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"Thunderbolt Zeke. Tantal's most powerful Driver ...and its Crown Prince."
— Mòrag

His Highness the Crown Prince Ozychlyrus Brounev Tantal (Japanese: ジーフリト・ブリューネ・ルクスリア, Jīfurito Buryūne Rukusuria, Sîvrit Brunet Luxuria), better known as Zeke von Genbu (Japanese: ジーク・B・極・玄武, Jīku B Arutimetto Genbu, Zeke B Ultimate Genbu), is a Driver and one of the main playable characters in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. He is accompanied by his Blade, Pandoria. They have a pet turtle who they call Turters. Zeke joins the party during Chapter 5, right before embarking to Temperantia.

Personality

Zeke is prone to flamboyant speech and mannerisms, styling himself as "Zeke von Genbu, Bringer of Chaos" and "The Zekenator", and uses similarly grandiose names for his sword and arts. He is known throughout Alrest as "Thunderbolt Zeke"; the Crown Prince and most powerful Driver of the Kingdom of Tantal. Nia sometimes calls him "Shellhead". However, his over-the-top demeanor masks a deeply cynical person. Zeke's travels as a young man showed him the worst the world had to offer, and he lost belief that he could be a hero or save the downtrodden. However, upon encountering the young and idealistic driver of the Aegis, Rex, he regains some hope for the future and takes it upon himself to help Rex achieve his goals. Despite his joking, he is one of the most emotionally mature party members as well as a wise companion to Rex.

Appearance

Zeke is a tall and muscular man with short and spiky dark gray hair. He has part of Pandoria's Core Crystal embedded in his chest, marking his condition as a Blade Eater.

Zeke's most notable trait is his black eye patch that covers his left eye, which he claims is his Shining Eye of Justice but Pandoria suggests is due to him only being able to afford one contact lens. He is usually dressed with a long black coat that he tends to leave open, exposing his chest, with armor over his knees and shoulders. He also also wears black gloves that cover his forearms, and black/mint green boots.

Despite having grey eyes unlike other Tantalese, who have red eyes, Zeke uses contact lenses, so his actual eye color may be different.

Alternate Costumes

Embercake, Shining Justice, Surfinator

Zeke has three alternate costumes which can be obtained as DLC Aux Cores via Challenge Battle Mode. These are:


Story

Zeke and his Blade, Pandoria

Around the age of 15, Zeke was disowned by his father and banished from Tantal, mainly due to him leaving the nation multiple times despite Tantal's isolationist policy. Later, he ends up severely wounded after a battle in a forest. Pandoria tries to carry Zeke, on the brink of death, to safety, but collapses. Praetor Amalthus arrives on the scene and takes the two back to Indol. He then takes a portion of Pandoria's Core Crystal and implants it into Zeke's heart to save him, effectively making him a Blade Eater. In return, Zeke became a special envoy for Indol to find and test the new Driver of the Aegis.

Before he departed from Indol, he shared a few conversations with Amalthus. Amalthus asked him whether he had ever killed a person, and Zeke answered that he hadn't, as killing is a sign of weakness. Zeke later talked of how some bandits in the forest attempted to take Pandoria's Core Crystal and sell her. Amalthus responded by stating that humans forcibly take that what is denied to them, but Zeke challenged this claim. Zeke then asked why he even bothered protecting the refugees in Indol, to which Amalthus replied he must never forget the true nature of humans. Zeke asks whether that was why Amalthus saved him, and Amalthus draws a comparison of Pandoria trying to save Zeke to his own mother saving his life.

Zeke's luck brings a boulder down on him

Zeke first meets Rex and the others nearby Cobalt Cliffs in Uraya. He challenges them to a battle, but a cliff that he was standing on collapses, and he falls and disappears. He reappears once more before the party can reach the Old Factory and challenges them again. This time, a large boulder sends Zeke and Pandoria flying off into the distance. He later shows up in Ysheva Harbor to challenge them to another battle. Though the party remains skeptical, as all other times have resulted in his defeat, he performs Sonic Thunderslash and knocks down the party, much to their surprise. Mòrag then reveals that he is the crown prince of Tantal. After battling the Aegis, he takes the party to Indol.

