For those who have not completed games in the Xenoblade Chronicles series, this page contains spoilers regarding the plot. Discretion is advised.
- "If such a place did exist, maybe we could all live in peace, without the need to fight."
- – Rex
Rex (Japanese: レックス, Rekkusu; English dub: /ˈrɛks/) is the main protagonist of Xenoblade Chronicles 2. He is a Driver who harnesses the power of a Blade named Pyra, also known as the legendary Aegis. Rex is devoted to protecting her, and together with Pyra, he goes on a quest to find her long-lost home, Elysium. Due to the Aegis' duality, Rex can drive the other incarnation of the weapon, the Blade Mythra.
Rex was designed by Masatsugu Saitō, the lead character designer for the game.
Rex is a young man of brown short hair and golden eyes.
Rex usually wears a blue, brown and golden salvager gear above a blue outfit which is completely covered when salvaging. He wears an anchor on his left arm and a helmet on which he usually carries Azurda.
As a Master Driver, Rex wears a futuristic-looking white and green armor, which matches Pneuma's.
Rex is an optimistic and easy-going, yet naive, young boy. He wishes to protect and support those close to him, to the point that he sends most of the money he obtains from salvaging to his home village. However, Rex tends to be careless and overconfident, which puts him and his companions in trouble from time to time.
Since being a kid, Rex had a strong sense of justice and was against conflict and war; due to this, he wants to reach Elysium, as he believes that, by doing so, he can save humanity from its dying world. He fears causing suffering to others with his actions, usually blaming himself whenever someone is hurt or killed.
- Main article: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (plot)
The circumstances of Rex's birth and early years are unknown. He was around two years old when he and his mother washed up on the shores of Fonsett Village. His mother died upon arrival and his father's body was found elsewhere in the Leftherian Archipelago nearby; they were both buried in Oratory Knoll Cemetery. Rex grew up in Fonsett, living with Corinne.
One day, while visiting the Argentum Trade Guild, Rex is informed that he needs to meet with Bana, the Chairman of Argentum, who offers Rex a salvaging job requested by Jin, Malos, and Nia. He accepts, and after making preparations, Rex joins the group aboard the C.S.E.V. Maelstrom.
On the way to their destination, Rex tells Nia why he became a salvager (he thought he might find a way up to Elysium under the cloud sea). At their destination, the group of salvagers recruited for the job bring the Ancient Ship to the surface of the Cloud Sea. Rex is ordered by Jin to accompany them to the interior of the ship. There, Rex helps them open a pair of sealed doors only able to be opened by Leftherians. Past the doors, Rex enters a room containing a sword and a mysterious girl. Rex approaches the sword and, after being warned off by Malos, accidentally touches the emerald Core Crystal on the sword's hilt. Jin responds by quickly stabbing Rex through the heart.
Rex awakens in a large green field, with the girl he saw in the ship standing next to a tree at the top of a hill. Rex approaches her, and she reveals herself as Pyra, a Blade, and informs him that he was killed; they are in a memory of the legendary Elysium. Pyra offers to give Rex half of her own life force, reviving him, on the promise that he takes her to the real Elysium at the top of the World Tree. After being revived, Rex, now alongside Pyra, confronts Malos in an attempt to save the other salvagers. Nia also joins them, after disagreeing with Jin and Malos' methods. Just as they are about to be attacked by Torna's ship, the Monoceros, Azurda appears, saving them and fleeing from the ship.
Rex awakens in the Gormott Province with Pyra by his side. He finds out that Azurda was mortally wounded when trying to flee; however, the Titan uses his powers to regenerate in a younger, albeit smaller, state. After reuniting with Nia, they set out to the town of Torigoth. After encountering Mòrag and Brighid, Nia and her Blade Dromarch are captured by Ardainian troops; Rex, Pyra, and Azurda meet Tora and help him to build the artificial Blade Poppi in order to enlist their aid in rescuing Nia. After breaking her and Dromarch out of the Ardainian battleship, the party visits Umon to ask him for a Titan ship that will get them to the World Tree. As they approach the Great Void, however, Ophion appears, guarding the tree. While trying to escape, the party is eaten by the Titan Uraya.
