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"Everything rides upon this one choice. Not just your life... but the fate of the entire world."

The direct sequel to Namco Bandai's Tales of Xillia. Late Arrival Spoilers abound!

One year after the fall of the Schism, Rieze Maxia and Elympios are enjoying peace. Research into the newly-developed Spyrite technology promises to one day end Elympios' dependence on the environmentally-degrading Spyrix, allowing the barren land to recover. But not all is well...

On his way to start his new job as a cook at a train station, Ludger Kresnik encounters a young Mysterious Waif named Elle Marta whose father is in trouble. In order to help him, she's trying to board a train that she hopes will help her get to Canaan, a mythical land that can supposedly grant wishes. In the process of saving her during a terrorist attack, Ludger racks up a staggering twenty million gald medical bill with Spirius Corporation, where his brother Julius works as one of their top agents. But Julius has gone missing, and is now the top suspect in the attack. And thus, Ludger, aided by Elle, his cat Rollo, and the returning cast from Tales of Xillia, set out on a journey to find Julius, pay off his debt, and search for Canaan.


Making things even more complicated, fractured dimensions have begun opening up and leeching off the prime dimension, threatening to destroy it. Ludger's bloodline gives him an ability called Chromatus, allowing him to transform into powerful, monstrous warrior capable of entering fractured dimensions and destroying the divergence catalysts that created them, eliminating them from the inside. Spirius Corp's CEO, Bisley Bakur, makes Ludger a deal: take a job destroying divergence catalysts, and he'll be able to pay off his debt virtually overnight. But the fractured dimensions seem to have some sort of connection to Elle, Julius, and their mysterious pocketwatches...

All of the main characters from Xillia return, including some characters that were killed and make appearances in fractured dimensions. The combat system (Cross Double Raid Linear Motion Battle System) lets Ludger swap weapons and fighting styles on the fly, switching between twin blades, twin pistols and a hammer. Link Artes have been split into Unique Artes and Common Artes, the latter of which can be performed between any two characters that have the appropriate move. Furthermore, Ludger now has a special Limit Break gauge that activates his powerful Chromatus form, teleporting the battlefield into a parallel world where he gains incredible power for a short time.


The game places a huge emphasis on choice, with many cutscenes allowing the player to make multiple-choice decisions affecting the course of the plot. The game received a Western release in August 2014.

Trope associated with this game so far:

  • All There in the Manual: A lot of information on the backstories of Ludger, Julius, and Bisley is only in supplementary material, most notably the fate of Ludger's mother.
  • Amplifier Artifact: The pocket watches. Using two watches to transform instead of one temporarily increases the power of your Chromatus by one level. A bigger example is Elle herself, who unwittingly becomes Ludger's Amplifier Artifact as a Key of Kresnik and pays the price for his use of Chromatus.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Get Ludger's affinity up with the Xillia cast to maximum and some of them will reward the player with a palette swap version of Ludger's clothes, with the color now matching the Xillia character's clothes.
  • Anti-Magic: Rideaux and Spirius Corporation create a portable version of the Spear of Kresnik from Tales of Xillia, which they equip their shocktroopers with like rifles.
  • Arbitrary Headcount Limit: For any given chapter, you will only have access to at most four members (including Ludger, who can't leave). If there are more than four in the beginning of the chapter, you can count on them leaving for some arbitrary reason, like splitting up to gather information, or washing dishes. And in the final chapter, when you have all 9 members ready to take on the final boss, miasma blocks your way through, and the Four Great Spirits can only protect, you guessed it, four (and Rollo).
  • Artificial Brilliance: Using a healing arte with an area of effect will result in characters directly moving into it, and even popping their own little area-of-effect healing arte to make sure everyone's back to full health. However...
  • Artificial Stupidity: ... If the AI initiates a Link Arte, there is a 90% chance that they will initiate in a way that will make sure that zero enemies will get hit by it. It wouldn't be so bad if it didn't stop you from using a Link Arte at the same time, potentially screwing up a carefully set-up combo. However, you can change it so that AI-controlled characters don't use linked artes at all.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Jude and Milla in the opening video.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Ludger and Elle by the looks of things.
  • Badass Beard: Alvin has been growing one lately.
  • Badass Longcoat: Julius has one.
