Nintendo shared new gameplay details about Shulk, the protagonist of the original Xenoblade Chronicles, who is set to return in the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Future Redeemed DLC. Shulk wields his Monado Replica to shield his allies from damage. After losing his arm in a battle, he incorporated some one-handed sword moves to his repertoire that some fans might recognize.
Shulk’s class is called Grand Soldier, and he wields the Monado Replica EX+, the same weapon he used on the Future Connected epilogue added in Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition.
シュルクのクラスは「グランドソルジャー」。武器は「モナド・R・EX/改」。敵の攻撃を先読みし、回避するディフェンダー。攻撃や支援にも優れていますも。「モナドバスター」は、敵に防御力無視のダメージを与え、さらに覚醒時、与ダメージが上がりますも。#ゼノブレイド3 #新たなる未来 pic.twitter.com/LDJcX7JoHU
— ゼノブレイド総合 (@XenobladeJP) April 24, 2023
As a Defender-type character, Shulk gains enemy aggro while anticipating and avoiding enemy attacks. He also excels as a damage dealer. His Talent Art is called Monado Buster, and it deals piercing damage, which ignores enemy defenses. Damage is increased when Shulk is under the Awakened status effect.
Additionally, the animation for Monado Buster is very similar to Dunban’s Blossom Dance Talent Art in the first Xenoblade Chronicles. Like Shulk in the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 DLC, Dunban lost use of his right arm and had to learn to fight only using his left arm.
The Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Future Redeemed DLC comes out on April 25, 2023. The base game is readily available for the Nintendo Switch, and it will be needed to play the expansion. Nintendo also shared a character relationship chart for Future Redeemed.