Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition – Shulk Guide

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition – Shulk Guide

28.02.2021 0 By Butcher79

Shulk (Japanese: シュルクShuruku; English dub: /ˈʃʊlk/) is the main playable character and protagonist of Xenoblade Chronicles. His ability to wield the Monado, using the sword’s unique powers, as well as visions of the future, makes him one of the main forces against the Mechon. He is often referred to by some characters as the “Heir to the Monado”. He becomes playable at the beginning of Chapter 1.

Shulk is the main protagonist of Xenoblade Chronicles and calls Colony 9 his home, where he works as a young scientist to improve the lives of everyone around him. When he begins the game, Shulk is seen researching the Monado, a powerful sword that is the only thing that’s capable of hurting the Mechon. Shulk believes the Monado is hiding many powers, which is why he spent his whole life researching it. After an event, Shulk learns to wield the Monado and unlocks the power to see the future.

Battle

Shulk is a character that seems like he is required to be in the party at all times, due to his Monado Arts and while this is true, especially in the case of fighting Mechon, Shulk isn’t entirely needed. One advantage of using Shulk in battle is the fact he has access to all of his Arts and doesn’t need to substitute them out for others. Another plus for Shulk is that he has a lot of Arts that require specific positioning, meaning they can contribute to building the Party Gauge if used right. Of course, the AI is not exactly the best at utilizing these positional Arts to their full advantage, but it’s not completely braindead. The AI is definitely not the best when using Monado Arts, so you may want to control Shulk if you’re using him in your battle party.

Speaking about Shulk’s Monado Arts, they are quite varied and make Shulk a wonderful support character. Monado Purge allows him to get rid of spike shields, even if for a very short duration, while Monado Shield and Speed allow characters to avoid major damage. By far the best Monado Art in the game, Monado Armour is a party-wide buff that essentially mitigates all damage taken, up to 75% at max level. Considering when you have access to pumping up the Monado Arts to their max level, then this will be especially useful in the long run. One of the few problems that Shulk has is his HP is rather low among the cast; it’s the third lowest, actually, meaning he might have some HP issues if he manages to gain aggro. However, his Strength and Agility are pretty good and despite his lack of weaponry, the Monado will actually level up with Shulk.

Best Gifts

The following are the best gifts to give Shulk to help boost his Affinity with for other playable characters.

# HeartsGift Item
Love Source
Azure Hollyhock, Blue Chain, Digital Filament, Grape Spring, Pauper’s Cup, Rainbow Slug, Shield Bug, Winding Gear
Art Core Coil, Black Blossom, Black Panel, Blue Blood, Blue Light Amp, Cable Mouse, Dramatic Night, Modern Blue Gear, Mud Squirrel, Mystery Firefly, Orb Daisy, Rumble Stonefly, Sirius Anemone, Steel Hauyne, Strong Screw, Thunder Compass, Water Boatman
Таблицы

Arts

Talent Art

At the beginning of the game, Shulk’s initial Talent Art is called Turn Strike. This inflicts heavy damage to a single target and it will also inflict Break. However, once Shulk gains the Monado, this is replaced by Activate Monado, allowing him to use the Monado Arts. Each Monado Art will deplete the Talent Art gauge at a different rate, but it should take five hits to fill it up completely from empty.

Normal Arts

These are all of the normal Arts for Shulk, which are learned as he levels up.

Back Slash

Level LearnedArt Type
DefaultRed; Physical

Back Slash is one of Shulk’s best damage Arts in the game, especially if you use it from behind the enemy, as it does double the damage. With a relatively short cooldown, you will want to be using this a lot in battles, especially if you’re controlling him.

Book TypeLocation
IntermediateEther Light Shop (Colony 9), Drainage Control Room Shop (Ether Mine)
AdvancedMystical KlesidaVeteran YozelGeneral Arachno

Light Heal

Level LearnedArt Type
DefaultBlue; Ether

Light Heal is a healing Art and will be your only one for the very beginning of the game, until you get Sharla in your party. Unfortunately, Light Heal isn’t a great healing spell, but can be handy in a pinch. Shulk is usually busy in battle, though, as he wants to be concentrating on providing support in other areas instead of healing.

Book TypeLocation
IntermediateEther Light Shop (Colony 9), Drainage Control Room Shop (Ether Mine)
AdvancedVeteran YozelThrone SardiGeneral Arachno

Slit Edge

Level LearnedArt Type
3Red; Physical

There’s no doubt that Slit Edge is one of Shulk’s better Arts in the game, due to the fact it can reduce an enemy’s defenses by 50% whenever you use it from the side. If you’re using an all-Physical party, then this should be one of the first Arts you level up.

Book TypeLocation
IntermediateEther Light Shop (Colony 9), Drainage Control Room Shop (Ether Mine)
AdvancedIndomitable DaultonMagnis ArdunPanasowa Arachno

Stream Edge

Level LearnedArt Type
5Pink; Physical

Stream Edge’s biggest boon comes against a large group of enemies. While it only hits in front of Shulk in a fan-shaped pattern, the fact that it can inflict Break on every enemy means this can be a great skill. Combine this with Monado Cyclone, once he learns it, then Shulk can Break and Topple a lot of enemies at once. Note that the Talent Gauge is filled for each enemy hit with this Art.

Book TypeLocation
IntermediateRefugee Camp Shop (Bionis’ Leg)
AdvancedPowerful EligosEvil BathinTempest Vang

Shadow Eye

Level LearnedArt Type
10Blue; Ether

Shadow Eye can be a useful Art if Shulk is dealing a lot of damage, since it reduces the amount of total aggro he has (it doesn’t do anything for aggro after using this). In addition to this, it grants him a Physical Arts Plus buff for five seconds, meaning any Physical-based Arts used in that timeframe will do 50% more damage.

