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Nier FAQ (version 0.80)

DISCLAIMER:
This FAQ is meant for personal use only. You may host this FAQ on your own 
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(c) Copyright 2009 by J.F. Fox

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*Note: use the search function (ctrl+f) to jump to the desired section.

Introduction.................................................[N-01]
  \--Game Information........................................[N-01A]
   \--Controls...............................................[N-01B]
    \--Premise...............................................[N-01C]
     \--Characters...........................................[N-01D]
      \--Contact Information.................................[N-01E]
Walkthrough (Part One).......................................[N-02]
  \--Prologue................................................[N-02A]
   \--The Village............................................[N-02B]
    \--The Lost Shrine.......................................[N-02C]
     \--The Aerie............................................[N-02D]
      \--Seafront............................................[N-02E]
       \--The Junk Heap......................................[N-02F]
        \--The Aerie, Again..................................[N-02G]
         \--Facade...........................................[N-02H]
          \--The Barren Temple...............................[N-02I]
          \--Forest of Myth..................................[N-02J]
           \--The Haunted Manor..............................[N-02K]
            \--The Village, Again............................[N-02L]
Walkthrough (Part Two).......................................[N-03]
  \--The Haunted Manor, Revisited............................[N-03A]
   \--The Lost Shrine, Revisited.............................[N-03B]
    \--The Junk Heap, Revisited..............................[N-03C]
     \--Facade, Revisited....................................[N-03D]
      \--Forest of Myth, Revisited...........................[N-03E]
       \--The Aerie, Revisited...............................[N-03F]
        \--Back to the Village...............................[N-03G]
         \--The Shadowlord's Castle..........................[N-03H]
          \--Endings and New Game+...........................[N-03I]
Sidequests (Part One)........................................[N-04]
  \--Village Sidequests......................................[N-04A]
   \--Seafront Sidequests....................................[N-04B]
    \--Facade Sidequests.....................................[N-04C]
Sidequests (Part Two)........................................[N-05]
  \--New Village Sidequests..................................[N-05A]
   \--New Seafront Sidequests................................[N-05B]
    \--New Facade Sidequests.................................[N-05C]
     \--Wilderness Sidequests................................[N-05D]
Weapons......................................................[N-06]
  \--One-Handed Swords.......................................[N-06A]
   \--Two-Handed Swords......................................[N-06B]
    \--Spears................................................[N-06C]
Words........................................................[N-07]
Items........................................................[N-08]
  \--Recovery Items..........................................[N-08A]
   \--Raw Materials..........................................[N-08B]
    \--Fishing...............................................[N-08C]
     \--Cultivation..........................................[N-08D]
      \--Key Items...........................................[N-08E]
Fishing......................................................[N-09]
Downloadable Content.........................................[N-10]
  \--Quests..................................................[N-10A]
   \--Weapons................................................[N-10B]
    \--Costumes..............................................[N-10C]
Cheats & Extras..............................................[N-11]
Trophies.....................................................[N-12]
Frequently Asked Questions...................................[N-13]
Update Log...................................................[N-14]
Acknowledgments..............................................[N-15]

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Welcome to my FAQ for Nier. I realize it's not much to look at right now,
but I sincerely hope you'll find some use for it as you play this wonderful,
fun game.

I will try my best to assemble all of the pertinent information regarding Nier
in a clear, concise and organized manner. With luck, everything should
be clear and easy to find. Again, I hope you'll find this FAQ helpful—and
I also hope you'll have as much fun with this game as I've had.


Current FAQ Status:
	I've really just started out, so there's really not much
	content here at the moment. Hope to have the full 
	walkthrough completed within the week, and the FAQ itself
	completely finished by the end of the month.

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                                                   [N-01A]

Nier is an action role-playing game, currently on the market in North
America, Europe and Japan, on both the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles.
This FAQ is written specifically for the PS3 version of the game, but all
of the information here contained should also apply to the Xbox 360 version,
as both versions of the game are identical.

The PlayStation 3 version of Nier released in Japan is slightly different
than the normal version. Called Nier Replicant, it features a different
protagonist: rather than play an old man and father, you play a younger
 man and brother. All of the dialog and story content, however, is
identical.

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                                                   [N-01B]

The controls are all very simple and self-explanatory, so I don't think
there's much need to tarry too long on this. I will remind you, however,
that you can customize the various bumper buttons (R1, R2, L1, L2 on
PS3; RB, RT, LB, LT on X360) with different attacks. This can be
particularly useful if, like me, you don't bother much with evading and
would rather dedicate a second button to a third magic attack.

Playstation 3 Controls:

	Left Analog Stick.....................Movement (walk/run)
	Right Analog Stick....................Camera Movement
	R3....................................Reset Camera
	D-Pad Up..............................Item Menu
	D-Pad Right...........................Spear Menu
	D-Pad Down............................Single-Handed Sword Menu
	D-Pad Left............................Two-Handed Sword Menu
	Cross.................................Jump (double jump)
	Circle................................Examine
	Square................................Attack
	Triangle..............................Special Attack
	L2....................................Defend
	R2....................................Evade
	R1....................................Cast Magic
	L1....................................Cast Magic
	Start.................................Skip Cutscene
	Select................................Expand Mini-Map

Xbox 360 Controls:

	Left Analog Stick.....................Movement (walk/run)
	Right Analog Stick....................Camera Movement
	R3....................................Reset Camera
	D-Pad Up..............................Item Menu
	D-Pad Right...........................Spear Menu
	D-Pad Down............................Single-Handed Sword Menu
	D-Pad Left............................Two-Handed Sword Menu
	A.....................................Jump (double jump)
	B.....................................Examine
	X.....................................Attack
	Y.....................................Special Attack
	LT....................................Defend
	RT....................................Evade
	RB....................................Cast Magic
	LB....................................Cast Magic
	Start.................................Skip Cutscene
	Back..................................Expand Mini-Map

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                                                   [N-01C]

It is the distant future. Humanity's past glories are but a forgotten
memory, its greatest achievements vanished into dust on the wind. The
world that remains--a strange and savage place--is dying.

The few humans who remain now live a medieval existence, eking out
what sustenance they can from a harsh and unforgiving land. Dark,
twisted creatures known as Shades roam the world, bringing with them
terror and death. Fear and chaos rule each day. As it did yesterday.
...As it will tomorrow.

In this world lives a modest, unassuming man and his young daughter.
She has been infected by a deadly disease known as the Black Scrawl,
and so her father has sworn to journey in search of a cure.

The adventure that ensues will be beyond anything he has ever
experienced.

He will encounter Grimoire Weiss, an ancient book of almost unbelievable
power who can use words as weapons. He will face off against Grimoire
Noir, a supposed harbinger of the end times. And he will learn the
truth behind both the legendary Sealed Verses, and the cursed Shades
that hound his every step.

As the world collapses into chaos around him, as his very mind betrays
him, the man will press on with a single, dim light flickering in his
mind:

He will save his daughter. No matter the cost.

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The Father
	Strong, kind, and unwilling to abide cruelty of any kind. He
	has a single daughter, Yonah, with whom he is gentle and
	protective to a fault.

Grimoire Weiss
	An ancient book that joins the father on his quest. Powerful
	and arrogant, he is quick to proclaim his mastery on any and
	all topics which present themselves. While he prefers to be
	called by his full and proper name of Grimoire Weiss, most
	refer to him simply as Weiss.

Yonah
	A daughter who lives to please her father, even though her
	efforts often cause more harm than help. Due to her frail health,
	she spends most of her time at home.

Kaine
	A human who has been possessed by a Shade. Vulgar, violent,
	and unpredictable, she is nevertheless a valuable companion
	on the father's quest. Some think her harsh exterior hides a
	shy, endearing side.

Emil
	A companion who joins the father during his travels. He combats
	Shades with a powerful arsenal of magic.

Shades
	Mysterious creatures that appear out of nowhere to prey on people
	and livestock. They come in a variety of types, each with its
	own unique set of attacks.

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                                                   [N-01E]

For any questions, comments, and concerns, you may contact me via my
email address (mwulf.0079@gmail.com) or attempt to reach me through
the Nier 3 message board (either one) at GameFAQs.com.

In general, I reply to any emails I get within two days, unless the
email is asking for information that is clearly within the FAQ.

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Nier is a very straightforward game, so I sincerely doubt this is a
walkthrough that any will need to follow straight-on-through. Rather,
think of it more as a resource for those rare occasions when you cannot
figure out where to go next or, in the first part of the game, want to know
just how much story content you can pursue before reaching the point
of no return.

As per my typical style, I'll keep the walkthrough as brief as possible,
and avoid as many spoilers as humanly possible.

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                                                   [N-02A]

The Distant Past
	The prologue serves mostly as a tutorial to the combat mechanics
	of the game. Follow the prompts and kill all of the shades in the
	room. After a short cutscene, more shades will spawn for you to
	fight. You'll be forced to lose the fight and view another, rather
	cool cutscene. When it's over you'll be outside--for magic practice.

	Here, you'll fight a crazy-ton of shades. This is a good point to 
	try and earn those 50 and 100-combo trophies. You'll level up
	very quickly and get a whole slew of awesome new spells to play
	around with, and you've got infinite magic power here, so just
	have fun. When you're done, a giant shade will spawn and it'll be
	time for your first boss battle.
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	You'll want to clear out the tiny shades first. Once they're clear,
	you can fight the big boss however you want. I would recommend
	pulling back, as his ranged attacks are easy to avoid, but his
	melee attacks are not. For this fight you'll be stuck with only
	two magic spells--dark blast and dark spear. If you want to play
	it safe, you can slowly and steadily shave off the shade's HP with
	dark blasts. I would recommend, instead, that you use fully charged
	dark lance attacks (hold down the L1 button until you've conjured
	a full semicircle's worth of giant magic spears). Three or four
	fully charged magic attacks ought to be more than enough to take
	this boss out.

	Once you've dealt enough damage, the shade will slump down and
	a circular icon will appear over his "weak point." There are a
	number of symbols in the circle, representing the shade's remaining
	HP. You need to attack the weak point in the circle: once the words
	are gone, the boss will die. There's a catch, however--the circle is
	a "clock." You have until the hand rotates a full 360 degrees
	to obliterate the shade's remaining HP, otherwise the shade
	will recover a portion of his HP and you'll have to repeap the
	entire process.
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THE VILLAGE
	Now that the tutorial is over, you can finally start playing the
	"real" game. If you don't quite understand what the prologue has to
	do with the game proper, don't worry. You'll figure it out eventually.

