Xenoblade Chronicles is a series full of strange creatures, automatons, and landmasses. One of the more intriguing races is the Nopon, tiny balls of fluff with ears that they use as arms. Some may love them. Some may hate them. Either way, they appear in Xenoblade Chronicles 3, which we described as “game of the year material” in our Xenoblade Chronicles 3 review.
We’ve actually seen a couple of new Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Nopon already, speaking in their classic broken English and cartoony accents. There are two members of your party, Riku and Manana, who we saw in the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 direct, but they aren’t standard playable characters, but rather one of the many Xenoblade Chronicles 3 heroes.
If you want to get up to speed on everything going on Aionios outside of XC3 Nopon, we’ve got you covered, with the Xenoblade Chronicles timeline so yu know how the stories fit together. We’ve also got guides to Xenoblade Chronicles amiibo and Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Ouroboros for even more Xeno content.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Nopon
Riku & Manana
Riku and Mana work as a pair, being the only heroes who aren’t individual people. Alongside Xenoblade Chronicles 3’s Mio, Xenoblade Chronicles 3’s Noah, and the rest of the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 characters, they’ll be there to help take down the many, many monsters. They’re the main XC3 Nopon.
Riku wields a shield and what looks like a gun, while Manana seems to only have a shield. You can learn more about Xenoblade Chronicles 3 combat and Xenoblade Chronicles 3 classes in our guides to try and get a better idea of how they might fit in. There’s an interesting character chart for the game too, which may reveal more about the characters’ relationships.
Monolith Soft released a new Xenoblade Chronicles 3 character relationship chart.
Interestingly, Riku & Manana are in the same box as the main characters. I guess that means they are pretty important!
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What is Nopon coin?
XC3 Nopon coin is a currency in Xenoblade Chronicles 3 that you can use to buy food, complete collectapedia cards, and craft gems. Both gold and silver Nopon coin cap at 99, so be sure to spend them, as any you collect above that amount won’t be stored! The same applies to ether, though it’s a little harder to use up ether. If you hit the cap, just stop going to ether channels.
We’ll be sure to add more Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Nopon as we see more, so be sure to check back. For more, check out our history lesson on Xenoblade Chronicles’ Operation Rainfall fan movement to learn how the series became so popular.