All Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Classes [Explained]

Read our detailed guide to find the best classes in Xenoblade Chronicles 3 that suits your playstyle

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is the newest addition to the Role-playing games (RPG) genre. Developed by Monolith Soft and published by Nintendo, the Switch-exclusive game from the Xeno series returns on a scale bigger than ever! As you progress through the story and discover Aionios, it’s essential to know all about the best Xenoblade Chronicles 3 classes.

Since Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is an RPG, you’ll have to assemble a team that suits your needs the best because apart from the main campaign, you’ll be taking on tons of side quests, fights, and boss battles. While we’re on the topic of discussing the best classes in Xenoblade Chronicles 3, why not check out our Diablo Immortal Class Tier List?

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 has different classes which categorize heroes according to the core build. These heroes will help you on your Ouroboros quest. Many more heroes will become available to you as you go through the campaign of Xenoblade Chronicles 3, complete special hero and side quests, gather knowledge at colonies, and explore the vast continent of Aionios.

Before we start reviewing Xenoblade Chronicles 3 complete class list, you can also read about the Outriders Class Tier List.

In this article, we will thoroughly guide you about the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 heroes and classes so that you can easily explore and dominate Aionios! 

Check out our take on the best Fire Emblem Warrior Classes.

The recent addition to the Xeno series features a lot of returning mechanics. However, the class element is something completely new in the game and will take you some time to get used to. Luckily we assure you that our Xenoblade Chronicles 3 classes guide will make things simple for your before you begin your journey.

So without further ado, let’s get into the fundamentals of heroes and classes in Xenoblade Chronicles 3.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Heroes And Classes Overview

The new RPG game features six central protagonists. As you progress through the story, you’ll be allowed to add a seventh member to your team who will aid you through your journey. There are many heroes available in Xenoblade Chronicles 3, and you can unlock them by completing side quests or by progressing through the main story.

Once you unlock these Non-playable heroes, you’ll be able to switch them in and out of your team, depending on your style. Each hero brings a brand-new class with them that includes all-new moves, boosts, and specials that can be equipped to any fighter in your party after you’ve acquired them.

Now that you have a general idea about who heroes are, let’s learn a bit about classes in Xenoblade Chronicles 3. The classes in the game are linked to three different roles. These roles include Attacker, Defender, and Healer. The heroes you acquire will have an assigned role and will further belong to a specific class within these roles. 

Each class has different ‘Arts’ in them. Arts, aka Battle Arts, are the battle mechanics that Xenoblade Chronicles follow; veteran players of this series would be quite familiar with it. 

Choosing the best fitting class and heroes with the right blend of battle arts will give you great advantages against your foes in Xenoblade Chronicles 3. Now that we’ve learned about the basics of Heroes and Classes in Xenoblade Chronicles 3 let’s look at these in more detail.

Class List In Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 roles
Roles in Xenoblade Chronicles 3

We previously mentioned that Xenoblade Chronicles 3 has three base roles which include Attacker, Defender, and Healer. The classes lie within these roles in the game. Even though the roles are self-explanatory, we’ll still run them through your system.

The Attackers are the aggressors in Xenoblade Chronicles 3. Their forte lies in the attacking department, and they can induce a lot of damage to the enemies in the game. However, attackers are not that good when it comes to resistance which brings us to our next role.

The Defenders will be the backbone of your team. They will offer resilience along with resistance and will allow the attackers to focus on inflicting damage on the enemy. Defenders will dodge attacks and also divert the attention of the foes. They are an essential part of the Xenoblade Chronicles team as they’ll help in taking the pressure off of the Attackers and the Healers.

The Healers will offer constant support to your team in Xenoblade Chronicles 3. They will be tasked to regenerate the HP of your attackers and defenders from time to time. This will help you to last longer in battle and execute your strategy. Some healers can also revive fallen team members. However, healers are the weakest members of the team and can be targeted by the enemy.

With that out of the way, let’s now look at all the classes in Xenoblade Chronicles 3 under each of these roles. 

There are six base classes in Xenoblade Chronicles 3; other than that, and there are many other classes that you can unlock by recruiting new heroes. Every class has its own set of skills and stats, which can be upgraded by leveling up your rank in the game.