	Anwyway, welcome to the Village. After you finish speaking with
	Yonah, go downstairs. Examine the glowing spots on the wall to
	retrieve some items and money. After you leave the house, head
	toward the fountain. You'll see a woman in red sitting down. Speak
	to her. Her name is Devola, and she is the woman you hear singing
	in the background. Don't ya' just love the music? After that brief
	conversation, head north to the building on the cliff--that's the
	library, and you'll need to speak to Devola's twin sister,
	Popola, inside.

	Popola is inside a room on the second floor. You'll notice that her
	exact position is marked on your mini map with a large red X. This
	symbol will always be present on the map over the location you are
	required to visit in order to advance the story. She will give you
	1000 gold and instruct you to find three pieces of mutton for the
	item shop keeper, and also ask you to bring her three medicinal herbs.

	On your way out, you'll see Yonah standing in the library looking
	at some books. Speak to her, then leave the library. As soon as you
	exit the building, you'll be treated to a brief cutscene describing
	the post-post-apocalyptic setting.

THE NORTHERN PLAINS
	First thing's first: the mutton. Leave the library and exit the
	Village through the Northern Gate. Welcome to the Northern Plains!
	The bridge is broken at the moment, so you cannot explore the whole
	area, but you also don't have to worry about running into any shades
	out here just yet. To get mutton, you'll have to kill some sheep.
	Remember to attack the sheep from either the front, or one of the
	sides, otherwise they have a nasty habit of kicking you. Their kicks
	won't cause any real damage, but it can be annoying. Once you kill
	and animal, appraoch the corpse until a harvest icon appears. Harvest
	the corpse, and you'll get an item. Sheep commonly drop mutton, but
	sometimes drop wool. There are also some goats in the area you can
	kill if you feel like it. Also keep an eye out for glowing lights
	on the ground--these are harvest points. You should be able to collect
	several medicinal herbs, and other items, while you're here.

	Once you've got the mutton and have done everything you want to do in
	the Northern Plains, head back toward the village. Near the exit,
	you'll be ambushed by a small group of (very weak) shades. Kill them
	and head back into the village.

THE VILLAGE
	Head down to the market district (past the stone archway) and speak
	to the item shopkeeper. Once you've given him the mutton, you can
	speak to him again to purchase some medicinal herbs, if you didn't
	gather any from the harvest points in the Northern Plains, or
	elsewhere in the village. Once you've got the herbs, go back to the
	library and speak to Popola. Once you've done that, head back to
	your house. Go upstairs and speak to Yonah to advance to the next
	day.

	After speaking with Yonah some more, go back to the library to speak
	with Popola again. This time, she'll send you to the Northern Plains
	to kill some shades that have been attacking the men repairing the
	bridge.

THE NORTHERN PLAINS
	Go to the Northern Plains. This is the very last time you'll
	be able to explore the Northern Plains without having to worry
	about hordes of shades roaming around, so if you want to stock up
	on goat and sheep parts, now is a good time.

	When you approacth the Bridge, a number of large shades will spawn.
	Despite the build-up, they're pretty easy to take out. Once you've
	killed them all, Nier will say so, and you'll be able to head
	back to the village to report to Popola.

THE VILLAGE
	Into the library again, to speak with Popola. After checking in
	with her, go home. Go upstairs to Yonah's room and examine the
	empty bed. Then, back to the library. Go speak with Popola again
	to figure out what happened. Once you've realized what's happened,
	it'll be time to make your way to the Lost Shrine. Begin by heading
	to the Eastern Gate. You'll see an item on the ground just inside the
	gate, examine it to confirm your suspiscions and then exit the Village.

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                                                   [N-02C]

THE EASTERN ROAD
	The Eastern Road is a pretty small area, but it's got a fair number
	of goats and harvest points, which makes it very useful for harvesting
	quest items. you'll want to take the left path, up the mountain, to
	get to the Lost Shrine. Before you do so, however, I would recommend
	fully exploring the area to harvest as many items as you can. The
	right path leads to the desert, but you can't get there yet, so
	don't worry about it. Once you're done, head north.

PATH TO THE LOST SHRINE
	Head straight ahead through the valley: there's been a rock slide,
	so you'll have to take the long way around. Climb up the ladder
	to your right to find the path. You don't have to worry about any
	shades in this area, and there's nothing to harvest, so just make
	your way down the trail as quickly as you can. When you get to 
	the bridge and walk down it, the camera will zoom very far out, but
	you're still in control of your character. Go up to the main door
	and enter the Lost Shrine.

THE LOST SHRINE
	The main floor is quite large, but there's really nothing to see
	here. Head up the large circular flight of stairs. Before you get
	to the second level, you'll pass by a small platform with a single
	box. Break open the box to find the Lost Shrine Map. Once you get
	to the second floor, you'll notice that the rest of the staircase
	is broken, so you'll want to find another way up.

	Head toward the outer edge of the temple. You should see a closed
	door and an open doorway. Head through the open doorways and follow
	that path until the end to grab the Bronze Key. Once you've got the
	Bronze Key, go back the way you came. Use the key to unlock the
	door, and make your way inside. You will have to fight your way
	through the rest of the rooms--each time shades spawn in a room,
	you'll have to defeat them all before you can open up the next
	door. Anyway, fight your way through all the rooms until you get
	to a ladder.

	Climb up the ladder and break open the box on the platform to
	obtain a new weapon, the Nirvana Dagger. Then, climb up the second
	platform to reach the third floor of the temple. Once again, you'll
	need to head to the rooms on the outer edge of the temple and fight
	your way through them. Remember to break open any boxes you may
	see to collect their contents--usually medicinal herbs. Eventually
	you'll see a large door leading outside. Go through it.

	You'll now have to navigate through a very short, very simple
	platforming sequence to get to the very top of the temple. Once
	you've reached the top, take the right path through the ruins until
	you get to a large blue block. Grab onto the blue block and move it
	forward toward the broken wall; then, move it to the right; finally,
	move it forward again. Move the block through the light, and once
	it's in the shadows again (even only partially) press it against
	the wall with the broken ladder. From the top of the block,
	you should be able to double-jump onto the ledge with the ladder.

	Keep going through the ruins until you see a pair of ladders leading
	down. There's the entrance to the final room of the temple, beyond
	the large doors. Remember to save at the mailbox before going
	inside. Once inside, head toward the barrier at the end of the room.
	Several shades will spawn to attack you, but you can ignore them.
	Attack the book in the red circle until a cutscene starts.

	You will now face a very large horde of shades while the great and
	powerful Grimoire Weiss illuminates your dark existence with his 
	words. Eventually, Weiss will offer to help you. At this point,
	you need to examine the book to advance the plot. Until you do so,
	the shades will continue to respawn forever. After teaming up with
	Weiss, you'll still be on your own for a while. Fight off the horde
	of shades as best you can. Eventually, you will obtain your first
	Sealed Verse and be able to use the magic attack, Dark Blast.

	Once you've cleared out all of the shades, the two statues will
	come to life, triggering a boss battle.
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			| !!!!!  BOSS BATTLE  !!!!! |
			|___________________________|

	Keep your distance from the two bosses and bombard them with
	dark blasts. Remember to tap the button instead of holding it:
	doing so will make your attacks more powerful, and let you
	move around more quickly, to better dodge the statues' charge
	attacks. Eventually, one of the statues will encase itself in
	a spherical shield: when it does so, ignore. Always focus your
	attacks on the unshielded foe.

	When you've dealt sufficient damage to the boss, it will collapse
	and a circle icon appear, the same as last time. Take it out, and
	you'll be treated to a short cutscene and earn your second 
	Sealed Verse, emporing Weiss with the very useful Dark Lance magic
	spell. Now that you've got dark lance, use it on the unshielded
	boss to kill him. Now, it's one-on-one.

	But, oh, look at that. The second statue has summoned another
	horde of small shades to annoy you. Deal with them and attack
	the second statue the same way you did the first. When the damage
	circle appears, use your dark lance magic attack to land the killing
	blow. Once both bosses are dead, run up to Yonah to trigger a series
	of cutscenes.
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                                                   [N-02D]

THE VILLAGE
	You are now back in the village. After speaking with Yonah, leave your
	house to start a short conversation with Weiss. You may now start
	some sidequests, should the need consume you. (Refer to the side quest
	section of this FAQ for further information). Go to the library and
	speak with Popola. She'll tell you to go to another village called
	the Aerie, to speak with its mayor. Exit the Village through the
	north gate.

THE NORTHERN PLAINS
	The path to the Aeries lies in the southwestern corner of the
	Northern Plains, on the other side of the bridge. You'll notice
	that the plains are now infested with shades. You can fight them
	as you go, or not, it really doesn't matter. The entrance to the
	Aerie is rather odd: it looks like the entrance to a mine.

THE AERIE
	As soon as you enter the area, head toward the small hut on the 
	right for a (very short) spot of dialog with Weiss. Then, continue
	through the tunnel until you reach the village proper. Head down
	the bridge to the circular platform. A large number of shades will
	spawn and attack you--apparently, the Aerie is under attack.
	Kill them, and continue to the valley wall. You'll see a ladder on
	your right, leading up to another level. Climb it, then turn around
	and cross the bridge to the other side of the canyon.

	You'll see a hut up high on the right on the other end of the
	canyone. That is the mayor's house, your destination. Cross the
	bridge, fending off all the shades that spawn, and when you reach
	the other end climb up the ladder to your right. Go to the door
	of the house to speak with the mayor. After that elucidating
	conversation, it's time to go back the way you came. As you leave
	the village proper, be sure to save your game at the mailbox.

	When you reach the clearing at the exit, go inside the small hut
	and examine the flowers inside. This will prompt a cutscene
	introducing a new character, Kaine... and trigger a boss battle.
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			| !!!!!  BOSS BATTLE  !!!!! |
			|___________________________|
	
	Kaine is very fast, and has some pretty mean attacks. She also
	happens to be very resistant to magic attacks, so you're going to
	have to melee it up, duel-style. Once you've lowered her HP a bit,
	she'll power up and start using some pretty heady magic attacks.
	You'll have to focus on dodging them, but the tactics to use
	are more or less the same: avoid her melee attacks, get behind her
	and start hacking away. Once you've dealt sufficient damage (when
	her HP is down to 25% or so) a giant shade will appear, interupting
	the duel.
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			| !!!!!  BOSS BATTLE  !!!!! |
			|___________________________|

	Kaine, it turns out, isn't so bad after all: she'll help you kill
	the shade. Just don't expect her to be nice about it. This shade is
	a pretty easy kill: it has two attacks to watch out for. One is a 
	shockwave attack--it raises an appendage and slams it down on the
	ground, releasing a massive shockwave you'll have to jump to avoid.
	The second attack is a scatter-shot ranged attack, which can either
	be blocked, evaded, or negated with dark blast magic attacks. I
	recommend keeping your distance from the shade so you can avoid its
	attacks, and damaging it with a constant stream of dark blast
	attacks. Eventually, a damage circle will appear on the shade's
	left leg. Break it, and the shade will retreat up the face of the
	cliff and spew a bunch of very odd, spherical quasi-shades onto
	the ground.