  • Bag of Spilling: The entire Xillia cast are weaker than a year ago. Justified as Lilium Orbs have lost their power.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Chronos and Bisley Bakur are orchestrating all the catalysts to get a wish.
  • Big Brother Mentor: The relationship between Ludger and Elle is set to be a familial one. Given that there's a twelve-year age gap between them and they're father and daughter, it's for the best. Ludger also has his own in the form of Julius.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Bisley is definitely giving Van a run for his money with those things.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: According to the World Guidance Book, the Kresnik Clan and its offshoot family of the Bakurs, full stop. Affairs, incest, children born out of wedlock, and casualties ahoy.
    • Let's not forget that Bisley had his first child, Julius, when the mother was 22. Pretty good, right? Well, he was 15. And after his wife died, he ended up in bed with her sister, which produced Ludger.
  • Bilingual Bonus:Ludger and Julius live in a place called the 'Frères apartment'. Frère is French for 'brother'.
  • Bishounen: Almost all of the male characters so far. Especially the Kresnik brothers. Looks like good looks run in the the family.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The parallel worlds are erased and the world is saved from being consumed by Canaan, but either Ludger or Elle sacrifices themselves to save the other..
    • Then there's the Julius Ending, where Ludger refuses to kill Julius, but in defending him must kill the rest of the party and doom the world. And even though the brothers find solace in each other, Julius is still infected by his divergence catalyst and has no hope of a cure.
      • There are good news and bad news. The good news is that if Julius can hold on long enough, Bisley will most likely lose Elle during the inevitable fight with Chronos, thus turning her into the 1 millionth catalyst and saving Julius. The bad news is that Elle will die instead.
      • But the thing is if Elle becomes the 1 millionth catalyst, that means humanity failed the trial which while Julius might be cured, humanity is doomed.
  • Bleak Level: Chapter 11. The atmosphere right from the start hammers in that things are about to get very bad. Even the gameplay reflects this, where you're suddenly given a time limit to rescuse NPCs who will die if you take too long. Adding to the sense that the chapter is not going to end well is the dungeon itself, which is a replica of the first game's Bleak Level, right down to the background music. The chapter ends with Alternate Mila's death.
    • Chapter 12, especially when that Chapter's fractured dimension is visited. Fractured dimensions are generally shown with a darker filter on colors, but it stands out especially strong in this one and the first information the party obtains in this dimension? Rowen was killed in this dimension a few years ago. The news just gets worse from there and, even after getting back from the dimension, the entire atmosphere is still very low and changes the dynamic between Elle and the rest of the cast.
  • Blessed with Suck: On paper the Chromatus sounds like a awesome ability. However, continued usage risks turning the user into a Divergence Cataclyst, which in turn causes them to turn into a Fractured Dimension. Oh and powering it up to furthur stages does it even faster.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: In a significant departure from the usual Tales Series policy of Bloodless Carnage, Xillia 2 includes frequent blood splatters and Blood from the Mouth, mostly when Ludger stabs someone to destroy their divergence catalyst. This was probably a significant factor in the "C" rating given to the game, as the Japanese rating system is much harsher on visible blood than other territories.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The divergence catalysts do this to the characters that they have infected.
  • But Thou Must!: In a rather blatant example, early on Ludger gets tricked into an absolutely massive 20 million Gald debt by the Smug Snake Rideaux simply for healing Ludger and Elle is basically held for ransom if he doesn't agree to take out a loan to pay for it. Despite the choice system in the game at no point is the player or anyone else for that matter allowed to tell Rideaux to shove it, or even attempt it.
    • Many of the dialog choices themselves are the same idea expressed two different ways.
  • Call-Back: One of the first lines Alt!Milla says to Jude is "you really are a do-gooder, aren't you?" He answers "yeah, I get that a lot." That is, word for word, something the prime dimension Milla said to him.
    • Due to the nature of the game, a lot of the callbacks amount to Fridge Horror. For example, the scene in which a fractured version of Alvin accidentally shoots Presa is disturbingly similar to the scene from the first game where Alvin shot Leia. He even utters the same My God, What Have I Done? line in the exact same tone
      • And as another call back to that same scene, what's Leia weak to when you fight her in the bad ending? Shot-type artes. Thanks, game.
