This guide helps you achieve the 100% in the game NieR: Automata.
Steps to achieve the 100%
To achieve 100% in the game you need to do the following things:
Complete all Endings
Complete all Quests
Acquire all Achievements
Acquite all Intel:
- Meet / Destroy one of each Enemy-Types
- Find all the Archives and Novels
- Find all Picture Books
- Catch all Fish in the Game
Find all Weapons and Level them to Level 4
Find all Pods and Level them to Level 3
Find all Pod Programs
Sacrifice your Savefile (optional)
Here you can find all Endings and how to get them, use chapter select to get them the quickest way.
Ending A: flowers for m[?]chines
- Play through the game for the first time and complete all of the Main Story Quests.
Ending B: or not to [?]e
- Play through the game for the second time as 9S.
Ending C: meaningless [Ⅽ]ode
- Play through the game for the third time.
Ending D: chil[?]hood’s end
- During the final boss battle in Ending C, choose 9S.
Ending E: the [?]nd of yorha
- During the final boss battle in Ending C, choose A2
- You can sacrifice your savefile here, however it will delete all of your savefiles
Before trying to achieve any of the other endings you should always save as all of the following endings put you back to the main menu screen without saving first.
Ending F: mission [?]ailed
- [Ch. 01-03_2] After Engels knocks 9S onto his back, fail to repair your system by letting the timer run out.
Ending G: hun[?]ry for knowledge
- [Ch. 01-01_2] When you get control of 9S for the first time, walk to the crane and neglect the mission.
Ending H: a mountain too [?]igh
- [Ch. 05-02] Ignore the order to intercept the Goliath’s attack on the city and abandon the mission. Taking the path from Pascal’s Village to the Amusement Park easily achieves this.
Ending I: no [?] in team
- [Ch. 08-01_2] Defeat the boss at the Copied City, then walk away from 9S.
Ending J: bad [?]udgement
- [Ch. 09-01_3] When entering the factory and meeting the machines, kill any of them.
Ending K: aji wo [?]utta
- [Ch. 06-01] After giving your report to commander you’ll receive an email titled “Jackass: Fish”. Speak to her at the Desert Camp to obtain the Mackerel item, which can be found in the “Caught Fish” menu. You can also obtain this item by fishing. Eat it to earn this ending.
Ending L: [?]one wolf
- [Ch. 10-01_3] OR [Ch. 10-03] Either exit the Resistance Camp while it’s being attacked OR abandon the entrance to Pascal’s Village when the boss creature shows up.
Ending M: break ti[?]e
- [Ch. 14-03] Don’t go to Pascal’s Village when it’s attacked while playing as A2. Running to the back of the Resistance Camp, Factory or Amusement Park instead should trigger this.
Ending N: [?]o Man’s Village
- [Ch. 07-01] Destroy every machine in Pascal’s village
Ending O: just y[?]u and me
- [Ch. 11-03] Instead of proceeding forward to the City Ruins, simply run back towards the Factory.
Ending P: corru[?]tion
- [Ch. 11-06] Allow 2B to die from the virus.
Note: save in the City Ruins: Near Tower to achieve Ending X quicker
Ending Q: [?]uestionable actions
- [Ch. 11-07] Don’t go to 2B’s location near the commercial facility. Heading to the desert area or back towards the Resistance Camp instead will trigger this ending.
Ending R: mave[?]ick
- [Ch. 14-05] Attack the peaceful robots nearby Pascal.
Ending S: city e[?]cape
- [Ch. 17-01] When attempting to gain access to the Tower, abandon Popola and Devola after they attempt to protect you.
Note: Save after hacking each of the towers to achieve Ending V a bit quicker
Ending T: fa[?]al error
- To earn this ending, simply remove your OS chip.
Ending U: deb[?]nked
- [Ch. 06-01] Self-destruct while in the Bunker.
Ending V: reckless bra[?]ery
- [Ch. 17-01] When attempting to gain access to the Tower, fight alongside Popola and Devola instead of hacking the Tower
Ending W: broken [?]ings
- [Ch. 01-01_1] In the prologue when 2B flies into the factory, let yourself get killed by the giant laser/Die during the prologue in general.
Ending X: time to rela[?]
- [Ch. 11-06] After reaching the commercial facility as virus-infected 2B, when the game switches you to controlling A2, run away instead of helping.
Ending Y: head[?] battle
- Allow Emil to self-destruct at the end of the boss fight in the quest “Emil’s Determination”.
WARNING: You can miss this ending if you don’t let Emil self-destruct as it will finish the quest. Let Emil Self-Destruct, then fight Emil again and destroy his last clone.
Ending Z: over[?]ealous
- [Ch. 14-01] After leaving the desert, when you encounter and save Pascal outside the Resistance Camp, choose to kill him instead of sparing him.
You can check which sidequests you’re missing by looking at the right of the chapter select screen. It shows the amount of available and finished sidequests for each character and shared quests.
