slay turns out to be a monk, I’m going to be very dissapointed. I have more faith in the Tales series than to assume they’d pull something so predictable, but he really seems like a monk, judging from what I’ve just read.

  • skyenix

    I already see Jude’s Costume DLC for Miclio, Alvin’s costume for Slay and Leia or Milla’s Costume for Alicia…

  • Tienron

    he looks like Hubert…. or at least wearing something very similar

  • Huh… why is that screenshot reminding me of Star Ocean the Last Hope again…

  • Ein

    He will be the second Joshua Bright

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