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"What are we, in the end? This hunger I feel, this thirst... Is it my own? Or is it someone else? Sometimes I can't tell."
— Malos

Malos (Japanese: メツ, Metsu) is an antagonist of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and the antagonist of 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 and Kingdom Hearts 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 at times doubts that his will is his own.

Appearance

Malos is a well-built man with fair skin, short jagged black hair and grey eyes. He wears black plate armor with staggered plate pauldrons; as an Aegis he has a purple, crucifix-shaped core crystal in the centre of his chest. In Xenoblade Chronicles 2 this is initially hidden by a chestplate identical to Jin's. Unlike his counterpart Mythra, Malos undergoes no appearance changes throughout the game, presumably because by distancing himself from his Driver he is unable to master his true potential.

Story

Main article: Aegis

Logos and Pneuma's core crystals

Malos, whose true name is eventually revealed to be Logos (Japanese: ロゴス, Rogosu), was originally one of three units of the Trinity Processor. Logos, along with Pneuma, was modified by the Architect to process data received from the Blade system. Logos's Core Crystal, stored within Elysium, was taken by Amalthus when he climbed the World Tree, along with Pneuma'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 to enforce the Indoline Praetorium's will and begin destroying the world. Amalthus and Indol saw Malos as the embodiment of the Architect's will, and Malos claimed the title of "the Aegis" for himself after an Indoline artifact. After Amalthus was promoted by Praetor Rhadallis to Quaestor, Malos decided that Amalthus was not motivated in achieving their goal and abandoned him. In response, Amalthus sought out a Driver for Pneuma to stop Malos and found Prince Addam of the Kingdom of Torna, who resonated with Mythra and stood against Malos, beginning the Aegis War.

About a year after Mythra's awakening, Malos attacked and sank the Titan Coeia with his personal Siren. Shortly after, he visited Amalthus in Indol and informed him of his plan to attack Torna before leaving. He and his Artifices attacked the Tornan capital Auresco, where he met Addam and Mythra for the first time. Rather than using his Siren to destroy Torna, Malos explained his plan to awaken the Tornan Titan's true form and detonate its core to destroy Alrest. Despite the efforts of Addam and his allies, Malos claimed the Titan's seal and escaped. Not wanting his "game" to end early, Malos invited the party to Torna's core and challenged them to stop him.

Malos is defeated

After some time, Malos awakened the Tornan Titan and waited until Addam's group arrived to confront him. Aware that Mythra was not going all out on him during their battle, Malos goaded Mythra into using her full power by having his Siren destroy Auresco. Horrified by the destruction, an enraged Mythra awakened a new sword (Pneuma), and clashed with Malos, with the two fighting in the skies above Torna with their Sirens. Mythra's final attack destroyed Malos's Siren and fatally wounded the Tornan Titan, causing it to sink. In the aftermath, Mythra sealed her power away and created Pyra, who was subsequently sealed away by Addam in a ship beneath the Cloud Sea, while Malos was assumed to have been killed in the battle.

Malos recruits Jin

In actuality, Malos survived with severe damage to his core, losing access to most of his Aegis powers. He wandered Alrest and soon came to suspect that his hatred of the world was not his own will but was rather inherited from Amalthus, causing him to struggle with questions about the reason for his existence and the nature of Blades. While wandering through a back alley he found Jin, despondent after absorbing his dying Driver and the destruction of Torna's remnants by Amalthus. Empathizing with Jin's misery and feelings of lacking a place in the world, Malos offered for them to join forces, and they began planning to climb the World Tree and kill the Architect. Together, Malos and Jin formed the organization of Torna and recruited Akhos, Mikhail, Patroka, and Nia, and began searching for the other Aegis in order to access the World Tree. Malos also became the Driver of Sever around this time.

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.

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.

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. Through Pyra's data, Malos also becomes aware of Artifice Aion's existence. 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 Dark element weapon is a purple Monado. They battle against him, with him using Monado 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 down a cliff.

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.

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 asks the Architect if his choice to destroy the world is truly his own, to which the Architect responds after a pause that it was "a choice you made together".

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.

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 three of them are known to be used while Malos is in the party during Chapter 1:

  • Storm Edge, Blowdown
  • Engrave, No special effects
  • Death Match, No special effects

Battles

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 Bash Physical - 1 One target 150 Topple -
Sword Strike Physical - 2 One target 200 Knockback -
Spiral Savate Physical - 1 One target 125 Break -
Chakra Burst Ether Wind 1 Circle 300 Blowdown The user is Invincible when using this Art.

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 Bash Physical - 1 One target 125 Topple -
Sword Strike Physical - 2 One target 150 Knockback -
Spiral Savate Physical - 1 One target 100 Break -
Chakra Burst Ether Wind 1 Circle 350 Blowdown Increases Block Rate to 100% during this Art.

