New Player Help for Nier: Automata is dedicated to providing helpful information to new Nier: Automata Players. Although it makes no attempt to duplicate or condense the gameplay instructions or other knowledge available elsewhere in this Wiki, it does aim to provide novice players with the fundamental skills they need to succeed in Nier: Automata. This page's goal is to aid both new and veteram NieR series players in learning more about the game and its features.

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NieR Automata New Player Help Guide

Get Chippy by Installing Chips

Let's start by reminding you that you can alter your perks and abilities by installing Plug-in Chips for your favorite YoRHa android. As you progress throughout the game, you will find Plug-in Chips that will allow you to tinker with 2B's Perks and Abilities. Perks provide the playable character with extra bonuses such as more damage, item drops, increased defense, better evasion, unique abilities, and many more. As exciting as it may sound, you'll need to be smart with choosing which Plug-in Chip to use since you can only allocate a certain number of chips depending on the total number of memory you can use.

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As far as Memory goes in NieR Automata, Shop Keepers or Merchants sell Memory, and purchasing these is a must to further expand the amount of Memory. More Memory means more Plug-in Chips! At some point in the game, you will acquire duplicates of a Plug-in Chip, and fusing two chips of the same kind at a shop further boosts the stats and/or bonuses, as well as decreases the amount of memory required for that chip. With a variety of Plug-in Chips, you can have a total of three sets that can be switched between while you roam around. Apart from that, players can also auto-equip a full set of chips that are tailored to a specific style of gameplay. Use this to your advantage so that you can quickly adapt to the situation you are in, especially during boss encounters.

What's Dead Isn't Lost

NieR: Automata can be challenging at times and eventually, you'll die and lose some of your items. Luckily, you can retrieve what you've lost as long as you return to the spot where you died and simply interact with your body to retrieve the item/s. You can do this while you are free roaming or during boss fights that trigger within the main story.

A prompt to recover your body when you walk over it will appear to recover the item/s — just be careful and make sure you don't die along the way as you try to return to the scene of your death, dying right before you retrieve your body will make the items disappear for good.

The game doesn’t end, it expands

My first playthrough would have been SO much shorter if I had known that, after a certain point, access points will allow me to travel everywhere I had discovered. Also, if you commit enough time, you will eventually unlock “Chapter Select” and can play any Main Story Quest and associated Side Quests you have missed. So, when you accidentally fail a quest because you progress the story – don’t fret!

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Increase your POD affinity & other Secrets

The game does not tell you this, but you can rub your Dualshock 4’s touchpad to increase pod affinity. There are also a slew of other Secrets, such as locked chests and doors, that you can discover throughout your playthroughs. There are also combat details that are left out of common explanation, such as pressing and holding square for a heavier attack, or charging your Pod attacks by holding down L1. Check out the Secrets  and Combat pages on the wiki for details

Put your G to good use

Don’t bother buying materials or chips at the start, save your cash and buy Upgrade Storage from the Maintenance Shop. The more space you have on your chip configuration, the best loadouts you can make. You can also swap them on-the-fly mid combat, and create different ones for different objectives such as material farming, speedrunning, or leveling up fast.

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Fusing Chips is an Art

You have the option of fusing chips at the maintenance shop. Your ideal chip will be +6 with the least amount of slots used. To achieve this, sell any chips that don’t have a little diamond shape next to them that you aren’t using, and focus on fusing only diamond + diamond. This will give you lots of G and avoid you making any mistakes when fusing.

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Inventory Management is a thing

You will soon fill out on Copper Ore, so make sure to sell it when you near 80, but inventory can also fill on plug-in chips and the like. Make sure you profit off your findings as much as you can. You can also sell all the fish and “valuables” you find such as broken earrings, but keep a Mackerel and any Desert Roses you find to use on quests.

No Auto-Save in NieR: Automata - Beware!

Let it be known that in NieR: Automata, there is no Auto-Save feature! So always do a quick save and play the game with caution. The game does advise us about this with a small message when starting the game but it doesn't remind us about it later on. Always make a habit of manually saving the game via the menu when you are within safe areas or via the Access Points with Quick Save.

You can save your progress via Access Points, terminals in the Bunker, and manually saving via the pause menu — TIP: try to avoid dying during the Prologue section of the game since it doesn't have any save points that you can use to save your game, if you die, you'll get bumped back to the main menu and lose your progress.

Revive Fallen YoRHa Units: Online Co-op

Yes, NieR: Automata features a co-op mode (sort of) and unfortunately, the game doesn't fully explain this feature or even how it works. When the world finally opens up, where you can freely roam, you'll see a prompt to toggle Online Mode On or Off, we highly recommend that you turn it on and leave it on whenever you play so that you can trigger co-op play from other players who are currently online. As you roam around open areas, you will find bodies of YoRHa units, these are players who are online and recently died in their game.

