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, 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. 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.
- "Her life is tied to yours."
- – Nia's Father
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 their money in search for a cure for her 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 her daughter's body, and Nia became a Flesh Eater and began addressing the lord as her "father."
Soon after the death of her sister, her Driver passed away as well, and Nia found his Core Crystal, with which she resonated, bonding her with Dromarch. The two began wandering around Alrest. Her status as a Flesh Eater sees them fleeing the Indoline Praetorium, but they are eventually captured. They were freed by Jin, leading her 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.
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.
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.
Nia comes across as sarcastic and cynical. She is unafraid to voice her opinion and usually always has a witty put-down at other characters' shortcomings. These feelings likely stem from her own insecurities as a Flesh Eater, having been persecuted just for being one. Her fears and ostracization from society is what initially led her to join Torna, but she would later desert due to moral conflicts. Nia generally means well in her actions, though she may not always come across as such. After spending time with Rex on his journey to Elysium, Nia has learned to move past her fears and accept herself for what she is. Additionally, she seemed to have gained a great deal of affection for Rex.
|Max Level||Max HP||Max Strength||Max Ether||Max Dexterity||Max Agility||Max Luck|
|99, no modifier||6,379||341||401||306||223||363|
|99, full affinity chart||6,579||341||421||326||243||363|
- Twin Rings
- Ether Cannon
- Shield Hammer
- Chroma Katana
- Knuckle Claws
The following weapons are exclusive to the Expansion Pass.
- Pouch item types: Seafood, Textiles
- Pouch items: Cream Orange Paratha (Staple Foods), Ardainian Bear Carving (Art)
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.
- 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.
- Debuff Cancel - Cancels debuffs from enemies.
- Absorb Damage - Erects a barrier that absorbs fixed dmg.
- 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.
- Water Mastery - Lv. 3
- Forestry - Lv. 3
- Fortitude - Lv. 3
- Pouch item types: Seafood, Instruments
- Pouch items: Snowbaby Potato Salad (Veggies), Sneak-Thief King (Board Games)
|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."|
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.
|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|