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Team Lora

    Lora (Laura)

Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese), Anna Koval (English)

One part of the DLC's main-character duo, she has been on the run ever since she was ten years old and accidentally awakened Jin. She starts the game searching for her estranged mother.

  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Downplayed - she carries a whip and her Driver Art, Spinning Wheel has her use it, but all her auto attacks are punches and kicks, all her Driver Arts end with a punch or kick, and in the trailer, she takes on Malos with nothing but her martial arts and even staggers him while he's armed with his Monado.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Though she lets Gort go the first time out of respect for her mother, she doesn't hesitate to later cut down a mutated Gort when he threatens her and insults her mother. Though she also states she is doing it to put Gort out of his misery.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Her Talent Art, Swallow's Flight, allows her to fully refresh her Arts' Cooldowns at the cost of half of her Hit Points.
  • Character Shilling: Downplayed, but even if you've spent most of the game playing as another character or team, Lora will end up getting most of the credit from NPC's on sidequests despite not being shown to do much more than the others.
  • Cry into Chest: She does this with Jin after finding out what happened at Torigoth.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Despite being the closest thing to a POV character for most of the game, it's Jin who turns out to be the true protagonist of the story, and ultimately it's Mythra who gets the most character development and plot focus, what with her being the Aegis itself and the only one who can truly take on Malos.
  • Deuteragonist: Much like Cross in Xenoblade Chronicles X, she is the game's Decoy Protagonist, and gets a lot of focus and development in her own right but most of her role is to contribute to Jin's story and Character Development and to invent the combat system used in the main game.
  • Doomed by Canon: The main game revealed how her death changed Jin forever long before Rex and his friends get involved.
  • Expy:
    • Amusingly, while the base game liked to compare Rex to Addam, Lora may be even more like him than Addam is. A spirited young (though older than she looks) person, who grew strong from a parent-less upbringing, and became a Driver through accidentally getting her hands on a legendary Blade that wasn't intended for her. She also wields her rope often in the same way Rex uses his grappling hook (her Break art spawns healing potions much like Rex's toppling anchor shot), and her Blades and skills push her towards the same Combat Medic style.
    • Lora is also similar to Fiora from the first game in terms of role and personality, aside from the fact that their English dub names rhyme. She's a bit of a gadfly, but is also The Heart of the team and the voice of reason. She has a similar close-range fighting style, particularly considering when Fiora uses hunting knives as a Homs, and her Arts share some similarities with Fiora's in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 itself, being a mix of DPS and healing. But most importantly, she is a deuteragonist whose story mostly revolves around Jin and her death drives Jin to take revenge on the world around him, much like what Fiora's death does to Shulk.
    • Lora is also similar to the ironically named Jyn Erso as The Hero and the female POV character within her team, being Doomed by Canon and with a good amount of focus on her romantic relationship within her team. She is the direct main focus of the game's events, but her importance to the overarching narrative is more from her actions' effect on the world and characters from within her team.
  • Fragile Speedster: Lora has the fastest auto-attack in the game (where she simply punches the opponent) and can rack up some great DPS with auto-attack canceling, but Team Lora has the lowest HP of all three teams and Lora's Talent Art consumes half of her HP to make her even more fragile (something that the AI fails to recognize).
  • Give Me a Sword: Jin and her designed an entire fighting style around sharing Jin's sword, constantly throwing it at each other, with the unarmed teammate assuming support through martial arts/Blade powers. Addam thinks it's amazing, until he learns why exactly they did this - not enough money to buy a second sword. Then he's just left in stitches.
  • Heroic Bastard: Implied; Blade Eater Gort calls her a bastard in a way that implies that it wasn't just a general insult. There's also the matter of her eyes being yellow instead of blue.
  • Had to Be Sharp: The major reason why she excels in unarmed combat is simply due to being constantly broke and barely able to buy food, let alone a proper weapon.
  • Improbable Weapon User: As seen in her profile image, her "whip" is actually a charm tied at the end of a rope.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Her insistence that Jin learn about his first Driver causes Jin's Start of Darkness. Reading his previous self's diary led to him to understand out how things end when a Blade and Driver fall in love and learn of the Flesh Eater process that his previous self had researched in desperation to keep his memories and feelings for his beloved wife. Since this is around the time Jin realizes he loves Lora, he doesn't take it well. Ultimately subverted as Jin would eventually go on to deal the final blow to Amalthus when no one else could, albeit at the cost of his life.
  • Older Than They Look: She's actually twenty-seven (making her older than the entire human half of the main game's party) and does not look like it at all. Lampshaded by Milton who would have guessed she was only twenty at most.
  • Playing with Fire: Her base weapon.
  • Ship Tease: Has a lot with Jin, particularly when they find Jin's old house. Not only does she swoon over his lines, but she also insists on taking a picture with him after seeing one of him with his old Driver, only to be disappointed when the picture of the two of them becomes a group photo.
  • Short Hair with Tail: At first it looks like she just has Boyish Short Hair, but there's actually a ponytail.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: One of her favored item categories is meat with the specific liked item being Ruby-Stew Buloofo, which Jin makes. In general, she has stated that she loves Jin's cooking.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Her voice is a lot deeper than you'd expect given how young she looks, and is an indicator of how old she actually is.

    Jin (Shin)

Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese), John Schwab (English)

Lora's first Blade, and the true protagonist of the DLC. This is Jin before his Start of Darkness, where he was known as "The Paragon of Torna" and was the most respected Blade in the kingdom.

  • Badass Normal: Relative to his future self - Jin hasn't yet become a Flesh Eater and acquired the resulting Story-Breaker Power, so he's "just" a fast and skillful swordsman with some ice powers. However, he's still known as the most powerful Blade in Torna in the expansion, just as much as Brighid has this status for the Empire of Mor Ardain.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Usually he's a quiet, friendly guy who hates fighting, but if one manages to legitimately piss him off he can get outright merciless, to the point Lora has to stop him from dismembering Gort. This is, of course, Foreshadowing just how far he's going to fall when her untimely death comes.
  • Camp Cook: He shares the cooking crafting skill with Mythra and Aegaeon.
  • The Comically Serious: In a majority of lighthearted situations with the team, Jin is frequently left speechless and bemused by his comrades' antics.
  • Cool Mask: Wears his signature mask initially to hide his identity, due to the fact that his Core Crystal was stolen years ago, which would lead people to accuse Lora as the thief.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He is not above taking jabs towards his comrades whenever they say or do something that gets on his nerves, such as deciding to make steamed vegetables when Mythra demands for something meaty in a post-battle banter. (For the record, if Addam's active Blade is Minoth instead, both he and Addam request meat and Jin obliges.)
  • Declaration of Protection: Delivers one to Lora after defending her from Gort 17 years ago.
  • The Hero: He is the central Blade of the story, just as Pyra and Mythra are in the main game. While Lora is billed first (being his Driver), she ends up being a Decoy Protagonist to him and Jin ultimately gets the most development and focus within the game (along with Mythra). To drive the point home, he provides the opening and closing monologues, and shows up on the save game icon rather than Lora.
  • An Ice Person: His Blade element is ice.
  • Let the Past Burn: His final act in the story after becoming a Flesh Eater is to return to the old house where he once lived with Ornelia, and burn it down. He also burns the new journal he started, as well as the group picture taken with Addam, Hugo, and their Blades with it.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He inherits Team Lora's balanced to Fragile Speedster stats, but has a Battle Skill that makes him hit extremely hard while reducing the damage that he himself takes. With Arts recharge pouch items, he can continuously chain all three of his Battle Arts in a row while melting through enemy health bars.
  • Martial Pacifist: He hates fighting, only doing so to ensure Lora's survival. Of course, this mindset has changed completely upon reaching the main game's time due to her demise.
  • Red Baron: The Paragon of Torna
  • Ship Tease: Has a lot of moments with Lora, such as when Lora starts to tease him about Lora liking one of his lines. Likewise, when Azurda asks him about his thoughts about Blades eventually becoming Titans, Jin replies, "I don't wish for 'forever.' All I want is my life with her. That's plenty."
  • Supreme Chef: His cooking craft is called "Home Cooking". In one Sidequest, his cooking skills are too refined for an Ardainian soldier to handle, requiring Mythra to make his favorite dish instead.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Fits everything, except for the part where he dresses in all white. Lora likes to tease him about how he's just too perfect a ladykiller. It never ends well when all of his known Drivers are women that he inevitably falls for and loses.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He favors seafood with Steel Salmon Tempura being his favorite item.
  • Tragic Keepsake: The mask he wears was made by Lora herself and it's the only thing he takes with him to the main game while all his other keepsakes are burned away.
  • We Will Meet Again: Jin hints at meeting Azurda again before they part ways, but also hinting that when they encounter each other again, they will be enemies. This is true in the main game when Azurda comes to Rex, Pyra, Nia, and Dromarch's aid, and sees that Jin still seeks Revenge against Amalthus for what happened 500 years ago.

