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Praxis (Japanese: ミクマリ, Mikumari) is a Rare Blade in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. She can grant tremendous power to her Drivers, Rex, Nia, Zeke or Mòrag, and their allies. Praxis uses the water element, wields a Megalance, and acts as an Attacker in battle. She moves like a skater on ice with an elegance reminiscent of a fairy, similar to Theory, another female Blade with whom Praxis shares a bond.

Praxis was designed by CHOCO, who also designed Theory and T-elos.

Acquisition

Unlike most other Blades, Praxis can only be found after being awakened from the Praxis's Core Crystal. It is obtained as a reward after completing the quest Crystal Clear where Praxis is encountered for the first time and fought as Piratical Praxis.

Personality

Prior to resonating with one of the party's Drivers, Praxis was a merciless thief. She would cut down and steal Core Crystals from other Drivers without remorse.

After resonating with the party, under their influence Praxis's personality changes dramatically. Praxis is shown to be kinder, if a bit sassy. She becomes very friendly and supportive in behavior. She is horrified to learn that she was a criminal in her previous life. Despite not having any recollection of it, she is still able to realize how important of a friend she was to Theory, mourning Theory's death and seeking to rekindle that bond in Theory's next life; by the end of their Blade Quests Praxis calls Theory her little sister.

Appearance

Praxis is a slight young woman with tanned skin, unkempt pastel blue hair and one pale purple eye (her right is covered by a dark purple eye-patch). Her clothes resemble white armour over a black wetsuit open at the stomach, with bulbous purple attachments potentially modeled after water-balloons on her arms, legs and hair. She also has slimmer blue attachments across her legs resembling either fish fins or dragonfly wings. Her core crystal is V shaped and identical to Theory's.

Heart-to-hearts and Blade Quest

Praxis and Theory during Crystal Clear

Praxis takes part in two Heart-to-hearts; "Rough Diamond" and "Sisterly Love", the former in Orl Cloudway: Fonsett between Praxis, her Driver and Theory, and the latter between Praxis, Theory and Theory's Driver at Lyta Oasis. "Rough Diamond" explores how Theory has changed and lost her bond with Praxis due to returning to her core, and "Sisterly Love" shows how they've progressed since, with Theory calling Praxis "Sis", which she swore she would never do in their first Heart-to-heart. In both, the two are looking for beautiful landscapes to see.

Crystal Clear

Crystal Clear is activated automatically upon visiting Torigoth after Chapter 5 after having heard the rumour about Core Crystal Hunters; Praxis and Theory attack the party in a theft attempt. They fail and are driven off, so the party attempt to set an ambush for them which winds up being an ambush itself. The party fight Theory, her Driver and Praxis but half-way through the battle Praxis' Driver, engaging the Ardainian army elsewhere, is killed, reverting Praxis to her Core Crystal. Theory and her Driver escape, with Theory protesting greatly at having to leave Praxis.

Blade-Sharp Memory

Praxis during Blade-Sharp Memory

Once Praxis is reawakened and her Affinity Chart at level 4, Blade-Sharp Memory is activated automatically upon visiting the Royal Guard Barracks in Fonsa Myma after Chapter 7. Theory throws a note attached to a lance that narrowly misses Nia, inviting Praxis to rediscover her memories in Gormott Province. Once there she throws another lance, forcing the party to tell Praxis about Theory and her past as a mercenary. Theory throws a final lance in Nharil Central Plaza in Mor Ardain inviting Praxis to the Lost Capital Judicium where she and her Driver ambush the party in an attempt to kill Praxis' Driver to retrieve her. Praxis begs Theory not to fight and insists that she doesn't want to be a mercenary, which makes Theory's Driver instruct her to kill Praxis - Theory refuses to do this and stabs her Driver instead, killing him and returning her to her Core Crystal. Praxis promises her that they will be as close when she reawakens.

Theory and Praxis

Praxis during Theory and Praxis

Once both awakened, Theory and Praxis decide to do good deeds to repent for their previous lives of crime. Theory and Praxis can be activated by visiting the Commercial District in Fonsa Myma after Chapter 8, after "Rough Diamond" has been viewed. They find a pair of children missing their father, fight off mercenaries who attack at the behest of said father, and then gather ingredients to be baked into cookies for the local children.

Abilities

Blade Specials

  • Lv. 1 - Foam Blast - Transform ether into bubble form and spray it forward.
  • Lv. 2 - Geyser Spring - Gather ether on your weapon and shoot it out as a powerful current of water.
  • Lv. 3 - Fierce Deluge - Use water ether to attack with high-speed repeated thrusts.
  • Lv. 4 - Torrential Pain - Launch a continuous, hard-to-dodge attack at high speeds.