When they awaken, they find themselves in the Kingdom of Uraya. While trying to find a way out of the Titan's interior, they meet Vandham, alongside his Blade Roc and their companions Yew and Zuo. Despite initially appearing as enemies interested in taking Pyra, they reveal themselves to be mercenaries from Garfont Village. Vandham starts acting as Rex's tutor, teaching him useful battle tactics and influencing the way he sees war and conflict. After being attacked by Akhos, the party, now with Vandham, decides to go to Fonsa Myma to ask Cole, a friend of Vandham's, about how to get past Ophion and reach the World Tree. Once in Fonsa Myma, the party meets Cole; that night, however, Pyra disappears, and they find her in the Olethro Ruins, confronting Malos and Akhos. Rex tries to battle them, but is unable to defeat them, resulting in Vandham's death, though not before he tells Rex to "fight [his] own war". Mythra is awakened during the battle, overwhelming Malos and Akhos with her power and forcing them to flee. Rex breaks down over Vandham's death.
After Vandham's funeral, Rex inherits Roc's Core Crystal and the mercenary company. Following Cole's indications, the party decides to go to the Indoline Praetorium to meet Cole's original Driver. They decide to make a stop at the Empire of Mor Ardain, but before taking their ship, Roc's crystal is stolen. After pursuing the thief, they find a group of Gormotti children trying to resonate with a Core Crystal to avenge their village, which was destroyed by bandits. The party defeats the bandits, and Rex resonates with Roc, becoming his Driver.
Once on Mor Ardain, the party discovers a conflict involving the artificial Blade Lila, which is being controlled by Bana and Muimui. While trying to stop them, they discover that Bana is trying to build an army of artificial Blades at the Old Factory. They infiltrate the factory and fight against Mikhail and Patroka, the other two members of Torna. During the foray into the Old Factory, Mòrag allies with them, and eventually becomes a full member of the party. The battle is stopped by Fan la Norne, who contacts Rex to inform him that Amalthus, the Praetor and Cole's and Malos' Driver, wants to meet him.
On route to the Praetorium, they stop by Fonsett Village in Leftheria. While they stay there, Rex shows Pyra his parent's graves, and promises again to take her to Elysium. Just before taking the ship to Indol, Zeke, who had confronted Rex and his group twice in the past, stands against them a third time, this time revealing himself as the Tantalese prince and an envoy of the Praetorium; he begins traveling with the party as they proceed to Indol. When Rex meets Amalthus in Indol, he senses something in him that reminded him of Malos. While the party is staying in the Praetorium, a Titan weapon, excavated by Mor Ardain in Temperantia and controlled by Jin, begins attacking Urayan troops. The party heads there to stop him, but when facing Jin, Fan la Norne is stabbed and killed.
Jin's actions cause political tensions between Mor Ardain and Uraya to escalate. After Fan's funeral and Bana's return in an attempt to take advantage of the situation, Amalthus explains to Rex that in order to gain access to the World Tree, they need to obtain the Omega Fetter, located in the Kingdom of Tantal. Zeke offers his help to open the path, and so, after reuniting with Mòrag, they depart for Genbu, the Titan in which the Kingdom of Tantal is found.
