FAQ/Walkthrough by Mwulf

Version 2.01, Last Updated 2011-09-26

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Items (Continued)

Raw Materials

ItemDescriptionLocation
Aquatic PlantA plant species that makes its home in the water.Caught by accident while fishing.
Rusty BucketA rusty bucket made from rare and valuable metal alloys.Caught by accident while fishing.
Gold OreGold that was mined from the earth.Found only at mineral harvest points. Also drops, rarely, from shades in the second part of the game.
Silver OreSilver that was mined from the earth.Found only at mineral harvest points. Also drops, rarely, from shades in the second part of the game.
Copper OreCopper that was mined from the earth.Found only at mineral harvest points. Also drops, rarely, from shades in the second part of the game.
Iron OreIron that was mined from the earth.Found only at mineral harvest points. Also drops, rarely,from shades in the second part of the game.
PyriteA mined stone that creates sparks when struck.Found only at mineral harvest points. Also drops, rarely, from shades in the second part of the game.
AmberA translucent jewel made of fossilized tree sap.You can find amber frequently inside the boxes in the vent room in the second basement level of the Junk Heap.
FluoriteA mined stone that holds a glow when exposed to the light.Found only at mineral harvest points. Also drops, rarely,from shades in the second part of the game.
ClayVersatile soil used in pottery and construction.Found only at mineral harvest points. Very common.
BerriesBerries that have fallen from a tree.Found at harvest points in the Northern and Southern Plains, and sometimes along the eastern road. A fairly common drop. Look near bushes, and small shrubberies.
Royal FernA type of fern with edible leaf buds.Royal ferns are commonly found at harvest points in both the northern and southern plains, but occur more frequently in the southern plains. You can also purchase them from the item shop at Seafront.
Tree BranchA perfectly sized tree branch.Only found at certain harvest points in the game, typically near trees. Seem to spawn most frequently along the eastern road.
Natural RubberAn elastic substance obtained from trees.???
IvyA plant that grows in thin vines. It's frequently used in rope.Found at harvest points in the northern and southern plains, and sometimes along the eastern road. A fairly common drop.
LichenA water-retaining plant used for fertilizer and as decoration.Found at harvest points in the northern and southern plains, and sometimes along the eastern road. A fairly common drop.
MushroomA multi-use fungus found at the base of trees.You can find mushrooms at harvest points along the eastern road, and can also purchase them from a grocer.
SapA sticky liquid secreted from tree trunks.Found at harvest points in the northern and southern plains, and sometimes along the eastern road.
MuttonThe tasty haunch of a sheep.Only found by harvesting the corpse of a sheep.
Boar MeatThe tasty haunch of a boar.Only found by harvesting the corpse of a wild boar. A common drop.
WoolFuzzy wool from a sheep.Only found by harvesting the corpse of a sheep. Technically a rare drop, but still very common.
Boar HideThe hide of a boar.Only found by harvesting the corpse of a wild boar. It's a fairly common drop.
Wolf HideThe hide of a wolf.Only found by harvesting the corpse of a wolf. A fairly common drop.
Wolf FangA sharp fang taken from a wolf.Only found by harvesting the corpse of a wolf. Something of a rare drop, but still fairly common.
Giant Spider SilkThread taken from a giant spider.Only found by harvesting the corpse of a giant spider, found only near the Haunted Manor in the first half of the game, before visiting it as part of the main story.
Bat FangThe tiny fang of a bat.Only found by harvesting the corpse of a bat. A common drop.
Bat WingThe wing of a bat.Only found by harvesting the corpse of a bat. A common drop.
Goat MeatThe not-so-tasty haunch of a goat.Only found by harvesting the corpse of a goat. A common drop.
Goat HideThe hide of a goat.Only found by harvesting the corpse of a goat. A somewhat rare drop.
VenisonThe tasty haunch of a deer.Only found by harvesting the corpse of a deer. A common drop.
Rainbow Spider SilkMulticolored thread taken from a giant spider.Only found by harvesting the corpse of a giant spider, found only near the Haunted Manor in the first half of the game, before visiting it as part of the main story. A rare drop.
Boar LiverA common folk remedy for stomach trouble and hangovers.Only found by harvesting the corpse of a wild boar. Something of a rare drop.
Scorpion ClawA tough claw from a scorpion.Only found by harvesting the corpse of a scorpion. A fairly common drop.
Scorpion TailThe poisonous tail of a scorpion.Only found by harvesting the corpse of a scorpion. A mildly rare drop.
Dented Metal BoardA machine part.Found throughout the Junk Heap. These are a common drop from most of the robots there, and can also be found inside boxes.
Stripped BoltA machine part.A common drop from the red-light robots in the Junk Heap.
Broken LensA machine part.A common drop from robots in the Junk Heap.
Severed CableA machine part.A common drop from robots in the Junk Heap. Found mostly in the second basement level.
