Finch (Japanese: イブキ, Ibuki) is a Rare Blade in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. She can grant tremendous power to her Drivers, Rex, Nia, Zeke or Mòrag, and their allies. Finch uses the wind element, wields a Shield Hammer, and acts as a Tank in battle. She has the appearance of an anthropomorphic bird, though she does not have a beak or sport a pair of wings. Instead of a beak, she sports a pair of red goggles with a black beak-like attachment. She wears braces on her upper arms and lower legs, and she wears a golden belt with a design similar to a hatching egg. She is shown to be very forgetful.
Finch was designed by Kunihiko Tanaka, who was the main character designer for Xenoblade Chronicles X, as well as Xenogears and the Xenosaga series, and the designer of Elma, Fiora, KOS-MOS and Shulk in Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
Finch is extremely forgetful and airheaded. She has trouble recalling names and often forgets events as soon as they have occurred. Other than that she is sweet and cheerful, and people find her endearing.
Finch is a short avian being with feathers and wings. She is green and yellow with large black eyes, and wears a beaked helmet. She has a large crest of feathers on her head, long tail feathers, yellow feet and wears pieces of black armor. Her core crystal is blue and shaped like an egg.
Heart-to-Heart and Blade Quest
Finch's Heart-to-Heart, "Bird's-Eye View", takes place on the Port Balcony of the Titan Battleship between Finch, her Driver, and Dromarch. She stands on a balcony and applauds the view, which she finds stunning, and declares she has never seen something so magnificent before. She is asked what she wants to see next, and upon some thought decrees that she wants to go some place with snow. Dromarch is confused by this if the party have visited the Kingdom of Tantal, which upsets Finch as she has no memory and thus assumes they went without her. Her Driver assures her that this is not the case, and she cheers up before turning around, seeing the same view as before, and immediately getting excited again as she does not recall having seen the sight before.
Finch's Blade Quest, Birds of a Feather, is activated after viewing her Heart-to-Heart and at level 5 affinity. It begins in the Goldmouth Warehouse; a group of Tirkin have stolen a Nopon Trade Guild ID from Noganga, who misidentifies Finch as the culprit due to her similarity in appearance. To prove her innocence Finch travels to retrieve the ID, finding it on Daram Isle guarded by Tirkin. Upon returning it to Noganga, the party are attacked by the Tirkin King and his lackeys but defeated. Rumor of a Tirkin Kountess circulates and the party use the Merc Group to find her location. The party find her in Tirkinlandia and instead of fighting she takes an immediate liking to Finch, and the two become friends.
- Lv. 1 - Blast of Fresh Air - Swing the hammer and hit ether balls.
- Lv. 2 - Whoopsie Crazy - Attack enemies within range while jumping and spinning your weapon.
- Lv. 3 - Wake-Up Whirl - After jumping up in the sky, crash into the ground at high speed.
- Lv. 4 - Perfect Storm - During a spinning attack...slip and let go of the hammer.
- Nullify Reaction - Nullifies one reaction.
- Debuff Cancel - Cancels debuffs from enemies.
- Draw Aggro - Draw aggro from enemies in battle.
- Did I Do That? - Chance to not deplete recharge after a Driver Art or Special.
- Doesn't Ring a Bell - Chance to reset recharge for an enemy Art when a Special connects.
- Surprise! - Increases damage dealt by a surprise attack.
- Entomology - Lv. 3
- Leaping - Lv. 3
- Birdbrain - Lv. 3 (Skill unique to Finch)
- Pouch item types: Veggies, Cosmetics
- Pouch items: Stuffed Meaty Carrot (Veggies), Sparkly Snow Perfume (Cosmetics)
|Type||Name||Skill Level||Affinity Level||Effect||Prerequisite||Count||Flavor Text|
|Key Affinity Reward||1||1||Unlocks level 1 of the Affinity Chart.|
|2||2||Unlocks level 2 of the Affinity Chart.||Increase Trust||100||"I may be forgetful, but I still remember my Driver! No, honestly!"|
|3||3||Unlocks level 3 of the Affinity Chart.||Increase Trust||1,300||"I may be forgetful, but I still remember my Driver! I really, really do!"|
|4||4||Unlocks level 4 of the Affinity Chart.||Increase Trust||3,800||"Uhh... Who are you again?"|
|5||5||Unlocks level 5 of the Affinity Chart. Affinity bond will be easier to sustain.||Increase Trust||9,800||"Well I'm never gonna forget you now..."|
|Blade Special||Blast of Fresh Air||1||1||Increases Affinity by 60 when using a Special|
|2||2||Increases Affinity by 70 when using a Special||Perform a Driver Combo (It's enough to just be present)||5||"Sweet! I'll use your attacks to help me...uh...do something?"|
|3||3||Increases Affinity by 80 when using a Special||Use Blast of Fresh Air||11||"I think I've finally got the hang of it! No, really! I'll show you next battle!"|
|4||4||Increases Affinity by 90 when using a Special||Defeat a flying enemy such as a Heidl Taos at the Cliffs of Morytha||5||"Ugh, the flying ones are such a pain..."|
