Dunban (ダンバン, Danban) is a character from the Xenoblade universe.
Dunban first appears in the Battle of Sword Valley, before even Shulk (being the first character the player controls when starting the game). He uses the Monado to send back waves of Mechon, at the cost of the use of his right arm, and as a result of his success in the battle, he is known as the "Hero of the Homs." He eventually joins Shulk in his quest, able to fight using his left arm. Like Shulk and his friend Reyn, his motivations are to exact his revenge upon the Mechon (and Metal Face in particular) for their attack on Colony 9.
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, and his evasive skills are meaningless against ether attacks. As a result, he fares poorly against large groups of ether-based enemies.
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 returns as part of Shulk’s Final Smash, Chain Attack, alongside Riki and, now, Mecha-Fiora.
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