boku shi
Type Special Unit Machine
Location City Ruins
Other Names n/a
Voice Actor n/a
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Boku-Shi is a Boss in NieR: Automata. Boku-Shi is a Goliath Special Unit Machine Spider encountered in the City RuinsBosses are special larger Enemies that can be encountered throughout the game in different Locations. A Boss encounter will usually signify game progress or a chapter ending when following the main storyline. Some of these bosses may first be encountered As NPCs to introduce some Lore and backstory before they are inevitably faced in a Combat encounter as a Boss. Boss encountered are identified by their introductory title that will be displayed just before combat begins. Their HP bar and Level will also be displayed above the character throughout the combat encounter. Some bosses in the game may be optional and avoided. All information on optional or required bosses stats, Locations, encounters and strategies can be found on their designated Bosses


A multi-legged, Goliath-like machine lifeform. Equipped with an offensive firearm unit, this long-range menace can also emit electricity from the tips of its legs, turning nearby water-covered surface into danger zones.


NieR Automata Boku-Shi Location


NieR Automata Boku-Shi Information

Boku-Shi is one of few versions of the spider-like Goliath Boss units like So-Shi, but is a ranged version of the unit. 

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NieR Automata Boku-Shi Drops 

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Boku-Shi Strategies NieR Automata

Boku-Shi Strategy (Melee) NieR Automata

Once you enter the arena, go straight for the unit and beware of the red laser lines that will shoot out larger beams. Be aggressive with your initial attacks and you have a chance to stagger the machine opening up a longer opportunity to deal additional attacks. Be aware of all sides of the sphere. It's rear can retract and shoot out an arm. Once it retracts into the hole, keep clear of this area. After the initial interaction more Machine Lifeforms will join the battle because its scream has the power to summon local machine lifeforms. It is advised that you still focus your attacks on the main Goliath unit. Especially if the HP bar at this point is already on the lower side. 

Once the Goliath retracts into a sphere, be prepared for a few possible moves. It could charge forward, Slam down or spin and release a flurry of orbs. The player would benefit for backing up once the machine begins to change into this form. If the sphere lifts, prepare to jump to avoid taking in damage from the shockwaves that will follow. If it starts to charge up in this form, stay out of its line of sight to avoid the coming charge.   

Close the distance in between attacks and repeatedly back away or reposition for each incoming attack. Slowly clear its HP until the sequence ends.

Boku-Shi Attacks NieR Automata

First Phase
3-Prong laser This time the prongs in front of the unit have the ability to shoot laser beams. Circle behind or repostition to avoid the front of the unit.
Summon Machine Lifeforms Its scream can summon Machine Liftorms to aid in battle. You will have to clear them to avoid damage. 
Sphere Orb Release Unit turns into a sphere, and begins spinning while releasing orbs. These orbs are sparse and are easy to avoid. 
Ball Charge Attack While in ball form, it charges forward in a linear direction. This attack can be anticipated. Move out of the way before the charge. 
Slam While in ball form, it lifts up and slams down resulting in a damaging wave that moves out radially. Begin to jump before it lands. 
Stab The unit can retract its limbs and shoot it back out. This move can be anticipated and avoided once you notices its limbs retracting. Stay away from the holes on the sphere. This usually emerges from its rear. 

Boku-Shi Notes & Trivia NieR Automata

  • Named afer the Japanese pronounciation of the ancient Chinese philosopher Mozi.
  • Boku-Shi NieR Automata Notes & Tips go here.


Boku-Shi Gallery NieR Automata

Boku Shi Screaming Sphere Front Boku Shi From Behind Front Boku Shi Rampage Front


NieR: Automata All Bosses
A2 Android  ♦  Adam & Eve  ♦  Adam (Boss)  ♦  Adam Eve  ♦  Amusement Park Golden  ♦  Auguste  ♦  Beauvoir  ♦  Emil (Boss)  ♦  EMP  ♦  Engels  ♦  Eve (Boss)  ♦  Goliath Flyer  ♦  Goliath Tank  ♦  Goliath Tank (Amusement Park)  ♦  Goliath Tank (Desert)  ♦  Grun  ♦  Hegel  ♦  Ko-Shi  ♦  Ko-Shi & Ro-Shi  ♦  Ko-Shi Ro-Shi  ♦  Marx  ♦  Operator 21O Boss Fight  ♦  Red Girl  ♦  Ro-Shi  ♦  So-Shi  ♦  strongEve (Boss)strong


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