    Haze (Kasumi)

Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese), Samantha Dakin (English)

Lora's second Blade, known for her ability to control other Blades and her uncanny resemblance to Lora.

  • Badass Bookworm: She favors literature with The Knight of Torna, which Minoth can make after Lora is officially knighted a Tornan Driver being her top favorite book.
  • Blow You Away: Her Blade element is wind.
  • Composite Character: Gameplay-wise, she's essentially a combination of Rex's Rare Blade Roc (a wind-element Blade who can disperse miasmas) and Nia (the go-to healer for the party).
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Downplayed; every once in a while she pouts about her status as the "secondary Blade" to Jin's primary, and starts literally clinging to Lora. Lora and Jin usually humor her and let her be the flagship for a bit when it happens.
  • The Cutie: To the point that even Mythra, who's perfectly willing to scream at children, finds herself unable to get mad at her.
  • Healing Winds: A dedicated healer who uses the wind element to heal.
  • Irony: Before making their way to the final confrontation against Malos, Haze sympathizes with Minoth for being Amalthus's Blade and hopes she never has a Driver like him, which is exactly what happens to her afterwards.
  • Love Freak: She's quite excited when helping other people with love. There's a Sidequest in which the group helps a musician win over a Tornan girl, to which Haze animatedly volunteers to help out with.
  • The Medic: The only healing Blade of the party since Core Crystals are not part of the expansion's gameplay mechanics.
  • Miko: Her appearance and unique powers of healing and ether manipulation invoke this.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When a sweet girl like her declares someone to be beyond saving, it makes quite the impression. She sets this towards the mutated Blade Eater, Gort, in his last appearance.
  • Squishy Wizard: Highly competent with wind spell-casting, on top of being a rare "true" healing Blade (with a straight party-wide healing art, that was noted in the main game to be really unusual) and her near-unique ether manipulation abilities. In exchange for all those gimmicks, she's one of the worst offensive Blades ever seen, to the point where Lora vastly outclasses her when borrowing her weapon, lacking the three-hit combo every single character can do and just clumsily clubs the enemy with her staff. This makes her a fantastic AI-controlled Support Party Member especially on high difficulties, but not so much as a player character.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Haze specializes in sewing talisman pouch items.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: She favors vegetables with her main favorite being Wildflower Salad.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: A Sidequest in Auresco reveals that Haze is scared of ghosts, with Brighid playing a prank on her not to look behind her.


Team Addam

    Addam Origo (Aderu Orudo)

Voiced by: Yusuke Handa (Japanese), Paul Thornley (English)

The beloved prince of Torna, though not the heir to the throne. He is also the one who awakened Mythra, being Rex's predecessor as the "good" Aegis' Driver and Zeke's childhood hero.

