Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Shards: How To Get & Use

What Are Shards? 

Shards in Xenoblade chronicles
About Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Shards

The Odd Shards in the game are used as a weapon upgrade material. The weapons that the character use needs an upgrade for better performance. This upgrade usually takes place towards the end-game content. You will collect these shards while exploring the vast world of Aionios in Xenoblade Chronicles 3.

Key Highlights
  • Odd Shards in Xenoblade Chronicles 3 are crucial for weapon upgrades.
  • Collect Odd Shards by defeating unique monsters throughout Aionios.
  • Keep Odd Shards, as their importance becomes evident in the end game.
  • Complete the “Uniting the Seven Nopon” quest by finding and reuniting seven Nopon in different regions.
  • Locations include Aetia, Maktha Wildwood, Cadensia, Fornis, and Colony 9.
  • After the quest, Odd Shards transform into Origin Shards for upgrading party blades with Samon.

How To Collect Shards

You can discover these Origin Shards by just exploring the areas around Aionios. They’ll be like little crystallized objects that you can find from bosses and in several hard-to-reach areas.

You can collect Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Shards during your first playthrough by defeating all the unique monsters. If you defeat all these unique monsters during your first new game, you will be able to collect these Odd Shards from them.

Locations Of The Seven Nopon

The locations of Uniting the Seven Nopon have been mentioned below, so you can complete this quest easily and use the Odd Shards.

location of seven nopon
Locations Of The Seven Nopon

Panepane

You can look for Panepane in Aetia Region. You will find him at the Hillside Ferronis Hulk rest spot.

Gingin

The location of Gingin is Maktha Wildwood, Lower Pentelas Region. From the Warning Tree landmark, travel southwest to Gingin’s treehouse. 

Tempapa

To find Tempapa, from the Fifth Pillar Remnant landmark, travel northwest to Tempapa’s home. The region to locate it is Cadensia Region, Full. 

Burrburr

Burrburr can be found at the Sage’s Domicile landmark, which is next to the Nopon Coin X-change in Fornis Region, Full.

Fixifixi

From the Cell No. 1 landmark, head to the cell furthest south. It is a must to have the Hero character Valdi in your party to speak to him in Cadensia Region – Li Garte Prison Camp. 

Riku

After watching the cutscene related to the Seven Nopon conversation topic, you must return to Colony 9 so that Riku can recover his hammer from the workshop.

From Odd Shards To Origin Shards

The progress of the quest will reveal that Odd Shards are actually Origin Shards. All these odd shards get renamed to Origin Shards. Not only does their name change, but their shape changes too. For the shape changes of these shards, refer to the following table. 

Odd Shards’ Shapes Origin Shards’ Shapes
Ringlike Shape Round Shape
Round Shape Toroidal Shape
Pointy Shape Rhomboid Shape
Triangular Shape Trigonal Shape
Six-Angled Shape Hexagonal Shape
Oblong Shape Rectangular Shape
Square Shape Square Shape

How To Use Shard

Once all seven nopon reunite, they will be gathered at Samon’s Worksop. Your odd shards that have been renamed and changed in shapes will be handed back to Samon. You will hand them over to Samon so he can upgrade each of your party’s weapons.

Using xenoblade chronicles 3 shards
How To Use Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Shards

Once all characters’ blades are upgraded, Samon will say that his workforce has done its best job, and it is now up to you how you use these blades. You need a certain amount of each shard to upgrade your weapons. To help you with this, we have listed everything in the table below.

Weapon Upgrade Origin Shards Required
Mio Blade Upgrade 3x Round Origin Shard
5x Toroidal Origin Shard
3x Trigonal Origin Shard
1x Hexagonal Origin Shard
1x Square Origin Shard
4x Rectangular Origin Shard
4x Rhomboid Origin Shard
Noah Blade Upgrade 2x Round Origin Shard
1x Toroidal Origin Shard
5x Trigonal Origin Shard
3x Hexagonal Origin Shard
4x Square Origin Shard
4x Rectangular Origin Shard
2x Rhomboid Origin Shard
Taion Blade Upgrade 2x Round Origin Shard
3x Toroidal Origin Shard
3x Trigonal Origin Shard
4x Hexagonal Origin Shard
4x Square Origin Shard
1x Rhomboid Origin Shard
4x Rectangular Origin Shard
Eunie Blade Upgrade 5x Round Origin Shard
4x Toroidal Origin Shard
3x Trigonal Origin Shard
3x Hexagonal Origin Shard
1x Rectangular Origin Shard
3x Square Origin Shard
2x Rhomboid Origin Shard
Lanz Blade Upgrade 1x Round Origin Shard
3x Toroidal Origin Shard
2x Trigonal Origin Shard
3x Hexagonal Origin Shard
5x Square Origin Shard
3x Rectangular Origin Shard
7x Rhomboid Origin Shard
Sena Blade Upgrade 5x Round Origin Shard
2x Toroidal Origin Shard
2x Trigonal Origin Shard
4x Hexagonal Origin Shard
1x Square Origin Shard
2x Rectangular Origin Shard
5x Rhomboid Origin Shard

Conclusion

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Shards are an end-game resource that you will use to upgrade your weapons. You can also collect them during your first playthrough by killing monsters. However, you could not use them back then, and you should not sell them to any trader.

You will save these odd shards, which will become origin shards once you complete Uniting the Seven Nopon quest. You will also be able to use these shards after completing this end-game side quest.

Next: Xenoblade Chronicles 3: BEST Gems

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