Cruel Oath

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Attack 150 - 180
Combo Light 4
Combo Heavy 2
Weapon Type Small Sword
Special Effect/s

ATK Speed Up

Dark Impulse (Increases ATK when HP at critical)

Cruel Oath is a Small Sword in NieR: Automata. This weapon is 9S' signature blade, it is also a part of a set along with the Cruel Blood Oath, Cruel Arrogance, and Cruel LamentSmall Swords are fast-swinging and one of the easiest Weapons to use among the different classes of weapons. It has decent attack speed perfect for chaining combos and used to deal with multiple enemies at once. 


A black blade used by warriors of the East.

A black oriental sword. Its no-frills design gives it an aura of serious weaponry.


Where to Find Cruel Oath in NieR Automata

  • You acquire this weapon once you take control of 9S.


Cruel Oath NieR Automata Weapon Story

Cruel Oath Level 1 Weapon Story

"Once, long ago, there was a group of seven boys who were born in the same village. Though they were not brothers by blood, they treated each other as family."

Cruel Oath Level 2 Weapon Story

"One cold night, a fortune-teller appeared and warned of a traitor among them. The boys laughed it off and went about their business, but the next morning, one of them lay dead."

Cruel Oath Level 3 Weapon Story

"With each passing night, another boy died. The survivors grew more and more suspicious of each other, each harboring terrible doubts about what happened to their brothers."

Cruel Oath Level 4 Weapon Story

"On the morning of the seventh day, a single survivor stood tall. Cleaning the blood from his hands, he chuckled to himself. "Better go find the traitor!""


Cruel Oath Weapon Upgrades in NieR Automata

Level Atk Value Combo Other Improvement Required Materials
1 150 - 180 Light: 4
Heavy: 2
2 270 - 324 Light: 5
Heavy: 2
ATK Speed Up
3 420 - 518 Light: 6
Heavy: 2
ATK Speed Up
4 (Max) 570 - 684 Light: 7
Heavy: 3
ATK Speed Up
Dark Impulse


Cruel Oath Notes and Tips

  • Other Notes, Tips, and Trivia for Cruel Oath in NieR: Automata goes here.



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    • Anonymous

      Three years later. I want to say, that by counting the number of boys and being deeply aware that No.6 is the one that used this sword, I want to make it known that yes this has to be related to the coup in Shonen YoRHa. No.6 liked killing his teammates for sport in spite of not being the E type (He was an A type). He shanked No.3 for no particular reason and was really eager to kill No.9 during the coup even though it served him no purpose. Congrats boo you got your own weapon story.

      • Anonymous

        Judging by official timeline, weapon story of this weapon is most likely connected to male-only YoRHa unit M002 coup that happened a few month after 9S was created. It's possible that he was at the very centre of it, and that's what caused E model to be assigned to him in first place.

        • Anonymous

          There was a novella where 9S actually picked up this weapon I think, so he didn't originally have a melee weapon at all (since he is not a combat android). Makes sense since these entries don't look like they are referring to him...

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