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For those who have not completed games in the Xenoblade Chronicles series, this page contains spoilers regarding the plot. Discretion is advised.


Malos (Japanese: メツ, Metsu) is one of the central antagonists of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country. He is the second-in-command of the secret organization Torna, which is headed by Jin, and wants to find and capture Pyra. He is a tall man with a wild and rough temperament (contrary to Jin), but is also an extremely skillful Driver on the battlefield. He is accompanied by his Special Blade, Sever.

Malos was designed by Tetsuya Nomura, a lead character designer for the Final Fantasy series.

Personality

Due to Praetor Amalthus's hatred of mankind at the time of Malos's awakening, Malos displayed nothing but malevolence and extreme bloodlust. He immediately set upon destroying all life in Alrest. He views humans as little more than failures and that they do nothing but wage war and destruction. To that end, he believes that the Aegises are the Architect's weapons to erase this "mistake," and he views Pyra/Mythra as a fool for not wanting to carry out that supposed purpose. However, Malos in truth is unsure of his purpose in the world and has at times doubted that his will is his own.

Story

Main article: Aegis
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Logos and Pneuma's core crystals

Malos, whose true name is eventually revealed to be Logos, was one of three Aegises created by the Architect. His Core Crystal, stored within Elysium, was taken by Amalthus when he climbed the World Tree, along with Mythra's Core Crystal.

When Amalthus returned to Alrest, he resonated with Malos, becoming his Driver. Being a Blade, Malos quickly began to take on Amalthus's personality traits, including his hatred of humanity and his desire to destroy it. In order to follow through on this wish, Amalthus used Malos's immense power as an Aegis to begin destroying the world; however, a man from the Kingdom of Torna named Addam resonated with Mythra and stood against Malos, beginning the Aegis War.

MalosBurn

Malos is defeated

Addam and Mythra fought alongside many other Blades, Drivers, and Titans until Malos was finally defeated. Fearing the power of the other Aegis, Amalthus and the Indoline Praetorium destroyed Torna, and it was assumed that Mythra had sunk the Titan during the war. Addam and Mythra disappeared and, after a time, Malos reawakened.

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Malos recruits Jin

Struggling with questions about the reason for his existence and the nature of Blades, he began planning to climb the World Tree and kill the Architect. He eventually met Jin, who had absorbed his dying Driver so that they could be together forever, and offered his cooperation. Together, Malos and Jin formed Torna and recruited Akhos, Mikhail, Patroka, and Nia, and began searching for the other Aegis.

Needing a Leftherian to open the seal to reach the other Aegis, Malos hires Rex and takes him, along with Jin and Nia, to where Addam had sealed it away. They come upon Pyra, and when Rex goes to touch her Core Crystal, Jin kills him; however, Pyra awakens and resurrects him, allowing him to fight against Jin and Malos until they are rescued by Azurda and escape.

Malos later travels to Fonsa Myma with Akhos and speaks to Cole, who he knew as Minoth during the war. He offers to help heal him, but Cole refuses; however, Malos is able to take the young girl he cares for, Iona, hostage. He tells Pyra to come to the Olethro Ruins alone.

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Malos fights Vandham

The party arrives at the ruins, where they fight with Akhos and Malos. They are overpowered, due to Akhos's ability to disrupt the ether flow in the area, until Vandham is able to fight back against them. Telling the others to flee, he is killed by Malos, and in a last-ditch attempt to save Rex, Pyra reverts to her other form, Mythra. Malos's and Akhos's Blades are destroyed by Mythra's attack, and they are forced to retreat.

After Akhos saves Jin from Temperantia, Malos questions whether his hatred for the world is truly his own or someone else's.

He and Jin meet the party again in the Kingdom of Tantal, where Jin reveals his true form and is able to nullify all of Mythra's attacks and abilities, overwhelming the party with his speed. To save the others, Pyra gives herself up to Torna, who escape with her and the Omega Fetter to open the way to the World Tree and fulfill their plans.