|5||5||Increases Affinity by 100 when using a Special||Use Blast of Fresh Air||13||"I've totally mastered that one! I'm not gonna forget it now, ever! Depending on your definition of "ever"...|
|Whoopsie Crazy||1||1||Increases aggro drawn from Specials by 60%|
|2||2||Increases aggro drawn from Specials by 70%||Use Finch's favorite pouch items (Vegetables category)||4||"Oh hey, nice one! I really like this!"|
|3||3||Increases aggro drawn from Specials by 80%||Perform a Driver Combo (It's enough to just be present)||7||"Wowee, what was that?! I've gotta remember that one!"|
|4||4||Increases aggro drawn from Specials by 90%||Use Whoopsie Crazy||9||"Never. Forgetting. That."|
|5||5||Increases aggro drawn from Specials by 100%||Defeat Atrocious Hermes in Temperantia||"Finch is moving up in the world!"|
|Wake-Up Whirl||1||1||Increases damage dealt to toppled enemies by 100%|
|2||2||Increases damage dealt to toppled enemies by 110%||Use Wake-Up Whirl||5||"Did you see that?! I don't even remember what it was now, but it was cool...right...?"|
|3||3||Increases damage dealt to toppled enemies by 120%||Defeat a Garnia Camill in Leftheria||4||"We get a power-up from beating Garnia Camill? I'm not really feeling it..."|
|4||4||Increases damage dealt to toppled enemies by 130%||Perform a Driver Combo (It's enough to just be present)||10||"Awesome! I'm gonna use those attacks to...get...better? Wait, why am I getting better?"|
|5||5||Increases damage dealt to toppled enemies by 150%||Defeat Praetorian Argus at the World Tree||"That Praetorian Argus guy sure was tough! ...Won't forget him."|
|Battle Skill||Did I Do That?||1||1||10% chance to not deplete recharge after a Driver Art or Special|
|2||2||12% chance to not deplete recharge after a Driver Art or Special||Use Finch's favorite pouch items (Cosmetics category)||2||"Oh yeah... I forgot I liked this!"|
|3||3||14% chance to not deplete recharge after a Driver Art or Special||Perform a Blade Combo||7||"Oh yeah, taste the power of wind! ...It was wind, right?"|
|4||4||16% chance to not deplete recharge after a Driver Art or Special||Perform a Blade Combo||10||"Time to ruffle these guys up!"|
|5||5||20% chance to not deplete recharge after a Driver Art or Special||Perform a Blade Combo||12||"...Go back to whence you came."|
|Doesn't Ring a Bell||1||1||30% chance to reset recharge for an enemy Art when a Special connects||Evade an attack||3||"I just got stronger! ...Eh? I...did, didn't I? Whatever, we'll find out soon enough."|
|2||2||35% chance to reset recharge for an enemy Art when a Special connects||Evade an attack||5||"Hey, I just thought of something! Uh... I think it was something pretty good?"|
|3||3||40% chance to reset recharge for an enemy Art when a Special connects||Evade an attack||7||"Now where was I again? ...Oh yeah! That awesome thing I thought of!"|
|4||4||45% chance to reset recharge for an enemy Art when a Special connects||Evade an attack||9||"Yeah, now I remember what I did! I thought of something awesome..."|
|5||5||50% chance to reset recharge for an enemy Art when a Special connects||Evade an attack||10||"I remember now! I thought of something awesome! Not gonna forget now, promise! ...I think!"|
|Surprise!||1||1||Increases damage dealt by a surprise attack by 100%||Use a Blade Art||3||"Sweet! ... Uhm? What was I saying?"|
|2||2||Increases damage dealt by a surprise attack by 125%||Use a Blade Art||5||"I'll back you up! Uh...wait...What am I supposed to be doing again?"|
|3||3||Increases damage dealt by a surprise attack by 150%||Use a Blade Art||6||"I'll back you up! I won't forget this time, really!"|
|4||4||Increases damage dealt by a surprise attack by 175%||Use a Blade Art||7||"Leave the backup to me! ...I'm serious here!"|
|5||5||Increases damage dealt by a surprise attack by 200%||Use a Blade Art||8||"Lemme support you! Aw, come on, it'll be fine!"|
|Field Skill||Entomology||1||1||Knowledge related to insects|
|2||3||Acquire Insect items from the Collectibles list||25||"You know, I feel like I really learned something today. Can you remind me what that was?"|
|3||5||Acquire Insect items from the Collectibles list||30||"I think I really learned something here... It was about fish, right?"|
|Leaping||1||1||The power to jump. Used to reach high places|
|2||3||Head for Dawnview Grotto in Gormott||"Pretty place... Have I been here before?"|
|3||4||Head to Subterranean Lake Galantia in Spirit Crucible Elpys||"Maan, this place always takes my breath away... Huh? It's my first time here?"|
|Birdbrain||1||1||The power to instantly forget anything. Skill exclusive to Finch|
|2||3||At the Titan Battleship, Gormott, view the Heart-to-Heart "Bird's-Eye View"||"I really [don't] get what you're all talking about? You're all weird..."|
|3||5||Go to Goldmouth Warehouse in Argentum and complete the quest "Birds of a Feather"||"Did I steal the show...? Well, naturally! All in a day's work for Finch the Fantabulous!"|
- In his design notes, Kunihiko Tanaka says Finch is based on a cockatiel he once owned.