Broken ArmA machine part.A common drop from robots in the Junk Heap.
Broken AntennaA machine part.A common drop from robots in the Junk Heap.
Broken MotorA machine part.A common drop from robots in the Junk Heap. Dropped only by the flying robots encountered in the second basement level of the Junk Heap.
Broken BatteryA machine part.A common drop from robots in the Junk Heap.
Mysterious SwitchA machine part.A very rare drop from the more powerful robots in the Junk Heap. You'll want to farm in the second basement level.
Machine Oil???A very rare drop from the stronger enemies in the Junk Heap. You'll need to farm enemies in the second basement level to find them.
Large GearA machine part.A very rare drop from the more powerful robots in the Junk Heap.
Titanium AlloyA machine part made from an extremely rare metal.Titanium is a rare drop from robots in the Junk Heap. It drops from the red-light robots on the first floor and first basement level, as well as from most of the big, giant robots in the second basement level.
Memory AlloyA machine part made from an extremely rare metal.Memory alloy, too, is a rare drop from robots in the Junk Heap. The giant robots you fight in the second basement level are what you're needing to kill--but remember, this is a very rare drop, so be prepared to spend a lot of time on 'em.
Broken EarringAn earring dropped by a Shade.Dropped by shades. A rare drop.
Technical GuideA technical book written in an indecipherable language.Dropped by shades. A rare drop.
Thick DictionaryA thick book full of big words.Dropped by shades. A common drop.
Closed BookA photo album with the pages stuck together.Dropped by shades. A common drop.
Used Coloring BookA picture book that's been scrawled on with crayon.Dropped by shades. A common drop.
Old SchoolbookAn old, tattered schoolbook.Dropped by shades. A common drop.
Dirty BagA worn and dirty bag.Dropped by shades. A rare drop.
Leather GlovesLeather gloves that are cracked and stiff.Dropped by shades. A rare drop.
Complex MachineA complex machine. Its purpose is a mystery.Complex machines drop from the same giant shades as simple machines, only these are a much rarer drop.
Elaborate MachineAn elaborate machine. Its purpose is a mystery.Also dropped from giant shades. Very rare, this one.
Simple MachineA machine so simple, you can't determine its purpose.Simple machines drop from giant shades. It's a fairly common drop.
Stopped ClockAn inoperable clock.???
Rusty Kitchen KnifeA rusty kitchen knife. Its serrated edge is breaking apart.???
Broken SawA saw missing too many teeth to be of any use.Dropped by shades. A rare drop.
Dented Metal BatA noticeably dented metal bat.Dropped by shades. A rare drop.
ShellA shell that washed ashore.Found only at harvest points along the beach (either one) in Seafront.
GastropodA gastropod from the ocean. Tasty when used in a stew.Found only at harvest points along the beach (either one) in Seafront.
BivalveA bivalve from the ocean. Often used in simple recipes.Found only at harvest points along the beach (either one) in Seafront.
SeaweedSeaweed found by the ocean. A kitchen staple.Found only at harvest points along the beach (either one) in Seafront.
Empty BottleAn empty bottle that washed ashore.Found only at harvest points along the beach (either one) in Seafront. A rare drop.
DriftwoodOld wood that washed ashore.Found only at harvest points along the beach (either one) in Seafront. A rare drop.
Black PearlA large, valuable pearl with a black veneer.Found only at harvest points along the beach (either one) in Seafront. A very rare drop.
StarfishAn ocean creature with multiple arms.Found only at harvest points along the beach (either one) in Seafront.
Broken PotteryA rare item dug up while mining for ore.Broken pottery can be found at any "ore" harvest point, but it seems to more commonly appear near the Aerie.
Desert RoseA rare item found in the desert.???
Giant EggA rare egg that's a bit too large to be from a chicken.These eggs appear randomly at harvest points inside the village. Sometimes you can find five in a row, other times you can look 30 or 40 times and not find any.
Damascus Steel???A rare item found in the Junk Heap.
Chicken EggA simple chicken egg found only in certain areas.Rarely appears at harvest points in the Village.
Mouse TailA curly mouse tail.Only found by harvesting a mouse. You can find mice in the very first area of the Junk Heap, between the save point and the entrance to the dungeon.
Lizard TailA reptile tail that is still twitching.Only found by harvesting a lizard. You can find lizards near the cliffs leading down to the Junk Heap entrance and the river in the northern plains, as well as along the eastern road.
Deer AntlerA deer's antlers, shorn in mid-growth. Used in various medicines.Only found by harvesting the corpse of a deer, which are found only in the southern plains in the first part of the game. A rare drop.
LogProcessed timber that's ready for use.You can purchase logs from the Material Shop in the Village.
PearlA pearl that shines brightlyFind on the beaches of Seafront--a rare drop.
MoldaviteA mined stone that can be cut into a beautiful green jewel.???
Subdued Bracelet???Dropped by the flying shades in the desert.
Metal Piercing???Also dropped by the flying shades in the desert. This one is the rarer drop.
Large Gear???