    • The ESS Pelune uses the same design, layout, and background music as the ESS Zenethra from the first game. And like the first game, it ends with Fractured Milla sacrificing herself.
    • When Milla returns she quietly shushes Jude with a finger to the lips, just like she did in the first game when they first met and when she came back from the dead.
    • As you might expect, a number of the victory quotes are similar to the first game's, mainly when certain members are in your battle party.
  • The Cameo: The Tales cameo costume DLC from X1 can be carried over to this game as well, and there's naturally new ones. There's a (formerly) preorder set for Jude, Ludger and Milla that gives them costumes, accessories and haircuts based off of Yuri Lowell (including his Blastia), Emil Castagnier (complete with haircut and sword prop) and Asbel Lhant. Naturally, Gaius and Muzet get a costume each as well, based off of Dymlos Timber and Sheena Fujibayashi respectively, and Ludger has a second cameo costume based off of Ruca Milda, complete with sword AND changing his Chromatus form to Asras. Completing the Bonus Dungeon gets you Jude and Milla's formerly preorder Cless and Stahn costumes from X1 as well.
  • Camp Gay: Aska in one of the fractured dimensions.
  • Can't Drop the Hero: Until you clear the game, Ludger can't be removed from your party.
  • Childhood Friends: Nova and Vera are Ludger's. They went to school together. And apparently Nova pursued Ludger in the past.
    • Nope, an optional skit has Vera reveal that Nova was actually interested in Julius, something which Ludger misunderstood (and Julius implies was briefly heartbroken over, once he found out).
  • The Corruption: Divergence catalysts, which empower their hosts but eventually consume them. It is later revealed that the use of Chromatus causes one to become a divergence catalyst, and the only way to avoid this is for a Key of Kresnik to act as a conduit... in which case, they become a divergence catalyst instead.
  • Cruelty Is the Only Option: What's that? You want the Platinum Trophy? Be prepared to have to kill off the entire gang from Xillia if you want it that badly.
  • Darker and Edgier: Xillia 2 is much less optimistic than contemporary titles in the Tales Series, leaning more towards a Half-Empty Crapsaccharine World, complete with a Bittersweet Ending.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: The discovery that the party need a Soul Bridge to reach Canaan, and that either Ludger or Julius need to die in order to get it.
  • Demoted to Extra: Everyone from the original except Jude and Milla. There's still the Character Episodes, but aside from that, don't have a major involvement in the story arc itself.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: A parallel world Presa dies in Alvin's arms during one of his Character Episodes.
  • Dual Wielding: Both Ludger and his older brother Julius dual wield. It's most likely something Julius taught Ludger.
  • Duel Boss:
    • As expected, Ludger and Julius.
    • Milla challenges Ludger to a one-on-one near the end of the game. Part of it is to test his resolve, but the other part is to make sure he can still use his chromatus after Elle leaves him to head to Canaan.
  • Dug Too Deep: The fractured dimension in chapter 2 of Jude's story has shades of this.
  • Engineered Heroics: In the final episode of Muzet's Character Quest, Muzet schemes to set up a surprise attack against the party under the rationale that after she swoops in to save the day, everyone will like her. Unsurprisingly it goes terribly wrong when the monster is far more powerful than she expected. While she does get chewed out for it, it does make everyone realise how ostracised she feels and leads to them making more of an effort to befriend her.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: The Julius ending. Ludger chickens out at the last minute and decides not to kill Julius, however the party, and Julius himself, tries their hardest to convince him otherwise. Gaius decides that their best course of action is to go through Ludger and kill Julius themselves, since they NEED to get into Canaan. Surprisingly, Ludger snaps and goes into full protective mode, snatching Julius' pocketwatch, and uses it to hit his third Chromatus form. What follows is an epic cutscene where the entire party tries to fend off Ludger, which ultimately leads into the final battle of the Julius Ending... The ENTIRE PARTY. Gameplay-wise, this could easily turn into Curbstomp Battle, but after the battle, we see Julius in absolute shock and horror, then we cut to a shot of Ludger looking at Canaan with bloody swords and blood smears on his cheek. The party is nowhere to be seen. That's right. Everyone you knew and loved from the first game, who had hopes and dreams and good futures ahead of them, all dead. Murdered by you. Of course, since Bisley is going to sacrifice Elle to save the world, and you decided not to help, she'll eventually die too.
