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This is a profile and usage guide for Riki, a character from Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition for the Nintendo Switch. Here you can find Riki's roles, builds, stats at Lv. 99, best Arts, best skill trees, and official artwork.

Riki Basic Information

Riki Profile

Quick Facts
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Name Riki
Age 40
Race Nopon
Height 60cm
Gender Male
Weapon Type Biter
Voice Actor (Eng.) Wayne Forester
Voice Actor (Jp.) Yuki Kaida

Riki is a fun-loving Nipon from Makna. Riki has a very unique style of speaking, and often serves as comic relief. Although he was chosen as his tribe's hero, apparently this was only to repay his debt to the chief for eating too much food with his family. In battle, he excels in debuffing the enemy and inflicting status ailments.

Riki Stats at Lv. 99

Riki's Stats at Lv. 99

HP Strength Ether Agility
9674 417 399 124

Stats Explained

Riki Build and Usage Guide

Riki Strengths and Weaknesses

Physical Attacks Ether Attacks Tanking
A Rank Icon A Rank Icon B Rank Icon
Buffing Debuffing Healing
C Rank Icon S Rank Icon A Rank Icon

Note: A C Rank indicates that the character is either very poor in this role or cannot do it at all.

How to Play Riki

Riki is able to cast a large number of enemy debuffs through his arts (Poison, Blaze, Chill, Bleed), which will slowly drain out their HP. Inflict these four debuffs right away (Lurgy, Bitey Bitey/Burninate, Freezinate in that order). At this point, Say Sorry can be used to remove all four debuffs to deal massive damage to that enemy.

Hero Time can be used to prevent tension from falling, so it is an essential aura for Riki. Roly Poly is a decent Art as well, and can be used to keep foes toppled, but it is not necessary if your other members already have an Art for toppling. Sneaky Sneaky is a pretty good Art, but it should be swapped for Say Sorry after if is learned.

Riki's Talent gauge fills up when he auto-attacks. Using it allows you to steal an item, EXP, or AP from an enemy. For the most part, you should use it anytime it is ready. It is also useful for trying to get a particular rare item from an enemy without killing them.

Vivacity is a good skill set to prioritize initially, but should be switched for Flexibility once his HP maxes at 9999. Gems should enhance his arts, so Recovery Up, Blaze Plus, Chill Plus, Poison Plus, and Ether Up are all solid choices.

Riki as an AI

AI Riki will use Burnitate and Freezinate to inflict Blaze/Chill on foes, as well as Poison with Lurgy. You Can Do It is one of the best Healing Arts in the game, so make sure it is set, and Riki will heal your teammates when their HP is low enough, so be sure and level it up as well.

Riki will use Happy Happy at the start of battle, granted his Tension is high, so make sure to time the B-press correctly when initiating battle. Roly-Poly is another skill that can topple enemies, so set it if you don't have Reyn or Dunban in your team. Bitey Bitey will be his best option for quick damage.

Riki Arts

Riki's Arts
Name Lv. Learnt Effect Power (%) CD (sec.)
Yoink! 1 Physical Art
Steal something that Riki likes from the enemy.
100 -
Happy HappyHappy Happy 1 Ether Art
Riki does his happy dance, filling the Party Gauge.
- 90 ~ 67.7
Bitey BiteyBitey Bitey 1 Physical Art
Riki bites out, inflicting Bleed. From behind extends duration.
150 ~ 231 30 ~ 24.6
SneakySneaky 1 Physical Art
Riki sneaks up from behind, dealing lots of damage.
100 ~ 208 15 ~ 12.3
Play DeadPlay Dead 1 Ether Art
Riki plays dead. Enemies ignore him, allowing a surprise attack.
- 90 ~ 49.5
LurgyLurgy 1 Ether Art
Riki chews poisonous grass from Makna and spits it out in a cloud.
40 ~ 67 45 ~ 32.8
Hero TimeHero Time 1 Ether Art
The Heropon charges ahead with a blessed Aura surrounding him.
- 30 ~ 16.5
Roly-PolyRoly-Poly 1 Ether Art
The bigger you are, the harder you fall!
- 60 ~ 33
BehaveBehave 1 Ether Art
Riki throws petals from Makna, making any enemy placid.
- 50 ~ 27.5
Riki is AngryRiki is Angry 47 Ether Art
This Aura lets enemies feel the pain of a Heropon's wrath!
- 120 ~ 55.2
BedtimeBedtime 35 Ether Art
Riki spins his weapon, sending all enemies in range straight to sleep.
- 120 ~ 66
You Can Do ItYou Can Do It 27 Ether Art
Restore HP to the party. The more debuffs, the more HP restored.
216 ~ 441 30 ~ 19.2
PeekabooPeekaboo 51 Physical Art
Gleefully thwack the enemy. As a side attack, Confuses Mechon.
200 ~ 353 25 ~ 13.8
Say SorrySay Sorry 55 Physical Art
Removes debuffs from enemy, but deals extra damage for each one.
200 ~ 353 60 ~ 43.8
BurninateBurninate 43 Ether Art
Riki spits out fire, scorching all enemies in range.
100 ~ 172 90 ~ 25.2
FreezinateFreezinate 31 Ether Art
Riki spits saliva that instantly freezes around an enemy.
50 ~ 158 10 ~ 8.2
TantrumTantrum 40 Physical Art
Riki lashes out at enemies, inflicting Break.
50 ~ 152 20 ~ 11