  • Benevolent Boss: He treats his underlings very well, "punishing" a guard who lost his vault key by allowing him to take time off to take care of his grandmother. Also has shades of Good Parents, since also has an inordinate amount of patience for Mythra's brattiness, with her acting as a surrogate "daughter" of sorts, and Addam helps her grow into a more caring and compassionate being. He also handily rejects Mythra's suggestion of taxing the people of Torna to help fund supplies. Overall, Addam is a supreme Nice Guy who genuinely does the best for his people and underlings despite his wealth and power.
  • Call to Agriculture: When asked exactly what he plans to do after Malos is defeated, he doesn't have a solid answer, but decides he'd be fine if he could spend his days plowing his fields in peace.
  • Cast from Hit Points: His Talent Art, Transcend, extends his Driver Combo time at the cost of 25% of his Hit Points as long as he has more than 30% to spare.
  • Composite Character: His appearance and mannerisms combine those of Rex,note  Zeke, and Dunban. Aside from his signature Blade later becoming Rex's, Addam could pass for an older, gray-haired Rex but his mannerisms are less over-the-top versions of Zeke's, with some of Rex's earnest and All-Loving Hero traits mixed in (along with a pseudo-familial relationship with Azurda, calling him "Nuncle" in this case). And while Mòrag from the main game is more similar to Dunban gameplay-wise, Addam's story role and gallant hamminess make him more of a match character-wise, especially with him being the previous celebrated wielder of the story's central legendary weapon but unable to unlock its full power like the main game's main protagonist. Also like Dunban, he has a Big Brother Mentor-esque relationship with a blonde-haired girl younger than him.note 
  • Dramatic Irony: Players will know from the main game that Lora's awakening of Jin was an accident and she was almost killed for it, yet Addam understands it differently:
    Addam: "That Core Crystal was stolen 17 years ago. Quite a feat to pull off that heist at that age!"
  • Heroic Bastard: Unlike most Tornans, Addam has golden eyes, when they usually have blue eyes. During their first fight, Malos suggests that Addam is a bastard because of this trait, which later dialogue confirms. This status is another reason that Zettar is against Addam succeeding the throne.
  • Hidden Depths: In one post-battle conversation with Minoth, Addam demonstrates his surprisingly operatic singing voice at Minoth's request.
  • Identical Grandson: Addam bears a striking similarity to his descendant Zeke in appearance and mannerisms, being only slightly less silly. His Weapon of Choice is even a lightning-elemental BFS like Zeke's. Zigzagged since the Tantalese royal family's claim of being Addam's descendants is fraudulent, making Addam's appearance more of a coincidence then anything else; however, it's not completely unfeasible when it's heavily implied Zeke is descended from Zettar, Addam's uncle. On the other hand, given that Addam founded Fonsett Village and his similarities to Rex have been stated in-universe, it's implied that Rex is his actual descendant, and he does look and act like Rex would if he were 10-15 years older.
  • Large Ham: He seems virtually incapable of not overreacting. Even when he's not doing anything, his default expression is a smile larger than most have when they're actually laughing.
  • The Leader: As the most renowned hero among the team and the driver of the Aegis, Addam seems to take the lead whenever it's called for.
  • Mighty Glacier: Addam has low agility and slow-ish animations (not as bad as Zeke's though), but has the highest base HP of the party and hits hard. While all team members share most of their stats, this can be subverted when playing as Mythra or Minoth due to their higher DPS and faster, more spammable attack animations.
  • Missing Mom: His mother was never named or seen, but her being non-Tornan caused quite a scandal.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His voice in the English dub sounds like a more dignified version of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow.
  • Noodle Incident: He's had his fair share of adventures even before resonating with Mythra as his Blade. One such story he recounts to Hugo in Gormott involves discovering an uninhabited Titan and then running away from all the huge monsters on it.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: Deconstructed - the reason Addam's been put out in the sticks of Torna is because most everyone he meets loves him, which makes him a threat to the other princes who have the right to the throne before him.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Mythra. He does not have romantic feelings for her since he’s already married to someone else. He only sees Mythra as a friend and ally, though he also acts almost parental toward her at times.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: After Lora explains how she really came into possession of Jin's Core Crystal, Addam is pretty understanding and decides to recruit her in his efforts to stop Malos, even making up a story about how he found Jin's Core Crystal and decided to entrust it to her so that she doesn't have to worry about accusations of being a thief.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Fourth in line to inherit the Tornan throne, and Mythra's original Driver.
  • Shock and Awe: His base weapon, the Electro Greatsword.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: The cooking contest sidequest in Auresco mentions that his favorite food is Pan-Fried Tartari, calling back to his similarity with Rex. However, his liked pouch item is Energy Stir-Fry, a staple food.
  • The Unchosen One: While he's a powerful and skillful Driver with more experience than Rex and just as good a heart, he was never able to use Mythra's full power the way Rex can (collapsing, helpless, when Mythra begins accessing said power). He laments at one point that despite wanting to believe in her, he still felt fear when he awakened Mythra from her core, fear that she would become like Malos, and this drew a small but disastrous wedge in their resonance. He's also got quite an ego under there despite being a good person (something Rex mostly lacks), which due to the way Aegises inherit personality traits from the first person to awaken them causes Mythra to initially act like a self-centered jerk.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: His two Blades, Mythra (light) and Minoth (darkness). Funnily enough this is balanced gameplay-wise, but not so much story-wise because Mythra is far more powerful than Minoth, and her opposing dark counterpart is actually the evil Malos.
  • You Didn't Ask: Savvy players can catch a reference to it in optional dialogue earlier, but clearing the final Sidequest reveals that Addam has a wife, and that she's pregnant. The entire rest of the party is shocked by this revelation, prompting this reaction from him.

    Mythra (Hikari)
Voiced by: Shino Shimoji (Japanese), Skye Bennett (English)
Designed by: Masatsugu Saitō

The second Aegis, awakened by Addam to counter Malos, as well as the deuteragonist of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 main game (or rather, one half of her). This is Mythra during a time long before Rex came into the picture, where she acted as a selfish, immature, and cynical surrogate daughter/younger sister to her first Driver.