basement level. A very rare drop.|

Forlorn Necklace???

in the second half of the game. You can also get them from the shade shamans that spawn in the Lost Shrine, near the end game.|

Natural Rubber???You can find it in Seafront's item shop, and also at harvest points.
Fluorite???Same as Amber: find 'em in the boxes in the vent room at the Junk Heap.
Desert Rose???Harvest points in the desert--very rare, though.
Rusty Kitchen Knife???A mildly rare drop from random shades.

Fishing Items

ItemDescription
LugwormBait loved by saltwater fish. IUse it at the right spot to fish.
EarthwormBait loved by freshwater fish. Ise it at the right spot to fish.
LureFishing tackle. UIse it at the right spot to fish.
SardineA common saltwater fish that can also be used as bait.
CarpA popular freshwater fish that can also be used as bait.
BlowfishA toxic saltwater fish. The non-lethal parts are delicious.
BreamA valuable saltwater fish eaten during auspicious occasions.
SharkA saltwater fish known for its ferociousness.
Rainbow TroutA freshwater fish that sports vibrant colors.
Black BassA freshwater fish found almost everywhere.
HyneriaA legendary freshwater fish that has existed for millennia.
Shaman FishA saltwater fish often used for medicinal purposes.

Cultivation Items

ItemDescription
Speed FertilizerIncreases growth speed, allowing you to harvest earlier.
Flowering FertilizerIncreases the length of the flowering and harvesting periods.
Bounty FertilizerIncreases the output of a harvest.
Pumpkin SeedA pumpkin seed that you can plant in the field.
Gourd SeedA gourd seed that you can plant in the field.
Tomato SeedA tomato seed that you can plant in the field.
Eggplant SeedAn eggplant seed that you can plant in the field.
Bell Pepper SeedA bell pepper seed that you can plant in the field.
Bean SeedA bean seed that you can plant in the field.
Wheat SeedlingA wheat seedling that you can plant in the field.
Rice Plant SeedlingA rice plant seedling that you can plant in the field.
Dahlia BulbA dahlia bulb that you can plant in the field.
Tulip BulbA tulip bulb that you can plant in the field.
Freesia bulbA freesia bulb that you can plant in the field.
Red Moonflower SeedA moonflower seed that you can plant in the field.
Gold Moonflower SeedA moonflower seed that you can plant in the field.
Blue Moonflower SeedA moonflower seed that you can plant in the field.
PumpkinAn orange-colored fruit often used as a decoration during the winter months.
WatermelonChildren often hold spitting contests with the seeds of this fruit.
MelonA sweet-smalling fruit that's quite popular among odler women.
GourdMany people use these empty shells as water containers.
TomatoA vegetable suitable for both eating and throwing at stage performers.
EggplantA smooth, dark-colored fruit beloved by vegetarians.
Bell PepperA vegetable with a bitter taste. Most children run from these in terror.
BeansAncient lore claims this fruit is musical.
WheatUsed to make bread, but also eaten plain during tough times.
RiceSome folks cook and eat this, while others use it to brew their own wine.
Dahlia FlowerA beautiful flower with a long, rich history.
Freesia FlowerFlowers that are popular among ladies. Don't go on a date without one!

