Heritage of the Past


Side Quest


Desert Zone

Quest Giver

Resistance Researcher



Heritage of the Past is a Side Quest in NieR: Automata


"A resistance member wants help locating some relics from the old world - and since they're likely to be buried in sand, you'll need to use the dynamic scanner. Find them and bring them to the client."

"You found an old staff. Deliver it to the Client. According to the client, the old staff was used in ancient desert ceremonies."

"You found a stone tablet with laws written on it. Deliver it to the client. According to the client, there used to be a country in the desert where people lived under an impossible number of rules."

"You found a dirty mask. Deliver it to the client. According to the client, all the people living in the ancient desert country used to wear masks."

"You found a statue of a young girl. Deliver it to the client. According to the client, the young woman is dressed as a bride, and hailed from an ancient desert country known as "Facade" where people spoke a strange language and had their own unique clothing and culture. This discovery seemed to satisfy his curiousty about the old world."



Heritage of the Past Objectives

  1. Use A170: Scanner to explore the desert and bring relics to the researcher
  2. Retrieve 3 items before going for the 4th
  3. Turn in the final item.



Heritage of the Past Rewards



Heritage of the Past Walkthrough

  • This quest is available as 2B, after you have the Dynamic Scanner for your pod (Obtained during main quest Redheads, chapter 8_01) and are done saving 9S.
  • Go to the Desert Zone and travel as far from the entrance as you can, keeping it behind you,  until you find the researcher. 


  • Equip the A170: Scanner and explore ruins in the desert.
  • You can find an Aged Stick located near the access point Desert: Center in an area with a few housing ruins.

Aged Stick

  • From Desert: Center, head towards Desert Housing and after a group of enemies your pod will pick up a signal. Pick up the Commandment Slab (And Archives: Mysterious Litograph 2)  If you can't find it that way, wander the edge of the light circle around Desert: Center. 


  • Continue going towards Desert Housing, and to the left of the entrance find the Filthy Mask between two rock formations.


  • Turn in the first 3 items, and then go to the area south of the researcher for 4-th item Statue of a Girl. A group of enemies levels 38-40 attacks you when you do, featuring outfits out of Westerns.





  • Facade was actually a desert kingdom in NieR
  • The Phoenix Lance  is also in the area that you are searching.  It can be found right at the edge of the save area from the Desert Center going towards the rocket platform built by the Half-Wit Scientist.




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    • Anonymous

      21 Mar 2021 12:56  

      Followed this guide to find the first 3 items, but the quest won't progress. Every time I talk to the dude, he gives me 5,000G, a dictionary or amber, and 100XP. It was funny at first, but now I just want to progress the quest >_>

      • Anonymous

        26 Sep 2020 08:33  

        Good news: there's a guide for this! Bad news, I can't seem to link it from here, so if anyone wants a guide for this mission, it's on Steam.

        • Anonymous

          12 Jul 2020 06:38  

          The guide is fine. People are just to stupid or lazy to spend 0.5 seconds to rotate the image in their heads. Typical carebears

          • Anonymous

            30 Apr 2020 13:23  

            to those who rage about rotating screenshots, in guide its said south from quest giver - this is more than enough to find statue and btw - try to just take a clue and find it for yourself lazy bastards

            • Anonymous

              30 Mar 2020 23:08  

              Please don't rotate the map. This quest took me forever, with a huge chunk of time just trying to line my map up. And of course, running all the heckin way across the desert for the last item.... Except your crosshair is a filthy lie. At this point, I just want to shout at the researcher to never talk to me or my son again, and if I have my way, I will NEVER go back to the desert. What was once one of my favorite songs in the game is now akin to a cheese grater on the eardrums. ggwp

              • Anonymous

                16 Jan 2020 01:23  

                You know what would be useful in this guide? not *****ing rotate your *****ing map for every relic you decide to screenshot and post here!

                • Anonymous

                  10 Nov 2019 18:25  

                  The picture for the last object is for the Phoenix lance not the doll. I too ran the whole stupid desert looking for the doll. It's to the left of the quest giver in a set of buildings on the edge of the save ring towards the oil fields. Just follow the light ring for the save area towards the oilfield to the 1st building cluster or maybe the second but close to the quest giver. Good luck to everyone else.

                  • Anonymous

                    06 Oct 2019 06:28  

                    Honestly, a pretty terrible guide. Maybe make sure the pictures actually match with the text, so we know which is being described. It's also helpful to have the images not be blurry low-res, and point to the actual locations not an approximate area. The comments were more helpful than the guide.

                    • Anonymous

                      23 Apr 2019 18:58  

                      The worst locations set for every single location. Take your time if you’re doing a guide, and put them where they are ACTUALLY found at.

                      • Anonymous

                        28 Feb 2018 17:25  

                        The information for the 4th relic is wrong and sent me on a giant goose chase. Is is close to the android that gave you the quest.

                        • Anonymous

                          14 Nov 2017 01:32  

                          This quest became available for me after completing the "9S Captured" main quest (after the fight in the Copied City).

                          • Anonymous

                            20 Jul 2017 15:46  

                            So I have found the Mas on my 2B playthrough but not the other 2 parts to go find the 4th and then i got to this quest with A2 and I can't complete it as the mask isn't there and the quest isn't finished. Even went to the 4th place and see if it's there and it isn't.

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