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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.

"The Monado... I hope I can figure out the secret of its power one day."
– Shulk

Shulk (Japanese: シュルク, Shuruku; English dub: /ˈʃʊlk/) is the main playable character and protagonist of Xenoblade Chronicles. His ability to wield the Monado, using the sword's unique powers, as well as visions of the future, makes him one of the main forces against the Mechon. He is often referred to by some characters as the "Heir to the Monado".


Shulk is a 1.71 m (5'7" inches) young man with jaw-length wavy blonde hair, grayish blue eyes, and a pointed face.

Shulk's default attire, which he wears in promotional material as well as in his appearances in other games, consists of a short red jacket, a black sweater with pink and purple patterning, grey shorts with straps and flat-soled boots. He wears a whistle around his neck.


Shulk is determined, organized, strong-hearted, smart, kind, and quick-witted to the bone. Despite being usually called out by Dickson for spending too much time indoors doing research, Shulk is a very kind person, and is usually seen trying to help others. He likes to think things through and is very methodical in his approach to most situations.

However, Shulk is also often portrayed as being oblivious to other people's feelings. He is also seen as vengeful against the Mechon after they attacked Colony 9, being revenge the main factor that led to him and Reyn leaving the Colony. Despite this, Shulk trusts his companions above anything else, and would do anything to protect them. Shulk also tends to be pessimistic, often feeling particularly frustrated whenever he fails to change the future of his visions.


Main article: Xenoblade Chronicles (plot)
Young Shulk Winter

Shulk as a child

Shulk was one of the only known survivors on an expedition to retrieve the Monado from the Sealed Tower, and as a young man becomes a budding researcher set on unlocking the sword's secrets as a form of honoring the memory of his parents. He first wields the sacred weapon when his home, Colony 9, is attacked by Mechon.

Late in the game it is revealed that Shulk had been killed along with his parents during the Monado expedition and that Zanza had possessed his body and laid dormant within. The revived Shulk was then found by Dickson, who recognized him as Zanza's new vessel and took him to Colony 9 along with the Monado. Shulk was thus able to grow up with Dickson looking after him, unaware that he was a pawn in the plan to revive Zanza. It is because of Zanza residing within Shulk that Shulk is able to wield the Monado to its full potential and is not harmed by its use like other Homs.

When Shulk confronts Egil and ultimately chooses to spare him, Dickson intervenes and shoots Shulk. As Shulk falls unconscious, Zanza leaves his body and takes the Monado into his own hands before taking control of the Bionis. Shulk, left in a comatose state, is taken back to Colony 6 aboard Junks. Within his mind, Shulk struggles to find the will to continue on, but manages to find his way again with the help of Alvis and is revived. Upon awaking, Shulk receives a replica Monado built by the Machina and manages to help fend off a Telethia attack on Colony 6, where he learns that Alvis is also a disciple for Zanza.

Monado III

Shulk's Monado

Aiming to stop Zanza, Shulk and his allies journey through the Bionis' Interior and Prison Island, defeating the other disciples, Lorithia and Dickson in the process. From there, Shulk's party enters Memory Space and confronts Zanza. During their final battle, Shulk awakens to the power of a new Monado, his True Monado, and uses it to strike Zanza down. At the game's end, it is revealed by Alvis that Shulk has become a third god on par with Zanza and Meyneth, and is given the chance to decree the fate of the world. Hesitant to take on such a responsibility at first, in the end Shulk wishes for a world without gods, and the world is reborn once more, with new, Earth-like landmasses. The fallen body of Bionis can still be seen in the distance from Colony 9's place on the new world, now inhabited by all of the beings of Bionis and Mechonis.

In battle

Turn Strike

Shulk's initial Talent Art

Most of Shulk's arts revolve around positioning, often requiring other party members to draw aggro away from him in order for his arts to deal their additional effects, which makes him weaker when fighting enemies head-on, as his arts require him to wait for openings.

Shulk is able to call upon the power of the Monado in battle, which can stock up to eight unique skills, unlocked by progressing through the story or by finishing quests, and all of his moves are useful in a variety of ways, from giving useful buffs to protecting his entire party from harm.

Shulk has the third lowest HP of the playable cast, but his Strength and Agility greatly balance out this flaw. After gaining the Monado, Shulk cannot switch weapons. However, the Monado's stats will scale according to Shulk's level.

General stats

Max Level Max HP Max Strength Max Ether Max Agility
99 5,135 405 417 117

※ These stats are raw and do not include the bonuses from the skill lines.


