Endings Guide in Nier: Automata is covered on this page. There are multiple endings to the game, and seeing them all requires multiple playthroughs. You will find a guide to achieving each ending below.


Endings Guide

Ending A: flowers for m[A]chines

  • Play through the game for the first time and complete all of the Main Story Quests


Ending B: or not to [B]e

  • Load the cleared save from beating the game once and earning Ending A. Play through the game again and complete all of the Main Story Quests to achieve this ending.


Ending C: meaningless [C]ode

  • Load up and play through the game a third time. For the final boss battle, choose A2.
    Note: If 9S is chosen instead, you can quickly acquire this ending by opening Chapter Select and choosing Ch. 17-09.


Ending D: chil[D]hood’s end

  • During your third playthrough, choose 9S for the final boss battle. During the text portion, you'll have 2 choices: "I'll go with you" or "I'll stay". Choosing either result obtains this ending, though the contents of each version differ.
    Note: If A2 is chosen instead, you can quickly acquire this ending by opening Chapter Select and choosing Ch. 17-09.


Ending E: the [E]nd of yorha

  • Upon viewing either Ending C or D once more (This can be done quickly through Chapter Select, Ch. 17-09), during the credits, you will be prompted by Pod 153 to perform a data check. If accepted, after a brief exchange between both pods, you will be prompted once more. Accepting the option stating you "wish for them to survive" will allow you to play a shooting minigame. Complete the minigame to unlock this ending.
    Note: Dying repeatedly in the minigame will eventually prompt the player asking them if they want help( This only happens if you are connected to PSN network, in offline mode you will receive no help and it will be incredibly hard to finish the minigame.). Accepting the help will make this section trivial.WARNING! When you are asked to delete your save file it means it, you will LOSE all progress, this includes other save files and you will become one of the helpers instead.


WARNING: When attempting to get any of the following endings, make sure to save first if necessary, as endings F through Z count as "bad ends" and will return you to the title screen without saving.

Ending F: mission [F]ailed

  • [Ch. 01-03_2] After Engels knocks 9S onto his back, fail to repair your system by letting the timer run out.


Ending G: hun[G]ry for knowledge

  • [Ch. 01-01_2] When you get control of 9S for the first time, walk to the crane and neglect the mission.


Ending H: a mountain too [H]igh

  • [Ch. 05-02] Ignore the order to intercept the Goliath's attack on the city and abandon the mission. Taking the path from Pascal's Village to the Amusement Park easily achieves this.


Ending I: no [I] in team

  • [Ch. 08-01_2] Defeat the boss at the Copied City, then walk away from 9S.


Ending J: bad [J]udgment

  • [Ch. 09-01_3] When entering the factory and meeting the machines, kill any of them.


Ending K: aji wo [K]utta

  • [Ch. 06-01] After giving your report to commander you'll receive an email titled "Jackass: Fish". Speak to her at the Desert Camp to obtain the Mackerel item, which can be found in the "Caught Fish" menu. Eat it to earn this ending.


Ending L: [L]one wolf

  • [Ch. 10-01_3] OR [Ch. 10-03] Either exit the Resistance Camp while it's being attacked OR abandon the entrance to Pascal's Village when the boss creature shows up.
    Note: While you can acquire this ending two different ways, one involving abandoning Pascal, the ending text will always refer to abandoning the Resistance Camp.


Ending M: break ti[M]e 

  • [Ch. 14-03] Don't go to Pascal's Village when it's attacked while playing as A2. Running to the back of the Resistance Camp, Factory or Amusement Park instead should trigger this.


Ending N: [N]o Man's Village

  • [Ch. 05-01] Destroy every machine in Pascal's village
    Note: Does not require you to destroy the machines actively using the slide if you've completed the quest which builds it. Also does not require destroying the reclusive machine, though that can be achieved by attacking through the walls of his house.  In short, kill every machine waving a flag.


Ending O: just y[O]u and me

  • [Ch. 11-03] Instead of proceeding forward to the City Ruins, simply run back towards the Factory. Alternatively, in [Ch. 11-04], instead of hacking into 2B when she is downed by the EMP, hack the other YorHa units around her until the mission fails, or simply walk away.


Ending P: corru[P]tion

  • [Ch. 11-06] Allow 2B to die from the virus.
    Note: May be able to be achieved more quickly by heading to your objective marker and stopping on/before the bridge leading to the commercial facility, as the infection percentage jumps up when you're near your goal for the sake of suspense.