When the party meets King Eulogimenos, he reveals his fear of Indol using the Aegis' power against Tantal and has them all captured, taking Pyra to be killed so that her power cannot be used against them. The party manages to escape from their prison and stop the particle laser the king was trying to use to kill Pyra. This, however, causes Genbu to lose control after being hit by accident, and it begins to rapidly descend into the Cloud Sea. As the only way to stop Genbu is to use the Omega Fetter, the party goes to the head of the Titan. There, Mythra uses the Fetter to calm Genbu down, and Pandoria redirects its trajectory to save the Tantalese people. After Rex takes the Omega Fetter, however, they are ambushed by Torna. Despite managing to defeat Akhos, Patroka, and Mikhail, Jin appears, unleashing his full power and effortlessly defeating them all. He takes Pyra, and before leaving, tells Rex that he is the responsible for Pyra's and Mythra's pain. Rex is left badly damaged and unconscious, with the Aegis Sword broken, and spends the next few days recovering in bed at Anastatia's in Theosoir.
Being defeated and humiliated by Jin shatters Rex's self-esteem. After waking up, he explains to the others that he has given up and wants to go back to Argentum. Nia, Poppi and Brighid interfere, trying to make Rex realize that Pyra had been willing to sacrifice her life to protect them. The conversation is interrupted by Pandoria, who announces that King Eulogimenos has a message for Rex.
When they arrive at Theoscaldia Palace, Eulogimenos explains that Addam, the hero of the Kingdom of Torna and Mythra's original Driver, knew about the existence of a third sword of the Aegis; however, being unable to control it, he decided to hide it away. With a new possibility of saving Pyra and Mythra, Azurda tells Rex to return to Fonsett Village. Once there, he explains that Addam spent his last days in Leftheria, and that the third sword is said to be hidden in the Spirit Crucible Elpys. The party enters the crucible through the Village Guardian. Despite the lack of ether inside, which greatly affects the Blades' abilities, the party manages to reach the deepest portion of the cave, where they have to face the Phantasms left by Addam. During the battle, Nia breaks free of the fear she had carried and reveals her powers as a Flesh Eater, becoming Rex's Blade. Addam's spirit recognizes Rex as worthy of the power of the Aegis, and tells him that he has to understand the fear Pyra and Mythra carry in order to become her true Driver. Despite not being able to obtain the sword, as they had hoped, Rex is able to identify Pyra's location thanks to his half of the Core Crystal they share. With a newfound incentive, Rex, along with the others, goes to the Cliffs of Morytha to save Pyra and Mythra, and fulfill his promise of taking them to Elysium.
At the Cliffs of Morytha, Rex confronts both Jin, in his true form, and Malos, having regained his power as an Aegis by stealing it from Pyra and erasing her memories. During the battle, Rex is able to speak with Pyra's and Mythra's spirits, assuring them that he will protect them no matter what and that he will not allow the world to burn a second time. At that moment, by accepting Pyra and Mythra and understanding the fear they carry, Rex discovers their true power, awakening Pneuma and becoming the Master Driver. By combining their power, Rex and Pneuma are able to surpass Jin's; Malos, however, summons Ophion, who he had taken control of before by using the Omega Fetter, and attacks them. Pneuma responds by using Siren to battle Ophion; the battle of the two Artifices ends up destroying the ruins where they stand, with the party falling down through the Cloud Sea alongside Jin.
Rex wakes up in the Land of Morytha, below the Cloud Sea, with Mythra asleep by his side. After she wakes up, Rex informs her of the situation, and they begin searching for the others. They find Jin first, heavily injured and struggling to defeat a Guldo. Rex decides to put their differences aside and helps him, forming a temporary alliance. Brighid, Poppi and Azurda also appear, helping them defeat the Guldo. While they continue to search for the rest of the party, they find the corpse of the Tornan Titan, where they fight the Infernal Guldo. At that moment, everyone else appears and helps Rex defeat the monster. He finds an ID card with the portrait of a human left behind by the creature, though he keeps the discovery to himself.
After separating from Jin, they reach the Megaflote Base, the entrance to the World Tree by its roots. Pneuma opens up the elevator, and they begin their final path to reach Elysium.
