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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.


"An endless field of green among the clouds, eh? If the legends are true, even people like me..."
– Nia

Nia (Japanese: ニア, Nia, Niyah) is the tritagonist in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. She is a Gormotti Driver and is accompanied by her special Blade, Dromarch, who calls her "Lady" (お嬢様, Ojōsama) like a butler. She comes from the Gormott Province. Originally a member of Torna, she defects to Rex after Pyra's awakening.


Appearance

Nia's Driver form is that of a young Gormotti girl with neck-length silver hair styled into a bob cut with matching feline ears on top of her head, usually pricked back. She has amber eyes, three white stripe tattoos on her face, and elongated canine teeth. She is quite short and has a petite frame. She wears a feline-hooded yellow one-piece jumpsuit with gold-trimmed white armor plates around her chest and upper arms, and wears a brown utility belt around her hips with three daggers. She wears red and white heeled boots which come up at the top into large decorated white and black cones, which extend past her knees around the front and around her calves from the back.

As a Blade, Nia appears much less feline and appears more visually similar to a kitsune. She retains her facial markings, eyes, and elongated canines from her Driver form. Her hair now comes down to her legs and is styled into very low twintails tied up with red Shimenawa-like rope. Her ears are now much longer, point upwards and outwards, and are decorated around the base. Her clothing resembles a miko outfit and consists of a white gold-and-red trimmed leotard with her Core Crystal visible on her sternum, and matching large detached sleeves with white gloves. Both the leotard and sleeves are adorned with red rope with the former decorated with gold-colored bells. Her boots are now red with large gold spikes on the toe caps, with gold-trimmed white thigh-high leggings. Her default Catalyst Scimitar is a long blue blade with flowers running along it, with a guarded golden hilt.

Personality

Nia usually comes across as sarcastic and cynical, always having a witty put-down at other characters' shortcomings.

Nia's conditions as a Flesh Eater, and the persecution she suffered for it, causes her to be reticent of others, and led her to join Torna. She joins Rex's quest to Elysium in hopes of finding a place where she could belong.

Story

"Her life is tied to yours."
– Nia's Father
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Nia resonates with Dromarch

Nia was the Blade of the wealthy lord of Echell in Gormott Province, who had a daughter, Nia's "sister," who was very frail and sickly. Nia studied to be a lady, until her Driver spent all of their money in search for a cure for his daughter and lost his status as a lord. The family became drifters, and the harsher lifestyle took a toll on the lord's daughter, who died not long afterwards. The lord made Nia consume his daughter's body, and Nia became a Flesh Eater and began addressing the lord as her "father."

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Nia is rescued by Jin

Soon after the death of her sister, Nia's Driver passed away as well, and Nia found a Core Crystal of his and resonated with it, bonding her to Dromarch. The two began wandering around Alrest. Her status as a Flesh Eater caused the Indoline Praetorium to hunt them down, and the two were are captured. Jin manages to free them, leading Nia to join him and the rest of Torna.

Nia meets Rex after she, Jin, and Malos go to Argentum Trade Guild to find help in salvaging a sunken ship. She initially shows skepticism at Rex's dream of finding Elysium, but is nonetheless horrified when Jin kills Rex, which leaves her hesitant to continue to associate with Torna. This causes her to get caught in the Monoceros' attack on the sunken ship, though Azurda manages to save both Rex and Nia in time.

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Nia fights alongside Rex

Rex and Nia crash land on Gormott, where they eventually make their way to Torigoth. Upon arrival, several soldiers from the Empire of Mor Ardain see them and attempt to apprehend them with the help of Brighid. Though Rex and Pyra are able to escape, Nia and Dromarch are captured. Mòrag later uses Nia as bait to lure Rex and Pyra into a trap, though the four escape. Nia attempts to part ways afterwards, but Rex's conviction in his goal convinces her to stay.

As Vandham started to lose to Malos, Nia tried to help, but was afraid to use her power.

