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Xenoblade Chronicles 3: Arts, combat roles, and classes

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 closeup of Mio with Dual Moonblades
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Each of the main characters and heroes in Xenoblade Chronicles 3 starts with a specific class and can use special moves called Arts in battle. Each class has different strengths and weaknesses and should be used strategically with other classes for the best results. Thankfully, characters can also level up or change classes during the course of the game to make your team even stronger.

Get ready to learn what exactly an Art is and which ones are available in the game. Additionally, we'll take a look at all classes to explain what their skill set is. 

Xenoblade Chronicles 3: All Arts and their categories

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In Xenoblade Chronicles 3, characters attack enemies automatically when in range. But if a special gauge is built up, players can press a button to make their characters use Arts. Arts are move sets each character has that can be used to attack enemies or to support allies. For instance, some Arts can deal high damage to enemies while others might increase teammates' stats. There are five different categories for Arts:

Combat Arts: Moves that focus on offensive power and attacks. 

Talent Arts: Powerful moves that require you to fill up a gauge before they can be used. 

Master Arts: Powerful moves that are only unlocked after you've maxed out a character's stats. 

Fusion Arts: Stacks the effects of two Arts together. 

Ouroboros Arts: Arts that become available when two characters Interlink to form an Ouroboros. These arts are very powerful. 

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All Combat Arts

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Combat Arts focus on powerful offensive attacks. They might help increase your stats or help you topple enemies. These are all of the confirmed Combat Arts we know of so far listed in alphabetical order. 

  1. Air Fang
  2. Air Slash
  3. Big Impact
  4. Bull Rush
  5. Butterfly Blade
  6. Crash Out
  7. Edge Thrust
  8. Ether Cannon
  9. Falcon Swoop
  10. Giant Swing
  11. Ground Beat
  12. Group Heal
  13. Hammerhead
  14. Hazy Figure
  15. Imperial Sword
  16. Myopic Screen 
  17. Overfall
  18. Power Ring
  19. Shadow Eye
  20. Shield Bash
  21. Stormy Skies
  22. Sword Strike
  23. Uppercut Slash
  24. Variable Turret
  25. Wide Slash

All Talent Arts

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Here are all of the Talent Arts we know of so far. They are listed in alphabetical order. 

  • Deflector Field
  • Gemini Strike
  • Hammer Revolution
  • Healing Ring
  • Infinity Blade
  • Mad Taunt
  • Mega Spinning Edge
  • Overclock Buster
  • Pressure Drop
  • Sacred Cannon
  • Tidal Wave
  • Winning Rush

All Master Arts

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Master Arts are powerful skills that only unlock if a character maxes out a class. All Master Arts we know of so far are listed below in alphabetical order. 

  • Advanced Cooldown
  • Dark Banner
  • Deflector Field
  • Giant Swing
  • Ground Beat
  • Glow Ring
  • Hidden Thorn
  • Maximum Voltage
  • Mighty Beat
  • Multi Blast
  • Noble Taunt
  • Overclock Buster
  • Overfall
  • Shadow Eye
  • Shield Bash
  • Technical Heal
  • Way Home
  • Wide Slash

All Fusion Arts

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This is when you combine two of a character's Arts together to stack their effects on top of each other. The gauges for both attacks must be full in order to do a Fusion Art. These are all of the confirmed Fusion Arts so far. 

  • Dark Banner & Crash Out
  • Dark Banner & Ground Beat
  • Giant Swing & Air Slash
  • Giant Swing & Ground Beat
  • Giant Swing & Uppercut Slash
  • Glow Ring & Crash Out
  • Mighty Beat & Air Slash
  • Overfall & Group Heal
  • Overfall & Uppercut Slash
  • Way Home & Bull Rush
  • Wide Slash & Sword Strike

All Ouroboros Arts

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An Ouroboros is created when two characters fuse together into one being. They offer more powerful attacks and skills than any character on its own. These are all of the Ouroboros Arts that we know of so far. 