While ascending through the World Tree, Amalthus appears, controlling Indol, and attacks Torna's Marsanes. As the battle continues, Amalthus uses his powers as a Driver of an Aegis (amplified by Haze's Core Crystal) to take control of Mor Ardain, Genbu, and Uraya. He even attempts to use Siren through Mythra, but Rex is able to use his own powers as the Master Driver to counter Amalthus'. Rex and Pneuma, with help from Poppi, manage to get near the Indoline Titan, and use Pneuma's powers to slow down time and destroy the amplification towers for Amalthus' powers. Mikhail protects the party from a last desperate attack from Amalthus, confronting the Titan with the Marsanes and ultimately falling into the Cloud Sea alongside it.
Near the upper level of the World Tree, Rex and the rest of the party come face to face again with Jin, who awaited them to test Rex's resolve one last time. Despite giving his all, Jin is unable to best Rex, who explains to Jin his admiration for Blades, and his wish to ask the Architect the reason why he created them. The moment is interrupted by Amalthus in a monstrous Blade Eater form, as he kills Patroka and Akhos. Driven by his desire to not let anyone other than himself meet the Architect, Amalthus threatens them with causing the entire World Tree to collapse. With his resolutions clear after hearing Rex's words, Jin sacrifices himself in a final attack, killing Amalthus. The party stands in awe of Jin's act for a moment, and proceed to take the final elevator to Elysium.
Once the elevator stops, the party finds themselves in the First Low Orbit Station. There, they traverse some of the corridors, until they finally arrive at Elysium. Instead of the grassy fields Rex had seen in Pyra's dream, however, they find a desolate land full of ruins. Rex, though disbelieving at the state of Elysium, leads the party towards a church they can see in the distance. There, a voice welcomes them, and a passage appears behind a desk. After descending past some stairs, Rex turns around and finds that he is alone. Confused, he suddenly appears to be in Mor Ardain, where a group of Ardainian Soldiers push him into a hole. There, he finds himself surrounded by human skulls, and runs away, terrified. He appears in Torigoth, where Nia and Dromarch confront him, calling him a traitor to Nia's feelings. Rex flees from them, this time appearing in Alba Cavanich, where Mòrag and Brighid blame him for lying about Elysium and being responsible for Mor Ardain's eventual destruction. The floor breaks, and all three of them appear in Morytha. Rex flees again, appearing in the Cliffs of Morytha. There, Zeke and Tora question his legitimacy as the Driver of the Aegis, stating that he was just lucky. Rex accidentally causes a rock to fall on top of them while trying to defend himself, and attempts to excavate the remains to save them.
He suddenly appears on Azurda's back, his home before becoming a Driver. There, Azurda asks Rex what his purpose in life is, and if he is actually destined to be reduced to having a human residing on his back for the rest of his life. Rex, scared and confused, can only answer that he does not know, after which he appears in Fonsett. He heads to Corrine's house, where he finds both Pyra and Mythra waiting for him for lunch. Unlike every previous encounter, neither of them blame Rex for anything, yet he still notices that their personalities seem to be the opposite of what they should be. After a while, Rex breaks down crying, overwhelmed and guilty for everything he had experienced. At that moment, Pyra begs the Architect to stop.
When the lights turn on, Rex finds himself to be in the Architect's Room alongside everyone else. There, they meet the Architect, who reveals himself to be a man called Klaus. He explains them the history of their world, and how Rex and Pneuma's connection was what caused the Conduit to reactivate after so many centuries. After explaining to them the history of Alrest, including the cycle of Blades and Titans, he reveals that it is only a matter of time until he disappears. Rex thanks Klaus for giving them all life, before the party heads out to the Aion Hangar to confront Malos.
During the final battle against Artifice Aion, Rex explains to Malos how Jin never wanted to die, and the only thing he wished for was to connect with him. After dealing a fatal blow to Aion, causing Malos' Core Crystal to break, Rex, now understanding what Malos' life had been, states that if he had been his Driver, his fate would have been much different. Malos laughs one final time, stating that there was only one Driver for him, before finally vanishing.
