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Nier Replicant guide: Every side quest

Not far into Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139… — shortly after you meet Grimoire Weiss and return to your home Village — you’ll unlock quests (or side quests). These tend to be fetch quests for the folks you meet on your journey, and usually reward you with gold, items, or even weapons. They’re usually not super complicated, but each comes with a reward that makes them worth the time.

NieR Replicant is broken in two halves — we’re calling them Part 1 and Part 2. Below, we’ve listed every side quest available in each part. It’s important to know, though, that Part 1 quests cannot be completed once you move on to Part 2 — they’ll get moved to your Uncompletable Quests list. If you’re going for 100% Quest Completion, you’ll need to make sure every Part 1 quest is complete before you progress into Part 2 of the game.

We’re still making our way through the Nier Replicant remake, so we’ll add to this guide as we complete quests.


Nier Replicant Part 1 side quests

Once Popola gives points you to The Aerie and you leave the library, you’ll get a pop-up notification that quests have become available.


Herbal Remedies

In the Village, talk to Popola in her office on the second floor of the library. (If you’re still early in the game, you’ll have to wait until you see the quests explainer pop up, and then head back into the library.) She’ll ask you to gather two medicinal herbs. You can go gather them yourself or buy them from a shop (or you might’ve already gathered them). Speak to Popola again to get a reward of 500 gold.


The Gatekeeper’s Errand

On the north side of the Village, speak to the Guard on the right (east) side of the gate to the Northern Plains. Head to the southern end of the shopping district in the southwest of the Village and speak to the blacksmith’s wife. Your reward is 500 gold.


The Lost Eggs

At the north end of the shopping district in the Village, speak to the Item Shopkeeper. He’ll ask you to return with a Chicken Egg.

Lost Egg chicken egg location.
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The egg is on the east side of the fountain in the middle of the Village. There’s no shining spot, so you’ll have to approach the pillar to make it appear.

Return the egg to the Item Shopkeeper and claim your reward of a Health Salve.


Old-Fashioned Home Cooking

In the Village shopping district, speak the woman villager sitting on the bench in the northwest. She’ll ask you bring back 10 mutton.

Head to the Northern Plains, and hunt sheep until you collect 10 mutton. (Dark Blast is a fast and easy way to take down a sheep.) If you run out of prey, leave the area, return, and they’ll respawn. Make sure you strip sheep soon after killing them — the corpses seem to despawn very quickly.

Return to the villager and claim your reward of 1,500 gold.


Shopping List

Speak to the Florist in the Village’s shopping district — she’s at the north end on the west side. She’ll ask you to head to Seafront and purchase three tulip bulbs from the Grocery Store. Do so, and she’ll reward you with 500 gold.

Completing this side quest unlocks cultivating plants — planting seeds and bulbs in the field next to your house.


Book Smarts

In the Village, speak to the villager in the northwest corner of the Library’s 3rd floor. Follow her directions and return the red book and blue book to the shelves. Speak to her again and claim your reward of 500 gold.


The Tavern Keeper’s Grandmother

In the shopping district of the Village, head into the Tavern — the sign out front has a keg, bottle, and wine glass on it — and speak to the Tavern Keeper. She’ll ask you to retrieve three medicinal herbs, three berries, and three royal ferns.

Medicinal herbs and berries are common in the Village and Northern Plains — just pick up any glowing spot you happen across. You can also buy medicinal herbs (100 gold) from the Item Shopkeeper and berries (200 gold) from the Material Shopkeeper in the Village.

Royal ferns are very rare in the Northern Plains. It’s much easier to just buy royal ferns (150 gold) from the Grocery Store in Seafront.

Return all nine ingredients to the Tavern Keeper in the Village, and she’ll turn it into an Old Lady’s Elixir. Take that to the woman by the fountain in the Village and claim your reward of 2,000 gold.