Attacker Classes 

Attacker Classes Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Attacker Classes in Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Here are all the Attacker Classes in Xenoblade Chronicles 3 so far. Some of these classes feature with the main protagonists of the game, while others can be unlocked through your journey in Aionios.

Swordfighter (Base Class)

The Swordfighter class is one of the most-used classes in Xenoblade Chronicles 3. These closed-range attackers use a blade called Veiled Sword. They come with balanced stats and are great at fighting bosses in the game.

One of the game protagonists, Noah, is initially a Swordfighter.

Master Arts
  • Ground Beat: A forward-pushing physical attack
  • Shadow Eye:  Halves own Aggro value to buff Attack
  • Overclock Buster (Talent Art): Inflicts heavy damage to dazed enemies

Ogre (Base Class)

The Ogre class in Xenoblade Chronicles 3 wield a heavy hammer which they use to smash enemies. The attack power of the Ogre is quite high, but it comes at the cost of its speed and agility. 

This is the initial class of Sena, a playable protagonist.

Master Arts
  • Giant Swing: Ogre’s basic physical attack
  • Maximum Voltage: Boosts damage by 20% and makes moves unblockable
  • Pressure Drop (Talent Art): A devastating physical attack that inflicts the launch effect

Stalker 

The Stalker is a long-range attacker. Stalkers equip bows and snipe foes with their piercing arrows. This class is also great for stealthy play in Xenoblade Chronicles 3.

Master Arts
  • Staying Power: Allows to set the field for a battle art-follow up
  • Night Hunt: Reduces the aggro drawn while attacks and increases the damage of back attacks by 30%
  • Refreshing Rain (Talent Art): Inflict 50% increased damage on foes whose HP is lower than 30%

Yumsmith

Yumsmith is a flexible Attacker class that focuses on taking advantage of opponents’ weaknesses and applying debuffs to them. They are a good supportive attackers class in Xenoblade Chronicles 3.

Master Arts
  • Wok-a-Block: Allows to inflict side break (reaction status which topples the enemy)   
  • Final Say: A front attack along with a shackle block
  • Roasty-Toasty: Continuously inflicts damage on a specified field

Incursor

The Incursors carry a sword whose stat gets a buff which each critical hit. Incursors do more damage with a higher percentage of critical hits, and each critical strike increases their attack power. 

Master Arts
  • Aerial Slash: This Incursor physical attack increases the critical hit rate
  • Glitter Stream: Physical attack which also inflicts the break effect when used from the side
  • Supreme Sword (Talent Art): Attack damage on launched enemies gets increased by 100%

Full Metal Jaguar

The name says it all, these attackers are surely Metal! They use twin guns to attack the enemies in a larger field. The damage of these shots increases with each successful hit! If you love guns blazing action, then this Xenoblade Chronicles class is worth checking out!

Master Arts
  • Demolition: Attack using ether that has a 30% probability of bypassing defense
  • Quickdraw: Offers an increase in damage when attacked from the front
  • Violent Streak (Talent Art): Increases damage on each kill

Martial Artist

This Attacker class is quite unique then the rest. They use the sheer might in their palms to beat down enemies. Martial Artists are very agile and can land multiple blows in a matter of seconds.

Master Arts
  • Impulsive Wave: An attack which stats sees an Additional 20% damage increase for every enemy that’s part of the battle
  • Jackal Claw: A physical attack with a high critical rate
  • Raging Force: Physical attack that reduces art recharging and increases damage in proportion to the number of arts utilized in the battle

Flash Fencer 

The Flash Fencer has reeled in a lot of fans in a short period. The Attacker class is extremely fast and wields dual blades with which it lands deadly blows in quick succession. If you’re someone who’s looking for a quick attacker, then Flash Fencer is the one.

Metal Arts
  • Hidden Thom: A physical effect that inflicts bleed effect on the enemy
  • Cross Impact: A physical attack that boosts the Flash Fencer’s power charge
  • Saber Strike: A deadly attack that also inflicts a smash 

Defender Classes

Defender classes Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Defender Classes in Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Now we will review all of the Defender Classes in Xenoblade Chronicles 3. Defenders are a key part of the team, and without them, you won’t be able to defeat some of the bosses in the game!