Zeke reveals himself as an envoy of Indol

Zeke later represents his home country of Tantal at the Ruler's Congress. Acting as an eyewitness alongside Mòrag and Mythra, he convinces Queen Raqura that the Titan Weapon attack was the work of Torna and Malos.

He then guides the party to Theosoir, the capital of Tantal. He reveals the poor state of the Tantalese people, showing a dislike for his father's rule. After Pyra is captured, Zeke rescues the party and helps divert the Ether Accelerator's aim. This, however, causes Genbu to quickly dive beneath the Cloud Sea, threatening all life inside it. To save Genbu, he joins the party to get to Genbu Crown and fix the Omega Fetter. When the party defeats Mikhail, Patroka, and Akhos, Zeke intends to imprison them before Jin turns the tide. After the Aegis is taken by Torna, King Eulogimenos tells Zeke to travel with Rex and protect him.

Zeke recalls talking to Amalthus

As Zeke and the others climb the World Tree, he recalls his first conversation he had with Amalthus, and asks whether Rex likes the world. Naturally, Rex responds that the world is a good place and that though some people are bad, life is about taking both the good and the bad. As Amalthus is being killed by Jin, Zeke recalled his other conversation with Amalthus. He then wonders how Amalthus could be filled with so much hatred, yet he seemed so sad in that one moment.

General stats

Max Level Max HP Max Strength Max Ether Max Dexterity Max Agility Max Luck
1 498 28 27 36 21 23
99, no modifier 7,114 407 389 330 188 328
99, full affinity chart 7,314 469 409 330 208 348

Thought Cloud

These are Zeke's Idea Stats upon joining the party.

  • Bravery - Lv. 2
  • Truth - Lv. 5
  • Compassion - Lv. 3
  • Justice - Lv. 7

Default Blade

Pandoria is Zeke's default Blade and can only be used by Zeke and later, can also be used by Rex.

Name Role Element Default Core Chip Obtained
Pandoria ATK
Electric
- Default Blade when Zeke joins the party.

Arts

New Game Plus Arts

DLC Arts

Favorite Items

Affinity Chart

Zeke's Affinity Chart contains the following skills.

Tier Name Effect SP
1 Mach Prep I Allows use of the Driver Art assigned to X at the start of battle. 500
Brawn over Brain Increases Strength by 20. 250
Lucky Duck Increases Luck by 20. 750
Adamant Heart Increases maximum HP by 200. 375
Flash Step Increases Agility by 20. 625
2 Critical Pro Increases critical damage by 10%. 1,500
Camaraderie Boosts recharge for Specials after cancelling by 20%. 2,500
Herculean Strength Boosts Strength by 10%. 1,000
Move Chaining Lets you use a Driver Art after cancelling a Driver Art. 3,000
Mach Prep II Allows use of the Driver Art assigned to Y at the start of battle. 2,000
3 Histrionic Hero Increases critical hit rate during a Chain Attack by 10%. 3,000
Mach Prep III Allows use of the Driver Art assigned to B at the start of battle. 5,000
Tantal Courage Increases the HP restored when reviving a teammate by 15%. 2,000
Ether Prodigy Increases Ether by 20. 4,000
Air Extender Increases Launch duration by 15%. 6,000

Hidden Affinity Chart

Zeke's Affinity Chart contains the following skills.

