Xenoblade 2 Ver. 1.3 Update Out Next Week -- New Blades, NG+, QoL+, Easy Mode, New Lv. 4 Move + more

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Oct 27, 2017
Quality of Life Updates:

1. You can lock blades so you won't accidentally release them

2. When can skip the core crystal bonding cutscene.

3. When you enlarge the mini-map, icons from the skip travel map will now be displayed.

4. Added an Easy Mode.

5. New sorting option being added for items.

Advanced New Game Mode
is being added.

You have to beat the game and choose this save option to go into this mode.

Here is what carries over from your completed game:

1. Driver Levels
2. Unlocked Skills on both drivers and blades.
3. Blades
4. Items and Gold
5. Mercenary Ranking Level
6. Town Development Level
7. Unique Monster Kills
8. Cutscenes

Quests, Heart to Heats, Skip Travel Points, and mercenary missions will not carry over.

Here is what is added in Advanced New Game Mode

1. Torna's Blades: Obrona, Sever, Perdido, and Cressidus can now be obtained as blades.

2. Torna's Drivers: Akhos, Patroka, and Mikhail can now be obtained as blades.

3. A certain character now has access to a level 4 special.

4. ALL blades can now be dispatched on mercenary missions (Even Pyra, Dromarch, etc.)

5. New skills added to Skill Tree (for drivers)

6. You can lower a driver's level at an inn. Doing so nets you more bonus EXP when you win battles.

7. You can use bonus exp to purchase new special items, including an item that lets you hold more accessories.

For those who purchased the Expansion Pass:

The 4th round of items will be distributed.


Oct 27, 2017
I wonder if I still need to press X include another party member. I made some fights incredibly difficult because I didn't realize this lol.

Anyways. Sounds great, happy to replay this game once this hits.
Oct 25, 2017
Might want to mention that
the image in the OP is a potential spoiler

Being able to skip summoning core crystal cutscenes will make getting the rest of the rare blade a lot better.
Being able to lower the level at the inn is also quite good. Sometime I'd go over and being OP isn't quite as fun.

An Easy mode is also a nice addition, though I felt the game as is was pretty well balanced.


Oct 27, 2017
Do we know if you can swap to easy mode mid-game? I’m 20+ hours in at chapter 4 and would like a way to shorten this if possible.
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