After the incident on Temperantia, the Empire of Mor Ardain and the Kingdom of Uraya have a summit where Bana attempts to kill everyone present with an explosive device. Emperor Niall nearly sacrifices himself to save the others, but Nia is able to revive him after asking Dromarch to distract the rest of the party so they would not see her powers.

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Nia reveals that she is a Blade

As the group ventures through Spirit Crucible Elpys, she begins showing signs of fatigue, similar to the Blades and Zeke. She begins sharing stories of her past, and Rex tells her to stay true to herself. Nia finally reveals herself as a Flesh Eater in the Vault of Heroes when the party is overwhelmed by Phantasms. She thanks Rex for helping her see that she should not be afraid of who she is, and proclaims that she is free of her past, and of Jin. Together, they fight the Phantasms until the voice of Addam himself tells them that Rex is the one who he has been waiting for to wield the true Aegis.

General stats

Level Max HP Max Strength Max Ether Max Dexterity Max Agility Max Luck
1 319 17 20 34 25 18
99, no modifier 6,379 341 401 306 223 363
99, full affinity chart 6,579 341 421 326 243 363

Thought Cloud

These are Nia's Idea Stats upon joining the party.

  • Bravery - Lv. 3
  • Truth - Lv. 1
  • Compassion - Lv. 0
  • Justice - Lv. 0

Default Blade

Dromarch is Nia's default Blade and cannot be used by any other character. If Nia is in the lead with Dromarch on the field, the player can control him to move on the field, with Nia riding on his back.

Name Role Element Default Core Chip Obtained
Dromarch HLR
XC2-element-water
Lead Chip Default Blade when Nia joins the party.

Arts

New Game Plus Arts

Downloadable Content

The following weapons are exclusive to the Expansion Pass.

Favorite Items

Affinity Chart

Nia's Affinity Chart contains the following skills.

Tier Name Effect SP
1 Feral Awakening I Allows use of the Driver Art assigned to Button-X at the start of battle. 750
Soothing Hand Increases the HP restored when reviving a teammate by 15%. 250
Catgirl Increases Agility by 20. 625
Ether Talent Increases Ether by 20. 375
Kinetic Vision Increases Dexterity by 20. 500
2 Herb Synthesis Boosts the effect of HP Potions by 20%. 1,000
Big Cat Increases maximum HP by 200. 2,000
Mutual Happiness Slightly fills the Party Gauge when an "Excellent" is scored during a Special. 1,500
Tooth and Claw Lets you use a Driver Art after canceling a Driver Art. 3,000
Feral Awakening II Allows use of the Driver Art assigned to Button-Y at the start of battle. 2,500
3 Feral Awakening III Allows use of the Driver Art assigned to Button-B at the start of battle. 5,000
Hard Hitter Extends Break duration by 15% 6,000
Bestial Pursuit Adds 20% to damage ratio after canceling an auto-attack. 4,000
Natural Selection Increases HP restored to self (not using HP Potions) by 10%. 3,000
Panther Pounce Increases damage dealt by a surprise attack by 50%. 2,000

Hidden Affinity Chart

Nia's hidden Affinity Chart contains the following skills.

Tier Name Effect SP
1 Chance Recovery Heals 25% HP each time a Chain Attack is initiated. 2,500
Tiger's Eye Boosts Dexterity by 10%. 3,750
Focused Technique Reduces enemy Break resist by 25%. 7,500
Lithe Strength Increases Strength by 20. 6,250
Lucky Cat Increases Luck by 20. 5,000
2 Transmit Power Boosts recharge for Specials after canceling by 20%. 15,000
Cheer Leader Increases Affinity by 25% after winning a Special button challenge. 12,500
Inner Strength Boosts Ether by 10%. 5,000
Lady of Luck Boosts Luck by 10%. 7,500
Wild Life Boosts maximum HP by 10%. 10,000
3 Adrenaline Restores 3% HP when canceling an auto-attack with a Driver Art. 15,000
Road to Victory Slightly fills the Party Gauge for each critical hit delivered. 25,000
Sore Loser 50% chance to survive hit with 1 HP + 5 secs invincibility (once per battle). 30,000
Bear Knuckles Boosts Strength by 10%. 20,000
Tigergirl Boosts Agility by 10%. 10,000

Nia as a Blade

As revealing herself as a Special Legendary Blade in Chapter 7, Nia can grant tremendous power to her Driver Rex and his allies. She uses the water element, wields a Catalyst Scimitar, and acts as an Healer in battle. After transforming into a Blade, Nia can return to Driver form and back at any time in the menu.

