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For the NPC in Xenoblade Chronicles X, see Hugo (XCX).
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Hugo Ardanach (Japanese: ユーゴ・エル・スペルビア, Yūgo Eru Superubia) is a main playable character in Torna ~ The Golden Country. He is the Emperor of Mor Ardain during the Aegis War. His Blades are Brighid and Aegaeon.


Hugo and his Blades

Hugo is the Emperor of Mor Ardain. His brother was unable to become a Driver, so Hugo accordingly became the Driver of both Brighid and Aegaeon. His brother rules in his absence and has given the Special Inquisitor instructions to retrieve his Core Crystal should he fall in battle. Hugo and Addam have an undisclosed history together and were once very good friends. Both Hugo and Addam share a distaste for ruling over others.

Hugo makes his appearance after Brighid mistakes Lora and Addam as the destructors of Torigoth. He notes that Mor Ardain has also been impacted by Malos' rampage and that he has come in search for him. He and Aegaeon suggest that they meet on the Ardainian flagship to discuss the next path forward. On the flagship, he reveals that rogue Coeian forces were responsible for Torigoth's destruction. He later sends a few soldiers to capture Gort, but they are unsuccessful.

Hugo shielding Addam from the blast

He notifies Addam of his militia being taken over by the Kingdom of Uraya and joins the group as they travel to Aletta. He then briefly leaves the party to lead an expedition against rogue Coeian forces but rejoins the group as they head for Auresco. The Tornan King thanks Hugo for his assistance, but Hugo claims he only followed Addam's lead. He combats Malos at the royal gardens and pledges his assistance to stop Malos at the Tornan Titan's core. After Mythra's Siren unleashes an attack that destroys the Titan's core, Hugo shields Addam from the ensuing explosion and dies saving Addam's life. His body is taken away on an Ardainian warship, and Lora gives the Special Inquisitor the Core Crystals of Brighid and Aegaeon.

General Stats

Level Max HP Max Strength Max Ether Max Dexterity Max Agility Max Luck
1 405 21 22 35 26 20
99, no modifier 6,750 358 366 314 239 340


Hugo fights using swords. He starts the game with a common Seismic Sword that allows him to inflict earth damage.

Auto-attack (Lv. 1) Auto-attack (Lv. 99) Stability Critical rate Guard rate
16 700 10 5 30


Vanguard Arts

Rear Guard Arts


  • Lv. 1 - Shield Rondo - Unbalance the enemy with a flurry of strikes, then rush them with full force.
  • Lv. 2 - Imperial Sword - Deploy a series of powerful slashes to draw enemy attention on yourself.
  • Lv. 3 - Final Thrust - Surge forward to break enemies' stances, then end with a mighty charge.
  • Lv. 4 (Brighid) - Soulfire - Lead with a few slashes, then immolate the foe with countless flaming missiles.
  • Lv. 4 (Aegaeon) - Sea God's Tidal Wave - Sharpen senses and unleash a series of fierce strikes.

Favorite Items

Affinity Chart

Tier Name Effect SP
1 Initiative I Allows use of the Driver Art assigned to Y at the start of battle. 375
Survival Training Increases maximum HP by 200. 125
Etherology Increases Ether by 20. 250
Basic Discipline Increases auto-attack damage by 20%. 200
Vigilance Increases Dexterity by 20. 325
2 Arts Relay Lets you use an Art after canceling an Art. 1,500
Power of the People Increases Luck by 20. 750
Initiative II Allows use of the Driver Art assigned to X at the start of battle. 1,250
Expert Duelist Restores 3% HP when cancelling an auto-attack with a Driver Art. 1,500
Imperial First Aid Increases the HP restored when reviving a teammate by 15%. 1,000
3 Initiative III Allows use of the Driver Art assigned to B at the start of battle. 1,650
Inspiration Slightly fills the Party Gauge when an "Excellent" is scored during a Special. 3,300
Physical Discipline Increases Strength by 20. 2,200
Imperial Pursuit Adds 20% to damage ratio after cancelling an auto-attack. 2,750
Advanced Survivalist Boosts maximum HP by 10%. 1,100

