Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Update Adds New Quests, Custom Difficulty Options

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Update Adds New Quests, Custom Difficulty Options

Also included: A certain beloved song from the first Xenoblade.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 for the Nintendo Switch is on-track to receive a patch tomorrow (July 27). The update adds some new content for Expansion Pass holders, including a new rare Blade, new quests, customization options, and a cool audio treat.

Nintendo and Monolith Soft announced the arrival of the patch on the game's official product page (thanks to RPGsite for the summarized translation). The biggest addition is Hibana, a Fire-type Blade with a speciality in healing. She can be acquired via a quest, and there are five additional quests to work through as well.

There's a new Expert difficulty mode if you want to die, but if you want to live a little longer, you can toy around with the new Custom difficulty sliders. These let you tweak several components of battle—including enemy strength, enemy maximum HP, and more—to your liking.

If you face off against a Unique Monster with Shulk and Fiora in your party, the battle music will switch to You Will Know Our Names, the much-loved boss battle theme from the original Xenoblade (it's in Smash Bros, too!).

This might be the last significant update before Xenoblade Chronicles 2's prequel DLC, The Golden Country, lands in September. Now's not a bad time to jump back into Rex's mystical world. We have tons of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 guides to help you out.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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