Tales of Arise has a whopping 70 optional quests, with rewards ranging from recipes, Gald, skill points and equipment. These are denoted by the letter icons on the map, and it’s always worth accepting any quest you find, since a lot of them can be completed quickly.
Shionne the Fashion Critic is one of the earliest optional quests in the game, and also one of the easiest. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the longest, and if you like tidying up your quest list this one has probably been irritating you for hours. I’m pretty sure this is actually bugged, but the quest can still be completed.
Here’s everything you need to know to clear Shionne the Fashion Critic in Tales of Arise.
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How to find Shionne the Fashion Critic quest
This is pretty hard to miss. After returning to Ulzebek after beating Balseph, a couple of quests will be available.
You’ll see a man in rags called Handsome Nobleman standing outside on the ground level, marked by the usual letter icon on the map (see the above picture). Simply speak to him and he’ll compliment Shionne’s fashion sense and ask for some advice. Speaking to him will begin the quest.
How to complete Shionne the Fashion Critic quest
When you speak to the handsome man in question, you’ll be asked some questions. Shionne will have to pick from three different options regarding his outfit:
- “Just regular clothing”
- “Something aggressive”
- “Something that says money”
The choice you make doesn’t matter. You will clear the quest regardless of which option you pick, and the only difference is how this NPC will end up looking afterwards, which obviously isn’t a big deal.
You now simply have to wait for the man to pick out some clothes. This is a very long wait. He won’t actually pick out the clothes until clearing Ganath Haros, the fifth realm! Without giving any details, there will be a period of time where fast travel is unavailable for a while. When it opens up again, you should be able to zip back to Ulzebek and find that he has changed his clothes based on whatever answer you gave.
I’m not sure what takes him so long, but speak to him again at this point and you’ll finally complete the quest. If you ever return and find him still in his rags, you’ll just have to advance the story further. There is nothing more to it.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to beat the final boss to complete this quest.
What are the rewards for clearing the quest?
By the time you actually complete this, it barely feels worth the effort.
You’ll be rewarded with 1,600 Gald and 135 SP.
Perhaps more importantly, this quest will finally disappear from your outstanding quests. I can’t be the only one who fast travelled back about a hundred times only to be welcomed by the same disappointing line of dialogue.
Is the Shionne the Fashion Critic quest bugged?
I’m not certain, but I really wouldn’t be surprised if this lengthy timeframe was a bug. It seems strange that such a simple undertaking to would be put off for such an incredibly long time, and no other quests in the game were locked out for such a significant number of hours. Apparently some of these NPCs are pretty lazy.
The fact that the reward is so small also suggests to me that it was originally intended to be completed far earlier. A more reasonable requirement would be to fight a set number of battles before he picked out some clothes. Perhaps this will be patched in a future update.
To summarise the requirements:
- Speak to Handsome Nobleman in Ulzebek
- Pick any option of the three presented – it doesn’t matter
- Return and speak to him again after clearing the fifth realm, Ganath Haros
Remember to always accept any quests you come across during Tales of Arise, even if you have no intention of doing them immediately. Some will be cleared instantly as you will already have the necessary items in hand, and some will organically be cleared as you progress further and defeat certain enemies.
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