Blade Arts

Battle Skills

  • The Awakened (Power) - Increases damage dealt by 60% to 100% when Affinity is at max.
  • The Awakened (Skill) - Increases accuracy by 30% to 50% at max Affinity
  • Brimming Pep - Increases damage dealt by 20% to 60% when HP is 90% or higher

Field Skills

  • Girls' Talk - Lv. 3
  • Water Mastery - Lv. 3
  • Salvaging Mastery - Lv. 3

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 50 "I feel like we're going to get along"
3 3 Unlocks level 3 of the Affinity Chart. Affinity bond will be easier to sustain. Increase Trust 500 "We've got a pretty good thing going here, don't you think?"
4 4 Unlocks level 4 of the Affinity Chart Increase Trust 1,500 "I really trust you. I'm not just saying that"
5 5 Unlocks level 5 of the Affinity Chart Increase Trust 9,800 "Your're the best partner I could ask for. So show me what you can really do!"
Blade Special Foam Blast 1 1 Reduces 20% of aggro toward user upon landing a hit
2 2 Reduces 25% of aggro toward user upon landing a hit In Leftheria, defeat insect monsters such as Mayn Elucas (excludes unique monsters) 5 "Extermination complete! ...And don't come back!"
3 3 Reduces 30% of aggro toward user upon landing a hit Perform a Driver Combo (It's enough to just be present.) 7 "I can't let you outdo me! You just watch, next battle I'll show you who's the strongest here!"
4 4 Reduces 35% of aggro toward user upon landing a hit Use Foam Blast 12 "My power is the power to protect!"
5 5 Reduces 40% of aggro toward user upon landing a hit Defeat Soul-Eater Stanley in the Land of Morytha "Finally, we won! Are you OK? ...Wow, your're a total mess. C'mon, it wasn't THAT hard."
Geyser Spring 1 1 Adds a 60% chance of dealing a guard-annulling attack
2 2 Adds a 70% chance of dealing a guard-annulling attack Use Geyser Spring 7 "I really nailed that one, didn't I? Come on, you know I was awesome."
3 3 Adds a 80% chance of dealing a guard-annulling attack In Tantal, defeat insect monsters such as Hool Arachnos. (Excludes unique monsters.) 5 "These nasty little things seem to show up everywhere, so it's good to cull them when we get the chance."
4 4 Adds a 90% chance of dealing a guard-annulling attack Perform a Blade Combo 10 "Man, I'm good at this. There's no stopping me!"
5 5 Adds a 100% chance of dealing a guard-annulling attack Go to the Fonsa Myma Commercial District in Uraya and complete the quest "Theory and Praxis". "C'mon, Theory… Call me sister again? Just one more time?"
Fierce Deluge 1 1 Increases damage dealt from the side by 100%
2 2 Increases damage dealt from the side by 110% Defeat a Genni Pagul in Leftheria 5 "C'mon, let's go do another battle right now! I want to show you my killer spear technique!"
3 3 Increases damage dealt from the side by 120% Use Fierce Deluge 6 "I've really got that one down pat now. You watch, I'll nail it next time too!"
4 4 Increases damage dealt from the side by 130% Go to the Royal Guard Barracks and complete the quest "Blade-Sharp Memory". "Don't worry, Theory... I swear I won't forget you..."
5 5 Increases damage dealt from the side by 150% In Leftheria, speak to Praxis at Corinne's house to view the Heart-to-Heart "Rough Diamond". "I wasn't sure before, but I am now. I think I can keep the promise I made to Theory!"
Battle Skill The Awakened (Power) 1 1 Increases damage dealt by 60% when Affinity is at max
2 2 Increases damage dealt by 70% when Affinity is at max Deal a certain amount of total damage 8,000 "Now that's what I call a solid attack. Let's try to keep up that standard"
3 3 Increases damage dealt by 80% when Affinity is at max Deal a certain amount of total damage 16,000 "Looks like we've both seen steadily improving our skills."
4 4 Increases damage dealt by 90% when Affinity is at max Deal a certain amount of total damage 32,000 "Just a little further, and I feel like I might have some kind of revelation!"
5 5 Increases damage dealt by 100% when Affinity is at max Deal a certain amount of total damage 48,000 "We only made it this far because we worked together"
The Awakened (Skill) 1 1 Increases accuracy by 30% at max Affinity
2 2 Increases accuracy by 35% at max Affinity Raise Affinity in combat 2 "This is the power of friendship!"
3 3 Increases accuracy by 40% at max Affinity Raise Affinity in combat 5 "Let's keep up this vibe"
4 4 Increases accuracy by 45% at max Affinity Raise Affinity in combat 6 "We're, like, such great partners!"
5 5 Increases accuracy by 50% at max Affinity Raise Affinity in combat 7 "Looks like all our work paid off. Don't you think?"
Brimming Pep 1 1 Increases damage dealt by 20% when HP is 90% or higher Perform a Blade Combo 2 "I think I might've gotten stronger!"
2 2 Increases damage dealt by 30% when HP is 90% or higher Perform a Driver Combo. (It's enough to just be present.) 5 "Do you have stamina for that? Are you OK?!"
3 3 Increases damage dealt by 40% when HP is 90% or higher Perform a Driver Combo. (It's enough to just be present.) 7 "Don't forget to make use of my power too. I'm here to support you!"
4 4 Increases damage dealt by 50% when HP is 90% or higher Use Praxis's favorite pouch items (Dessert Category) 4 "When it comes to tasty things, I could basically just keep eating forever."
5 5 Increases damage dealt by 60% when HP is 90% or higher Perform a Driver Combo finisher. (It's enough to just be present.) 3 "That's my partner for you! Powerful and decisive."
Field Skill Girls' Talk 1 1 Talk openly, girl-to-girl
2 2 Speak to women 20 "I think I might be developing a chatting addiction. Let's go chat some more!"
3 3 Speak to women 30 "We should chat together, too! That's the best way to get to know people - you just have to talk lots!"
Water Mastery 1 1 The power of a Water Blade
2 3 Defeat a Fresh Rodonya in Tantal 5 "I think I've got the hang of really tapping into my own power"
3 5 Defeat a Bagoan Sovereign in the Land of Morytha 5 "Leave the watery stuff to me. I'll give 'em a proper huge blast!"
Salvaging Mastery 1 1 Knowledge related to salvaging
2 2 Acquire Mechanical items from the Collectibles list 20 "I want to learn more about salvaging."
3 3 Acquire Mechanical items from the Collectibles list 25 "Salvage seems pretty fun."