Key Items

ItemDescription
Moon KeyA key found in the manor. The word "Moon" is written on it.
Star KeyA key found in the manor. The word "Star" is written on it.
Light KeyA key found in the manor. The word "Light" is written on it.
Darkness KeyA key found in the manor. The word "Darkness" is writeen on it.
Royal CompassA royal compass that helps the user navigate sandstorms.
Vapor MossA medicine to heplp Yonah's cough.
Max's HerbsEven in death, Max kept these in his mouth.
Employee ListA list of personnel employed at the laboratory.
Yonah's RibbonA charming ribbon that Yonah wore in her hair.
Bronze KeyA bronze key found in the Lost Shrine.
Boar TuskA tusk from an old, cunning boar. Fighters in possession of one of these gain the respect of other boars.
Potted FreesiaA potted freesia, ready for delivery to The Aerie.
AA KeycardA keycard, marked "AA," discovered in the manor basement.
KA KeycardA keycard, marked "KA," discovered in the manor basement.
SA KeycardA keycard , marked "SA," discovered in the manor basement.
TA KeycardA keycard, marked "TA," discovered in the manor basement.
NA KeycardA keycard, marked "NA," discovered in the manor basement.
HA KeycardA keycard, marked "HA," discovered in the manor basement.
MA KeycardA keycard, marked "MA," discovered in the manor basement.
YA KeycardA keycard, marked "YA," discovered in the manor basement.
RA KeycardA keycard, marked "RA," discovered in the manor basement.
WA KeycardA keycard, marked "WA," discovered in the manor basement.
World MapA map of the entire region.
Nier's Village MapA map of Nier's village.
Lost Shrine MapA mpa of the Lost Shrine.
The Aerie MapA map of The Aerie.
Seafront MapA map of Seafront.
Desert MapA map of the desert.
Facade MapA map of Facade.
Barren Temple MapA map of the Barren Temple.
Junk Heap Area MapA map of the area near the Junk Heap.
Junk Heap MapA map of the Junk Heap.
Manor MapA map of the manor.
Forset of Mythi MapA map of the Forest of Myth.
Underground Facility MapA map of the underground facility.
Northern Plains MapA map of the northern plains.
Southern Plains MapA map of the southern plains.
Eastern Road MapA map of the eastern road.

Fishing

Odds are, you tried to tackle the fishing game on your own at first, and odds are you absolutely hated it. Thing is, the in-game explanation for how to fish is absolute garbage. Forget it. Nier's fishing game is deceptively simple--almost too simple.

Here's what you're doing: you press cross (or A) to cast your line. Don't worry, it's not supposed to go very far and you can't alter the distance. Watch the tip of the fishing pole. It will bob up and down a few times. Wait for it to bend down further than normal, and press cross--and hold it. You are now reeling the fish in. This is where things get tricky: the fish will swim from side to side. The protagonist will automatically move his body in the opposite direction of the fish--you cannot control which way he moves. What you need to do is to pull the move the left analog stick along the exact same angle as his body. If the protagonist is standing still, pull down. If he's pulling to the left, you pull to the left, and vis versa.

The red bar at the bottom is the tension meter. So long as it's red and making that lovely clicking sound, you're doing fine. If it turns yellow, you no longer have the analog stick in precisely the right location--shift it until it turns red again to reel in the fish.

Like I said: deceptively easy. You can increase your fishing skill by completing the, "Fisherman's Gambit," series of quests. Fishing skill effects the amount of time it takes to reel in different kinds of fish. The lower your skill, the longer you'll be reeling.