	The spherical shade things are pretty useless. Kill them or ignore
	them, it doesn't much matter. Just keep using magic attacks on the
	big mother shade. Eventually, a damage circle will appear over her
	other leg: break it, and she'll come back down.

	This third stage is identical to the first stage of the boss battle,
	only now the shade is enraged. The scattershot attack lasts much longer
	this time around, and involves a great many more magical projecticles,
	and the shockwave attack now unleashed multiple expanding waves as
	she pounds her fists onto the ground one after another. Keep attacking,
	and soon a damage circle will appear over the shade's head: break it
	to end the battle.

	View the scenes with Kaine, and then depart the Aerie.

THE NORTHERN PLAINS
	Once you enter the northern plains, you'll be asked to make a choice.
	You can either choose to go back to Popola to check in, or you can
	go straight home to see your daughter. What you pick here doesn't
	really effect anything other than where the map marker will appear.
	You can see either Popola or Yonah no matter whom you choose. Speaking
	to Popola first will yield a very, very small amount of additional
	narrative; speaking to Yonah first will move the story along just
	a little bit faster. Since you'll have to speak to Popola after
	seeing Yonah anyway, I'd recommend going home to speak to Yonah
	first.
      __                                                        __ 
      \ \____                                             _____/ /
      |  ____>           ~ The Seafront ~                <_____  |
      /_/                                                      \_\
                                                   [N-02E]

THE VILLAGE
	Go home and speak to Yonah. It turns out she isn't feeling so
	well. Go to the library and speak to Popola: she'll tell you about
	a special fish that can be used to make a potent painkiller, and
	direct you toward the Seafront. To reach the Seafront, you'll need
	to exit the Village through the southern gate, which lies at the end
	of the market district. There are a number of quests in the market
	district that involve going to Seafront, so now might be a good time
	to get started if you haven't already.

THE SOUTHERN PLAINS
	Occasionally, a very large "boss" shade will spawn in this first
	area of the southern plains. If it does, you should avoid
	it--it's much stronger than you at the moment. That does not mean
	you cannot kill it, however. By now you should have access to the
	Dark Hand magic attack. This is what you need to use. Run up to
	the shade and circle around behind it. You'll want to stay directly
	behind the shade and pound him with dark hand attacks until he
	dies. It can be very time-consuming, but odds are most of
	his attacks can kill you in a single hit, so it's your only option.

	Soon after you enter the southern plains, you'll see a guard being
	attacked by a number of shades. Kill all the shades to save the
	guard and then speak to him. He'll give you the one-handed sword,
	Moonrise.

	As per the usual, run around through the area gathering everything
	you can at all of the harvest points, and killing all the deer you
	find. Harvest them for venison, and the occasional antler. At the
	other end of the Southern Plains, you'll see a narrow path leading
	upward to a very creepy looking mansion. If you're short on cash, 
	this area is a godsend. There is one giant spider lurking outside
	the gate to the mansion: knock it over with a dark hand attack, and
	then either keep using magic to attack it, or close in and chop it
	up with your sword. Watch out for it's wide-angle poison attacks.
	Kill it and harvest the corpse. Both the giant spider's common and
	rare drops can be sold for a good bit of money.

	You can enter the gate to the mansion and go inside the yard.
	Everything turns black and white inside, which is rather odd, but just
	go with it. Use the same strategy on the three giant spiders inside
	the yard, and harvest their remains.  You can't do anything more here,
	so head back down the path and keep moving south toward the port
	city of Seafront.

SEAFRONT
	There are no map icons in Seafront, so you'll have to figure out what
	to do all by yourself, which is what I recommend doing. There's some
	rather amusing dialog with Weiss. Eventually, Weiss will tell you
	exactly what to do if you ask him, or you can just listen to me.
	The man you need to speak to is the old fisherman, standing at 
	the wharf looking out over the ocean, just beyond the fishmonger's
	stall. Speak to him, and he will give you a fishing pole and a lure.

	Rather than simply give you a fish, the old fisherman decides to
	teach you how to fish. Ignore everything he says. It's rubbish. Refer
	to the fishing section in this FAQ for details. Anyway, once you've
	got your fishing gear, head toward Seafront's largest beach, now
	marked with one of those handy red Xs on your mini-map. Start fishing.
	If you catch the fish, great. If you fail to catch the fish, and
	keep failing, you'll trigger a brief cutscene that is somewhat less
	amusing than it was intended to be, and recieve the desired fish
	automatically.

	On your way back to the city, you wil be accosted by an elderly woman.
	Speak to her to start a chain of sidequests to solve the "mystery"
	of Seafront. She wants you to pick up her mail, so run on over to
	the Seafront post office. Speak with the postman and he'll give you
	a letter for the old woman, as well as a letter for Popola back in
	the village. Remember, you can read any letter you recieve, even
	after you give it away, through the documents section of the main
	menu. Anyway, go back to the beach: the crone is no longer there.
	Take the other path through the cave up to the lighthouse. Go inside
	the lighthouse and start climbing. When you find the old bat, giver
	her the mail she so politely asked you to fetch. When you're done,
	you can leave Seafront through the exit in the north.

THE SOUTHERN PLAINS
	Same as before, there's not exactly a lot to do here. Kill the giant
	spiders if you feel like it, and don't forget to collect whatever
	you can from any harvest points that you see.

THE VILLAGE
	Go straight to your house and give the fish medicine to Yonah.
	Apparently, it works wonders. The following morning, head straight
	to the library to speak with Popola. She'll tell you to go and
	check out the Aerie again, but wants you to upgrade your weapon
	before you do. First, go to the tavern in the market district and
	talk to Devola. If you're short on cash, now's the time to start
	doing some sidequests. After you leave the tavern, head for the
	northern gate--it's off the the Junk Heap to upgrade your sword.

      __                                                        __ 
      \ \____                                             _____/ /
      |  ____>           ~ The Junk Heap ~               <_____  |
      /_/                                                      \_\
                                                   [N-02F]

THE NORTHERN PLAINS
	Head to the northwest area of the plains. Climb down the cliffs to
	the waterfall pond--that's the iron bridge you need to climb up.
	The wooden scaffolding on the side of the bridge has a number of
	ladders, so get climbing! If you're low on medicinal herbs, all
	of the boxes on the wooden platforms contain some, so stock up.

	Once you're on top of the bridge, follow it north to the chain link
	fence. Go inside to enter the outer grounds of the Junk Heap. There's
	a hut surrounded by pipes to your immediate left--go inside and speak
	with the two brothers. They'll agree to upgrade your weapon, but they
	don't have the material they need. They'll send you deep into the
	Junk Heap in order to scavenge up three pieces of titanium.

THE JUNK HEAP
	You'll only have access to the first floor of the Junk Heap for now.
	Titanium is a rare drop, and only falls from the robots with the
	red lights on their heads. You may have to exit and re-enter the
	Junk Heap a couple of times to collect everything you need, depending
	on how lucky you are. The first floor is pretty straightforward, but
	there's a blue block very early on that you'll have to move to the
	end of the corridor in order to jump up onto the ledge. Anyway, once
	you've collected three titanium alloys go back to the forge and speak
	with Gideon. He'll upgrade your Nameless Blade, and then send
	you back inside the Junk Heap to look for his mother.

	This time you can access the elevators. The second elevator goes up
	to the second floor--there's really nothing there, but the robots
	that mob you can be useful for item-farming. The elevator you need
	to take is the very first one you see--just before the blue block.
	Take it down to the first basement level and fight your way past all
	of the robots until you get to a room with a turret that pops up
	out of the floor. After you destroy the turret, the doors will open,
	but your path is blocked by some wreckage! Examine the point of the
	floor where the turret was. A bomb should appear there very soon: toss
	the bomb at the wreckage to clear your route forward.

	You'll come to a mine-cart. Jump inside and examine it to begin a
	simple rail-shooting experience. Use your dark blasts to kill all
	of the enemies that swarm around you. You can move forward to speed
	up the cart, and move backward to slow it down. Try to take care
	of every single enemy here, they make for good XP farming.

	After getting off the mine cart, make your way to the robot ambush
	room. Kill all of the robots and both turrets. The way forward looks
	a bit tricky: you've got two doorways blocked by debris, and a chasm
	to get pass through. Use one bomb to blow up the immediate wreckage
	and toss another at the far wall to clear that path, too. Now you'll
	have to leap over the chasm. You'll have to double-jump carefully
	to land on the other side, but it's not too difficult.

	Save at the mailbox and break open the boxes for some medicinal herbs.
	You can go back the way you came if you feel you're not quite ready:
	run forward onto the large circular platform to trigger a boss battle.
			 ___________________________
			|                           |
			| !!!!!  BOSS BATTLE  !!!!! |
			|___________________________|

	This giant robot is all head and hands. You won't be able to damage
	it for a while, so just sit tight. The boss will attack you with
	it's hands, by way of very slow moving lasers. Dodge the laser attacks
	and wait for one of the hands to "detach" from the head and hover
	just over your head. Now's your time to act! Run away from the hand's
	shadow, toward the edge of the palm. That way, you'll have time to
	escape before it slams down. If you run toward the shadow of the
	fingers or thumb, you'll be crushed. Once you've avoided the the
	giant metal slap, turn about and attack. I recommend using Dark Hand
	magic attacks, as they deal the most damage. The hand will retreat,
	and the next one will move toward you. Repeat the tactic. After the
	second hand retreats, the boss will go back to using slow-moving
	lasers. Just keep on doing what you've been doing. Once both hands
	have been destroyed, you'll trigger the second phase of the boss
	fight.

	The head will retreat and try to deal with you by sending wave
	after wave or robots at you. These are the same guys you've been
'	fighting in the Junk Heap, so they shouldn't be any trouble at all.
	Once all the robots are dead, several turrets will pop up around
	the peripherary of the platform. Destroy them all to trigger the
	third and final stage of the boss fight.

