In Xenoblade Chronicles 3 you'll find Nopon traders dotted all around Aionios, mostly at rest spots and Feronnis Hulk sites.
Early on in the game you'll meet SkillSkill, who gives you a long-term quest to find 19 other traders to mark off his list. There's no need to go wild hunting these guys down, you'll happen upon them all naturally as the story unfolds.
In this guide we'll detail how to unlock the Nopon Coin Xchange and set this quest in motion.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Nopon Coin Xchange Unlock Guide
How to unlock
In order to gain access to the coin exchange function, which we discovered in Chapter 4, you'll first need to find the Milio Trick Caves, which are located in the opening area of the Dannagh Desert, as shown below.
Manoeuvre through the caves, take out the enemies within and solve both its trick puzzle gates in order to emerge into the Sage's Garden area.
Here you'll find a door that takes you out onto a previously inaccessible ledge overlooking the desert where SkillSkill is hanging out with another Nopon, BurrBurr.
At this point you'll activate a quest, "The Thrill of the Hunt", in which BurrBurr explains the game's Nopon Coin mechanic.
How Does The Nopon Coin Xchange Work?
Basically there are two types of coins, gold and silver, and these can primarily be found in those shiny golden containers you'll find dotted all around Aionios.
Gather up coins and bring them to SkillSkill once you've completed this mission and you'll be able to trade them in for some pretty sweet items instead of using money!
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!