  • Action Girl: Now that Blades are directly playable, we get to see Mythra in combat outside of Blade Specials and cutscenes, and it is glorious.
  • Adult Child: She has the body of a young adult woman but behaves like a Bratty Teenage Daughter to Addam and to the rest of the team. Like Malos, she's only a few years old at best, so this kind of behavior makes sense for her.
  • Amplifier Artifact: Mythra appears to be this for Siren. When Mythra begins channeling her true power, Siren's power reaches incredible new heights, Mythra channeling so much energy into it that she could well have destroyed all of Alrest if her vision of meeting Rex hadn't interrupted the energy charging.
  • Anti-Hero: This is before Mythra learned social skills or to be afraid of her own strength, so she's much more abrasive and quick to use her Kill Sat as a solution to every problem, even intending to kill Brighid with it during their first encounter. She also often voices her displeasure at the party taking on Sidequests.
  • Badass Adorable: She's the all-powerful Aegis and gets to show off her abilities and combat prowess even more here, also she comes across as even cuter than in the main game because her being surrounded by more mature teammates makes her come across as The Baby of the Bunch, including her pseudo-father figure Addam.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: While Mythra looks older than Hugo and Haze, she's still the most immature member of the squad and acts like a petulant child (and is likely the youngest chronologically), with Addam acting as a caring father figure. Without squadmates that look and act even less mature than her such as Rex and Poppi, she ends up filling this role. Addam even says "she's a good kid", reinforcing the idea that she's meant to be seen as a teenager.
  • Berserker Tears: She sheds tears during her rampage while receiving visions of Rex from the main game, just before she defeats Malos.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She becomes a lot nicer at the end of the DLC due to Character Development and starts to generally care about everyone else but ends up blowing most of them to hell after Malos attacks Auresco.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saves Lora and Jin from one of Malos' Artifices with her own via a One-Hit Kill.
  • Big Eater: Milton teases Mythra by bringing up the time of wondering where the six Cloud Sea Crab Sticks she ate went before poking her butt, as if to answer his own question. Also, all her favored pouch items are food related, being meat and desserts. She claims she eats a lot because she is an Aegis and thus needs a lot of energy.
  • Billing Displacement: Possibly invoked as a Red Herring. Despite Lora and Jin being the nominal focus of the game, the end of the game makes it clear that this game is just as Aegis-centric as the base game, and Mythra, the fifth-billed character, gets the most plot importance and character development.
  • Big "NO!": Upon finding Milton's dead body.
  • Blondes Are Evil: Not quite evil, but when first encountered, she's fairly apathetic about the fate of humans and is completely uncaring towards others. She gets better by traveling with Lora's group.
  • Blood Knight: Much like Malos, and unlike in the main game, Mythra seems to live for the thrill of fighting, as seen in many of her field and battle quotes. The events of Torna obviously cause her to adopt a much more cynical outlook on combat over the next 500 years.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: It's unclear how old Mythra is supposed to act and look, but she has this kind of relationship with Addam, who comes off as older than her. She comes across as much more impudent and immature than her Driver, who has the patience of a saint and has more trust in her than the other members of the party do, acting as a surrogate father-daughter relationship of sorts.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: One of Mythra's problems is that while she's capable of controlling her firepower to a fine degree (as evidenced by her future self in the main game), she doesn't see the point of it, instead preferring to use Siren on everything from enemies to environmental hazards until they stop being a problem (or until one of the other party members suggests a less aggressive option).
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Due to her abrasive and arrogant personality making it hard for others to get along with her, Mythra tends to be subjected to bullying by the others. She's not even safe from Haze, the "master of low-key shade".
    • In a post-battle conversation, Jin will ask the party what they want for dinner, and Addam and/or his Blade will respond. If Minoth is active, both Addam and Minoth will request meat and Jin will accept. If Mythra is active, she'll request "something meaty" and Jin will propose steamed vegetables instead, the implication being that he's doing it just to spite her.
  • Camp Cook: She shares the cooking crafting skill with Jin and Aegaeon.
  • Demoted to Extra: Zigzagged; she's still important to the plot but is less important than she is in the main game, where she and Pyra are the deuteragonists and the central focus of the game. However, she's also Promoted to Playable here, though it's more due to mechanics than anything. This is ultimately averted, as it turns out that Mythra herself gets the most plot importance and character development. While Team Lora are the POV characters for most of the game and it's pitched as an origin story for Jin in particular, by the end of the game it's clear that the overall plot focus is on the Aegis and the conflict between Mythra and Malos.
  • Despair Event Horizon: While she was already sad about Hugo's death and the destruction of Torna, finding Milton's dead body makes her want to be locked away entirely, creating Pyra as a result. This is also responsible for her Death Seeker goals in the main game.
  • Deuteragonist: Mythra's role is essentially the tritagonist, not being part of the Lora/Jin main character duo but getting the most character development and plot focus along with Jin (and possibly more in some cases, given that she's an even more central character in the base game).
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Her eyes lose their luster after Malos pushes her too far and unlocks her true power. This can be easily seen during her Death Glare against Malos.
  • Dumb Blonde: Played with. Despite being a Genius Bruiser due to her being an extension of one of the Trinity Processor's cores, the rest of the cast infamously riffs on Mythra for her reckless behavior, accusing her of being a "simpleton". Indeed, in this game Mythra seems to have much less regard for the environment around her than in the main game and is far more reckless, though it's more out of apathy than outright lack of intelligence. She hasn't reached the level of development that she has in the main game, where she used mental calculations to determine how much energy is needed in different situations without destroying everything around her. In a weird way, this trope applies to Mythra in the sense that she has No Social Skills.
  • Expy: She begins the game as Alrest's version of her "brother" Alvis, an Aegis born from a Trinity Processor core with the ability to see the future who doesn't have much of a moral stance but merely follows orders as she processes the information around her. She gets better, though.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Downplayed. While not everyone outright dislikes her, Mythra's arrogance and lack of social skills make it hard to get along with her. It's easier to list scenes where the entire party isn't insulting or belittling her for her behavior. After she realizes all the suffering her rampage caused at the end of the game, she took everything they said to heart and hates herself for not being even close to what her friends wanted her to be. Which is why she made Pyra's outward personality be everything that she wasn't, all of that kindness and humility that she never had even down to the smallest flaws, like her friends hating her cooking.
  • Glass Cannon: Like in the main game, a specced-out Mythra can cut enemies to shreds with impunity while having decent survivability on her own thanks to Foresight, but what's most notable about her here is that the Battle Art version of Lightning Buster becomes as broken as Fiora's Screw Edge and Universe Flicker in the main game, and can be endlessly chained for massive damage. However, Mythra is even more fragile here not only due to her low defenses but also because she inherits Mighty Glacier Addam's low Agility; however, her movement and attack speeds still make her a comparative Fragile Speedster within her team, and her offensive abilities have of course been cranked Up to Eleven.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Played with; she's the only blonde among the 9 protagonists, even looking very angelic, and is also the most immature and abrasive with moments of underdeveloped morality, but is fundamentally caring and kind-hearted and is known as the ultimate force for good. She plays this trope straight by the end of the game, having learned to believe in The Power of Friendship, but the horrors of Malos' destruction and Milton's death cause her to go on a Mama Bear Roaring Rampage of Revenge that traumatizes her and compels her to lock herself up behind Pyra, with her more prickly traits resurfacing slightly when Rex meets her 500 years later.
  • Joke Weapon: Well more like joke pouch items, but nearly all of her dishes have pathetically weak effects except for the Miracle Parfait.
  • The Lad-ette: Downplayed, she acts and looks feminine in many ways but has some masculine quirks such as enjoying meat, being overall rude and standoffish while having shades of Blood Knight, and swearing more than the rest of the cast. In the English dub, her speech patterns sound more like a typical North American teenager than the other five Blades (who are more dignified aside from Minoth and mostly appear older aside from Haze), painting her as rowdier than them despite her appearance.
  • Lethal Chef: Her crafting menu icon evokes this trope and is titled "Creative" Cuisine. According to Milton, her cooking is so bad that the dish from the flashback is given the "Dubious Food" treatment, as is her entry in the cooking contest sidequest. The only food it's implied she might have any kind of capacity to make is her final recipe, Miracle Parfait.
  • Light 'em Up: Her Blade element is Light.
  • Manly Tears: Crosses over with Berserker Tears, she weeps as she unleashes her true power against Malos but is even more badass then she typically is. Considering she's one of the strongest Blades, it says a lot.
  • No Social Skills: Starts off abrasive and arrogant with the rest of the team, save for Addam, barely tolerating her, particularly Brighid and Jin. She even bluntly states in the beginning that she could care less about the fate of humans. Then Character Development kicks in, allowing her to value the bonds she forms with her friends.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: In her Roaring Rampage of Revenge, she destroyed all of Torna with Siren's ultimate attack.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: To show how selfish and immature this version of Mythra is compared to her later self, she makes various requests and complaints that show her lack of caring towards the people of Torna, such as being reluctant to help with people's everyday problems and requesting that Addam tax his people to fund the gang's journey. Addam, of course, knows better and instead has his own kindness rub off on Mythra.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • Has one as one of her death quotes.
    Mythra: Addam, you dumbass! Pay attention!
    • Not just Addam, but in this prequel (more than in the main game), Mythra seems particularly fond of using the word "dumbass" as an insult towards various characters.
  • Purposely Overpowered: When maxed out, Mythra is the most powerful Blade in the party, befitting her status in-story. However, she's also the hardest one to max out as she requires Max Community to be attained, which in turn requires the party to defeat the four very difficult Golden Monsters.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When Malos has his Artifice blast Auresco, where Milton and Mikhail were left behind, Mythra loses it and unleashes the full extent of her Aegis powers, conjuring Pneuma's secret sword and entering her artifice for a head-on clash against Malos. Her inability to control the resulting outbursts of power destroys Torna.
  • Supporting Protagonist: While Lora and Jin are the central characters of the expansion, particularly the latter, Mythra has the most plot importance and character development.
  • Sweet Tooth:
    • She favors desserts with Miracle Parfait being one of her favored pouch items.
    • In a post-battle banter between her, Jin, and Aegaeon, Jin announces that he's next on dinner duty and is open to requests. Mythra immediately requests desserts with Aegaeon agreeing for something sweet until Jin shuts them down, saying that dessert isn't dinner.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: She and Brighid do not get along and often snipe at one another, and her relationship with most of the rest of group save for Addam and Milton isn't the greatest either, at first.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Her Lethal Chef cooking saves the day in a quest involving an Ardainian wanting food as disgusting as his mother used to make it.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Milton mentions Mythra's fondness for Cloud Sea Crab Sticks during the team's journey to Auresco. However, since those aren't available in the prequel, her liked pouch items are Bunnit-Stuffed Peppers and Miracle Parfait - especially given the latter is the only recipe she herself can make that actually turns out really well.
  • Tsundere: Just as in the main game, she is a prickly Type A. She does show her softer side around Addam and Milton from time to time.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Justified; Mythra is the Aegis and her Driver is the Legendary Hero Addam after all, so it's quite a surprise that Lora and Jin can match her and Addam blow-for-blow in their initial encounter.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Brighid calls her out after their battle for being powerful but lacking finesse, calling her a simpleton as a result (which is ironic given that Mythra is very much a Genius Bruiser as a supercomputer AI given life).
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Not so much normally unlike Malos, but when she's on her Roaring Rampage of Revenge because of Malos attacking Torna's capital, where the party left Milton, she doesn't care about what's in her path other than killing Malos, firing Siren's Wave-Motion Gun at Malos even when he's dodging it and making her hit Torna.

