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For those who have not completed games in the Xenoblade Chronicles series, this page contains spoilers regarding the plot. Discretion is advised.

"Don't mind it?! ...Wait, why am I cleaning up your mess in the first place?! Lin? Lin!"
– Doug

Doug Barrett (Japanese: ダグ, Dagu; English dub: /ˈdʌɡ ˈbær.ᵻt/) is one of the eight main playable characters of Xenoblade Chronicles X. He is a Harrier and a member of the private military organization BLADE. He excels at all military skills, but is the most effective when it comes to piloting Skells. Doug is recruitable after Chapter 3.

Prior to Earth's destruction he was part of the Unified Government Forces Special Vehicle Guidance Squad (commonly called the Skell Squad) as Elma's subordinate. He has been Lao's comrade-in-arms since their days in the United States Army.


While Doug may look stern, he is actually a gentle and kind-hearted man. He is also easily made fun of, often getting teased by Lin whenever he messes up during Skell tests.


Doug is a human and appears to be Caucasian. He is tall with a muscular build and a strong facial bone structure. He has blue eyes, short brown hair and sideburns.



When not in the party, Doug can be found in the Hangar in the Administrative District of New Los Angeles. If he is spoken to, he can be asked to join the party.


Doug can be recruited after Chapter 3.

In battle

Doug's Class is Alternative Blast Fencer. When he is first recruited, he is level 18 and rank 3. He wields a Photon Saber and a Raygun. His two Signature Arts are Starlight Duster and Phenomenon (Both Photon Saber). He has four skill slots. His class progression is as follows:

Class rank Art Skill
1 Starfall Blade
Beam Barrage
2 Starfall Rondo
3 Geolibrium
4 Myopic Screen
5 Starlight Duster
6 Astral Purge
7 Ether Blast Inner Search
8 Novalibrium
9 Astral Heal Beam Boost
10 Subterfuge
11 Gravity Blast High Tension
12 Astral Horizon
13 Phenomenon Mechanoid Slayer
14 Pathogen Blast
15 Galactic Cataclysm Knight's Soul
16 Aura Assault
17 Supreme Sword
18 Stellar Entry


The following heart-to-hearts between Doug and Cross are:

Affinity Name Location When Reqs
Facts and Feelings Ishmael Hills Afternoon Dog
♥♥ Caution and Conviction Central Industrial District Morning
♥♥♥ Discipline and Discovery Sports Complex Daytime
♥♥♥♥ Pastimes and Pride Central Melville St. Anytime
♥♥♥♥♥ Love and Loss West of Division Dr. Anytime Chapter 12


Close Comrades Soldier of the Harriers
Chapter 9 We Were Soldiers Close Comrades Soldier of the Harriers

Affinity links


Main story

Douglas piloting a Doll onEvCq3

Doug piloting a Skell

Doug is first seen when Cross and Elma witness him trying to pilot a malfunctioning Skell during a flight test. He ultimately crashes it, and Lin races to the scene in a car just after to assess the situation. Doug calls her out in frustration for clearing him to fly when the Skell was not ready, and greets Cross and Elma. After the introductions, Lin commands Doug to clean up the mess and joins the party as they head for BLADE Tower, much to Doug's annoyance. Later, Doug and Irina are selected to lead the Skell factions as the primary line of defense when the Ganglion invade New Los Angeles. Doug also greets Lao after he wakes up in the Mimeosome Maintenance Center, after having been confronted by the Ganglion earlier on.

Afterwards Vandham, who suspects a spy is among their ranks, confronts Lao with a BLADE Team. It is then, after Doug, Elma, Cross, Lin, Tatsu, Irina, and Gwin arrive, that Lao reveals he is the Ganglion spy and steals the Prog Ares, with intention to give it to the Ganglion. Doug is also seen when almost all of BLADE is mobilized to secure the Lifehold Core, and he is among the party that enters Central Life to participate in the final battles against Luxaar.


  • Doug's English voice actor, Patrick Seitz, also provides the English voice for Dagahn.


Battle dialogue

Drawing weapon Doug in lead Doug in party
Against an enemy "Alright, alright I'm game." "Bet I could sit this cakewalk out."
Against a large enemy "I was just looking for a worthy opponent."

"You really don't wanna tick off a human."

"Hold up, we're taking on junk in the trunk here?"

"You really don't wanna tick off a human."

Against a tyrant "Wanna see how Harriers do things?" "Watch and learn kids!"
Status effects
Stagger "Dammit, I'm tripped up."
Topple "Ugh... What the hell?!"
Flinch "What?!"
Knockback "Ugh!...Man, they pack a punch."
Launch [Yell]
Stun "I can't move."
Sleep "Huh? [Yawn] I'm getting really sleepy..."
Control "Hey, who's controlling me?!"
An enemy notices the party "Sure, we can do this the hard way."