Tier Name Effect SP
1 Ether Autarch Boosts Ether by 10%. 7,500
Natural Healing Increases HP restored to self (not using HP Potions) by 10%. 5,000
Heart of Gold Boosts maximum HP by 10%. 3,750
Professional Hit Boosts Dexterity by 10%. 6,250
Fiendish Pursuit Adds 20% to damage ratio after canceling an auto-attack. 2,500
2 A Hero's Work Slightly fills the Party Gauge for each critical hit delivered. 15,000
Obsidian Slash Increases damage dealt by a surprise attack by 50%. 7,500
Hotshot Hit Increases Dexterity by 20. 5,000
Fleetfoot Flit Boosts Agility by 10%. 10,000
Zeal Heal Restores 3% HP when canceling an auto-attack with a Driver Art. 12,500
3 Second Wind 50% chance to survive hit with 1 HP + 5 secs invincibility (once per battle). 25,000
Raucous Cheer Increases Affinity by 25% after winning a Special button challenge. 10,000
Unleash Shining Justice At max Affinity w/ Pandoria: R and + to awaken for a time (once per battle). 30,000
Medicinal Maestro Boosts the effect of HP Potions by 20%. 20,000
As One Slightly fills the Party Gauge when an "Excellent" is scored during a Special. 15,000

Eye of Shining Justice

The Unleash Shining Justice skill grants Zeke the ability to enter a special state in battle. In battle, with Pandoria and at max affinity, the player can press Button-plus.png while holding Button-R.png to activate the skill, during which blue flames ignite on Zeke's eyepatch, whether or not playing as Zeke. Zeke gains several buffs, including much faster art animations, immunity to all debuffs (Topple, Blowdown, etc.), movement speed faster than when at normal max affinity, and a very large damage multiplier. However, the effect is only temporary, can only be activated once per battle, and instantly inflicts Blowdown on Zeke once it ends, which is indicated by Zeke laughing loudly.

Battles

Zeke is fought three times as a Driver boss along with his Blade, Pandoria. He is first fought at level 23 at the Cobalt Cliffs in the Kingdom of Uraya, then at level 32 at the Chansagh Wastes in the Empire of Mor Ardain, right before the Abandoned Excavation, and at level 35 at the Ysheva Harbor in the Leftherian Archipelago. He is also fought as a hallucination in the First Low Orbit Station.

This enemy drops no items.

Arts (Vs. Battle)

Art Type Element Hits Range Damage Ratio Reaction Effect
Stratospheric Thunder Physical - 1 One Target 200 Launch -
Dynamic Spark Sword Physical - 3 One Target 400 Knockback (x3) -
Overload Thunder Beam Ether - 7 Circle 300 - -
ULFS Max Ether - 2 Ahead 250 Break/Topple -


In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Zeke is one of the characters who can appear on the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC stage, Cloud Sea of Alrest, where he may be present in the background alongside Pandoria. Zeke also has a Spirit that can be unlocked on the Spirit Board. His spirit is represented by a puppet fighter of Cloud Strife that sometimes randomly unleashes a powerful attack, and is aided by a minion fighter of Bayonetta and an electrified floor.

Trivia

  • The name "Zeke" is likely a shortened form of his real name, "Ozychlyrus". His name "Sîvrit" in the Japanese version is the Middle High German form of "Siegfried".
  • During his "special" attack in cutscenes, the kanji (kyoku, ultimate) appears on the ground.
  • One of Zeke's lines during battle is "I'm really feeling it!", a line also said by Shulk in Xenoblade Chronicles (which he can also say in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 if engaged as a Blade).
  • Zeke says his eyepatch "conceals a power too great for mere mortals to comprehend… The Eye of Shining Justice!" However, this claim is undermined by Pandoria's backhanded support, "He definitely isn't wearing it because he didn't have the gold for a second contact lens." However, Zeke does actually have an Eye of Shining Justice, as shown by New Game Plus. This may be his Blade Eater power.
    • The large sword on the end of Pandoria's Big Bang Edge may actually be Zeke's Blade Eater weapon, since Pandoria is only ever seen using the hilt as a sort of wand in her Blade Specials.
  • Zeke’s Japanese voice lines seem to reflect an accent indicative of the Kansai region of Japan. In Japanese culture, this accent is considered to indicate a brash and outspoken personality.
  • Zeke's act as the Bringer of Chaos is a take on the common concept of Chunibyo, a term typically used to describe early teens who want to stand out so much that they have convinced themselves they have hidden knowledge or secret powers.

