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- "If the Architect does indeed exist, I wish I could ask him... Who am I, truly?"
- – Jin
Jin (Japanese: シン, Shin) is an antagonist in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. He is the head of the secret organization Torna who wants to find and capture Pyra. He is seconded by Malos. He is a mysterious masked swordsman with a sympathetic temperament, although he will do whatever it takes to achieve his goals.
Jin is the deuteragonist in Torna ~ The Golden Country. He is a Special Legendary Blade, and can grant tremendous power to his Driver, Lora, and her allies. Jin uses the ice element, and wields a Nodachi in battle.
Jin was designed by Tetsuya Nomura, a lead character designer for the Final Fantasy series.
Jin was known as the Paragon of Torna. Jin was once the Blade of a person named Ornelia, and was a member of the Colony Defense Force. They fought together in a war for independence, saving villages, and eventually Ornelia passed away, leaving Jin to return to his Core Crystal until he was reawakened. Before he did, however, he wrote down in his journal a way for he and his Driver to be carved together in flesh. He also mused whether the Architect exists, and wondered who he truly is. During his time with Ornelia, he was also close friends with Azurda.
Resonance with Lora
Later, Jin’s Core Crystal was stolen by Gort and is accidentally resonates with a ten-year-old girl named Lora. When Gort threatened to kill her to take possession of Jin, Jin stopped him instead, cutting his right arm off in the process, in order to protect her. Jin and Lora later went on the run, and Lora created a special mask for Jin to hide his identity.
Jin and Lora eventually came across a razed Porton Village, where they find Mikhail. They took him in and offered to take care of him. The group later encountered one of Malos' Artifices, a Gargoyle, but are rescued by Addam and Mythra. Addam was amazed at the synergy between Jin and Lora and their unique fighting style of sharing a weapon. Addam ultimately decided not to bring in Lora for stealing Jin's Core Crystal and chose to team up with Jin. Both Addam and Hugo decided to copy the technique of sharing a weapon.
Jin later traveled to Gormott with Lora in hopes of finding Lora's mother, Rynea. Torigoth, however, was ravaged by rogue Coeian forces. Jin briefly left Lora as she stayed behind to honor the graves of the people of Torigoth. Gort attempted to ambush Lora and kill her to reclaim Jin, but Jin rushed to Lora's side. At Lora's request, Jin didn't kill Gort and allowed him to escape.
While stopping in Hyber Village, Lora and Jin were approached by Teo who claimed to have known Jin and Ornelia when he was young; he told them that the old house Jin once lived in was still standing in the outskirts of a nearby village. Upon investigating, Jin found his journal, and read what he had written about joining together the spirits of a Driver and their Blade. He decided to keep this information hidden from Lora.
Jin joined the group as they confront Malos at the capital Auresco. After the battle, the Tornan King recognized Lora's heroics, and Addam knighted her the following day. Lora remarked that Jin no longer needs the mask to hide his identity, but he continued to keep it in hopes of remembering Lora once he returns to his Core Crystal. As Jin and the others battled Malos at the Tornan Titan's core, Jin questioned Malos' bloodlust. Malos claimed that most humans are not like Lora and are instead corrupt beings.
After the war, Jin, Lora, Haze, and Mikhail parted ways with Addam as he and Pyra traveled to Leftheria. They spent some time in Gormott before eventually traveling to Spessia to meet up with Addam's militia. One night, Gort, transformed into a large chimera by the Indoline Praetorium, attacked the group. By using Jin's sword, Lora was able to kill Gort once and for all.
Amalthus, now promoted to Praetor, issued an attack on Tornans' new home of Spessia in hopes of destroying the Aegis. In the attack, Lora was fatally wounded. She told Jin that for humans, being forgotten is a fate worse than death, and though Jin assured her that he would not forget her, they both knew that the nature of Blades would not allow his memories to be passed down after her death and his return to his Core Crystal. With his knowledge about Flesh Eaters, Jin was able to join Lora's spirit with his own, ensuring that he could live on without a Driver and retain the memories they had made together.
Malos later met a dejected Jin in a city alleyway and offered to work with him. The two formed the new organization of Torna, with the goal of going to Elysium and killing the Architect. Using the Monoceros, Jin finds Ornelia's house drifting in the Cloud Sea after it fell off of the Tornan Titan. He burns the house down with his old journal and the group photographs with Lora and Ornelia inside. Azurda meets him at the house, but Jin states that their paths will not cross again. Jin then puts Lora's body in suspended animation on board the Monoceros to remind himself to never have faith in the Architect.
Jin became the de facto leader of the group. He rescued Mikhail from the Indoline Praetorium after Mikhail was turned into a Blade Eater. He found Akhos and Patroka, two other Flesh Eaters, imprisoned and being transferred from Tantal to Indol. He asked them to join him, and they agreed. He also breaks Nia and Dromarch out of Indoline custody, and Nia joins him as well. Jin knew that the first step was to reawaken the other Aegis, who had been sealed away by Addam after the end of the war.