Book TypeLocation
IntermediateRefugee Camp Shop (Bionis’ Leg)
AdvancedVictorious GrossGluttony GogolSloth Gogol

Air Slash

Level LearnedArt Type
14Pink; Physical

Air Slash is another great Art for Shulk, especially with its short cooldown. No matter where you use it, Air Slash always has a chance to inflict Break, but if used on the enemy’s side, then it also has a chance to inflict Slow.

Book TypeLocation
IntermediateRefugee Camp Shop (Bionis’ Leg)
AdvancedNorth Star GusionAdmiral ArachnoAura/Rius Antol

Shaker Edge

Level LearnedArt Type
23Yellow; Physical

Shaker Edge is Shulk’s Daze Art and it’s nothing special. The only thing to watch out with this Art is that there’s a bit of a wind-up to it, so you want to unleash it at the beginning of a Topple and not towards the end.

Book TypeLocation
IntermediateFrontier Village Weapon Shop
AdvancedCanyon ValenciaFemuny WispJada Arachno

Battle Soul

Level LearnedArt Type
32Blue; Ether

Battle Soul is one of those Arts that you want to use sparingly and might be one you take off of Shulk if the AI is controlling him, as he uses it way too often. For 50% of Shulk’s current HP, the Talent Gauge will increase by a specific amount (determined by the level). The only real situation one would need this is if you quickly need to use a Monado Art and don’t have the full Talent Gauge.

Book TypeLocation
IntermediateFrontier Village Weapon Shop
AdvancedMusical VanflareOpulent FlamiiSloth Gogol

Monado Arts

Very early in the main story, Shulk gains the use of the Monado, thus unlocking some Monado Arts. The majority of them will be unlocked during the story, but there are two that require you to do specific sidequests. All of the Monado Arts require the Talent Gauge to be filled, but each one will use up only so much of it, usually ranging from half to all of it. For a portion of the game, you can only level Monado Arts to level 4, but after Prison Island, you will be able to improve them to level 10. There are no Art Books for Monado Arts. All Monado Arts, also, are black in color, meaning they will be able to link to any other kind of Art in Chain Attacks.

Monado Buster

When LearnedArt TypeTalent Gauge Usage
During storyPhysicalAll

You receive the Monado Buster Art whenever you first obtain the Monado for Shulk. It is basically your strongest attack for Monado Arts, and it deals double damage to Mechon. It hits in a straight line. Note that it will fill the Party Gauge if you hit Mechon, so you might want to use this whenever you’re fighting Mechon.

Monado Enchant

When LearnedArt TypeTalent Gauge Usage
During storyEther50%

You receive the Monado Enchant Art whenever you first obtain the Monado for Shulk. What this does is allows other characters to deal their normal damage to Mechon. If it isn’t used, then all attacks will deal a single point of damage (Shulk can still deal damage to Mechon without having to use this). This is an important Art for a good portion of the game, so don’t forget to use it when you’re fighting Mechon.

Monado Shield

When LearnedArt TypeTalent Gauge Usage
During storyEther50%

You will automatically learn this Art during the boss battle in Tephra Cave. What this allows you to do is essentially block the Talent Art of the enemy. Talent Arts are the special attacks in white lettering at the top of the screen, but there is a bit of a catch with them. You will see a Roman numeral at the end of the Talent Art’s name, which indicates its level. Monado Shield needs to be the same level or higher than the level of the Talent Art in order to block it, so you will want to level this Art up during the game.

Monado Speed

When LearnedArt TypeTalent Gauge Usage
During storyEther75%

You will gain this Monado Art during a boss battle on Bionis’ Leg. This Art basically buffs a single character and gives them a lot of physical evade. Use this whenever you see a Physical Art being used by an enemy (they are red); it also allows the character to evade auto-attacks.

Monado Purge

When LearnedArt TypeTalent Gauge Usage
During storyEther75%

You will gain access to this Monado Art during the story portion of Makna Forest. Monado Purge is an art that not only does damage to a single enemy, but it also inflicts them with the debuff, Aura Seal. Auras are basically buffs in this game (think of something like Monado Enchant, which is an aura). Monado Purge also will temporarily remove an enemy’s spike shield, should it have one.

Monado Eater

When LearnedArt TypeTalent Gauge Usage
Complete Mystery of the Makna Ruins 4Ether75%

Monado Eater is learned after completing the above sidequest. In addition to dealing damage, it removes all buffs from the enemy, as well as applying Bleed for 20 seconds. This Art isn’t as good as the others and considering how great something like Monado Armour is, it’s better to just spend your Talent Gauge on that instead.

Monado Armour

When LearnedArt TypeTalent Gauge Usage
Complete Stop the Mechon Rampage!EtherAll

After completing the sidequest above, you will gain access to Monado Armour, which is probably the best Monado Art in terms of utility. This Art basically mitigates the damage of Ether and Physical-based attacks, but not Talent Arts. At the base level, it’s only a 30% reduction, but at max level, it is a whopping 75% reduction. Considering the only cooldown on Monado Arts are you filling the Talent Gauge back up, it might be possible to keep Monado Armour up all the time.

Monado Cyclone

When LearnedArt TypeTalent Gauge Usage
During storyEtherAll

You will gain this Monado Art upon defeating the major story boss in Central Factory. This is the second-highest damaging Monado Art, only being behind Monado Buster. The added benefit of Monado Cyclone is that it can also Topple enemies that have been afflicted with Break. While this could be a great combo with Stream Edge, the Talent Art can be used for better Arts.