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Malos takes Pyra's memories

Malos and Jin take Pyra to the Gotrock Oracle Ruins at the Cliffs of Morytha near the Great Void, and Malos explains that he was damaged during the war, and plans to use Pyra's Core Crystal to restore his strength by regenerating his own crystal. As he does, he steals Pyra's memories of Rex and the others, and manages to restore his full power. He and Jin are attacked by Ophion, which is revealed to have an autonomous defense mechanism, but repel it.

As the party arrives at the Cliffs of Morytha, they face Malos, whose weapon is a sort of dark Monado. They battle against him, with him using Monado-type arts, but his destructive powers are nullified by Nia's newly revealed Blade form that can restore anything damaged by Malos. Though he has the upper hand, Nia and Rex together are able to alter the cell replication in Malos's body, incapacitating him and flinging him off of the cliffs into the Cloud Sea.

MalosEater

Malos' Blade weapon

He survives the incident, and confronts the party again at the ruins alongside Jin, where they easily overpower the party until Rex is able to awaken Pyra's and Mythra's true form. Rex, now a Master Driver, is able to defeat Jin, but does not kill him; Malos explains his plan to kill the Architect and use Artifice Aion to destroy all of humanity. He summons Ophion, to which Pyra and Mythra summon Siren; the two Artifices' battle destroys the cliff, sending Jin and the party tumbling below into the Cloud Sea.

Malos and Torna take the Monoceros down after them, and pick up Jin in the Land of Morytha. They return to Alrest, and use the Marsanes to travel to the World Tree. Jin and Malos disembark and make their way up through the tower, even as the party climbs up behind them.

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Malos bids Jin farewell

When they reach the top, Jin stays behind to confront the party one last time as Malos continues on. He finds the Architect, who addresses him as Logos and explains that he is already fading away, which stops Malos from killing him as intended.

Malos leaves and takes control of Aion, sending Artifices to destroy all of humanity and Alrest itself. The party arrives and after a fierce battle damage Aion severely, causing it to eject Malos. This process causes his Core Crystal to shatter. He tells Rex that he wishes he had met him sooner, and as he dies, Mòrag muses that he has finally found meaning to his life.

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Malos dies

As Pneuma prepares to use Aion to destroy the World Tree, Malos contacts her asking how it was being alive. She answers just as Aion ignites.

NPC

Malos is a temporary NPC found at the C.S.E.V. Maelstrom's deck in the Argentum Trade Guild nation.

In Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Arts

  • Sword Tonfa
    • Sword Strike, Aggroed ↑
    • Hammer Bash, Topple
    • Chakra Burst, AOE / Knockback
    • Spiral Savate, Break ※
※ Spiral Savate is learned at level 6, but it can not be selected when Malos is in the party.

Sever's Specials

Sever has four Blade Specials, but only one of them is used while Malos is in the party during Chapter 1:

  • Storm Edge, Blowdown

Battles

Ancient Ship


Malos is first fought at level 5 in the Ancient Ship with Rex and Pyra. This battle serves as the tutorial for using Blades in battle.

Details
  • Malos can guard attacks from any side.
Resistances
Break 0% Smash 0%
Topple 0% Blowdown 0%
Launch 0% Knockback 0%


Arts
Art Type Element Hits Range Damage Ratio Reaction Effect
Hammer BashPhysical-1One target150Topple-
Sword StrikePhysical-2One target200Knockback-
Spiral SavatePhysical-1One target125Break-
Chakra BurstEtherWind1Circle300BlowdownThe user is Invincible when using this Art.


Olethro Playhouse


Malos is fought later at level 26 alongside Akhos at Olethro Playhouse. The first part of the battle finishes once at least one of them has had his HP reduced at 50%.

Details
  • Malos can guard attacks from any side.
Resistances
Break 90% / 60% Smash 0%
Topple 0% Blowdown Immune
Launch 0% Knockback Immune


Malos' Break resistance decreases after Mythra's awakening.

