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For other uses, see Guard Shift.
"Gotta focus on guarding!"
– Reyn

Guard Shift is one of Reyn's supports arts in Xenoblade Chronicles. Activating Guard Shift will cause Reyn to block all physical attacks at the cost of being unable to move or Auto-Attack while it is active. Guard Shift can be cancelled by selecting the art again.


Art Level AP Cost Cooldown Effect Duration
1 - 40.0 sec 12.0 sec
2 300 38.4 sec 13.4 sec
3 600 36.8 sec 14.8 sec
4 1200 35.2 sec 16.2 sec
5 2400 33.6 sec 17.6 sec
6 3600 32.0 sec 19.0 sec
7 5200 30.4 sec 20.4 sec
8 7800 28.8 sec 21.8 sec
9 10,800 27.2 sec 23.2 sec
10 14,400 25.6 sec 24.6 sec

Miscellaneous Info

  • Guard Shift can be used to block attacks (regardless of attribute) that would otherwise inflict Topple, Daze, Blowdown, or knockback effects to Reyn.
  • Every physical attack blocked cuts the physical damage received by half.
  • Fiora also has a Guard Shift art, which can cause confusion when searching for advanced arts manuals from enemies.

Art book sources


Intermediate art books are only available from shops.
The Reyn's Guard Shift intermediate art books cost 6400 G.


Advanced art books are only available from enemy drops.
Enemies marked as QE are Quest-Exclusive and do not respawn.

Unique Monsters

Enemy Area Rate
Field AltrichBionis' Leg14 %
Magestic MordredCentral Factory3.6 %
Prosperous ZeparFallen Arm2.4 %
Moonlight PaimonValak Mountain2.2 %
Vague BarbasValak Mountain2.2 %
Banquet Vassago (QE)Valak Mountain0.8 %

Other enemies

Enemy Area Rate
Pandora PodBionis' Leg14 %
Aora TelethiaAlcamoth13 %
Jadals ArachnoTephra Cave13 %
Licorne TelethiaBionis' Interior7.6 %
M36/SACREAgniratha5.4 %
M91/DOGMAMechonis Field3.7 %
M53/THANKCentral Factory3.1 %
Happiness FlierFallen Arm2.4 %
M85 Meteor ArtilleryFallen Arm1.6 %
Scout Unit PrototypeFallen Arm1.6 %
Offensive/SCOUTMechonis Field1.3 %
Rius AntolFallen Arm0.9 %

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