Anyway, different fish are caught in different locations, with different bait. Messing up while fishing either means losing your bait, or catching useless junk. You can purchase additional bait from the bait shop in Seafront. Fish and their locations are as follows:

FishFishing LocationBait
Shaman FishSeafrontLure
SardineSeafrontLugworm
BlowfishSeafrontLugworm
BreamSeafrontLure
SharkSeafrontSardine
Blue MarlinSeafrontSardine
DunkleosteusSeafrontSardine
CarpVillageEarthworm
Rainbow TroutNorthern PlainsLure
Black BassVillageLure
Giant CatfishEastern RoadCarp
Royal FishEastern RoadEarthworm
HyneriaDesertSardine
SandfishDesertLure
RhizodantDesertCarp

Keep in mind that even with a high fishing skill, some of the rarer fish may involve long, tedious games of tug-of war. That said, good luck catching 'em all!

Downloadable Content

"The World of the Recycled Vessel"

Release Date:
May 11, 2010
Pricing:
6.99, $6.99, 560 Microsoft Points
Content:
Recycled Vessel contains 15 challenge levels, new music, two new costumes for each of the three
main characters (Nier, Kaine and Emil), three new weapons and an additional bonus quest that delves
into Nier's past, as he explores the mysteries surrounding his wife's death.

DLC Side Quests

"The Recycled Vessel"

Location: Village, Nier's House
Walkthrough:

Examine the diary on the first floor of Niers house to start the quest. You'll be transported to a white plane with two large doors. The door immediately behind you is the exit. You want to head toward the far door.

Door 1:
  • Either run down the very, very long winding staircase, killing all of the shades that spawn as you do, or simply jump straight down to the bottom floor and let them come to you. Kill all of the shades and bats, and the boss will appear. Kill the boss, and you'll be warped to a very psychadellic version of the manor.
  • Kill all of the shades. You'll the be warped to the library. can teleport away from your attacks, so be careful. After you kill all of the shades here, you'll earn the one-handed sword, Fool's Embrace.
  • Now you'll find yourself in the Lost Shrine's main chamber. Kill all of the shades, and then take out the boss. The next area is a 2D platformer level, peppered with enemies. Make your way across the level, killing all of the shades that appear. At the end, defeat the boss to earn the costume set, Kabuki. You will then return to the white plane.
Door 2:
  • Kill the boss. New rules will come into effect one after another, so you'll want to take him out as soon as you can. Once he'd dead, you'll warp to the Junk heap. Fight your way past all the shades, and you'll end up on the large circular platform. Kill all of the robots. Once all of them are dead, you will earn the two-handed sword, Fool's Lament.
  • You'll find yourself in a new area: an industrial park. Kill all of the big shades. I'd recommend using magic. Next, you'll wind up in Facade for an interesting first-person rail-shooting experience. The enemies here won't fight back, so just have fun shooting at them. Once you complete a full circuit, you'll obtain the costume set, Samurai. You will then return to the white plane.
Door 3:
  • Another new area: kill all of the shades on the wooden platforms. When they've all been taken care of, a giant boss will appear: kill it. Next, you'll wind up back in the library with three angry boars and a whole lot of shades. Ignore the shades and focus on the boars. Keep an eye on your HP and keep it full. Don't skimp on the medicinal herbs--when they die (and the boars wil frequently kill them) the shades drop medicinal herbs.
  • The next area is the Haunted Manor's underground facility Fight your way past all of the shades. Remember to keep an eye on your HP meter, and don't forget to break ope all the boxes you see for rare materials. Once you've fought off all the shades, you'll earn the spear, Fool's Accord.
  • Next, you'll find yourself in a long corridor. Kill all of the shades and make your way to the other end of the hall. When all the shades are done away with, the boss will appear: kill him. Melee attacks work best.
  • Now you'll find yourself at the top of a broken bridge. Kill all of the shades, and then jump down to the bridge below. Keep killing shades and moving down until you reach the very bottom. You will now face one boss after another. Keep a very close eye on your HP meter and try to always have at least 75% of your HP intact. When you've defeated all of the bosses....

