Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Nopon Coins guide: what they do and how to farm them
JRPGs like to create their own terms for just about everything. Currency, spells, abilities, classes – you name it and a JRPG will rename it. In Xenoblade Chronicles 3, not only do they have all those previously mentioned mechanics to learn, but also two types of currencies. Luckily, it’s not the types that have invaded the most predatory games that have an in-game currency and another that you have to spend real money on, but rather a special type that’s much harder to find.
Nopon coins are not only a rare, but very useful currency that you will want to collect as much as possible, but they are further divided into two subtypes. There’s a ton of things to do in Xenoblade Chronicles 3, and only certain activities will pay off with these rare coins. If you want to know everything you can do with Nopon Coins and how best to grow them in Xenoblade Chronicles 3check out our guide.
What are Nopon Coins used for?
Before you go looking for these special coins, you need to know what you’ll get out of them. In Xenoblade Chronicles 3There are two main uses for Nopon Coins: redeeming them at the Nopon Coin X-Change to directly upgrade your characters, or circumventing the material requirements for gem crafting.
To find the Nopon Coin X-Change, you will need to locate a Secret Merchant in the Fornis area. You can find them by heading to the eastern side of the area near the Raptor Perch landmark, where you’ll find a cave. While exploring the cave, you will start a quest called “Thrill of the Hunt” and need to solve some simple puzzles to reach the end of the cave. Once you’ve gone to the other side, you can find and interact with the X-Change.
Using coins to upgrade your character is even easier. Go to your character menu and press Yes on the class you want to level up.
While you can do a lot with these coins, the best uses are to level up characters, buy powerful X-Change items, and possibly speed up gem crafting. Other uses, while not exactly wasteful, aren’t the best use considering the work you have to put in to get them. At the same time, do not accumulate them. You can only hold 99 of any item in the game, and if you get more when they’re full, they’ll automatically be sold for regular gold.
How to get Nopon Coins
There are several ways to get Nopon coins in Xenoblade Chronicles 3, but all take time. We’ve already mentioned the possibility of simply finding them in chests, but here are the most reliable ways to collect these trinkets.
The first time you encounter a unique monster in the world, you are rewarded with coins for doing everything possible to defeat them. These are usually the toughest enemies in the area, so make sure you’re properly leveled up before challenging them. However, this method only works the first time, so you can’t grind them that way.
If you spot a skirmish between two monsters while exploring, you’ll have the choice of aiding one side against the other. One side will always give you Nopon Coins as a reward, which you should obviously choose every time. These are random occurrences, however, but worth keeping an eye on.
Finally, do any quests that offer Nopon Coins as completion rewards. Not all side quests will give them, but any that involve Nopons prioritize them whenever you can. Luckily, you can see the rewards each quest offers in your journal before you do them.