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- "What's the matter? Are you the Aegis or aren't ya?!"
- — Vandham
Vandham (Japanese: ヴァンダム, Vandamu), born Aquila Paronet Sol Esteriole, is a character in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. He is the leader of the Urayan Garfont Mercenaries. He is a Driver accompanied by his special Blade, Roc, and acts as a mentor to Rex and the party.
Vandham is a temporary party member, joining at level 20 during Chapter 3 and leaving near the end of that same chapter.
Vandham is a very large Urayan man beyond his prime with gray-brown eyes, a silver mullet with yellow and blue streaks, pointed ears, white scales on both sides of his face, and a large X-shaped scar in the middle of his face. He is a beefy and robust man, possessing a tank-like, bulky physique and incredibly massive muscles.
Vandham's attire is a large set of strapped on green and blue armor, with silver and blue crosses all over it. He also wears matching leather fingerless gloves, and pointed, matching leather boots.
Before becoming a mercenary, he was a scion of the noble Paronet family. The name "Vandham" was a nickname inspired by someone he looked up to as a child, his birth name being Aquila Paronet Sol Esteriole. He also had a son who died of causes that are never specified. He was a freelancer before he joined the Garfont Mercenaries, and he fought alongside Cole.
Rex first meets Vandham in the Kingdom of Uraya. He and his assistants, Yew and Zuo, challenge Rex and party to a fight for the Aegis. Vandham tricks Rex into exhausting Pyra's power. Just as Vandham is about to deliver a lethal blow to Rex, he stops and reveals that he never meant them any harm; just wanted to test the capabilities of the Driver of the Aegis.
Vandham leads them back to Garfont Village, the home of his mercenary group. Over a meal, Vandham tells Rex that wars involve everybody, one way or another, and that everyone needs a reason to fight. He then joins the party to investigate a large ether energy buildup near the blowhole. Along the way, Vandham teaches Rex how to inflict Topple with Anchor Shot. They find a small decaying Titan near the blowhole, but they are interrupted by an Elder Arachno that managed to bond with the Blade Wulfric. Vandham then tells Rex the Blade life-cycle: Core Crystals are formed from dying Titans, and every time a Blade dies, they revert to their Cores with their memories wiped.
Upon making it back to Garfont, Vandham learns that Rex and Pyra share an unusual bond, resulting in both Rex and Pyra gaining each other's injuries. Akhos interrupts their conversation and Vandham tells them that Torna had killed many Drivers, including some of his friends. After Vandham and Roc help drive off Akhos, Nia tells Vandham about her past with Torna before Vandham dismisses her, telling her to focus on the present.
He then leads the party to Fonsa Myma to meet Cole, who knows how to get to Elysium. Along the way, they encounter Zeke and Pandoria for the first time. Upon reaching the Capital, they notice a large number of warships. They later fight a soldier who stole a child's rations; the child turns out to be Iona, Cole's granddaughter. They watch one of Cole's plays on the Aegis War; Cole later speaks to Vandham and the others and agrees to help them reach Elysium.
After Pyra and Iona are lured out to Olethro Playhouse, Vandham helps Rex and the others fight back against Akhos and Malos. When Obrona uses her power to disrupt the ether flow in the air, Vandham impales himself on Roc's scythes to continue fighting. He begs Rex to escape, but Rex refuses to leave Vandham. He tells Rex to fight his own war before being stabbed and killed by Malos, who was using the Sword Tonfa of Sever. Rex tries to avenge him, leading to Mythra's awakening.
After the battle Vandham is buried in Olethro Playhouse, as it is a mercenary custom to be buried where they fell. Yew and Zuo reveal that Vandham wanted Rex to take charge of the Garfont Mercenaries. Beyond this he is only mentioned by Nia, Rex telling to reawaken Roc about his old Driver, and a flashback in Chapters 7, 8, and 10.
|Level||Max HP||Max Strength||Max Ether||Max Dexterity||Max Agility||Max Luck|
These are Vandham's Idea Stats upon joining the party.
- Bravery - Lv. 4
- Truth - Lv. 4
- Compassion - Lv. 5
- Justice - Lv. 3
Roc is Vandham's default Blade; Roc cannot be used by any other Driver during Chapter 3, and Vandham cannot use any other Blades himself.
|Name||Role||Element||Default Core Chip||Obtained|
|Roc||ATK||-||Default Blade when Vandham joins the party.|
- Dual Scythes
- Pouch item types: Staple Foods, Board Games
- Pouch items: Armu T-Bone Steak (Meats), The Alrestogony (Literature)
Hidden Affinity Chart
|1||Power Lift||Extends Launch duration by 15%.||7,500|
|Quick Muscles||Increases Agility by 20.||3,750|
|Dependable Guy||Slightly fills the Party Gauge for each critical hit delivered.||2,500|
|Anything for a Mate||Boosts recharge for Specials after canceling by 20%.||6,250|
|Knack for Battle||Increases Dexterity by 20.||5,000|
|2||World's Strongest Man||Boosts Strength by 10%.||5,000|
|Honed to Perfection||Boosts Dexterity by 10%.||10,000|
|Recuperation||Increases HP restored to self (not using HP Potions) by 10%.||12,500|
|Pumped Dodge||Boosts Agility by 10%.||7,500|
|Thank the Heavens||Increases Luck by 20.||15,000|
|3||Buff Buff||Slightly fills the Party Gauge when an "Excellent" is scored during a Special.||15,000|
|Higher Powers||Boosts Luck by 10%.||30,000|
|Physical Fitness||Restores 3% HP when canceling an auto-attack with a Driver Art.||25,000|
|Booming Aid||Increases Affinity by 25% after winning a Special button challenge.||10,000|
|Greatest Work||Slightly fills the Party Gauge at the end of each Chain Attack.||20,000|
- Vandham can guard attacks from any side.