- Finch shares her English voice actor, Jules de Jongh, with Brighid and Boreas.
|Finch||"Oh man, those steamed veggies you made the other day were super tasty, Pyra!"|
|Pyra||"My pot-au-feu? I'm glad you liked it! Au-feu is kind of my specialty."|
|Finch||"That was a close one! Thanks for saving my skin, Bromarch."|
|Dromarch||"It's not Bromarch, it's... (sigh) You're welcome."|
|Poppi α||"Poppi does not really understand Finch, but power seems considerable."|
|Finch||"I know, right! Wait, what was I actually doing again?"|
Chapter 4 spoilers:
|Finch||"Mind if I ride on you so I don't forget stuff? It'd work SO well!"|
|Adenine||"I think not. But you do say the most unusual things, Finch. I'd be happy to record your phrases."|
|Agate||"I'm so glad to be woking with you, Finch! You always make things lively."|
|Finch||"Whoops! I must be giving you the wrong impression. You're supposed to be trembling in terror!"|
|Agate||"Ahaha, people pleasing is a skill, that's all!"|
|Finch||"Hey Magnetra. Can I have a go on your sparky thing?"|
|Electra||"After what happened last time? Never again."|
|Gorg||"Finch, you really expressed yourself there."|
|Finch||"I know, right? They got a real taste of my Sweet Dreams Attack."|
|Gorg||"Hey, don't be fooled! That's my move!"|
|Kasandra||"Do you think you'll ever learn my name, Finch?"|
|Finch||"Of course I remember! You're... Give me a second... I think I'm getting amnesia."|
|Finch||"Hey! Are you starin' at me?"|
|KOS-MOS||"Correct. I am analyzing whether you are most effective as a squad member or as a food source."|
|Nim||"Finch, can you talk to birds and stuff?"|
|Finch||"I doubt it. I'll let you know if I can work it out, okay?"|
|Perun||"Hey Finch, have you learned my name yet?"|
|Finch||"How could I forget Melon? Your style of fighting is so awesome!"|
|Perun||"Argh, serve yourself."|
|Condition: Blade Quest Theory and Praxis active or complete.|
|Finch||"Hey, Practice! When this is all over, I get to be your little sis, right? We promised!"|
|Praxis||"I'm not promising something like that. If your Core Crystal was more like mine and Theory's, though..."|
|Theory||"Finch, join me at morning practice? I can help you improve."|
|Finch||"Thanks, Cheery! It's a tempting offer, I've gotta say."|
|Theory||"I am - Theory."|
|Finch||"Ah, I wish we could just laze about, take in the sights..."|
|Vess||"That would be lovely, wouldn't it? Let's hurry up and make the world a better place!"|
|Finch||"Hey Rulfwic, can I ride on your shoulders? I like looking down on stuff from above."|
|Wulfric||"Alright. But do not fall asleep."|
|Characters in Xenoblade Chronicles 2|
|Playable Characters||Rex · Nia · Tora · Vandham · Zeke · Mòrag|
|Special Blades||Pyra · Mythra · Dromarch · Poppi α, QT, QTπ · Roc · Pandoria · Brighid · Aegaeon|
|Supporting Characters||Amalthus · Azurda · Bana · Cole · Corinne · Eulogimenos · Fan la Norne · Lila · Niall · Niranira · Tatazo|
|Torna||Jin · Malos · Sever · Akhos · Obrona · Mikhail · Cressidus · Patroka · Perdido|
|Dagas · Newt · Crossette|
|Gorg · Praxis · Sheba|
|Godfrey · Theory · Ursula · Perun · Dahlia|
|Adenine · Boreas · Finch · Zenobia · Fiora|
|Wulfric · Agate · Floren · Nim|
|Electra · Kora · Herald · Vess|
|KOS-MOS · Poppibuster · Corvin · Shulk|
|Azami · Vale · Perceval · Kasandra · T-elos · Elma|