A Return to Shopping

After completing “Shopping List,” speak to the Florist in the Village’s shopping district again. She’ll ask you to buy three bounty fertilizers from Seafront’s Item Shop. Do so, and she’ll reward you with a tulip bulb, bounty fertilizer, and 2,000 gold.

Completing this side quest will expand your field.


Boar Hunt!

In the Village, speak to the old villager sitting on a crate at the northern end of the shopping district — he’s the first person you see on your left as you enter. He’ll tell you to hunt a wild boar in the Northern Plains.

You’ll find the boar in the southwest of the Northern Plains near the entrance to The Aerie. It hits hard, so be prepared to dodge.

Run behind one of the boulders nearby, and wait for the boar to charge. When it crashes into the rock, it’ll daze itself for a few seconds. Run out, deal as much damage as you can, and then hide behind the rock again. Repeat that process until you kill the boar. You’ll automatically pick up the Boar Tusk item.

Speak to the same villager in the shopping district to get your reward of 1,000 gold.


Yonah’s Cooking

After returning to the Village from Seafront with a shaman fish for Yonah, Yonah will ask for one venison and one wheat the next morning.

Go collect venison from the deer in the Southern Plains. Wheat can be harvested from around the Village (if you’re lucky) or just bought from the Village’s Grocery Store (500 gold) in the shopping district.

Your reward is to eat a delicious home-cooked meal.


On the Wings of Eagles

After completing “The Tavern Keeper’s Grandmother,” speak to the Tavern Keeper in the Village again. She’ll ask you to retrieve an eagle egg from The Aerie.

Head to The Aerie, and climb up toward the elder’s house (the gold one). Before you climb the ladder to his house, look south and below you. There will be a glowing object next to the house there. Drop down and collect the eagle egg.

Take it back to the Tavern Keeper, and she’ll turn it into an Old Lady’s Elixir+. Take this to the woman at the fountain to receive another 2,000 gold.


The Ballad of the Twins

Speak to the villager in the middle of the Village’s Tavern. He’ll ask you to speak to both Devola and Popola.

Speak to Devola in the Tavern, and then go talk to Popola inside her office in the Library.

Popola will ask you for a drink from the Tavern in Seafront. You’ll find the Tavern at the southern end of Seafront’s main road — there’s a wine glass and pitcher (ewer?) on the sign. The Tavern Keeper there will tell you they need five lizard tails and five mouse tails.

Lizard tail locations

Nier Replicant guide: Mouse tails and lizard tails locations

Lizard tail locations.
Graphic: Jeffrey Parkin | Sources: Toylogic/Square Enix via Polygon

You’ll find lizards running around on the ground in the Northern Plains. Catch them to collect lizard tails. We found three locations — shown on the map above — where we could usually find them. Leaving the area and returning will get them to respawn.

Mouse tail locations

Nier Replicant guide: Mouse tails and lizard tails locations

Mouse tail locations.
Graphic: Jeffrey Parkin | Sources: Toylogic/Square Enix via Polygon

Similarly, you’ll find mice running around Junk Heap: Outside in the Nier Replicant remaster. Catch them to collect mouse tails. There are only two — their locations are marked on the map above. Leaving the area and returning will get them to respawn.

Return to the Tavern Keeper in Seafront once you’ve collected the ingredients. He’ll send you back to Popola. Talk to her in her Library office in the Village.

You’ll fast-forward to the Tavern and get a special performance as your reward.


A Signature Dish

Speak to the Tavern Keeper in Seafront. They’ll tell you that they need 10 medicinal herbs, 10 bags of wheat, and 10 sardines for their signature dish.

You’ll find medicinal herbs pretty much everywhere — both in glowing gathering spots and as drops from shades. Or you can buy some for 100 gold at any Item Shop.

If you’ve unlocked your Garden by completing “Shopping List,” you can grow your own wheat from seeds. This takes a very long time, though. Instead, buy it from the Village’s Grocery Store for 500 gold each.

