Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Soulhacker Guide

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If you are looking for a guide to the Soulhacker class in Xenoblade Chronicles 3, then you’re in luck as we’re here to help you get started with one of the most unique additions to Monolith Soft‘s expansive JRPG.

How To Unlock The Soulhacker Class

Your earliest chance to unlock the Soulhacker class will come in Chapter 5 when you are able to board the Boundary and sail across the Erythia Sea. The Hero that you will need to recruit is Triton, who, like many others, is an optional character that those who are mainlining the story could easily miss.

The quest to recruit Triton can be found on the eastern side of the Erythia Sea, which, if you have started to discover all of the fast travel points, can be found at Colony 15 which is in the area north of the Hargan Point Camp rest spot. All you will need to do is simply complete this quest for Booty, and he will join your party on your adventure.

How Does The Soulhacker Class Work?

Recruiting Triton to your party will unlock access to the Soulhacker class, which is an Attacker role unlike anything else in the Nintendo Switch exclusive. The simplest comparison is to Blue Mages in the long-running Final Fantasy series, who learn Blue Magic from the monsters that they encounter.

The Soulhacker class is similar to this. Your party characters who use the class are unable to set Master Arts or Skills, instead possessing a special ability that allows them to acquire Arts and Skills from defeating the many Unique Monster that there are in the game. Rather than regurgitate their locations, we have already made a comprehensive list of where you can find every Unique Monster in the game and the Soul Hack abilities that you will learn from conquering them all.

It’s likely that you will have crossed paths with some Unique Monsters, and perhaps even defeated them already. It will save you time to wait until you have unlocked the ability to use the Soulhacker class first before tackling them, otherwise, you will be spending your time in rematches against those that you have already toppled. Although, fast travelling to their Named Graves will also quicken up the process for you, so either method works.

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How To Upgrade Your Soul Hack Abilities

Head to the Heroes menu, and you will be able to access the Soul Hack List with the Y Button. This is useful to not only show you which Arts and Skills you have or haven’t unlocked yet, but also the conditions that you will need to meet to upgrade each of them. To save you having to open the menu to check these conditions, we’ve listed them out alongside their Arts and Skills below for reference:

List of Soul Hack Arts and Upgrade Goals

Art NameTypeUpgrade Goal Requirement
AquaballEther AttackDeal 300,000 damage with this Art.
Aquatic MissilePhysical AttackUse this Art 100 times.
Battle PheromoneBuffObtain 130,000 gold.
Beast HowlEther AttackDefeat Lapdog Veece 15 times.
BomberheadPhysical AttackUse this Art 100 times.
Bubble CloudEther AttackDeal 300,000 damage with this Art.
Burrowing RocketPhysical AttackDeal 300,000 damage with this Art.
Butterfly DustBuffObtain 100,000 gold.
CavalryPhysical AttackDefeat Littlefort Morley 10 times.
Cursed CuisinePhysical AttackUse this Art 100 times.
Desperate ChargeBuffTBC
DigPhysical AttackDeal 300,000 damage with this Art.
Dino FlashEther AttackDeal 300,000 damage with this Art.
Dino StormEther AttackUse this Art 100 times.
Double BitePhysical AttackUse this Art 100 times.
Double SlapPhysical AttackUse this Art 100 times.
Double StrikePhysical AttackDeal 300,000 damage with this Art.
Dragon DecreeClear DebuffsRaise the Affinity Level of eight colonies/forces to at least 1.
Dragon GasEther AttackDefeat Villainous Igna 10 times.
Draining VacuumEther AttackHeal 300,000 HP with this Art.
Dual AttackPhysical AttackDefeat Seadragoon Melchior 5 times.
Electric SkinEther AttackUse this Art 100 times.
Elimination BeamEther AttackUse this Art 100 times.
Ether SphereEther AttackDeal 300,000 damage with this Art.
Evasive PostureStanceUse this Art 100 times.
Fin of FearPhysical AttackDeal 300,000 damage with this Art.
Gatling PeckPhysical AttackUse this Art 100 times.
Hard DigPhysical AttackDeal 300,000 damage with this Art.
Hawk ShotPhysical AttackUse this Art 100 times.
Healing RestHealingHeal 300,000 HP with this Art.
Horn DancePhysical AttackDiscover 100 landmarks in total.
Hydra GasEther AttackUse this Art 100 times.
Hypno-LightDebuffUse this Art 100 times.
HypnotismDebuffDefeat Profound Hodzuki 10 times.
Jet StreamPhysical AttackUse this Art 100 times.
King’s BashPhysical AttackTBC
Last FencerPhysical AttackDefeat Raucous Ron 15 times.
Life PlantSet FieldTBC
MinistormEther AttackDeal 300,000 damage with this Art.
Murder KnucklePhysical AttackDefeat 1,800 monsters in total.
Neck SlicePhysical AttackDeal 300,000 damage with this Art.
Piercing LaserEther AttackLearn 50 Arts from monsters in total.
Pointy StickPhysical AttackDeal 300,000 damage with this Art.
Poison SprayEther AttackUse this Art 100 times.
PredationEther AttackDefeat 100 unique monsters in total.
PsychowaveEther AttackUse this Art 100 times.
Radiant ArtsEther AttackLearn 40 Arts from monsters in total.
Raid StrikePhysical AttackDeal 300,000 damage with this Art.
Rhino StormPhysical AttackDeal 300,000 damage with this Art.
Shark ShockEther AttackDeal 300,000 damage with this Art.
Shell GuardStanceUse this Art 100 times.
Snake EyesEther AttackDefeat Hazardous Jarrahed 15 times.
Spider WebEther AttackDiscover 4 Secret Areas in total.
Spinning BoltEther AttackDeal 300,000 damage with this Art.
Spit BeamEther AttackDefeat Mobile Vespa 10 times.
Sumo PressPhysical AttackDeal 300,000 damage with this Art.
Tail SlapPhysical AttackUse this Art 100 times.
ThunderclapEther AttackDefeat 1,500 monsters in total.
Toxic GasEther AttackDeal 300,000 damage with this Art.
Transient BondEther AttackTBC
Trick DartEther AttackDeal 300,000 damage with this Art.
Trout HopPhysical AttackDeal 300,000 damage with this Art.
Vampire BatPhysical AttackHeal 300,000 HP with this Art.
Water JetEther AttackUse this Art 100 times.
Wild WaveEther AttackUse this Art 100 times.

