Which types of Affinity Chart rewards can't be cleared with Merc Missions?

  • Most blade affinity chart rewards can be earned either by meeting their condition or by sending the blade out on Merc Missions. However, I've noticed that some rewards seem to stay uncleared no matter Merc Missions a blade goes on. (Crosette's Ardent Cooking, several of Boreas's abilities, and all of Zenobia's level 2 abilities)

    Are there certain types of Affinity Chart rewards that can't be cleared through Merc Missions?

    Boreas's uncleared affinity chart nodes

  • According to https://www.reddit.com/r/Xenoblade_Chronicles/comments/7mgxgn/psa_merc_missions_affinity_charts_and_you/ , Merc Missions will not contribute towards completing nodes with the following conditions:

    • Deal X damage in a single attack
    • Heal X damage
    • Defeat in
    • View Heart-to-Heart
    • Complete Mission (Refers to Rare Blade unique Side Quests, not Merc Missions)
    • Use to create items
    • Head to on

    Note that this list is incomplete. I've observed that the following abilities on rare blades are also uncompletable with Merc Missions.

    • Use (Boreas, but only some of the nodes)
    • Make fabric (Vale)
    • Overkill a monster in a Chain Attack. (Poppibuster)
    • Complete Stage in Tiger! Tiger!. (Poppibuster)

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