  • Icon Shulk TurnStrike Turn Strike [Talent Art] - Heavy damage to a single target, and inflicts Break for a long duration. Permanently replaced by Activate Monado after obtaining the Monado.
  • Shulk BackSlash Back Slash - Damages single target. Attacking the target's back will cause double damage.
  • Shulk LightHeal Light Heal - Restores HP to a single ally.
  • Shulk SlitEdge Slit Edge - Damages single target. Attacking the target's side will reduce Physical Defence.
  • Shulk StreamEdge Stream Edge - Damages multiple enemies in front of Shulk, inflicts Break and fills Talent Gauge.
  • Shulk ShadowEye Shadow Eye - Reduces aggro and increases damage of next physical Art.
  • Shulk AirSlash Air Slash - Damages and inflicts Break on a single target. A side hit may inflict Slow.
  • Shulk ShakerEdge Shaker Edge - Damages single target. Dazes if target is Toppled.
  • Shulk BattleSoul Battle Soul - Sacrifices half of Shulk's current HP to refill a portion of his Talent Gauge.

For information on leveling battle arts, see Levelling Battle Arts.

Monado Arts

  • Shulk ActivateMonado Activate Monado [Talent Art] [Aura] - Switches Shulk's available Arts between his normal Arts and Monado Arts.
  • Shulk MonadoBuster Buster - Damages enemies in a straight line. Mechon and Machina suffer double damage.
  • Shulk MonadoEnchant Enchant - Allows allies to damage Mechon for a time and boosts attack power (not available in Future Connected).
  • Shulk MonadoShield Shield - Blocks Talent Arts of equal level or lower. Best used when Shulk has a vision.
  • Shulk MonadoSpeed Speed - Improves evasion of a single ally.
  • Shulk MonadoPurge Purge - Damages single target at a distance. Removes Auras and Spike effects and inflicts Aura Seal.
  • Shulk MonadoEater Eater - Damages enemies in front, removes all buffs and inflicts Bleed.
  • Shulk MonadoArmour Armour - Reduces all Physical and Ether damage to the party.
  • Shulk MonadoCyclone Cyclone - Damages all enemies around Shulk. Enemies suffering Break will be Toppled.

Skill Trees

Shulk has the following Skill Trees (not available in Future Connected):

Integrity is one of Shulk's initial three skill trees, and the first skill is unlocked at the start of the game.

Prioritizing Integrity improves Shulk's block rate, based on the number of skills that have been unlocked in this tree:

Skills Unlocked 1 2 3 4 5
Block Rate Increase 4% 6% 8% 10% 15%


Frame Skill Effect SP Cost Link Cost
Skills-blue-star-1 Medium Equipment Allows medium weight armor to be equipped. 0 10
Skills-yellow-circle-3 Secret of Life 10% more HP is restored when reviving a party member. 700 20
Skills-blue-star-1 Rewarding Work Successfully completed quests award 10% more EXP. 1000 3
Skills-blue-circle-1 Resilient Warrior Boosts Physical Defence and Ether Defence by 5%. 2000 11
Skills-yellow-star-1 Ultimate Teamwork Increases Chain Attack damage by 25%. 3500 18

Humanity is one of Shulk's initial three skill trees.

Prioritizing Humanity improves Shulk's Ether based on the number of skills that have been unlocked in this tree:

Skills Unlocked 0 1 2 3 4 5
Ether Increase 5 10 20 30 40 50


Frame Skill Effect SP Cost Link Cost
Skills-yellow-hex-1 Healing Wisdom Healing Arts restore 15% more HP. 300 8
Skills-yellow-star-1 Kind Encouragement Restores HP to an encouraged ally. 700 7
Skills-yellow-circle-3 Friendship Heals Heals the party slightly after a Chain Attack (5%). 1000 20
Skills-yellow-hex-3 Cheer of a Friend Causes Burst Affinity to fill more of the Party Gauge (15). 2000 45
Skills-yellow-star-1 Chain of Friendship Increases chance of a Chain Link by 15%. 3500 45

Intuition is one of Shulk's initial three skill trees.

Prioritizing Intuition improves Shulk's Agility based on the number of skills that have been unlocked in this tree:

Skills Unlocked 0 1 2 3 4 5
Agility Increase 2 5 8 10 12 15


Frame Skill Effect SP Cost Link Cost
Skills-yellow-square-3 Battle Cry Increases tension gained from the Battle Start Affinity by 20. 300 13
Skills-yellow-circle-1 Underdog Agility Up buff (15%) at start of battle with higher level enemies. 700 2
Skills-blue-square-1 Equipment Master Reduced weight of equipment by 5. 1000 5
Skills-blue-star-all Fever Pitch Increases chance of Fever when gem crafting. 2000 18
Skills-yellow-square-1 Element of Surprise Improves Arts with Bonus Effects from behind. 3500 20

Pessimism is Shulk's fourth skill tree. It can be unlocked by completing Désirée's Future, which requires Colony 9 affinity of 4½☆.

