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Perceval (Japanese: ヴァサラ, Vasara) is a Rare Blade in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. He can grant tremendous power to his Drivers, Rex, Nia, Zeke or Mòrag, and their allies. Perceval uses the dark element, wields a Chroma Katana, and acts as a Tank in battle.

Perceval was designed by Yasushi Suzuki, lead character designer for the Sin and Punishment series.

Personality

It has been implied that in a previous life, Perceval was far more ruthless than he is in the party. With the more benevolent and merciful nature of the party, the current Perceval no longer seeks to kill an opponent. Instead, he finds that spending the rest of a life in a prison to be a more merciless punishment than killing someone. However, he has strong preferences for working alone and has trouble accepting the help of others.

Appearance

Perceval appears as a demon-like humanoid, with dark eyes with yellow pupils, an iron lower jaw, and a red helmet that has flames spilling at the top during battle. According to concept art he has a normal human face beneath his helmet.

He is very tall and has a slim yet toned figure, although often stands hunched over.

He appears to have a samurai motif, and wears black, red and purple battle armor. His shoulders are wrapped with ropes, and red battle flags pop out of his back during battle. On his hip is a flask that he drinks from.

Upon his chest is an X-shaped blue core crystal.

Heart-to-heart and Blade Quest

Perceval during his Blade Quest

Perceval's Heart-to-heart, "Poetic License", takes place on a roof in Theosoir between Perceval, his Driver, and Brighid. Perceval, standing on a rooftop overlooking the city, waxes poetic about the weight of Human life but denies being poetic when his Driver suggests it. He explains his views on avoiding killing even against criminals, and that he finds inequality in life distasteful.

Perceval's Blade Quest, Failure and Success, is activated when the party come across Ellenora being threatened in a back alley of Alba Cavanich. Perceval intimidates the thugs until they leave, and then sets about uncovering their identities. Perceval leaves alone to chase down one of the contacts in the Old City of Teddim, and is chided by the party for not working as a team when they catch up to him. Perceval apologizes and suggests he try better next time. After returning to check on Ellenora, the party find her murdered and a man claiming to know Perceval's "former self" - under his previous Driver - waiting with the corpse. He mocks Perceval's changed attitude toward violence and escapes before he is caught. A series of investigations into Perceval's old gang, the Bloody Lobsters, leads them to the Argentum Trade Guild where the party come face to face with Rocke, Perceval's old leader. They defeat him but leave him alive to atone for his crimes.

Abilities

Blade Specials

  • Lv. 1 - Dark Serpent - Attack by spraying out dark ether
  • Lv. 2 - Blade Vortex - At the moment of movement, perform quick draw cuts at visible speed
  • Lv. 3 - Grim Moon - Adopt a quick draw pose, then in an instant slash all enemies in range
  • Lv. 4 - Demon Quadrant - Mow down the enemy in 3 strikes, then finish with an almighty slice

Blade Arts

Battle Skills

  • Eater of Men - Increase damage dealt for each enemy incapacitated by 150% (max: 300%)
  • Soulsucker - Restores 75% HP each time an enemy is defeated
  • Brandish - 5% chance of felling a humanoid on attack (fails on bosses/uniques).

Field Skills

  • Dark Mastery - Lv. 3
  • Leaping - Lv. 3
  • Assassination - Lv. 3 (Skill exclusive to Perceval)

