Type Special Unit Machine
Location Abandoned Factory
Other Names n/a
Voice Actor n/a
26327 (City Ruins, lvl 3)
29923 (City Ruins, lvl 5)
3 / 6

Engels is a Boss in NieR: Automata. Engels are units that are encountered multiple times in the game, and can also be encountered as a boss.  Bosses 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 massive Goliath-class machine lifeform disguised as a building. The tremendous amounts of energy running through its body forces the unit to emit steam in order to stay cool. When attacking, the heat generated from its arms often causes them to become engulfed in flames. Thought to have been produced in limited numbers, multiple units were recently discovered at the abandoned factory-- though they were eventually destroyed by black-box reactions from 2B and 9S.


NieR Automata Engels Location


NieR Automata Engels Information

  • Type: Special Unit Machine
  • HP: 26327 (City Ruins, lvl 3)
    29923 (City Ruins, lvl 5)
  • Lv: 3 (first encounter) 
  • Engels is not an optional encounter.

Engels are  Special Unit Machines that are encountered multiple times throughout the game as boss encounters.  


NieR Automata Engels Drops 

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Engels Strategies NieR Automata

Engels Strategy (Melee) NieR Automata

Engels is the encountered Goliath boss directly after Marx. They have similar properties and similar strategies can be applied when facing them. This time there will be more than one buzzsaw blade to focus on. Just like the Marx, Engels uses his Buzzsaw extensions as his main offense weapon. You will begin the encounter with two buzzsaw extensions at level 3 then Engels will reveal himself at level 6. 

Try to center yourself for this sequence since he will have a double saw attack that lands just off either side. He then also has different combinations of saw approaches that could alternate between left and right or could sandwich you. His clap attack will give you some time to react and back out of the attack area so watch out for a the wide landing formation before he brings both sawblades together to the center. 

He will also have a dialogonal strike that will give you plenty of time to deal a number of attacks since, like the Marx, will leave his buzzsaw blade there and will have an inactive period, making him very vulnerable to any type of attack. 

As 9S, this is the time to hack. After the hack, the next sequence will begin and you will need to advance up Engels, ending the first phase of the boss fight sequence. 

The second phase will have a different approach and you can approach it with 9S's suit. This time, you will need to pay more attention to the beams and orbs in the air and you attacks will now be long-range attacks. Watch for the slow approaching missiles and avoid them and eventually, you reposition and gain control of its arm. Use its own arm against him, keeping your higher ground to avoid most incoming attacks and eventually this will deplete its HP the boss fight will end.

Engels Attacks NieR Automata

First Phase
Clap It has a clap attack. The Goliath tries to clap its buzzsaws together, smashing you in-between them. Dodging at the right moment (almost hitting you) will save you from any damage then you can attack it a couple times with your sword if you're fast enough.
Smash It raises either of its arms and smashes it on you. It can raise either arm or even both at the same time. You'll see it coming because the arm catches fire before it starts coming down. It usually smashes several times in a row and finishes of with both arms together. You can easily dodge the single arms but when both of them are coming down, this is the attack you want to wait until the last second to dodge to avoid any damage.
Underwater attack Goliath goes down underwater and comes from below. Whenever you see it go down, start running towards the camera until you can no more. This allows you to safely stay out of its way.
Second Phase
Rockets He shoots rockets from his back, which home in on you. They come in groups of five or six and are very easy to dodge (just move left or right) so do so while you keep shooting at him.
Vertical Slash He has a Vertical Slash, which is easily predictable and now that you have higher mobility, it's something very easy to dodge.
Main Beam Main Beam. He shoots a large red beam from its mouth/face and, just like with the Vertical Slash, it's very easy to dodge. You can see when he's going to use the attack because the plates on his face open up to let go of all the energy. Very neat.
Web Attack Web Attack. A web-looking energy appears over the whole field and releases a powerful attack. Fly high enough to dodge this attack (use the dodge button to fly faster).
Horizontal Sweep Horizontal Sweep. He sweeps across the screen with his arm trying to hit you. Fly low to get away from the attack.

Engels Notes & Trivia NieR Automata

  • Named after the German philosopher Friedrich Engels.
  • Engels NieR Automata Notes & Tips go here.

Engels Gallery NieR Automata

Engels Goliath Concept Art Front Engels Goliath Fully Operational Front Engels Goliath Warning Front

Engels Goliath Marx Clap Attack Front Alternative Engels Goliath Marx Slam Attack Front Alternative Engels Goliath Missile Impact Front Alternative


NieR: Automata All Bosses
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    • Anonymous

      I did 100% of this game but when I tried to finish the intro one last time just for fun before I say goodbye to this game, Engels hit and killed me with his horizontal sweep during the final battle when 2B is in the flight unit. How do we dodge/prevent/evade this attack since my dodge timing was not the issue.

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