DLC Weapons

Fool's Embrace

Location:
DLC "The World of Recycled Memories" - Door 1
Description:
A sword created after a man, driven mad by revenge, sealed away a cursed dragon.
Statistics:
Level 1:
Attack Power: 200
Magic Power: 30%
Weight: Very Heavy

Fool's Lament

Location:
DLC "The World of Recycled Memories" - Door 2
Description:
A weapon with a heroic dragon motif, used by a man who tried to save the world.
Statistics:
Level 1:
Attack Power: 400
Magic Power: 30%
Weight: Very Heavy

Fool's Accord

Location:
DLC "The World of Recycled Memories" - Door 3
Description:
A lance birthed as part of a pact with an ancient red dragon.
Statistics:
Level 1:
Attack Power: 300
Magic Power: 30%
Weight: Very Heavy

DLC Costumes

When you unlock new costume sets, you can only apply them via the options menu from the main menu screen. If a costume is unlocked, you can apply it and then start a new game with the costumes applied. Each costume is a set--choose one, and all of your characters will wear the costumes of that set.

Kabuki CostumesLocation: DLC "The World of Recycled Memories" - Door 1
Samurai CostumesLocation: DLC "The World of Recycled Memories" - Door 2

Cheats & Extras

  • Farming is tied to the PS3's clock, so if, for some reason, you want to speed up the amount of time it takes to harvest a plant after planting it, simply change your PS3's time a day or so. If you're playing Nier on an Xbox 360, you will need to disconnect from Xbox Live in order to change your console's time and date settings.
  • When you fall from a certain height, you will crumple on the ground. You don't take any damage, but you can't move until Nier stands back up again. To keep from falling on your face, execute a double jump just before landing.
  • When you charge a Dark Lance magic attack, time slows down. When you have a large number of spears queued up, you can aim carefully thanks to the slowed time... but if you miss your target, you can still adjust the targeting crosshairs for the remaining missiles.

Trophies & Achievements

Trophies and achievements for are identical across the board, but I've gone ahead and supplied both lists. Trophies are listed in alphabetical order, separated by type--first bronze, then silver, then gold and, lastly, platinum. Achievements are sorted similarly: they are in alphabetical order, separated according to value--from least worth to greatest worth.