List of Soul Hack Skills and Upgrade Goals

Skill NameEffectUpgrade Goal Requirement
Accelerating AttacksBoosts damage dealt by 25% when using an Art while Quick Move is active.Deal 1,000,000 damage with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Accelerator Organ15% chance for own attack to become a guaranteed hit and to evade enemy attacks during it.Defeat 1,300 monsters in total.
Action ReactionBoosts all Arts recharge by 30% when hit by a combo reaction.Defeat 100 monsters with this skill set.
Air BodyBoosts Agility by 10%.Evade 200 attacks with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Amazing GrowthBoosts damage dealt based on the amount of battle time elapsed.Obtain 160,000 gold.
Apothecary’s WisdomBoosts amount of HP healed from using healing Arts by 20%.Heal 600,000 HP with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Aquatic WarriorBoosts damage dealt by 30% when in the water.Defeat Sharpscale Ragoon 5 times.
Attack HealHeals self when auto-attack hits, to a maximum of 100% of Healing Power.Obtain 200,000 gold.
Attack MasteryBoosts damage dealt for each Soulhacker Art or Skill learned.Discover 130 landmarks in total.
AwakillingAfter own revival, deal 60% more damage and take 20% less damage for a fixed time.Defeat 150 monsters with this skill set.
Battle Fever80% chance to grant Awakening and Critical Rate Up on enemy defeat.Defeat 50 monsters with this skill set.
Berserker MindsetDeal 30% more damage but take 15% more damage.Defeat 150 monsters with this skill set.
Blasting StompWhen activating Quick Move, deals 100% of Attack as damage to any enemies within 5m.Defeat 200 monsters with this skill set.
Breath of an EraBoosts recharge speed by 20% when in the water.Defeat Fairscale Marina 5 times.
Celestial ConquerorBoosts damage dealt by 45% when HP is at 100%.Deal 1,000,000 damage with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Counter PuncherAdds 6% chance to grant Power Charge when evading.Defeat 50 monsters with this skill set.
Creeping PredatorBoosts damage dealt when attacking from behind by 15%.Deal 1,000,000 damage with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Damage ShareWhen low on HP, a random ally takes the damage you receive. The damage is boosted by 25%.Defeat 250 monsters with this skill set.
Dangerous ClawsIncreases Critical Rate by 20 percentage points and critical hit damage by 50 percentage points.Deal 1,000,000 damage with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Debuff CounterShortens duration of debuffs on self by 30%.Defeat 150 monsters with this skill set.
Deeply TacticalAt start of Chain Attack, increases TP by 5.Defeat 2,500 monsters in total.
Defense MasteryReduces damage taken for each Soulhacker Art or Skill learned.Raise the Affinity Level of 10 colonies/forces to at least 1.
Defense TimeReduces damage taken by 10% when recharge for all Arts is depleted.Defeat 200 monsters with this skill set.
Deflector PlateWhen blocking, adds 15% chance to reflect attack. (Absorbed attacks cannot be reflected.)Defeat 50 unique monsters n total.
Dodge AccelerationAdds 6% chance to grant Fast Recharge when evading.Evade 200 attacks with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Drain GuardOn blocking, boosts recharge of one Art at random by 6%.Block 100 attacks with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Dual-Horn PressureAccrues Aggro every second.Evade 200 attacks with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Eagle RushChained auto-attacks increase attack speed. Auto-attack interval is also shortened.TBC
Emergency TurboBoosts healing Arts recharge speed by 30% when an ally is at low HP.Heal 600,000 HP with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Emperor of ViolenceBoosts Attack by 10%.Defeat 250 monsters with this skill set.
Energy EfficiencyReduces healing Art effects by 30% but makes recharge 30% faster.Heal 600,000 HP with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Excessive ArmorAdds 30% chance to block enemy combo reactions.Block 100 attacks with this skill set (not Interlinked).
ExoshellReduces damage taken by 5% per enemy defeated (max. 20%).Deal 1,000,000 damage with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Fiery MoraleHeal 75% of all allies’ HP when defeating an enemy.Defeat 2,000 monsters in total.
Grace of the LandReduces damage taken by allies in a fixed radius by 30%.Learn 40 skills from monsters in total.
Healing MasteryBoosts amount of HP healed for each Soulhacker Art or Skill learned.Discover 6 Secret Areas in total.
Heavy ArmorIncreases Physical Defense and Ether Defense by 5 percentage points.Defeat Protector Revelta 5 times.
Hot Soul70% chance to survive a KO with 1 HP and five seconds of invincibility (once per battle, does not stack).TBC
Instant ChargeOwn Arts gain 60% recharge when an ally is incapacitated.Defeat 100 monsters with this skill set.
Just A MomentRestores 3% of HP when a buff is applied.Heal 600,000 HP with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Large-Scale ShockExtends area of effect of attack Arts which have one by 50%.Deal 1,000,000 with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Magic TransmutationBoosts damage dealt by 60% when afflicted with a debuff.Defeat 100 monsters with this skill set.
