Despite being over thirty hours in, I'm still relatively early in the Xenoblade. I haven't even met all of the party members in the game, yet. But I've slowly seen more characters pop up, and have had more opportunities to tinker with my line-up. So far, I've rolled the most with Shulk/Dunban/Sharla, though there have been times in retrospect that might have been easier had I kept Reyn in the active line-up. Anyone else here have a preferred party that they've gone with?
What are your preferred party line-ups?
I mix it up, constantly. Combat/sidequests is the fastest way to increase affinity without experimenting with collectibles so I change things around often. For example my Shulk/Sharla/Reyn all currently have max affinity with one another, so I never use them together anymore. I've learned some neat things from experimenting though, such as Shulk/Riki/Dunban party (with you in control of Riki) can spend entire fights inside of chain attacks if you play it correctly. Trivializes almost everything but it's hilarious either way.
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I still haven't got back to this game (sigh), I played up to the part where you met that other girl, she might be this "Melia". The last time I played the game I had her as the party leader, she's really interesting and fun to play as so I might keep her in. Before that I rolled with Shulk, Reyn and Sharla with Reyn as the traditional tank and me playing Shulk back
A lot of new players rely on the DPS/Tank/Healer team of Shulk/Reyn or Dunban/Sharla, but you can make almost any combination work for you, outside of some parts where a certain character is the best option. I've been rocking a Melia/Sharla/Riki party, which can almost make you unkillable.
Also, a lot of people don't realize that when you use a chain attack and use a DoT attack with a high multiplier, the multiplier actually affects the tick damage. For example, I used Riki's Lurgy in a chain, and instead of doing 500 or so poison a tick, it did 1.5k. Also, never let the AI control Melia.
At this point (Fallen Arm), my go-to team for tougher battles is Shulk-Reyn-Sharla (it helps that they have the best affinity). I'm comfortable with Shulk, he does great DPS, and the Monado abilities (especially Shield, Purge, Speed) help deal with tight situations; I find Reyn keeps aggro the best, is easy to keep alive, and can do a surprising amount of DPS with stuff like Sword Drive and War Swing; and I find I have a lot of trouble keeping any party alive against groups of whites or higher without Sharla, who is the only real healer. I like playing Melia a bunch, but against harder enemies managing aggro can be tough.
Right now, I'm rocking Shulk/Dunban/Fiora (terrible idea, since that turns Shulk into the main healer), but I do like me some Shulk/Sharla/Melia. However, I am considering putting Sharla back into my party at Dunban's expense once I max out all those potential affinities.
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