TrophiesTypeDescription
A World in Flux(B)Defeat the Shadowlord.
All Aboard!(B)Ride a Wild Boar for 5 minutes.
Combo Fanatic(B)Achieve a 50-hit combo.
Educated Warrior(B)Read the final novel segment.
Fish of Legend(B)Catch a Rhizodant.
Jack of all Trades(B)Complete 20 quests.
Key Collector(B)Find the key to the Shadowlord's Castle.
Legendary Gardener(B)Grow a Legendary Flower.
Man of Means(B)Accumulate one million gold.
Material Hunter(B)Collect 50 types of raw material.
Mellow Companion(B)Emil joins the party.
Reform Specialist(B)Completely upgrade 15 weapons.
Release(B)Set Kaine free.
The Book of Legend(B)Grimoire Weiss joins the party.
The Magic Man(B)Learn every magic spell.
The Sheep Whisperer(B)Kill 100 sheep.
The Wild Companion(B)Kaine joins the party.
Village Handyman(B)Complete 10 quests.
Upgrade Apprentice(B)Completely upgrade 5 weapons.
Wordsmith(B)Collect 50% of all words.
A Dirge for the Hero(S)Defeat Goose within 120 seconds.
A Round by the Pond(S)Catch every type of fish.
A True Friend(S)Hold off the berserk Kaine within 60 seconds.
Book Burner(S)Defeat Grimoire Noir within 210 seconds.
Boss of the Junk Heap(S)Defeat P-33 within 270 seconds.
Call Her Back(S)View Ending A.
Combo Mater(S)Achieve a 100-hit combo.
Forging Master(S)Completely upgrade 30 weapons.
Go-To Guy(S)Complete 30 quests.
King of the Lost Shrine(S)Defeat Gretel within 210 seconds.
Lightspeed Fighter(S)Beat the game in 15 hours or less.
Lingering Memories(S)View Ending B.
Permission Granted(S)Drive off the Twins within 150 seconds.
Protector of Facade(S)Defeat Roc within 210 seconds.
Scourge of the Aerie(S)Defeat Wendy within 510 seconds.
Soul Crusher(S)Defeat the Twins within 210 seconds.
The Once and Final King(S)Defeat the Shadowlord within 210 seconds.
The Strongest Bond(S)Defeat the berserk Kaine within 210 seconds.
Weapons Collector(S)Obtain every weapon.
Something Very Special(G)View Ending D.
Thank You(G)View Ending C.
Platinum(P)Obtain every other trophy.
AchievementsGamerscoreDescription
A Dirge for the Hero(10)Defeat a certain boss within 2 minutes.
A Round by the Pond(10)You caught one of every type of fish.
A True Friend(10)Defeat a certain boss within 1 minute.
A World in Flux(10)You defeated the Shadowlord.
All Aboard!(10)You rode a boar for at least 5 minutes.
Book Burner(10)Defeat a certain boss within 1 and a half minutes.
Boss of the Junk Heap(10)Defeat a certain boss within 4 and a half minutes.
Educated Warrior(10)Read the final novel segment.
Fish of Legend(10)You caught a rhizodont.
Go-To Guy(10)Complete 30 quests.
Jack of All Trades(10)Complete 20 quests.
King of the Lost Shrine(10)Defeat a certain boss within 2 and a half minutes.
Legendary Gardener(10)You successfully cultivated the legendary flower.
Lightspeed Fighter(10)You completed the game within 15 hours.
Man of Means(10)Accumulate 1,000,000 pieces of gold.
Material Hunter(10)You collected 50 types of raw materials.
Permission Granted(10)Defeat a certain boss within 2 and a half minutes.
Reform Specialist(10)You upgraded 15 weapons to their maximum level.
Soul Crusher(10)Defeat a certain boss within 3 and a half minutes.
The Mellow Companion(10)Emil joined your party.
The Sheep Whisperer(10)You killed 100 sheep.
Upgrade Apprentice(10)You upgraded 5 weapons to their maximum level.
Village Handyman(10)Complete 10 quests.
Wordsmith(10)Collect 50 percent of all words.
Combo Fanatic(15)Pull off a 50-hit combo.
The Magic Man(15)Learn every type of magic.
Forging Master(20)You upgraded 30 weapons to their maximum level.
Key Collector(20)You unlocked the key to the Shadowlord's castle.
Release(20)You freed Kaine from her petrification.
The Book of Legend(20)Grimoire Weiss joined your party.
The Once and Final King(20)Defeat a certain boss within 3 and a half minutes.
The Wild Companion(20)Kaine joined your party.
Combo Master(30)Pull off a 100-hit combo.
The Strongest Bond(30)Defeat a certain boss within 3 and a half minutes.
Weapons Collector(30)Find every weapon.
Call Her Back(100)You viewed the first ending (Ending A)
Lingering Memories(100)You viewed the second ending (Ending B).
Thank You(100)You viewed the third ending (Ending C).
Something Very Special(200)You viewed the fourth ending (Ending D).

