Sparks Fly, You Die Time Attack S Rank Guide (Free Mode) | Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition

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This is a guide to the Time Trial challenge Sparks Fly, You Die (Free Mode) in Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (XC1) for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to learn how to beat Sparks Fly, You Die, strategies to use, and how to get an S Ranking.

Sparks Fly, You Die (Free Mode) Rewards and Recommended Level

Recommended Level 65
Minimum Noponstone Rewards
Maximum Noponstone Rewards 5600
No. of Waves 2
Rewards
F Sun Visor
F Water Frame
F Water Arms
F Water Boosters
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Minimum Rank to Obtain Reward S
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Sparks Fly, You Die (Free Mode) Tips and Strategies

Sparks Fly, You Die General Tips

If you don't plan to have Shulk in your party, make sure to at least equip anti-mechon armor since all enemies in this challenge are mechons.

Sparks Fly, You Die Recommended Characters

Dunban Icon Dunban Reyn Icon Reyn Shulk Icon Shulk

A heavy AOE setup is recommended for the fight. Anti Mechon Armor is also a plus but not entirely needed due to Shulk's Monado Enchant.

Sparks Fly, You Die Recommended Skill Links

Chain of Friendship Increases the chance of a Chain Link (15%). Owner
Shulk

Improving chances of Chain Links occuring is highly suggested, especially for Wave 2 where topple locking is needed.

Shoulder to Shoulder Heals the party after a chain attack (10%). Owner
Reyn
Friendship Heals Heals the party slightly after a chain attack (5%). Owner
Shulk

Healing is a godsend for a pure offensive Team. Not needing to spend time restoring your team's HP to resume assault is a great trait to have.

Pretty Stars! Increases strength during the night (15%). Owner
Riki
Love Sun! Reduces cooldown during the day (10%). Owner
Riki

Skills that boost stats based on time are great. They are cheaper in terms of Coin Cost than other stat boosting skills, and you only need to adjust the time to activate them. Just make sure to equip only one type of skill and adjust the time accordingly.

Reckless Courage Strength Up buff at start of battle with higher level enemies (20%, 30 sec). Owner
Reyn

Skills that boost stats against higher leveled enemies are great if your character's levels are equal to the recommended level or lower. There are several skills like reckless courage but we highly suggest strength and agility boosting skills.

Wave 1 Enemies and Strategies

Wave 1 Sparks Fly

Enemy (Quantity) Level
Defensive/ONION (x2) 65
Infernal Crocell (x1) 68

Use Battle Start, then build Shulk's talent gauge (Battle Soul, Stream Edge), then use Monado Enchant to buff your ally's damage. Quickly fill the party gauge and talent gauge then use AOE offensive arts like Buster (Shulk), Soaring Tempest (Dunban), War Swing (Reyn).

Wave 2 Enemies and Strategies

Enemy (Quantity) Level
Revolutionary Bifrons (x1) 70
M57/Faith (x1) 67

Immediately use a Chain Attack (if available) against Bifrons and apply topple to it. Focus on Topple Locking Bifrons to quickly bring it down.

Do not use Purge on Bifrons! It will take a long time to use and it's effect is temporary.

Once it's toppled, give it everything you've got to complete the challenge.

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Time Attack Guide and Rewards

Free Mode

No. Challenge Reward(s) Unlock Condition
1 Humble Beginnings Camo Mask,Camo Hoodie,Camo Gloves,Camo Leggings,Camo Fins Reach Chapter 3: Tephra Cave Revisited
2 Fair Game Captain's Skirt,Captain's Pumps Sharla joins the party
3 The Walls Have Eyes Debonair Glasses,Debonair Top,Debonair Watch,Debonair Bottoms,Debonair Sandals Dunban joins the party
4 Shaggy-dog Story Worker's Headband,Worker's Shirt,Worker's Beads,Worker's Shorts,Workers' Sandals Riki joins the party
5 Oh, Brother! Eryth Skirt,Eryth Sandals Melia joins the party
6 Third Wheel Water Boosters Seven joins the party
7 Sparks Fly, You Die F Sun Visor,F Water Frame,F Water Arms,F Water Boosters Reach Agniratha
8 Lost in a Dark Dream Ledios Helm L, Ledios Plate L, Ledios Arm L, Ledios Cuisses L, Ledios Greaves L Complete Future Connected
9 He of the Metal Face Denim Glasses,Denim Top,Denim Gauntlets,Rustly Knapsack Defeat the 1st disciple
10 Uniquely Disadvantaged Power II Goggles L,Power L Frame, Power II Arms L, Power II Boosters L Reach Gondorl Cathedral

Restricted Mode

No. Challenge Reward(s) Unlock Condition
1 Humble Beginnings Exotic Glasses,Exotic Top,Exotic Watch,Exotic Bottoms,Exotic Sandals Reach chapter 3 Tephra Cave Revisited
2 Fair Game Captain's Hat,Captain's Top,Captain's Bangles Sharla joins the party
3 The Walls Have Eyes Festival Headband,Festival Shirt,Festival Beads,Festival Shorts,Festival Sandals Dunban joins the party
4 Shaggy-dog Story Pineapple Glasses,Pineapple Top,Pineapple Gauntlets,Starchy Knapsack, Riki joins the party
5 Oh, Brother! Eryth Corsage,Eryth Top,Eryth Bracelets Melia decides to join the party
6 Third Wheel Sun Visor,Water Frame,Water Arms Seven joins the party
7 Sparks Fly, You Die Resort Mask,Resort Hoodie,Resort Gloves,Resort Leggings,Resort Fins Reach Agniratha
8 Lost in a Dark Dream Power III Goggles L, Power III Frame L, Power III Arms L, Power III Boosters L Complete Future Connected
9 He of the Metal Face Officer's Hat,Officer's Top,Officer's Bangles,Officer's Skirt,Officer's Pumps Defeat the 1st disciple
10 Uniquely Disadvantaged Frontier Corsage,Frontier Top,Frontier Bracelets,Frontier Skirt,Frontier Sandals Reach Gondorl Cathedral

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