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Vess (Japanese: ムスビ, Musubi) is a Rare Blade in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. She has the power to heal allies while attacking when controlled by her Drivers, Rex, Nia, Zeke or Mòrag, and their allies. Vess uses the electric element, wields a Bitball, and acts as a healer in battle. She fights with a metallic, porous Bitball that she levitates.

Vess was designed by Kia Asamiya, creator of the Martian Successor Nadesico and Silent Möbius manga series.

Acquisition

Unlike most other Blades, Vess can only be found after being awakened from Vess's Core Crystal, rewarded upon completion of the side quest Tranquility.

Personality

Vess has a very nurturing, motherly personality, providing a meaningful mother figure to her previous Driver's children and expressing a substantial desire to cook for and heal those around her. She is gentle, docile, and well-liked.

Appearance

Vess has floor-length white-blonde hair, pale skin, and large pastel purple eyes. She is relatively tall and slim, and wears a long white, blue and golden dress with thigh slits, and armored thigh-high leggings. The dress is adorned with many golden ornaments and symbols. Blue halos surround her wrists, ankles, and neck.

Her core crystal is in the shape of a blue diamond.

Blade Quest and Heart-to-Heart

Tranquility icon

Vess during her Blade Quest

Vess' Blade Quest, Tranquility, is initiated in Torigoth Market upon speaking to Vess as an NPC, who is out buying ingredients for cooking. She asks a favor of the party; that they bring her ingredients that cannot be bought at the market. They do so, and she invites them over for dinner if they bring firewood. The party do so and meet Vess' Driver, an old man named Mabon who Vess fusses over and cares for. She has been his Blade since he was young, and helped raise his children when his wife passed away. After a meal of dumplings - the only thing Vess ever cooks, but surprisingly tasty - the party offer any further help, and Vess requests they bring her favorite food from Fonsa Myma (Fruity Rice Balls). Mabon on the sly waits until Vess is out of earshot and requests they also bring Bitter Choclit, an unhealthy delicacy that Vess does not approve of him eating. The party do so, to Vess and Mabon's delight, and Mabon tells a story of how in his youth he and Vess found a pair of golden bracers and buried them for safekeeping, although he can't recall where. He sets the party off to find and deliver them to his two children, which they do, but on returning they find Mabon slipping into unconsciousness. Vess, in the kitchen, doesn't realize anything is wrong, and the party watch Mabon die at peace in his chair. Vess returns to her core crystal in the kitchen.

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Vess with Mabon

Vess' Heart-to-heart, "Reunion", takes place after her Blade Quest is complete at Mabon's house in Torigoth, between Vess, her Driver, and two NPCs; Noelle and Antis. They are Mabon's grown up children, dealing with the house after his death, when Vess feels a stirring of familiarity for it and approaches. They are delighted to see her, and praise her for helping raise them and her good deeds. They discuss Mabon - and her lack of memories - and decide that the three of them should spend time together to reminisce and let Vess know about her past.

Abilities

Blade Specials

  • Lv. 1 - Healing Bolt - Swing your weapon round your head and release a shockwave.
  • Lv. 2 - Ball Lightning - Throw your weapon about randomly and cause a lightning explosion.
  • Lv. 3 - Thunderstrike - Kick a ball and lightning will strike where it bounces.
  • Lv. 4 - Divine Plasma - Attack the enemy with a ball of lightning formed by Vess's weapon.

Blade Arts

Battle Skills

  • Space-Tea-Time - Reduces recharge of enemies in battle when at max Affinity.
  • Sympathy - Increases Affinity when a fellow Driver misses an attack.
  • Not Part of the Plan - Increases critical hit rate.

Field Skills

  • Forestry - Lv. 3
  • Fortitude - Lv. 3
  • Dumpling Pro - Lv. 5

Vess's Dumplings

Main article: Vess's Dumplings (kitchen)

Vess can create dumplings at the kitchen at the rear of her and Mabon's former home in Gormott. At each level of her Dumpling Pro Field Skill, she learns a new dumpling recipe.