When being used as a Blade, Nia will not obtain any experience, SP or WP. Instead she will gain bonus experience.

Abilities

Blade Specials

  • Lv. 1 - Last Hope - Drain enemies' life force, and distribute it to allies.
  • Lv. 2 - Merciful Heart - Attack enemies with a water shock wave.
  • Lv. 3 - Redeeming Strike - Destroy enemies from within by manipulating the power of regeneration.
  • Lv. 4 - Divine Sword - Invert the power of regeneration to erode the enemy from within.
  • Lv. 4 (Max. Affinity with Pyra) - Nexus Force - Beat the enemy to a pulp with a medley of fire and water.

Blade Arts

Battle Skills

  • Sea of Plenty - Periodically restores HP to entire party while at max Affinity.
  • Instant Regen - Adds chance of restoring HP after taking a hit.
  • Cellular Stimulus - Restores HP of damage dealt after a successful auto-attack.

Field Skills

  • Water Mastery - Lv. 3
  • Forestry - Lv. 3
  • Fortitude - Lv. 3

Favorite Items

Affinity Chart

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 100 "I can do better, I know it."
3 3 Unlocks level 3 of the Affinity Chart. Increase Trust 1,300 "Think I'm looking more powerful?"
4 4 Unlocks level 4 of the Affinity Chart. Increase Trust 3,300 "I gotta get strong enough to protect you all."
5 5 Unlocks level 5 of the Affinity Chart. Affinity bond will be easier to sustain. Increase Trust 7,800 "I'd do anything to protect you guys."
Blade Art Last Hope 1 1 Restores 10% HP of damage dealt when a Special connects
2 2 Restores 12% HP of damage dealt when a Special connects Use Specials to heal a certain amount of HP 40,000 "I got you covered for healing and stuff, yeah?"
3 3 Restores 15% HP of damage dealt when a Special connects Use Last Hope 11 "I got the power and I know what to do with it!"
4 4 Restores 17% HP of damage dealt when a Special connects Perform a Blade Combo 10 "You ain't seen nothing yet."
5 5 Restores 20% HP of damage dealt when a Special connects Use Specials to heal a certain amount of HP in total 400,000 "What'd you lot do without me, huh? Die of your injuries, that's what!"
Merciful Heart 1 1 Spawn a small HP Potion on hit, with a 60% chance to spawn 2
2 2 Spawn a small HP Potion on hit, with a 70% chance to spawn 2 Defeat a Moist Upa at Spirit Crucible Elpys 5 "I wouldn't be up to much if I coukldn't see off a lame opponent like that."
3 3 Spawn a small HP Potion on hit, with a 80% chance to spawn 2 Use Specials to heal a certain amount of HP in total 80,000 "Sure if you get me messed up, I'll help you out. But if you try not to do anything stupid..."
4 4 Spawn a small HP Potion on hit, with a 90% chance to spawn 2 Use Merciful Heart 9 "I'm getting better all the time! Just as well..."
5 5 Spawn a small HP Potion on hit, with a 100% chance to spawn 2 Defeat a Kustal Sovereign at the World Tree 5 "Good fight! Face it, with me on our side, we're never gonna lose!"
Redeeming Strike 1 1 When landing a hit, restores 30% of damage dealt to the whole party
2 2 When landing a hit, restores 35% of damage dealt to the whole party Use Redeeming Strike 5 "Gotta admit, I can really handle myself now! I bet I'll put you all to shame in the next battle!"
3 3 When landing a hit, restores 40% of damage dealt to the whole party Defeat a Dusky Riik at Spirit Crucible Elpys 5 "I'm gonna whip something special out in the next battle. That's a promise."
4 4 When landing a hit, restores 45% of damage dealt to the whole party Use Specials to heal a certain amount of HP in total 160,000 "Seems like I spend my whole life patching you dolts up. What's up with you?"