"I was just looking for a worthy opponent."

A large Enemy notices the party "You think a few extra meters makes you better than me?"
Very low HP "Ugh...I don't like this..."
Becoming incapacitated "Argh!... Sorry, guys..."
Reviving an ally "I'm here. Can you stand?"
Thanking "Thanks!"

"Hey thanks!"
"Good on ya."

Accumulating 3000 TP "Pumped and ready to go!"
Activating Overdrive (Ground gear) "Now it ends, Overdrive!"
Activating Overdrive (Skell) "Time to settle the score!"
Overdrive counter hits 50 "I'm all over you now!"
Overdrive counter hits 100 "Should I stop now? Should I?!"
Entering skell "I'll cover you in my Skell."
Exiting skell "This point man prefers the ground."
Skell's fuel runs low "Damn, my fuel."
Skell runs out of fuel "No fuel, huh? How about some face time, then?
An enemy joins the battle "What, more of 'em?"
Responding to battle commands "Got it!"


Leveling up "Somehow I managed to get even tougher."
Winning a battle "That doesn't even count as a warm up."

"Bam! Nice work y'all."
"That's how Harriers do things."
"Yes! That felt so freaking good!"
"Man, what a fight! That made my day!"
"Sweet and simple all you gotta do is win!"
"I would so smack you upside the head if weren't such a damn good fighter!"

Soul Voices

  • "Ready? Fire up those melee attacks!"
  • "Here we go. Get those auras ready!"
  • "I'm in trouble! Heal me!"
  • "That felt good! Now's your chance to weaken them!"
  • "You're a tough one, aren't ya? A little Overdrive should do the trick!"
  • "I love a good aura. Don't you love a good aura?"
  • "Stay focused. Take a moment to recover!"
  • "Dammit, Lin's gonna give me hell. Close in and make this right!"
  • "Everyone knows you weaken your opponent first."
  • "Hey, send some heals this way!"
  • "Use an aura...You need to"
  • "Bust an appendage, then cripple 'em further! That's Harrier style!"
  • "Got 'em! Attack at range and let's clean up!"
  • "I'm taking point! Kick into Overdrive!"
  • "I'm landing some meaty hits here! Move in!"
  • "Ugh, what am I DOING? Fix me up so I can get back in this!"

Post-battle dialogue

Party member
Male Cross (Heroic) Cross - "Fate dealt us these cards, so we have to play them!"

Doug - "It's okay pal, we're doing good."

Male Cross (Joker) Cross - "Everybody okay? Don't make me haul my butt home solo."

Doug - "I'm good! Might need you to buy me a beer, though."

Male Cross (Rebel) Cross - "GOD! What is with this planet?"

Doug - "Seriously, enough with the curveballs Mira."

Male Cross (Rookie) Cross - "Keep moving! We can reflect on our battles later."

Doug - "Couldn't have said it better myself."

Male Cross (Studious) Cross - "Well...I apologize for losing my cool just then."

Doug - "Didn't know you ever found it in the first place."

Male Cross (Classic) Cross - "I know we're fighting for the humanity, but this all feels so futile."

Doug - "Man, what you need is a nice girl...or y'know guy if that's your thing."

Male Cross (Warrior) Cross - "Men are like stones, smoothed by the tides of battle."

Doug - "Ha! In that case I'm the shiniest pebble around!...Er I-I mean boulder! Big boulder."

Female Cross (Heroic) Cross - "Another dawn to dusk work day? Sounds like fun to me!"

Doug - "You said it! Time to step up my game."

Female Cross (Joker) Cross - "Meh, I'm BUSHED! Did I do all the work or what?"

Doug - "Psh, here have some chocolate, that'll put some spring in your step."

Female Cross (Independent) Cross - "C'mon, there's no time to lose. We've got a mountain of things to do!"

Doug - "Okay okay, one thing at a time please!"

Female Cross (Mature) Cross - "[sigh] These Miran winds are not very compatible with my hair."

Doug - "Need me to go find some clippers?"

Female Cross (Peppy) Cross - "One small step for BLADE, one giant leap for humankind."

Doug - "What are you, an astronaut?"

Female Cross (Classic) Cross - "Is it over? I haven't even finished rolling up my sleeves."

Doug - "Tsh, just make sure they're rolled up when we really need ya."

Female Cross (Soldier) Cross - "I'm torn; do I master hand-to-hand combat, or focus on ranged attacks?"

Doug - "Don't stress it. You'll have it all figured out before you know it."

H.B. Doug - "Man H.B. would it kill you to lay down some kind of plan of attack?"

H.B. - "Please, all that matters is results."

Hope Doug - "Hey Hope! How's I mean how'"

Hope - "Hehe, I'm good Doug, thanks. You always know how to cheer me up."

Lao Doug - "Lao you and me need to catch up. I found this awesome restaurant."