Prioritizing Pessimism improves Shulk's Ether Defence based on the number of skills that have been unlocked in this tree:

Skills Unlocked 0 1 2 3 4 5
Ether Defence Increase 5 10 20 30 40 50


Frame Skill Effect SP Cost Link Cost
Skills-yellow-diamond-3 Fight the Future Grants an extra 4 seconds before visions become reality 200 --
Skills-yellow-star-1 Stealth Warrior Reduces aggro gained by using Arts by 10% 500 30
Skills-yellow-circle-1 Epic Evasion Increases chance of gaining Burst Affinity by 5% after evading an attack 800 45
Skills-yellow-star-1 Forced Mercy Increases amount of aggro lost when attacked by 25% 1000 30
Skills-yellow-star-1 Immunization Grants immunity to stat-reducing debuffs 1500 45

Bravery is Shulk's fifth Skill Tree. It is obtained by completing either A Young Captain's Trust or A Young Captain's Revival, which require Colony 9 affinity of 4½☆.

Prioritizing Bravery improves Shulk's Critical Hit rate based on the number of skills that have been unlocked in this tree:

Skills Unlocked 0 1 2 3 4 5
Critical Hit Rate Increase 2% 5% 10% 12% 15% 20%


Frame Skill Effect SP Cost Link Cost
Skills-yellow-diamond-1 Fate Evasion EXP Bonus when vision tags are destroyed 200 --
Skills-blue-diamond-all Hero's Privilege Trading Bonus 20% 500 --
Skills-yellow-square-1 Lone Warrior Agility is raised by 20 when a party member is incapacitated 800 4
Skills-yellow-hex-3 Ultimate Defence Boost the party's Physical Defence and Ether Defence by 10% 1000 65
Skills-yellow-star-1 Glorious Future Talent Gauge is maxed after a vision 1500 28


  Blue skills are always active.
  Yellow skills are active only when the character is in the battle party.
Skills-party-1 Affects the party member with the skill.
Skills-party-3 Affects the battle party members.
Skills-party-all Affects the whole party.
Skills-shape-diamond Skills with a diamond shape cannot be linked.
Skills with other shapes can be linked to a frame of the same shape.

Gem Crafting

Shulk owns unique Shooter and Engineer abilities for Gem Crafting, they are:


  • Fever Plus: Gets into a Fever easily when crafting.


  • Strong Flame: Average
  • Medium Flame: Average
  • Gentle Flame: Good


4 hearts

3 hearts

2 hearts

In Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Shulk and Fiora make an appearance in Challenge Battle Mode, released as part of Version 1.5.0 for players with the Expansion Pass. In it, the two appear as Blades; like Poppibuster, they can freely switch between Drivers (excluding Tora) without the need of an Overdrive Protocol. However, they cannot be taken out of the Land of Challenge until the party receives the Alrest Linkring. Shulk uses the light element, wields the Monado, and acts as an Attacker in battle.

For this appearance, Shulk was redesigned by Kunihiko Tanaka, lead character designer for Xenoblade Chronicles X, as well as the Xenogears and Xenosaga series.

In the English dub of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, the original pronunciation for Shulk's name from Xenoblade Chronicles (/ˈʃʊlk/) can still be heard, but an alternate pronunciation (/ˈʃʌlk/) can also be heard.



  • Lv. 1 - Monado Purge - Brandish the Monado to generate a mid-air shockwave.
  • Lv. 2 - Monado Cyclone - Perform a rising spin to damage enemies surrounding you.
  • Lv. 3 - Monado Buster - A powerful slash using the true power of the Monado.
  • Lv. 4 - Monado Unbound - Unleash the true power of the Monado in a series of strikes.

Blade Arts

Battle Skills

  • Vision - Can negate powerful enemy attack via button challenge (100 - 60 sec cooldown).
  • Monado Enchant - Increases damage dealt by the party by 20% to 40% when at max Affinity.
  • Monado Speed - Increases accuracy and evasion rate of team by 24% to 40% at max Affinity.

