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.
- Poison Flash
- Black Pomegranate
- Acid Tomato
- Lazy Crayfish
- Beelze Mosquito
- Blood Walnut
- Sore Worm
- Pound Viper
- Dark Sprout
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 for what may happen if she loses control again. When she does 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.
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 and. The mech is black with a static dragon's head, sharp wings, pointed feed, a large ether cannon, a demon's headed crotch and twin tails ending in effigies of a bound woman. Her core crystal is an asymmetric pentagon.
Heart-to-heart and Blade Quest
Herald's Heart-to-heart, "Atonement", takes place in the Theospiti Temple Ruins in Theosoir between Heral, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Electric Mastery - Lv. 3
- Superstrength - Lv. 3
- Rampage - Lv. 5 (Skill unique to Herald)
- Pouch item types: Drinks, Board Games
- Pouch items: Lunana Smoothie (Drinks), Jeweled Billiard Balls (Board Games)
|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."|
|Empyrean Salvo||Ether||-||16||Random Target||200||-||-|
|The Heavens Open||Ether||-||1||Circle||300||Blowdown||-|
|Endurance IV||Aux Core||8.4%|
|Damage Heal IV||Aux Core||8.4%|
|Affinity MAX Acc IV||Aux Core||8.4%|
|Common Core Crystal||Core Crystal||12.5%|