Quotes

Post-Battle Dialogue

Main Cast

Team Rex
Rex Rex "Should we take a break after this?"
Zeke Zeke "My advance cannot be stopped. Such is the destiny of those who bear the Eye of Shining Justice."
Zeke Zeke "Azurda, old fella, you got a bit jostled up in there. You all right?"
Azurda Azurda "Oh I'm fine. I like it in this helmet...Oh no! Yeugh!"
Mythra Mythra "Eyes front, Thunderdweeb. Go stare at Pandoria instead."
Zeke Zeke "I'm just making sure the power of the Aegis is being used correctly."

Chapter 7 spoilers:

Zeke Zeke "So that's the legendary power of the Aegis!"
Pneuma Pneuma "Yes, Zeke. But I swear that I will not allow the mistakes of the past to be repeated."

Team Nia
Zeke Zeke "Gah! My left pec aches from my old war wound."
Nia Nia "Wasn't it your right pec last time? Get your story straight, Shellhead!"
Zeke Zeke "Hey Dromarch. You were kinda useful back there."
Dromarch Dromarch "Thank you. You too functioned adequately."

Chapter 7 spoilers:

Zeke Zeke "Lookin' good, Nia. Very... you."
Nia Nia (Ch 7 Form) "Yeah, yeah, thanks Shellhead. Though I'm not sure I like the implication."

Team Tora
Zeke Zeke "The way you Nopon speak is so funny. 'Tora do this! Tora do that!'"
Tora Tora "Tora actually beautiful poet in Nopon language. Not Tora's fault Zeke not understand it."
Zeke Zeke "Poppi, your name is way too boring. What about Poppi von Tora, Harbinger of Destruction?"
Poppi QT Poppi QT "Poppi sufficient."

Team Mòrag
Zeke Zeke "Mòrag, you've gotta teach me your thingy with the blue flames. Snazzy as hell!"
Mòrag Mòrag "'Snazzy'? I see. I had forgotten that some Drivers value style over substance."
Zeke Zeke "The Empire's most powerful Blade, eh? Not bad at all."
Brighid Brighid "And you thought Pandoria was the strongest Blade, ha ha!"

Team Zeke
Zeke Zeke "Are you all right, Pandoria?"
Pandoria Pandoria "Why the tone, my Prince? But thank you, I'm fine."
Zeke Zeke "You know, it's kind of nice to travel with such a big group of friends."
Pandoria Pandoria "Yeah, but sometimes it's nice to travel like this for a while, huh?"

Multiple
Zeke Zeke "Ah ha ha ha! They were no match for Thunderbolt Zeke!"
Nia Nia "I'm sorry, what? They'd have mopped the floor with you if it hadn't been for me!"
Rex Rex "I think Nia's wit might be sharper than Zeke's arts."
Tora Tora "Zeke's arts are so cool! H-How Zeke move like that?"
Zeke Zeke "Forget strength or practice. It's all about the single-minded desire to look awesome."
Rex Rex "You think that's impressive, Zeke's better at self-promotion than me."
Condition: New Game Plus not activated.
Mòrag Mòrag "That couldn't have gone more smoothly."
Zeke Zeke "Believe me, if I'd used the Eye of Shining Justice, it would have."
Rex Rex "Please remember to use that thing when the going gets tough, okay?"
Zeke Zeke "Hey, hang on a sec... I dropped my contact lens!"
Rex Rex "That's not the first time either. Are you sure you should be dropping it that much?"
Pandoria Pandoria "Don't laugh at my Prince! He keeps needing new contacts and so we end up poor."
Tora Tora "Tora's science know-how saves the day!"
Zeke Zeke "Nonsense, old boy. It was all down to the Eye of Shining Justice."
Nia Nia "I just don't have the energy for this."
Nia Nia "If there's anyone I'd entrust my life with, it's you Mòrag."
Zeke Zeke "Hello, I'm right here!"
Mòrag Mòrag "I admit that I played a significant role. More battling, less prattling if you please."
Mòrag Mòrag "It's a wonder we were able to make it through that one."
Tora Tora "Meh! All thanks to Tora!"
Zeke Zeke "With the Zekenator on call, no battle is too tough!"
Pyra Pyra "Zeke, Pandoria, that was quite the combo."
Zeke Zeke "Well naturally. We have a bond deeper than mortal understanding."
Pandoria Pandoria "You haven't seen anything yet."