Battles

Praxis is first met as a quest-exclusive Blade boss during the quest Crystal Clear, where she fights as Piratical Praxis. She is fought at the beginning of the quest on Obra Street in Torigoth, Gormott Province at level 33 alongside Plunderous Theory. She is later fought as Criminal Praxis at level 35 at the Valdorm's Mound in the Empire of Mor Ardain alongside Thieving Waldemar.

Enraged

Trigger HP have been reduced.
Effects Break resistance increased by 50%.
Damage received from elemental weakness increased by 30%.
Element ???


Drops

Trivia

  • Praxis and Theory are the only Blades to have more than one Blade Quest excluding DLC content.
  • In post-battle dialogue with Zeke, Praxis states that she has "a condition" that requires her eye patch.

Quotes

Post-Battle Dialogue

Main Cast
Rex Rex "You're a powerhouse, Praxis! I feel safer with you around."
Praxis Praxis "Thanks, but I can't stop here. There's a lot at stake, after all."
Condition: Blade Quest Theory and Praxis active or complete.
Pyra Pyra "You guys look after each other as sisters should!"
Praxis Praxis "I'll do anything to protect my little sister. It gives me motivation to fight harder!"
Praxis Praxis "Unflinching resolve and awesome friends, we can't but win!"
Nia Nia "I kind of admire that you can say stuff like that without feeling embarrassed."
Praxis Praxis "Hey, Dromarch! Can I have a ride next?"
Dromarch Dromarch "I feel like your lance would cause me more than a little discomfort."

Chapter 5 spoilers:

Zeke Zeke "Praxis, take off that ridiculous eyepatch! You're infringing my copyright!"
Praxis Praxis "I've got a condition, you poser! Take yours off if it bothers you!"

Rare Blades

Adenine Adenine "Hey, Praxis! Mind if I squeeze that spongy thing on your head?"
Praxis Praxis "N-no! No you absolutely may not, it's very ticklish!"
Condition: Blade Quest Lost Kingdom active or complete.
Praxis Praxis "I like how you've changed recently, Dagas."
Dagas Dagas "Hey, it's Mr. Dagas to you. Or, Lord Dagas."
Praxis Praxis "Maybe you didn't change that much."
Condition: Blade Quest Theory and Praxis active or complete.
Finch Finch "Hey, Practice! When this is all over, I get to be your little sis, right? We promised!"
Praxis Praxis "I'm not promising something like that. If your Core Crystal was more like mine and Theory's, though..."
Godfrey Godfrey "Here's our motto. Take it away!"
Praxis Praxis "Zeal! Friendship! Effort! Guts and justice!"
Gorg Gorg "Praxis, that was an awesome display!"
Praxis Praxis "Thanks! If you wanted to give me a prize, how about a Sno-Bake Cheesecake?"

Praxis Praxis "I'm glad you're here, Herald. Without you, we might've been toast."
Herald Herald "I simply carried out my mission."
Kora Kora "Hey, Praxis, hey! Um, what didja think about this last fight? Cause I thought if you, like, tried to do more bash and bosh, all like, brawny and forceful, then maybe it would've gone quicker? Anyway, but I dunno, cause you always like..."
Praxis Praxis "Hold on, let me speak! I make sure to apply myself steadily, where as you normally just chatter away and not think of actually fighting until the last possible moments!"
Nia Nia "Kora! Praxis! Cut the chatter!"
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."
Perun Perun "Praxis, don't you think your fighting would improve if you did it more... forcefully?"
Praxis Praxis "I know, but... that might be more your thing. I favor blinding speeds!"

Condition: Blade Quest Theory and Praxis active or complete.
Praxis Praxis "Theory, are you okay? Any injuries?"
Theory Theory "I'm fine, and you sis?"
Praxis Praxis "Oh, I'm right as rain!"
Condition: Blade Quest Theory and Praxis active or complete.
Theory Theory "Sis! You don't seem to be hurt, but..."
Praxis Praxis "Never mind me, are you okay? Though you are tougher than me."
Praxis Praxis "Hey Vess, do you think you're better at cooking than Pyra?"
Vess Vess "I've no idea. I've only ever made dumplings, but they're really really good!"

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