a crucial role in almost every aspect of Xenoblade Chronicles. If you want to
get the most out of the game, you’ll need to manage the relationships between your
party members, your party and the various regions, and certain NPCs.
hours in and those ungrateful Colony 9 bastards only give your party two stars
It’s a very
long and slow process to reach the coveted 5-star affinity rank in an area -
one that cannot be completed until the late stages of the game. However,
raising affinity in a certain area opens up new quests and allows for more
trading with NPCs, which means access to greater items and valuables such as
additional skill tree branches.
One way to
raise your affinity with a certain area is by completing quests. Quests are
given by NPCs with white or orange exclamation points over their heads (which
also appear on your mini map). It is common for one NPCs to have several quests
for you at a time, so make sure to continue talking to them until the
exclamation point disappears.
way to raise your Location Affinity rank is by linking NPCs. Whenever you talk
to a named NPC, they’ll be added to your affinity chart. If you find related -
not necessarily by blood - NPCs, a connection will be created on your chart.
Connections can be enhanced through additional conversation and/or questing.
bad there’s no annoyed face, because we totally annoyed face Riki. Moogle
affinity directly relates to how long you can maintain chain links, the number
of skills you can link, and how many turns you have during gem crafting. There
are several ways to raise the affinity between playable characters:
Gift giving - Collectibles can also
serve as gifts. Select one from the menu and choose the “present” option. The
result of this action is a very slight increase or decrease in affinity.
Experiment to your heart’s content by saving beforehand.
Combat interactions - When characters
become toppled, dazed, incapacitated, or their tension drops, you can move over
to them and press b to perform an Affinity Cry. In addition to immediately
improving your odds of winning, the affinity between the two characters is
NPC interactions - This one’s simple.
Just having a character in your party when accepting a quest from an NPC means
a chance at raised affinity during the dialog exchange.
yeah! It’s Reyn time!
Heart-to-Heart moments - These are
marked on your map, even if you haven’t uncovered the areas in which they
exist. Don’t be alarmed if you cannot access most of these moments upon first
discovering them. Only if you have reached a certain point in the story do the
requirements of many of these moments become revealed, and even then, you’ll
have to raise the affinity between the two characters to a certain level before
you can access it. Each moment consists of two questions; answering correctly
will give you a large affinity boost. Save your game before trying each one in
order to avoid accidentally giving the wrong answers.
As you can see, the more you use two characters
in the same party, the more their affinity will almost naturally rise. For this
reason, it’s important to change things up as often as you can. Even if you
prefer the awesome combination of Shulk, Reyn, and Sharla, sticking to it for
the entire game will deprive you opportunities to raise the affinities between