	This bit is fairly simple: the boss will shoot a barrage of missiles
	from its eyes. You need to focus on avoiding those missiles. When
	all of the missiles are spent, the boss will lower its head and
	attack you with a mouth-laser. Grab a bomb from the spot where one
	of the turrets was, and lob it into the robot's mouth without getting
	hit by the laser. The boss will take damage, and raise up to fire
	more volleys of missiles out of its eyes. Keep dodging the missiles
	and tossing bombs in its mouth until it is destroyed. Once the boss
	is dead, you'll obetain the sealed verse, Dark Gluttony.

	Now, move across the only bridge and through the door for a short
	scene. Examine the corpse on the floor, and you'll be transported
	back to the two brothers' shop. Speak to Gideon, and either tell
	him the truth or lie to him--it doesn't really effect anything. Exit
	the shop for a small scene. Now, leave for the Northern Plains. The
	next time you visit the Junk Heap (in Part 1 of the game) you'll
	be able to upgrade your weapons as you see fit.

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      \ \____                                             _____/ /
      |  ____>           ~ The Aerie, Again ~            <_____  |
      /_/                                                      \_\
                                                   [N-02G]

THE NORTHERN PLAINS
	As soon as you climb down from the bridge, you'll be attacked by a
	mob of shades. Actually, there are a lot more shades pretty much
	everywhere in the plains now. Fight your way toward the Aerie. If
	you feel like it, kill the wild boar near the cliff again to harvest
	some of it's valuable, erm... fleshy bits. Prepare yourself for
	some major combat, and head into the Aerie.

THE AERIE
	Run into the clearing and help Kaine take care of all the smaller
	shades in the area. Once they're all dead, run through the tunnel,
	killing all of the shades that you encounter on the way. Examine the
	mailbox or not once you get to the village--you cannot save, either
	way. Run to the first large platform to trigger a scene and
	initiate the first half of a very cool boss fight.
			 ___________________________
			|                           |
			| !!!!!  BOSS BATTLE  !!!!! |
			|___________________________|

	The strategy here is the same as the last time you fought this bad
	mother. Attack the feet, and watch out for the shockwave attacks.
	Once you've dealt enough damage, a damage circle will appear over
	the boss's leg: destroy it to trigger an epic scene. Yeah, that's
	the kind of fight this is gonna be.

	Cross the bridge to the other side of the canyon and climb down
	the ladder on the left. Move to the right side of the platform,
	killing all of the shades that appear in your way as you go, and
	then climb right back up another ladder. Cross the bridge to the
	Aerie's second large platform to begin the second phase of this
	boss battle.

	This taime around, you need to focus on the boss' giant tail.
	Fire dark blast and dark lance magic attacks at it until
	a damage circle appears. It will fire off those odd little
	spherical shades at you, but for now you can safely ignore them.
	Destroy the damage circle to trigger another scene. Then cross the
	bridge to the web of platforms lining the far canyon wall.

	This section is a bit like a 2D, sidscrolling shooter. The objective
	is fairly simple: move from the right side of the screen to the
	left side of the screen, killing all of the spherical shades with
	damage circle icons around them. Once all of those special shades
	are dead, another scene will trigger. Keep moving through
	the platforms, making your way up and to the left. Eventually you'll
	come to a bridge: cross it to get to the third and final large
	circular platform.

	Once again, you need to focus your attacks on the boss' legs. Watch
	out for its double-shockwave attacks, and deal out as much damage
	as you can. When the damage circle appears, obliterate to trigger
	yet another short scene. Now, the boss is angry. You need to dish
	out as much damage as you can as quickly as you can. Be vary wary,
	here. This boss will try to ram you, and will temporarily encase
	in a magic shell rendering it immune to your attacks. Keep fighting
	and when you have suffficiently depleted its HP, the boss will
	collapse, a damage circle appearing over its head. Kill the boss
	to trigger a scene.

	You're not done yet. Cross the bridge and make your way all the way
	back to the first platform, where Kaine is. Examine Kaine to trigger
	the final scene, and to earn the sealed verse, Dark Phantasm. Kaine
	will now join you. Exit the Aerie and make for the Northern Plains.
	Your new destination: the desert city of Facade.
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      \ \____                                             _____/ /
      |  ____>           ~ Facade ~                      <_____  |
      /_/                                                      \_\
                                                   [N-02H]

THE NORTHERN PLAINS
	To get to Facade, you've got a long journey ahead. First, you'll
	need to backtrack to the Village. Just before you enter,
	there'll be a short scene with Kaine.

THE VILLAGE
	The area around Facade can be rather rough, so now's a good
	time to take care of some sidequests, earn some money, and
	level up. If you haven't already bought the Beastbane from the
	weapon shop, now is the time to do so: you're going to want it.
	When you're ready, exit the Village through the eastern gate--the
	same way you went when you visited the Lost Shrine.

THE EASTERN ROAD
	This time, you'll be taking the right branch of the path, toward
	the desert. There's a river right by the fork you can fish in,
	and plenty of harvest points in this area. It's a good idea to grab
	everything that you can. Then head south into the desert.

THE DESERT
	The entrance to Facade lies straight ahead, but the dunes are
	littered with enemies. You will be attacked by some wolves: watch
	out, these beasts are far more aggressive than any of the shades
	you've seen. After you fought some off, a shade wolf will appear
	in the distance and all of the other wolves will run off. You're
	now mostly safe to head for Facade's gate, but there are still
	scorpion to look out for. Scorpions hide under the sand, but
	you can still spot them as a cloud of dust clinging to the ground.
	
	There are a number of items to seen in the desert: the fountains,
	the graveyard, the docks and the sandstorm. But you can't do anything
	with any of those things yet, so just head straight for Facade. Once
	you reach the main gate, a scene will trigger and you will be
	transported inside the city.

FACADE
	Facade can seem a bit labyrinthine at first, but it's actually
	pretty easy to navigate. You need to go to the royal palace, located
	at the opposite end of the city. Simply hug the outer edge of the
	city and keep going until you get to the palace. You can speak
	to some of the locals if you like, but won't get anything for doing
	so save some extra dialog from Weiss. Once you get to the palace,
	examine the door. Then, you need to go all the way back to the
	exit.

	Once you approach the exit, you will see a small masked child carrying
	a bowl of fruit. She trips and falls, spilling everything on the
	ground. Pick everything up, and then speak to her. Her name is Fyra
	and she volunteers to show you around the city. Follow Fyra but
	be careful not to block her path. When she stops, speak to her to
	continue the tour. Eventually you will be given the choice to
	skip the tour. Skipping the tour has no consequence, but I highly
	recommend that you complete the full tour yourself.

	Once the tour is done, Fyra will run up the steps to the palace.
	Speak with her, and then talk to the royal advisor, who is standing
	right beside her. Unfortunately, it all seems like a big waste of time.
	Take the sand skiff with Fyra back to Facade's gate.

	Fyra will stop once she reaches Kaine. Speak with Fyra to trigger a
	scene. Then, head to the gate. Examine the door, and then head back
	toward Kaine and speak with Fyra one more time. You now have a new
	destination: the Barren Temple. Exit Facade.

THE DESERT
	When you leave Facade, Fyra will follow you, offering to guide you
	through the sandstorm. Follow her to the edge of the storm, and then
	speak to her. She will then happily trot right into the heart of the
	storm. You need to follow her, and stay close. You will be attacked
	by wolves: fight them off. Eventually, you will reach the entrance
	to the Barren Temple in the far north of the desert. Speak to Fyra
	one more time, and then procede inside.
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      \ \____                                             _____/ /
      |  ____>           ~ The Barren Temple ~           <_____  |
      /_/                                                      \_\
                                                   [N-02I]

THE BARREN TEMPLE
	The Barren Temple is divided into a series of trial rooms with
	simple puzzles that you must solve in order to procede deeper in.
	When you enter, move down and enter the door on your right to begin
	the first trial.

THE FIRST TRIAL
	For the first trial, you are forbidden to jump.
	Here, you are presented with a simple maze. There are a number of
	movable blocks, and several cubed cannons. You need to move the blocks
	to block the cannons' fire. Remember, a single block can block
	two cannons that are next to each other. Make your way to the glowing
	block in the back of the room and destroy it to end the trial.

	Go back into the main halway and approach the door to the second
	trial. This will trigger a dialog with someone else in the temple.
	Once the dialog is over, the seal over the door will disappear and
	you will be able to enter the second trial room.

THE SECOND TRIAL
	For the second trial, you are forbidden to stand still.
	Run and jump and make your way to the glowing cube as quickly as
	possible to destroy it and end the trial. If you stand still, for
	even a moment, you will fail the trial and be forced to start over.

	Exit through the other door and make your way down the short, 2D
	platforming section. Enter the far door to begin the third trial.

THE THIRD TRIAL
	For the third trial, you are forbidden to use magic.
	There are three possible ways to defeat this trial. Either keep
	your guard up, and defend all the way through all the cannon fire;
	jump on top of the cannons and slowly walk over them; or my personal
	favorite, fight your way through. Just keep melee attacking to move
	forward, blocking after each combo. This is the fastest and easiest
	method to get to the other end of the room. Once you're there, destroy
	the glowing block to end the trial.

THE FOURTH TRIAL
	For the fourth trial, you are forbidden to defend.
	The goal here is to move the blocks to block the cannons, and safely
	make a path to the far end of the room. You can do that, easily:
	simply start by moving the blocks on the right side, and finish
	with the blocks on the left side. An easier way? As soon as the
	trial starts, run toward the line of cube cannons on the left. Jump	
	on top of them and run over to the glowing cube. Destroy the glowing
	cube to end the trial.

FIFTH TRIAL
	For the fifth trial, you are forbidden to use magic.
	This trial looks like a mess, but it's pretty easy. Just jump on top
	of one of the cube cannons, and hop from block to block until
	you get to the glowing cube. Destroy the glowing cube to end the trial.

SIXTH TRIAL
	For the sixth trial, you are forbidden to use melee.
	Another easy puzzle: use magic, either dark blast magic attacks or
	dark lance magic attacks to destroy all of the glowing cubes in
	the room. Once they're all gone, exit the room and make your way
	down the second 2D platforming level and enter the room for the
	seventh trial.

SEVENTH TRIAL
	For the seventh trial, you are forbidden to evade.
	Run across the open area and open the door at the end for a new trial.
	Finally, a man's puzzle! You shouldn't have been evading before,
	either--only cowards evade. Simply kill all of the shades, and then
	take care of the sub-boss that appears when they've been dealt with.
	Once everything's dead, congratulations! You've passed the seventh
	and final trial.