Field Skills

  • Salvaging Mastery - Lv. 3
  • Keen Eye - Lv. 3
  • Ancient Wisdom - 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 "It's an unfamiliar fighting style, but I think I've got the hang of it."
3 3 Unlocks level 3 of the Affinity Chart. Affinity bond will be easier to sustain Increase Trust 700 "I feel I can get stronger."
4 4 Unlocks level 4 of the Affinity Chart Increase Trust 2,000 "We have to keep getting better. 'I' have to keep getting better."
5 5 Unlocks level 5 of the Affinity Chart Increase Trust 4,000 "I feel strong enough to do anything!"
Blade Special Monado Purge 1 1 60% chance to remove awakened status from enemy when using Special
2 2 70% chance to remove awakened status from enemy when using Special Use Monado Purge 15 "I think I'm getting used to this one."
3 3 80% chance to remove awakened status from enemy when using Special Finish an enemy 30 "Sometimes, losing isn't an option."
4 4 90% chance to remove awakened status from enemy when using Special Use Monado Purge 25 "I've honed it almost to perfection."
5 5 100% chance to remove awakened status from enemy when using Special Complete the Challenge Battle "Mk. VIII" 1 "That was a strong foe! It probably would've gotten stronger if we'd left it alone..."
Monado Cyclone 1 1 Increases critical damage by 25%
2 2 Increases critical damage by 40% Finish an enemy 10 "I have to fight harder than ever before if I want to keep everyone safe."
3 3 Increases critical damage by 55% Use Monado Cyclone 15 "I'm sure I'll hold my own the next time things come to a head."
4 4 Increases critical damage by 70% Use Monado Cyclone 20 "?"
5 5 Increases critical damage by 85% Complete the Challenge Battle "9th Imp. Armored Div." 1 "It was our mortal bodies against heavy armor, and we won... Hats off to you, everyone!"
Monado Buster 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 Monado Buster 5 "I've gotten a little stronger."
3 3 Adds a 80% chance of dealing a guard-annulling attack Use Monado Buster 10 "No one's coming to any harm, not while I'm around."
4 4 Adds a 90% chance of dealing a guard-annulling attack Finish an enemy 100 "?"
5 5 Adds a 100% chance of dealing a guard-annulling attack Complete the Challenge Battle "Call the Exterminators" 1 "Let's get an even higher score next time!"
Battle Skill Vision 1 1 Can negate powerful enemy attack via button challenge (100 sec cooldown)
2 2 Can negate powerful enemy attack via button challenge (90 sec cooldown) Evade an attack 10 "I've got your back. Trust me."
3 3 Can negate powerful enemy attack via button challenge (80 sec cooldown) Block an attack 50 "I'll try my hardest, don't you worry."
4 4 Can negate powerful enemy attack via button challenge (70 sec cooldown). Evade an attack 30 "If you need me to back you up, I'll give it everything I've got!"
5 5 Can negate powerful enemy attack via button challenge (60 sec cooldown). Block an attack. 100 "This power should benefit everyone."
Monado Enchant 1 1 Increases damage dealt by the party by 20% when at max Affinity Collect a lot of Ether Cubes during a single Challenge Battle 1,000 "Sure, this'll do."
2 2 Increases damage dealt by the party by 24% when at max Affinity Complete the Challenge Battle "Think of the Soldiers" 1 "I almost feel sorry for them."
3 3 Increases damage dealt by the party by 28% when at max Affinity Collect a lot of Ether Cubes during a single Challenge Battle 1,800 "Nice one! That's a new high score!"
4 4 Increases damage dealt by the party by 32% when at max Affinity Complete the Challenge Battle "Torna's Finest" 1 "That was a real challenge... But we were more than up to it."
5 5 Increases damage dealt by the party by 40% when at max Affinity Collect a lot of Ether Cubes during a single Challenge Battle 3,600 "?"
Monado Speed 1 1 Increases the accuracy and evasion rate of the team by 24% at max Affinity
2 2 Increases the accuracy and evasion rate of the team by 28% at max Affinity Complete Challenge Battles 10 "?"
3 3 Increases the accuracy and evasion rate of the team by 32% at max Affinity Attack from behind 30 "?"
4 4 Increases the accuracy and evasion rate of the team by 36% at max Affinity Complete Challenge Battles 30 "?"
5 5 Increases the accuracy and evasion rate of the team by 40% at max Affinity Attack from behind 100 "?"
Field Skill Salvaging Mastery 1 3 Knowledge related to salvaging. Acquire Mechanical items from the Collectibles list 10 "I'm really curious about this salvaging business."
2 4 Acquire Mechanical items from the Collectibles list 20 "So... how is it, deep down in the Cloud Sea?"
3 5 Acquire Mechanical items from the Collectibles list 40 "?"
Keen Eye 1 3 The power to see things clearly. Used to notice small changes, etc. Succeed in a button challenge during battle 10 "Perfect timing there!"
2 4 Help an incapacitated ally. 20 "?"
3 5 Swap blades during battle. 100 "?"
Ancient Wisdom 1 3 Knowledge of ancient civilizations. Used to decode writing, etc. Acquire treasure items through salvaging 5 "Could my expertise come in useful too?"
2 4 Acquire treasure items through salvaging 10 "?"
3 5 Acquire treasure items through salvaging 20 "?"