Frequently Asked Questions

QuestionAnswer
I keep killing ____s, but I'm not getting any rare drops. Why is this process so tedious, and is there anything I can do to make it easier?The only thing you can really do is to equip words that effect the item drop rate onto your weapons or magic (whichever you are using to land the killing blow). It'll still be tedious, because item drop rate doesn't effect the chances of rare drops, but could possibly become marginally less tedious.
According to your FAQ, ____ is supposed to appear at a harvest point in ____. I keep searching the area, but I haven't found it.Harvest points yield random items. It's just like killing monsters--a rare drop is a rare drop. You'll just have to keep reloading the area until you find something else, or do what I do: forget about it, focus on something else, and let the item come to you. It's very zen.
What's the difference between Nier Replicant and Nier Gestalt?Nier Replicant features a younger protagonist, you is Yonah's older brother. Nier Gestalt features an older protagonist who is Yonah's father. A few, very minor bits of dialog in the game differ between versions to reflect that change, but for the most part both versions are identical. And, oddly enough, both protagonists are ugly as sin, and leap into the air like blind, drunk chimps.
Are there any differences between the PS3 version and the Xbox 360 version of Nier?No. Unless you're living in Japan, all versions of the game are identical--and all are Nier Gestalt. If you're in Japan, the PS3 version would be Nier Replicant.
Is Kaine a hermaphrodite?No.
Really?<Sigh> I really hate this subject, because nothing good ever comes from it. You really want to know? Fine, I'll tell you. Kaine is "abnormal." That's all the information the game gives you. There is no explicit, or even implicit reference to her being a hermamphrodite. If you wish to think of her as being an intersex individual, the game provides sufficient details to support that belief. If you do not wish to think of her thusly, the game is sufficiently vague on the matter that you are free to do so. This element, or non-element of the story is not directly in the game, and has absolutely no bearing on the experience. Don't worry about it, it's the kind of thing you'd never even consider unless someone told you to.
I keep fighting ____ enemies, but I'm not getting any rare drops! Is there any way to make this easier?Yes and no. There are certain words that you can apply to weapons and magic that increase the rate at which enemies drop items... but they do NOT effect the percentage of those drops that are rare items. Keep in mind that for some of the more valuable rare drops, multiple enemies have them, so try alternating your targets from time to time if you're feeling annoyed.
Why isn't ____ quest in your Side Quests section?I realize I'm missing a few quests. If you don't mind, email me the title of the quest that is missing, and I'll be sure to include it in the FAQ the next time I update.
Why isn't this FAQ finished yet?It is finished. Ha!
Would you accept help with this Guide?Almost certainly. If you can contribute something (several people have already done so) simply e-mail me. Anything, no matter so small, is fine. So long as it's not information I already have, I'll be more than glad to use your information and credit you accordingly.
I've noticed that several people have contributed information to this guide. What happens if two people submit the same information?In that case I would (and already have) credit both people. I typically update the FAQ every week, and so long as you're sending me something that's not in the FAQ currently posted on GameFAQs, provided I haven't ascertained the information on my own, I will credit you. If ten people people email me to say X number should be Y, I credit all ten people.
What should I do if I'm unable to find out what I want in your guide?You may either email me (mwulf.0079@gmail.com) or ask on the Nier BBS at GameFAQs.com.
Why didn't you respond to my email?There are two possible reasons. First, it's possible that your email was caught in my spam filter. I generally scan through my spam folder before purging it, but it's entirely possible I deleted a real email by accident. It's also very possible that I HAVE responded to your email, and you simply haven't received the reply yet. Email isn't always instantaneous, ya' know. I read every email I see and always reply (if necessary). Before re-sending an email, or emailing me again to ask me whether or not I revived your first email, please... wait a day or two.

Update Log

May 2010 (v.0.05)
-Basic FAQ construction complete. There's a little bit of content, but it's still pretty sparse.
May 2010 (v.0.45)
-Added sidequest wakthroughs--roughly half the quests in the game are now up.
-Added weapon information.
-Added word information.
-Added item information.
-Added FAQ.
-Added fishing section.
-Added trophies & achievements section.
May 2010 (v.0.55)
-Started up the wakthrough for part 1.
-Updated DLC information.
-Updated FAQ.
May 2010 (v.0.65)
-Added quest information.
-Added DLC section with weapon infromation and walkthrough.
-Corrected quest information.
-Corrected DLC pricing information.
May 2010 (v.0.80)
-Finished the walkthrough for the first part of the game.
May 2010 (v.1.00)
-Completed Walkthrough section.
-Completed Side Quests section.
-Completed Items section.
-Completed Weapons section.
-FAQ no 100% complete. Future updates will be minor.
Jun 2010 (v.2.00)
-Complete overhaul of the FAQ. It is now formatted! (My very first formatted FAQ, too).
September 2011 (v.2.01)
-Added missing side quest, Bon Apetit 2
-Added word information

Acknowledgments

I would like to thank the following people for contributing information used in the construction of this FAQ:

Ben Asher
-Quest Information
Rami Baaj
-Quest Information
Uri Baghin
-Weapon Information
Kason Helberg
-Quest Information
Marco Siljanovic
-Weapon Information
Bal-Sag0th, of GameFAQs
-Quest Information
sillyblackbird, of GameFAQs
-Weapon Information
KiraYamatoDaMan
-Weapon Information
Nayru
-Item Information
XxLocklear
-Quest Information

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to write me at the following email address:

Mwulf.0079@gmail.com