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Xenoblade Chronicles 3 DLC: Expansion Pass Price, Wave 2 Contents and More

Here's everything you need to know about Xenoblade Chronicles 3's DLC pass.

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The Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Expansion Pass will add several waves of additional content to the Nintendo Switch RPG.


Like other titles in the series, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 for Nintendo Switch is a lengthy adventure, and Nintendo will be expanding it even further with the game's Expansion Pass. Players who purchase the pass will receive additional waves of content for the game over the next several months, including new quests, characters and outfits.

Here's everything you need to know about Xenoblade Chronicles 3's Expansion Pass, including when Wave 2 arrives and what content is coming in each release.

Expansion Pass Price

The Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Expansion Pass can be purchased through the Nintendo eShop. The pass costs $30 and will grant you four waves of additional content for the base game as they are released over the next year.

New Content

As mentioned, four waves of DLC will be released for Xenoblade Chronicles 3 through the end of 2023. Each wave will introduce a variety of new features and content to the game, including new Hero characters, story quests and bonus items.

You can see what each wave of DLC includes below:

Wave 1 - July 29

  • Different color outfit variations for each character
  • A pack of helpful items

Wave 2 - Oct. 13

  • Challenge Battle mode featuring difficult enemies
  • A new Hero character named Ino, who is recruited after completing her related Hero Quest
  • New swimsuit outfits for each character

Wave 3 - TBA

  • Challenge Battle mode featuring difficult enemies
  • A new Hero character and related quests
  • New character outfits

Wave 4 - TBA

  • New original story scenario

Although Nintendo has not yet announced any details on the new story scenario coming in Wave 4, series developer Monolith Soft teased in an interview that it would be similar in scale and volume to the Torna: The Golden Country DLC released for Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

How to claim your Expansion Pass content

Once DLC is available, you'll need to fire up the game to receive the content. Press the X button to open the menu screen, then scroll down and select "Expansion Pass." From this menu, select a DLC pack and press the Y button to receive its contents.

Xenoblade 3 Expansion Pass menu
Nintendo/Screenshot by CNET

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 launched for Nintendo Switch on July 29. If you're just getting started in the game, be sure to check out our battle system explainer for a detailed breakdown on Arts, combos and other combat mechanics.