In Super Smash Bros.

Shulk (SSB4)

Shulk in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

Shulk is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U and its sequel Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. His Neutral Special move gives him the ability to change his attributes in battle using his Monado Arts; Speed, Shield and Buster from Xenoblade Chronicles and two new Arts, Jump and Smash, invented for the sake of Smash Bros.


Shulk's Neutral Special uses his Monado Arts:

  • 翔 (Jump): increased jump height, increased air speed, increased falling speed, increased Air Slash height, lower defence.
  • 疾 (Speed): increased ground speed, increased air speed, decreased attack power, decreased jump height.
  • 盾 (Shield): increased defence, increased weight, increased shield health, decreased ground speed, decreased air speed, decreased jump height, decreased attack power
  • 斬 (Buster): increased attack power, decreased launching power, decreased defence.
  • 撃 (Smash): increased launch power, decreased attack power, decreased weight

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate a Monado Art can be selected rather than switching between each one.

Shulk's Up Special move is Air Slash, a rising slash with an optional second slash.

Shulk's Side Special move is Back Slash. It does more damage if it hits the back, similarly to the Art's effect in Xenoblade Chronicles.

Shulk's Down Special move is Vision, in which he foresees an opponent's attack, dodges, and counterattacks. Vision can be altered to launch the opponent behind Shulk.

His Final Smash is a Chain Attack with Dunban and Riki. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fiora is added to this Final Smash.

Some of Shulk's neutral attacks in this game also bear resemblance to other arts that he and other party members in Xenoblade Chronicles used, two notable examples being his forward smash's similarity to Slit Edge and his down smash's to War Swing, one of Reyn's arts.


Nintendo released a Shulk amiibo as part of the third wave of amiibo figures. In the US the Shulk figure was exclusive to retailer Game Stop at launch, but was made available at Best Buy retailers in October 2015. It is not exclusive to any retailer in Europe or Japan. The announced release dates by Nintendo were February 2015 in North America and 20th February, 2015 in Europe.

According to Nintendo's amiibo compatibility chart, the Shulk amiibo is compatible with the following games:

Game Console Compatibility
Hyrule Warriors Wii U Read only
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS 3DS Read / write
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Wii U Read / write
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Wii U Read only
Mario Party 10 Wii U Read only
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D 3DS Read only
Amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits Wii U Read only
Super Mario Maker Wii U Read only
Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash 3DS Read only
Yoshi's Woolly World 3DS & Wii U Read only
Word Puzzles by POWGI 3DS & Wii U Read only
Pokkén Tournament Wii U Read only
Hyrule Warriors Legends 3DS Read only
Mini Mario & Friends 3DS & Wii U Read only
Kirby: Planet Robobot 3DS Read only
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Wii U Read only
Metroid Prime: Federation Force Blast Ball Demo 3DS Read only
Metroid Prime: Federation Force 3DS Read only
Style Savvy: Fashion Forward 3DS Read only
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Wii U & Switch Read only
Mario Sports Superstars 3DS Read only
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia 3DS Read only
Miitopia 3DS Read only
Hey! Pikmin 3DS Read only
Monster Hunter Stories 3DS Read only
Pokkén Tournament DX Switch Read only
Fire Emblem Warriors 3DS & Switch Read only
Super Mario Odyssey Switch Read only
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Switch Read only
Style Savvy: Styling Star 3DS Read only
Bayonetta 2 Switch Read only
Kirby: Star Allies Switch Read only
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Switch Read / write

In Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, the Shulk amiibo can be used to unlock items in the Jukebox and Model Viewer. Using the amiibo once per day will grant three tokens to use for the raffles. The Shulk amiibo is the only amiibo currently supported by the game.

In Super Mario Maker, the amiibo unlocks a Shulk skin to be used in Super Mario Bros. stages. It also uses Shulk's Japanese voice clips.

In Yoshi's Woolly World, the amiibo unlocks a Shulk pattern for Yoshi.

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, the amiibo gives the ESP ability.



