We love Xenoblade Chronicles X, yet we're aware that it has a few negatives. The text and user interface could be better, and there are some difficulty spikes and awkward collectathons. The latter is particularly prominent when trying to secure your Skell licence, which you predictably need to get your own cool mech.
For those of you still in the early parts of the game and trying to get your skell, our video man Alex has produced a handy quickfire guide to clear the skell licence missions. If you're yet to do this we suggest giving it a watch, as some of the required items can be hard to find.
Already got my skell and flight module. I understand now why they make you wait. Once you can fly, it's so easy to just cruise wherever you need to go. You never have need to run on the ground again.
I'm trying to unlock my Biological Field Skill to level 5, and I took the "Off the Record" quest to do so. These Off the Record Lv 5 field skill quests can be pretty tough.
Ya'll should open a wiki section on the site like IGN has sorta. Would much rather navigate your site then theirs.
Getting a skell and flight module was one of the most freeing and generally amazing moments I've ever had in a video game. Although I do kinda miss the early game when it was still basically Extreme Parkour Simulator 2015.
I just got my Skell the other night! Took me HOURS to find the squashes, but I wanted to do it without using a guide.
Wow... this is really convenient because I happen to be doing this right now . I'm in the middle of getting all three squashes in Oblivia.
Sorted my skell yesterday, finally. Getting to Basel lake to get the squashes was the most infuriating part of this game so far - and that's no mean feat in a game with so many random encounters with over levelled enemies. Don't get me wrong I love XCX - it's probably my game of the year across all platforms - but it is really annoying sometimes. But getting a skell licence seriously is really satisfying. I can start doing some affinity quests and stuff, grind a bit and experience more of Mira.
no!!!! dont help people!it should be a battle,a struggle,a nightmare even at some points.every hour you spend will make tgings easier and better...dont take the easy route guys!we wont get a masterpiece like this for a long long time...
I love the game, but one thing I absolutely hate are the gathering quests. No direction, no indicators, nothing. They just tell you to go out and find a few little items in these MASSIVE continents.
There is only one downside to this game and that is the 30fps, at least it is stable.
Only at chapter 3 so I'm not gonna watch due to spoils. I took a short break from this game since I put in 20 hours in 4 days... Oops! Well I'm just about to get on. This game is truely amazing btw. Defiantly a 9 without a doubt, I just wish my friends would get it :c i get rather lonely sometimes
The hardest item to collect was actually simple if you knew where to look. It was something in Oblivia and the easy answer is there is a cave on the north shore that has a semi-hidden portion that is filled with items (including the one you need) and has no enemies.
Still haven't gotten my skell, too busy with other stuff in life. I've bookmarked this page for whenever I do get that point.
Only just got my skell...how do you get arts to use in battle when you're in the skells? Right now all I can do is auto-attack which is pretty dull, not to mention frustrating when your party is calling out soul voices and you have nothing to offer them as support.
Thanks but no thanks!
I prefer to do things MY way..
@Lilith93 totally agree with the lady here
Also the squashes aren't found exclusively at the waterfall. It might be the area with the highest spawn rate but you can find them anywhere on the lake connected to it. Actually, not just on the water either. The Nopon Caravan in the middle has tons of collectables concentrated on it which are sometimes squashes. I already had one when accepting this, found one almost right away and then found the last after only my second swim around the lake.
@Yorumi thanks, I'm glad you told me that because I would have been trying to level up for ages to get some arts.
Since I began playing XCX Christmas day, I've found it nearly impossible to be motivated to do anything else.
@sarethums That's very good compared to Fallout 4. The "best game of all time".
I'm losing my life to this game it's great
@amiiboacid it sure is *hi five
I'll have to watch this when I get back to playing it. I can't wait to get my skell! I've just started playing fallout 4 and got my power armour which was really sudden. I'm sure this will be more rewarding to get. Not too keen on these collectathons though.
I've about 24 hours played, and still only on chapter 4. In fact, I'm struggling so hard as to working out how to get up somewhere that I need to find a walk through, so this will be getting watched tomorrow before I resume again. I'd been focusing on reaching level 50 on Splatoon, so now that's done it's time to focus back on XCX - it's definitely a words-cant-describe game that's for sure.
Man i was 80 hrs in at lvl 35 when i got my skell finally. I have unlocked the secrets of overdrive all on my own and i am tearing through lvl 50 enemies at my level of 38 now. Got my own method of attack style... Aka strategy. The rest of my team always dies tho. I wish i could program them more.
Anyway fighting with my skell seems really weak. Its more effective, efficient, and fun fighting on ground overdrive for me. My skell is just for an opener attack and to drive around faster.
@amiiboacid Fallout 4 has a lesser quality story than its two predecessors, for me I would say XCX is the better game.
You can also get the beagflee squash can also easily be found in devil's colony near the twin arch's.
Looking through commets on this and other posts, I feel like I'm the only person that found getting the skell license a breeze. I mean, I got the collecting one immediately as I already had them, I got the FrontierNav one as soon as I got revenue from there. All I had to go out of my way for was the killing of monsters. Am I the only person that explores everyewhere as much as they can as soon as they're able to, or something?