  • Expendable Alternate Universe:
    • Deconstructed in true Tales fashion. To a certain extent, the parallel worlds are reality to those who inhabit it. Milla is very angry when it's explained to her that Ludger has just destroyed her world.
    • Elle gets very upset after the alternate Milla is sacrificed so that Milla Maxwell can return. To her, the former is the "real" Milla and she is upset by both her loss and the party's diminished reaction to it. Learning to accept Milla Maxwell as a person in her own right is one of the focal points of Elle's character arc.
    • Chapter 10 drives this home with the Epsilla Ruins and the divergence catalyst, Odin. One which knows it is one, due to having defeated all attempts to destroy it. The reason? It has been waiting for over 90,000 years so that the people who have been digitized in its data banks can be revived. Before you fight it, Odin asks you to talk to some of the recorded memories before events force the fight. After it, the everyone feels just how hollow the victory was, and the price of it.
    • And this point is underscored by The Reveal that Elle herself is from one of these parallel worlds.
  • Expy: Chronos shares a lot of his moveset and general disdain of humanity with Dhaos, leading to many fans nicknaming him "Dhaos 2.0".
    • Also another one for Chronos. Chronos is a spirit sent from another time/dimension to kill the main character as well as to test him. Not only that, being voiced by Junichi Suwabe makes it clear that Chronos has elements of Archer in him.
  • Fake Longevity: Early in the game, Ludger obtains a 20 million Gald debt that must be paid off over the course of the game, but a certain amount must be paid off in order to advance along the story, which requires grinding for money and doing other monster and item fetch quests.
  • Fantastic Racism: A fair amount of the two different world's citizens don't feel fondly for one another, which only serves to make things more complicated considering that Elympios is dying and Exodus' actions have made hostilities worse.
  • Foil: Milla and alternate universe Milla. This is shown in their drastically different personalities, their status in the world, their abilities, and their relationship with the rest of the party. Their victory quotes are often mirror images, but slightly different. E.g, both their victory quotes with Ludger feature them crossing swords, however Alt Milla is back-to-back with him, whereas Prime Milla stands opposite, further away.
  • For Want of a Nail: The Alternate Worlds run on this, usually having one key difference that is centered around whatever or whoever has been infected by the divergence catalyst.
  • Foreshadowing: With a surprisingly awful dash of Call-Back. Chapter 11's premise is nearly identical to the S.S. Zenethra level from Tales of Xillia. Exodus has taken over a ship and, at least partially at King Gaius's behest, you infiltrate the ship to stop them. The music is the same, and the characters even point out that the two ships have the same design. It's no surprise, then, that the whole chapter ends once again with Milla's Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Victor causes this for Ludger.
    • I Hate Past Me: Alvin encounters a fractured version of himself in chapter 4 of his character story. He already hated how he used to be, but seeing himself first-hand painfully drives it home.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: When you leave a town, your party remains the same and you can't change it unless you return to town despite the characters being there and commenting on events. Especially odd since in the first game you could switch in the middle of battle.
  • Gay Option: With the return of the affinity system absent from the first game, Ludger can choose to flirst with all party members, male or female.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: The cat sidequest, which involves you finding and adopting several stray cats (many of which bear a resemblance to certain Tales Series characters), then forming your own cat army to scavenge the streets for items and funny hats. (There is no part of the preceding sentence that is inaccurate.)
  • Heroic RRoD: A divergence catalyst in the process of forming manifests on its host as black patches on their skin and possibly red eyes if it spreads to their face before the host becomes a full-fledged catalyst. Once the transformation begins, the only way to stop it is to kill the host.
  • Heroic Team Revolt: Should Ludger refuse to kill Julius the team turns against him. It doesn't end well.
  • Humanity on Trial: The three Prime Spirits set up the events of the game to test whether humans were inherently selfish or selfless. Unfortunately, because one of them really hates humanity, the test is unfairly stacked against humanity's success.
  • Hypocritical Humor: After seeing Ludger's surprised expression about suddenly having 15 Million Gald debt to Rideaux for medical bills, Rideaux asks if Ludger can honestly put a price on a person's life. When Rideaux obviously just put a price on a person's life.