Ending Q: [Q]uestionable actions

  • [Ch. 11-07] Don't go to 2B's location near the commercial facility. Heading to the desert area or back towards the Resistance Camp instead will trigger this ending.


Ending R: mave[R]ick

  • [Ch. 14-05] Attack the peaceful robots nearby Pascal. Going berserk in the room with Pascal and the children can also trigger this ending. 


Ending S: city e[S]cape

  • [Ch. 17-01] When attempting to gain access to the Tower, abandon Popola and Devola after they attempt to protect you.
    Note: Ending V can be acquired much more quickly if while attempting to acquire Ending S you save after hacking and disabling the 3 defense nodes, but before approaching the tower. You may also save at the City Ruins: Center save point area mid-battle, but be wary, as moving too far away from the fight (a little past the access point) will count as ending S and you be returned to the title screen.


Ending T: fa[T]al error

  • To earn this ending simply remove your OS chip.


Ending U: deb[U]nked

  • [Ch. 06-01] Self-destruct while in the Bunker.
    Note: Can likely be acquired during any visit to the bunker, but 06-01 is a quick and easy starting place if using Chapter Select.


Ending V: reckless bra[V]ery

  • [Ch. 17-01] When attempting to gain access to the Tower, fight alongside Popola and Devola instead of hacking the Tower (or alternatively just stand there watching).
    Note: Ending S can be acquired much more quickly if while attempting to acquire Ending V you save after hacking and disabling the 3 defense nodes, but before approaching the tower. You may also save at the City Ruins: Center save point area mid-battle, but be wary, as moving too far away from the fight (a little past the access point) will count as ending S and you be returned to the title screen.


Ending W: broken [W]ings

  • [Ch. 01-01_1] In the prologue when 2B flies into the factory, let yourself get killed by the giant laser/Die during the prologue in general.
    Note: You may wish to unequip any healing/defense chips before using Chapter Select to attempt this ending, as you cannot change chips during flight sections and the healing effects may make this ending take much longer to get.


Ending X: time to rela[X]

  • [Ch. 11-06] After reaching the commercial facility as virus-infected 2B, when the game switches you to controlling A2, run away instead of helping.


Ending Y: head[Y] battle

  • Allow Emil to self-destruct at the end of the boss fight in the quest "Emil's Determination".
    WARNING: Currently this is the only "missable" ending, and can prevent earning the "Transcendent Being" Trophy/Achievement "legitimately". Make sure to let Emil self-destruct and not save if you complete the fight without acquiring this ending, as there is no way to do the fight over. If one wishes to get the ending and finish the quest, you can save at Desert: Center to make restarting the fight after getting the ending quicker.


Ending Z: over[Z]ealous

  • [Ch. 14-01] After leaving the desert, when you encounter and save Pascal outside the Resistance Camp, choose to kill him instead of sparing him.



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    • About sending help to other players in ending E: If an ally drone is killed it says that person's data is deleted. Is each player's help counted individually and only works for one player's walktrough, or is it kept to an extent? bc if answer 1 is the case, then the ratio of [saves donated/saves killed] doesn't make any sense for there to be any help left.

      • Anonymous

        For Ending W, just trigger the self destruct function when you come back to Chapter select. This may be not be possible in the first run since it's automatically disabled at first.

        • Anonymous

          What's the difference between q and x ending when I go to complete the x ending I get the q ending. Seem to be the same in the description

          • Anonymous

            I know probably there is no direct answer to this but is "flowers for the m[A]chine" a reference to Drakengard 1 ending Branch B "flowers for the [B]roken spirit" ?

            • Anonymous

              Just finish all endings...n there is again one secret ending..for this 1st u need to complete mysterious letter quest after that mysterious invitation...after completing mysterious invitation u'll get secret ending ∆.

              • Anonymous

                So there is one more ending courtesy of the DLC. You need to finish the machine combat arena (the one in the forest).

                • Anonymous

                  Strange, I just finished the game with endings A,B,C and E (and others). I tried to do D but even though I did everything on it, it put me straight to the bullet hell credits scene.

                  Oh well, still worth it.

                  • Ending C and E don't show up on my files.
                    After beating 9S with A2 it said I got ending "C" and after beating the bullet-hell game I got ending "E".
                    Now I tried both ways. Helping someone and delete my data and not helping someone and keep my data.
                    But no matter what I do...the endings won't show up in my savings.

