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Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition — Heart-to-Heart Guide

Xenoblade Chronicles Affinity Shulk Fiora Change
Xenoblade Chronicles Affinity Shulk Fiora Change (Image credit: Nintendo)

There are many opportunities throughout Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition to raise the Affinity between your characters. Doing so has an impact on gameplay, and is necessary to unlock Heart-to-Hearts. While Heart-to-Hearts aren't necessary to beat the game, they provide a ton of character development and even help further raise your Affinity. Fortunately, we here at iMore have everything you need to know about Heart-to-Hearts.

What is a Heart-to-Heart?

Xenoblade Chronicles Affinity Heart To Heart (Image credit: Nintendo)

Heart-to-Hearts are special cut scenes which focus on pairs of characters and you directly choose dialogue that will impact the Affinity between those characters. Each of these scenes can be found by a symbol of two hands clasped and interacted with at any point in the game; however, if you haven't met the prerequisites in the story or Affinity, you won't be able to complete the scene. While I will not go in depth on any of these scenes, bear in mind there are some spoilers just in knowing who is involved in certain scenes and reading the dialogue options. If you would like to go into the game, completely spoiler free, use this guide carefully!

How do you view Heart-to-Hearts?

Xenoblade Chronicles Affinity Heart To Heart Unavailable (Image credit: Nintendo)

Once you find the symbol for a Heart-to-Heart (two hands clasped,) you can examine it by pressing A. Depending on where you're at in the storyline, you might be told the requirements for viewing the Heart-to-Heart. If you haven't progressed far enough, you won't even get that much. This happens for a couple reasons: first, you may not have even met the characters in the Heart-to-Heart yet, and second, there are some spoilers just in knowing who is in a Heart-to-Heart scene. If you have progressed far enough, however, the requirements will be displayed. This will include both characters involved and the Affinity requirement.

Once you can complete a Heart-to-Heart, you will be given a cut scene between two characters. There will be two points in the dialogue where you choose one of the character's response. There is a right answer and a wrong answer to each of these. The right answer will give you four Affinity points, while the wrong answer will cost you four Affinity points.

Every Heart-to-Heart

With more than 60 different Heart-to-Hearts in the game, it's easy to overlook a few. Even if you happen to find them all, many cannot be completed when you first come across them. Fortunately, the game keeps track of all the Heart-to-Hearts you find, and even before you find them, they will show up on the maps. If you want to see the Heart-to-Hearts you've already come across, follow these easy steps:

  1. Press X to open the Main Menu.

Xenoblade Chronicles Affinity Heart To Hearts Menu (Image credit: Nintendo)
  1. Using the left joystick or the D-pad, scroll down to Collectables.
  2. Press A to select Collectables.

Xenoblade Chronicles Affinity Heart To Hearts Menu (Image credit: Nintendo)
  1. Using the left joystick or the D-pad, scroll to Heart-to-Hearts.
  2. Press A to select Heart-to-Hearts.

Xenoblade Chronicles Affinity Heart To Hearts Menu (Image credit: Nintendo)

This will open up a list of every Heart-to-Heart you've found, including the ones you've completed. However, we've also compiled a list of every Heart-to-Heart in the game, sorted by Area, along with the characters involved, Affinity requirements, storyline requirements, and the dialogue choices that will get you a boost to your Affinity scores.

Colony 9 Area

The Colony 9 Area includes all of Colony 9 and Tephra Cave, and it has ten Heart-to-Hearts. This is the first area in the game, but many of the Heart-to-Hearts cannot be viewed until much later in the game.

Heart-to-HeartLocationCharactersAffinityPre-requisiteDialogue 1Dialogue 2
Sunrise in the ParkOutlook ParkShulk & FioraYellowNoneYou and Dunban...Kind of.
Overlooking the ColonyAgora ShoreReyn & SharlaPurpleReconstruction begunDo you wanna go back there?Don't be so hard on yourself!
Enduring FriendshipTephra Cave EntranceShulk & ReynGreenNoneWhen we had that big fight?Of course.
A Heropon's PerspectiveMechon Wreckage SiteSharla & RikiPurplePrison IslandThis is unusual for you, Riki,No, Riki. That's not true.
Ancient WreckageCylinder HangarMelia & ReynPurpleHigh Entia TombI am saying exactly that.If there were any survivors?
Watching Over ThemResidential DistrictDunban & ReynPinkGalahad FortressI'm being quite serious.I see you share my view.
Fiora's CookingDunban's HouseReyn & FioraGreenMechon AttackOf course I want some!So... uh... when can we eat?
Glowing in the NightSpring of Grief (night)Riki & DunbanPurpleNoneRiki tell DundunRiki surrenders!
A Scene RevisitedKneecap HillReyn & FioraPinkMechon RaidThe first time I came here.No one thinks that Fiora
The Legend of the SpiderBone CorridorShulk & ReynPurpleMechonis CoreYou're scared of spiders!I played a prank on you!