Favorite Items

Affinity Chart

Type Name Skill Level Affinity Level Effect Prerequisite Count Flavor Text
Key Affinity Reward 1 1 Affinity Chart level 1 unlocked
2 2 Unlocks level 2 of the Affinity Chart Increase Trust 100 "Show me your strength."
3 3 Unlocks level 3 of the Affinity Chart Increase Trust 1,300 "You have quite some skills."
4 4 Unlocks level 4 of the Affinity Chart Increase Trust 3,800 "I am proud to have you as my Driver."
5 5 Unlocks level 5 of the Affinity Chart. Affinity bond will be easier to sustain. Increase Trust 9,800 "Your path is my path."
Blade Special Dark Serpent 1 1 Increases aggro drawn from Specials by 60%
2 2 Increases aggro drawn from Specials by 70% Use Perceval's favorite pouch items (Drinks category) 5 "Mm, this is delicious. Are you not having any? You'll never be strong without a healthy diet."
3 3 Increases aggro drawn from Specials by 80% Go to Nharil Central Plaza in Mor Ardain and complete the quest "Failure and Success" "As long as there is evil in the world, it is my calling to pass judgment."
4 4 Increases aggro drawn from Specials by 90% Perform a Blade Combo 10 "Be consumed by the darkness."
5 5 Increases aggro drawn from Specials by 100% Perform a Blade Combo finisher 3 "Behold my power."
Blade Vortex 1 1 Increases damage dealt to enemies targeting user by 60%
2 2 Increases damage dealt to enemies targeting user by 70% Perform a Driver Combo (It's enough to just be present) 5 "An impressive feat. I see you have not neglected your training."
3 3 Increases damage dealt to enemies targeting user by 80% Defeat a Zeld Rodonya in Mor Ardain 5 "I show no mercy to evildoers. Their blood will wet my blade."
4 4 Increases damage dealt to enemies targeting user by 90% Use Blade Vortex 9 "New power has awakened within me. I will unleash it in our next battle."
5 5 Increases damage dealt to enemies targeting user by 100% Defeat Evileye Mambor at the Cliffs of Morytha "I know only victory."
Grim Moon 1 1 Adds 1% chance to incapacitate enemy (fails on bosses and uniques)
2 2 Adds 1.5% chance to incapacitate enemy (fails on bosses and uniques) Defeat a Water Hiln in Uraya 5 "If you stand in my path, I will strike you down."
3 3 Adds 2% chance to incapacitate enemy (fails on bosses and uniques) Use Grim Moon 6 "My training has brought me strength."
4 4 Adds 2.5% chance to incapacitate enemy (fails on bosses and uniques) Perform a Driver Combo (It's enough to just be present) 10 "Your skills are almost as impressive as my own."
5 5 Adds 3% chance to incapacitate enemy (fails on bosses and uniques) In a place with wall art in Tantal, view the Heart-to-Heart "Poetic License" "I hope you will support me in my quest to strike down the wicked."
Battle Skill Eater of Men 1 1 Increases damage dealt for each enemy incapacitated by 90% (max: 300%)
2 2 Increases damage dealt for each enemy incapacitated by 105% (max: 300%) Finish an enemy 10 "With each foe I destroy, my power grows."
3 3 Increases damage dealt for each enemy incapacitated by 120% (max: 300%) Finish an enemy 20 "Follow my lead. The path to victory is clear!"
4 4 Increases damage dealt for each enemy incapacitated by 135% (max: 300%) Finish an enemy 30 "Just one more step until I reach new heights..."
5 5 Increases damage dealt for each enemy incapacitated by 150% (max: 300%) Finish an enemy 40 "There is no foe I cannot strike down."
Soulsucker 1 1 Restores 45% HP each time an enemy is defeated
2 2 Restores 53% HP each time an enemy is defeated Collect an HP Potion 10 "The important thing is to keep up one's efforts consistently."
3 3 Restores 60% HP each time an enemy is defeated Collect an HP Potion 15 "All that training was worthwhile."
4 4 Restores 68% HP each time an enemy is defeated Collect an HP Potion 20 "So, the time has come to unleash my strength."
5 5 Restores 75% HP each time an enemy is defeated Collect an HP Potion 30 "leave it to me. I will not disappoint."
Brandish 1 1 1% chance of felling a humanoid on attack (fails on bosses/uniques) Finish an enemy 5 "I have attained new mastery. But that is barely worth mentioning."
2 2 2% chance of felling a humanoid on attack (fails on bosses/uniques) Defeat Igna enemies in Uraya (Excludes unique monsters) 6 "These Ignas are wily foes. We must keep our wits about us."
3 3 3% chance of felling a humanoid on attack (fails on bosses/uniques) Defeat Igna enemies in Uraya (Excludes unique monsters) 6 "So, we meet again. I have come far since last we did battle... But I suppose you can no longer hear my words."
4 4 4% chance of felling a humanoid on attack (fails on bosses/uniques) Defeat Tirkin enemies in Tantal (Excludes unique monsters) 4 "Thank you for your help in my training. Your sacrifice served a greater purpose."
5 5 5% chance of felling a humanoid on attack (fails on bosses/uniques) Defeat an Indoline Loyalist at the World Tree 5 "This one was a formidable foe... A worthy sacrifice for my training."
Field Skill Dark Mastery 1 1 The power of a Dark Blade.
2 3 Defeat a Fabel Bufa in Mor Ardain 4 "I feel a darkness within me... Is my power growing stronger?"
3 5 Defeat a Phoebus Sovereign at the World Tree 5 "I feel the blackness engulfing me... My power is always at the ready."
Leaping 1 1 The power to jump. Used to reach high places Use Perceval's favorite pouch items (Drinks category) 2 "You have discerning taste."
2 3 Use Perceval's favorite pouch item from the instruments category 2 "The Scarlet Shamisen produces such fine tones... It feels as though just listening to it sharpens my senses."
3 5 Use Perceval's favorite pouch items (Art category) 2 "What a remarkable sight... There's something to be said for aesthetic value."
Assassination 1 1 Judge and punish those who do evil. Skill exclusive to Perceval
2 3 Head to Nopon Pioneers' Spring in Mor Ardain "Even I need rest sometimes."
3 4 Head to the Lost Capital Judicium in Temperantia "These Secret Areas are most intriguing. Perhaps there is value in taking the time to explore our surroundings."