  • Irony: There's a skit in the first game where you find out that almost everyone in the party prefers dogs to cats note . Guess what kind of animal serves as the mascot for this game, and guess what species of animal you have to track down 100 of in order to help you complete a sidequest and utilize a game mechanic based around the animal? (hint: they're not dogs)
  • Interface Spoiler: In the Epsilla Ruins, Rollo wanders off for a little bit before Elle finds him again. However, he doesn't appear on the title screen or kitty dispatch menu, which happens whenever he's not traveling with the party, spoiling that it's actually a fractured Rollo.
    • The "Xillia Encyclopedia" entry on Kresnik the Genesis Sage refers to them using female pronouns, despite their gender not being mentioned in the previous game. So it's obvious their gender is going to be a plot point in this one... This could be blamed on Lost in Translation though.
  • Interspecies Romance: The original Maxwell is implied to have had this relationship with the genesis sage, Milla Kresnik, especially since two thousand years after she died, he still cared enough to give her name to Milla Maxwell. Dr. Howe, the man who developed spirit artes, turns out to have done so because of his attempts to woo Celsius. This discovery gives Jude the epiphany he needs to perfect spyrite technology. Also applies to Jude and Milla if Milla's feelings towards Jude are interpreted romantically, since she is now a full spirit. There's also Ship Tease between Gaius and Muzet.
  • It Runs in the Family: The Chromatus Ability, the ability to cross through worlds, runs through the Kresnik family blood. The pocket watches serve as keys to triggering the ability.
  • Kid Hero: Averted. Like Yuri, Ludger is a grown man who's past his teenage years.
  • Killed Off for Real: The body count by the end of the game is surprisingly high, with the parallel universes allowing for plenty of carnage. Of the main characters though: Alt!Milla dies no matter what you do. The entire party is killed by Ludger if you choose to save Julius. Julius has to die for the party to be able to go to Canaan. And either Elle or Ludger have to sacrifice themselves to complete Origin's trial. Pretty much the only main character who survives no matter what is Rollo.
  • Light Is Not Good: The player must fight the great spirit of Light, Aska, in two separate fractured dimensions, though only one is required. Afterwards, Aska admits that he is inclined to agree with Chronos (if the player choose to re-capture the spirit rather than set him free).
  • Little Miss Snarker / Plucky Girl: Elle could go either way at the moment. Or be both.
  • Luck-Based Mission: Any job that asks for a rare item that can only be obtained through kitty dispatch note . Collecting all the cats is this as well, as kitty dispatch is the only way to find some of them.
    • The poker mini-game, obviously.
  • Mama Bear: Ludger's mother, Claudia Kresnik, according to supplementary materials. She disappeared when she found out she was pregnant so he wouldn't be drawn into Origin's trial or the Kresnik clan's infighting. She was even willing to kill her own nephew when she thought he had been sent by Bisley to retrieve Ludger. Unfortunately, Julius found them completely by accident and had no intention of taking Ludger anywhere, but Claudia didn't believe him so he was forced to kill her in self-defense.
  • Mega-Corp: Spirius Corporation. They're such a powerful, influential and omnipresent organisation in Elympios that they may as well be considered its de facto rulers. Having a private army helps in that regard.
  • Multicolored Hair: Ludger, Rideaux, and Nova. The former even has differently coloured eyebrows.
  • Multiple Endings: There are five confirmed endings, including two gag endings.
    • Ludger chooses to sacrifice the world to save his brother, Julius.
    • The world is saved, but Elle has to sacrifice herself in the process. Humanity technically passes Origin's trial, but on a bittersweet note because of Elle's sacrifice.
    • The world is saved, but Ludger sacrifices himself in place of Elle so that she can live. Humanity technically fails Origin's trial, but Origin allows them to pass anyway because Ludger's selflessness proves the point the trial was meant to test.
    • One ending includes a Hot Springs Episode!
    • The Tales Cameo team use the Eternal Sword to go up to Canaan, beat up the Final Boss and rescue Elle for you.
  • Mythology Gag: By the dozens. Beyond the obvious callbacks to the first Tales of Xillia, there are plenty more:
    • The poorly drawn wanted posters return.
    • The art for the cooking items is lifted directly from Tales of Graces. You can also find the ice pop win sticks.
      • One of Elle's victory poses matches Pascal's almost completely, random confetti and all. She also references the Strahtan Beach Brigade by name.
