Special Unit Machine







Ernst is an Special Unit Machine enemy in NieR: Automata


Ernst Information

"The first king of the forest, who rotted away in its deepest reaches. Left there through the ages, its body is covered in unfathomable quantities of moss. The grave at its side contains historical data inscribed by the secretary of the forest kingdom."


Ernst Locations



Ernst Drops

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  • Most likely named after the German Marxist philosopher Ernst Bloch. Bloch is known for The Principle of Hope, a book written about utopanism. Ernst, in Automata, creates his kingdom as a utopia for his machinery subjects.





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    • Anonymous

      I think this is probably a reference to Ernst Jünger (, German writer and soldier. He wrote about the concept of the 'Forest Fleer', someone who leaves civilization to live in the forest, most notably in 'The Forest Passage'.

      • Anonymous

        The machines in the forest aren't seeking a utopia - the kingdom isn't one, none of them believe it is, and they're clearly not working towards one because the status quo has been in place for centuries. They were seeking freedom and severed their ties to the network to achieve it, that's it.

        Ernst is most likely a reference to Paul Ernst, not Ernst Bloch. He's referenced in the art book:

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