Re-awakening of Pyra
He requests a person from the Leftherian Archipelago to help on a salvage mission, with Rex ultimately agreeing to the job. The salvage team manages to bring up the target shipwreck, and once inside, Jin finds his target, the Aegis. However, Rex unexpectedly begins to resonate with it, prompting Jin to stab him in the back, killing him. However, Rex is ultimately resurrected by Pyra and, with the help of Azurda and Nia, manages to escape, leaving Jin empty-handed.
Jin travels to the ruins of Judicium on the Titan Temperantia, and takes control of a Titan weapon that was being excavated by the Empire of Mor Ardain. With it, he fires on the Kingdom of Uraya's forces, making it seem as if the Empire had illegally attacked them and nearly sparking a war. The party fights him atop the Titan, where he reveals to be a Blade, but with his powers limited by Fan la Norne, Haze's new identity, they manage to force him away; however, he kills Fan la Norne by stabbing her through her Core Crystal and escapes with Akhos. It is soon revealed that Jin's Core Crystal is partially damaged due to his life as a Flesh Eater.
He is fought again in the Genbu Crown, where he demands the party hand over the Omega Fetter and the Aegis. When they refuse, he reveals his true form, which gives him control over all elementary particles and allows him to move his body at the speed of light, making it impossible to dodge his attacks, even with Mythra's foresight. He is able to withstand Mythra's attack from Siren, and along with a new army of artificial Blades, he and the other members of Torna restrain the entire party. When Pyra threatens to destroy herself with the power of Siren to thwart their plans, he lets the party go, but leaves with Pyra and the Omega Fetter.
He and Malos are later fought at the Cliffs of Morytha, he was shocked when Rex expresses his understanding on what it means to be Driver and Blade and when Rex attains his Master Driver state and is able to match him blow for blow. As he is defeated, Rex noticed the sadness in his opponent and refused to finish him. After a heated battle between Ophion and Siren, he, along with Rex and his companions, falls through the Cloud Sea to the Land of Morytha below.
Land of Morytha
Mythra assumes her ascended state to heal Jin, and in the process, she discovers that he is a Flesh Eater. Jin temporarily joins the party to escape Morytha, where the Monoceros comes to retrieve him. During their time in Morytha, Jin reveals that Amalthus was the one who massacred the remaining Tornan citizens on Spessia and that he consumed Lora's heart to continue living. He convinces Malos, Akhos, Mikhail, and Patroka not to attack the group, and they leave for the World Tree.
Climbing the World Tree
He and Malos leave the others and climb the World Tree. Jin stays behind at the Megrez Gateway to meet the party again, letting Malos go to meet the Architect alone. He tells them that he wants to see for himself if the world will choose Rex or Malos, but that he cannot let them pass without a fight. He says that he made a promise to see through Malos' will, even if it means his death.
He cannot understand why Rex wants to open up Elysium to humanity, thinking that they will eventually destroy it as they did with Morytha and Torna. Rex is able to defeat him, knocking his sword out of his hand and convincing Jin that the Blades are supposed to keep humans in check. As they talk, Akhos and Patroka arrive to help him. Jin orders them to stand down, saying that they have done all they have needed. Patroka asks Nia to heal Jin; she agrees and Patroka goes to prepare him for treatment. As she goes, however, she is killed by Amalthus, who has used all of the Core Crystals he "cleansed" to gain immense power.
Amalthus also rips out Akhos' Core Crystal, killing him and enraging Jin, but he is too weak to fight; instead, the party fights Amalthus, defeating him. Still intent on meeting the Architect and erasing everything in the world himself, he sends out his tendrils of energy to try and destroy the World Tree from the inside. Telling Rex to stop Malos, Jin releases all the power he has left, freezing Amalthus to the back wall. After Amalthus dies, Jin's Core Crystal finally cracks, and he falls to his knees and dissolves in a white light.
In Xenoblade Chronicles 2
- Ultraslash, Back attack ↑
- Skyward Slash, AOE / Break
- Empty Moment, AOE / Evasion
- Stunned Swallow, Evasion / Counter (Can't be used)
- During Chapter 8, when Jin temporarily joins the party, Empty Moment is replaced with:
- Heavenly Disrupt, Topple / Launch / Smash
- During the Challenge Battle Titan Battleship Assault, Jin is the controlled character with the following arts:
- Stunned Swallow, Evasion / Counter / Launch
- Empty Moment, AOE / Evasion
- Heavenly Disrupt, Driver Combo
Jin is fought four times as a boss. He is first fought at level 40 at the Haggle's Swordtip in the Central Plain of Temperantia, at level 46 at Genbu Crown in the Head area of the Kingdom of Tantal, at level 54 at the Gotrock Oracle Ruins in the Lower Level of the Cliffs of Morytha, and at level 66 at Lv. 4, Megrez in the Upper Level of the World Tree.