    Minoth (Minochi)

Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki (Japanese), Trevor Dion Nicholas (English)

One of Amalthus' Blades, and a Flesh Eater. Though he is a failed experiment, he can still operate much farther from his Driver than normal.

  • Ambiguously Brown: He has slightly darker skin than the other protagonists, and seems to be portrayed as some sort of Afro-Latino hybrid in the English dub, given his accent, his cowboy-like getup and the Spanish names for his Blade Arts and Battle Skills.
  • Americans Are Cowboys: He has an American accent that sounds vaguely Southern, and is decked out like a cowboy complete with gunknives.
  • Ascended Extra: Went from an NPC in the base game to a key ally in the fight against Malos.
  • Blessed with Suck: The only benefits he gained from becoming a Flesh Eater is being able to operate at full power without a Driver, which would also allow him to be the Blade of any Driver he wants. He doesn't get any new special powers, loses his immortality, can no longer return into a Core Crystal, and as the main game shows, will wind up aging into an old man with very little time left to live.
  • Casting a Shadow: His Blade element is darkness.
  • Cultured Warrior: His crafting skill is dramaturgy. Fitting as Rex first meets him as a playwright in Uraya 500 years later in the main game.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite being a dark Blade that resonated with Amalthus, Minoth is a fairly decent man. He is merely cynical and bitter over his situation as a failed Flesh Eater, as well as the downward spiral of his Driver, a man he once respected and cared about.
  • Dashing Hispanic: Minoth's Blade Arts and Battle Skills are in Spanish.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Makes a lot of sarcastic quips towards his teammates.
  • Dual Wielding: Wields two daggers that also function as pistols.
  • Flawed Prototype: By the time of the story, Minoth is already one of Amalthus's first attempts at creating a Flesh Eater. While it hasn't yet crippled him, Minoth can already tell that something's wrong with the results.
  • Foil: To Malos. Both are darkness Blades that resonated with Amalthus before breaking away from him due to Malos gaining total control over his Aegis powers and Minoth being a Flesh Eater. They also have a certain degree of resentment towards their original Driver. But while Minoth has a strong moral compass and resonated when Amalthus hadn't completely embraced his nihilist desires, Malos was awakened afterwards, indulging in it and rampaging through Alrest like a child.
  • Guns Akimbo: Uses dual pistols if he is the Rear Guard for Addam.
  • Gun Fu: Shown off in the E3 2018 trailer.
  • The Gunslinger: His theme invokes this with the stoic western ensemble and armed with pistol-daggers.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: His most defining trait is the fact that he was one of Amalthus's first attempts in creating Flesh Eaters, being a Flawed Prototype at that. It is where a good portion of Minoth's resentment towards the Quaestor comes from on top of being aware of Amalthus's masqueraded dark side.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Downplayed, while his English voice actor looks nothing like him, he's been involved in numerous productions in theatre, making his dramaturgy skill and job as a playwright in the main game all the more fitting.
  • I Was Quite the Looker: Believe it or not this is the same Cole that Vandham and Rex would meet 500 years later.
  • Knife Nut: Wields two knives that can change into pistols.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: His overall personality as he presumably resonated with Amalthus around the time the Quaestor provided relief to those in need before giving in to his despair over the state of Alrest.
  • Noble Demon: Given that Minoth resonated with Amalthus before his former Driver gave into his despair over the world, he's this.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: While a decent DPS attacker in his own right, Minoth has to contend with Mythra for Addam's Blade slot, and also has the bizarre combination of a Special and a Battle Skill that reduce aggro and a Battle Art that increases it.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: His favorite pouch items are Perfumes.
  • Rugged Scar: Inexplicably has a prominent scar over his left eye.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: He is among the tallest of the playable characters, wears dark clothing along with wielding the darkness element, and frequently makes snarky remarks at Addam's expense due to his cheerful personality.


Team Hugo

    Hugo Ardanach (Yugo Eru Superubia)

Voiced by: Akira Ishida (Japanese), Daniel Buckley (English)

The current Emperor of Mor Ardain, and Driver of the two ancestral Blades of his family, Brighid and Aegaeon.

  • Ascended Meme:
    • He shouts "Don't forget me!" when it's his turn in a chain attack and "You're done!" when using a level three special.
    • When filling a node in his Affinity Chart or leveling up his Driver Arts, he will sometimes say, "The culmination of years of sovereignty!" and "There's a reason why I am the Emperor!" Now we know where Mòrag gets it from.
  • Cast from Hit Points: His Talent Art, Imperial Tether, locks enemy aggro from switching at the cost of his health.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Starts out with the Earth element, playing along his role as a Stone Wall.
  • Fire/Water Juxtaposition: His two Blades, Brighid (fire) and Aegaeon (water).
  • Generation Xerox:
    • Emperor Niall from the main game looks just like him and even shares the same voice actor in both languages. He also got the throne by passing an elder heir who proved unfitting, though where Mòrag was a woman in a patriarchal empire, Hugo's older brother was simply lacking Driver potential. He also dies while shielding someone from a destructive attack. However, unlike Niall, his death sticks, as there are no Blades like Nia around to resurrect him.
    • Gameplay-wise he is a member of Mor Ardain royalty that serves as the party's tank, just like Mòrag.
  • Good Is Not Soft: When dealing with a spy in a Sidequest, rather than execute him, Hugo gives him a change in clothing, tells him his former identity is dead, and conscripts him into being a spy for them instead. His reasoning? That Addam might need him one day.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Dies protecting Addam during the final battle.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: One of the only examples in the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 universe shown using a sword and a shield simultaneously.
  • Older Than They Look: He looks no older than his mid-teens, but is actually at least 18 years old going by his post-battle dialogue with Haze.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: He's the party's tank, and a whole head shorter than Brighid!
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He is the Emperor of Mor Ardain and actively fights alongside Addam.
  • Stone Wall: As opposed to his descendant Mòrag, Hugo is a proper defense Tank.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In a post battle dialog Addam mentions that Hugo used to have quite a fear of aspar (the giant snake monster type) owing to a small one that crawled out from under his pillow once as a child. His response indicates they still bother him.

    Brighid (Kagutsuchi)

Voiced by: Shizuka Itō (Japanese), Jules De Jongh (English)

One of the ancestral Blades of the Mor Ardain royal family, Brighid is a Fire Blade.