  • "The enemy's weak, but don't drop your guard!"
  • "Everyone — let's go!"
  • [Starting versus red level enemies] "Looks like we don't have a choice!"
  • [Fighting a Unique Monster] "Everyone do your best!"
  • [Dodging] "Not good enough!"
  • "We haven't lost yet!"
  • [Activating] "This is the Monado's power!"
  • "Nothing's gonna stop me!"
  • "Let's aim higher!"
  • "Almost there!"
  • [Healed] "Just what I needed!"
  • "Monado! Show me the way!"
  • "Behold the power of the Monado!"
  • "I... I'm seeing something!"
  • "It's coming to me...!"
  • "Ohh... Wait!"
  • "Ok, my turn!"
  • "Not bad!"
  • "Monado, lend us your power!"
  • "More enemies!"
  • "There's no end to them!"
  • "I'm...sorry..."
  • "I can't...go on..."
  • "This isn't going well..."
  • Shulk: "I'm really feeling it!"
    Reyn: "yeah, Shulk! get stuck in!"
  • Shulk: "Reyn!"
    Reyn: "I know, I know!"
  • "Altogether for a Chain Attack!"
  • "Sharla! Don't worry about it!"
  • [Talent Gauge full] "We can definitely do this!"
  • Shulk: "This isn't going well."
    Reyn: "Sorry, I lost focus."
  • Shulk: "Altogether now!"
    Riki: "Riki together too!"
  • [Focussing attacks] "Let's Focus our efforts!"
  • [Engaging at will] "Play it by ear everyone!"
  • [Retreat] "Everyone, make a run for it!"


  • "Shadow Eye!"
  • "Back Slash!"
  • "Air Slash!"
  • "Streeeam Edge!"
  • "Light Heal!"
  • "Slit Edge!"
  • "This'll leave a mark-- Shaker Edge!"
  • [Art: Shaker Edge] "Pesky thing!"
  • "Monado—Buster!"
  • [Art: Monado Shield] "Monado... Shield us!"
  • [Art: Monado Speed] "Monado, show me the way!""
  • "You're not invincible! Monado Enchant!"
  • "No escape..." *yelling* "Monado Purge!"
  • [Art: Monado Purge] "That's ENOUGH!!!"
  • "I'll blow you away... Monado Cyclone!"
  • "Monadoooo... Eater!"
  • "Tuuurn... Strike!"
  • [Art: Monado Eater] "I'll smash you up!"

Leveling up

  • "Cool!"
  • "I need to be even stronger!"
  • "I can feel the power!"


  • "Piece of cake!"
  • "Hahaha, we win!"

​Character Yells


  • "Reyn!!!"
  • "Get up, Reyn!"
  • "You're really getting into this, Reyn!"
  • "Reyn! Let's see what you're made of!"
  • "And nothing's gonna stop us."
  • "Ok, Reyn!"
  • "It's cause we all make such a good team, Reyn!"
  • "Reyn! You're up!"
  • "Easy there, Reyn!"
  • "Reyn! You're a lifesaver!"
  • "Reyn! It's up to you!"
  • "Nice one, Reyn!"
  • "Reyn! This isn't like you!"


  • "Fiora! Please, no!!!"
  • "Come on, Fiora, get up!"
  • "Looking good too, Fiora!"
  • "Go get em, Fiora!"
  • "Me too, Fiora!"
  • "I won't let you go, Fiora!"
  • "I feel exactly the same, Fiora!"
  • "Fiora! Keep it coming!"
  • "Fiora! I'll protect you."
  • "Fiora! Glad you're around!"
  • "Fiora! We're all with you!"
  • "Fiora! You got it?"
  • "Fiora, that's great!"
  • "Fiora! Don't give up!"


  • "No way..... DUNBAN!!!!"
  • "It's not over yet, Dunban!"
  • "Yeah Dunban, go for it!"
  • "Dunban! You're really shining!"
  • "Yeah, Dunban!"
  • "Understood, Dunban!"
  • "Yes sir!"
  • "Dunban! We're counting on you!"
  • "Dunban! Don't overdo it!"
  • "Thank you, Dunban."
  • "Dunban! That's the one!"
  • "Dunban! You're awesome!"
  • "Dunban, hang in there!"


  • "SHARLA!!!"
  • "Sharla, hang in there!"
  • "Sharpshooter Sharla!"
  • "Sharla! You're really focussed!"
  • "And as one, we're unbeatable!"
  • "We can do even better. Come on, Sharla!"
  • "Yeah! It's cool, isn't it, Sharla?"
  • "Sharla! Go for it!"
  • "Sharla! You're needed here!"
  • "Sharla! Nice shot!"
  • "Come on, Sharla! We're not done yet!"


  • "RIKI!!!"
  • "You're all right, Riki?"
  • "We need full power, Riki!"
  • "Heropon on the rampage!"
  • "Haha! Teach us, Heropon Riki!"
  • "Hah. Good well be, Riki."
  • "Right behind you, Riki!"
  • "Riki! It's your turn!
  • "Riki! Take the lead!"
  • "Riki! Keep it up!"
  • "Riki, a sad face doesn't suit you!"


