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Affinity MAX Barrier is an Aux Core or a Skill RAM / Upgrade in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Torna ~ The Golden Country. It grants a party-wide damage barrier that nullifies up to 35% of the Driver's maximum HP in damage, once the Affinity between Driver and Blade reaches its max.

The Skill RAM/Upgrade variants can be used to customize Poppi α, Poppi QT and Poppi QTπ as an Aux Core equivalent.

Stats

Aux Core
Aux Core Rarity Effect Sell Price
Unrefined Refined
Affinity MAX Barrier I Rarity1.png When Affinity reaches max, grant party damage barrier of 10% of max HP. 250 G 300 G
Affinity MAX Barrier II Rarity1.png When Affinity reaches max, grant party damage barrier of 15% of max HP. 650 G 700 G
Affinity MAX Barrier III Rarity2.png When Affinity reaches max, grant party damage barrier of 20% of max HP. 1,050 G 1,150 G
Affinity MAX Barrier IV Rarity2.png When Affinity reaches max, grant party damage barrier of 25% of max HP. 1,300 G 1,450 G
Affinity MAX Barrier V Rarity3.png When Affinity reaches max, grant party damage barrier of 30% of max HP. 1,400 G 1,550 G
Affinity MAX Barrier VI Rarity3.png When Affinity reaches max, grant party damage barrier of 35% of max HP. 1,750 G 1,950 G

Skill RAM
Skill RAM Effect Energy
Required
Ether Crystals Technical Manual
Create Crystallize
Affinity MAX Barrier I When Affinity reaches max, grant party damage barrier of 10% of max HP. 30 180 108 ---
Affinity MAX Barrier II When Affinity reaches max, grant party damage barrier of 15% of max HP. 60 600 240 ---
Affinity MAX Barrier III When Affinity reaches max, grant party damage barrier of 20% of max HP. 90 1,080 396 Nimble Nopon Get Girls
Affinity MAX Barrier IV When Affinity reaches max, grant party damage barrier of 25% of max HP. 120 1,680 588 Artificial Blade Report
Affinity MAX Barrier V When Affinity reaches max, grant party damage barrier of 30% of max HP. 150 4,320 1,080 Hypertech Made Easy

Refinement Recipes

Aux Core Requirement Materials Amount
Affinity MAX Barrier I Category Any Vegetable Collectibles x3
Affinity MAX Barrier II Category Any Vegetable Collectibles x6
Affinity MAX Barrier III Category Any Vegetable Collectibles x9
Affinity MAX Barrier IV Category Any Vegetable Collectibles x12
Affinity MAX Barrier V Category Any Vegetable Collectibles x15
Affinity MAX Barrier VI Category Any Vegetable Collectibles x18

Sources

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

In Xenoblade Chronicles 2, the Aux Core is always obtained in its unrefined state, and must be refined within an Ether Furnace at an Aux Core Stall before becoming usable.

Affinity MAX Barrier I

Quest Rewards

Dropped by

Name Spawn Area Level Rate
Bobbile Brog Normal Gormott Province 22 - 24 14.0%
Dont Rhogul Summon Gormott Province 22 14.0%
Doryu Riik Normal Kingdom of Uraya 22 - 24 14.0%
Leap Pippito Normal Kingdom of Uraya 21 - 23 14.0%
Melz Runner Normal Kingdom of Uraya 21 - 27 14.0%
Silt Driver Quest Argentum Trade Guild 26 14.0%

Affinity MAX Barrier II

Treasure Troves

Quest Rewards

Merc Mission Rewards

Dropped by

Name Spawn Area Level Rate
Ferrii Aligo Salvaging Indoline Praetorium 38 - 42 12.6%
Froga Gyanna Normal Temperantia 34 - 36 12.6%
Ghudan Laia Normal Temperantia 35 - 37 12.6%
Nookka Aspid Salvaging Empire of Mor Ardain 36 - 40 12.6%
Raflas Blant Normal Leftherian Archipelago 34 - 36 12.6%
Skom Tirkin Quest Gormott Province 38 12.6%

Challenge Battle Mode (DLC)

Challenge Name Difficulty Chest 1 Chest 2 Chest 3
Bewitching Dance CR2.png --- 0.82% 0.74%
Grazing Flock CR1.png --- 1.10% 1.04%
Pest Control CR1.5.png --- 0.50% 0.46%
Think of the Soldiers CR2.5.png --- 1.68% 1.64%
Titan Battleship Assault Special Battle --- 1.47% 1.40%