A full list for all sidequests can be found here.
I suggest unlocking fast-traveling before hunting for sidequests as its way faster.
- Stare into space from the Bunker.
Vestiges of Prosperity
- Arrive at the city ruins.
It’s a Healthy Baby Boy!
- Complete the desert area.
We Await Your Next Visit
- Complete the amusement park ruins.
Creation and Insurrection
- Complete the alien ship.
The Mechanical Kingdom
- Complete the forest castle.
Ruler of the Deep
- Complete the flooded city.
Those Who Love Humans
- Complete the copied city.
- Complete the abandoned factory.
One Battle Ends
- Achieve ending A.
A New Battle Begins
- Achieve ending B.
- Watch 2B die.
- Control A2 for the first time.
- Grant Pascal’s final request.
- Stop all resource recovery units.
Crime and Punishment
- Watch the final moments of Devola and Popola.
Leaving for the New World
- Achieve 9S’s ending.
- Achieve A2’s ending.
The Minds That Emerged
- View the final credits.
The Circle of Death
- Have your body collected.
Cherish Our Resources
- Have 100 bodies collected.
- Complete your first quest.
- 80% of all quests completed.
- 80% of all archives found.
Destruction is My Job
- 80% of all unit data unlocked.
- 80% of all plug-in chips collected.
- All Pod programs obtained.
Tools of the Trade
- Any weapon upgraded to the highest level.
- All weapons upgraded to the highest level.
Supreme Support Weapons
- All Pods upgraded to the highest level.
Fighting’s Not My Thing
- Play your first hacking game.
A Scanner’s Power
- 100 machine lifeforms destroyed by hacking.
Machines vs. Machines
- 50 machine lifeforms destroyed by remote control.
The Power of Hate
- 50 machine lifeforms destroyed with berserk mode.
Ruler of the Skies
- 255 enemies destroyed using a flight unit.
- Materials gathered at a hidden harvest point 10 times.
- All Pods found.
Desire Without Emotion
- At least 100,000 G in possession.
- Any animal ridden for 5 kilometers.
A Round by the Pond
- 20 different kinds of fish caught.
Wait! Don’t Kill Me!
- 10 friendly machine lifeforms destroyed.
What Are You Doing?
- 2B’s secret discovered 10 times. Look under 2B’s skirt 10 times
Not That I Mind…
- 1 hour played with 9S in a certain state. Play 1 hour while 9S pants are gone
Come Take a Look!
- Emil’s shop used for the first time.
- Emil destroyed.
- All endings achieved.
- The place of memories has been visited.
I suggest finishing all of the other tasks first and doing Intel last.
Intel is split up into multiple parts:
- Unit Data
- Weapon Stories
- Picture Books
- Fishing Encyclopedia
A full list of all Archives and where to find them can be found here.
A full list of all Units, variations and where to find them can be found here.
Note: Some Enemies have multiple variations, you can cycle through them in the Unit Data menu by pressing the Triangle Button / Y Button. Some Enemies only need to be talked to in order to gain unit data.
You will obtain all of the Tutorials simply by playing the game.
This basically correlates to the weapons, if you obtain all weapons you will also obtain all of the weapons stories.
These will be obtained by playing the game.
A list of all fish can be found here.
Note: finding rare fish like the swordfish or the beetlefish may require hours of fishing.
The Novels can be found here.
Beastbane – Resistance Camp Weapons Trader
Engine Blade – Abandoned Factory: Jump across the top of the crushers to get to the chest
Faith – Flooded City: Resource Unit
Type-4O Sword – Quest: Find a Present
Type-3 Sword – Popola and Devola’s Shop
Ancient Overlord – Resistance Camp Weapons Trader
Virtuos Contract – Default Weapon
Cruel Oath – Default Weapon
YoRHa-issue Blade – Quest: 11B’s Memento
Phoenix Dagger – In the pit of the Quest: Lord of the Valley in a chest
Machine Sword – Pascal’s Village Weapons Trader
Iron Pipe – Fishing in the Sewer System
Cypress Stick – Castle Front: on the large arches. Go up a fallen pillar and parcour to the chest that holds the Cypress Stick
Iron Will – Flooded City under the bridge with the second bus. Needs to be found with the Pod Scanner or near a collapsed YoRHa soldier, depending on the Story
Fang of the Twins – Desert Housing Complex: in a Chest on the top of 3 flights of stairs
Beastlord – Resistance Camp Weapons Trader
Phoenix Sword – Route B: After the prologue on the rooftop in a locked chest
Type-4O Blade – Quest: Data Analysis Freak 2
Type-3 Blade – Popola and Devola’s Shop
Virtuous Treaty – Route A: Abandoned Factory next to the collapsed bridge where you fought Engels
Cruel Blood Oath – Route B: Underground portion of the Desert: Camp behind a locked door