Zephyr (Base Class)

Zephyr is a great evasive class. Their strength lies in dodging the enemy attacks after grabbing their attention. Zephyrs are quick and nimble on their feet and can also use powerful counter moves.

This is the initial class of Mio.

Master Arts
  • Wide Slash: A physical attack that Zephyrs can perform by lowering their critical hit rate
  • Glow Ring: A target-lock physical attack
  • Gemini Strike (Talent Art): This move dodges enemy attacks and also bumps the aggro by 70%

Heavy Guard (Base Class)

The Heavy Guard Defender makes use of a large shield to protect the team members in Xenoblade Chronicles 3. Apart from that, they also grab the attention of their foes. 

Heavy Guard is the initial class of Lanz.

Master Arts
  • Crash Out: Front physical attack, which also increases the aggro by 70%
  • Solid Stance: A defensive stance (decreases damage conceded by 25%)
  • Mad Taunt: An attention-seeking move at a specified area.

Guardian Commander

Guardian Commanders are experts at keeping their comrades safe. They engage in combat using a sword and shield. Adversity strengthens their skills, making them trustworthy allies who can take on the toughest foes.

Master Arts
  • Noble Taunt: A taunt that focuses on one enemy at a time
  • Shield Bash: A physical attack using the shield that also topples the enemy
  • Deflector Field: A defensive buff that greatly enhances the damage resistance for a specified time

Lone Exile

The Lone Exiles are aggressive defenders, which means you can rely on them when it comes to the team’s collective attacks. They lure their enemies close with quick, lethal cut attacks before slaughtering them.

Master Arts
  • Gale Slash: An ego physical attack. It also boosts the dame by 50% if the enemy is targeting you.
  • Soaring Tempest: Launch inflicting physical attack move
  • Blossom Dance: Physical assault increases aggro created when utilizing the art by 50% and deals damage that ignores defense.

Lost Vanguard

The Lost Vanguard is another defender class in Xenoblade Chronicles 3, and they wield a mace in the game. As for the defensive move, they use shields and art to guard their team members.

Monica is a Lost Vanguard class, and she can be obtained later in the game. To get her, you’ll need to grind in multiple hours in the game before you reach her.

Healer Classes

Healer classes Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Healer Classes in Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Last but not least, we have the Healers class in Xenoblade Chronicles 3. They will provide constant support to the other team members by reviving them and healing their HP. Without these guys, we assure you that you’ll be done within a matter of seconds against some of the toughest foes in the game.

Medic Gunner (Base Class)

Medic Gunners are by far one of the most useful Healers class in Xenoblade Chronicles 3. They set up a circular field that strengthens team members who enter it and grants recovery over a large area. They can also revive knocked-down team members.

Medic Gunner is the basic class of Eunie.

Master Arts
  • Myopic Screen: An attack that uses ether to inflict a daze effect
  • Ether Cannon: An ether attack that decreases the foes’ accuracy
  • Healing Ring (Talent Art): Creates a ring of the shield in an area that heals all the party members who step into it

Tactician (Base Class)

The Tactician class is known for disguising enemies and creating confusion amongst the opposing forces. They use magic to put enemies to sleep so that other heroes can retreat to safety and inflict more damage. 

The Tactician is the initial class of Taion.

Master Arts
  • Dark Banner: Magical attack which puts the enemy to sleep
  • Overfall: An attack that uses ether to reduce enemies ether defense
  • Tidal Wave: An attack that has healing power of 150% when it’s successfully executed

War Medic

War Medic is another essential Healers class. Not only do they recover their teammates they also offer adequate strengthening buffs. The War Medic can heal all party members at once.

Master Arts
  • Multi Blast: A magical attack that heals teammates in a specific radius
  • Advanced Cooldown: Sets a field in which the defense of the party members is increased.
  • Technical Heal: Instantly offers healing abilities to all team members

Signifer 

Another common Healer class is the Signifer. Although quite weak, Signifiers are special healers as they support their members by using ability buffs to boost strength and courage in the team.