THE BARREN TEMPLE
	Exit the seventh trial room and head down the narrow corridor to your
	left. Run out across the bridge and enter the large door at the
	other end. Save at the mailbox. When you're ready for a fight, head
	down the stairs into the main chamber to face the boss.
			 ___________________________
			|                           |
			| !!!!!  BOSS BATTLE  !!!!! |
			|___________________________|

	This is a pretty odd boss. The first section has you face off against
	several circles of spinning cubes, piled on top of each other. Certain
	cubes will glow pink: destroy those cubes. When all of a circle's
	glowing cubes have been destroyed, that circle will collpase. Once
	all four circles have fallen into the ravine, there will be a short
	and the second stage will begin.

	Your immediate focus is simple to avoid the boss' attacks. It's fairly
	easy. It won't be long before another scene with Kaine starts up,
	and the boss begins attacking you in earnest. When the "fists" hit
	the ground, the blue cubes will turn pink, and be vulnerable to your
	attacks. When all four cubes on a hand are destroyed, the entire arm
	of the boss will fall down. I recommend using Dark Hand magic attacks,	
	as those can destroy all four cubes with a single hit.

	Once both arms are gone, the boss will reform into a series of
	concentric, rotating squares... with glowing pink cubes. Destroy the
	glowing cubes to destroy the square, while evading the boss' ranged
	attacks. It's really quite easy. Dark Lance magic attacks work very
	well, as they slow down time when you charge them. Once the boss
	is dead you'll be transported back to the palace in Facade.

FACADE
	Speak to the prince of Facade and he'll give you the one-handed sword,
	Rebirth. Speak to him a second time to learn about the Black Scrawl.
	Try to leave, and the prince will speak to you a third time. You will
	then obtain yet another sealed verse--Dark Wall. Now it's time
	to cross the desert once more and go back to the village.

THE DESERT
	There'll be a lot more enemies out in the desert this time around,
	so be careful. You can now venture into the sandstorm, should
	you choose to do so. When you're done dinking around, make for
	the Eastern Road.

THE EASTERN ROAD
	Same as every time you enter the eastern road: kill all the animals,
	grab all the lizards, and harvest all the harvest points. This area
	is perfect for gathering some of the rarer materials, like iron ore,
	silver ore, and gold ore. When you're ready grab the next
	sealed verse, enter the Village.
      __                                                        __ 
      \ \____                                             _____/ /
      |  ____>           ~ The Forest of Myth ~          <_____  |
      /_/                                                      \_\
                                                   [N-02J]

THE VILLAGE
	Go straight to your home. Head upstairs and speak with Yonah. Tell
	her that you will spend the night. While you sleep, you will
	experience a very odd dream. When you wake up, go upstairs and
	speak with Yonah again. Now, leave your home and head for the
	library. Speak with Popola and she well tell you about the Forest
	of Myth. When you're ready, exit the Village through the northern
	gate. We're approaching the end of the first half of the game, so
	now would be a good time to take care of any sidequests that you
	may have put off.

THE NORTHERN PLAIN
	The entrance to the forest of myth lies in the far, northwestern
	corner of the northern plains. You won't be able to ride a boar there,
	so get ready for a long walk. Kill the shades or flee from them,
	and follow the path to the Forest of Myth.

THE FOREST OF MYTH
	There are only three people in the Forest of Myth. The first person
	you see. sitting down, is the mayor. Speak with him and enter 
	his dream. I recommend not pursuing the Forest of Myth while
	tired. This part of the game is something of a text-adventure, and
	if you're exhausted or impatient you won't be able to fully
	appreciate it.

THE MAYOR's DREAM
	Read the text. Eventually, you will be asked three riddles. They're
	all extremely simple, but I'll tell you the answers just in case.
	For the first riddle, reply, "the answer is...a secret." For the
	second riddle, reply, "Sunlight." For the third and final riddle,
	reply, "a man." You will then exit the mayor's dream. He will give
	you the Sealed Verse, Dark Execution. Now, head for the next
	villager to save her from the deathdream.

THE WOMAN'S DREAM
	Again, focus on reading the text. When it comes time to escape
	the flooding castle, you'll want to be heading north and east
	whenever possible. If you make a wrong turn, you can back track,
	but if you take too long you will fail and have to start over
	from the begining. When you've left the dream, go and speak to the
	third and final villager to enter his deathdream.

THE MAN'S DREAM
	Read through the story. It's all very interesting, no? At the end,
	you will be provided with a single riddle. It's a good bit more
	challenging than the others ones, but it's a classic, so you've
	probably heard it before. Just in case, the answer is, "the real
	one is Beta." You will then exit the man's dream.

THE FOREST OF MYTH
	Go back to the Mayor and speak with him. He will then give you what
	I, personally, feel to be the best weapon in the game--the katana,
	Faith. It's got a wide attack range, is fairly strong, and looks just
	plain awesome. Anyway, when you're done head back to the Village.

THE NORTHERN PLAINS
	You can ride a bull this time. If you care about trophies or
	achievements, there's one for riding a boar for at least 5 minutes.
	This is usually a pain because shades infest the plains and have a 
	bad habit of knocking you off. If you get on the boar right here,
	outside the forest of myth, you can sit there in safety. Wait five
	minutes, and that trophy/achievement is yours.

	Anyway, now's a great time to upgrade your weapons because the shades
	you'll be facing soon are quite, quite strong--and you're going
	to want all the power you can get. So either stop at the Junk Heap or,
	if your're confident enough, just go right on back to the Village.
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      \ \____                                             _____/ /
      |  ____>           ~ The Haunted Manor ~           <_____  |
      /_/                                                      \_\
                                                   [N-02K]

THE VILLAGE
	Head for the libarary. Go upstairs and talk to Popola to tell
	her what happened in the Forest of Myth. Then go home: head
	upstairs and speak to Yonah. She'll ask you to go help
	a friend of hers in the manor on the road to Seafront.
	Head to the market district and go out the southern gate.

THE SOUTHERN PLAINS
	It's just a quick jaunt to the Haunted manor. Keep in mind,
	once you enter the Haunted Manor, you will be UNABLE to complete
	any sidequests (other than the Fisherman's Gambit series of quests)
	unless you finish them RIGHT NOW. When you're satisfied with
	your progress, speak to the butler, Sebastian, outside the
	manor to go inside.

THE HAUNTED MANOR
	Creepy, huh? Once you're inside the manor, follow the Sebastian
	to the dining room, He will leave you alone, and ask you to wait.
	Forget that! It's time to explore. Head to the other end of the
	dining room and exit through the door near the fireplace. You'll
	find yourself in a hallway with several paintings. The only
	room you can go inside is a small kitchen--two of the doors on the
	far side of the hall are locked, and when you examine the door
	leading to the manor's courtyard, Weiss will advise that you
	return to the dining room. Do so.

	When you enter the dining room, Kaine will have disappeard. Leave
	again, back to the room with all the paintings. Go back to the
	door to the courtyard, and leave through it. One helluva creey
	courtyard, ain't it? Anyway, go through the door at the opposite
	end of the courtyard and keep moving through the hall until you
	reach a bathroom. Examine the sink to find the Moon Key.

	Go back to the hall outside the dining room, and use the Moon
	Key to unlock a locked door. Go through the hall, but watch out
	for the spider at the end of it. Once you've dealt with the spider,
	open the door to view a scene with Emil, the piano-player. Speak to
	him again to obtain the Manor Map and the Star Key. Go back the way
	you came, and use the Star Key to unlock the far door.

	Explore all of the rooms in this wing of the manor. In one, you'll
	find a spare butler. In another, you'll find the Light Key on a 
	desk. Use the Light Key to get into the room and the end of the
	wing and speak to Sebastian to trigger a scene. You'll then obtain
	the Darkness Key, and Emil will join you. Go back to the hallway
	outside the dining room and use the Darkness Key to go through the
	last locked door.

	Kill all of the shades in the narrow halway and break open the crate
	at the end to obtain the one-handed sword, Blade of Treachery. Save
	at the mailbox. You can enter the northern room if you like, to fight
	a bunch of shades, but you don't need to. Enter the library when
	you're ready to fight the manor's boss.
			 ___________________________
			|                           |
			| !!!!!  BOSS BATTLE  !!!!! |
			|___________________________|

	This battle is fairly straightforward: just do as much damage as you
	can. The only tricky bit is when the boss surrounds itself with
	pages, that also attack... these pages are as weak as paper, so
	burn them with magic. Eventually, it will erect a barrier around
	itself and you won't be able to do any damage. Soon after, a scene
	will trigger, and Kaine will return to help you fight the boss. Use
	magic to wear down the barrier, and go in for melee once it breaks.
	Eventually, a damage circle will appear. Break it, and the boss
	will be defeated. You will then obtain the final sealed verse, Dark
	Whirlwind and be transported to the outside of the Manor.

THE SOUTHERN PLAINS
	Weiss has some great dialog in the game, and after the scene with
	Kaine and Emil, he delivers some of his absolute best lines, so
	be careful not to miss them. You've already passed the point
	of no return, so muster all your courage and trek back to the Village.
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      \ \____                                             _____/ /
      |  ____>           ~ The Village, Again ~          <_____  |
      /_/                                                      \_\
                                                   [N-02L]

THE VILLAGE
	After speaking with Yonah, leave your house and go to the library
	to speak to Popola. She will send you down to collect some vapor
	moss from the wall near the south gate. Head into the market district,
	and to the south gate. Examine the ground near the water wheels to
	find some vapor moss. You'll then see Emil stumble into the Village.
	Speak to him, and you'll be transported to the library.

	Speak to Popola and then run outside the library: perpare yourself
	one one insanely epic battle. Run toward the market district, and
	talk to Devola just before you go inside. Run further in and
	help the villagers fend off the shades. When all of the shades
	are dead, they'll be able to shut the gate... and the big mother
	of all bosses will appear.
			 ___________________________
			|                           |
			| !!!!!  BOSS BATTLE  !!!!! |
			|___________________________|

	Just listen to that music! Brilliant. Try to ignore the smaller shades,
	if you can, and focus on the big boss. It will slam its arms onto
	the ground, letting loose shockwaves. Jump over the shockwaves and
	attack the arms directly. When dish out enough hurt, a damage circle
	will appear over the arm. Break it to trigger a scene.