    • Having save files for Tales of Xillia and Tales of Graces will net you attachments of Sophie and Yuri plushies and plushies of Jude and Milla in their Xillia clothes.
    • Some of the requests are also obvious references; a mysterious Richard asks for a sample of Gaius dumplings and calls them "competition". For completing these, you'll get an item named after the game they're referencing.
      • One girl asks for some Torbalan Jade from the Highroad specifically because the "necromancers" don't believe it can be found there.
      • Zelos asks for five pieces of Torbalan Jade....for his hunnies.
      • A man named Dhaos asks for his signature item (an Earth Cape)
      • Veigue asks you to bring him a diamond for his childhood friend. Awww.
      • Caius asks for five salmon and mentions he's from a place called Ramorn.
      • Kannono requests Fruit Yakisoba
      • Meredy wants an aqua ribbon
      • A person listed as "Champion" asks for a model windmill and offers to help Ludger "get pumped up like never before" as a reward. It's obviously Kongman.
      • ...and then the game just shatters all pretense of the fourth wall by having Hideo Baba request a sword to trim his beard with.
    • The fact that Elle, Ludger and Julius all have very strong opinions on tomatoes might be a sneaky reference to Tales of Symphonia, where the fact that both Kratos and Lloyd hate tomatoes is a sneaky hint they're related.
    • A whole bunch of the cats are references as well, as a good chunk of them are named after previous characters, including Malik, Suzu, Zagi and Lithia. Some are also coloured to look like the characters they're based on, including Woodrow, Keele, and Emil. There's also Tartaros, which may be a mistranslated reference to Jade's Cool Ship, and Natalina, which is likely a mistranslation of Natalia (given that the cat shares her colour palette right down to her hairband.) Some even go the extra mile and put references in their requests; the request to find Luke mentions that he's kind of slow and that his hair needs a trim.
    • Ludger's ringtone of all things is one. Sound familiar? Yep, it's the return of Eternal Mind.
    • The glowing pillars in Epsilla Ruins' red passage play music from previous Tales games when you inspect them. Including the Grand Chokmah town music, Chance for a Big Reversal (The Tales of Vesperia "things are about to get awesome" music), Sophie's Theme, and the Tales of Xillia title screen music.
    • The Epsilla ruins also look a lot like Welgaia, which is made doubly hilarious in the English version because Odin is voiced by Cam Clarke...who also voiced Kratos.
    • The Epsilla ruins are flat out referred to as Thor at times, which was an ancient civilization beneath the ocean in Tales of Phantasia.
    • The poker minigame uses the casino tune from Tales of the Abyss
    • Characters earn titles for spending a certain amount of time linked together, and several of them reference the titles of other games: Ludger and Gaius are Ultimate Abyss, Ludger and Muzet are Human and Spirit Phantasia, Milla and Elize get Champions of Graces, Milla and Rowen are Amazing Symphonia, Milla and Leia are Shining Vesperia, the Warriors of Rebirth are Alvin and Rowen, the Allies of Eternia are Alvin and Leia, the Heroines of Innocence are Leia and Elize, Jude and Gaius make the Fighters of Destiny, Gaius and Milla are the Kings of Legendia, and Leia and Muzet are the Tempest Twins. Phew!
    • The technologically advanced ancient civilization that collapsed in the Epsilla Ruins is called Thor.
    • The English localization of Xillia 2 gives Elle the last name of Marta. With their similar eye and hair colors, this ends up making Elle resemble a younger version of Dawn's Marta, at least appearance wise.note 
    • One pair of pistols for Ludger are the Spirius Model-4304.
  • Nerf: Several skills get this treatment, by raising their SP cost and/or weakening their effects. HP/TP Surge for example, used to completely fill their respective meters upon a resurrection. Now they only add 30% more health to whatever you were going to get.
  • Never the Selves Shall Meet: Characters from alternate worlds can be brought back into the "real" world, but if they ever meet the original then they fade away.
  • NPC Random Encounter Immunity: The Lilium Orbs from the first game don't work anymore, so they've been converted into Allium Orbs, which are functionally similar.
  • Older Than They Look: Nova, unlike her older twin sister, looks as if she's in her mid-teens.
  • One Steve Limit: Sort of averted, in that the Kresnik brothers appear to have the same middle name (Will).