Colony 6 Area

The Colony 6 Area includes Bionis' Leg, Colony 6, and the Ether Mine, and it has 14 Heart-to-Hearts.

Heart-to-HeartLocationCharactersAffinityPre-requisiteDialogue 1Dialogue 2
What's on Reyn's MindRefugee CampSharla & ReynGreenNoneYou, by a whisker.You have... dignified qualities.
Heir to the MonadoRefugee CampDunban & ReynGreenNoneIf it wasn't for Shulk.Hope kept her going.
Geography LessonBeliever's ParadiseDunban & ShulkPurpleNoneOf course I'm interested.Oh! I know!
Revisiting the PastRho OasisSharla & DunbanPinkNoneDid something bad happen?Was it important to her?
What Visions May BringRaguel BridgeSharla & ShulkGreenEther MineI wish I had it.You can save someone's life!
Strength of HeartMain EntranceShulk & DunbanPinkNature level 3It's because you're Dunban.Strength of the heart.
One Year OnPod DepotReyn & DunbanPurpleNoneWell, I was glad you came back.I know how you feel.
Renewed DeterminationFreight ElevatorReyn & ShulkPinkMechonis CoreCould've been veeery different.You're not wrong.
Dunban's Right ArmHope FarmDunban & SharlaPurpleGalahad FortressIt hardly even bothers me now.I have no regrets.
Recovery and ReflectionHope FarmFiora & DunbanPurpleAgnirathaIt makes me sad.It must have been really tough.
The Colony RebornReconstruction HQShulk & SharlaPinkAll level 5A safe have for everyone, huh?Because it's everyone's dream.
Quiet TimeParkFiora & RikiPurpleSpecial level 3Nature's wonderful, isn't it?I like the way you speak.
A Broken WatchMining BaseSharla & ShulkPurpleNoneIt's a beautiful watch.I can fix it!
A Wistful GlowCentral TerminalReyn & SharlaPinkNoneSounds like fun!Gadolt would just be a friend.

Central Bionis Area

The Central Bionis Area includes Satorl Marsh, Makna Forest, and Frontier Village, and it has twelve Heart-to-Hearts.

Heart-to-HeartRegionCharactersAffinityPre-requisiteDialogue 1Dialogue 2
The Shimmering MarshZaldania Waterfall (night)Dunban & ShulkGreenNoneReally? Interesting.Will it ever run out?
High Entia HistorySororal StatuesDunban & MeliaPurpleHigh Entia TombThat seems fitting.A half-Homs like you?
Atop the Crown TreeCrown TreeRiki & SharlaPinkNoneI'm not surprised.Oh dear! Why not?
Riki's Crazy Crystal PlanEks Watering HoleReyn & RikiPurpleNoneWhat you gonna do with it?You've gotta refine it!
No Boys AllowedSparkling PoolMelia & SharlaGreenNoneYou may be correct.Are you sure?!
Fallen BrethrenAgni TabletMelia & ShulkGreenNoneWhat's wrong?They sound like great people.
At the Pollen WorksPollen WorksRiki & ShulkGreenLeone Telethia battleBecause it's not made of metal?That's very resourceful of you.
A Mysterious SanctuaryProphecy HutMelia & RikiGreenNoneThey're delivered from on high?You mean... you?
A Day Like Any OtherNopon TowerFiora & MeliaPurpleNoneOK. I'll tell you.No, nothing in particular.
Life's Hard for a HeroponRiki's HouseDunban & RikiPinkGalahad FortressI'll shed a tear for you.Not at all.
Reawakened MemoriesMysterious SanctuaryFiora & SharlaPurpleNoneYou mean... Shulk?Reyn said that?
True NaturesApex LakeDunban & MeliaGreenHigh Entia TombI'll be honest... Not really.As all wise leaders do.