Mano a Mano EvasionBoosts evasion rate by 10% when attacked by targeted enemy.Evade 200 attacks with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Megashout60% chance to inflict Target Lock on enemies whenever an ally’s HP becomes critical. Has cooldown.Defeat Doomfang Caum 10 times.
Mimic TechniqueReduces aggro on self by 60% when an ally is incapacitated.Defeat 100 monsters with this skill set.
Monarch’s HeartBoosts maximum HP by 10%.Block 100 attacks with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Natural GuardBoosts Block Rate by 20%.Block 100 attacks with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Needle ShellWhen blocking, deals 100% of Attack damage to enemy, drawing aggro.Defeat Barbed Merod 10 times.
Nimbleness ItselfBoosts evasion by 20% while Quick Move is active.Evade 200 attacks with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Non-Stop BarrageGrants 60% resistance to combos and reactions while Art is active.Defeat 100 monsters with this skill set.
One with the LandBoosts recharge speed by 20% when on land.Defeat Miraging Yuri 10 times.
Physical AbsorberWhen blocking, adds 15% chance to absorb a physical attack.Heal 600,000 HP with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Positional AttackerIncreases the no. of positional Arts that can be set to the Arts Palette by 1.Learn 60 Arts from monsters in total.
Power Pick-Me-UpBoosts damage dealt by 30% after receiving no damage for a set time.TBC
Queenly PrideGrants a small increase to damage dealt the more enemies target you (up to a maximum of 300%).Deal 1,000,000 damage with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Queen of MercyBoosts Healing by 10%.Heal 600,000 HP with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Recharge Cheer12% chance to keep recharge when using Art.Defeat 80 unique monsters in total.
Reckless AttackBoosts damage dealt by 25%, but reduces max HP by half.Defeat Navigator Helios 5 times.
Reserve LifeRestores 30% of HP when at low HP. Has cooldown.Heal 600,000 HP with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Revenge ImpetusApplies Target Lock to all enemies upon own revival. Has cooldown.Evade 200 attacks with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Royal AideBoosts ally revival speed for each incapacitated ally.Heal 600,000 HP with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Royal CharismaExtends duration of Break, Topple, Launch, Daze whenever Art hits.Defeat 250 monsters with this skill set.
Sacrificial HealHeal 60% of all allies’ HP when incapacitated.Heal 600,000 HP with this skill set (not Interlinked).
SandsmokeReduce aggro toward self by 4% when auto-attack hits.Deal 1,000,000 damage with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Scattered Healing25% chance to heal nearby allies upon taking damage, using 100% of Healing Power.Defeat Stately Doramma 5 times.
Sense of Danger75% chance to grant 4 random buff(s) when an ally is incapacitated.Defeat 50 monsters with this skill set.
Spiritual AbsorberWhen blocking, adds 15% chance to absorb an ether attack.Heal 600,000 HP with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Strength SupportBoosts power of buff effects issued by self by 25%.Defeat 150 monsters with this skill set.
Strike ShirkerBoosts evasion by 30% while Art is active.Evade 200 attacks with this skill set (not Interlinked).
SuperchargedBoosts damage dealt for each Art that’s currently fully recharged.Defeat 200 monsters with this skill set.
Super ExplosionDeals 1000% of Attack in damage to nearby enemies when incapacitated.Defeat Infiltrator Garnach 5 times.
Surprise AttackBoosts damage against enemies performing Arts by 30%.Deal 1,000,000 damage with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Systematic DefenseBoosts recharge speed by 36% when non-Defenders are targeted.Block 100 attacks with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Tactical EyeBoosts damage by 15% for every enemy in battle (max. 200%).Deal 1,000,000 damage with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Terran WarriorBoosts damage dealt by 30% when on land.Defeat Ghosting Lulika 5 times.
Ultranull ShieldWhen blocking, adds 3% chance to reduce damage to 0.Block 100 attacks with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Underworld RageBoosts damage dealt by 60% each time an ally is incapacitated (to a maximum of 200%).Defeat 200 monsters with this skill set.
Wild TendenciesGrants 30% resistance to all debuffs.Block 100 attacks with this skill set (not Interlinked).
Wolf SpiritOwn auto-attack rate increases for each ally with the same role as self.Defeat 150 monsters with this skill set.

If you’re looking for more help with Xenoblade Chronicles 3, we also have guides all about Gem Crafting, the locations for Aionis’s Strongest, the amiibo rewards that you can receive, the game’s many cooking recipes, and what carries over to New Game Plus.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is now available at retail and digitally on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide.

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