Gino DiGioia
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Upgrades to Version 1.3: New Game + and New Blades Included
No. The drop rates for blades have not increased. KOS-MOS demands your time.
03.03.18 - 6:44 PM

A new update recently came out for Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which adds some nice goodies for players; specifically, the addition of New Game +, which allows players who finished the game to restart it with new features.

Below is official info from the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 website.

Elements carried over to New Game Plus:
  • Driver levels

  • Driver and Blade equipment and Affinity Charts

  • Awakened Blades

  • Acquired items and gold

  • Town development status and Merc Group level

  • Status of Events Theater and defeated unique monsters

  • Play time

New features added to New Game Plus:

  • Certain Blades from Torna will be able to join your party.

  • All Blades can be dispatched on Merc Missions.

  • Driver Hidden Affinities have been unlocked. New skills can also be learned.

  • Zeke's "Eye of Shining Justice" has been unlocked. (The skill can be learned by developing Zeke's Hidden Affinities.)

  • Drivers' levels can now be decreased at inns, with a corresponding amount of Bonus EXP granted for the number of levels decreased.

  • Traveling Bards have been added to various locations. They will exchange Bonus EXP for special items, including one that will increase the number of accessories a Driver can equip. Traveling Bards will be displayed on the mini map as green shop icons.

Things to note in New Game Plus:

  • Quests, Heart-to-Hearts, and Skip Travel points will all be reset.

  • Cleared Merc Missions will be reset.

  • Saving after beginning a New Game Plus playthrough will overwrite the save data in which you initially cleared the game.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 update

Torna members like Akhos and Mikhail will be available with this update. Some of them can only be grabbed via core crystal (Akhos) and others need to be found somewhere in the world (Mikhail). Both of them are only available in New Game +.

Also included in the new update is a new easy mode and quality of life options like skipping the blade summoning animation or locking blades, so they can't be deleted.

Please check out the complete patch notes here.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass

Expansion Pass owners now have access to the Helpful Items Pack 4 too. This pack includes 30,000 ether to be used to upgrade Poppi, eight Legendary Core Crystals, and three Overdrive Protocols.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is currently available for Nintendo Switch. Stay tuned for further updates. In the meantime, check out our review, as well as our gallery for the game.