    • Averted more strongly when the party discovers the genesis sage Kresnik's given name: Milla.
  • Parental Abandonment: Implied to be the case for Ludger and Julius. It says that Julius, who is eight years older than his younger brother, has taken care of Ludger since he was young. Ludger also lives with only his brother. Confirmed in supplementary materials. Bisley is their father, and Julius's mother died from being the conduit for Bisley's Chromatus. Her sister is Ludger's mother) and was killed by Julius in self-defense.
  • Paint It Black: The divergence catalysts turn the skin of the infected person black, and their eyes red.
  • Plot Coupon: The Waymarkers of Canaan, which can be harvested from certain divergence catalysts. When all of them are gathered, the road to Canaan opens. But to actually get there, you need a "Soul Bridge", which can only be harvested from someone of Kresnik blood.
  • Power of the Void: Origin is given the title "Great Spirit of the Void".
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: Elle is (accidentally) used as a conduit for Ludger's Chromatus, which means that she will suffer the consequence of turning into a divergence catalyst instead of him. This method also caused the death of Bisley's wife, which is how his Chromatus ability got so advanced. Subverted in the Elle/Ludger Ending when Ludger makes a proper contract with the watches that empower Chromatus, unleashing the full power of his Chromatus and freeing Elle from the equation.
  • Previous Player-Character Cameo: Making up for the previous game's lack of cameo battle, Xillia 2 features a cameo battle that is in essence a multi parter. There are two jobs post game that are posted by none other than Mint Adnade and Rutee Katrea, and you actually meet them in person when the jobs are complete. Furthermore the final boss battle of the game's bonus dungeon is against what are obviously shadowed out copies of Cless Alvein and Stahn Aileron. After doing all of that, next time you clear the Xian Du coliseum's Elite Team mode, the cameo team shows up comprising of the real Cless and Stahn along with Mint and Rutee. Beating them even gets you an alternate ending to the game if you feel like it! Furthermore, there's transformation items that change any character's appearance to story NPCs along with the Chimeriad, Cline Sharil from the previous game, and yes, the cameo bosses...and Brusier Khang for some reason.
  • Punny Name: The cats collected for Miss Kitty Cat, especially noticeable in the Japanese version. The cat that was translated as Natalina is Natalinya in Japanese, with Nya as the sound of a cat's meow.
  • Red Right Hand: While not exactly villainous, Julius's single glove is hiding the divergence catalyst manifesting in his left hand.
    • Victor wears a mask to hide the right side of his face, which is being consumed by a divergence catalyst.
  • Relationship Values: Completing their Character Episodes and selecting certain dialogue options will strength Ludger's friendship with his party members. This unlocks additional scenes with these characters, and eventually their Link Mystic Arte with Ludger.
  • Retcon: Most notably Rieze Maxia's spirit climes (such as the eternal night in Fenmont), which were shown in Xillia's ending to have been caused by the Schism and faded when it fell. A bonus scene with the Four indicates they have also forgotten that plot point.
    • The Bonus Character Episode, however, has dialogue implying that dispelling the schism wrecked havoc with the spirit climes, rather than simply removing them.
  • Sadistic Choice: Ludger gets faced with a lot of these. See the entries for Multiple Endings and Bittersweet Ending for examples.
  • Samus Is a Girl: The famed Genesis Sage, Kresnik, was in fact a woman, who's full name was Milla Kresnik. Milla Maxwell was created in her image.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Pretty much every male character. But especially Julius.
  • Ship Tease: Ludger's dialogue options during cutscenes or skits are ripe with these, with the skits themselves teasing as good as any pairing that can come up in the party. Particularly when Muzét's in the skit or talking about tethering-up with another.
  • Sibling Triangle: Between Bisley and Julius and Ludger's mothers, who were sisters.
  • Spoiler Opening: The Opening spoils Julius' and Ludger's Level 3 Chromatus form, their duel much later in the game and shows that the game has two Millas appearing. The fact that the two Millas are not shown at all in the same scene, implies that the player can only have one in the Team, foreshadowing the Never the Selves Shall Meet going on with them.
  • Super Mode: Ludger seems to transform when he goes into the parallel world into... something with Anime Lovecraftian Superpowers. This ability is said to run in his family.
