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Herald (Japanese: テンイ, Ten'i) is a Rare Blade in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. She can grant tremendous power to her Drivers, Rex, Nia, Zeke or Mòrag, and their allies. Herald uses the electric element, wields an Ether Cannon, and acts as an Attacker in battle. She controls a kind of dragon-like mecha. She was sealed inside the Altar of Sealing in the Kingdom of Tantal after losing control of her power and destroying the Theospiti Temple many years ago.

Herald was designed by Hideo Minaba, CEO of CyDesignation Co., Ltd. and one of the art directors for Final Fantasy VI.

Acquisition

Herald's Sealed Core Crystal can be obtained by offering a total of 100 of any of the following items at the Altar of Sealing, found behind a cracked wall in the Theospiti Temple Ruins in Theosoir.

Personality

Herald wants to do good, but her inability to fully control her powers hinders her efforts. While appearing calm and focused, she harbors guilt for what she has done in her previous life and is scared of what may happen if she loses control again, and resents the increases in her strength that come from gaining Trust for her Driver. When she does eventually lose control she attempts to flee and then convince the party to destroy her for the sake of the world. However, she learns to accept her party's help and to trust them to keep her from going out of control.

Appearance

Herald is a young woman fused into a large, dragon-like mech. She has pale skin with pastel purple hair and eyes, and wears a black bodysuit; her mech covers her arms and legs. The mech is black with a static dragon's head, a second pair of arms, sharp wings, pointed feet, a large Ether Cannon, a demon's headed crotch and twin tails ending in effigies of two bound women. Her core crystal is an asymmetric pentagon. Due to her mech, Herald is far larger than the average Blade.

Heart-to-heart and Blade Quest

Herald during her Blade Quest

Herald's Heart-to-heart, "Atonement", takes place in the Theospiti Temple Ruins in Theosoir between Herald, her Driver, and King Eulogimenos. Eulogimenos explains the history of the temple; how it was destroyed by Herald when she lost control of her powers with her previous Driver, and would have destroyed the entire city had her Driver not taken their own life, hence her being sealed away. Herald understands this and asks that she be punished by any means, including her core crystal being destroyed, but the king insists that her current Driver is better than her previous one and that she will be a great asset to the kingdom.

Herald's Blade Quest, The Calm and the Storm, occurs after the heart-to-heart; King Eulogimenos summons Herald to do a favour for the Kingdom; to cull the dangerous Herridot Laias that are amassing in the Kingdom of Tantal. Herald dispatches them easily, and is sent to help Queen Raqura as more have appeared in the Kingdom of Uraya. This done, she is sent to Temperantia, where the Laias are thought to be spawning; the party finds a King Laia which is too strong to defeat until Herald unleashes her sealed power and obliterates it. Unfortunately she loses control of herself in doing so, and begs the party to flee from her - they do not, and she fires an ether barrage at them, unable to stop herself. This done she flees to Spirit Crucible Elpys, where the party find her still berserk. She begs them to destroy her lest her power cause ruin, but after the party fight and subdue her she concedes that they are strong enough to keep her in check.

Abilities

Blade Specials

  • Lv. 1 - Empyrean Salvo - Launch homing missiles from your weapon and tail.
  • Lv. 2 - The Heavens Open - Release maximum electric ether and cause a huge explosion.
  • Lv. 3 - Final Retribution - Remove limiter and charge the enemy, exterminating them.
  • Lv. 4 - Heaven on Earth - Fire a super-strong laser to annihilate the enemy.

Blade Arts

Battle Skills

  • Dissolve Seal - Deal 120% to 200% more damage and take 20% to 30% more damage when at max Affinity.
  • Taboo - Increases aggro reduction by 10% to 30%.
  • Unlimited Output - Restores 5% to 12% HP of damage dealt after a successful auto-attack.