As the Conduit disappears, the Orbital Stations begin to fall. The party, following Pneuma's instructions, go towards a specific location, believing it to be the station's control room. Once they get there, however, Rex realizes that Pneuma had just guided them towards the escape pods, planning to sacrifice herself to destroy the World Tree and the Orbital Station using the remaining of Aion's energy. Rex tries to avoid the inevitable, even attempting to go alongside her, but his attempts are fruitless. He accepts Pneuma's decision, receiving the other half of the Core Crystal they were sharing and losing his Master Driver abilities in the process.
While escaping using one of the escape pods, it begins to disintegrate in the atmosphere, but Azurda is able to save the party by returning to his original form, thanks to Pneuma's previous preparations. While flying above the surface of Alrest, they see that the Titans have started to merge with the land, creating a new world, following Klaus' final command before vanishing. While this happens, Pneuma's Core Crystal, which Rex had been holding the entire time, begins to glow. In a flash of light, both Pyra and Mythra appear in front of Rex. After one final push from Nia, he takes a step forward towards them, having finally reached their destination.
|Level||Max HP||Max Strength||Max Ether||Max Dexterity||Max Agility||Max Luck|
|99, no modifier||6,994||368||388||310||215||366|
|99, full affinity chart||7,194||388||408||310||235||386|
During the beginning of the game Rex wields a broadsword that acts similar to the Aegis Sword.
|Role||Element||Auto-attack||Stability||Critical Rate||Block Rate||Physical Defense||Ether Defense||Mod.|
These are Rex's Idea Stats at the beginning of the game.
- Bravery - Lv. 0
- Truth - Lv. 2
- Compassion - Lv. 1
- Justice - Lv. 0
These are Rex's default Blades obtained by progressing through the game. These Blades are exclusive to Rex and cannot be used by anyone else.
|Name||Role||Element||Default Core Chip||Obtained|
|Pyra||ATK||Lead Chip||Ancient Ship. After defeating the Megalo Aligo.|
|Mythra||ATK||Iron Chip||Olethro Ruins. During the battle against Malos and Akhos in Chapter 3.|
|Roc||ATK||The same he had at the end of Chapter 3.||By resonating with Roc's Core Crystal during the Main Quest Stop, Thief! in Chapter 4.|
|Nia||HLR||-||After defeating the Phantasms in Spirit Crucible Elpys during Chapter 7.|
|Pneuma||ATK||-||During the battle against Malos and Jin in Chapter 7.|
Notes: during Chapter 2, Rex will automatically receive a Wind Common Blade with Knuckle Claws as weapon.
- Aegis Sword/Broadsword
- ※1 Anchor Shot does not have the Topple effect until an event in Chapter 3.
- ※2 Rex does not gain access to Rolling Smash until after the Broadsword is replaced with the Aegis Sword.
- Catalyst Scimitar
- Twin Rings
- Big Bang Edge
- Dual Scythes
- Ether Cannon
- Shield Hammer
- Chroma Katana
- Knuckle Claws
New Game Plus Arts
- Sword Tonfa
- Brilliant Twinblades
- Decimation Cannon
- Rockrending Gauntlets
- Calamity Scythe
- Cobra Bardiche
The following weapons are exclusive to the Expansion Pass.
- Dual Swords
Rex's Affinity Chart contains the following skills.
|1||Muscle Builder||Increases Strength by 20.||375|
|Reflex Response||Increases Agility by 20.||250|
|Rapid Attack I||Allows use of the Driver Art assigned to at the start of battle.||750|
|Ether Studies||Increases Ether by 20.||625|
|Rescue||Increases the HP restored when reviving a teammate by 15%.||500|
|2||Picture of Health||Increases HP restored to self (not using HP Potions) by 10%.||1,500|
|Arts Chain||Lets you use a Driver Art after canceling a Driver Art.||3,000|
|Combo Enhance||Adds 20% to damage ratio after canceling an auto-attack.||2,000|
|Rapid Attack II||Allows use of the Driver Art assigned to at the start of battle.||2,500|
|Gramps' Blessing||Increases Luck by 20.||1,000|
|3||Rapid Attack III||Allows use of the Driver Art assigned to at the start of battle.||5,000|
|Lively Lad||Increases maximum HP by 200.||2,000|
|Ultimate Relay||Increases attack power ratio at the start of a Chain Attack.||4,000|
|Topple Champ||Extends Topple duration by 15%||6,000|
|Drive to Win||Slightly fills the Party Gauge for each critical hit delivered.||3,000|
Hidden Affinity Chart
Rex's hidden Affinity Chart contains the following skills.