  • Badass Bookworm: She favors literature with What You Must Protect being the main favorite. When receiving a literature pouch item, Brighid will say how much she loves reading Minoth's manuscripts.
  • Playing with Fire: Her Blade element is fire, shared with Lora's base weapon.
  • Red Baron: She and Aegaeon share the title of "Crown Jewel of Mor Ardain."
  • Reincarnation: Or rather, this is an earlier incarnation. Contrary to Brighid's fears, her basic personality was the same 500 years ago as it is in the modern day, although she had different hobbies (lockpicking and botany, compared to her current preference for mineralogy).
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: Downplayed, but one campsite talk has her question if most Blades are really treated as poorly in most Alrest societies as Minoth claims, to which it's noted that it's no surprise she isn't aware of such treatment as she is a treasured royal heirloom.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: She and Mythra do not get along, and they often snipe at one another.
  • Undying Loyalty: Greatly admires Emperor Hugo and would do pretty much anything for him.

    Aegaeon (Wadatsumi)

Voiced by: Shuichi Ikeda (Japanese), Chris Ragland (English)

One of the ancestral Blades of the Mor Ardain royal family, Aegaeon is a Water Blade.

  • Ascended Extra: Aegaeon plays a more active role here as one of Hugo's main Blades by actively fighting Malos along with everyone else, unlike in the main game, where it is optional to reawaken or equip him.
  • Camp Cook: He shares the cooking crafting skill with Jin and Mythra.
  • Chick Magnet: A Running Gag in group interactions reveal Aegaeon being a ladykiller due to sharing many interests with women, along with his polite chivalrous personality.
  • Making a Splash: His Blade element is water.
  • Red Baron: Shares the title "Crown Jewel of Mor Ardain" with Brighid.
  • Shipper on Deck: One of his post-battle dialogues has him contemplate how Haze would make an excellent consort for Hugo if she wasn't a Blade.
  • Supreme Chef: His cooking craft is called "Refined Cuisine".
  • Sweet Tooth:
    • He favors desserts with his favorite being Rich Platinum Bonbon.
    • In a post-battle banter between him, Mythra, and Jin, the latter announces that he's next on dinner duty and is open to requests. Mythra immediately requests desserts with Aegaeon agreeing for something sweet until Jin shuts them down, saying dessert isn't dinner.
  • Undying Loyalty: Like Brighid, he has nothing but praise for Emperor Hugo.

Other Party Members

    Mikhail (Satahiko)

Voiced by: Yuki Nagaku (Japanese), Anjella Mackintosh (English)

A child slave who Lora and Jin take in early on.

  • Foreshadowing: His eventual cheerful, bombastic facade from the main game is foreshadowed when Milton teaches him that horrible things will always be a part of life, and that learning to smile regardless can be a good way to deal with them.
  • The Quiet One: He doesn't talk much to the point that you can be forgiven for thinking he can't talk at all.
  • Sole Survivor: Lora and Jin first find Mikhail standing alone, the village he had been sold to burnt to ashes by pillagers.
  • Tagalong Kid: He and Milton follow along with the rest of the group on their campaign against Malos.
  • When She Smiles: Though he's The Stoic most of the time, the few times he smiles are adorable.

    Milton (Miruto)

Voiced by: Yukiko Morishita (Japanese), Gerran Howell (English)

An orphan who Addam took in three years ago after his village was wiped out in a flood.

  • Cute Little Fangs: Like Nia, he has visible cuspids.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Adores and looks up to Addam.
  • Morality Pet: Mythra has a soft spot for him despite her general abrasiveness, and it's Milton getting caught up in one of Malos' attacks that causes her to unleash her full power on him. Then, when it is discovered he died, Mythra believes It's All My Fault when she went One-Winged Angel on Malos, and Pyra is born in her grief over her actions.
  • Tagalong Kid: He and Mikhail follow along with the rest of the group on their campaign against Malos. Milton specifically was taken in by Addam after his village was destroyed in a flood.


    Azurda (Seiryu) 

Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba (Japanese), Sean Barrett (English)

A powerful Titan.

  • Big Damn Heroes: Azurda's first appearance in the prequel has him coming in to rescue Addam and his friends when Malos attacks the Torna capital.
  • Call-Back: His side quest mentions his issues with a woman, which was previously explained upon in another side quest in the main game, in which Azurda was in debt due to having dated a Gold Digger.
  • Demoted to Extra: Unlike the main game where he travels with and is involved with Rex and his friends, Azurda is simply an NPC that can become a part of the Community chart after doing a side quest for him.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Subverted; unlike the main game where he's mostly referred to as Gramps by Rex, Nia, Tora, and even by his own dialog box, everyone else refers to Azurda by his name, except for Addam, who calls him "Nuncle".
  • We Will Meet Again: Azurda sees off Jin as he departs after burning down his old house and memoirs, though Jin hints that they will see each other again, but will be enemies when that time comes. True to Jin's words, when they meet again in the main game, Azurda sees Jin is still seeking Revenge against Amalthus for what happened 500 years ago, and is forced to attack Jin to buy time to escape with Rex, Pyra, Nia, and Dromarch.

    King of Torna

Voiced by: Shigeru Ushiyama (Japanese), Ramon Tikaram (English)

The current ruler of Torna.

  • Antiquated Linguistics: His manner of speech is far more formal, sophisticated, and poetic than even that of fellow royalty like Hugo and Zettar.
  • BFS: Holds a sword in his artwork that's almost as tall as he is.
  • Expy: Physically resembles Khan, the father of Fei Fong Wong from Xenogears.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When Torna is destroyed and the castle is collapsing he chooses to stay instead of trying to escape and is implied to be killed by falling rubble.
  • Going Down with the Ship: Chooses to die with Torna as it sinks into the Cloud Sea rather than try to escape.
  • No Name Given: Only ever referred to as the king. Even Zettar only calls him "Brother", and the credits don't name him.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: After Malos makes his attack on the capital and escapes he doesn't hold the failure against Addam, recognizing that his own forces would have done no better.

    Prince Zettar

Voiced by: Yasuyuki Kase (Japanese), Alexander Cobb (English)

The current heir to the throne of Torna, though much less popular than Addam.

  • Green-Eyed Monster: Resents Addam for his popularity with Tornan commoners in spite of him being further down the line of succession, and for successfully resonating with Mythra, which he painfully failed to do.
  • Hate Sink: Comes across as an opportunistic, egoistical slimeball who uses every situation as a chance to seize the throne before Addam can.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite his Jerkass attitude and jealousy of Addam, he genuinely seems to love his brother. When Torna is destroyed, he even pleads with the King to flee with him and is visibly upset to leave him behind.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Implied - Zettar presumably goes on to form the Kingdom of Tantal under the false pretense of carrying Addam's bloodline. This leads to the deal with Amalthus to keep this a secret, leading to Genbu's poor state in the main game.


Voiced by: Yasunori Masutani (Japanese), Peter Marinker (English)

The 107th Praetor of Indol.

  • Asshole Victim: It is shown that the Indoline Praetorium under his leadership was corrupt even before Amalthus came to power, as Rhadallis believed they could take advantage of Malos's power and planned to scapegoat then-Quaestor Amalthus if anything went wrong. As such, Rhadallis had his assassination coming.
  • Doomed by Canon: As he was Praetor during the Aegis War and Amalthus - who was responsible for the war in the first place by influencing Malos's personality - was inevitably going to rise to his position shortly after, Rhadallis wasn't likely to die peacefully.
  • Evil Old Folks: A warlike Praetor who believes Malos's power can be used to serve Indol's will.
  • Sinister Minister: While he didn't go to the same extremes that Amalthus would go to eventually, Rhadallis hoped to use Malos's power and the destruction caused by him for Indol's own gain.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: The victim of such a scheme in the ending, as he takes a drink from his goblet and dies from it.


