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Pods in NieR: Automata are small robots that follow your main Character and provide supportive assistance. Pods are extremely useful in combat as they can be used for hanging, to allow the player to jump higher, or glide across large distances. You can also attack while gliding to attack larger enemies.

Pods can be used for ranged attacking (shooting bullets at enemies). Whilst affective against most smaller enemies, the larger enemies, especially those with shields can deflect these bullets without any problem. So it is advised to use your melee weapons first against those enemies to break their shields before attacking them with bullets. Some shileded enemy types may have glowing spikes on their shields that damage you if you attack them. Break the spikes first via POD fire, and then attack with melee to break the shield. The Pods lock onto enemies for easy targetting.

There are two special moves that can only be used while in the air. Attacking while gliding will make the player spin around, dealing minor damage three extending their flight time. Jumping while simultaniously pressing the POD fire button will make the player grab onto the POD, spin around mid air, and launch themselves forward, or towards the nearest enemy dealing minor damage as well as increasing mobility. Using POD fire after performing a perfect dodge will fire out a small orb that deals minor damage and causes extreme knockback.

As you progress your Pods can receive POD Programs that enable them to perform special situational abililties, like a unique attack during a Boss fight. You can also upgrade them at Maintenance Shops, increasing their attack damage if you have the required Materials and Gold.

You can show your POD your appreciation by petting it. To do so, simply swipe on the touchpad of the DualShock 4 controller left and right a few times. Your POD will fly in front of you and you'll give it a pat.

Upgrading & Customizing PODs

To upgrade your POD, speak to the merchant at the Bunker or Resistance Camp and select the upgrade option. Every POD can be upgraded individually for money and resources. PODs gain a bonus to their regular attack on the first upgrade, an ability that charges while firing on their second, and a second stage of charging on their final upgrade. You can change the skin of your POD by acquiring and equipping new Key Items.

The following are the different PODs you can obtain:

Pods

Name & Image

Attack Value at Level 1

Attack Value at Max Level

Location

Charge

Pod A

150

180

Default

Grenade launcher

Level 2: Launch an explosive projectile.

Level 3: Launch a cluster of explosives that scatter after the intial blast.

Pod B

150

180

 Fished in Flooded City

Laser Chasers:

Level 2: Launch a set of lasers that bounce in a certain area 3 times

Level 3: Increases the bounces to 6 times

Pod C

 150

 180

 Found in the Desert Zone

Grenade Bombarment:

Level 2: Launch a set of explosives into the air upward, then they fall down around the player.

Level 3: Explosives now turn into mines after exploding, and then explode again after 4 seconds, or when an enemy touches them




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