|Auto-Attack ※1||Physical||-||3||One target||130/150/220||-||-|
|Skyward Slash||Physical||-||1||Frontal Cone||250||Blade Affinity Down||-|
|Empty Moment||Physical||-||4||Circle||350||Accuracy Up / Blowdown||The user becomes Evasive while using this Art.|
|Stunned Swallow||Defensive||-||-||Everyone||-||Debuff Cancel / Launch||Inflicts Launch upon being hit. The user becomes Evasive when using this Art.|
|Heavenly Disrupt||Physical||-||9||One Target||180/100 ※1||Break / Topple / Launch / Smash||-|
|Zero Zone ※2||Debuff||Ice||-||All Enemies||-||Nullify Heal||-|
|Bladeless Blade ※3||Physical||Ice||12||All Enemies||800||Accuracy Up / Knockback / Blowdown||-|
※1 Jin's Auto-Attacks are of different strengths across every one of his battles. In addition, during the fight in Temperantia, he does not use Auto-Attacks.
※2 Heavenly Disrupt is slightly weaker during the Challenge Battle "Serious Showdown".
※3 Jin only uses these Arts once he has transformed into his True form during the fight with him in Tantal.
In Torna ~ The Golden Country
- Inexhaustible [Talent Art], Consume recoverable HP / Boosts stats
- Chillstroke, Back attack ↑
- Snowblast, AOE / Side attack ↑
- Starslash, Pierce
Rear Guard Arts
- Lv. 1 - Hailstrike - Cut the enemy to ribbons with a series of quick, relentless slashes.
- Lv. 2 - Zero Blade - A combo attack of sword cuts and ice spears delivered at absolute zero.
- Lv. 3 - Ice Revolution - Unbalance your foe with a palm strike, then follow up with powerful slashes.
- Lv. 4 - Midnight Sun - Follow up Lora's quickfire slashes with a full-force cleave.
- Transmigration - Increases damage dealt by 30% to 50% on every Vanguard Switch (max: 250%).
- Full Resonance - Deal 60% to 100% more and take 10% to 30% less damage at max Affinity.
- Mind's Eye - Increases critical damage by 20% to 80%.
- Mineralogy - Lv. 3
- Swift Swordplay - Lv. 3
- Fortitude - Lv. 3
|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||???||"Lora, we still have a long way to go."|
|3||3||Unlocks level 3 of the Affinity Chart. Affinity bond will be easier to sustain.||Increase Trust||???||"I'll protect Lora. Always."|
|4||4||Unlocks level 4 of the Affinity Chart.||Increase Trust||1,750||"We're in perfect harmony now, Lora."|
|5||5||Unlocks level 5 of the Affinity Chart.||Increase Trust||4,500||"It's for Lora's sake that I fight. That will never change..."|
|Blade Special||Hailstrike||1||1||Increases damage dealt to the back by 100%|
|2||2||Increases damage dealt to the back by 110%||Use Hailstrike||10||"I must become stronger, or all is lost..."|
|3||3||Increases damage dealt to the back by 120%||Defeat a Burran Gyanna at Lake Sarleigh in Torna, etc.||3||"I'm not quite there yet..."|
|4||4||Increases damage dealt to the back by 130%||Use Hailstrike||25||"I've finally perfected it..."|
|5||5||Increases damage dealt to the back by 150%||Defeat a Pallov Tirkin at the Verdant Fairylands in Torna, etc.||3||"This should be the end of it..."|
|Zero Blade||1||1||Increases damage dealt to toppled enemies by 100%|
|2||2||Increases damage dealt to toppled enemies by 110%||Defeat a Arrah Rhogul on the Ordia Great Plains in Gormott, etc.||1||"Zero Blade can get stronger, I know it."|
|3||3||Increases damage dealt to toppled enemies by 120%||Use Zero Blade||15||"I'm not done working on it yet."|
|4||4||Increases damage dealt to toppled enemies by 130%||Defeat a Regus Moramora in the Ancient Lakebed in Torna, etc.||2||"You'll learn to fear my Zero Blade."|
|5||5||Increases damage dealt to toppled enemies by 150%||Defeat a Grads Tirkin at the Saints' Practice Grounds in Gormott, etc.||3||"Now it's ready."|
|Ice Revolution||1||1||Increases damage dealt to higher-level enemies by 60%|
|2||2||Increases damage dealt to higher-level enemies by 70%||Defeat a Cascade Krabble at the Serene Springside in Gormott, etc.||2||"Ice Revolution... You'll see its power."|
|3||3||Increases damage dealt to higher-level enemies by 80%||Use Ice Revolution||10||"There's much to come to grips with."|
|4||4||Increases damage dealt to higher-level enemies by 90%||Defeat a Grohl Plambus at Coolley Lake in Gormott, etc.||1||"Just a little more time..."|
|5||5||Increases damage dealt to higher-level enemies by 100%||Use Ice Revolution||100%||""It is done."|