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As you approach a body, you have two options on what to do with it, you can Retrieve or Repair the player's body. Retrieving a body will instantly heal you and provide you with a buff based on what the dead body (player) has, and sometimes, you'll also acquire some G (Money) or items. If you choose to Repair a player's dead body, this will revive its body and an A.I. will help you in combat. After some time it will leave or die if its health is fully depleted during combat.

Save. Save. SAVE!

Access Points are very important to your progress through the game, so save often. There are some crashes and bugs such as NPCs not showing up, and you don’t want to be a victim of the game’s lack of auto-save.

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Double Jump, Dash Jump & Glide

You can perform longer jumps by using an evade after your first jump and then jumping again. This allows you to reach seemingly inaccessible locations. There are also a set of attacks you can do to cover even larger distances. For those impossible-to-reach chests: Hold X (jump) before you get off the platform, press R2 to dash off, then square (You will do a round kick with your pod). Now let go of X and press X+Square for an upwards attack, keep X pressed and press square again for roundkick, then if you still aren’t there press X + r1 and your pod will launch you. You can also press and hold your jump button (default X) to glide using your pod and avoid all fall damage.

Customize your Plug-in Chips & Pod Programs

You will find many plug-in chips and have to chose from them. Match the effect to your selected Weapon type, and make sure you add “extras” such as Auto-use Item and Anti Chain Damage. For some specific side quests, you may want to use Movement Speed Up and the program A110: Slow.

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Difficulty settings have no effect on story or trophies

The game is best enjoyed in the Normal setting, but if you’re having trouble or want the combat to go faster on subsequent playthroughs while trophy hunting, you can turn things down to easy. You then have the option to equip the auto-chips, although I don’t recommend it. Simply reducing enemy health and damage should be enough to make things go faster without turning the game into an interactive directional presser.

Explore! Your minimap is your friend

Find and equip HUD: Items chips as soon as you can. You will begin seeing all nearby items and chests on your mini-map, allowing you to see things you may otherwise miss. There are obscure pathways and jumps that take you to new loot and important secret NPCs. In addition to its fantastic combat and action, Nier: Automata is a quirky and delightful game that will work its way into your gaming heart. It features a lot of hidden elements and oddities that are reminiscent of the old school games that were infused with personality. Multiple endings and surprising mechanics will keep you coming back for a long time. When you’ve got your feet wet, be sure to visit the wiki and check out some more of these deeper gameplay features like weaponsitemsplug-in chips and full walkthroughs of quests. Happy playing!

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Other FAQs for NieR Automata

What year is it in NieR Automata?

NieR: Automata, the game, takes place in the future, in 11945 AD, and revolves around a proxy war between the human-made androids and an invading army of machines from another world.

What should I play before NieR Automata?

The universe of NieR takes place within an alternate timeline of the Drakengard series, if you want to know where the game takes inspiration from, and if you had the chance, try Drakengard, created and directed by the same director of NieR: Automata, Yokō Tarō. However, you can also try out the NieR: Replicant that is available in previous gen-consoles (PlayStation®4, Xbox One) and it is also available on PC and playable in current-gen consoles, PlayStation®5 and Xbox Series X|S.

Where can I watch NieR Automata Ver 1.1a Anime Series?

The Anime Series, NieR Automata Ver 1.1a is streaming on local channels for viewers in Japan, on the other hand, for international audiences, it is available to watch on Crunchyroll.

Where can I play NieR Automata?

You can purchase a physical copy at your local game store or depending on your platform, purchase the digital version of the game. NieR Automata is currently available to play on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Is NieR Automata a PlayStation Exclusive?

No, NieR Automata is not exclusive to the PlayStation®4 or PlayStation®5, and it is currently available to play on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Who do you Play as in NieR Automata?

NieR Automata focuses on three Playable Characters, each having a total of three different Routes, containing multiple Endings. But for players who start their first gameplay, you will get to play as YoRHa 2B and follow her story as she teams up with YoRHa 9S to destroy the machines who have infiltrated Earth.

In NieR Automata a Dark Game?

Yes, NieR Automata is a dark and reflective game. Since you play as YoRHa androids who at first have a primary objective to destroy the machines that invaded Earth, the arc of each character shifts and they start to possess human personalities that they shouldn't have in the first place. They start to question their purpose, and their existence, they begin to have emotions, compassion towards the other machines, and so much more. The game also delivers different endings and we get to step into the shoes of three different Playable Characters, each with their sentiments of how they see the world as it is.

How to Hijack in NieR Automata?

