Xenoblade Chronicles is finally getting the remaster treatment it deserves with the release of the Definitive Edition on the Nintendo Switch this month. It still retains most of the combat and gameplay systems fans will be familiar with from the Wii version, but newcomers may find themselves stumped by the more complex mechanics. Here’s how to get and use Affinity Coins in Xenoblade Chronicles.
How to Get Affinity Coins in Xenoblade Chronicles
First off, Affinity Coins can be obtained through combat and leveling up in Xenoblade Chronicles. Each time your character levels up, they gain one Affinity Coin.
Alternatively, the first time you defeat each unique enemy in the game, you’ll also earn one Coin as a reward. This is the only way to earn Coins in the game, which means there is a cap to them and you can’t farm them infinitely.
How to Use Affinity Coins
Now we get to the real question: what are Affinity Coins for and how do you use them? Affinity Coins are used for Skill Links between characters, and allows one character to equip skills that have been learned by another one.
For instance, Shulk can spend two Coins to equip the Mental Fortitude skill from Reyn, allowing him to have high physical defense at the start of battle when facing off against higher leveled enemies. To do this, bring up the menu with the X button, go to Skill Trees, then select a character. Press the ZR button to go to Skill Links, then choose an empty slot for a linked character and choose one of their skills that you want to equip.
The catch is that the skill you choose must fit the empty slot you have. For example, Shulk’s first slot with Reyn is a square, so the skill that you want to equip must be of a square shape on the grid as well. The good news is that you can constantly swap out skills; each time you unequip a skill from this menu, the Affinity Coins get refunded instantly, allowing you to allocate them elsewhere.
As your Affinity bonds between your characters grow, you’ll unlock more skill slots. Because of this, it’s good to always help and encourage your party members in battle, and do as many Heart-to-Heart events as possible.
That’s all you need to know about how to get and use Affinity Coins in Xenoblade Chronicles. Be sure to search for Twinfinite for more tips and information on the game.