After completing “The Fisherman’s Gambit,” you’ll be able to catch your own sardines — use lugworms from the beach at the south end of Seafront’s shopping district. Alternately, you can buy them for 250 gold each from Seaport’s Fish Shop.

Return all the ingredients to Seafront’s Tavern to claim your reward of 5,000 gold. Make sure to stock back up on medicinal herbs at an Item Shop.


Fragile Delivery

In the Village, speak to the guard on the left (west) side of the gate to the Northern Plains. He’ll ask you to deliver something to The Aerie.

The parcel is fragile (hence the name), so you cannot roll or get knocked down until you deliver it. Jumping, attacks, and magic won’t break the parcel. Make sure to avoid sheep (they kick if you come up behind them) and shades as you cross the Northern Plains. If you’ve completed “Boar Hunt!,” your mount will make traversing the Northern Plains much easier. Just make sure you don’t crash it into any rocks.

Return to the guard to get another parcel and try again if you fail. (Depending on when you attempt it, you might have no choice but to break the parcel due to story events in The Aerie.)

Drop the parcel at the chief’s house — the gold house on the highest level of The Aerie — and return to the guard in the Village. He’ll give you your reward of 1,450 gold.


Fragile Delivery 2

Once you’ve completed “Fragile Delivery,” look for an old man villager near the fountain at the north end of the Village’s shopping district. He’ll give you another fragile parcel to take to the Tavern Keeper in Seafront.

Again, you can’t dodge or get hit while carrying it. If you have completed “Boar Hunt!,” there is a boar in the Souther Plains. Feel free to ride it, but be careful in the narrow parts.

Deliver the parcel, and return to the old man in the Village. He’ll reward you with 1,500 gold.


The Fisherman’s Gambit

In Seafront, after you’ve caught the shaman fish and returned, speak to the resident by the waterfront. He’ll teach you more about fishing.

Nier Replicant guide: Every side quest

Sardines fishing location.
Graphic: Jeffrey Parkin | Sources: Toylogic/Square Enix via Polygon

Different fish respond to different baits. For the 10 sardines he requires, you’ll need to use lugworms. The Tackle Shop in Seafront sells them for 10 gold each. Make sure to buy extra (we went through about 20) to account for lost fish, catching the wrong fish, or the junk you’ll inevitably catch.

Head to the beach just to the west — at the south end of Seafront’s shopping district — to find sardines. Don’t sell any of the other kinds of fish you catch, though. You’ll probably need them in the subsequent parts of “The Fisherman’s Gambit.”

Return to the resident with your 10 sardines and he’ll reward you by improving your fishing skill.


The Fisherman’s Gambit, Part 2

Once you’ve completed “The Fisherman’s Gambit,” return to the resident and speak to him again.

Nier Replicant guide: Every side quest

Blowfish fishing location.
Graphic: Jeffrey Parkin | Sources: Toylogic/Square Enix via Polygon

This time, he’ll ask for 10 blowfish. You’ll need to use lugworms again. Make sure to buy plenty extra. You’ll catch blowfish from the same beach you caught the sardines — just to the west of the fisherman.

Bring him the 10 blowfish, and he’ll again increase your fishing skill.


The Fisherman’s Gambit, Part 3

After “The Fisherman’s Gambit, Part 2,” return to the fisherman in Seafront again. This time, he needs 7 rainbow trout.

Nier Replicant guide: Every side quest

Rainbow trout fishing location.
Graphic: Jeffrey Parkin | Sources: Toylogic/Square Enix via Polygon

Head to the Northern Plains and down to the water near the base of the bridge leading to Junk Pile. Use your lure for these. Buy a couple extra just in case, but the lure is reusable, so you won’t be going through them the same way you did lugworms.

Return the fish to Seafront, and you’ll once again improve your fishing skill.


The Fisherman’s Gambit, Part 4

After “The Fisherman’s Gambit, Part 3,” return to the fisherman in Seafront again. This time, he needs 5 bream.

