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Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Mio - Best Build, Class, Skills, Arts

Mio is a powerful character in Xenoblade Chronicles 3. This guide details the best early game build, class, skills, Arts, and more.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Mio - Best Build, Class, Skills, Arts

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 was released on 29th July 2022 and is Monolith Soft's latest installment of the classic ARPG Xenoblade Chronicles franchise. Thus, long-time fans of the series are aching to know the best build for Mio, the newest heroine in Xenoblade Chronicles 3.

Mio is one of many playable characters; she is the main female protagonist. With her partner Noah, the duo and their allies work to end a ceaseless war between their nations. So knowing how best to build Mio will naturally give you an edge in the game.

This guide details the best Mio build in Xenoblade Chronicles 3, including the best Class and Master Skills, Gems, Accessories, and Arts.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 - Best Mio Early Game Build

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Mio is a natural tank and frontline in Xenoblade Chronicles 3. (Picture: Monolith Soft)

Mio's role is Defender, which comprises the Zephyr Class in the early game of Xenoblade Chronicles 3. As such, Mio assumes the responsibility of Tank for her team, protecting allies by absorbing incoming enemy damage or acting as the decoy to avert the attention of enemies.

Zephyrs like Mio are an agile class and have quick movements to taunt the enemy and unleash powerful counterattacks. Our previous guide details more about the different Classes and Roles in Xenoblade Chronicles 3.

As you progress in the game, you will unlock new Classes with more powerful skills. But this guide will highlight the best Zephyr class build for Mio.

Class Skills 

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It's best to use Mio's tank abilities in battle. (Picture: YouTube / Burner Reborn Gaming)

As a Heavy Tank, Mio's Class Skills provide buffs to allies or allow her to evade or reduce damage. Therefore, you should use Mio's tank abilities in battle.

  • Stormy Gale - Boosts Agility by 20%.

  • I'll Defend you - Provides a 12% chance to prevent attacks on allies within a fixed radius.  

  • Split-Second Counter - Deals 150% of Attack Damage when you evade an attack.

  • Ether’s Sanctuary - Boosts Ether Defence by 15%.

Master Skills

Likewise, Mio's Master Skills provide additional damage evasion, boosting her defense and damage by Physical Arts.

  • Defensive Soul - Boosts Physical Defence by 15%

  • Fighting Prowess - Boosts damage dealt by Physical Arts by 40%

Gem Selection

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Here are some of Mio’s Gems that will aid her Class. (Picture: YouTube / Burner Reborn Gaming)
  • Doublestrike II - Adds a 17% chance to strike twice per auto-attack.

  • Tailwind II - Increases Agility by 12%.

Notably, Steady Striker is another option to provide Mio boosted attack speed; this can be useful considering that most Defenders are quite slow with their hits. Coupled with high-damage attacks, this will increase the total DPS to enemies.

Accessory Selection

  • Gear Support - Boosts Agility by 20%.

  • Iron Temple Guard - Boosts Max HP by 25%.

Talent Arts

As a Zephyr, Mio has four Talent Arts she can use.

  • Gemini Strike - Boosts Aggro generated when using Art by 50%.

  • Butterfly Blade - Boosts Aggro generated when using Art by 70%.

  • Air Fang - Boosts damage dealt when attacking enemies targeting you by 70%.

  • Speed Demon - Boosts evasion by 30% and reduces damage dealt by 15%.

  • Wide Slash - Trades Critical Rate for evasion from enemy attacks.

Mio’s weapon of choice is Twin Rings, which can block and disable nearby companions from being attacked. Mio’s initial class Talent Art is Gemini Strike. Gemini Strike is a technique used to evade enemy attacks and, at the same time, attract their attention.

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These are the best Arts to use for Mio in the early game of Xenoblade Chronicles 3. (Picture: YouTube / Burner Reborn Gaming)

Master Arts

These are the two Master Arts to use with Mio:

  • Crash Out - Boosts Aggro generated when using Art by 70% (use this with Butterfly Blade for a double ability Aggro pull).
  • Ground Beat - Provides Frontward AOE (useful for Zephyrs who don't have AOE).

That concludes our guide on Xenoblade Chronicles 3. The video below demonstrates Mio's gameplay in Xenoblade Chronicles 3.

We want to thank the YouTube channels Enel and Burner Reborn Gaming for their Mio build guides in Xenoblade; please consider subscribing to their channel for more content.

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


Featured image courtesy of Monolith Soft.