Enraged
Trigger HP have been reduced below 75%.
Effects Damage dealt from the front is increased by 50%.
Physical defense is increased by 30%.
Element Wind


Arts
Art Type Element Hits Range Damage Ratio Reaction Effect
Hammer BashPhysical-1One target125Topple-
Sword StrikePhysical-2One target150Knockback-
Spiral SavatePhysical-1One target100Break-
Chakra BurstEtherWind1Circle350BlowdownIncreases Block Rate to 100% during this Art.


Balquor Ruins


Malos is fought for the third time at level 52 at Balquors Ruins. Having recovered his powers as an Aegis, he wields a dark Monado.

Details
  • Malos can guard attacks from any side.
Resistances
Break 110% Smash 0%
Topple 0% Blowdown 60%
Launch 0% Knockback 60%


Enraged
Trigger HP have been reduced below 50%.
Effects Strength increased by 50%.
Ether damage received is reduced by 30%.
-
Element Dark


Arts
Art Type Element Hits Range Damage Ratio Reaction Effect
Auto-AttackPhysical-1One target120--
Striker EdgePhysical-1One target250KnockbackDamage from the back is increased by 200%.
Monado CycloneEtherDark4Circle300Blowdown-
Monado JailDebuffDark-Circle-Shackle Blade-
Monado ArmorStatusDark-All enemies--Increases defenses. Increases Block Rate to 100% during this Art.
Monado EaterEtherDark1Ahead400-Blade Affinity Down.
Monado BusterEtherDark1Front1,000Blowdown-


Gotrock Oracle Ruins


Malos is fought for the last time at level 56 at Gotrock Oracle Ruins alongside Jin. The first part of the fight will end after the HP of either of them have been reduced to 50%. During the second part of the battle, Rex will be able to use Pneuma for an unlimited amount of time.

Details
  • Malos can guard attacks from any side.
Resistances
Break 110% Smash 0%
Topple 0% Blowdown 60%
Launch 0% Knockback 60%


Enraged
Trigger HP have been reduced below 50%.
Effects Strength increased by 50%.
Ether damage received is reduced by 30%.
-
Element Dark


Arts
Art Type Element Hits Range Damage Ratio Reaction Effect
Auto-AttackPhysical-1One target120--
Striker EdgePhysical-1One target250KnockbackDamage from the back is increased by 200%.
Monado CycloneEtherDark4Circle300Blowdown-
Monado JailDebuffDark-Circle-Shackle Blade-
Monado ArmorStatusDark-All enemies--Increases defenses. Increases Block Rate to 100% during this Art.
Monado EaterEtherDark1Ahead400-Blade Affinity Down.
Monado BusterEtherDark1Front1,000Blowdown-


Drops
Name Type Rarity Rate
Rare Core CrystalCore CrystalRarity2First time only


Challenge Battle Mode

Torna's Finest


Malos is fought at level 64 alongside Mikhail during the second wave of the Challenge Battle Torna's Finest.

Details
  • Malos can guard attacks from any side.
Resistances
Break 110% Smash 0%
Topple 0% Blowdown Immune
Launch 0% Knockback Immune


Enraged
Trigger -
Effects Damage dealt from the front increased by 50%.
Physical defense increased by 30%.
-
Element Wind


Arts
Art Type Element Hits Range Damage Ratio Reaction Effect
Hammer BashPhysical-1One target125Topple-
Sword StrikePhysical-2One target150Knockback (x2)-
Spiral SavatePhysical-1One target100Taunt / Break-
Chakra BurstEtherWind1Circle350BlowdownIncreases Block Rate to 100% during this Art.


Serious Showdown


Malos is fought at level 64 alongside Jin during the Challenge Battle Serious Showdown.