Nier Replicant guide: Every side quest

Bream fishing location.
Graphic: Jeffrey Parkin | Sources: Toylogic/Square Enix via Polygon

You need lugworms or a lure. You might catch bream from the same beach you caught the sardines and blowfish — just to the west of the fisherman — but you’ll also catch a lot of sardines and blowfish, too. We had more luck fishing with a lure from the stone pier standing directly next to the fisherman.

Return the fish to him, and you’ll once again improve your fishing skill.


The Fisherman’s Gambit, Part 5

After “The Fisherman’s Gambit, Part 4,” return to the fisherman in Seafront again. This time, he needs 5 black bass.

Nier Replicant guide: Every side quest

Head to the Village. Right in the middle of the map — directly west of your house and the save point — head down to the water. Use a lure to fish.

Return the fish to him, and you’ll once again improve your fishing skill. This is the last Fisherman’s Gambit quest to complete before the second half of the Nier Replicant remake.


A Dog Astray

In the Village shopping district, speak to the villager next to the Blacksmith. He’ll ask you to find his dog Max in the Northern Plains.

Nier Replicant guide: Every side quest

Max’s location in the Northern Plains.
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In the Northern Plains, head straight north and down to the water along the west side of the bridge to Junk Heap. You’ll spot the dog, but you’ll also be attacked by a few large shades. Handle them, and retrieve Max’s Herbs from the dog.

Return to the shopping district. The villager who gave you the quest will be gone, but another will be standing in the same place. Speak to him to receive a very depressing story and 1,000 gold.


The New Merchant in Town

In Seafront, head to the far east-southeast and look for a resident on a large boat. Speak to him, and he’ll tell you he wants to start a new shop.

Nier Replicant guide: Every side quest

He needs 10 wool, 5 natural rubber, and 10 goat hides.

Wool comes from killing sheep, but it’s a pretty rare drop — it feels like somewhere between a 10-25% chance. Head to the Northern Plains, and just start killing sheep (Dark Blast is great for this) until you collect 10 wool.

Goat hides come from killing goats, but is a similarly rare drop. There are several goats mixed in with the sheep in the Northern Plains, and there are several along the Eastern Road. Kill goats (Dark Blast is also great for this) until you collect 10 goat hides.

The best way to get natural rubber is from Seafront’s Material Shop for 700 gold each.

Take everything back to the resident. He’ll ask for help loading everything onto the ship, but you won’t actually have to do anything.

He won’t pay you yet. Leave Seafront and come back. Speak to him again, and he’ll give you a reward of 10,000 gold.


Yonah’s Gift

After fighting the huge shade with Kaine in The Aerie, return to the Village and speak to Yonah. She’ll ask for one melon.

If you’ve completed “Shopping List” and have a lot of time on your hands, you can grow your own. Otherwise, buy one from Seafront’s Grocery Store for 1,200 gold.

Hand it over, and she’ll ask for a watermelon. Grow one, or buy one from Facade’s Grocery Store for 800 gold.

Next, she’ll ask for a pumpkin. Grow one, or buy one from Facade’s Grocery Store for 500 gold.

Once you’ve delivered all three, you’ll get a delicious cake as your reward.


Letter to a Lover

Look for a resident wandering near Seafront’s fountain on the west side of town. He’ll give you a Letter to a Faraway Lover and a Potted Freesia to deliver to The Aerie.

Nier Replicant guide: Every side quest

Deliver the Letter to a Faraway Lover here.
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Head to The Aerie. Climb up to the top level like you’re going to the chief’s house. As you approach the chief’s house (the gold one), take a left. Your destination is the leftmost house on this level.

The letter’s recipient won’t be home. Start making your way out of The Aerie. On your way out, you’ll get attacked by a large shade. Defeat it to get a Pressed Freesia.

Take that back to the resident in Seafront to claim your reward of 3,000 gold.

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