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This is what happens if you fuse a Blade with a human, kids.
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Despite being Lighter and Softer than previous Xeno series games, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is still at it when it comes to including content that makes the ESRB's T rating dubious at best.


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Main Game

  • Pyra's brutal Mind Rape by Malos to restore his Aegis powers has players saying it's hard to watch in the unsettling way, and for good reason. Skye Bennett's performance only adds to the unsettling aspect of it.
    • The scene opens with Pyra, restrained by the artifical blades, screaming and trembling in agony. To further drive in how much pain she's in, there's also sickly looking ether lines all over her body caused by Malos. Not a pretty sight from the get-go. It's also enough for Rex to stall in pain for a moment, only this time in more pain than before.
    Gramps: Rex, are you okay?
    [Beat], Rex heaves for a moment
    Gramps: Rex?
    Rex: I'm...I'm fine...
    Gramps: Could it be...Pyra is in trouble?
    Rex: I don't know...but, we have to hurry. I have a bad feeling about this...
    Malos: Why are you running? Why are you protecting this garbage? We Aegises don't need these things! You want to be free of them as I do!
    Pyra: Stop it! I'm not like you at all!
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    • After a brief exchange between the two, Malos is suddenly in front of Pyra, almost like something out of a horror film. Malos takes this time to finish the job, but not before Pyra pleads him to stop, still sounding just as terrified as a moment ago.
    Pyra: Stop! Stop stealing my memories!
  • The Land of Morytha, a post-apocalyptic modern city full of nightmarish, humanoid monsters known as Guldos, and they are the only organic monsters present in the land aside from Parisax in the Titan carcasses. It is later revealed that these feral abominations used to be the original humans of Earth, who tried to make themselves immortal through overuse of Core Crystals (which were intended to replace dying brain cells). They succeeded and survived the creation of Alrest, but they've mutated so drastically, the only thing human about them is their shape, and some such as the Infernal Guldo, don't even look close to human anymore. These creatures and the ruins of Morytha are all a result of human folly.
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  • Amalthus's One-Winged Angel form, created from absorbing multiple Blade crystals. After Klaus tells the party how the Guldos in Morytha came to be, it's apparent that Amalthus essentially became a Guldo, but has retained his sapience and some semblance of his original self.
  • Klaus' test of Rex in Chapter 10 is notorious for the sudden tone shift, going straight into Psychological Horror territory and also doubling as a tear jerker. It's just as, if not more nightmarish than Malos stealing Pyra's memories. Despite the English dub's inconsistent voice direction, Al Weaver deserves mention for delivering a chilling performance, managing to capture Rex's confusion and terror throughout all of it.
    • Even after it's revealed afterwards that everyone except Pyra and Mythra were manifestations of Rex's worst fears, there's still some added Fridge Horror. The others, including their blades, had very similar visions, which are not seen.
  • Klaus' fate. Half of his body is trapped in another universe, while he remains in his home dimension. Physically, only half of his body is visible, with dimensional rift covering the other half. Not only that, but his other half doesn't just refer to his body, but also toward his evil split personality, whom he sees and hears through, and knows every thought of. Oh, and Klaus himself is also unable to die as long as his other half is still alive.

Torna: The Golden Country

  • Mythra in her Unstoppable Rage is absolutely terrifying, not only can Addam not control her because of their less-than-ideal bond, but Addam is still getting electrocuted after touching the third sword even when it's no longer in his hand. It's very similar to Dunban's pain of not being able to use the Monado. Then there's Mythra's screams, which shows she is in absolute agony. The only thing she wants until she snaps out of her Roaring Rampage of Revenge is to make Malos suffer.
    • As if beating Malos wasn't enough dread for players who already know what's going to happen, one notable detail is that after Mythra enters said rage and awakens the third sword, her eyes lose their glint, and she also has a dead-looking expression, making Mythra appear almost soulless. This is the same facial expression she had in the brief flashback at the start of chapter 4 in the main game. This is also the first detail that shows something has snapped inside her, and the only time it changes before the end of the fight is when she completely loses it inside her siren to fire at Malos.
  • Torna: The Golden Country ends with a fight against Gort, who has been turned into one of the first Blade Eaters, a titan-like abomination that's a more deliberate but intelligent version of a Guldo, courtesy of Indol. His human face embedded in the beast's mouth sports a horrifying Slasher Smile). It gets worse when it's shown Indol made several of them to attack the remnants of Torna.
    Gort: I'll use your blood as a balm for my wounds. How about it? Sound fair? Yeah?! *Pops a Wolverine Claw out of his prosthetic arm* I'll start with you, you Tornan Blade! I'm paying you back for cutting my arms off, you dog! I'll have me arms back... And I think I deserve... some interest, too... I'll take your ears and nose as well!

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