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The Bionis' Shoulder (Japanese: 巨神肩, Kyoshin Kata lit. Giant God's Shoulder) is an area in Xenoblade Chronicles: Future Connected. It is the detached left shoulder of the Bionis.

Originally the left shoulder of Bionis and the birthplace of the Giants, it became detached from the rest of it after the death of Zanza and the subsequent destruction and recreation of the world. Now it floats high above Bionis' remains, along with the abandoned city of Alcamoth.

Shulk and Melia end up stranded there after a dark beam fired from Alcamoth damages the Junks, which crashed into a lake.

It is based on the beta area from the original game that cannot be visited in normal gameplay.


Xenoblade Chronicles[]

Discovery of the Monado[]

At some point after the creation of the Bionis, the Monado ended up in the place that would eventually be known as the Companions' Forum. Eventually, the Giant Arglas came across the Monado and picked it up, getting possessed by Zanza in the process.

Future Connected[]

The Appearance of the Fogbeasts[]

After Zanza's death and the Bionis' collapse, its shoulder remained suspended high above the Bionis' remains due to the large amount of Hover Stone within the shoulder. Around this time, Alcamoth relocated next to the shoulder, with many people living inside. Some time after, a rift in time and space opened up in the sky next to Alcamoth due to Bionis beginning to approach the world of Alrest. This rift releases Fogbeasts, including the Fog King, a Guldo from Alrest's Land of Morytha that materialized in Alcamoth from Black Fog. Many of the people in Alcamoth were able to evacuate to the shoulder. Those who evacuated ended up inhabiting some of the Giants ruins, turning it into Gran Dell.

Alcamoth FC

The dimensional rift above Alcamoth next to the shoulder

After learning of Alcamoth's location next to the shoulder, Shulk and Melia, as well as Kino and Nene secretly stowing away, fly the Junks to the Bionis' Shoulder from Colony 9, with the hope of reclaiming Alcamoth. As they approach the shoulder, the Fog King fires a black beam at them, forcing the Junks to make a crash landing on the shoulder. After regrouping, the quartet learns of the Fog King from the High Entia living at Companions' Cape, and, deciding to handle the situation, uses the transporter on Soltnar Seal Island to reach the ruined city.

After saving Teelan and escaping from the Fog King, the quartet reunites with Tyrea and then heads to Gran Dell to talk to Radzam about potentially making the Fog King vulnerable. Eventually, Shulk and Radzam successfully modify Shulk's Monado Replica EX into the Monado Replica EX+, a weapon that has the ability to release a wave of highly-concentrated ether, which makes the Fog King susceptible to attacks. After defending the city from rampaging Fogbeasts, Tyrea gives Melia her mask in order for the party to face the Fog King in Melia's Imperial Villa.

Following the Fog King's demise and the rift's closure, Shulk, Kino, and Nene return to Colony 9 in order to gather people to help restore Alcamoth.

Landmarks and Locations[]


Map of Bionis's Shoulder


Secret Areas[]



Since Gem Crafting is unavailable in Future Connected, gems are obtained directly from mining ether deposits, in addition to completing certain Bionis' Shoulder Quests and opening Giant's Troves. Gems of rank II and III can be mined after obtaining the Ether Pick from Carranelle in Companions' Cape, and gems of rank IV can be mined after obtaining the Reinforced Ether Pick from Lott in Gran Dell.

Ether deposits in Future Connected, where landmarks are bolded:

  1. North of Companions' Cape [Water]
  2. Companions' Forum [Ice]
  3. Valley of Clear Sky Bluff [Fire]
  4. South of Clear Sky Bluff [Electric]
  5. Northwest of Clear Sky Bluff [Electric]
  6. West of Zephyr's Counsel [Electric]
  7. Northwest to Zephyr's Counsel [Water]
  8. West from Pillar Knoll [Wind]
  9. Barouh Ruins Cave [Earth]
  10. Northeast of Soltnar Seal Island [Earth]
  11. East of Thulles Way [Electric]
  12. West of Old King's Testament [Wind]
  13. Southwest of Gran Dell Ramparts [Fire]
  14. Northeast of Agni's Birthplace [Ice]
  15. Northeast of Gran Dell Approach [Water]
  16. Southeast of Gran Dell Approach [Electric]
  17. East of Eternal Zenith [Earth]
  18. East of Xen's Thoroughfare [Fire]
  19. West of Abaasy's Dorsum [Fire]
  20. North of Abaasy's Dorsum [Water]
  21. West of Skybridge [Ice]
  22. Northwest of Thulles Way [Wind]
  23. East of Old Expedition HQ [Fire]
  24. East of Quarry Colonnade [Water]
  25. Zekr Marga Quarry entrance [Ice]
  26. Zekr Marga Quarry north [Earth]
  27. East of Marga's Weeping [Wind]
  28. East of Marga's Weeping [Wind]
  29. East of Marga's Weeping [Wind]


Normal Minor Enemies[]

Note: None of the minor enemies on the Shoulder are unique to the Shoulder; all appear on other maps with different stats.

Quest Exclusive Enemies[]

Story Exclusive Enemies[]

Unique Monsters[]


Quest Exclusive Bosses[]



Main article: Bionis' Shoulder Collection


Main article: Bionis' Shoulder Quests


Glitched Shoulder

The Bionis' Shoulder outside of Future Connected being accessed by going out of bounds

  • Outside of Future Connected, the Bionis' Shoulder can be visited during the Time Attack challenge, Lost in a Dark Dream.
    • During this Time Attack challenge, by glitching out of bounds, it is possible to freely explore the Bionis' Shoulder in the main game. However, when explored in this state, there are no enemies, NPCs, and items, Skip Travel cannot be used, and the Alcamoth transporter on Soltnar Seal Island isn't functional.