Field Skills

  • Electric Mastery - Lv. 3
  • Superstrength - Lv. 3
  • Rampage - Lv. 5 (Skill unique to Herald)

Favorite Items

Affinity Chart

Type Name Skill Level Affinity Level Effect Prerequisite Count Flavor Text
Key Affinity Reward 1 1 Affinity Chart level 1 unlocked
2 2 Unlocks level 2 of the Affinity Chart In Theospiti Temple Ruins, Tantal, view the Heart-to-Heart "Atonement" "Fighting together, as a team... Yes...perhaps I can..."
3 3 Unlocks level 3 of the Affinity Chart Use a Special 11 "My power must not be awakened... under any circumstance..."
4 4 Unlocks level 4 of the Affinity Chart Use a Special 12 "My power mustn't be unleashed! The seal, it's..."
5 5 Unlocks level 5 of the Affinity Chart. Affinity bond will be easier to sustain. Use a Special 20 "My seal is... nearly broken..."
Blade Special Empyrean Salvo 1 1 Increases critical damage by 25%
2 2 Increases critical damage by 40% Use Empyrean Salvo 10 "I've grown stronger... But that means..."
3 3 Increases critical damage by 55% Use Empyrean Salvo 11 "At this rate, it's only a matter of time..."
4 4 Increases critical damage by 70% Use Empyrean Salvo 12 "I can't contain it much longer..."
5 5 Increases critical damage by 85% Go to the Royal Audience Hall in Tantal and complete the quest The Calm and the Storm. "I want to use my power to protect..."
The Heavens Open 1 1 Adds a 60% chance of dealing a guard-annulling attack
2 2 Adds a 70% chance of dealing a guard-annulling attack Use The Heavens Open 7 "Even now, when I am stronger..."
3 3 Adds a 80% chance of dealing a guard-annulling attack Use The Heavens Open 8 "I have grown in strength... But still..."
4 4 Adds a 90% chance of dealing a guard-annulling attack Use The Heavens Open 9 "I never wanted this..."
5 5 Adds a 100% chance of dealing a guard-annulling attack Go to the Royal Audience Hall in Tantal and complete the quest The Calm and the Storm "I want to protect this world, not destroy it..."
Final Retribution 1 1 Increases damage dealt by 100% when HP is 30% or less
2 2 Increases damage dealt by 110% when HP is 30% or less Use Final Retribution 5 "Are you sure? If we go on, there's no telling what might happen..."
3 3 Increases damage dealt by 120% when HP is 30% or less Use Final Retribution 6 "My power... It's overflowing..."
4 4 Increases damage dealt by 130% when HP is 30% or less Use Final Retribution 7 "Power comes at a price..."
5 5 Increases damage dealt by 150% when HP is 30% or less Go to the Royal Audience Hall in Tantal and complete the quest The Calm and the Storm "I understand now. From this day, I live to protect you all!"
Battle Skill Dissolve Seal 1 1 Deal 120% more and take 20% more damage when at max Affinity
2 2 Deal 140% more and take 22% more damage when at max Affinity Deal a certain amount of total damage 8,000 "I will fight. I have sworn to..."
3 3 Deal 160% more and take 25% more damage when at max Affinity Deal a certain amount of total damage 16,000 "Just as I thought... I'm too dangerous..."
4 4 Deal 180% more and take 27% more damage when at max Affinity Deal a certain amount of total damage 32,000 "I will defeat them."
5 5 Deal 200% more and take 30% more damage when at max Affinity Deal a certain amount of total damage 48,000 "I want to use my strength to do the right thing."
Taboo 1 1 Increases aggro reduction by 10% Finish an enemy 5 "My power keeps growing..."
2 2 Increases aggro reduction by 15% Finish an enemy 10 "If you tell me to fight, then I have no choice."
3 3 Increases aggro reduction by 20% Finish an enemy 20 "I should not be doing this..."
4 4 Increases aggro reduction by 25% Finish an enemy 30 "This is purpose I serve."
5 5 Increases aggro reduction by 30% Finish an enemy 40 "I will support you."
Unlimited Output 1 1 Restores 5% HP of damage dealt after a successful auto-attack Evade an attack 3 "My power, it..."
2 2 Restores 7% HP of damage dealt after a successful auto-attack Evade an attack 5 "I am not meant only for war..."
3 3 Restores 9% HP of damage dealt after a successful auto-attack Evade an attack 7 "Let me help you."
4 4 Restores 10% HP of damage dealt after a successful auto-attack Evade an attack 9 "My power..."
5 5 Restores 12% HP of damage dealt after a successful auto-attack Evade an attack 10 "It's going to be fine. I am here for you."
Field Skill Electric Mastery 1 1 The Power of an Electric Blade.
2 3 Increase Trust 1,300 "Maybe it will be enough..."
3 5 Defeat a Familion Sovereign or Sting Runner at the World Tree. (Excludes unique monsters) 4 "There is much more I wish to learn."
Superstrength 1 1 Extraordinary physical strength. Used to break things, lift them up, etc.
2 3 Use Herald's favorite pouch items (Drinks category) 4 "I do not dislike this. Thank you."
3 5 Increase Trust 9,800 "This will come in useful."
Rampage 1 1 A power so great, it had to be sealed. Releasing it causes Herald to rampage.
2 2 Use a Special 10 "This must not go on any longer..."
3 3 Use a Special 11 "This is my limit... I must stop..."
4 4 Use a Special 12 "The seal... It's breaking..."
5 5 Go to the Royal Audience Hall in Tantal and complete the quest The Calm and the Storm "I'll do my best to live up to my Driver's expectations."

