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.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

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.

Related articles

Stardew Valley Just Got Beaches, Fish Tanks, Swimming Ducks, and a Whole Lot More

Nearly five years on, Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone just pushed what he says is Stardew's "biggest update yet."

Alien: Isolation Is Free on Epic and Just As Good as It Was in 2014

Get the motion tracker and don't go in the vents.

Shigeru Miyamoto Expresses Confidence in the Younger Generation of Nintendo

The legendary creator says the spirit will stay alive.

You may also like

Press Start to Continue

A look back on what we tried to accomplish at USgamer, and the work still to be done.

Mat's Farewell | The Truth Has Not Vanished Into Darkness

This isn't the real ending, is it? Can't be.