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Despotic Arsene (Japanese: 暴帝のアルセーヌ, Bōtei no Arusēnu) is one of the five Superbosses in Xenoblade Chronicles. It is a Unique Monster and a member of the Bunnia family; it can be found at level 108 north of the Glowing Obelisk landmark in Satorl Marsh. As with most of the other Superbosses, the Despotic Arsene appears after the events at the Mechonis Core. It is surrounded by weaker Bunnias, which are only level 20. It possesses no Ether attacks.

Arsene is the only enemy in the game that drops Critical Up crystals; a crystal type that cannot be found in any ether deposit. It can also drop Bunnia Scent Wood, which is needed both for one route of A Young Captain's Challenge and for Colony 6 Reconstruction, but it is not the only source.



Art Attribute Multiplier Hits Range Effect Knockback Blowdown/Daze
Emperor BlowPhysical2.0 - 2.41SingleStrength Down--
Imperial SobatPhysical2.8 - 3.31Frontal ArcBleedYes-
Imperial UpperPhysical2.75 - 3.251Single--Yes/No
Emperor Combo XTalent (Physical)2.1 - 2.52Single--Yes/Yes
Imperial MightStatus--SelfHaste--

※1 The Despotic Arsene will activate its Awakening aura when its health is less than 30% of its total HP
※2 The Despotic Arsene's Topple duration is cut by half (1.5 seconds)


Break 70% ‡ Lock-On 70% Physical Def. ▼ 70% Agility ▼ 70%
Topple 100% ※ Bind 70% Ether Def. ▼ 70% Aura Seal 70%
Daze 100% Paralysis 70% Strength ▼ 70% Arts Seal 70%
Sleep 70% Slow 70% Ether ▼ 70% Death 100%

※ Except under certain conditions
‡ No resistance during a chain attack



Wood 0%
Silver 0%
Gold 100%

Wood chests will contain 1 or 2 items from the "Wood" table.
Silver chests will contain 2 items from the "Silver" table and 1 from the "Wood" table.
Gold chests will contain 2 items from the "Gold" table, and 1 from each of the "Silver" and "Wood" tables.


Bunnia Scent Wood 69%
Veritas Glyph 31%


Note: This enemy does not drop weapons or armour in silver chests.

Bunnia Crystals
Critical Up V|Critical Up / Poison Defence V 50%
Topple Resist V / Spike Defence V 50%


Note: This enemy does not drop non-unique weapons in gold chests.

Unique Weapons
Bonus Driver 16.8%
Bonus Sniper 2.5%
Chaos Break 1.7%
Unique Armours
Glory Gauntlets 14.4%
Glory Boots 14.1%
Glory Gear 13.4%
Glory Leggings 7.7%
Glory Armour 3.1%
Advanced Art Books
Burninate Riki 12%
Slit Edge Shulk 8.1%
Demon Slayer Dunban 4.3%
Gale Slash Dunban 2%


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