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Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Mio - combat, story, and more

Xenoblade Chronicles 3’s Mio is the leading lady alongside Noah, but who is she? And what sort of moves does she have in combat? Let’s find out

Mio, from Xenoblade Chronicles 3, playing her flute. She has white hair in a bob, a braid, cat ears, and an ornate white and orange dress, though you can barely see it as the shot is a close up of her face.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is out now, so why not get to grips with some of the characters you’re bound to spend around a hundred hours with? You can learn more about them in our Xenoblade Chronicles 3 review, but one of the most important characters is Mio, a cat-eared soldier from Angus who sends off the spirits of the dead with sweet tunes from her flute.

She seems sweet on the surface, but just like the whole party, they’re a force to be reckoned with in battle. Xenoblade Chronicles 3’s Mio plays the role of the defender at first but can change her class to change her role. She’s also connected to Xenoblade Chronicles 3’s Noah as a fellow off-seer, which could lead to interesting things.

We’ve got loads of guides on everything else Xeno, beyond XC3’s Mio. Whether it’s Xenoblade Chronicles 3’s characters so you know who you’re adventuring with, our Xenoblade Chronicles’ Operation Rainfall feature, or our Xenoblade Chronicles timeline explanation, we’re here to make sure you know what’s going on.

Now, let’s get into the details…

Xenoblade Chronicles 3’s Mio

The multiple party members of Xenoblade Chronicles 3, standing on a sandy plain looking up at a giant mechanical vehicle, with two giant, hollow wheels either side of a spherical body.

Who is Xenoblade Chronicles 3’s Mio?

XC3’s Mio is a warrior of Agnus, a rival colony to Noah’s colony of Keves. She wields two ring-shaped weapons that glow yellow – at least in her starting class. Her buddies are Taion and Sena, and they become embroiled with the other characters after a strange encounter.

In the story trailer we saw at the beginning of the direct for Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Mio seems to have the most lines. There’s even one moment that made me tear up, even though I don’t know anything about any of these characters. I dunno, maybe I’ve got too much on, but it looks like she could be at the emotional core of the game.

She and Noah are both off-seers. They send the dead off by playing songs on their flute. What this actually means is unclear, but the two are bound to bond over something so morbid. I wonder what their relationship will look like 80 hours in?

Xenoblade Chronicles 3’s Mio in combat

We got a little look at XC3 Mio’s combat moves in the direct, too. She starts as a zephyr and has multiple arts she can use to do more damage than a standard auto-attack. Here are the ones we got to see:

  • Butterfly blade – high aggro
  • Air fang – increase aggro
  • Wide slash – evade
  • Gemini strike – high aggro / evade

There are also master arts, which are attacks transferred from different classes. Assumedly, XC3’s Mio can wield any arts from any of the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 classes, given she’s met whatever pre-requisites there are. These master arts can be combined with standard arts to pull off powerful fusion arts. Just like all characters, as she can change her class, she can change her arts.

XC3’s Mio can also interlink with Noah into a powerful form known as Ouroboros. Either character can take the lead, but we only saw Noah as the leader in the direct. You can see her form as the leader in the tweet above, but sadly no combat moves. Check out our Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Ouroboros guide to learn more.

That’s all we’ve got on Xenoblade Chronicles 3’s Mio. For something different, check out our Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes review to see if you want to return to the world of Fódlan.