xenoblade chronicles 3 features some of the strongest storytelling in the franchise, set in a world torn apart by war between two nations. While the main party is always the main focus of the narrative, the game also features a variety of supporting party members called Heroes. Each hero adds a new class to the group, but also comes with their own story that unfolds over multiple quests.
Heroes are easily one of the best features of xenoblade chronicles 3, as the characters bring dynamic personalities and stories to the game. With that in mind, we felt it would be appropriate to rank all 17 heroes based on the fully official criteria of character design, story, and combat utility.
dawn hero Isurd
Isurd isn’t a bad character, but he seems a bit flat and boring compared to everyone else, even though he’s a caring commander. In terms of design, Isurd just doesn’t feel that vibrant, though his dual chakrams are certainly pretty good weapons.
No. 7 Follow
Segiri is definitely an interesting character, but her robotic personality means she doesn’t feel as interesting as the others, although there is a reason in the story for that. Still, the mech suit he pilots is pretty impressive.
Glory Song Miyabi
Miyabi has been friends with Mio for a long time, but doesn’t seem like she has as much time to develop as other heroes. The game gives you an idea of how her personality shaped Mio as a person, and her Troubadour class ties in nicely with the game’s flute-based musical themes.
Zeon appears stoic and emotionless at first glance, but his character development throughout the game is fantastic as he goes to great lengths to ensure the safety and prosperity of his friends. Unfortunately, his Guardian Commander class pales in comparison to other Defenders.
Ghondor Fist of Wrath
Ghondor’s defining trait is his abrasive personality and dirty mouth. Regardless of how you feel, she’s certainly a commanding presence whenever she’s on screen, and the character’s incredibly thick London accent makes her lines even better.
Fiona has one of the most interesting classes in the game, focusing almost entirely on improving the party. She is also an incredibly caring commander who constantly pushes herself too hard and has trouble depending on others. That’s part of her arc though, as Fiona learns that she doesn’t have to do everything herself.
Artisan Maiden of Alexandria
Alexandria’s defining trait is her mischief, as she loves to play mind games and force people to jump through hoops. Her playful personality contrasts with how caring she actually is, and the character’s visual design is reminiscent of a Valkyrie from Norse mythology.
What makes Teach so interesting is that his personality is basically the opposite of what you’d expect from a healer. He is abrasive and domineering, and his Thaumaturge class reflects this by being a more offensive version of the healer role.
Monica, the bastion of the city
Unlike some heroes, Monica plays a vital role in the main story as the leader of The City and the daughter of Guernica Vandham, who gave the group the power of Ouroboros. She is an incredibly strong leader who protects the people from her, and that is represented in the shielded Lost Vanguard class.
Valdi is the eccentric inventor type, more comfortable with machines than people. His design is also as Xenoblade as possible, evoking the visual style of Rex and the scavengers from xenoblade chronicles 2. Valdi’s War Medic class is the best healer in the game, and a weapon-wielding medic is a great skin to start with.
Gray is the very definition of a Stoic, but the deeper you dig into his story, the more charming he becomes. There is a fantastic story that dives into the strange relationship between Gray and his wife, revealing that he really is a big softy. Armed with weapons, the Full Metal Jaguar class is also one of the best attackers in the entire game.
6. Burning Cammuravi
Cammuravi has one of the best designs in the entire game, with armor that literally shoots flames. He has the quintessential anime look, and that ties in with his duty-obsessed personality that evokes samurai. Cammuravi is a fascinating character who has a kind of dry wit despite his stiffness.
Ashera Immortal Blade
Ashera is an interesting character, to say the least. She practically derives pleasure from putting her soldiers through the wringer. Ashera never beats around the bush, and the spin her design puts on the Kevesi armor is great. All of this adds up to her Lone Exile class being the best Defender in the game.
Triton is one of the most charming heroes, a gruff and fun-loving pirate who also happens to be a member of Moebius. Despite being part of the villain organization, Triton simply wants to live out the rest of his days at sea, eating good food and fighting strong enemies. His Soulhacker class is the Xenoblade equivalent of a Blue Mage, which puts a fun twist on combat.
Ghost Arch Juniper
Juniper is not only an extremely well-written character, but she’s also a great example of non-binary representation. Juniper is naive to the ways of the world, but they are perfectly aware of that fact and are constantly working to improve themselves. The Stalker class can also deal tremendous damage when used correctly.
Ethel silver cloak
Silvercoat Ethel is one of the most interesting characters in xenoblade chronicles 3 as a strong commander facing the tyranny of Moebius. Ethel really paves the way for Noah and the group, acting as a mentor of sorts from the very beginning of the game. It also helps that her Flash Fencer class is still one of the best available.
Peerless Riku and Manana
It should come as no surprise that no one can beat Riku and Manana, Nopon’s lovable sidekicks in xenoblade chronicles 3. Not only are this couple charming and funny, but they’re constantly saving the bacon at the party, and their class is called Yumsmith, which is just phenomenal in every way. If you need more proof, just look at Riku’s hair. Perfect.
xenoblade chronicles 3 is currently available on Nintendo Switch.