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Machine Hunter is an Aux Core or a Skill RAM/Upgrade in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Torna ~ The Golden Country. It increases the damage dealt against Machines by up to 45%.

Machine-type enemies belong to the following enemy species: Artifice, Bot and Sovereign. Artificial Blades like Rosa are Machine-type, however Lila is uniquely treated as a Blade-type enemy, and is therefore not targeted by this effect.

The Skill RAM/Upgrade variants can be used to customize Poppi α, Poppi QT and Poppi QTπ as an Aux Core equivalent.

Stats

Aux Core
Aux Core Rarity Effect Sell Price
Unrefined Refined
Machine Hunter I Rarity1.png Increases damage dealt to machines by 20%. 150 G 150 G
Machine Hunter II Rarity1.png Increases damage dealt to machines by 25%. 450 G 500 G
Machine Hunter III Rarity2.png Increases damage dealt to machines by 30%. 800 G 900 G
Machine Hunter IV Rarity2.png Increases damage dealt to machines by 35%. 1,050 G 1,150 G
Machine Hunter V Rarity3.png Increases damage dealt to machines by 40%. 1,400 G 1,550 G
Machine Hunter VI Rarity3.png Increases damage dealt to machines by 45%. 1,750 G 1,950 G

Skill RAM
Skill RAM Effect Energy
Required
Ether Crystals Technical Manual
Create Crystallize
Machine Hunter I Increases damage dealt to machines by 20%. 20 120 72 Robolab Club Quarterly
Machine Hunter II Increases damage dealt to machines by 25%. 40 400 160 Robolab Club Quarterly
Machine Hunter III Increases damage dealt to machines by 30%. 60 720 264 Hypertech Made Easy
Machine Hunter IV Increases damage dealt to machines by 35%. 80 1,120 392 Hypertech Made Easy
Machine Hunter V Increases damage dealt to machines by 40%. 100 2,880 720 Hypertech Made Easy

Refinement Recipes

Aux Core Requirement Materials Amount
Machine Hunter I Category Any Mechanical Collectibles x3
Machine Hunter II Category Any Mechanical Collectibles x6
Machine Hunter III Category Any Mechanical Collectibles x9
Machine Hunter IV Category Any Mechanical Collectibles x12
Machine Hunter V Category Any Mechanical Collectibles x15
Machine Hunter VI Category Any Mechanical Collectibles x18

Sources

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

In Xenoblade Chronicles 2, the Aux Core is always obtained in its unrefined state, and must be refined within an Ether Furnace at an Aux Core Stall before becoming usable.

Machine Hunter I

Dropped by

Name Spawn Area Level Rate
Blue Flamii Normal Gormott Province 10 - 14 14.0%
Mia Pippito Summon Gormott Province 3 - 4 14.0%
Resourceful Tirkin Quest Gormott Province 12 14.0%

Machine Hunter II

Treasure Troves

Quest Rewards

Dropped by

Name Spawn Area Level Rate
Arogan Rhogul Normal, Summon Empire of Mor Ardain 29 - 31 12.6%
Brish Aspar Normal Empire of Mor Ardain 28 - 31 12.6%
Spotted Parisax Quest Kingdom of Uraya 30 12.6%
Zalts Driver Normal Empire of Mor Ardain 31 12.6%

Challenge Battle Mode (DLC)

Challenge Name Difficulty Chest 1 Chest 2 Chest 3
Bewitching Dance CR2.png 1.35% 0.41% ---
Grazing Flock CR1.png 1.79% 0.55% ---
Pest Control CR1.5.png 0.88% 0.25% ---
Think of the Soldiers CR2.5.png 2.48% 0.84% ---
Titan Battleship Assault Special Battle 2.22% 0.73% ---

Machine Hunter III

Treasure Troves

Merc Mission Rewards

Dropped by

Name Spawn Area Level Rate
Bauz Eks Normal Temperantia 35 - 40 11.2%
Gluttonous Marrin Quest (Salvaging) Empire of Mor Ardain 39 11.2%
High Arrow Tirkin Normal Gormott Province 34 - 41 11.2%
Koror Skwaror Normal Kingdom of Tantal 38 - 40 11.2%
Mant Aries Normal Kingdom of Tantal 36 - 40 11.2%
Youthful Ardun Quest Gormott Province 40 11.2%

Challenge Battle Mode (DLC)

Challenge Name Difficulty Chest 1 Chest 2 Chest 3
Bewitching Dance CR2.png --- --- 0.37%
Grazing Flock CR1.png --- --- 0.52%
Pest Control CR1.5.png --- --- 0.23%
Think of the Soldiers CR2.5.png --- --- 0.82%
Titan Battleship Assault Special Battle --- --- 0.70%

Machine Hunter IV

Treasure Troves

Quest Rewards

Events

  • Reward for achieving "Mushroom-Feast Salvager" in Salvager Rank. (1 Core)

