What are your preferred party line-ups?

#1 Posted by Hailinel (24286 posts) -

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?

#2 Posted by Mattxx (45 posts) -

Shulk/Dunban/Melia with Melia as the party leader.

#3 Posted by ZenaxPure (2569 posts) -

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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#4 Posted by hershelgeorgelives (78 posts) -

Melia, Dunban, and Shulk because some guy on the internet told me this is the best party.

#5 Posted by JackSukeru (5909 posts) -

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 backstabbingslashing fools.

#6 Posted by rubberluffy (445 posts) -

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.

#7 Posted by Hailinel (24286 posts) -

@rubberluffy said:

Also, never let the AI control Melia.

Melia is a beast when player-controlled.

#8 Posted by Dallas_Raines (2146 posts) -

I use Shulk/Riki/Dunban, not for any particular reason, though.

#9 Posted by Encephalon (1240 posts) -

I went with good ol' Shulk-Reyn-Sharla. Not particularly adventurous, but I found it to be the best party for tough mobs and bosses. I switched Shulk for Dunban sometimes against trash mobs, though. Dunban is rad.

#10 Posted by Modedude (36 posts) -

Pretty much went for the standard Shulk-Reyn-Sharla. Tried to use other party members at times, but got so used to my old ones I pretty much just stuck to what I already knew.

#11 Posted by Nux (2324 posts) -

I try to swich it up when I can. As of now I'm using Shulk/Riki/Sharla but I might go back to either Shulk/Reyn/Sharla or Shulk/Dunban/Sharla. I would like to have a party without Sharla in it but I don't see a way to have a party without a healer.

#12 Posted by Beerczar (6 posts) -

When I am doing main quest stuff I tend to stick with Shulk / Dunban / Sharla. I find this combo can do a great amount of damage while still having good survivability.

#13 Posted by Zenogiasu (192 posts) -

Shulk, Dunban, Sharla, all the way. Shulk as dedicated DPS, Dunban as an evade tank, and Sharla as a dedicated healer. Great survivability and pretty decent damage output.

#14 Posted by Alkaiser (358 posts) -

I usually go with Riki, Reyn, and then I switch out the 3rd slot with whoever I feel like.

#15 Posted by GrantHeaslip (1560 posts) -

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.

#16 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

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.

#17 Posted by piyakhan (9 posts) -

hello guys,

Melia is a beast when player-controlled.`

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