Family Squabble


Side Quest


Machine Village

Quest Giver

Mother Machine



Family Squabble is a Side Quest in NieR: Automata


"A small child ran away from Pascal's village after an argument with his mother, who is now desperate for your help. Go to the city ruins and bring the child back in one piece."

"The child has been brought back to the village, where he reconciled with his parents. Since the machines are cut off from the network, the mother doesn't know what her child is thinking. However, this makes the joy of learning to understand each other that much more fullfilling."


Family Squabble Objectives

  1. Find the child in the City Ruins
  2. Defend the child from hostile machines
  3. Escort the child back to safety



Family Squabble Rewards



Family Squabble Walkthrough

  • This quest unlocks on a return visit to Machine Village after the Assault event.
  • To trigger the quest, go to the machine village from the City Ruins access, and you will see the mother and child fight before you get to the ramparts to the village. Talk to the mother to begin the quest
  • Travel to City Ruins, near the Desert entrance, and defend the child from hostile machines levels 10-15. After A wave of attacks, talk to it again and it will agree to go home.
  • Escort it back, you will be attacked by level 15 (40) enemies. It is best to get their attention and move away from the escorted NPC, so that projectiles don't hit it.
  • Once you reach the mother, they will have a talk and she will confess that disconnecting from the network is very difficult because they misunderstand each other a lot now.




  • You can Fail the mission if the NPC Died.
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    • Anonymous

      01 Jan 2018 09:21  

      I highly recommend completing this quest on the first playthrough. The game seems to target the child before targeting enemies and that makes, uh, certain mechanics (no spoilers here), incredibly frustrating to try to use. Took like 40 minutes when it should've taken 5. Oh, and if the kid finishes an encounter with his health too low, you can run far ahead of him to send him back to his starting position with full health. You have to walk him back to where you were, but you don't have to reload a save, and it'll sometimes let you skip encounters you've already gotten through. I don't know how it determines how many encounters won't happen, though. In my experience it's the number you've completed minus one or two. There are five in total.

      • Anonymous

        08 Jul 2017 18:42  

        fun fact if u let the kid die u get a new dialogue in the quest descriptor as well as additional dialogue from mom
        fun fact 2 mom cant die no matter how much u hit her
        fun fact 3 u cant hit the child npc during the quest

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