So here’s the notes I scribbled out for the next piece of the overworld hub. The Shop/Workshop handles your inventory and the abilities of the other overworld facilities.
The stock of the Shop portion is dynamic and directly reflects the item drops of the region and sub-region that you were on before leaving the dungeon. While not unlimited, this allows players the chance to just purchase the items and materials they were looking for, if RNG was not kind.
The player can also upgrade both the facilities and their inventory. This includes:
- Adding region shortcuts to the dungeon entrance
- Adding inventory slots for use
- Adding new items to the crafting menus for the shop and tree
- Increasing the amount of item that can stacked in an inventory slot
- Increasing the capacity of the barracks and the number of teams that can be logged
- Expanding the stock of the shop
In terms of crafting, you create and enhance equipment in the shop while you create restorative items over at the tree. The equipment you can make here provide a variety of enhancements to your units, such as increasing stats and adding passive traits.
The Yiga finally send some of their big guns to mess with me, robbing Paya of the Sheikah heirloom and using a defector from their ranks as a spy. Afterwards, I begin to make my way north towards the volcano.
I finish Vess’s quest, which ends with Mabon just DYING partway through a conversation, check in with Jac’s family, head to the Chansagh Wastes to fish up Gluttonous Marrin and the Lucky Core Crystal, and start the Core Hunter questline with Praxis and Theory.
Praxis and Theory don’t look good, unlike Kassandra.
Juju decides to travel to the Mechon-occupied Colony 6 alone because “EvERyoNE ElSe iS CoWArDs!!” and complains about driving into a barrier that prevents him from sailing directly off the side of a bridge.
And, with Juju charging headlong into mortal danger, I instead decide to explore Gaur Plain for a time while chatting about: instant death attacks in Xenoblade 1 & 2, Elma from Xenoblade X being added to 2, and a little bit of Super Smash Bros.
I continue through the remainder of Tephra Cave on the way to Gaur Plain, the worst Sm4sh stage, and unlock the Monado’s Shield Art. After rescuing a boy named Juju from angry cow monsters, he leads me to the rest of the Colony 6 refugees along with his sister, Sharla.