5 5 When landing a hit, restores 50% of damage dealt to the whole party Use Redeeming Strike 8 "If you've got any doubts, just watch me in action!"
Battle Skill Sea of Plenty 1 1 Periodically restores 4% HP to entire party while at max Affinity Raise affinity in combat 3 "I learned something new today."
2 2 Periodically restores 5% HP to entire party while at max Affinity Raise affinity in combat 2 "We can do it if we work together."
3 3 Periodically restores 6% HP to entire party while at max Affinity Speak to Nia at the inn in Tantal to view the Heart-to-Heart "Tending to Turters" "That's the spirit, Shellhead. Keep aiming for new heights of stupidity."
4 4 Periodically restores 7% HP to entire party while at max Affinity Raise Affinity in combat 6 "I won't let anything happen to you guys..."
5 5 Periodically restores 8% HP to entire party while at max Affinity Sell items and earn money 400,000 "That's a decent wad of cash. I hope you didn't sell anything we needed."
Instant Regen 1 1 Adds 25% chance of restoring 4% HP after taking a hit
2 2 Adds 25% chance of restoring 6% HP after taking a hit  ???  ??? "I'm even stronger than I was before."
3 3 Adds 25% chance of restoring 8% HP after taking a hit  ???  ??? "Yeah! I feel even stronger! Can't wait for the next battle!"
4 4 Adds 25% chance of restoring 10% HP after taking a hit At Rex's Secret Base in Leftheria view Heart-to-Heart "Little Rex" "So, Rex was the same even he was little. Makes sense..."
5 5 Adds 25% chance of restoring 12% HP after taking a hit Fall from a high place (unit in peds) 250 "Hey, you know I hate heights! I hope no one broke anything!"
Cellular Stimulus 1 1 Restores 5% HP of damage dealt after a successful auto-attack Perform a Driver Combo (It's enough to just be present.) 2 "Now wasn't that quite something?"
2 2 Restores 7% HP of damage dealt after a successful auto-attack Use a Chain Attack 2 "Nothing like a decent combo, huh?"
3 3 Restores 9% HP of damage dealt after a successful auto-attack Perform a Blade Combo 7 "Get a load of the power of water!"
4 4 Restores 10% HP of damage dealt after a successful auto-attack Perform a Driver Combo (It's enough to just be present) 10 "Leave it to me. I got your back."
5 5 Restores 12% HP of damage dealt after a successful auto-attack Get money 600,000 "We've collected a lot of money... But shouldn't we have more? Did we spend it?"
Field Skill Water Mastery 1 1 The power of a Water Blade
2 2 Use Nia's favorite pouch items. (Seafood category) 4 "Lovely. I'm sure I fight better after I've had a little taste of something good."
3 4 Use Nia's favorite pouch item from the Vegetable category 4 "Ah, it's gotta be Snowbaby Potato Salad. Ever tried it?"
Foresty 1 1 Knowledge related to trees
2 3 Acquire Tree items from the Collectibles list 25 "Who'd have thought there'd be so much to learn about trees?"
3 5 Acquire Tree items from the Collectibles list 30 "I'm a bit of an expert on this stuff now. So I'll be even more indispensable."
Fortitude 1 1 The power to endure hardships. It even helps cope with boring jobs
2 3 Engage in combat alongside Pyra or Mythra 10 "Pyra! Mythra! I feel like we can take on anything together!"
3 5 Engage in combat alongside Pyra or Mythra 15 "I feel way better having Pyra and Mythra around."

NPC

Nia is a temporary NPC found along with Dromarch at the C.S.E.V. Maelstrom's Interior in the Argentum Trade Guild nation.

In Super Smash Bros.

A Nia costume will be available for Mii Fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Nia also has a Spirit that can be unlocked on the Spirit Board.

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