Xenoblade Chronicles X Guide: How to Unlock Level 5 Field Skills

Want to know how to get level field skills in Xenoblade Chronicles X? Then, check this guide out for all the details!

The field skills in Xenoblade Chronicles X let you collect many resources and install data probes. You can level all 3 skills to 4 by increasing your BLADE level. There is a rank 5 to each skill, but you must complete a mission for each skill.

The missions only give riddles and don't show navigation. I'll help you complete each mission by explaining exactly what to do for each objective in all 3 missions. If you're looking for help with anything else related to Xenoblade Chronicles X, check out my Beginner tips and tricks.

This guide will go over unlocking the level 5 BLADE field skills including:

  • Level 5 Field Skill Unlock Requirements - What you need to get level 5 field skills.
  • Off the Record Missions - The missions you need to unlock level 5 for each field skill.

Level 5 Field Skill Unlock Requirements

Every time you level up your BLADE rank, you can choose one field skill to level. You can choose any of the 3, Mechanical, Biological, and Archaeological at any level.

I suggest sticking with one and leveling it up to 4 before switching. Mechanical is the best because they allow you to plant data probes

To unlock level 5, you must first reach level 4. After that, you can pick up a mission to get level 5 from the mission terminal. The mission for each skill is called. "Off the Record." You must do one for each skill, and they all require different objectives.

Off the Record Missions

Each of these missions has 3 objectives you must complete. They are all presented to you in riddles, and you get no navigation help from the Follow Ball.

After you finish the 3 objectives listed, a final objective appears. This last objective for each is just talking to Solan, but it is at a specific place and time. I'll list each mission's riddle objectives, then tell you exactly what you must do for each one.

Mechanical Off the Record Mission
  • After dawn o'er land of white, a rare red foe appears to smile.
    • This is a rare tyrant in Sylvalum named, "Lyla's Galdr". It only appears between 5:00 - 7:00. Go to a cliff east of Lake Ciel, next to FN Site 413.

Xenoblade Chronicles X Mechanical field skill

  • Soar deep into the skies and seek the forgotten land's ultimate peak.
    • This is a high point in Oblivia called "Mount Edge Peak." You need to fly to reach it. It is a mountain across from the Floating Reef, northeast of FN Site 315.
  • Etchings of ancient beasts to find? Seek a stony shore in fired climes.
    • You must collect Savage Sketches. This is a rare collectible found around the eastern cliffs in Cauldros.
  • In suburban glory in a setting sun, the afflicted tell of what's to come.
    • Talk to Solan southwest of the Water Purification Plant in the Residential District in the evening. 
Biological Off the Record
  • Atop the forest's eternal cascade, a bitter baron awaits the blade
    • You must defeat Acid Diluses. You can find these at the top of Everwhelm Falls in Noctilum.
  • Take this elevated corn to hand, atop the peaks of a delusional land.
    • You must collect Pale Maize. This is a rare collectible on the Delusian Mountains in Sylvalum.
  • Above an early land to hover, courting birds whose seal you covet.
    • You must collect Auravis Courtship Feather from auravises. You find them in both Primordia and Oblivia.
  • Where Ordinance takes first breath, collect your spoils after sunset.
    • Talk to Solan at the Outfitters Test Hangar at night.
Archaeological Off the Record
  • Across the table where titans feast, hides an insect you must defeat.
    • This is a tyrant named, Calore, the Lava Walker. You can find it in the lava outside the Infernal Ledges cave in Cauldros.
  • In the court of the forest gods, a brood of sentinels here do flock.
    • You must discover Sentinel's Nest in Noctilum. This is on the east side of Divine Roost, the northern most part of Noctilum.

Xenoblade chronicles X Archaeological field skill

  • If you seek a pure white shell, to the east it does now dwell.
    • You must collect White Forfex Shells. You can get these from Land Forfexes in Oblivia.
  • In fields of green in New LA, ask in the morning to find the way.
    • Talk to Solan in Deliverance Park in the early morning. This is located in the Residential District.

That's all you need to unlock level 5 for each BLADE field skill in Xenoblade Chronicles X. Let me know if you have any questions!

Published Dec. 14th 2015
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  • Jazzant
    Man, oh man! I'm proud I managed to solve nearly every riddle on my own (mostly by luck I think), but not sure I EVER would have worked out how to find Lyla's Galdr. Thanks, this was a great guide! :)

    PS, it seems that Lyla's Galdr doesn't always appear early morning. Sometimes a green version appears (as a normal monster). Hence the "rare" part of the riddle I suppose - might be worth noting!

    Also, ordinance and ordnance are apparently two different things. I know this only because I had to look ordnance up in the dictionary to solve that riddle. :P
  • Darkclaw_3050
    Correction for Mechanical mission: Solan is 1 hex southwest of the Water Purification Plant in Residential District in the evening. He is NOT in Ishmael Hills.
  • Synzer
    Guide Editor
    I fixed it, thanks for the correction.
  • Miekell
    Archeological Skill Mission: Found Solan Early Morning SouthWest of Deliverance Park next to construction skell

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