  • "MELIA!!!"
  • "Melia! Don't give up!"
  • "Give it all you've got, Melia!"
  • "Melia's scary when she's angry!"
  • "I'm glad you're with us, Melia!"
  • "Yeah! And we're stronger than anyone else!"
  • "Melia! Thank you!"
  • "Melia! It's up to you!"
  • "Melia! That's the one!"
  • "Melia! I knew you could do it!"
  • "Melia! Cheer up!"

Vision Warnings

  • "Reyn, this is not good."
  • "Sharla, watch out!"
  • "Dunban, listen!"
  • "Riki, be careful!"
  • "Melia, this is bad!"
  • "Fiora, we've gotta hurry!"
  • "No! I can't see it clearly!"
  • "The future doesn't belong to you!"


  • "Long ago, the world was nothing more than an endless sea cloaked in a boundless sky, reaching as far as could possibly be imagined. Then two great titans came into existence. The Bionis and the Mechonis. The titans were locked in a timeless battle. Until at last, only their lifeless corpses remained. […] Eons have passed. Now, our world, this vast land stretching across the remains of the Bionis, is under attack by a relentless force known as the Mechon."

"Reyn's right. You can't go on like this. […] Dunban! … This's my turn!"
"I've made a decision. … My purpose in life - I will pursue that faced Mechon. … They attacked our colony, killed Fiora... I will find that Mechon - find it and destroy it. Destroy them all!"
"Xord? So you have a name?"

[to Metal Face] "You will know the pain and suffering you caused the Emperor and Fiora!"

"Fiora! It's me! Shulk! Fiora!"

"So it's true. You really don't remember us at all. Fiora, listen! If nothing else, you must remember your family! That's Dunban over there!"

[jumping after Fiora's falling Mechon] "Fiora!"

Shulk: [after reviving Fiora] "Fiora. You're awake. you remember? My name is Shu-"

[Fiora puts her hand on Shulk's cheek, and he looks at her expression of content with surprise.]

Fiora: "I can't believe it. My first kiss."
Shulk: [overjoyed] "You do remember me! Fiora!"
Fiora: [nods] "Of course I do, Shulk." [The two embrace.]

"If I'd wanted to walk the predetermined path, I wouldn't have come this far. Even with the odds stacked against us, even though I can't see the future, I'll keep walking. My own path. That I decide."

"I just want to live my life as a Homs, in a!"

Zanza: "How, how can you have visions?! You no longer possess the Monado!"
Shulk: "I don't know. It comes from the bottom of my heart. It shows me my enemy. It reveals the future I must change!"
"What's important isn't whether you can see the future or not. It's the will to make a choice, and the strength to seize your destiny! Our time has come. OUR DESTINY IS OUR OWN!"

"Today, we use our power to fell a god, and then, SEIZE OUR DESTINY!"
"I won't decide. The future should be decided by each and every person in the world. And so what I... No what we wish for is... A world with no Gods!"

"I don't know what the future holds. But that means, I can imagine all the possibilities."
"I hope I can meet them all one day. The people of this endless world."