In NieR Automata, hacking is the term used in the game. And players can only use the hacking ability when playing as YoRHa 9S during Route B. He is a scanner unit who can hack into an enemy's system to deal damage or stun them, and he can also unlock chests that require to be hacked. These chests contain special items that are useful in player progression and combat.

What are Replicants in NieR Automata?

In the original NieR, Replicants were new bodies that was created through Project Gestalt. This suggested that Project Gestalt was a success and were able to fuse with the replicants since in NieR Automata, we are told that the surviving humans flew to the moon after the invasion on Earth. However, in Route B, as you take control of 9S, we find out that Project Gestalt actually failed after Devola and Popola lost against the Shadowlord, this lead to the destruction of the project and ultimately, all the Devola and Popola android models gathered the Replicant data and sent it off to the moon as a beacon, this resulted as the data relay point that transmitted the human propaganda messages the YoRHa androids received.

How do I install the game, NieR Automata?

NieR Automata is available to be played on consoles such as PlayStation®4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®5, Nintendo Switch, and PC (via Steam). Depending on the platform you are using to play the game, players can simply insert the game disc or cartridge of the game, or you can simply download it online if you purchase the game digitally.

  • Any Console: if you own the physical copy, simply insert the disc or cartridge in the console and it will automatically copy the content for you and it will notify you once it is playable.
  • PlayStation: the game automatically downloads after you purchase it from the PS Store.
  • Xbox: similar to PlayStation, purchasing the game via the Microsoft Store automatically downloads and installs the game.
  • PC: purchase and download the game via Steam and choose which drive on your computer to install the game.

Should you play NieR Automata?

Should you play NieR Automata? The answer is yes, you should play NieR: Automata. Even though the game was released in 2017, the visuals, story, music, and art, make it stand on its own and was a successful game in its year. Gameplay is also similar to fans who love Hack-and-Slash games like Devil May Cry, and if you are trying to look for a Hack-and-Slash game to try out, the NieR Automata is the game you should get. A compelling story, a mesmerizing soundtrack, lovable characters, androids, and multiple endings that you can discover makes replayability worthwhile.

Is NieR Automata on Mobile?

NieR Automata is only available on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®5, Nintendo Switch, and PC (via Steam). However, fans of the NieR series can download a different NieR game that is only available for Mobile, NieR Re[in]carnation. It is available to download on the Google PlayStore for Android users, and the App Store for users who own an iPhone or iPad.

What do you do in NieR Automata?

You play as YoRHa android units YoRHa 2B, YoRHa 9S, and YoRHa A2, each having a different path where you are required to play complete each route before you can take control of the next YoRHa unit. The primary goal of YoRHa units 2B and 9S is to eliminate the threat of the machine that invaded Earth, to help out the resistance group of humans, and hopefully, reclaim the troubled planet. However, as you progress through the game, several challenges arise and uncover a secret that is beyond what these units have comprehended.

Is NieR Automata Good on the PS4?

The game is playable and in good condition to play on the PlayStation®4. The game originally released on 2017 and was tailored for the PlayStation®4.

Do you have to Grind in NieR Automata?

The answer is yes. You'll have to grind and play a number of hours in order to max out the player level of your character, or simply, to just increase the level to survive or fight high-level enemies or bosses. Yes, there is easy mode and you can finish the game casually. But for those who are looking for a challenge, you will have to grind for XP, Materials, Components, and Items if you want to create a strong build for your character.

Is NieR Automata Free on PC?

Unfortunately, NieR Autoamta is not free-to-play or is a free game to download on PC. Although, sometimes, Steam applies a discount on special occasions like Christmas, Autumn, or any holiday. So be sure to keep an eye out for an Steam Sale event and they might include NieR Automata in the list. You can also wishlist the game so that you get notified via email (if you are subscribed to Steam's newsletter or email updates) about the game being on sale.

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    • Anonymous

      Best help for new people who just want the story, and don't care too much for combat. Switch the game to easy mode, use the Auto-Chips. Not just use them, but use them in a certain spot. The Desert Housing Complex after you beat a certain boss will continuously spawn infinte enemies. Use AutoChips here. Then go do something else. I went to a four hour extra shift at lvl 27, and came home to level 75 almost lvl 76.

      • Anonymous

        Adding to #2: If you die, DON'T SAVE until you retrieve your chips from your corpse. If you end up losing your chips, just load your game from the pause menu and it'll revert you back to your last save with all your stuff. (of course, you will lose any items/exp you gained in between saving and dying, but that's a way better deal than losing an entire chip set).

        • Anonymous

          Also of interest: weapon loadout is more than just Light Weapon for light attack, Heavy weapon for heavy attack. Your combos change completely depending on how you equip- it completely alters your animations, attack range, length of combo, etc (try a heavy weapon in the first slot and a spear in the second, its amazing).

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