Our Xenoblade Chronicles guide features a comprehensive walkthrough and additional info on the endless amount of optional content in the game.
The game starts off during the battle between the Mechons and the Homs in Colony 9. You control Dunban, wielder the Monado, a sword bestowed to the people from Bionis ages ago.
As the Mechon advance on your team, engage them in battle by targeting them with L or R. Once an enemy is targeted, your battle palette will open on the bottom of the screen. This is where you select which skills (Arts) to use during battle. As Dunban, you have three Arts to choose from: Enchant, Attack, and Buster. Quite simply, engage each Mechon as they appear, cast Enchant, and then follow up with the Buster attack.
When you arenít using a skill, your character will auto attack the enemy every few seconds. Later in the game, landing auto attacks is required to recharge certain abilities known as Talent Arts. You must be within a reasonable range for your weapon in order to attack successfully. The green barrier surrounding the battle will only lift after the fight concludes. Once youíve defeated a series of M63 and M69 Mechons, a large M82 will drop in front of your team. Follow the same methods to bring him down.
There is an apparent mistake in Special Lever 2 for Regbuilding Colony 6.† It says defeat Earth Nebula at Sap Cave.† I was never able to find a Sap Cave, but I was able to defeat Caris Nebula at the brog lake just before you get to Nopon Arch.†