  • Bounding End
  • Burning Rain
  • Dino Upper
  • Dragon Tail
  • Earth Crusher
  • Ether Collider
  • Fleeting Form
  • Hammer Revolution
  • Lightning Arrow
  • Mega Spinning Edge
  • Mortal Bullet
  • Phantom Slash
  • Raptor Raid
  • Ray of Punishment
  • Sacred Cannon
  • Sudden Impact
  • Typhoon Field
  • Unison Strike
  • Winning Rush

Xenoblade Chronicles 3: All Combat Roles

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Noah with sword

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There are three Combat Roles in Xenoblade Chronicles 3 and each character will play differently depending on which role they are in. 

Attacker: Inflicts high damage but can easily be targeted by enemies. They need support from Defenders and Healers.

Defender: Focuses on evading and guarding allies. Can take plenty of hits so they're good for distracting the enemy from Attackers and Healers. 

Healer: Provide ally buffs, replenish health, and revive fallen teammates from afar. Have them support your Attackers and Defenders in battle.

Various classes are contained in each Combat Role. Read on to learn about classes. 

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 classes: What they are, ranking up, and changing

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While each class has strengths and weaknesses, they all have a role to play. Each Combat Role is needed in battle to assist your teammates. You can make these classes more powerful or can change a character to a new class if you desire. 

Ranking up a character's class

Your Xenoblade Chronicles 3 characters and heroes will become more powerful as you continue to use them in battle. This is important as it allows them to unlock additional Arts and even Master Skills.

Changing classes

To change a character's class, open the Class Selection Menu and switch to the class you want to use. This can be done at just about any time as long as the class has been unlocked. Note that when a character changes classes their stats and Arts change as well. 

Unlocking Hero classes

Heroes work a little differently from main characters. If you want to unlock their class, you must undertake and complete a Hero's specific hero quest. 

Attacker Class
ClassesDescription
SwordfighterA well-balanced Attacker who fights with a sword. Noah's starting class.
OgreCrush enemy defenses with massive power. Sena's starting class.
IncursorUnleash more critical hits to damage enemies more. Alexandria's starting class.
Full Metal JaguarAttacks foes in a wide area with twin guns and drones, the shots growing deadlier with each hit.
StalkerAn Attacker who excels at sniping foes with arrows and hunting them from the safety of stealth.
YumsmithProtean Attacker class that exploits enemy weak points and uses debuffs to alter the tide of battle.

Defender Class
ClassesDescription
ZephrEvades attacks effectively and unleashes powerful counters. Mio's starting class.
Heavy GuardWields massive weapons to defend allies and draw enemy Aggro. Lanz's starting class.
Lone ExileAn aggressive Defender whose swift, deadly slash strikes draw foes in, only to mow them down.
Guardian CommanderBoosts abilities of allies. Zeon's starting class.

Healer Class
ClassesDescription
Medic GunnerRestores ally health and strengthens stats from a safe distance. Eunie's starting class.
TacticianDisrupts enemies and supports allies. Taion's starting class.
War MedicHeal party members and support them with stat increases. Valdi's starting class.
SigniferA Healer who attacks enemies and assists allies in battle.

The art of being classy

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 offers a complex combat system that's easy to use but takes skill to master. Make sure to take advantage of your characters' classes and Arts so they work more efficiently on the battlefield. You can always change a character's class, but remember that variety will also help you win. 

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Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Work on leveling up your teammates and improving your skills while making your way through a vast sci-fi world. There are six main characters as well as several heroes you can recruit to your side. 

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Rebecca Spear
Rebecca Spear

Rebecca Spear is the dedicated gaming editor for iMore who loves playing games on Switch and iOS. She is a Zelda nut through and through and can also talk for hours about her favorite Pokémon games. She’s written hundreds of guides and reviews over the last six years to the point that if you get stuck in a game somewhere, she can help you out. On any given day, you’ll find her following the latest tech, digitally drawing with her iPad Air and Apple Pencil, reading a good book, or - you guessed it - playing video games. Follow her on Twitter @rrspear (opens in new tab) to see her post about her corgi, foster kitties, art, and favorite video game characters.