Voiced by: Masato Obara (Japanese), John Chancer (English)

A Magister of Indol, and one of Amalthus's enemies within the Praetorium.

  • In the Back: In the credits, a Flesh Eater Blade in service to Amalthus backstabs him.


Voiced by: Hirohiko Kakegawa (Japanese), Nicolas Colicos (English)

An Indoline scientist who plots with Amalthus to overthrow the Praetorium, and the one responsible for creating the Blade Eaters.

  • For Science!: He has no particular grand plans to harm or help Alrest, and seems driven only to discover the mysteries and limits of the incredible technologies and powers that he has access to, regarding them as messages from the Architect. Beyond that he doesn't seem to really care about how anything is used, and thus he has no issues helping Amalthus since Amalthus' own goals will enable him to experiment without restraints.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He wears some kind of bifocals that appear to be embedded in his eyes, and he's a Mad Scientist collaborating with a nihilistic zealot.
  • Karma Houdini: As a pioneer of the Blade Eater project and a co-conspirator in Amalthus's rise to Praetor (which also led to Jin and Mikhail's Start of Darkness), Stannif gets through the events of Torna: The Golden Country without any apparent comeuppance.
  • Mad Scientist: The creator of Blade Eater technology, which he created quite a few horrific prototypes of before the version that Mikhail and Amalthus got.
  • No Name Given: His name is never spoken during the game, and only given during the credits.
  • Secret Keeper: He's one of a handful of people outside of Torna who knows the secret that Blades will eventually develop into Titans, based on his analysis of Core Crystals using technology that was left behind by Judicium as well as relics salvaged from the Land of Morytha.
  • The Unfought: None of the party ever fights him, or indeed ever learns of his existence. He's only ever seen plotting with Amalthus, who is never directly involved in the prequel's plot.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He survives the events of Torna: The Golden Country and seems to get a lasting position in Amalthus's Praetorium. However, he's not acknowledged at all in the main game despite being one of the pioneers of the Blade Eater project. While it's likely he would have died somewhere in the 500-year time gap before the main game (Indoline have long lifespans, but most don't live as long as Amalthus ends up living, and Stannif seems to already be elderly), there's nothing to say of how he died.

    Lady Origo 
She is Addam's wife and lives in Alterra, where she is pregnant with Addam's unborn child.
  • No Name Given: Her first name is not stated, but the people of Torna refer to her as Lady Origo.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After Torna is destroyed, it is unknown if Addam's wife survived or perished from the destruction caused by Mythra.

Main Antagonists

    Malos (Metsu)

Voiced by: Yūichi Nakamura (Japanese), David Menkin (English)

The first Aegis awakened. He believes it is his duty to destroy the world.

  • A God Am I: Considers himself a divine entity, and calls himself "The Aegis" as a result (he declares this after he destroys the original "Aegis," the name that had been given to an ancient artifact that was displayed in Indol as their most sacred treasure).
  • Always Someone Better: He was actually the stronger of the two Aegises, with Mythra overwhelming him only after unwittingly tapping into her true power. He in fact breaks Mythra's arrogant streak after wiping the entire party in their first encounter.
  • Apocalypse How: Continental, or possibly even Planetary. His plan involves unsealing the true form of the Tornan Titan, and then infusing its Core Crystal with the ether energy of a huge number of his Gargoyle artifices to magnify its power manyfold. The end result he believes will be an explosion so huge that it will wipe out the remaining titans (or at least most of them) and everyone on them in one fell swoop.
  • Blood Knight: He wants to get Mythra's full power out so he could have a good fight and succeeds by blowing up the capital city. It doesn't go well for him.
  • Evil Laugh: In one of the trailers prior to the prequel's release, Malos lets out an impressive triumphant laugh over Torna's devasation. His laugh is later translated endgame upon pushing Mythra to use her full power, marveling at the destruction they could cause together.
  • Flunky Boss: The first phase of the final battle against him starts with him accompanied by two Colossus Artifices. In general, Malos spends almost the entire story accompanied by hordes of Gargoyle Artifices under his control.
  • Foil: To Minoth. Both are darkness Blades that resonated with Amalthus before breaking away from him due to Malos gaining total control over his Aegis powers and Minoth being a Flesh Eater. They also have a certain degree of resentment towards their original Driver. But while Minoth has a strong moral compass and resonated before Amalthus truly snapped, Malos was resonated afterwards and rampages throughout Alrest based on Amalthus's hidden twisted desires.
  • For the Evulz: The base game reveals that his destructive nature was a result of Amalthus's despair, with Malos acknowledging and not giving a damn about it due to being too far gone. Before that revelation, Malos is clearly enjoying the devastation he causes throughout Alrest as a means of entertainment, saying that humans started the bonfire and he's only adding fuel to it.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's certainly more fiery and enthusiastic to rain destruction upon Alrest now than he would be 500 years later. While he's still a bloodthirsty murderer, he completely lacks any real anger behind it and the touchy attitude that he would have 500 years later due to not yet coming to his realization in that period that even after leaving Amalthus he's still a slave to his driver's thoughts. Here Malos is just having as much fun as he can.
  • Humongous Mecha: Back during the Aegis War, he had an Artifice Siren, like Mythra, but it was black with red lights, and was able to command other Artifices, like the Gargoyles and the Colossi. Mythra destroys it when she goes all out.
  • Insane Troll Logic: He states with what seems to be sincerity that he believes the reason humans are so willing to kill each other is that deep down all humans just want to die. He then reasons that this means none of them deserve to live at all.
    Malos: Watch humans long enough and you'll learn one thing. Deep down, they wish they were dead.
  • Large Ham: He sounds even louder, more animated, and more furious in the prequel if one compares the disposition and manner in which he shouts his Monado Arts with that of the main game.
  • Mouth of Sauron: He believes himself to be carrying the Architect's will in destroying Alrest, even though it's clear that his mindset came from Amalthus.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: He doesn't really get heavily injured at all in The Golden Country, considering the results of the boss fights against him as more fun than threatening. He even laughs off the beatdown given during the final boss fight. This only changes at the very end when Mythra's most powerful attack melts much of his body and fractures his core crystal. But as the main game showed, all that ultimately did was weaken him and prevent him from using most of his Aegis powers.
  • No-Sell: He fairly easily breaks out of Haze's restraint ability with a burst of power from his body.
  • Our Angels Are Different: Malos believes Aegises to be instruments of the Architects will, and therefore concludes that his inherent desires are of divine origin. His Siren cockpit has several wing-like motifs that make him look like a multi-winged being, and spends most of his time hovering over Alrest raining down fire on all mortal life.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Malos comes across less like an adult rampaging and more like a child with superhuman powers. He even appears before Amalthus just to tell him about the awesome destruction he'll cause with Torna, like a child showing off to his father. To be fair, he was only several years old at best, with unparalleled powers eclipsing even the other Aegis. The biggest difference between Malos here and the main game is that he hasn't developed the depression, self-hatred, and anger issues yet so he treats the destruction of Alrest as one huge party.
  • Say My Name: He screams Mythra's name as he and his Siren fall into the Cloud Sea upon defeat, barely surviving the intense power Mythra unleashed upon him.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Casually calls Mythra "partner".
  • Victory Is Boring: It's possible he could have more easily destroyed Torna and perhaps even the rest of Alrest by simply hiding in the sky in Siren and bombarding it again and again over time (as he had already been doing) and sending the gargoyles to mop up survivors. The only reason he deviated with Torna was that he found this usual strategy to have become boring and decided on a more personal and flashier approach to its destruction. In particular he sought a way to destroy all/most of Alrest in a single attack, namely by supercharging Torna into a bomb to end all bombs.
  • We Can Rule Together: Or rather, encourages Mythra to destroy Alrest together with him by forcing her to use her true Aegis powers, firing a Siren Buster at Auresco and subsequently killing Milton to set her off.

