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How To Switch Characters In Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 features several unique characters. Here's how to switch between them during combat and while exploring.
How To Switch Characters In Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is an RPG that allows you to customize and control your party members during combat. Every character has unique skills and abilities, and knowing when to switch between them can ensure victory in tricky situations.

However, if you are starting the game, you will notice that there is no way to swap between the party members. Moreover, the game doesn't even explain or acknowledge how notably absent one of its key gameplay mechanics remains in the game's early hours. 

So, to clarify things, this guide will explain how to switch between characters in Xenoblade Chronicles 3.

When can you switch characters in Xenoblade Chronicles 3?

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You can start switching between characters after reaching Chapter 2. (Picture: Monolith Soft)

You can start switching between all party members in and out of combat in Xenoblade Chronicles 3 after reaching Chapter 2. Without too many spoilers, that is when all six characters join your party; this is when the game truly begins.

Depending on the time you spend exploring the regions in Chapter 1, fighting monsters, and completing side quests, it can take between 4-10 hours to reach Chapter 2 and unlock character switching in Xenoblade Chronicles 3.

You can breeze through Chapter 1 and avoid exploring since you can return to those regions later in the game with a fully controllable party. 

Notably, the battle system in Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is a bit complex and can become overwhelming when you have six party members (each having different combat tactics) to manage. Therefore, we recommend taking time to grasp the basics, especially if you're a newcomer to the series.

How to switch party members in Xenoblade Chronicles 3

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Knowing when to switch between characters is essential in combat. (Picture: Monolith Soft)

Once you control all six party members, hold ZL and press L or R to switch seamlessly between them during battle and exploration. And that's everything you need to know about switching characters in Xenoblade Chronicles 3.

For more on the game, check our section dedicated to Xenoblade Chronicles 3 news, guides, and features.


Featured image courtesy of Monolith Soft.