Hidden Affinity Chart

Tier Name Effect SP
1 Alchemy Boosts the effect of HP Potions by 20%. 1,875
Silent Bloodshed Increases damage dealt by a surprise attack by 50%. 1,250
Faster than the Eye Adds a 10% chance of attacking again after a successful auto-attack. 3,750
Martial Driver Arts Boosts recharge for Specials after canceling by 20%. 3,125
Imperial Footwork Increases Agility by 20. 2,500
2 Ultimate Etherology Boosts Ether by 10%. 5,000
Controlled Breathing Increases HP restored to self (not using HP Potions) by 10%. 2,500
Cool Focus Boosts Dexterity by 10%. 3,750
Ultimate Footwork Boosts Agility by 10%. 7,500
Ancestral Protection Boosts Luck by 10%. 6,250
3 Imperial Pride 50% chance to survive hit with 1 HP + 5 secs invincibility (once per battle). 15,000
Legendary Skill Slightly fills the Party Gauge for each critical hit delivered. 5,000
Golden Opportunity Increases attack power ratio at the start of a Chain Attack. 10,000
Ultimate Discipline Boosts Strength by 10%. 12,500
Royal Attributes Increases Affinity by 25% after winning a Special button challenge. 7,500


Post-Battle Dialogue

Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "This is my first time travelling like this! It's quite… refreshing."
Lora Lora "Oh, really? Then why don't we do something to celebrate?"
Haze Haze "That means it's time to party! Gather round, everyone!"
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "What? Oh, that wasn't what I… N-no, hold on!"
Lora Lora "You're really quite wise in the way of the world, aren't you, Hugo. Think you could teach me a few anecdotes?"
Addam Addam "Ahah, are you sure about that? He's quite the stern task master."
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "If you wish Lora. By tomorrow, please transcribe one hundred pages of one of the tornan epics, write a treaty on an ardainian philosopher of your choice, and read a volume of History."
Lora Lora "Er, sorry, the dog ate all of my literature."
Lora Lora "Ahah, that'll teach them. Never underestimate the power of the common folk."
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "Indeed. The emperor bestows his gratitude."
Addam Addam "Kind of giving the wrong impression there, Hugo."
Lora Lora "Is everyone alright? No injuries?"
Minoth Minoth "Hmpf, do we really have the time to get all soft right now?"
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "He means "Thank you for your concern"."
Minoth Minoth "Hey, I can speak for myself, thank you very much."
Lora Lora "How are you managing there, Hugo? Not too tiring for you?"
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "Hm? No, I'm quite alright. It will take more than this level of fighting to put me down."
Aegaeon Aegaeon "Uh… Beg pardon, Lady Lora, but worrying about His Majesty's well-being is part of MY responsibilities."
Jin Jin "It looks like I'm on dinner duty tonight. Does anyone have any requests?"
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "Whatever we have the ingredients for."
Aegaeon Aegaeon "Anything you make would be a feast, I'm sure."
Jin Jin "Those might be the least helpful answers yet."
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "Jin, your fury is certainly something to behold."
Jin Jin "My fury? What are you trying to say, exactly?"
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "I mean… I'm just glad I'm not your enemy."
Jin Jin "I'm not sure how to take it, coming from you."
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "Are you unharmed, Jin?"
Jin Jin "Your concern would be better spent on Brighid. I would hate to give her any cause for sulking."
Brighid Brighid "Sulking?! I would do nothing of the sort. I merely ask that His Majesty express a touch more concern for his ETERNALLY devoted servants."
Haze Haze "Excuse my idle curiosity, Lord Hugo, but… What is it like? Being an emperor, I mean."
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "Well, it certainly keeps me busy. My duties are too numerous to name."
Addam Addam "I imagine there's never a dull moment in His Imperial Majesty's life."
Haze Haze "Your Imperial Majesty, you carry yourself with such an elegance!"
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "If you had heard "The emperor does not slouch!" every day for eighteen years, you would carry yourself just as well."
Minoth Minoth "Unlike a certain prince I could but will not name?"
Haze Haze "Lord Hugo, you've sustained no cuts, I hope? No scrapes, no bruises?"
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "Thank you for your concern, Haze. You are very kind."
Brighid Brighid "And why exactly are you staring at me, Your Majesty?"
Addam Addam "That reminds me, Hugo. Did you ever overcome your fear of you-know-what?"
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "I'm sure I don't know what you're talking about."
Addam Addam "Aspar. Didn't you once tell me about how one slithered out from under your pillow?"
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "T-that was a long time ago. Just forget it."
Addam Addam "Hugo, we should come out with some sort of team attack. What do you say?"
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "Why not? Just give me the cue."
Addam Addam "Good man. It's got to be something fancy, naturally."
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "Fancy or not, I'll follow just the same."
Addam Addam "It's a great relief having you at my side in battle, Hugo."
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "If I can make my comrades feel at ease, that is more important than vanquishing a hundred monsters."
Brighid Brighid "You are a paragon among men, Your Majesty. Precious few would reach the same conclusion as you."
Mythra Mythra "Hugo, do you consider the Aegis'… I mean, MY power a danger?"
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "As long as you are with Addam, there is nothing to fear."
Mythra Mythra "Phew, you sure put a lot of trust in that guy."
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "I think you understand why I do."
Minoth Minoth "Young Master Hugo, we're not going too fast for your young legs, are we?"
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "I'm perfectly fine! You do not need to worry about me."
Minoth Minoth "That's good to hear! Just let me know if the going gets tough."
Minoth Minoth "The bond between driver and Blade is some powerful stuff."
Aegaeon Aegaeon "I would gladly excel at any chores His Majesty would entrust me with."
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "Is… that what we're calling a bond now?"
Brighid Brighid "Do you desire the power of the Aegis, Your Majesty?"
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "Her power is impressive for sure. But there is a strength I draw from you and Aegaeon that cannot be quantified."
Brighid Brighid "I think you overestimate our ability. But thank you. I'm touched that you feel that way."
Aegaeon Aegaeon "Your Majesty, I congratulate you on your rousing success."
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "If I have succeeded, it is only because I fight shoulder to shoulder with the greatest heroes I have ever known."
Aegaeon Aegaeon "Your Majesty..! You're so… modest."
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "Aegaeon… Are… Are those, tears?"
Aegaeon Aegaeon "Your Majesty, I implore you not to overdo it."
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "Your advice is appreciated. But if I do not push my body, it will only grow weak."
Aegaeon Aegaeon "But that is precisely why. If you suddenly start exerting yourself now, your unprepared joints may suffer under the stress."
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "I said I would push myself, Aegaeon, not try to… deadlift a Jagron."