Post-battle dialogues

Party Members Dialogue
Shulk, Reyn Shulk - Reyn, I can always count on you!
Reyn - Heh, nothing's gonna touch you as long as I'm around.
Shulk, Reyn Shulk - We need to stick together from here on, and we'll be right as Reyn. Get it?
Reyn - *Laughs* You crack me up, Shulk.
Shulk, Reyn, Sharla Reyn - I'm on fire! Sharla, did you see me? Did you see what I did!?
Sharla - Oh! I, uh, wasn't really looking.
Reyn - Aw, come on. That's not fair.
Shulk - *Laughs*
Shulk, Reyn, Dunban Reyn - Dunban, with you around, there ain't no stopping us!
Shulk - Totally!
Dunban - Don't get cocky. Stay focussed, stay sharp.
Shulk & Reyn - Yes sir!
Shulk, Reyn, Melia Shulk - Melia, are you tired?
Melia - No, I am fine. Reyn, however... I'm not so sure about.
Shulk: Reyn, wake up! Reyn!
Reyn: *Yawns* Sorry, sorry. Didn't get enough sleep. Why don't we grab some shut-eye?
Shulk, Reyn, Riki Riki - Thanks to Riki's sidekicks, we win.
Reyn - Wha!? Who're you calling sidekick?
Riki - No see anyone else. Must be you.
Reyn - Stupid furry volleyball. I'm gonna...
Shulk - Reyn, you're such an easy target. *Laughs*
Shulk, Reyn, Fiora Reyn - Man, am I good or am I good.
Shulk - *Laughs* That is so you, Reyn.
Fiora - *Giggles* You two never change.
Shulk, Sharla, Dunban Shulk - Sharla, could you teach me how to use a rifle sometime?
Dunban - So that's how it is. Giving up the sword already?
Shulk - No, no! That's not it at all!
Sharla - Oh let him have a go, Dunban.
Shulk, Sharla, Melia Melia - Sharla, your skill is truly unrivalled.
Shulk - It's true. You're really good, Sharla!
Sharla - Wow, thanks. I don't know what to say.
Shulk, Sharla, Riki Riki - Mighty Riki also amazing with gun!
Sharla - Oh really? Sure you won't shoot yourself in the paw?
Riki - Oh no! Riki need paws!
Shulk - *Laughs* Sharla, cut him some slack.
Shulk, Sharla, Fiora Shulk - Fiora, are you hurt?
Fiora - Shulk, tell me you're okay.
Sharla - Uh... I'm here too, you know?
Shulk & Fiora - Sorry, Sharla.
Sharla - *Laugh* I'm just teasing.
Shulk, Dunban, Melia Shulk - Melia, it'd be great if you taught me how to use ether!
Dunban - So that's how it is. Giving up the sword already?
Shulk - No, no! That's not it at all!
Melia - I'm speechless.
Shulk, Dunban, Riki Dunban - Riki, mighty Heropon, I can see that you're in pain.
Riki - Hmph, nothing can beat Riki.
Shulk - Dunban, you're embarrassing Riki!.
Shulk, Dunban, Fiora Dunban - Fiora, how are you doing?
Fiora - I'm fine, Dunban. But thanks for asking.
Shulk - I wish I had a brother or sister. You guys look like a real family.
Fiora - Well... you're basically like our baby brother.
Shulk - What!? Baby brother!?
Fiora - *Laugh* Be careful what you wish for.
Shulk, Melia, Riki Riki - Melly, Riki try really hard! You see it?
Melia - Of course, you sweet thing. Who's a brave boy?
Shulk - Um, Melia? Are you feeling okay?
Shulk, Melia and Fiora Shulk - Wow, when did you two get so tough?
Fiora - What? Just because we're girls we're supposed to be wimps? How rude!
Melia - Quite. I'm afraid you have much to learn about the fairer sex, Shulk.
Shulk - *Groan* Why do I get the feeling that mastering the Monado is going to be easier?
Fiora & Melia - *Laughs*
Shulk, Riki, Fiora Riki - Riki try really hard.
Fiora - I was watching the whole time.
Riki - Wha..? No way. You watching Riki?
Shulk - I saw him slacking off a bit.
Riki - *Guilty laugh* You wrong. Riki try really hard.
Shulk & Fiora - *Laughs*


  • In a Heart-to-Heart - "A Gift for a Loved One" - between Dunban and Sharla at Eryth Sea, Dunban states that Shulk's diet is not healthy as he dislikes vegetables. He eats the vegetables Fiora cooks him without complaining though, because he is too embarrassed to admit that he does not like them to her.
    • In spite of collectables in the Vegetables category being Shulk's least favorite in Xenoblade Chronicles, with some of them lowering his Affinity by as much as 18 points, in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 one of his favorite Pouch Items is Addam's Supercakes and one of his favorite categories is Veggies.
  • According to "The Legend of the Spider", Shulk is scared of caterpillars. Apparently this was caused when Reyn hid a caterpillar in Shulk's sock drawer.
  • After falling from Galahad Fortress, Shulk has a dream where he picks up a piece of scrap metal and falls through the ground as a child. The piece of scrap metal bears a high resemblance to the Monado.
  • Shulk is the first Xenoblade Chronicles character to appear in a franchise outside his own, having appeared as playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U and as a unlockable Mystery Mushroom costume in Super Mario Maker.
  • Due to Super Mario Maker, Shulk is currently the only Xenoblade Chronicles character to appear on his own in a franchise outside his own, as other Xenoblade characters and materials appear in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, and Fiora, Metal Face, and several enemies and areas from Xenoblade Chronicles in the non-Nintendo (but Monolith Soft developed) game, Project X Zone 2.
  • Shulk and Zanza have the same voice actor. This is probably intended as a foreshadowing to the plot twist that he has been dead all the time and Zanza kept him alive through the Monado.
  • When using the Tachyon Chip, Shulk as a Blade in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has the highest auto-attack stat in the game capping at 1,974 at S+ trust. This makes him have higher auto-attack than Pandoria and Poppi QTπ, who hit the 1,700's.
  • Some of Shulk's post-battle dialogue reference major events from the main story of Xenoblade Chronicles.


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