Voiced by: Syunsuke Sakuya (Japanese), John Eastman (English)

A bandit who worked for Amalthus as a Core Crystal dealer, and sheltered Lora and her mother until he managed to steal the Core Crystal containing Jin from Torna. Lora's bonding with the Core caused Gort to attempt to kill her, only to lose his right arm to Jin in the process. Twenty years later, he comes back for revenge, which goes just about as well as the first time. Normally that would be bad enough, but unfortunately for him, Stannif and Amalthus are in need of test subjects.

  • Abusive Parents: Dialogue avoids referring to him as Lora's father, which implies he's possibly a step-father (all that's stated about their relationship is that Rynea, Lora's mother, was a maid that worked for him). Whatever the case, he was still one of Lora's guardians during her childhood and he attempted to kill her for selfish reasons, so the trope still applies.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Lost his right arm to Jin twenty years ago, and loses the left after attempting to kill Lora at Torigoth. He gets them back as a Blade Eater, only to have his right arm cut off again and replaced with a larger prosthetic.
  • Artificial Limbs: His right arm is a skeletal robotic arm to replace the one that Jin cut off. His Blade Eater form has a much bigger and more imposing model.
  • Asshole Victim: Amalthus, who hired him to steal Core Crystals, turns him into a prototype Blade Eater against his will after losing both arms, and as Stannif notes, he isn't expected to live long serving his purpose.
  • Ax-Crazy: He has even more screws loose after he gets turned into a Blade Eater, going into detail about how much he wants to eviscerate the party and use their blood to treat his wounds.
  • Body Horror: He's transformed into one of the first Blade Eaters, and the results are a horrifying monstrosity with a human face inside its mouth, which in practice is not much different from the Guldos found in Morytha (except in the Guldos' case, it's self-inflicted). He's also still in pain from losing his arms and even the prosthetic hurts.
  • Expy: Of Mumkhar from the Original Xenoblade Chronicles. Both have similarly malformed appearances, fight with Claw-type weapons, commit despicable actions that advance the plot, resent the heroes for possessing a weapon they desire, and are both transformed into something more powerful: Mumkhar into a Faced Mechon, and Gort into a Blade eater.
  • Flawed Prototype: It's noted that Gort probably doesn't have long to live after becoming a Blade Eater.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: As noted above, since he only becomes a prototype Blade Eater, he has a very short lifespan. During Blade Eater Gort's battle with Lora's team this is shown by him steadily losing health independent of any attacks used on him, as if he's been inflicted with a status condition.
  • Gonk: He's among the less attractive humans in Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
    Lora: "A face that ugly, I couldn't forget. Trust me, I tried!"
  • Hate Sink: He's a despicable human being (even Amalthus can't stand him) that abused Lora as a child and tries to kill her for resonating with Jin and slighting him, but in the grand scheme of the Aegis War, he's little more than a hired thug and a minor nuisance to the protagonists. Even after he's turned into an expendable prototype Blade Eater for one last boss fight, he's still little more than a hateful and vengeful tool for Amalthus.
  • Pet the Dog: For all his faults, Lora does mention he at least treated her mother well, which is the major reason why she stops Jin from killing him in Torigoth in front of her grave. Subverted later on, as he insults her when he's a Blade Eater by calling her a bitch, making the player wonder if he ever actually cared for her.
  • Post-Final Boss: He's fought after Malos is defeated by Mythra. Lora (or Jin, or Haze, or any member of the leader's team on New Game+) can't actually die in the second battle with him, as the player character will just keep getting back up after falling in battle.
  • Sanity Slippage: While getting turned into a Blade Eater amplified his bloodlust, he briefly forgets that he has a prosthetic arm before getting excited that he has a new arm. However, as Lora notes, he hasn't simply lost his mind; he's ecstatic about getting revenge. This may be a side effect of him being one of Stannif's prototypes and little more than an expendable guinea pig (the Guldos became feral when they tried to use Core Crystals to replace their own brain cells, and Stannif may have tried something similar).
    Gort: Hmmm. Is this my arm? Hey, I have an arm! It still hurts though. It throbs and it throbs, and it just DOESN'T STOP...
  • Shout-Out: His hair, face, outfit and artificial arm resemble Junkrat from Overwatch (possibly coincidentally). The English dub gives him an Australian accent like Junkrat to complete the homage, despite the fact that Australian accents in Alrest are normally reserved for Urayans.
  • Voice of the Legion: After being turned into a Blade Eater, his voice has an inhuman reverb.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He was very clearly willing to murder a 10-year old girl for resonating with Jin's Core Crystal.

    Amalthus (Marubeni)

Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese), Corey Johnson (English)

A young Quaestor of Indol who climbed the World Tree and brought back two Core Crystals, one of which he awakened into Malos. His calm demeanor hides a terrible darkness in his heart.

  • Adaptational Jerkass: The base game already established that Amalthus was a monster, but the expansion makes him worse by showing he definitively knew about the connection between Blades and Titans, establishing his becoming Praetor was a bloody affair, that he'd turned one of his Blades into a Flesh Eater before the moment that made him climb the World Tree, and that he killed a baby.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Well standards of a sort, for while he did employ him to get core crystals, he later remarks that Gort is a "waste of a human being."
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch:
    • His first attempts at creating Blade Eaters were horrific, with subjects not expected to live past their usefulness. One of those first subjects was Gort, an abusive and greedy thug.
    • His rise to Praetor wasn't clean at all, even though his predecessor was also a very corrupt individual himself.
  • Klingon Promotion: The closing credits show that Amalthus's rise to Praetor was built on murdering everyone who stood in his way using poisoning and Flesh Eater assassins.
  • Mad Scientist: He has one working for him, and he approves the experiments that create the first monstrous Blade Eaters.
  • Start of Darkness: The incident involving the bandit he helped, who later killed a family, and he personally is implied to have killed the surviving baby as an act of "mercy" is suggested to have been his breaking point. Unable to cope with what Amalthus is becoming, his Blade Minoth severs all ties with him. Amalthus in turn would go on to climb the World Tree in search of answers, and awaken Malos from a Core Crystal he found there, poisoning the newborn Blade's mind with the misanthropy that had long festered in his own.


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