Lao - "Maybe next time man. Why don't you take that girl along instead?"

L L - "Doug, are you satisfied with our invention?"

Doug - "I wanted flashbangs, you gave me tracers!"

Murderess Murderess - "So Doug, any leads on a quick moneymaker yet?"

Doug - "I'm working on it. I'll get back to you in a thousand years or so."

Mia Mia - "Nice work hotshot! You gonna flex for me or what?"

Doug - "Yea! Yea, alright, whatever. Uhh, haha, how's that?"

Adding-to-party dialogue

Instance Greeting Accept Refuse
Default "Hiya, Cross. You're not busy? Then we should team up! Between the two of us, I bet we could bring down some pretty big game! What do you think?" "All right, now we're talking! Let's go!" "Not up for that today, huh? Still, you DO know I'm right, don't you?"
Chapter 4 "You have a mission to explore Noctilum, huh? Looks like it pays pretty well, too. So how about it? Got room for me on your team?" "All right, now we're talking! Let's go!" "That is a shame. But if any more good assignments come your way, keep me in mind, all right?"
Chapter 5 "So now it's an expedition to Oblivia, huh? I heard that area is rife with tyrants, and real tough ones, too. Probably be a good idea to have a specialist on your team. If you don't have one yet, I happen to be available. So what do you say?" "All right, now we're talking! Let's go!" "Well, just so long as you got a good team watching out for you. Best of luck!"
Chapter 7 "They say Irina's team got hit by the Ganglion. We need to go save her. I know she looks tough, but she's got a bit of a careless streak. And honestly, I don't know that Gwin is up for it. We'd better do the rescue ourselves." "Great, I'm ready when you are. Get your things together and let's go!" "Okay, I'll leave this one to you. Just make sure to bring her back safely, okay?"
After Chapter 9 "Lao's still being worked on in the maintenance center. Sounds like it'll be awhile before he's back in fighting shape. Whaddya say we go clear out the Mission Control backlog so he doesn't have a damn thing to do once he's finally back on duty?" "All right, now we're talking! Let's go!" "You sure? Well, maybe I'll go pay the guy a visit, then."
Chapter 10 "Lao's still being worked on in the maintenance center. Sounds like it'll be awhile before he's back in fighting shape. If you're going all the way out to Sylvalum, could you maybe let me tag along?" "All right, now we're talking! Let's go!" "Well, just so long as you got a good team watching out for you. Best of luck!"
Chapter 11 "I need to be the one to do it. I need to stop him with my own two hands. You understand that, right? Then you gotta take me!" "If a friend's about to make a terrible mistake, I will risk my life to stop them. That's what friends do right?" "That's your final decision? ...Well, okay then. I guess I'm counting on you to stop him."
After Chapter 11 "Thanks for saving Lao. I feel like I owe you one. Can I help you out with your next mission or something?" "All right, now we're talking! Let's go!" "I understand. But if you ever find yourself shorthanded, my offer still stands."
Chapter 12 "We made it through all the rehearsals, and now it's finally showtime! If I could be of some use to you, just say the word. I'll give every last drop of strength that I've got!" "When this battle's finally done, I'm buying Lin 10 cups of hot chocolate from that café she likes." "Well, just so long as you got a good team watching out for you. Best of luck!"
After Chapter 12 "Hopefully that dumbass will be able to come back to his old body soon. And then I'll be able to help him atone for all the suffering he's caused. But until then, I'll have plenty of free time on my hands. Wanna take me somewhere? I'll go wherever." "All right, now we're talking! Let's go!" "Well, just so long as you got a good team watching out for you. Best of luck!"


  • "Look, I know what exhaust smells like, and it was exhaust in the cockpit. Just check the duct work, would ya?"
  • "Gotta hand it to you, Elma--you work fast."
  • "Come to think of it, that was a tandem Skell, wasn't it? Weren't you with, er--"
  • "I'm glad, too--because now you can carry the lieutenant all the way back to the city for us."
  • "Who doesn't like chocolates?!"
  • "Man, you don't sugarcoat things, do you? Look, I KNOW it was crazy."
  • "Morning, Sleeping Beauty."
  • "Sorry, no real body just yet--they saved your mim before it shut down. Too bad, eh? Better luck next time you die."
  • "Even if you're right, he saved our bacon plenty of times. We should at least give him a chance to explain himself. We owe him that much."
  • "And he's an UGLY mother, eeesh!"
  • "It IS too good to be true. Our bodies were REAL. We were BORN in them... And now you just snap your fingers and BAM, we get new ones? Is that even right?! It doesn't feel like it. Are we even humans anymore? Transferring our memories... Playing musical chairs with our bodies... Where do you draw the line? How do I know I'll be the same person I was wherever I end up?"
  • "That's right... His DNA...and his memories... All of it is still stored in here."
  • "Well, we all gotta die sometime...but it won't be today."




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