	Follow the big boss. Run up the wall near the fountain and continue to
	attack the big boss' arm. Eventually, you'll trigger another damage
	circle to appear. Break it, and the boss will jump away from you,
	toward the north gate. Jump down from the wall and follow after it.

	About the only thing you can do now is to hack away at the boss' heels,
	so hack away. When you've beaten down the HP bar sufficiently, you
	guessed it, a damage circle will appear. Break it to trigger a cut-
	scene. Now, the big boss is heading for the library! Again, run after
	it and chop and hack and slice away at its feet.  As the big boss
	scales the hill, you'll have to climb up, too, to keep dishing out
	the damage. Eventually, a damage circle will appear over the boss'
	head. Destroy it to trigger a scene. Immediately after, a second
	damage circle will appear over its head: break it for another scene.
	Then head inside the library.

THE LIBRARY
	Kill all of the shades to trigger a short scene.
			 ___________________________
			|                           |
			| !!!!!  BOSS BATTLE  !!!!! |
			|___________________________|

	The big boss is back! Well, partially. He's covered in damage circles,
	but none of them have timers. Break all of the circles, and the
	shade will collapse on the floor. A final damage circle, timed this
	time, will appear over its head. Break it to trigger a scene.
			 ___________________________
			|                           |
			| !!!!!  BOSS BATTLE  !!!!! |
			|___________________________|

	Time to fight Grimoir Noir... only you no longer have access to
	any of your magic spells! Noir will spawn a bunch of shades
	for you to deal with, so cut them all up with your sword. When
	all of the shades are dealt with, it will be time to turn your
	attention to the black book itself.

	When you do enough damage to Grimoire Noir, a damage circle will
	appear around it. Break the circle, and you will regain one of the
	sealed verses, and, by extension, one of your magic powers. Continue
	attacking the book and breaking the damage circles until you have
	obtained all of you powers.

	Once you've regained all of your magical owers, Grimoire Noir will
	regenerate a portion of its HP and begin protecting itself with
	a shield that renders it nearly immune to both melee and magic.
	While shielded, Noir will also attack you with a rather annoying
	charge attack. Avoid it. When the shield falls, attack. And repeat.
	When you've dealt enough damage, a damage circle will appear around
	the book. Break it to trigger a scene.

	After the scene, you will be given a choice. No matter how many times
	you choose the second option, however, you will be prompted to make
	the same choice again. So, when you're finally ready to give up,
	select the first choice. View the scenes the follow. You will be
	prompted to save your game. You have now completed the first half
	of Nier. Quite the ride, wasn't it?
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 |  __   ____>           ~ Walkthrough (Part Two) ~      <_____   __  |
 / /  /_/                                                      \_\  \ \
/_/                                                [N-03]            \_\

The second part of the game picks up five years after the big boss battle.
When you beat the game, the new game plus will begin here. Anyway, once
you're done watching the spiffy little action cut-scene, go to the library
and speak to Popola.

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      \ \____                                             _____/ /
      |  ____>           ~ Haunted Manor, Revisited ~    <_____  |
      /_/                                                      \_\
                                                  [N-03A]


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\ \   __                                                        __   / /
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 |  __   ____>           ~ Sidequests (Part One) ~       <_____   __  |
 / /  /_/                                                      \_\  \ \
/_/                                                [N-04]            \_\

The story in Nier is broken into two parts: sidequests from the first
part of the game are not available in the second part of the game.
When you first visit the Haunted Manor, you are beginning the very
end of the first part of the game, so if there are any side quests
you do not want to miss out on in the first half of the game, complete
them before visiting the Haunted Manor.

The only exception is the Fisherman's Gambit series of quests, which can
be started and finished in either part of the game.

Also: unless otherwise noted, quest rewards will ALWAYS be money. There
are only a handful of exceptions--the quest to kill the wild boar in
the first part of the game, and the few quests that reward you with
weapons.

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      \ \____                                             _____/ /
      |  ____>           ~ Village Sidequests ~          <_____  |
      /_/                                                      \_\
                                                  [N-04A]

"A Dog Astray"
	Description:
		An old man near the shopping district's southern
		entrance needs help finding his dog. The animal likes
		to roam the Northern Plains.
	Walkthrough:
		You'll find the dog near the water, right next to
		the entrance to the Junk Heap in the Northern Plains.
		Once you've found the dog, go back to where you spoke
		to the old man, and speak with the man with a quest icon.

"A Return to Shopping"
	Description:
		The florist needs three bounty fertilizers for her seeds.
		They're apparently available for sale at Seafront.
	Walkthrough:
		As simple as it sounds: run to Seafront, buy the
		fertilizer, and then run back to the village. It's a lot
		less hassle if you can remember to buy the fertilizer
		while you're taking care of the, "Shopping List," quest.

"Boar Hunt!" 
	Description:
		An old man sitting next to the item shop in the
		shopping district says that a wild boar has been
		injuring people in the northern plains. It's time to
		end its rampage.
	Walkthrough:
		The Wild Boar is located near the cliff in the
		western half of the Northern Plains. It has a lot of HP,
		and a rather nasty charging attack that'll keep knocking
		you down if you let it. Your best strategy is to circle
		around it, and pommel it with Dark Hand magic attacks
		This quest will reward you with a Boar's Tusk. Once
		you've finished the quest, each time you visit a
		wilderness area, there will be a Wild Boar that you can
		ride to more quickly traverse the terrain.

"Book Smarts"
	Description:
		A woman in the village library needs help organizing
		some books. Take the book and put it in the second
		bookshelf from the left on the east side of the floor.
	Walkthrough:
		An easy quest. You'll be given a few books and told where
		to put them. The precise locations will be written
		down in your journal, but you don't need to worry--it's
		impossible to put a book in the wrong spot.

"Fragile Delivery"
	Description:
		A guard at the northern gate has asked you to deliver
		a parcel to the gold house at the highest point of the 
		Aerie. The parcel is fragile, so take extra care when
		carrying it.
	Walkthrough:
		This quest can be a bit annoying, but if you mess up and
		the package breaks, you can go back to the guard that 
		gave you the quest and retry it as many times as you like.
		I'd recommend taking a Boar across the Northern plains,
		so you don't run the risk of Shades knocking you down.
		It's also wise to tackle this quest AFTER you've gone
		to the Aerie already, that way you won't have to worry
		about getting into a fight once you're inside the town.

"Fragile Delivery 2"
	Description:
		An old man near the fountain in the shopping district
		has asked you to deliver a parcel to the tavern in
		Seafront. The parcel is fragile, so take extra care
		when carrying it.
	Walkthrough:
		The same as the first, "Fragile Delivery," quest.
		The road to Seafront is a short one, so as long
		as you stay focused this should be easy.

"Fragile Delivery 3"
	Description:
		The guard at the eastern gate has asked you to deliver
		a parcel to Facade's weapon shop. The parcel is fragile,
		so take extra care when carrying it.
	Walkthrough:
		This is the hardest of the Fragile Delivery quests, as
		you've got two areas to cross, and typically have to fend
		off hordes of wolves, scorpions and shades. You'll need to
		be very careful: stick to the edges of cliffs and make
		your way to the Facade gate. Keep your eyes open and use
		Dark Blast magic attacks to keep the wolves from getting
		to close. Even if you're careful, odds are you'll need
		to retry this quest a few times before you get it.

"Herbal Remedies"
	Description:
		Popola has sent you on an herb-gathering mission.
		Search the northern plains for two medicinal herbs
		and bring them back to her.
	Walkthrough:
		This is a very simple task. You can gather medicinal
		herbs inside the village, or out in the field. If you
		like, you can even purchase some in the Village.

"Old-Fashioned Home Cooking"
	Description:
		A woman in green near the fountain in the shopping
		district has asked you to collect ten pieces of mutton.
	Walkthrough:
		Kill sheep. Harvest mutton. It couldn't possibly be
		any easier.

"On the Wings of Eagles"
	Description:
		The tavern keeper needs more ingredients for her
		medicine. This time she needs an eagle egg, found in
		high places where the wind blows.
	Walkthrough:
		You'll find your egg in the Aerie, near the Mayor's
		House.

"Shopping List"
	Description:
		The florist in the shopping district has asked you to
		travel to Seafront and buy three tulip bulbs.
	Walkthrough:
		A nice and easy task: run to Seafront, buy what you
		need and head back. Be careful on the road to Seafront:
		if you encounter a giant Shade, don't try to fight it,
		just run. Odds are it's much stronger than you at this
		point in the game. While you're in Seafront, you may
		also want to pick up 3 Bounty Fertilizers, because as
		soon as you complete this quest, you'll receive another
		shopping quest, "A Return to Shopping," asking you
		to run all the way to Seafront again.

"The Ballad of the Twins"
	Description:
		Have Devola and Popola sing a song for you. Discuss
		the matter with both of them.
	Walkthrough:
		First go to the library and speak to Popola. She'll
		send you to the Seafront Tavern. Go there, and get a
		list of items to collect. You can find lizards near the
		cliffs (going down to the river, and down to the
		entrance water, and you can find mice in the first area
		of the Junk Heap. Once you've got what you need, go back
		to the Seafront Tavern and speak to the tavern keeper.
		Then go speak to Popola one last time, and you'll be
		transported to the Village Tavern. Wait a bit, and you'll
		hear their duet. Speak to Devola whenever you're ready
		to leave the tavern and complete the quest.

"The Gatekeeper's Errand"
	Description:
		A guard at the northern gate asked you to deliver a
		message to the blacksmith's wife.
	Walkthrough:
		Go to the blacksmith's shop near the south gate and
		speak to the woman with a quest icon. Listen to her
		short rant, and you're done.

"The Lost Eggs"
	Description:
		The tool shopkeeper says the village chickens are
		laying eggs in hidden spots of their own choosing.
		Find an egg and bring it to the client.
	Walkthrough:
		This quest sounds a lot more difficult than it is.
		Speak to the boy with a quest icon near the tool shop.
		Then, go to the field and speak to the man near all
		the pigs. Finally, head toward the fountain. Search
		the shadows for harvest points. The item you're looking
		for is called, "Chicken Egg." Once you've found an
		egg, you'll need to head back to the Tool Shop to
		report your findings.

