Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Screenshot Of Fornis Region And Swordmarch
Image: Nintendo / Monolith Soft / Nintendo Life

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is one of the most beautiful games on the Switch, and it would be a waste to savour the world without taking a lovely screenshot or two (or hundreds) of the stunning world of Aionios. While the Switch has a handy way of taking screenshots natively, there's one thing that'll get in your way of those vast vistas — the HUD.

But don't worry — there's a way to get rid of all of those extra bits on the screen and take some picture-perfect shots of your favourite locations in Aionios.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 - How Do You Take Hide The HUD And Take Clean Screengrabs?

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Maktha Wildwood
Image: Nintendo / Monolith Soft / Nintendo Life

During cutscenes, you can simply use the screenshot button on your Switch to get some incredible action scenes and tender moments, but while wandering around the world, doing this will leave things like the minimap, quest markers, enemy levels, and character stats on-screen.

To take a screenshot without all of these little things cluttering up your perfect shot, press the 'L' and 'R' buttons at the same time. Doing this, the HUD details will briefly disappear, and your Switch will make that satisfying snapshot sound. You can then have a look at your results in your console's photo album!

You can also in or out to get an even better view. Hold down the 'ZL' button, and then move the right analogue stick up or down to zoom in or out.

Removing the HUD makes a real difference — just take a look at a few of our shots to get an idea of what to expect.


This article is part of our Xenoblade Chronicles 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!