Speed Star


Side Quest


City Ruins

Quest Giver

High-speed Machine



Speed Star is a Side Quest in NieR: Automata


"A machine in the city ruins has challenged you to a race. Reach the goal before he does!.

You won the race, but the machine is not done with you yet."


Speed Star Objectives

  1. Race to the finish line
  2. Talk to the High Speed Machine.



Speed Star Rewards


Speed Star Walkthrough

  • This quest unlocks after the Assault event on City Ruins. To start it, head over to the broken Goliath machine Engels and go up the broken highway. A blue flyer machine is going in a speedy circle - talk to it to begin the quest.
  • Equip as many movement speed chips as you can, and race to the finish avoiding the enemies and using Evade to dash and increase your speed.
  • You can also use the Pod Program A110: Slow to throw on the High-speed Machine right at the start of the first two races and give yourself a clear advantage.
  • You will have to race it 3 times in order to finish the quest.



  • Sometimes the machine bugs out and does not show at its location. You will have to travel away and come back or reload the game, or come after finishing your current main objective.
  • If you progress the Main Quest too far (Flooded City) the quest fails and you will have to restart it on your next playthrough or on chapter select.



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    • Anonymous

      08 Mar 2019 07:47  

      "If you progress the Main Quest too far (Flooded City) the quest fails..." This is false. The quest does not fail, the npc simply bugs out. Save & reload and he will be there. I just finished the Forest: Castle area (which is *after* Flooded City) and I just triggered the 3rd race, no problem.

      • Anonymous

        29 Aug 2018 19:51  

        During the third run it's actually pretty easy by going to the right of the hole, jumping to the building on your left and using the Wire Pod programme on the robot that is waving the flag

        • Anonymous

          17 Aug 2018 14:18  

          seems like it's better to evade once and just hold the button (or i dunno, maybe use auto-run) without jumping or running to different directions, even for minor obstacles, that seems to slowly increase character's speed upon time

          • Anonymous

            14 Jan 2018 07:13  

            If anyone is having trouble beating this quest, check your usable items for speed salves; they help a lot. Make sure you save before incase you use a salve and still lose.

            • 17 Dec 2017 19:07  

              You could do it without abusing any systems, just get the 20% speed increase from editing chips, and finding the easiest way with least obstacles... And lots of patience.

              • Anonymous

                17 Dec 2017 02:37  

                Here you go, speed star made easy. Use a pod program and for about 3 seconds that will make everyone besides you slow down. when those 3 seconds are up dont release your program, just fire a normal shot with your pod and that will reset your pod program. rinse and repeat. Did the last challenge first try with about 5 seconds to spare with no speed buffs.

                • Anonymous

                  22 Oct 2017 22:09  

                  For those who have problems with the last (3rd) race: equip all the speed up chips up to 20% (cap), and when you jump from starting building, press both sticks to initiate self-destruct. It won't get through because it will be cancelled by falling, but the funny thing is: this way you won't get staggered after falling to the ground and can run straight after you fall. That split second you gain there will win you the race.

                  • Anonymous

                    28 Sep 2017 00:41  

                    I did not edit the chipset in the beginning. I first started by finding others tracks with less obstacles. I followed the tree roots but it's quite hard in the second race: I tried to climb the second tree, near the building where the finish is located, by using double-jump and evade. Very frustrating, but it works!

                    • Anonymous

                      17 Jul 2017 03:57  

                      The Linked-Sphere enemy (the snake like enemy that floats around and has a drill nose) makes this pretty easy. The snake's speed seems to be faster than running, and it's floating ability makes gaps trivial. For some reason I couldn't get the second race to activate with a snake, but the first and third races I got on the first try by racing to the end with the snake. Maybe give it a try if nothing else seems to work for you.

                      • 31 Mar 2017 08:08  

                        How necessary is this side quest... because I hate it. I fell off the cliff at the end of the third race after losing and fell right into the main quest. Since I didn't want to progress for fear of losing side quests, I had to re-load and really don't want to do this again.

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