Jumping can only advance you in Xenoblade Chronicles 3. As you progress through the seven chapters of the JRPG, you’ll discover areas that you can’t access with normal jumps or bypassing alone. These special sections require unique skills that you will learn from the heroes along the way. One such skill is the ability to climb walls.
Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean you can climb every wall you come across in Xenoblade Chronicles 3 – you won’t suddenly become Spider-Man. Instead, you’ll be able to climb through predefined areas of the environment to reach new locations, containers, husks, and hidden items. Some of these areas include combinations of special traversal abilities, meaning you’ll have to go back if you want to explore every nook and cranny in Aionios.
This Xenoblade Chronicle 3 guide will tell you where you get wall climbing and what surfaces you should watch out for.
How to unlock wall climbing
The ability to climb walls opens at the beginning of Chapter 3, after about 10 hours of the game’s campaign. Eventually you will reach an area called Ribby Flats. Follow the current quest route by holding ZL and pressing Y if you haven’t already. As you progress, you’ll climb up to a place called Caitlin Drum before discovering the landmark Elsie’s Spout. Shortly after that, you will meet a hero named Valdi.
Without spoiling too much, Valdi gives you a new hero quest: Good Right Hand, which will take some time to complete. Continue the story and you’ll unlock the ability to climb when you complete Good Right Hand.
How to climb walls
Once you’ve completed Good Right Hand and added the Military Medic class to your roster, follow the story path again. You will return to the rocks at Elsie’s Spout where you first met Valdi and you will need to climb a high cliff to continue.
To climb, look for walls covered in purple vines. Just walk up to them and push the left joystick forward. As with stairs, you will automatically climb them. You can also jump off them by pressing B. If a wall of some type – natural or artificial – does not have these purple vines, you will not be able to climb it.
Advice. Climbing sites are marked on your terrain map as an ice ax for climbers, which will help you pinpoint areas to explore.
And that’s how wall climbing is in Xenoblade Chronicles 3. Unlike some other skills, this one is automatically given to all characters once it’s unlocked. As you progress through the story, you will gain access to more traversal skills, which will give you more opportunities to explore this gigantic world.