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Official artwork of Dunban from Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition.

Universe Xenoblade Chronicles
Debut Xenoblade Chronicles (2010)
Smash Bros. appearances SSB4
Most recent non-Smash appearance Xenoblade Chronicles 3: Future Redeemed (2023, cameo)
Console/platform of origin Wii
Species Homs
Gender Male
Place of origin Bionis
English voice actor Rufus Jones
Japanese voice actor Ryō Horikawa
Article on Xeno Series Wiki Dunban

Dunban (ダンバン, Danban) is a character from Xenoblade Chronicles. He is the older brother of Fiora and the previous wielder of the Monado before Shulk.


Dunban first appears in the Battle of Sword Valley, the game's prologue and first tutorial. Wielding the Monado, a legendary sword that it appears only he can use, he almost single-handedly turns the losing battle from a loss into a victory for the Bionis forces. The effort costs him the use of his right arm, but he is taken home to Colony 9 and hailed as "Hero of the Homs". When the colony is unexpectedly attacked a year later, he tries to fight again but is unable to keep control of the Monado, which passes to Shulk instead. From then on, he fights with his left arm, and is no less formidable in combat. After a short rest, he joins Shulk's quest of revenge towards the Mechon (and Metal Face in particular) for their attack.

Dunban is a wise party member. He was somewhat brash and overconfident in the past, owing to being the one with the Monado, but has since learned to be more cautious. He often acts as the voice of reason, as he is the eldest and most-traveled Homs party member. He still defers to Shulk, but will often provide advice as to how Shulk should act. He is also the older brother of Fiora, Shulk's childhood friend who was thought to be killed in the attack.

In combat, Dunban is the group's agility tank: his role is to attract the enemy's attention by dealing large amounts of damage and keep their aggro by dodging their attacks. Concurrently, while his health is lower than the other tanks, his physical power and agility (which translates to both accuracy and evasion) are very high. His arts are designed to inflict high damage and be used one after the other in particular combinations to stack status effects on a single target that most other party members are unable to inflict alone. His high agility also allows him to fight enemies at higher levels than him somewhat easier than other physical party members. However, he needs to successfully deal damage to draw his aggro, he can generally only attack one foe at a time, his best arts are auras that can only take effect one at a time, and his evasive skills are meaningless against ether attacks. As a result, he fares poorly against large groups or ether-based enemies.

Dunban's fate is unknown after the events of Xenoblade Chronicles: Future Connected, as he does not appear in Xenoblade Chronicles 3, besides as a cameo in a flashback from Melia, which happens in her last Hero Quest.

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Assist role[edit]

Dunban alongside Riki and Shulk in Shulk's Final Smash.

Dunban appears in Shulk's Final Smash. He appears alongside Riki to use a Chain Attack on the trapped opponent, before Shulk sends the foe flying. All of Dunban's voice clips are directly ripped from Xenoblade Chronicles.

As a costume[edit]

Mii Swordfighters dressed as Dunban.

Shulk's black costume is based on Dunban's color scheme. Additionally, Dunban is also the basis for a paid downloadable content costume for Mii Swordfighters. Nintendo also released a QR code for those who wish to have the exact Mii used in the costume's advertising.


Dunban appears as a trophy in both versions.

Dunban's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
NTSC Dunban was hailed as a hero when he stopped the Mechon invasion of Bionis with the Monado. However, it cost him the use of his right arm. He's always looking out for others, and Shulk sees him as an older brother. In Shulk's Final Smash, Dunban, Riki, and Shulk team up to overwhelm the enemy!
Wii: Xenoblade Chronicles (04/2012)
PAL Dunban was hailed as a hero when he stopped the Mechon invasion of Bionis with the Monado. However, he lost the use of his right arm in doing so. He's always looking out for others, and Shulk sees him as an older brother. Dunban and Riki join the fight in Shulk's Final Smash, where the three team up to overwhelm the enemy!
Wii: Xenoblade Chronicles (08/2011)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Assist role[edit]

Dunban alongside Riki, Fiora and Shulk in Shulk's Final Smash.

Dunban returns as part of Shulk’s Final Smash, Chain Attack, alongside Riki and the newly added Mecha-Fiora.

As a costume[edit]

Dunban's outfit returns for the Mii Swordfighter.


Dunban also appears as an Ace-class primary spirit. He can also be summoned using the cores of Reyn and Fiora.

In Adventure Mode: World of Light, Dunban is presumably one of the countless spirits captured by Galeem during his takeover of the universe. After Galeem's defeat, Dharkon takes control of Galeem's spirits, including Dunban. Dunban's spirit is located in the Sacred Land sub-dungeon of The Dark Realm.

Dunban's Spirit Battle uses a Mii Swordfighter puppet fighter wearing the Dunban Wig and Outfit and is fought on the Gaur Plain stage. He is fought along a Shulk puppet fighter. During the battle, Shulk receives a sudden Final Smash, referencing how Dunban appears as part of Shulk's Chain Attack Final Smash. Also, the Mii Swordfighter's melee weapons have increased power, referencing Dunban's proficiency with his sword.

No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability Series
SSBU spirit Dunban.png
★★★ 2 2939 8844 1470 4422 1202 3618 Sword Attack ↑ Xenoblade Chronicles Series


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese ダンバン, Danban
UK English Dunban
France French Dunban
Germany German Dunban
Spain Spanish Dunban
Italy Italian Dunban
China Chinese Dunban
South Korea Korean 단반, Danban
Netherlands Dutch Dunban
Russia Russian Данбен


  • While Dunban is showcased as left-handed for most of Xenoblade Chronicles (due to his right arm being crippled from overuse of the Monado in the prologue), Mii Swordfighters in the Dunban costume still hold Dunban's sword right-handed due to their animations. As a result, the swordfighters use their cape-covered arm to hold their sword, contrary to Dunban's original design (which uses the non-caped arm).