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Riki Skill Trees and Skills

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Vivacity

Vivacity Skill Tree

Effect How to Unlock
HP Up Default Skill Tree unlocked when Riki becomes playable.
0 1 2 3 4 5
2% 4% 6% 8% 10% 15%

Vivacity Skills

Skill Effect SP Coins
Like Sun! Increases strength during the day (10%). - 7
Friends Now! Allows low-value items to be offered when trading (5%). 700 -
Love Sun! Reduces cooldown during the day (10%). 1000 18
Lucky Me! Improves chance of monsters dropping silver chests (10%). 2000 30
Adore Sun! Increases EXP awarded in battles during the day (15%). 3500 18

Innocence

Innocence Skill Tree

Effect How to Unlock
Ether Defence Up Default Skill Tree unlocked when Riki becomes playable.
0 1 2 3 4 5
5 10 20 30 40 50

Innocence Skills

Skill Effect SP Coins
Adventure Time! Increases movement speed (5%). 300 5
Learning all the Time! Awards the same AP regardless of participation in battle. 700 4
Explore Time! Awards more EXP when discovering a Landmark (20%). 1000 8
Make it all Better! Improves Healing Arts used on an ally with half HP (20%). 2000 12
Dream of Money! Improves chance of monsters dropping gold chests (3%). 3500 45

Flexibility

Flexibility Skill Tree

Effect How to Unlock
Agility Up Default Skill Tree unlocked when Riki becomes playable.
0 1 2 3 4 5
2 5 8 10 12 15

Flexibility Skills

Skill Effect SP Coins
Buy Stuff! Allows items to be sold for a higher price (20%). 300 -
Riki See, Riki Do Awards the same EXP regardless of participation in battle. 700 4
AP for All! Lets Riki steal AP with Yoink! and share it with the party. 1000 -
Riki Strong! Grants immunity to Strength Down debuff. 2000 20
EXP for All! Lets Riki steal EXP with Yoink! and share it with the party. 3500 -

Heroism

Heroism Skill Tree

Effect How to Unlock
Critical Hit Rate Up Acquired through completing the Final Challenge of the Sage Side Quest.
0 1 2 3 4 5
2% 5% 10% 12% 15% 20%

Heroism Skills

Skill Effect SP Coins
Heavy Equipment Allows heavy weight armour to be equipped 200 15
Nutritious! Greatly increases strength (50). 500 29
Kissy Kissy! Halves the Party Gauge usage when reviving allies (However, at least one bar must be filled). 800 -
Ouchies! Increases Spike damage dealt (25%). 1000 15
Cuddly Hero! Increases resistance to all debuffs (30%). 1500 43

Cowardice

Cowardice Skill Tree

Effect How to Unlock
Block Rate Up Acquired through completing the Getting Bigger Side Quest.
0 1 2 3 4 5
2% 5% 10% 12% 15% 20%

Cowardice Skills

Skill Effect SP Coins
Pretty Stars! Increases strength during the night (15%). 200 7
Watch Out! Increases agility when HP is at half (20%). 500 8
Amazing Stars! Reduces cooldown during the night (15%). 800 13
Bullseye! Improves accuracy of back attacks (50%) 1000 45
Bestest Stars! Increases EXP awarded in battles during the night (20%). 1500 13

Best Skill Links for Each Character

Best and Worst Gifts For Riki

Best Gifts for Riki

Collectable Affinity Points Area
Love Source 100 Other
Rubber Mantis 24 Ether Mine
Soft Sea Cucumber 24 Makna Forest
Minute Mantis 22 Other
Glider Cockroach 22 Central Factory
Ice Kiwi Fruit 20 Fallen Arm
Energy Aubergine 18 Mechonis Field

Worst Gifts for Riki

Collectable Affinity Points Area
Rainbow Slug -18 Fallen Arm
Black Blossom -18 Sword Valley
Orb Daisy -18 Satorl Marsh
Mud Squirrel -16 Valak Mountain
Dobercorgi -16 Colony 6
Grape Spring -14 Agniratha
Digital Filament -14 Fallen Arm

The Best Gifts for Each Character

Riki Artwork

The following official artwork for Riki from Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition was released by the official Nintendo Twitter Page and Japanese Xenoblade Twitter Page.

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