"The Runaway Son"
	Description:
		A man across the way from the weapon shop near the
		southern gate needs help finding his runaway son. The
		young man apparently wears an unusual-looking hat.
	Walkthrough:
		You'll find the runaway in Seafront, just past the
		post office. Speak to him, and he'll send you on a quest
		to collect some mutton and goat meat. Grab the items, then
		go speak to the Seafront tavern keeper. Then, run all the
		way back to the Village and speak to the man who gave you
		the quest. No, it's not over yet! Now, head back to
		Seafront. Once you enter the town, turn around and speak
		to the man near the exit with a quest icon. He'll tell you
		the runaway went to Facade. Now you get to go all the way
		to Facade. You'll find a few Masked People talking about
		the Runaway, marked with quest icons. Once you speak to
		them, you'll be able to examine the door to the Runaway's
		home. Naturally, the runaway will run away again. Follow
		him out into the desert. I'm not sure if it's possible to
		lose him, but you should probably stay close to him just
		the same. Near the opposite end of the desert, you'll be
		attacked by wolves. Once you've killed all the wolves,
		speak to the runaway again. Now, you can finally go back
		to the Village and speak with the father to collect your
		reward.

"The Tavern Keeper's Grandmother"
	Description:
		The tavern keeper needs three medicinal herbs, three
		berries, and three royal ferns in order to make medicine.
	Walkthrough:
		All three of these items are pretty common out in the
		Wilderness. Just keep an eye out for harvest spots and
		you should fill up your quota in no time.

"Yonah's Gift"
	Description:
		Yonah asked you for a melon.
	Walkthrough:
		Yonah wants several items, so you may as well buy them
		all at once. She'll need a melon, a watermelon and a
		pumpkin for this quest. You can buy melons from the grocer
		in Seafront, pumpkins from the grocer in the Village,
		and watermelons from the grocer in Facade. Once you have
		what you need, go back to your home in the Village and
		speak to Yonah.

"Yonah's Home Cooking"
	Description:
		Yonah needs venison and wheat for her cooking.
	Walkthrough:
		Harvest venison from the deer along the road to Seafront.
		You can purchase wheat from the materials shop in the
		Village shopping district.

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      \ \____                                             _____/ /
      |  ____>           ~ Seafront Sidequests ~         <_____  |
      /_/                                                      \_\
                                                  [N-04B]

"A Signature Dish"
	Description:
		You've been asked to gather ingredients for the Seafront
		tavern keeper's signature dish. Collect ten medicinal herbs,
		ten bags of wheat , and ten sardines.
	Walkthrough:
		You'll have to either buy or grow the  wheat. You can fish
		for the sardines, or buy them from the fishmonger if
		you've completed the quest, "The Fisherman's Gambit."

"The Belated Letter"
	Description:
		A man near the fountain in Seafront's plaza has given
		you a love letter he wants delivered to his lover in
		The Aerie. The recipient lives near the village's chief.
	Walkthrough:
		Run to the Aerie and head toward the Mayor's house.
		You'll need to go to the door of one of the nearby houses
		and examine it. When you leave the Aerie, you will be
		attacked by a large shade. Fight it however you want:
		the easiest strategy is to get behind it and pummel it
		with Dark Hand magic attacks.

"Bon Appetit!"
	Description:
		The Seafront tavern keeper needs inspiration for new
		meals. Head to the library and see what you can find.
	Walkthrough:
		Examine the shelves on the bottom floor of the library.
		Once you find the cookbook, go back to Seafront and speak
		to the Tavern keeper. You'll need to gather five sharks,
		five bags of rice, and five mushrooms.

"Closure"
	Description:
		You received word from the Seafront postman. Apparently
		he has something to tell you.
	Walkthrough:
		Go to Seafront and speak to the postman. That's it.
		Quest done.

"The Fisherman's Gambit"
	Description:
		The old fisherman will teach you some techniques if
		you can catch ten sardines.
	Walkthrough:
		Fish from either beach at Seafront. Use lugworms as
		bait. If you have any trouble, consult the fishing
		section of this FAQ.

"The Fisherman's Gambit, Part 2"
	Description:
		The old fisherman will teach you some techniques if
		you can catch seven blowfish.
	Walkthrough:
		Fish from dock right next to the old fisherman. Use
		lugworms as bait. If you have any trouble, consult the
		fishing section of this FAQ.

"The Fisherman's Gambit, Part 3"
	Description:
		The old fisherman will teach you some techniques if
		you can catch seven rainbow trout.
	Walkthrough:
		Fish from the dock with the little boat near it in the
		Northern Plains. Use a Lure as bait. If you have any
		trouble, consult the fishing section of this FAQ.

"The Fisherman's Gambit, Part 4"
	Description:
		The old fisherman will teach you some techniques if
		you can catch five bream.
	Walkthrough:
		Fish from dock right next to the old fisherman. Use
		a Lure as bait. If you have any trouble, consult the
		fishing section of this FAQ.

"The Fisherman's Gambit, Part 5"
	Description:
		The old fisherman will teach you some techniques if
		you can catch five black bass.
	Walkthrough:
		Fish from the riverbank in the Village, using a Lure as
		bait. If you have any trouble, consult the fishing
		section of this FAQ.

"The Lighthouse Lady's Wrath"
	Description:
		The lady wants to leave town, and the postman has asked
		you to convince her otherwise. Go pay her a visit.
	Walkthrough:
		Speak with the old woman in the lighthouse. Then, go
		speak to the postman again. Exit the post office, then
		turn around and go right back inside. You'll now be able
		to access the post office's back room. Solve the simple
		box puzzle, and pick up the bundle of letters on the table.
		You may read them if you like. Speak to the postman one
		last time, and then go back to the lighthouse to speak to
		the old woman. Either tell her the truth, or lie to her.

"The Lover's Pride"
	Description:
		???
	Walkthrough:
		Speak to the man standing at the edge of the cliff on the
		path up to the lighthouse. Speak to him a second time, and
		then leave the area. Return to Seafront and speak to him
		a third time. He will ask you to bring him an item from
		Facade. (Fluorite?)
		Go to Facade and speak to the strange-things shopkeeper.
		He'll send you to the Barren Temple. Take the left stairs
		down and you'll see an item on the ground. Examine it and
		bring it back to the client in Seafront.

"The New Merchant in Town"
	Description:
		A man aboard a ship docked in Seafront needs to build
		his inventory so he can begin trading. Collect ten bundles
		of wool, five lumps of natural rubber, and ten goat hides.
	Walkthrough:
		Wool is easy enough to find--simply harvest it from sheep.
		Rubber can be bought from the materials store in Seafront,
		but goat hides can be a bit annoying, as they're rare
		drops from goats. Your best bet is to head out the
		Village's east gate, along the road you took to the
		Lost Shrine, and kill the goats there. Run back and forth
		between that road and the path to the Lost Shrine so the
		goats can respawn. Continue doing so until you have enough
		goat hides. It may take you several trips.

"The Postman's Request"
	Description:
		The Seafront postman wants you to bring a letter to the
		old lady.
	Walkthrough:
		You'll find the old woman inside the light house. Deliver
		the letter to her, and you're done.

"The Pride of a Lover"
	Description:
		???
	Walkthrough:
		Speak with the man standing on the cliff near the lighthouse
		twice. Then, hike back to the Village and speak with Devola
		(look in the tavern).

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      |  ____>           ~ Facade Sidequests ~           <_____  |
      /_/                                                      \_\
                                                  [N-04C]

"Apology from a Fool"
	Description:
		The shopkeeper at the strange-thing store in Facade has
		asked you to collect ten wolf hides as a gift for his wife.
		It seems they recently had an argument...
	Walkthrough:
		You may either harvest the wolf hides from the corpses
		of wolves in the desert, or purchase them from the
		materials store in Facade. Once you've got the hides,
		give them to the client. You'll then need to speak to his
		wife to finish the quest. You'll find her standing on
		the building just above the strange-things store, marked
		with a quest icon.

"Item Unknown"
	Description:
		A woman in front of the king of Facade's palace needs
		you to run an errand. The rules state that she can't
		expressly state the name of the item she wants, so you
		must search for ten "round, striped food objects."
	Walkthrough:
		The item you're looking for is watermelon. You can hop
		on over to the Facade grocer, buy ten of 'em, and finish
		this quest in no time flat.

"The Littlest Hero"
	Description:
		The child of Facade's weapon shopkeeper has left home and
		is headed for the desert. His parents want you to bring
		him back.
	Walkthrough:
		You won't be able to stop the kid, so just follow him all
		the way into the desert. He'll go into the Wolf Den.
		Follow him inside, and fight off all of the wolves. Then
		go back to Facade and speak to the man who gave you the
		quest in order to complete it.

"The Missing Girl"
	Description:
		A family near Facade's strange-thing store cannot find
		their daughter. Ask around Facade and see what you can
		learn.
	Walkthrough:
		Various people in Facade will give you clues, all of them
		are marked on your map with quest icons. Ultimately,
		you'll need to go down to the lowest level of the city.
		You'll find a clue on the ground near a doorway. Examine
		it, then go speak with one of the nearby masked people--yes,
		also marked with a quest icon. Now you'll have to head to
		the exit. Speak to the Masked Man guarding the gate on
		the right side. Then exit Facade and go into the desert.
		Examine the sand fountain, then go back to the person
		who gave you the quest to end it.

"The Tangled Message"
	Description:
		You've been invited to join a game where you pass
		messages from one person to the next. If you make a
		mistake, you must start over from the beginning.
	Walkthrough:
		This is a fairly easy quest. The messages are simple
		and easy to remember, and the people you need to speak
		to are all marked with quest icons--except for the very
		last person. The last person you need to speak to is
		the professor. You'll find him standing near a pool of
		quicksand near the northern wall. Speak to him and say,
		"quicksand," to complete the quest.

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 |  __   ____>           ~ Sidequests (Part Two) ~       <_____   __  |
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/_/                                                [N-05]            \_\

The story in Nier is broken into two parts: sidequests from the first
part of the game are not available in the second part of the game.
When you first visit the Haunted Manor, you are beginning the very
end of the first part of the game, so if there are any side quests
you do not want to miss out on in the first half of the game, complete
them before visiting the Haunted Manor.

I've heard that you can still complete the Fisherman's Gambit series of
quests in the second part of the game, but I have yet to verify that.

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      |  ____>           ~ New Village Sidequests ~      <_____  |
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                                                  [N-05A]

"A Bridge in Peril"
	Description:
		Dispatch the Shade that has taken up residence near the
		bridge in the northern plains. However, it seems the
		Shade isn't always there...
	Walkthrough:
		This quest is pretty simple, but can still be a pain in the
		ass. The shade will appear, randomly, just before the wooden
		bridge in the center of the Northern Plains. It spawns very,
		very rarely. Once you've killed it, report back to finish
		the quest.

