Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition

He of the Metal Face Time Attack S Rank Guide (Free Mode)

Mumkhar Mechon Form

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

He of the Metal Face (Free Mode) Rewards and Recommended Level

Recommended Level 90
Maximum Noponstone Rewards 7200
No. of Waves 2
Denim Glasses
Denim Top
Denim Gauntlets
Rustly Knapsack
Minimum Rank to Obtain RewardA
How to Unlock Defeat the 1st disciple

He of the Metal Face Recommended Party Setup

Recommended Party Leaders

Fiora IconFiora Shulk IconShulk

Shulk's Arts

Stream Edge IconStream Edge Battle Soul IconBattle Soul Air Slash IconAir Slash Back Slash IconBack Slash
Slit Edge IconSlit Edge Enchant IconEnchant Buster IconBuster

These are the arts you will mostly use throughout the challenge. Shadow Eye and Stream Edge allow you to fill Shulk's Talent Gauge quickl,y which lets him unleash his Monado Arts. His other Chance arts allow him to quickly fill the party gauge to allow your team to use Chain Attacks.

Shulk's Role

This Challenge forces you to face 2 mechons. Damaging Mechons requires several setups, but the easiest way to do it is by using Monado Enchant. Your goal is to quickly fill Shulk's Talent Gauge and immediately use Enchant to allow your allies to damage the enemy. Shulk's secondary goal is to keep on filling the party gauge to allow your team to unleash Chain Attack after Chain Attack.

Fiora's Arts

Final Cross IconFinal Cross Air Fang IconAir Fang Mag Storm IconMag Storm Lock-On IconLock-On
Cross Impact IconCross Impact Spear Blade IconSpear Blade Double Blade IconDouble Blade

These arts allow Fiora to force Topple on the enemy, allowing your party to assault them despite lacking Enchant. Mag Storm and Cross Impact should only be included if your party is equipped with Daze Up Gems, otherwise, remove them or don't use them, as they will slow down your team's damage output.

Fiora's Role

Your focus should be to quickly fill the Party gauge to unleash a Chain Attack. Lock-On improves Fiora's Critical Chance, which can trigger Burst Affinities. Once a Chain Attack is used, immediately topple the target and unleash hell upon them.

Recommended Party Members

Dunban IconDunban Fiora IconFiora Reyn IconReyn

As you can see, this team is heavily focused on physical damage and topple locking. Both waves only consist of one enemy, so being abile to render them unable to move is a huge plus. Just make sure to not forget about using offensive arts and not just toppling them forever.

Party Member's Recommended Arts

Steel Strike IconSteel Strike Worldly Slash IconWorldly Slash Peerless IconPeerless Final Cross IconFinal Cross
Spear Blade IconSpear Blade Sword Drive IconSword Drive Wild Down IconWild Down

Your focus should only be to topple enemies, and then damage them. Don't focus on topple locking them alone, and instead, strike a balance between toppling them, then damaging them. High damaging arts like Worldly Slash and Sword Drive must be used carefully to maximize their damage and improve your time.

Recommended Gems

Critical Up Increases a weapon's critical hit rate by (%).
Topple Up Increases the damage dealt to enemies suffering Topple by (%).
Topple Plus Extends the duration for which an enemy suffers Topple by (%).
Initial Tension Increases tension when battle starts.
Strength Up Increase Strength.

These gems increase your team's offensive capability. Topple Up should only be equipped if your team isn't lacking in Topple Plus gems. Initial Tension should only be equipped to Fiora and Critical Up to Shulk and Fiora.

Recommended Skills

High Enemy Level Buffs

If your party's level is the same as the recommended level of this challenge (90), make sure to equip skills that boost your stats if you're fighting high leveled enemies. Their coin cost is non-existent, and can give your team a huge buff.

Chain of Friendship and Ultimate Teamwork

Skills that boost the chance and damage of Chain Link are a must have.

Pretty Stars / Love Sun

Time-based buffs are also extremely good. Just make sure to adjust the time before accepting the challenge.

He of the Metal Face (Free Mode) Tips and Strategies

He of the Metal Face General Tips

He of the metal face free mode
Your enemy is alone and is a mechon. Relying on Monado Enchant and Anti-Mechon Weapons is a good answer, but we highly recommend a topple locking strategy. Toppling a Mechon makes them vulnerable to normal attacks, and it can render them unable to act as well, which can let you focus on attacking without worries.

Wave 1 Enemies and Strategies

Enemy (quantity) Level
Mumkhar (x1) 95

He of the metal face
As Shulk, focus on quickly building up your Talent Gauge, then use Enchant. This will allow your team's damage to come in. Lessen your Aggro with Shadow Eye, then pile up your Chance Arts to fill the Party Gauge. Once it's filled up, Topple Mumkhar then go to town on him.

As Fiora, immediately use Lock-On, then unleash a barrage of hits against Mumkhar for a chance to get some Burst Affinity from critical strikes. Use Final Cross if Fiora's Tension get's maxed out, or unleash a Chain Attack when the Party gauge gets filled (whichever comes first) to defeat Mumkhar.

Wave 2 Enemies and Strategies

Enemy (quantity) Level
Mumkhar (homs form x1) 99

Mumkhar Homs
His Hom's form has a higher damage output, but is vulnerable to break. Quickly apply Break to him. This will give Dunban or Reyn a chance to Topple Mumkhar. From here on out, just keep on piling damage until Mumkhar falls.

Xenoblade Chronicles Related Links

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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