                    • Anonymous

                      So i discover one additional ending with some strange symbol marked in save file, it can be obtained after complete all basic fight in three arena.

                      • Anonymous

                        Hello, got a quick question, i am on my first playthrough of the game and when i save it says ending:H, which brought me here in the first place....anyhow in ending A it says that you just have to play through the game, does that mean you can get the rest of the endings after the your first playthough or you get two at the same time? something like A plus H

                        • Anonymous

                          For Ending W Alternatively Way to get it - If you missed the lazer and missed to take off your healing and defence Chip In case you forgot to unequip any healing/defense chips before the mission and still have it on (like lvl 40 or higher) Just take damange of the Flying manchine that shot at you, you will die afther some it depench what level you are (im lvl 86 or something and i need take 5 or something to die, i still have my healing and defenech itame on and completly forgot take them offf but then deside to let me get hit by the machine and die afther all so i got the ending W)

                          • Anonymous

                            Wait, so if my save slot already says Ending W, and I got gud in the rest of the game, I can't have one of the good endings?

                            • Anonymous

                              If ending E "required" you to get help from other player around the world then how exactly does the 1st player completing the game can make it through the ending without any help to help other player?

                              • Anonymous

                                Wait so i have to finish all the quests in ending A so i can play all the other endings? I’m so confused because when I played after I couldn’t do any quests and I finished ending A but it won’t save the ending and I have to play the game over again and this is the second time this happens and it makes me really mad

                                • Anonymous

                                  Well. It get food poisoning, that was a guess. But she said she couldn’t have mackerel. I’m in the middle of reading the novellas and deciding if I will play Drakengard 3 or watch it! I’m excited about the story!

                                  • Anonymous

                                    I don't know if I am the only one but the game won't let me self destruct in the bunker or any other please unless i use A2 for some reason?

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Theres a ending missed
                                      The triangle robot sign after Z ending

                                      It could be required at chapter 11 with 9s at the fun park by an unknown message sendet to your savespot its targetet as a suspisious message u have to complete 4 simple missions to get this end

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Why did not you write about end 27?

                                        • Anonymous

                                          For ending P and X, you should quicksave at the savepoint before the bridge to save time. (similar to ending S and V)

                                          • Anonymous

                                            there is a 27th ending along with the dlc, you must beat all 3 collosseums and them you receive a email to the last ending

                                            • Anonymous

                                              About V and S ending, I wanted to mention that after I had Popola and Devola come to the fight after first attempt to hack; I could go and save at: City ruins: Cave and run deeper to get S ending and next load would start right after I've hacked the three hubs, so if someone accidentally triggers the next phase, you're safe.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                I got the Just you and me (O) ending after doing the Anti-air hacking in beginning of third New game+ (C/D route) and saved at point near the mall and ran towards the forest and got the O ending.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Query: At what point does the player finally refuse to accept the loss of their data in order to achieve ending E yet not lose their saved game(s)? I ask this because I discovered that It may not truly be possible to achieve the "E" designation on a saved game. Because, if the Ending E, the [E]nd of YoRHa, is won all of the data will be forfeit and any and all game progresses are completely wiped clean and the game refreshes as if it had never been played... without any saved games.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    There is a new ending after Z, I'm not sure is it was with the DLC or something overlooked but now I have some weird triangle symbol at the end of my ending list. anyone know what this is?

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      The aliens don't exist.

                                                      They are just "puppets", created so that machines and androids would continously adapt and grow up to resemble a human mind and brain, to a point in which either would be ready to receive the backups on the moon, without causing problems due to incompatibility with a "real" mind.

                                                      The aliens are for the machines, what YorHa is to the androids.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        To anyone finding the ending E hard to do solo (or offline) and willing to do anything to earn it, you can use cheat engine - your ship has 3 maximum life, losing 1 per every hit.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          There are other endings as well. So far i have found a "triangle" ending. Achieved for the quest "Mysterious Invitation", acceptable in the inbox closer to the end of the 9S's campaign.

                                                          Spoiler: In that quest you play back memories of a machine who wasnt good at anything and in the end it is revealed that some machines are poor creatures who are forced to kill.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Ending 'O' isn't wrong. I just achieved it using their instructions... It may be that you can get it multiple ways.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Ending O is wrong. Please edit.

                                                              Ending O is chapter chapter 11-04 contaminated YoRHa. Instead of hacking into 2B and saving her. Simply run awag from 2B and the contaminated yohra units

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