Master Arts
  • Aureole: The Signifer will grant her ability buffs to the team members
  • Resonant Flag: Inherits a completely random buff
  • Cry of Faith: Grants two random ability buffs to the allies

Strategos

The Strategos class is a clever healer like the tactician class. They equip special guns which are used to heal allies and also to inflict damage on enemies. The Strategos class are highly-agile heroes.

Master Arts
  • No Love Lost: Gun attack which decreases enemies’ physical resistance
  • Hornet: Ether attack that heals team members by providing 100% healing powers
  • Soulfire: Heals all the party members on the successful execution of this move 

Troubadour

The Troubadour is another healing class that makes use of a flute. The serenity with the flute helps to health allies as well as strengthen their attacks. They can also conjure up bursts with their flute to inflict damage on opponents.

Master Arts
  • Way Home: A magical attack with the flute that inflicts a burst
  • Ring o’ Roses: Sets a field in which allies get healed
  • Glittering Melody: An ability buff that charges up the team members’ battle arts by 50%

Best Attacker Classes

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Swordfighter Class
Best Attacker Class in Xenoblade Chronicles 3

We have finally covered all Xenoblade Chronicles 3 classes, and now it’s down to us to narrow down the best classes based on their roles. 

For us, we think the most stable and best attacker class in Xenoblade Chronicles 3 has to be the Swordfighter. It has good base stats, which you can upgrade as you level up your rank tier. 

Other than the Swordfighter, the Flash Fencer and Ogre are also on top of our tier list. However, the Swordfighter can suit all kinds of playstyles, whereas the Flash Fencer and Ogre require a specific game plan.

With Flash Fencer, you need to be quick on your feet and perfectly land your quick blows and change positions. As for Ogre, you won’t be able to pull many tricks out of the bag plus you’ll be slow but the high damage covers up these flaws. 

Therefore, depending on your playstyle you can choose the one that fits you the best!

Best Defender Classes

Xenoblade chronicles 3 heavy guard
Best Defender Class in Xenoblade Chronicles 3

The Defenders are a key part of your team, and you need to figure out and recruit the defenders that work best with your Attackers. 

In our opinion, the Heavy Guard is the best defender class in Xenoblade Chronicles 3. The Heavy Guard class are bulky defenders, and they use a large shield to protect their allies and can also land devastating blows to their foes. Their Solid Stance master art reduces damage taken by a massive 25%. 

Other than the Heavy Guard, we also consider Zephyr and Lone Exile as the top defender classes in Xenoblade Chronicles 3. 

The Lone Exile is an aggressive defender, which means they will assist the Attackers in more than one way. They are extremely quick, which help in the overall agility of the team. 

Zephyr is another fast-paced defender who uses quick moves and uses a powerful counterattack. Their ‘talent art’ (Gemini Strike) also helps increase their aggro by 70%.

Best Healer Classes

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 War Medic
Best Healer Class in Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Finally, let’s now find out what the best healer class is in Xenoblade Chronicles 3. Healers will allow your attackers and defenders to last longer in battle than they usually would. Therefore, in boss fights, the healers will play a key role during the battles. 

We think that by a narrow margin, the War Medic is the best healer class in Xenoblade Chronicles 3. The War Medic is slightly ahead of the Medic Gunner because the War Medic offers multiple buffs and heals in almost all of its moves.

The War Medic offers a moderate buff to the defense stats of your team members. Next up, we have the Medic Gunner, and the healing class stands out due to its ‘talent art’, Healing Ring. In this move, Medic Gunner generates a large ring, which gives regeneration to the whole team.

Apart from these two, Troubadour is another good choice for a Healer class. The Troubadour offers quick regeneration to its teammates and also provides a buff that recharges all the arts of your allies by 50%.

Conclusion

That does it for our detailed, lengthy guide, which covers the heroes, roles, and classes in Xenoblade Chronicles 3. Along with that, we have also included our picks for the best attacker, defender, and healer in Xenoblade Chronicles 3.

Now it’s up to you to recruit and test these classes in the game and see if they fit your playstyle!

Moiz Banoori.


Having worked at various Video Game sites, coupled with 7 years of Content Writing Experience. I presently monitor teams, create strategies, and publish qualified pieces through my aptitude.