Bosses in NieR: Automata are special large Enemies with remarkable capabilities that are encountered only at certain times. They have larger healthbars, attack phases and defeating them usually advances the main story. When facing a boss, You can find their title, HP bar and the Level. When first encountered, their names are written in something similar to Friedrich Engles' celestial font. Some Bosses in the game are NPC Characters that have backstories relating to the main storyline and Lore of NieR Automata. The Bosses on this page will have information on all NieR Automata Boss encounters, any descriptions, Locations, Stats, strategies, attacks and counters as well as some Notes and Tips for each character. 

Types of Bosses NieR: Automata

A few characters or enemies encountered in NieR Automata will have different roles they play int he main storyline. Main anatagonists may make recurring appearances and will have different kinds of encounters you progress through the game and the different routes. These may also be considered NPC characters that have scenes siginicant to the Lore of the game. Other NPCs may also be featured on this list if they are featured as Bosses in later chapters. Characters considered allies may also appear as a boss depending on the active Playable Character. Some Standard Enemies might be found on the list if they have a designated boss encounter. 

Secret Boss Ending NieR: Automata

Ending Y features a Secret Boss unlockable through one of the rare side quests. Specific conditions must be met before this boss becomes available. The Special Secret Boss's name has not been openly listed to avoid spoilers, but can be accessed here: Secret Boss Encounter

Machine Unit Bosses NieR: Automata

Like regularly encountered Enemies in the game, Machine Unit bosses are also sorted according to their machine type. Some of these bosses may have been encountered as regular enemies, but will have a significant boss encounter in certain Routes or Chapters. Machine Unit Boss encounters usually feature Special Unit Machine. All other Machine Units are usually sorted into the following categories:


All Bosses NieR: Automata



Machine Unit Bosses NieR: Automata









Secret Boss Ending: NieR Automata

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    • Anonymous

      Simone was the only fun boss here. The rest feels all the same to me. Im playing Replicant (2021) rightnow and beaten 4 bosses so far. And these 4 bosses alone tops all of these bosses in Nier (except simone and maybe Eve). The bosses that i've encountered in Replicant are way more fun imo.

      • Anonymous

        "Theres a special secret boss not openly listed on this page to avoid spoilers." Well, that boss is openly listed, so...

        • Anonymous

          Could somebody add Emil's 2 fights onto here? Could do with getting more information about his 2nd fight. Thanks

          • Anonymous

            Seems weird to me that Friedrich and Kirkegaard are on this page at all and some of the other late game YoRHa encounters aren't

            • Anonymous

              Okay. I am reasonably sure that grün is arno gruen, a psychologist, psychoanalyst and philosopher who wrote about the self in relation to our environment, about the origins of violence. He argued against freud who sees evil as the inherent function of our "it" andd he says that evil is born out of self hate and loathing, that forms if we in our childhood and forming year are forced to submit to powers who dont have our best interrests in mind. So this hate and self loathing becomes violent opposition against the self ..
              and also how we created a self to shield ourselves from hurt and pain.... makes all very much sense in regards to the themes of the game.

              • Anonymous

                So I changed gruns name to grün, because thats how he is written in the games intel-files and as a german I have a keyboard with ä,ö and ä

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