Actually, I gotta disagree with the article and some of the comments here. Getting the skell license was a piece of cake. Two of the missions were already done when I accepted them, two others (one gathering and the one with FrontierNav) were done in a few minutes. The remaining four took me maybe half an hour (inluding a little internet research about the locations and I also had gathered some of the items before already). It was way too easy.
When a friend of mine got the skell license, he told me it was a bit of a struggle and that I should message him when I'm at that point of the story. So I expected more from those missions. But they were no challenge at all compared to other missions before and after that.
And, as it was with the video before: It comes way too late.
@pokedude583 Finally, someone else sees it like I do! I think most people are playing this game wrong if they have such difficulties finding stuff. You have to explore and always gather the blue orbs! A few times (like 2 or 3) I actually went searching for something specific, other times I knew where to find it and just had to reload the segment. Some times I also cleared side missions while doing a main mission (or something else) by picking up orbs or beating random indigens that were in my way. But most of the times I already had lots of the items that were needed (once I had 50 pieces of something that I needed 3 of)!
I think I was ~ lvl25 when I got my skell license, by then I had approximately played the game for ~35 hours.
I remember shortly before that I started to get impatient because I wanted to have the skell for faster transportation. That's still my main use for it, but I'm also using it more and more to get rid of the annoying low-lvl creatures standing in my way. It's jut so much faster with a skell. But it also takes all the fun out of it. And I hate that my skell doesn't have a healing ability like my character does.
@Stu13 I actually miss the free-climbing and finding my way over mountains by foot. I can still do that with a skell as there are also routes on the mountains that you can only reach by constantly jumping with your skell. And it's way more convenient than finding the way up by foot. But it also takes away the adventure, the challenge.
Aside from that, I'm also very disappointed by the skells regarding their handling. Not only do they lack the ability to run (instead of walking), the driving of skells is extrremely buggy and bad-implemented. No matter how much I practice it, you just can't steer them precisely and sometimes they just do whatever they want (like: I move the left stick to the right and the skell goes left instead). I love XCX although it's an unpolished game. But the skells aren't just unpolished, they're faulty and buggy. Maybe the devs should've asked some other studio with more experience with cars to help them out. If you compare the cars in GTA (or any open-world game) with the skells in XCX, it's quite the embarrassment.
@rishisquid Lol, really? If they would point you in the right direction, it would be even easier than it is right now. I love gathering quests because they're done in a second. You just have to remind yourself to gather ALL blue orbs WHEREEVER YOU GO, you will thank yourself later for that.
In 85% of the cases I already had the requested items, in the other cases (10%) I could buy them at the BLADE console and for the rest (5%) I just needed one segment where they can be found (you can find those segments online, just google it) and then reload that segment until I had enough of those items.
@Lilith93 That's exactly the route i'm taking. I thoroughly enjoyed Xenoblade Chronicles so much in large part due to the exploration.
Defeating that level 18 monster and yet still woefully underpowered to take on the level 60. Yet even at level 60 still getting your butt handed to you by a level 81. Super rare items that you finally get after 2 hours of searching... Ahhh I love it!
I just joined a faction. The interceptors are what I joined, but I'll be doing a lot of recovery work on the side.
@shani How is indicating an area where the item can be found easier than looking it up or just buying it? If you want to go out and find the items there should be an easier way to do so. However, I just got my skell and I agree with you. The controls are clunky, and it feels like the world wasn't designed for the player to be so big. Hopefully being able to fly will make up for it.
Also, what does joining factions do? I'm an interceptor, but what difference does it make? Are there different side quests available? Different skills?
Oh, and after what chapter do you get a flight pack?
Different divisions basically influence the type of support you can get in battle (a fixed percentage) and the primary way to earn points which obviously get you division rewards from the network console (prospectors broken >.<).
Interceptors get ranged attack support and they earn most points by killing monsters and completing missions. No different side quests or different skills for different divisions. Oh and you get a mission for the flight pack after chapter 9.
Just got the ultimate skell and it is definitely overpowered. Although I do intend to overshadow it with my own custom Verus or Formula. Sadly the DLC skells are not available at frame level 60 -_-
@LasermasterA @rishisquid The divisions make no difference whatsoever for you. The support affects people who take your avatar with them in their party in their game. Not in yours.
The only real difference is that sadly, not all divisions get the same rewards (it depends on their recent ranking -> see BLADE console). The pathfinders for example always are on last place and can choose only one type of reward. The Prospectors on the other hand seem to be always #1 and therefore can choose between all the different reward types. You won't get a free skell rescue otherwise, for example (or restore Skell HP, etc.). I was a pathfinder and reluctant to switch at first, but after I realized this I went straight for prospectors and never changed it again. It's totally unbalanced and essentially useless, they should've either made the divisions more influential and balanced or kept them out of the game entirely, because aside from the reward tickets, the divisions have zero effect on your game experience.
If you haven't already collected your division rewards that the whole time, now it's a little late (since you get one reward per day and could otherwise save up many skell rescues etc), but then I'd suggest switching immediately to stock up the more useful rewards at the BLADE console (under division activity).
