Nintendo has now introduced the Nopon party members of Xenoblade Chronicles 3.
Just like the Nopons before them, Riku and Manana will be helping the main party members in battle. There is a difference though: they will only be in a supporting role. Both of them will be in the seventh party member slot as Heroes characters and work together as a pair. They cannot be separated and is treated as a single party member.
Riku is a Nopon warrior that can wield a sword and a shield. He is voiced by Sayaka Senbongi in the Japanese version. He can fight, and fix weapons and other machines.
Manana is the Nopon Chef in the party. She carries a large shield in battle. She is voiced by Aya Suzuki in the Japanese verison.