Affinity MAX Barrier III

Treasure Troves

Quest Rewards

Merc Mission Rewards

Dropped by

Name Spawn Area Level Rate
Agam Grebel Normal Temperantia 45 - 47 11.2%
Ahaato Gyanna Normal Spirit Crucible Elpys 45 - 47 11.2%
Dedicated Conroy Unique Kingdom of Tantal 51 11.2%
Edin Driver Quest Kingdom of Tantal 47 11.2%
Epicurean Ligia Unique Leftherian Archipelago 48 11.2%
Gargen Parisax Normal Spirit Crucible Elpys 44 - 46 11.2%
Night Huust Quadwing Normal Temperantia 46 - 48 11.2%
Rafut Driver Quest Empire of Mor Ardain 48 11.2%
Rippl Medooz Normal Spirit Crucible Elpys 44 - 46 11.2%
Stark Aspar Normal Spirit Crucible Elpys 45 - 47 11.2%

Affinity MAX Barrier IV

Dropped by

Name Spawn Area Level Rate
Kustal Sovereign Normal, Summon World Tree 53 - 60 9.8%

Affinity MAX Barrier V

Merc Mission Rewards

Dropped by

Name Spawn Area Level Rate
Gladiator Orion Unique Cliffs of Morytha 100 8.4%
Shungle Igna Normal Kingdom of Uraya 71 - 73 8.4%
Snide Igna Normal Kingdom of Uraya 76 - 78 8.4%

Challenge Battle Mode (DLC)

Challenge Name Difficulty Chest 1 Chest 2 Chest 3
Attack of the Aspar Special Battle 1.14% 0.56% ---
Call the Exterminators Special Battle 1.71% 0.92% ---
Darkening Skies CR3.png 1.09% 0.54% ---
Dread Contagion CR4.png 1.48% 0.76% ---
Elma: Redux CR4.png 0.81% 0.37% ---
Otherworldly Fighter CR3.png 0.81% 0.37% ---
Panic at the Seaside CR3.png 0.51% 0.22% ---
Poisoned Paradise CR3.png 1.71% 0.92% ---
Sacred Wood CR3.png 1.71% 0.90% ---
Serious Showdown CR4.5.png 0.51% 0.22% ---
Temperantian Standoff CR2.png 0.49% 0.22% ---
This Year's Heropon CR3.png 0.81% 0.36% ---
Tiger! Tiger! IRL CR2.5.png 0.51% 0.22% ---
Torna's Finest CR4.png 1.48% 0.76% ---

Affinity MAX Barrier VI

Challenge Battle Mode (DLC)

Challenge Name Difficulty Chest 1 Chest 2 Chest 3
9th Imp. Armored Div. CR5.png 1.67% 0.67% 0.82%
Chickenheart Challenge CR3.png 2.35% 2.16% 2.84%
Cloud King's Revenge CR4.png 0.48% 0.37% 0.45%
Dino Drama CR3.5.png 1.20% 0.96% 1.20%
Fiercest Faction CR4.png 0.48% 0.37% 0.45%
Humanoid Alliance CR4.png 0.47% 0.37% 0.45%
Mk. VIII CR4.5.png 2.25% 2.16% 2.84%
Reinventing the Gogol CR4.png 0.84% 0.66% 0.83%

Torna ~ The Golden Country

In Torna ~ The Golden Country, the Aux Core is always obtained in its refined state.

Affinity MAX Barrier I

Treasure Troves

Dropped by

Name Spawn Area Level Rate
Anbu Vang Normal Kingdom of Torna 21 - 23 14.0%
Legia Flier Normal, Summon Kingdom of Torna 21 - 25 14.0%

Affinity MAX Barrier II

Treasure Troves

  • Treasure Chest on the northeastern side of the Hoary Weald, in Gormott. (1 Core)
    • FieldSkills.png Open Container: Keen Eye Lv.3, Lockpicking Lv.3.

Quest Rewards

Dropped by

Name Spawn Area Level Rate
Grads Tirkin Normal Gormott 37 - 41 12.6%

Affinity MAX Barrier III

Treasure Troves

  • Treasure Chest buried to the far north of Titan's Roar, in Gormott. (1 Core)
    • FieldSkills.png Unearth: Fortitude Lv.3, Mining Lv.3.

Skill RAM / Upgrade

Poppiswap

The Skill RAM or Upgrade variant can be crafted through Poppiswap's "Create/Crystallize" menu using Ether Crystals obtained from Tiger! Tiger! or from crystallizing other Poppi Parts. Create costs and required Technical Manuals are present in the Stats section.

Tiger! Tiger!

Skill RAM Stage Treasure
Size
Treasure Rate (per Trove)
Chapter 2 – 7 Chapter 8+
Affinity MAX Barrier I Stage 1 Small 1.20% ---
Stage 1 Large 4.00% ---
Affinity MAX Barrier III Stage 1 Small 0.80% 4.67%
Stage 1 Large 2.33% ---
Affinity MAX Barrier V Stage 1 Small --- 1.00%
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