|Battle Skill||Transmigration||1||1||Increases damage dealt by 30% on every Vanguard Switch (max: 250%)|
|2||2||Increases damage dealt by 35% on every Vanguard Switch (max: 250%)||Finish off enemies||10||"I have much to learn..."|
|3||3||Increases damage dealt by 40% on every Vanguard Switch (max: 250%)||Participate in Driver Combos||50||"I'll wield this for Lora's cause."|
|4||4||Increases damage dealt by 45% on every Vanguard Switch (max: 250%)||Deal a certain amount of damage||300,000||"Everyone is safer with this power at my disposal."|
|5||5||Increases damage dealt by 50% on every Vanguard Switch (max: 250%)||Finish off enemies||30||"All this violence... So senseless."|
|Full Reasonance||1||1||Deal 60% more and take 10% less damage at max Affinity|
|2||2||Deal 70% more and take 15% less damage at max Affinity||Pull off a back attack||15||"Any opening begs to be exploited."|
|3||3||Deal 80% more and take 20% less damage at max Affinity||Participate in a Chain Attack||10||"So, we can achieve more when we work together, hm...?"|
|4||4||Deal 90% more and take 25% less damage at max Affinity||Overkill on Chain Attacks||5||"I'm not satisfied with myself yet..."|
|5||5||Deal 100% more and take 30% less damage at max Affinity||Succeed in a button challenge during a battle (Previous instances count towards total)||350||"We move in perfect harmony..."|
|Mind's Eye||1||1||Increases critical damage by 20%||Defeat a Arlo Kapiba in the Secluded Boneway in Torna, etc.||4||"We'd best stay prepared."|
|2||2||Increases critical damage by 35%||Participate in Driver Combos||20||"Cooperation is proving more efficient."|
|3||3||Increases critical damage by 50%||Deal a critical hit (Previous instances count towards total)||100||"I saw it in my mind's eye..."|
|4||4||Increases critical damage by 65%||Deal a critical hit (Previous instances count towards total)||150||"Their weakness is...obvious to me."|
|5||5||Increases critical damage by 80%||Make every item that Jin can craft||15||"It is its own kind of strength. For Lora."|
|Field Skill||Mineralogy||1||1||Knowledge related to minerals. Mainly helps collect items in rocky areas|
|2||2||Use pouch items||2||"Make the most of it, and battle becomes child's play..."|
|3||5||Meet characters from the Community list||88||"Lora cares about them, so I will too."|
|Swift Swordplay||1||1||The ability to strike too fast for anyone (except Jin) to see or follow|
|2||3||Use Jin's crafting skill (Previous instances count towards total)||5||"In cooking, as in combat, you need to keep your skills sharp."|
|3||4||Use Jin's crafting skill (Previous instances count toward total)||15||"Practicing my cooking gives me an edge in battle, too."|
|Fortitude||1||1||The power to endure hardships. Lets you excel at mind-numbing tasks, too||Collect items||10||"Only the freshest ingredients will do."|
|2||3||Use Mythra's crafting skill||5||"That belongs in the trash heap..."|
|3||5||Walk a lot (Measurement is in peds)||85,000||"With you, I'll go anywhere,"|
- "If the Architect does indeed exist, I wish I could ask him... who am I, truly? Whence did I come? Whither am I headed?"
- "I am who I am. I do not change."
- Jin is a Blade using the ice element. This can be shown in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 with his use of ice-based attacks. Moreover when he joins the party during Chapter 8, Guldos can copy his element, where they become weak to the wind element.
- Jin is the only Blade whose Core Crystal is not located on his chest. It is instead located on his forehead.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Torna ~ The Golden Country
|Characters in Xenoblade Chronicles 2|
|Playable Characters||Rex · Nia · Tora · Vandham · Zeke · Mòrag|
|Special Blades||Pyra · Mythra · Dromarch · Poppi α · Poppi QT · Poppi QTπ · Roc · Pandoria · Brighid|
|Supporting Characters||Amalthus · Azurda · Cole · Fan la Norne · Turters|
|Torna||Jin · Malos · Akhos · Mikhail · Patroka|
|Characters in Torna ~ The Golden Country|
|Playable Drivers||Lora · Addam · Hugo|
|Blades||Jin · Haze · Mythra · Minoth · Brighid · Aegaeon|
|Supporting Characters||Amalthus · Azurda · Mikhail · Milton · Tornan King · Zettar|
|Antagonists||Gort · Malos|