@rishisquid About the gathering: Well if the exact area (with the yellow circles) would be shown to you on the map, there would be no exploring/searching, no adventure, no challenge, no fun. It would be easy and straightforward, just go to point A and collect item X.
Instead the game doesn't show you where, so you you get to choose between actually exploring and searching for yourself like it would be like on a real planet (harder and longer) or buying it at the console, if possible, or looking it up online if you don't have the time/patience (easier and faster). I think that's the best solution for all differenct scenarios because you have this choice.
I'm not sure but I think you get to fly after finishing chapter 9 (I'm halfway through it).
I really couldn't play more than 10 or so hours. The text is just too small to read. I'll continue with the game if they release a patch for that. If not, well then I think I'm just going to watch someone else play it through on YouTube or something.
I only got my own Skell yesterday. Took me 57 hours to get there, too - I'm taking my time with this game.
Everyone says it takes until around the 30-35 hour mark before you get your Skell but I got it at exactly 17:34:28. Marked it down because I felt like I was setting a record since every reviewer claims it takes almost double that time (and I didn't even rush the story, I even probed all but two probes in Primordia and got around 25% discovery on both Noctilum and Oblivia).. Guess I was just really feeling it. I did play 25 hours worth in two and a half days...
@JaniN83 How big is your tv? It is small though. They cram a lot on the screen but still try to leave a lot of room to view the world.
@crzysortagamer It's 55" full hd tv, watching from about 3-4 meter distance where I normally play all my games. Never had this issue with other games..
@JaniN83 ok yeah, i can totally see that. Mines 50 i think and at 3 meters its hard. Granted I might need a update on my glasses, but yeah that sucks at that distance. I actually sit directly in front of mine so I never noticed how small it was.
@crzysortagamer Well I think if I'd connect my Wii U to my pc monitor and play it like a pc game, it might work.. But still, would be nice to play it like any other game.
This article may come in handy. I've just ordered a copy. I'm not sure I'm going to get on with it that well, but I'm excited about trying. I've already downloaded all the additional content to improve loading times and performance. I'm keen!
@Curlynob it's great fun
@MadAdam81 I put ""best game of all time" in quotation marks for a reason. It's far from that, despite people shouting it.
You sure about that? Cause in the game they tried to sort of emphasize that you receive at least your own division's support. And I think I do ccasionally get my division's support without another mediator (my division) in my party or area. I might be wrong (too lazy to check atm) since I do tend to ignore the support since it is pretty useless compared to other big changes skills and armour can cause. I did find some confusion on the topic around the internet as well -_-. And since the prospectors are broken, I don't wanna join them. Another reason why I don't use the broken op skell (while making an even more op skell lol).
To be honest the salvage tickets are not even that useful since the soul voice challenge to prevent insurance consumption is pretty easy. And post game skells are pretty tough to break xD.
Now just to kill the super bosses and make my custom "one punch skell" and I am done with the game.
Edit: Just checked manual again. Apparently it is the support we give to other players. Derp. 220 hours and there is still stuff I don't know xD
@shani The Skells drive a little better if you only move forward with the left stick and use the camera controls to steer. Granted, this is only marginally better. Just keep in mind that it is a temporary problem since once you get flight, it is rare that you ever drive again (unless you are conserving fuel).
no idea what the big deal is with the skell licence missions, it took me 20 mins to do them, I had most of the items that were required.
@LasermasterA At least that's what I read everywhere when the game was new.
Ah, just saw your edit. Yes, I think I read it in the manual! When I launched the game for the first time, I actually read through the manual before doing anything with my character.
And I also don't care for the support, I agree that there are far more influential elements in the game.
But how does the soul voice challenge work? How do I activate it? I don't know if I just never noticed it during the heat of battle or if it never occured at all (I lost my skell a few times).
@Darknyht Yeah a friend also told me that, but I couldn't get it to work. The skell still drives in the same direction, moving the camera horizontally doesn't make him go left or right.
But what you're saying makes sense, I should lvl up a bit and then start chapter 9 again (I died several times, apparently lvl31 is too low, even after the difficulty drops).
Yea I areas the manual multiple times but mostly for the status effect symbols so glossed over division support.
The challenge happens always. As soon as your skell is destroyed, and when your player is about to be ejected a soul voice comes. Perfect means no insurance loss, good is safe ejection but one insurance consumption and failure means 2 loss and ejection with 1 HP. You might have failed those thinking they were regular team member soul voice challenges.
Wrecked tons of skells, myself haha. When I do run out insurance I just pay the fee, unequip everything and buy another copy. Problem solved
I look like being the only one who likes skell driving xD love skidding through the places while gathering all collectibles. Although I can just fly real low now.
@LasermasterA Ah, okay, that must be it! I always assumed they were regular soul voices, maybe they should've made them distinguishable by pressing different button than B.
Since a friend of mine got his skell first and lost it several times, I was reeeeally careful with mine.
If you guys can't find the items, remember that you can get all the required items for the skell quest via reward tickets!
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