Chapter 8 spoilers:

Poppi QTπ Poppi QTπ "What are Zeke and Pandoria planning to do after this quest is over?"
Zeke Zeke "Clearly we'll get a daring new quest! Huh?"
Pandoria Pandoria "Clearly we'll get the Prince married! Huh?"

Rare Blades

Zeke Zeke "Azami, your eye is so cool."
Azami Azami "Why, thank you! Nobody's praised my eyes before. How sweet of you."
Dagas Dagas "Okay, maybe you royals know how to fight. Keep it up."
Zeke Zeke "I don't like your tone, mate. Would you speak to my old man like that?"
Zeke Zeke "Sweet bolts, Electra!"
Electra Electra "Hee hee, thanks! I'll have to make them even more flashy."

Expansion Pass spoilers:

Zeke Zeke "Hey, hang on a sec... I dropped my contact lens!"
Elma Elma "I know a good optician, hit me up if you're ever in NLA."
Zeke Zeke "My advance cannot be stopped. Such is the destiny of those who bear the Eye of Shining Justice."
Elma Elma "I think someone needs to take away your library card."

Finch Finch "You're strong! But you're also kinda dumb, huh?"
Zeke Zeke "I know you are, but what am I?"

Expansion Pass spoilers:

Fiora Fiora "Zeke, I think girls would like you better if you dropped that strange act already."
Zeke Zeke "Girls? Pah, who cares? All the Zekenator wants is to be the hardest, bestest, fastest, strongest, ultimate fighting machine! Nothing more!"
Zeke Zeke "Herald, you were my great-great-great-great grandfather's Blade, right? What was he like?"
Herald Herald "Unclear, but I ask that you not awaken my powers this time."
Zeke Zeke "I feel a certain kind of kinship towards you, Kasandra."
Kasandra Kasandra "Um, really? But my luck is rather on the good side!"

New Game Plus spoilers:

Patroka Patroka "Zeke, ya need to get serious, or die. Your choice."
Zeke Zeke "T-thanks for the... encouragement?"
Zeke Zeke "Hey Perceval? Want me to teach you the Ultimate Lightning Cross Slash sometime?"
Perceval Perceval "I need it not."

Expansion Pass spoilers:

Zeke Zeke "Not to rock the boat here, but Tora's granddad has some pretty weird tastes, eh?"
Poppibuster Poppibuster "As saying say, tarnish apple not fall far from tarnish apple tree."
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!"

Condition: After watching the event "Getting Even" (Chapter 4).
Zeke Zeke "Roc, you're a bit too flashy. You've got to be cooler and darker like me."
Roc Roc "Roger that, Zekenator. By all means, do teach me the way of the Eye of Shining Justice."
Sheba Sheba "With such gracious movement, are we not deserving of Tantal's riches?"
Zeke Zeke "Cheeky begger! You'll have to do more than that."

Expansion Pass spoilers:

Zeke Zeke "Answer me this, Shulk! In your world, is there anyone as stupefyingly awesome as the Zekenator?"
Shulk Shulk "Uh... no. No, I've never met anyone quite like you, Zeke."
Zeke Zeke "Bahaha, I knew it! Thunderbolt Zeke is truly unique and inimitable!"
Zeke Zeke "Hahaha! Unlucky for them that they ran into Thunderbolt Zeke."
Ursula Ursula "I hope it doesn't prove unlucky for me."
Condition: New Game Plus not activated.
Zenobia Zenobia "When am I going to actually see this 'Eye of Shining Justice'?"
Zeke Zeke "Uhh... Someday. The eye has to, um... charge a bit longer."

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