Dropped by

Name Spawn Area Level Rate
Alda Sentry Normal World Tree 57 - 61 9.8%
Blade Bot Quest Empire of Mor Ardain, World Tree 58 9.8%
Doctrinaire Erebos Quest Gormott Province 57 9.8%
Skriim Sovereign Quest World Tree 58 9.8%
Zooz Aspid Salvaging Spirit Crucible Elpys 54 - 58 9.8%

Machine Hunter V

Merc Mission Rewards

Dropped by

Name Spawn Area Level Rate
Pernicious Benf Unique Temperantia 109 8.4%
Shungle Igna Normal Kingdom of Uraya 71 - 73 8.4%
Snide Igna Normal Kingdom of Uraya 76 - 78 8.4%

Challenge Battle Mode (DLC)

Challenge Name Difficulty Chest 1 Chest 2 Chest 3
Attack of the Aspar Special Battle 1.14% 0.56% ---
Call the Exterminators Special Battle 1.71% 0.92% ---
Darkening Skies CR3.png 1.09% 0.54% ---
Dread Contagion CR4.png 1.48% 0.76% ---
Elma: Redux CR4.png 0.81% 0.37% ---
Otherworldly Fighter CR3.png 0.81% 0.37% ---
Panic at the Seaside CR3.png 0.51% 0.22% ---
Poisoned Paradise CR3.png 1.71% 0.92% ---
Sacred Wood CR3.png 1.71% 0.90% ---
Serious Showdown CR4.5.png 0.51% 0.22% ---
Temperantian Standoff CR2.png 0.49% 0.22% ---
This Year's Heropon CR3.png 0.81% 0.36% ---
Tiger! Tiger! IRL CR2.5.png 0.51% 0.22% ---
Torna's Finest CR4.png 1.48% 0.76% ---

Machine Hunter VI

Challenge Battle Mode (DLC)

Challenge Name Difficulty Chest 1 Chest 2 Chest 3
9th Imp. Armored Div. CR5.png 0.83% 0.33% ---
Attack of the Aspar Special Battle --- 0.56% 0.66%
Call the Exterminators Special Battle --- 0.92% 1.19%
Chickenheart Challenge CR3.png 2.35% 1.08% ---
Cloud King's Revenge CR4.png 0.48% 0.18% ---
Darkening Skies CR3.png --- 0.54% 0.66%
Dino Drama CR3.5.png 1.20% 0.48% ---
Dread Contagion CR4.png --- 0.76% 0.95%
Elma: Redux CR4.png --- 0.37% 0.43%
Fiercest Faction CR4.png 0.48% 0.18% ---
Humanoid Alliance CR4.png 0.47% 0.18% ---
Mk. VIII CR4.5.png 2.25% 1.08% ---
Otherworldly Fighter CR3.png --- 0.37% 0.43%
Panic at the Seaside CR3.png --- 0.22% 0.24%
Poisoned Paradise CR3.png --- 0.92% 1.19%
Reinventing the Gogol CR4.png 0.84% 0.33% ---
Sacred Wood CR3.png --- 0.90% 1.19%
Serious Showdown CR4.5.png --- 0.22% 0.24%
Temperantian Standoff CR2.png --- 0.22% 0.25%
This Year's Heropon CR3.png --- 0.36% 0.43%
Tiger! Tiger! IRL CR2.5.png --- 0.22% 0.24%
Torna's Finest CR4.png --- 0.76% 0.93%

Torna ~ The Golden Country

In Torna ~ The Golden Country, the Aux Core is always obtained in its refined state.

Machine Hunter I

Dropped by

Name Spawn Area Level Rate
Gemini Volff Normal Gormott 10 - 12 14.0%

Machine Hunter II

Treasure Troves

Dropped by

Name Spawn Area Level Rate
Dormine Brog Normal Kingdom of Torna 28 - 33 12.6%

Machine Hunter III

Quest Rewards

Dropped by

Name Spawn Area Level Rate
Derrah Tirkin Normal Gormott 35 - 39 11.2%
Roose Blant Normal Kingdom of Torna 42 - 44 11.2%

Skill RAM / Upgrade

Poppiswap

The Skill RAM or Upgrade variant can be crafted through Poppiswap's "Create/Crystallize" menu using Ether Crystals obtained from Tiger! Tiger! or from crystallizing other Poppi Parts. Create costs and required Technical Manuals are present in the Stats section.

Tiger! Tiger!

Skill RAM Stage Treasure
Size
Treasure Rate (per Trove)
Chapter 2 – 7 Chapter 8+
Machine Hunter I Stage 5 Small --- 3.75%
Machine Hunter III Stage 5 Small --- 2.25%
Machine Hunter V Stage 5 Small --- 0.75%
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