Condition: After Lora becomes a knight of Torna
Addam Addam "It's not enough! We have to try harder."
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "Don't look so gloom, Addam. It affects everyone else's moral."
Addam Addam "Arh, you're absolutely right. Sorry, my friend."
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "It's okay. Just remember, we're in this together."
Condition: After Lora becomes a knight of Torna
Mythra Mythra "You… you did good back there, Brighid. Obviously not as good as me, but, still."
Brighid Brighid "What was that? I'm sorry, I couldn't hear you. Would you mind repeating the first part again?"
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "Shall I repeat it for you, Brighid? I had no trouble hearing."
Brighid Brighid "Goodness no, Your Majesty."
Condition: After the quest Community Spirit (quest)
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "Brighid, you really… gie it laldy!"
Brighid Brighid "And where, pray tell, did you hear that expression, Your Majesty?"
Hugo_(TTGC) Hugo "Uh, I overheard it on the streets of the capital. Did I misuse it?"


  • Hugo and Niall share the same voice actor in both dubs.
  • A post-battle dialogue between Hugo and Haze suggests that the former is at least 18 years old.
  • A post-battle dialogue between Hugo and Addam suggests that Hugo may have a fear of Aspar, due to one slithering out from under his pillow when he was younger.
  • Hugo is the only playable character in Torna ~ The Golden Country to never appear in the main game of Xenoblade Chronicles 2.