Upper Bionis Area

The Upper Bionis Area includes Eryth Sea, Alcamoth, High Entia Tomb, and Valak Mountain, and it has fifteen Heart-to-Hearts.

Heart-to-HeartRegionCharactersAffinityPre-requisiteDialogue 1Dialogue 2
Flowers of Eryth SeaHovering Reef 2Riki & SharlaGreenNoneI like flowers too.She'd be so happy!
Riki Have QuestionSyrath LighthouseFiora & RikiPinkNoneWhat is it, Riki?You do? Wow!
A Gift for a Loved OneEther PlantDunban & SharlaGreenGalahad FortressI—I'd love to, thank you...But the thought is still nice.
Fish Fly! Fish Fly!Sleeping Dragon IsleReyn & RikiGreenNoneBut Riki just see one!Riki want five for himself!
Brother and SisterFountain of HopeDunban & FioraGreenNoneI could get used to it too.You worry too much.
Ancient AstrologyMelfica RoadMelia & SharlaPurpleNoneOf course I do!Yes, I do.
The ForefathersGreat HallFiora & RikiGreenNoneForefathers were important?Make weapons! Fight Dinobeast!
Melia's Imperial VillaImperial VillaFiora & MeliaGreenNoneThanks!So it's not just me then...
A Breathtaking SightSky TerraceMelia & ReynPinkNoneI quite agree.I got that impression.
So Close, Yet So FarAudience ChamberMelia & ShulkPurpleNoneIt's not a bad thing.Nothing would change.
Hopes and PlansHall of TrialsMelia & ShulkPinkMechonis CoreDo you think it's possible?You'll... look for them with me?
Echoes of Ancient TimesValley of EmperorsMelia & ReynGreenNoneLet's go and take a look.Mind sharing it with us?
In Ose TowerHarict ChapelDunban & RikiGreenNoneGhosts are here.Dundun know what ghost is?
A Snowy Hot SpringJakt GeyserRiki & ShulkPurpleNoneNot too hot, not too cold!Shulk jump in water too!
First Sight of SnowLa Luz ChurchFiora & ReynPurpleNoneI'm with you. It's strange.that sounds like a great idea!

Other

The remaining twelve Heart-to-Hearts can be found in Fallen Arm, Bionis' Interior, and Prison Island.

Heart-to-HeartRegionCharactersAffinityPre-requisiteDialogue 1Dialogue 2
A Night-Time ChatEther Light on Fallen ArmFiora & SharlaGreenNoneThanks... I think.I don't think he's changed.
A Family of TwoJunksFiora & DunbanPinkNoneYou caught me.There's more to it than that.
Overcoming the PainDigit 1Fiora & MeliaPinkNoneAnd you regret that?That's probably for the best.
Eternal ScarsBlack WreckageDunban & MeliaPinkNoneWe were comrades-in-arms.I know the truth.
Just Like Old TimesSilver WreckageFiora & ShulkPurpleNoneNevermind. It's fine.OK. Here I go.
Camping SpotInlet BeachMelia & RikiPurpleNoneMost intriguing.But how will you catch it?
Those Waiting for YouDistant FingertipRiki & ShulkPinkNoneWhat wrong, Shulk?OK. Here's the thing...
Fiora's BodySpinal Nerve TowerFiora & SharlaPinkNoneSorry. Is it that obvious?You're right. I should go.
Kind WordsTerminal Nerve TowerMelia & RikiPinkNoneYou've seen right through me.That is simply not true.
Before the Final BattleGondorl CathedralFiora & ShulkPinkNoneYou're worried about me.Oh, Shulk! Thank you!
Untold FeelingsGravina BridgeMelia & SharlaPinkNoneDo you still like him?That is just like you, Melia.
Journey's EndEmpty ThroneReyn & RikiPinkNoneRiki do want to go home.Cheer up, Reyn!

Quiet Moments

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition Bionis Shoulder (Image credit: Nintendo)

The epilogue Xenoblade Chronicles: Future Connected also has a mechanic similar to Heart-to-Hearts called Quiet Moments. There are thirteen Quiet Moments on the Bionis' Shoulder. Although Quiet Moments have time of day requirements and other prerequisites, they do not have dialogue options, nor Affinity requirements.

Questions?

Do you have any questions about where to find Heart-to-Hearts or how to complete them? Drop us a comment below, and be sure to check out our other Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition guides, so you can unlock the secrets of the Monado!

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