Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Collectopaedia Cards
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The Collectopaedia Card system is a mechanic that becomes available early in the first chapter of Xenoblade Chronicles 3.

In this guide we'll take you through the Collectopaedia Card basics, including what they do exactly and how to use them effectively.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Collectopaedia Card Guide

What Are Collectopaedia Cards?

As you visit colonies throughout Aionios and interact with NPCs you'll find that some of these characters will have a Collectopaedia Card automatically added to your tab showing requests for various items that you can collect when you're out and about in the world.

Gathering up collectibles and then heading into the Collectopaedia tab enables you to register them with your accumulated cards in order to boost colony affinities, gain XP and receive random rewards.

It's basically a nicely streamlined take on fetch quests that removes the need to return to the quest-giver every time you've got the required items.

How Do I Access Collectopaedia Cards?

They can be found and accessed via the Collectopaedia Card tab in the game's Quests menu.

How Do Collectopaedia Cards Work?

Flicking through cards you'll notice that NPC requests fall into various categories, they'll want you to gather a bunch of different flowers, a variety of wood types, rare gems, and so on, and these items are usually found in the general vicinity of the colony in which the NPC lives.

It's important to remember to jump in and register collectibles from time to time here — believe us it's easy to forget about this mechanic hidden away in the menus — as the affinity and XP rewards are substantial when you've got a bunch of cards ready to clear.

Also, leaving it too long can see you needing to spend a big old chunk of time offloading all the goodies you've picked up when you finally remember to jump back in and register stuff, so make sure to dig into the tab regularly and clear outstanding goods.

If you're having trouble finding some of the rarer items required to register a particularly tricky card you can also go ahead and use some of your Nopon Coins, which you'll find in those shiny golden containers that have been scattered throughout the world, to fill in the missing spots and nab your rewards.

So there you have it, Collectopaedia Cards are a handy and persistent means of upgrading your colony affinities, gaining XP and nabbing a few random rewards that you should remember to make use of during your adventures!

This article is part of our Xenoblade Chronicles 3 walkthrough and guide series. We'll help you survive your journeys across Aionios with information you'll need to make the most of the game, such as How to Unlock Traversal Skills (Wall Climbing, Rope Sliding, Scree Walking, Hazard Neutralization), How to Unlock and Upgrade All Heroes and Classes, 16 Tips & Tricks We Wish We Knew Before We Started, How to Get Affinity and XP Rewards from Collectopaedia Cards, How to Gain 100% Completion, and How to Unlock the Nopon Coin Xchange.

We'll also let you know where to find Every Rest Spot Location, All Secret Area Locations, Every Ferronis Hulk Location, and All Unique Monster Locations (including Aetia Region Full, Aetia Region Upper & Elgares Depths, Fornis Region, Pentelas Region, Keves Castle Region, Cadensia Region, and Origin Interior), plus All Meal Recipes, Effects & Where to Find Them.

We can also help out with specific sidequests, such as How to Complete the 'Uniting the Seven Nopon' Quest, and How to Complete the Nopon Register Quest, tell you how to make the most of Chain Attacks and the Soul Hack ability, and offer advice on if you should play the previous Xenoblade Chronicles games before starting XC3, How Long to Beat the Game, and How to Take a Screenshot Without the HUD

And finally, you can check out our review and Where to Buy Xenoblade Chronicles on Nintendo Switch, if for some reason you haven't yet picked up the game!