Details
  • Malos can guard attacks from any side.
Resistances
Break 140% Smash 0%
Topple 0% Blowdown 60%
Launch 0% Knockback 60%


Enraged
Trigger -
Effects Strength increased by 50%.
Ether damage received is reduced by 30%.
-
Element Dark


Elemental Awakening
Base probabilty 50%
Enraged probability 100%
Increased attack power 25%
Increased arts recast 20%
Time reduced from Blade combos 4.5s
Arts
Art Type Element Hits Range Damage Ratio Reaction Effect
Auto-AttackPhysical-1One target120--
Striker EdgePhysical-1One target250KnockbackDamage from the back is increased by 200%.
Monado CycloneEtherDark4Circle230Blowdown-
Monado JailDebuffDark-Circle-Shackle Blade-
Monado ArmorStatusDark-All enemies--Increases defenses. Increases Block Rate to 100% during this Art.
Monado EaterEtherDark1Ahead300-Blade Affinity Down.
Monado BusterEtherDark1Front650Blowdown-


Sever

During the fights in the Ancient Ship, Olehtro Playhouse and the Challenge Battle Torna's Finest, Malos fights alongside his Blade Sever, who can use the arts Back Attack Up and Critical Up during battle.

Stats

Element Weapon Auto-attack Stability Critical Rate Block Rate
Wind Sword Tonfa 43 15 15% 20%


Blade Specials

Art Type Element Hits Range Damage Ratio Reaction Effect
Storm EdgeEther-1One target200Blowdown-
EngraveEther-10Ahead200--
Death MatchStatus--Circle-Taunt-


In Torna ~ The Golden Country

Auresco


Details

  • Malos can guard attacks from any side.

Resistances

Break 110% Smash 0%
Topple 0% Blowdown 60%
Launch 0% Knockback 60%


Enraged

Trigger -
Effects Ether damage received is reduced by 30%.
-
-
Element Dark


Elemental Awakening

Base probabilty 30%
Enraged probability 100%
Increased attack power 15%
Increased arts recast 10%
Time reduced from Blade combos 3s

Arts

Art Type Element Hits Range Damage Ratio Reaction Effect
Auto-AttackPhysical-1One target120--
Striker EdgePhysical-1One target250KnockbackDamage from the back is increased by 200%.
Monado CycloneEtherDark4Circle300Blowdown-
Monado JailDebuffDark-Circle-Shackle Blade-
Monado ArmorStatusDark-All enemies--Increases defenses. Increases Block Rate to 100% during this Art.
Monado EaterEtherDark1Ahead400-Blade Affinity Down.
Monado BusterEtherDark1Front1000Blowdown-


Soaring Rostrum

First battle

Arts
Art Type Element Hits Range Damage Ratio Reaction Effect
Auto-AttackPhysical-1One target120--
Striker EdgePhysical-1One target250KnockbackDamage from the back is increased by 200%.
Monado CycloneEtherDark4Circle300Blowdown-
Monado JailDebuffDark-Circle-Shackle Blade-
Monado ArmorStatusDark-Self--Increases defenses. Increases Block Rate to 100% during this Art.
Monado EaterEtherDark1Ahead400-Blade Affinity Down.
Monado BusterEtherDark1Front1000Blowdown-


Second battle

Arts
Art Type Element Hits Range Damage Ratio Reaction Effect
Auto-AttackPhysical-1One target120--
Striker EdgePhysical-1One target250KnockbackDamage from the back is increased by 200%.
Monado CycloneEtherDark4Circle300Blowdown-
Monado JailDebuffDark-Circle-Shackle Blade-
Monado ArmorStatusDark-All enemies--Increases defenses. Increases Block Rate to 100% during this Art.
Monado EaterEtherDark1Ahead400-Blade Affinity Down.
Monado BusterEtherDark1Front1000Blowdown-


Etymologies

His English name probably comes from the Latin malus, meaning "bad" or "evil". His Japanese name Metsu in kanji means "destroy/destruction".

His true name may come from Logos (λόγος), the Greek word for "reason" or "logic".

Gallery

Weapon

In Torna ~ The Golden Country

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  • Small Question, Big Spoilers

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    • I believe that's just Monado Eater, for which I couldn't figure out the Japanese word.
    • Can confirm--the kanji is 喰, from 喰う (kuu), meaning "to eat."