Machine Axe – Pascal’s Village Weapons Trader
Beastcurse – Forest Castle: at the very top of the library section in a locked chest
Dragoon Lance – Forest Zone: in a cave near the ravine
Phoenix Lance – Desert Zone: using the Pod Scanner
Type-4O Lance – Quest: YoRHa Betrayers
Type-3 Lance – Flooded City: on top of a building near the waterfall – requires a long jump
Spear of the Usurper – Quest: Heritage of the Past
Virtuous Dignity – In the sewers next to the ladder facing the Amusement Park – walk towards the “dead end”
Cruel Arrogance – Route C: Underground section of the Abandoned Factory in a locked chest
Machine Spear – Pascal’s Village Weapons Trader
Angel’s Folly – Emil’s Shop
Demon’s Cry – Amusement Park Building: Near Game Dev Machine, in the basement
Type-4O Fists – Resistance Camp: By the Acces Point in a locked Chest
Type-3 Fists – Emil’s Shop
Virtuous Grief – Forest Zone Center: In a hollow tree with chains around it, on a high plateau in the southwest
Cruel Lament – Given by Masamune
Machine Heads – Pascal’s Shop
Emil Heads – Reward for defeating the hidden Emil Boss
Location of Pod B:
- Fishing in the Flooded City
Location of Pod C:
- Found in the Desert Zone after event marker appears
Leveling the Pods:
Level / Materials Required for Upgrade
2 / 2,500G + Tree Seed x10, Mushroom x10, Pure Water x10, Natural Rubber x10, Powerup Part S x1
3 / 5,000G + Plant Seed x5, Eagle Eggs x5, Tanning Agent x5, Filler Metal x5, Powerup Part M x1
4 / 10,000G + Tree Sap x3, Giant Egg x3, Dye x3, Machine Oil x3, Powerup Part L x1
Level / Materials Required for Upgrade
2 / 2,500G + Tree Seed x10, Torn Book x10, Natural Rubber x10, Simple Gadget x10, Powerup Part S x1
3 / 5,000G + Plant Seed x5, Tech Manual x5, Filler Metal x5, Elaborate Gadget x5, Powerup Part M x1
4 / 10,000G + Tree Sap x3, Thick Dictionary x3, Machine Oil x3, Complex Gadget x3, Powerup Part L x1
Level / Materials Required for Upgrade
2 / 2,500G + Mushroom x10, Torn Book x10, Pure Water x10, Simple Gadget x10, Powerup Part S x1
3 / 5,000G + Eagle Eggs x5, Tech Manual x5, Tanning Agent x5, Elaborate Gadget x5, Powerup Part M x1
4 / 10,000G + Giant Egg x3, Thick Dictionary x3, Dye x3, Complex Gadget x3, Powerup Part L x1
Obtaining all Pod Programs:
R020: Mirage – Shop
R030: Hammer – Shop
R040: Blade – Shop
R050: Spear – Shop
A060: P Shield – Shop
R070: M Shield – Shop
A080: Wave – Quest: The Wandering Couple
A090: Wire – Quest: Amnesia
A100: Decoy – Found during Route C in the City Ruins where you land after the Prologue
A110: Slow – Quest: Data Analysis Freak 2
A120: Repair – Quest: Sorting Trouble 3
A130: Bomb – Quest: Find a Present
A140: Gravity – Quest: Retrieve the Confidential Intel
A150: Volt – Found during Route C in the Amusement Park Ruins where you fight the Tank
A160: Missile – Found during Route C in the City Ruins where you fight Marx in the prologue
A170: Scanner – Quest: Redheads
Sacrificing your Savefile
In my opinion you should do this before you start your 100% savefile.
Just rush through the game and agree to sacrificing yourself
Note: This will delete EVERY savefile that you currently own
After this you can start your journey with this new epic main menu screen
Tips and Tricks
If you need to level, go to the dessert are where you fight Adam, as this place is spawning infinite enemies.
Now simply set the difficulty to easy, equip the auto-fire, auto-attack, auto-evade and maybe the auto-heal plug in chips.
You can now go AFK until you’re about level 70, after this play as 9S and head to the Amusement Park.
Now go to the big bunny statue, equip the blade Pod program and start attacking that statue.
It will come to live after about 2 minutes of attacking it. After that, hack it to destroy it.
This enemy drops a machine core and loads of EXP after you defeat him.
Now save the game and load your savefile as this miniboss respawns everytime you reload the game.
You first need to unlock chapter select to do this method.
Go into chapter 7-1 as 2B (or any other Route A chapter) and head to the amusement park vendor.
Buy as many Thick Dictionaries and other expensive resources as you can and save the game.
Now go into any Route C chapter and sell all of the items that you just bought and save the game again.
Repeat this a couple of times and you should have enough money to afford everything in the game in about 10 minutes.
Optional: Buy meteorites from the half-wit inventor to make even more money.
Have fun on your Journey
Good luck, don’t give up if things don’t go your way and feel free to ask me in the comments if you have any questions.
Glory to Mankind.
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