Chain Attack is a special technique of linked attacks in Xenoblade 3 performed by all characters. On this page, you will learn how to properly use Chain Attacks to deal as much damage to enemies as possible.
How to unlock Chain Attacks?
You will unlock this technique consisting of combined attacks after completing the Riku and Manan side quest in the 2nd chapter of the game.
When the Chain Attack gauge, displayed on the right side of the screen, is charged, press Plus to use this technique.
You can fill up Chain Attack gauge by:
- canceling attacks,
- performing Combos,
- using Role Actions.
Each Order gives different bonuses when performing Chain Attack. Read the description carefully and choose the one that will help you, for example, break through enemy defenses or deal additional damage.
Thanks to the Chain Attack mechanics, your team can deal massive amounts of damage and repeat those attacks if you get enough Tactical Points (TP).
After choosing 1 of the 3 Orders, you will determine the order of attacking characters and their skill.
Above your character icon, you will find the number of base TPs you'll get for this attack. The TP gauge will be displayed in the upper-right corner of the screen. When TP is above 100%, you will be able to perform another Chain Attack.
100% -149% TP - Cool,
150% -199% TP - Bravo,
200% and above - Amazing.
The better rating you get for carrying out an order, the more characters will be reactivated for the next attack. The reactivated party members will collect more basic TPs, thanks to which you will increase the chance of obtaining 200% with subsequent orders.
The more TP you get carrying out the order, the higher the damage multiplier, displayed in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
Chain Attack will end if you have no more characters to choose from or the gauge depletes. If the TP of your orders will not exceed 149%, you will be able to carry out a maximum of 3 orders during Chain Attack. Both Bravo and Amazing ratings increases the chance for more orders.
How to get 200% TP?
- Start with an Attacker who will trigger the First Blood and multiply the amount of TP gained;
- Choosing a Healer will give you 99% TP. Thanks to this, you will be able to exceed 100% the next time you choose a character;
- End the Chain Attack with the Defender, which will re-activate the character with the most TP for the next attack;
- Use Hero characters that don't consume the Chain Attack gauge. Additionally, they provide special bonuses for maximum damage;
- If the chosen character has around 80 base TP, they will most likely execute Chain Attack alone. Instead, fill TP to 99% first, then select the character with the most TP.
In the example above, we have presented the character selection one by one, so that we get over 200% TP from this order. This is the 3rd order performed during Chain Attack, so some characters' base TPs have been increased with reactivation.
- Eunie will be the first to attack. Her basic TP is 31. During the attack she will receive an additional 20 TP, so about 50 TP will be added to the pool;
- Sena will perform the second attack. Basic TP 33 plus 20 TP for the attack will add about 53 TP. Her role will make the gauge to increase to 99%;
- The order will end with Taion, who has already accumulated a lot of TP in the previous orders. Thanks to it, the score will exceed 200%.
Ouroboros Chain Attack
- If during Chain Attack you manage to carry out an order of 2 merged characters using Interlink mechanics, with the next choice, you will have access to the powerful Ouroboros Order. Remember that after the Ouroboros' order, the Chain Attack will end.
- When you activate Chain Attack during a Level 3 Interlink, Ouroboros Order will be available from the beginning. In that case, the Ouroboros Order will not end the Chain Attack.
If you manage to defeat the enemy while performing a Chain Attack, you will get Overkill status. Any attacks after activating Overkill will give you more rewards and extra experience points. Overkill can be turned off in the game options.