Battle

Herald Unbound is fought as a quest exclusive boss during the quest The Calm and the Storm.

Arts

Art Type Element Hits Range Damage Ratio Reaction Effect
Auto-Attack Ether - 1 Circle 100 - -
Empyrean Salvo Ether - 16 Random Target 200 - -
The Heavens Open Ether - 1 Circle 300 Blowdown -
Final Retribution Physical - 3 Ahead 400 Blowdown(x3) -


Drops

Name Type Rarity Rate
Endurance IV Aux Core Rare (rarity 2) 8.4%
Damage Heal IV Aux Core Rare (rarity 2) 8.4%
Affinity MAX Acc IV Aux Core Rare (rarity 2) 8.4%
Ester Shoes Accessory Common (rarity 1) 12.0%
Fiber Hat Accessory Rare (rarity 2) 7.2%
Fiber Hat Accessory Legendary (rarity 3) 4.8%
Common Core Crystal Core Crystal Common (rarity 1) 12.5%


Trivia

  • Herald shares her English voice actor, Laila Pyne, with Agate and Patroka.

Quotes

Post-Battle Dialogue

Main Cast
Herald Herald "Battle concluded. Battle preparations to resume after short rest."
Tora Tora "Meh, Tora has never taken short rest in his life."
Poppi α Poppi α "Poppi really respect Herald's prowess."
Herald Herald "I am not deserving of respect. I wield a terrible power."

Chapter 4 spoilers:

Herald Herald "Battle is a fruitless effort - all conflict must be resolved."
Mòrag Mòrag "It seems we share a common goal, you and I."

Chapter 5 spoilers:

Zeke Zeke "Herald, you were my great-great-great-great grandfather's Blade, right? What was he like?"
Herald Herald "Unclear, but I ask that you not awaken my powers this time."

Rare Blades

Azami Azami "Herald, what do you think of Drivers? Let us speak freely."
Herald Herald "I do not think anything in particular."
Boreas Boreas "Let's have an eating contest, Herald! I want to know who has the bigger appetite!"
Herald Herald "I will make do with a slice of bread."
Boreas Boreas "We sure burn some calories."
Dagas Dagas "Herald, would you lend me that power of yours?"
Herald Herald "(chuckles)"
Dagas Dagas "Heh, you're too stupid to know a good thing when you see it."
Floren Floren "Herald, would you mind holding back a bit next time? You're hurting the plants."
Herald Herald "I fully understand."

Gorg Gorg "Herald, why so sad? We just won! How about a little dessert?"
Herald Herald "I do not like sweet things."
Herald Herald "Why do you fight, KOS-MOS?"
KOS-MOS KOS-MOS "Is it not the nature of Blades to do so? However, it does also seem that I possess a desire to protect."
Herald Herald "So it is allies that are to be treasured."
Newt Newt "Herald, if we fight side-by-side, we can easily take on a whole army!"
Herald Herald "You are mistaken. It would be quicker to dispatch them myself."
Nim Nim "Herald, about that last battle..."
Herald Herald "I understand. I will cause as little destruction as possible."
Nim Nim "Thank you, hehe! That makes me really happy."

Praxis Praxis "I'm glad you're here, Herald. Without you, we might've been toast."
Herald Herald "I simply carried out my mission."
Sheba Sheba "If you were to join our entourage, Herald, we would ask that you cast off your burdensome armour."
Herald Herald "I could cast this off and leave the battlefield? I had not considered that."
Sheba Sheba "Cease! We did not ask you to remove it now! We require your assistance in battle!"
Herald Herald "Victory upon victory, yet there is no end in sight. Will we ever have peace?"
Wulfric Wulfric "You will find the answer one day, Herald. We will find it."
Zenobia Zenobia "You should really stop limiting yourself and fight properly, Herald. You'd have way more fun that way."
Herald Herald "You enjoy fighting. I have never once felt a thrill from battle."

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