Trivia

  • Perceval's English voice actor, Kerry Shale, also voices Cressidus.


Quotes

Post-Battle Dialogue

Main Cast

Chapter 3 spoilers:

Perceval Perceval "Oh Aegis, I would not have conceived you thus."
Mythra Mythra "Not what you expected? I'm cute as hell, so who cares?"
Perceval Perceval "Our foes were soft and unsuited to war."
Dromarch Dromarch "Or perhaps your blade is just too sharp, Perceval."
Tora Tora "Ah, P-Perceval! A-are you okay?"
Perceval Perceval "As ever."

Chapter 4 spoilers:

Perceval Perceval "Your form and stance is good, my lady."
Mòrag Mòrag "I am but a rookie in the grand scheme of life. I have much to learn from you, Sir Perceval."

Chapter 5 spoilers:

Zeke Zeke "Hey Perceval? Want me to teach you the Ultimate Lightning Cross Slash sometime?"
Perceval Perceval "I need it not."

Rare Blades

Perceval Perceval "Hunger troubles you, Adenine."
Adenine Adenine "Of course it does. But where does food go after we consume it? Another mystery waiting to be solved!"

Chapter 6 spoilers:

Perceval Perceval "Hardly worth dirtying my weapon."
Aegaeon Aegaeon "If you want me to take the next batch, you need but ask."
Perceval Perceval "Azami, kindness lives in you, behind the rage. Is it too fragile to reveal?"
Azami Azami "I am always kind to my Driver. The rest of you can attest to that, no?"
Azami Azami "What have you got in the bottle, Perceval?"
Perceval Perceval "A rare elixir. Will you try?"
Azami Azami "Mmm, I'd love to."

Perceval Perceval "Evil cannot be allowed to succeed. It's simple."
Dahlia Dahlia "I guess Perceval's moves have a... certain... charm, to them."
Electra Electra "Your moves are the coolest thing ever, Perceval. I'm such a huge fan!"
Perceval Perceval "You must tread your own path, from your own heart."
Perceval Perceval "My weapon weeps when I cannot satisfy it."
Godfrey Godfrey "For someone so raw, you're really killing it!"
Kasandra Kasandra "Perceval, your aura is very disturbed. Make sure to watch your step!"
Perceval Perceval "Indeed, I shall be mindful."

Perceval Perceval "I entrust the rear guard to you, Perun."
Perun Perun "I'm happy you think so highly of me, Perceval. I won't let you down."
Condition: Blade Quest Blade-Sharp Memory active or complete.
Praxis Praxis "Say Perceval, I did some unsavory stuff in my day. Do you think I need to repent somehow?"
Perceval Perceval "Whoever follows a righteous master is forgiven."
Perceval Perceval "Is something awry with my banner?"
Ursula Ursula "Ah, no. I just wanted to say... that design, I find it very... pretty."
Wulfric Wulfric "The greatest victory is against your ego."
Perceval Perceval "A man of fine tastes."
Zenobia Zenobia "Nice form, Perceval! Looks like I've found my sparring partner!"
Perceval Perceval "Weapons are tools, not toys."

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