 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 "I'm still good to keep up the hard work!"
3 3 Unlocks level 3 of the Affinity Chart. Affinity bond will be easier to sustain. Increase Trust 1,300 "Have you noticed all my hard work?"
4 4 Unlocks level 4 of the Affinity Chart. Increase Trust 3,800 "All my hard work is paying off!"
5 5 Unlocks level 5 of the Affinity Chart. Increase Trust 9,800 "Dumplings taste extra delicious after a hard battle. They really calm down your whole spirit."
Blade Special Healing Bolt 1 1 When landing a hit, restores 30% of damage dealt to the whole party
2 2 When landing a hit, restores 35% of damage dealt to the whole party Collect an HP Potion 10 "Leave the healing to me!"
3 3 When landing a hit, restores 40% of damage dealt to the whole party Use Healing Bolt 11 "How was I? I thought I did quite well there."
4 4 When landing a hit, restores 45% of damage dealt to the whole party Use Healing Bolt 12 "I'm a little tired, how about you? Maybe we should take a break and have some dumplings."
5 5 When landing a hit, restores 50% of damage dealt to the whole party Perform a Blade Combo 12 "I'm getting more powerful... Just look at what I can do!"
Ball Lightning 1 1 Increases damage dealt to machines by 60%
2 2 Increases damage dealt to machines by 70% Use Ball Lightning 7 "I think my throwing skills are improving! I'm not just imagining it, am I?"
3 3 Increases damage dealt to machines by 80% Collect HP Potions 15 "Healing is important! You mustn't push yourself too hard."
4 4 Increases damage dealt to machines by 90% Defeat a Clabor Rodonya at the Cliffs of Morytha. 5 "It's always good to work on the things we have trouble with!"
5 5 Increases damage dealt to machines by 100% Use Ball Lightning 10 "I'm getting more powerful... Just look at what I can do!"
Thunderstrike 1 1 Spawns a small HP Potion on hit, with a 60% chance to spawn 2
2 2 Spawns a small HP Potion on hit, with a 70% chance to spawn 2 Use Thunderstrike 5 "The ball is my friend. Do you want to be friends too?"
3 3 Spawns a small HP Potion on hit, with a 80% chance to spawn 2 Defeat a Ruchik Kapiba in Leftheria 5 "Such a tricky opponent... I'm not very good with fights like this."
4 4 Spawns a small HP Potion on hit, with a 90% chance to spawn 2 Collect HP potions 20 "Power up time! I'm stronger than before."
5 5 Spawns a small HP Potion on hit, with a 100% chance to spawn 2 Defeat Crimson Derrick at the Cliffs of Morytha "That's a victory for me! What do you think? Aren't I amazing?"
Battle Skill Space-Tea-Time 1 1 Reduces recharge of enemies in battle by 10% when at max Affinity
2 2 Reduces recharge of enemies in battle by 12% when at max Affinity Swim a lot 250 "There's something so calming about the Cloud Sea...it feels lovely to just bob around on the surface."
3 3 Reduces recharge of enemies in battle by 15% when at max Affinity Perform a Blade Combo 7 "Let me show you my lightning power. I hope you're ready for this!"
4 4 Reduces recharge of enemies in battle by 17% when at max Affinity Speak to Vess at the inn in Gormott to view the Heart-to-Heart "Reunion"  ? "Thank you for taking me there. It was a lovely trip down Memory Lane..."
5 5 Reduces recharge of enemies in battle by 20% when at max Affinity Collect an HP Potion 30 "I'll do my best to support you!"
Sympathy 1 1 Increases Affinity by 10 when a fellow Driver misses an attack
2 2 Increases Affinity by 12 when a fellow Driver misses an attack Raise Affinity in Combat 2 Is this what it means to have perfect synergy?"
3 3 Increases Affinity by 14 when a fellow Driver misses an attack Use a Chain Attack 4 "We all worked as a great team there!"
4 4 Increases Affinity by 16 when a fellow Driver misses an attack Perform a Blade Combo 10 "Let me show you my power."
5 5 Increases Affinity by 20 when a fellow Driver misses an attack Raise Affinity in combat 7 "We work so well together!"
Not Part of the Plan 1 1 Increases critical hit rate by 5% Raise Affinity in Combat 3 "I've gained more power!"
2 2 Increases critical hit rate by 7% Use a Chain Attack 2 "Even I can get serious when I need to!"
3 3 Increases critical hit rate by 10% Raise Affinity in combat 5 "I'll have to make you some tasty dumplings sometime."
4 4 Increases critical hit rate by 12% Use a Chain Attack 5 "We make such a good team!"
5 5 Increases critical hit rate by 15% Perform a Blade Combo 12 "Time for the decisive blow. Thunder, hear my call!"
Field Skill Forestry 1 1 Knowledge related to trees Acquire Tree items from the Collectible List 5 "I think I might have learned a thing or two...? Maybe? I'm not too sure..."
2 3 Acquire Tree items from the Collectible List 25 "I feel like I understand the forest a little better now."
3 4 Acquire Tree items from the Collectible List 27 "I feel like I really understand the forest now!"
Fortitude 1 1 The power to see endure hardships. It even helps cope with boring jobs
2 3 Speak to an Ardainian 30 "What is this feeling? I had a strangely nostalgic sensation for a moment."
3 4 Speak to Ardainians 40 "Why is it that I almost feel I know some of these people?"
Dumpling Pro 1 1 Prepare tasty triangular dumplings. Skill exclusive to Vess
2 2 Make dumplings in Torigoth, Gormott (Previous instances count towards total) 10 "Hee hee! My dumplings are tastier now!"
3 3 Make dumplings in Torigoth, Gormott (Previous instances count towards total) 25 "Hee hee! My dumplings are even tastier now!"
4 4 Make dumplings in Torigoth, Gormott (Previous instances count towards total) 50 "Hee hee! My dumplings have become incredibly tasty!"
5 5 Make dumplings in Torigoth, Gormott (Previous instances count towards total) 100 "Hee hee! I think my dumplings might be the tastiest in all of Alrest!"

Trivia

  • Vess bears a strong resemblance in both facial likeness and personality to Yui Uzuki from Xenogears.
  • She also looks incredibly similar to Zanza, although given their characters this is unlikely to be intentional.
  • Vess's Japanese name is the same as the name of the type of dumplings she makes.
  • Much like the infamous Pokemon dubbing, Vess' dumplings are clearly rice balls.

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