|Muscle Slash||Physical||-||2||One target||150||-||Increases damage dealt by 100% when HP is 30% or less.|
|Fast Twitch||Physical||-||1||One target||300||-||The user is Evasive while using this art.|
|Muscle Uppercut||Physical||-||1||One target||200||Launch||-|
During battle Vandham fights alongside Roc, who increases his dexterity by 15% and is able to use Arts Plus.
|Element||Weapon||Auto-attack||Stability||Critical Rate||Block Rate|
|Death Wing||Physical||Wind||4||One target||300 - 340||-||-|
|Crushing Twister||Physical||Wind||8||One target||400 - 440||-||Increases damage dealt by 100% - 110% when HP is 30% or less.|
|Feather Typhoon||Ether||Wind||4||Ahead||500 - 540||Blowdown||-|
- Vangarre, the Colonel of Colony 9's Defence Force in Xenoblade Chronicles, shares Vandham's Japanese name. Both Vangarre and Vandham were in turn based on Vanderkam from Xenosaga, especially their drill sergeant-like personality and a tendency to call their subordinates "slackers." Vanderkam was in turn based on a character of the same name from Xenogears.
- He also shares his name with Commander Vandham from Xenoblade Chronicles X, both voiced by the same Japanese actor Tesshō Genda.
- One of Vandham's hobbies is growing trees.
- It is unknown if Mòrag or Brighid learned who Vandham was.
- Vandham is the only party member in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 to not appear as a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
- Vandham is the only temporary party member in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 who can use accessories and pouch items and level up Driver Arts.
|Vandham||"Rex mate, you just ain't got enough power. Give me three thousand squats!"|
|Rex||"I think that's a bit much."|
|Rex||"We did alright out there."|
|Vandham||"Reckon I earned my beer today."|
|Azurda||"Vandham, you think highly of Rex, do you not?"|
|Vandham||"Ah, that little shrimp reminds me of my boy. I'm alright! Honest!"|
|Vandham||"Pyra, you don't muck about! You ain't just a pretty face, are ya?"|
|Pyra||"I-I don't know what to say!"|
|Vandham||"You killed it out there, Nia! You're a smooth operator."|
|Nia||"Hello? I'm a girl!"|
|Vandham||"So, Dromarch. What d'you look for in a Driver?"|
|Dromarch||"Small enough to ride on my back, adorable features... and a little impertinent."|
|Vandham||"Tora, you're a hell of a Driver! Don't you forget it."|
|Tora||"Meh meh, Tora is blinded by tears!"|
|Vandham||"Poppi, you're like real flesh and blood. You remind me of my lad who passed on."|
|Poppi α||"Poppi is shaped like girl, but if Vandham happy, then Poppi is happy."|
|Vandham||"You flapped up a storm there, Roc mate! Keep it up!"|
|Roc||"You deserve part of the credit, isn't that right, mate?"|
|Roc||"Say Vandham, why don't you try to come up with a new technique?"|
|Vandham||"Just so long as it ain't got a funny name, like Ultimate Lightning Cross Slash."|
|Rex||"The key was to synchronize our breathing!"|
|Tora||"Rex-Rex and Tora are a-meh-meh-meh-meh-mazing combo!"|
|Vandham||"Good work, but we gotta fix the world so we don't need to fight, y'hear?"|
|Azurda||"I feel Rex is in good hands with you, Vandham."|
|Vandham||"Yeah, I'll start with his guns, and move on to his treps!"|
|Pyra||"I think Rex might be better off as he is."|
|Vandham||"Ha! I never thought a bird and a dog'd be such good mates."|
|Dromarch||"I admire the sentiment, but must point out that I am not a dog."|
|Roc||"Better a bird and a dog than a cat and a mouse, certainly."|
|Characters in Xenoblade Chronicles 2|
|Playable Characters||Rex · Nia · Tora · Vandham · Zeke · Mòrag|
|Special Blades||Pyra · Mythra · Dromarch · Poppi α, QT, QTπ · Roc · Pandoria · Brighid · Aegaeon|
|Supporting Characters||Amalthus · Azurda · Bana · Cole · Corinne · Eulogimenos · Fan la Norne · Lila · Niall · Niranira · Tatazo|
|Torna||Jin · Malos · Sever · Akhos · Obrona · Mikhail · Cressidus · Patroka · Perdido|
|Dagas · Newt · Crossette|
|Gorg · Praxis · Sheba|
|Godfrey · Theory · Ursula · Perun · Dahlia|
|Adenine · Boreas · Finch · Zenobia · Fiora|
|Wulfric · Agate · Floren · Nim|
|Electra · Kora · Herald · Vess|
|KOS-MOS · Poppibuster · Corvin · Shulk|
|Azami · Vale · Perceval · Kasandra · T-elos · Elma|