    • And his last name is Kresnik. If you played the last game, think about the possibilities.
    • Bisley also has access to Chromatus, and uses it during the final battle with him. This is because the Bakur family branched off from the Kresnik
  • Supreme Chef: Ludger and Elle's father, Victor. Who is a fractured version of Ludger.
  • Tap on the Head: Alvin smacks the barrel of his gun onto Gilland's head in a fractured dimension and he instantly goes down. He wakes up shortly after, catching up to the party, though.
  • Team Pet: Rollo, Ludger's extremely fat cat, who's mostly usurped this role from Teepo. He accompanies him almost everywhere, only staying behind for the final battle due to Ludger's concern for his safety. Even then, he shows up in the aftermath.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: When Jude, Elle, Ludger, and Milla go through a volcano, Milla trips and nearly falls in. Ludger can save her after a dialogue choice... which results in this.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Happens during the final boss fight, after Ludger unlocks his Lv.4 Chromatus.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: People in fractured dimensions usually don't know they're from one. Unfortunately, neither do the fractured versions of the Kresnik clan, at least until they gather the Waymarkers and attempt to reach Canaan, only to be denied entry because Canaan is only in the Prime Dimension.
  • Traveling at the Speed of Plot: The party tends to have urgent needs too go to places far away, but will always make it before it's too late. Jude, for example, will tell Ludger that he has to get to Helioborg quickly and that there's no time to explain... while he's in Hamil, which is practically on the other side of the planet. Though this could be justified if the quick jumping feature is an actual concept in universe.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: Ludger's are different colors, Julius has a bald spot in one of his due to a faded scar, and Bisley's are shaped like the letter Z.
  • Voice for the Voiceless: While Ludger does talk outside of the player's control, it's just in short one word responses at the most. As a result Elle will very frequently speak for him, especially during the victory quotes.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss:
    • The Great Spirit Volt, who has quite a chunk of HP at this early point of the game and has an AoE attack that could easily kill your entire party in one go, if they are too close together. The player really needs to know how some Link abilities work and how to make use of the Weakness system to not have too much difficulty with this guy.
    • There's also Muzét (Fractured) about halfway through the game. This boss is already tough on their own, but is also the first boss to use a Mystic Arte, so the player knows that any subsequent (human) boss fight will most likely involve this being a potential danger now.
    • The first Chronos fight. Your group consists of Alvin, Jude, and Leia so already you have no offensive spellcasters and only one semi good healer. Chronos is a Magic Knight who deals AOE attacks more than anything, and since everyone uses physical attacks, you have to go up and attack him. Leia is a single target based healer, which means you can't get a consistent amount of heals on characters. His attacks rip through both the party, and Corpse Shell Ludger. The one character who would of made the fight easier, Rowen, is injured and this without his Magic Barrier passive, Chronos' spells hit like a truck. Really he's there to show you that unless you master timing Corpse Shell with Link Artes, you can't win the game.
    • If you're doing the character stories as early as possible, Alvin's first chapter has a very unpleasant surprise in the form of Ivar, who, in addition to being his usual surprisingly dangerous self, has much higher stats than you're expected to be fighting at this point in the game.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In a rare protagonist example, the party and the Spirius Corporation are essentially this for trying to wipe out every fractured dimension (and their inhabitants) in order to survive Origin's trial. Though Bisley takes the extremism up a notch by trying to enslave spiritkind, putting him at odds with the party.
    • Chronos could also count as this, with him stacking the odds against humanity in Origin's trial, but merely doing so because he knows that the soul purification process causes immense pain to Origin and he wants to kill all humans, so Origin won't have to suffer anymore.
  • Wham Line: Multiple ones, all courtesy of Victor in Chapter 12.
    Victor: "Yes, I'm this Elle's father."
    Victor: "You perfected spyrite technology eight years ago. But then I killed you."
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The introduction mentions that Ludger was on his way to the train station, where he was starting a new job as a cook. Then the train hijacking begins and nothing is ever really mentioned about Ludger's intended job anymore, not even a small mention of him being fired. Some fractured dimensions seem to imply, though, that he is working as the cook at the Trigleph Station, though, with his tomato omlettes being an amazing dish on the menu.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Said by Rowen when using use Anti-Magic Shield. Also a bit of a shout-out as he is an elderly wizard.


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