|1||Further Ether Studies||Boosts Ether by 10%.||7,500|
|Shadow Strike||Increases damage dealt by a surprise attack by 50%.||3,750|
|Cheer Up||Increases Affinity by 25% after winning a Special button challenge.||2,500|
|Prediction||Increases Dexterity by 20.||5,000|
|Fight or Flight||Reduces enemy Break resist.||6,250|
|2||Inherit Muscle||Boosts Strength by 10%.||7,500|
|Herbalism||Boosts the effect of HP Potions by 20%.||12,500|
|Eyes on the Prize||Boosts Agility by 10%.||5,000|
|Combat Boost||Restores 3% HP when canceling an auto-attack with a Driver Art.||15,000|
|Pre-empt Moves||Boosts Dexterity by 10%.||10,000|
|3||Solidarity||Slightly fills the Party Gauge when an "Excellent" is scored during a Special.||15,000|
|Relentless Spirit||50% chance to survive hit with 1 HP + 5 secs invincibility (once per battle).||30,000|
|Heart Recharge||Boosts recharge for Specials after canceling by 20%.||25,000|
|Child of Steel||Boosts maximum HP by 10%.||20,000|
|Gramps' Auspices||Boosts Luck by 10%.||10,000|
Once Rex becomes a Master Driver in Chapter 7 he is able to use Pneuma in battle by pressing and holding the R button and then pressing the X button when he is at max affinity with Pyra and Mythra and the party gauge is full and to use any Blade, even if he is not their Driver. Not only that, but his appearance and artwork change.
A DLC for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild bringing "Rex's costume" to Link was released on November 9th, 2017. It offers the new side quest Collaboration: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 where Link must discover three red treasures across Hyrule, each of them containing the Salvager Headwear, Vest and Trousers. These three pieces of Rex's costume individually grant Link the bonus effect Swim Speed Up, with a set bonus of Swim Dash Stamina Up if all three pieces are worn together.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Rex salvager costume complete with Azurda is available for Mii Fighters as bonus content from the fighters pass in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Rex's Spirit also appears on the Spirit Board and in Adventure Mode in the World of Dark's Sacred Realm.
According to Masahiro Sakurai, Rex could not make it to the roster due to it having been finalized before Xenoblade Chronicles 2's release.
During the course of the game Rex mentions seven rules of the Salvager's Code:
- First rule: "Swim like a fish, drink like one too!"
- Second rule: "Always help others that help you!"
- Third rule: "Make a girl cry? That's not gonna fly. Make a girl smile? You pass the trial!"
- Fourth rule: "Open a chest, it might turn out great. Until then, it's just a crate."
- Fifth rule: "Always be-..." [Interrupted by Mythra]
- Sixth rule: "First have a punch-out, then drink to forget. Once you've forgotten, the friendship's all set!"
- Seventh rule: "Never leave a debt unpaid!"
- "Treasure acquired."
- Malos points out Rex's eyes as a sign he should've been wary about when hiring him. Both Rex and Addam share a golden eye color, possibly implying that Rex is a descendant of Addam.
- Rex's broadsword is called "Junk Sword", a reference to Shulk's initial weapon in Xenoblade Chronicles.
- Rex and Shulk share some similaries between their respective stories. An example is that they both die at some point near a red sword, but are kept alive by a "divine entity".
|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|