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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. The Pods lock onto enemies for easy targetting.

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. 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

Granade launcher: launch a set of granades to target

Pod B

150

180

 Fished in Flooded City

Laser Chasers: launch a set of lasers that bounce in a certain area a set number of times

Pod C

 150

 180

 Found in the Desert Zone

Granade Bombarment: launch a set om missiles to the air upward, then they fall down, and plant terrestial mines that explode at contact or after a set amount of time

 




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