Malos is fought for the third time at level 52 at Balquors Ruins. Having recovered his powers as an Aegis, he wields a dark element 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-Attack Physical - 1 One target 120 - -
Striker Edge Physical - 1 One target 250 Knockback Damage from the back is increased by 200%.
Monado Cyclone Ether Dark 4 Circle 300 Blowdown -
Monado Jail Debuff Dark - Circle - Shackle Blade -
Monado Armor Status Dark - All enemies - - Increases defenses. Increases Block Rate to 100% during this Art.
Monado Eater Ether Dark 1 Ahead 400 - Blade Affinity Down.
Monado Buster Ether Dark 1 Front 1,000 Blowdown -

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-Attack Physical - 1 One target 120 - -
Striker Edge Physical - 1 One target 250 Knockback Damage from the back is increased by 200%.
Monado Cyclone Ether Dark 4 Circle 300 Blowdown -
Monado Jail Debuff Dark - Circle - Shackle Blade -
Monado Armor Status Dark - All enemies - - Increases defenses. Increases Block Rate to 100% during this Art.
Monado Eater Ether Dark 1 Ahead 400 - Blade Affinity Down.
Monado Buster Ether Dark 1 Front 1,000 Blowdown -


Drops

Name Type Rarity Rate
Rare Core Crystal Core Crystal Rare (rarity 2) First time only

Challenge Battle Mode

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 Bash Physical - 1 One target 125 Topple -
Sword Strike Physical - 2 One target 150 Knockback (x2) -
Spiral Savate Physical - 1 One target 100 Taunt / Break -
Chakra Burst Ether Wind 1 Circle 350 Blowdown Increases Block Rate to 100% during this Art.

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-Attack Physical - 1 One target 120 - -
Striker Edge Physical - 1 One target 250 Knockback Damage from the back is increased by 200%.
Monado Cyclone Ether Dark 4 Circle 230 Blowdown -
Monado Jail Debuff Dark - Circle - Shackle Blade -
Monado Armor Status Dark - All enemies - - Increases defenses. Increases Block Rate to 100% during this Art.
Monado Eater Ether Dark 1 Ahead 300 - Blade Affinity Down.
Monado Buster Ether Dark 1 Front 650 Blowdown -

Sever

During the fights in the Ancient Ship, Olethro 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 Edge Ether - 1 One target 200 Blowdown -
Engrave Ether - 10 Ahead 200 - -
Death Match Status - - Circle - Taunt -
Deadly Drive Physical - ? One target ? Break/Topple/Launch/Smash -


In Torna ~ The Golden Country


Malos is fought alone at level 40 in 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-Attack Physical - 1 One target 120 - -
Striker Edge Physical - 1 One target 250 Knockback Damage from the back is increased by 200%.
Monado Cyclone Ether Dark 4 Circle 300 Blowdown -
Monado Jail Debuff Dark - Circle - Shackle Blade -
Monado Armor Status Dark - All enemies - - Increases defenses. Increases Block Rate to 100% during this Art.
Monado Eater Ether Dark 1 Ahead 400 - Blade Affinity Down.
Monado Buster Ether Dark 1 Front 1000 Blowdown -

Malos is fought twice at The Soaring Rostrum; initially he is accompanied by two Artifice Colossuses, and the second he is using his Siren as a battle mechanic. For the first half of this battle chain attacks cannot be performed; instead when the party gauge is full Mythra unleashes a Siren attack against Malos.

First battle

Arts
Art Type Element Hits Range Damage Ratio Reaction Effect
Auto-Attack Physical - 1 One target 120 - -
Striker Edge Physical - 1 One target 250 Knockback Damage from the back is increased by 200%.
Monado Cyclone Ether Dark 4 Circle 300 Blowdown -
Monado Jail Debuff Dark - Circle - Shackle Blade -
Monado Armor Status Dark - Self - - Increases defenses. Increases Block Rate to 100% during this Art.
Monado Eater Ether Dark 1 Ahead 400 - Blade Affinity Down.
Monado Buster Ether Dark 1 Front 1000 Blowdown -


Second battle

Arts
Art Type Element Hits Range Damage Ratio Reaction Effect
Auto-Attack Physical - 1 One target 120 - -
Striker Edge Physical - 1 One target 250 Knockback Damage from the back is increased by 200%.
Monado Cyclone Ether Dark 4 Circle 300 Blowdown -
Monado Jail Debuff Dark - Circle - Shackle Blade -
Monado Armor Status Dark - All enemies - - Increases defenses. Increases Block Rate to 100% during this Art.
Monado Eater Ether Dark 1 Ahead 400 - Blade Affinity Down.
Monado Buster Ether Dark 1 Front 1000 Blowdown -

Quotes

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Post-Battle Dialogue

Main Cast

Team Rex
Malos Malos "We're done here, let's go."
Rex Rex "You're really strong! It's actually a bit scary!"

Team Nia
Malos Malos "Stop drooling!"
Nia Nia "Oi, you don't get to boss me about!"

Unique Battle Dialogue

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Condition: Malos at 50% health

or

Part 1
Condition: Start Battle

Condition: Malos targeting Rex

Part 2
Condition: Start Battle

Condition: Malos becomes Enraged

Condition: Malos at 35% health

Condition: Akhos Defeated

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Malos appears as a Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that can be obtained on the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 DLC Spirit Board. He is represented by Richter accompanied by three Ridleys.

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".

Trivia

  • Malos is the only party member in Xenoblade Chronicles 2, temporary or permanent, that cannot be controlled by the player at all.

Gallery

Weapon

In Torna ~ The Golden Country

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