"A Child's Final Chance"
	Description:
		The grocer's child has been stricken by a mysterious illness
		after playing with his friends. Maybe the other children
		would know the cause.
	Walkthrough:
		There are three children to speak to in the Village, all are
		marked with quest icons, naturally. Speak to them all, then
		head for the Forest of Myth. Head toward the big tree in 
		the back of the village, and examine the object to its left.
		Then, leave the village. Watch the scene, and then return
		to the boy's mother to end the quest.

"Contract for a Contractor"
	Description:
		A man milling about near some pigs needs some materials
		to repair a fire-ravaged kitchen. Find one memory alloy,
		ten titanium alloys, and ten broken motors.
	Walkthrough:
		Both memory alloy and titanium alloy are rare drops
		from robots in the Junk Heap. You'll need to be farming
		enemies in the second basement level for quite a while
		to gather the necessary quantity of items.

"Search for the Shade"
	Description:
		???
	Walkthrough:
		Speak to the guard behind the wall near the southern gate.
		Leave the market district and head toward the riverbank.
		Then go back to the guy near the southern gate. Now, to
		the library. Again: nothing. Go back into the market district
		and speak to the woman to the side of the fountain. Next,
		speak to a guard in the middle of the district, and then
		to the woman in the green dress. Climb the stairs near 
		the entrance to the market district, and go up the hill.
		At the end of the path, you'll find a shade: kill it.

"The Creaky Waterwheel"
	Description:
		The young woman with the dog in the shopping district
		needs help repairing the village waterwheel. Travel
		to Facade's "strange-thing store" and obtain parts to
		repair it.
	Walkthrough:
		Go to Facade and speak to the strange-thing store clerk.
		He'll send you out to collect ten iron ores, and ten logs.
		You can harvest iron ore in the wilderness, or...

"The Damaged Map"
	Description:
		The blacksmith has asked you to find a treasure map. Where
		would you look for such a thing?
	Walkthrough:
		Go to the library in the village and examine the shelves on
		the top floor. Then collect three drops of machine oil, three
		eggplants and three goat hides. (You can only find goats in the
		Eastern Road area now). Once you have the items, go to the
		strange-things store in Facade. Then, go back to the Village
		and speak to the client, then go to the library to show the
		map to Popola. Now, go to the second floor of the Lost Shrine.
		Head to the northern portion of the map: you should see a
		cracked wall and two doors. Enter the door on the right,
		and pick up the item. Then, go back to the client. She
		will give you an ornament, which you need to sell to
		the strange-things store in Facade. Go back to the Village
		and give the client the Old Gold Coin to get your
		reward... another map. Go see Popola again. Then, to
		the northern plains, to the iron bridge. Then, to the
		right side of the entrance to the Forest of Myth. See the
		large section of bridge still standing? Go to its shadow,
		and you'll see the weapon's sigil. Touch it to recieve
		the spear, Labyrinth's Shout.

"The Despicable Man"
	Description:
		The woman sitting diagonally across from the weapon shop
		asked you to find a young man wearing a golden necklace. Ask
		around to see if anyone nearby saw him.
	Walkthrough:
		Speak to a the marked guard at the Northern Gate. From there,
		journey up to the Forest of Myth. Talk to the man with a quest
		icon for your next clue. Now, go to Seafront. In the main
		plaza, there is a woman standing on an upper level, near the
		top of some stairs. She is dressed in yellow. Speak to her.
		Now, head toward the post office and speak to the man standing
		outside. Now go speak to the man standing just above the
		fishmonger. Finally, run over to the Junk Heap and speak
		to Gideon. Now, you're all done. Head on back to the village
		to report your findings and finish the quest.

"Thieves in Training"
	Description:
		The item shopkeeper needs your help finding the culprits
		that robbed his store. Begin by asking around for clues.
	Walkthrough:
		There are two different people in the shopping district
		you'll need to speak to in order to solve this case.
		Once you've spoken to them (they're both marked with
		quest icons, of course) go up on the wall, and head down
		the stairs toward the dock. Turn around, and at the side of
		the stairs are two children. Speak to the one in the
		back. Then, go to the tavern and speak to the man
		sitting down. Finally, go back to the item store and speak
		to the shopkeeper to end the quest.

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      |  ____>           ~ New Seafront Sidequests ~     <_____  |
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                                                  [N-05B]

"A Memorable Knife"
	Description:
		The tavern keeper in Seafront wants you to purchase a
		kitchen knife from the Junk Heap. He's willing to
		pay handsomely.
	Walkthrough:
		Speak to the tavern keeper in Seafront. Then, go to the Junk
		Heap and speak to Gideon. He'll need ten titanium alloys,
		so farm them if you need to (you'll probably need to). Take
		the alloy to Gideon to get the knife, and then deliver the
		knife to the tavern keeper in Seafront for 20,000 gold.

"The Fisherman's Gambit, Part 6"
	Description:
		The old fisherman will teach you some techniques if you can
		catch three sandfish over in Facade's desert ocean. Fish...
		in the desert?
	Walkthrough:
		Same as the other Fisherman's Gambit quests. Go to Facade's
		docks (in the desert) and fish. Use a lure. Report back to
		the old fisherman when you're done to complete the quest.

"The Fisherman's Gambit, Part 7"
	Description:
		The old fisherman will teach you some techniques if you
		can catch three royal fish.
	Walkthrough:
		You know the drill. You're wanting to catch three Royal Fish.
		Head on over to the Easter Road and use an earthworm as bait.
		When you're done, report back to the old fisherman.

"The Fisherman's Gambit, Part 8"
	Description:
		The old fisherman will teach you some techniques if you can
		catch two blue marlin.
	Walkthrough:
		Having fun fishing? You're almost done. Fish right off the
		wharf right beside the old fisherman. Use a lure, and once
		you've caught two blue marlins, speak to him to end the quest.

"The Fisherman's Final Gambit"
	Description:
		The old fisherman has told you of a legendary fish. Catch
		a hyneria and show it to him.
	Walkthrough:
		This is the very last Fisherman's Gambit. Go to the docks in
		the desert and equip a sardine as bait. Once you've caught
		a Hyneria, report back to the old fisherman to end the quest.

"Freesia"
	Description:
		???
	Walkthrough:
		Speak to the man standing above the blacksmith's shop. Take the
		Freesia to the materials shop in Facade, then go back to
		Seafront to complete the quest.

"The Great Tree"
	Description:
		The botanist next to the item shop in Seafront asked for a
		piece of root from the Lost Shrine's great tree.
	Walkthrough:
		Use the boat to get back to the Lost Shrine. Climb up, get
		to the tree, fight the shades, and collect the item. Once
		you've got the root, head back to the botanist and give
		it to her to complete the quest.

"Learning a Trade"
	Description:
		A man traveling on a ship in Seafront wants to make a
		medication that will prevent seasickness. Buy him a mandrake
		leaf from the strange-thing store in Facade.
	Walkthrough:
		First, go to Facade and get the man his mandrake leaf. Then,
		to save time, head straight on over to the Junk Heap to
		buy some Toad Oil. Once you've got both items, head back
		to the man on the boat to end the quest.

"Master of the Southern Plains"
	Description:
		A large Shade has been sighted in the southern plains.
		The Seafront postman has asked you to eliminate it for him.
	Walkthrough:
		Head to the southern plains. As soon as you enter, or shortly
		thereafter, a large shade should spawn. Kill it, then report
		back to the postman for your reward.

"The Masterless Lighthouse"
	Description:
		A man near the lighthouse in Seafront needs replacement
		parts for the lighthouse. Collect ten broken lenses,
		ten broken batteries, and ten mysterious switches.
	Walkthrough:
		All of the items you need to collect can be found in the
		second basement level of the Junk Heap. Clear out the whole
		floor two or three times, and you should have enough parts.
		Once you've got what you need, high-tail it back to Seafront
		to complete the quest.

"The Scattered Cargo"
	Description:
		An old lady standing under a tree in Seafront needs you to
		recover cargo from a ship that was lost at sea. Search the
		shorelines and find her three pieces of cargo.
	Walkthrough:
		You'll find the first crate on Seafront's largest beach. The
		second one will wash up near the lake in the Village, and the
		third crate will appear on the shore in the Northern Plains.
		Once you've collected all three crates, you can either give
		them back to the old woman, which yields a 20% discount on
		all items in the Seafront item shop, and the item shop will
		also sell you recovery potions for 8,000 gold. If you look
		inside the crates, you will also have the option to give them
		to the town guard in Seafront. This course of action yields
		a one-time quest reward of 50,000 gold.

"Staying Afloat"
	Description:
		The man with the red sash by the dock needs materials to
		fix a boat. Collect five logs, twenty dented metal boards,
		and ten stripped bolts.
	Walkthrough:
		Very simple: collect the materials, deliver them to the client
		and collect your reward.

"The Strange Fate of the Jewel"
	Description:
		"A woman in orange at the port in Seafront wants you to locate
		a treasure known as the Mermaid Tear. Search the Seafront for
		leads.
	Walkthrough:
		Ask around Seafront until you get your first clue. Then head
		over to the post office to confront the postman. Make a
		decision and carry it out to complete the quest.

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      |  ____>           ~ New Facade Sidequests ~       <_____  |
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                                                  [N-05C]

"A City Reborn"
	Description:
		A Facade royal guard has asked you for twenty pieces of
		iron ore, twenty pieces of clay, and twenty logs to help
		revive the town's fortunes.
	Walkthrough:
		Speak to the royal guard near the palace. He'll ask for 20
		iron ores, 20 pieces of clay and 20 logs. You can find the
		clay and iron ore at harvest points throughout the world,
		but will need to buy logs from a materials shop.

"A Shade Entombed"
	Description:
		A guard at Facade's gate asked you to eliminate the
		bandits desecrating the Barren Temple.
	Walkthrough:
		Go to the barren temple. The rules are still present, but
		no more block puzzles, so it's not too much of a hassle.
		Fight off the shades and go toward the long corridor that
		you could not access the last time you were in the barren
		temple. Obey the rules, kill the shades, earn 20,000 gold.

"Disturbing the Sleep of Kings"
	Description:
		The king of Facade asked you to clear all of the Shades
		from the Barren Temple.
	Walkthrough:
		Speak to the king to start this quest. Note that you cannot
		start this quest until you've completed the quest, "A Shade
		Entombed." You'll want to make your way to the boss room in
		the barren temple. Kill all of the shades and report back
		to the king to earn yourself the nifty Labyrinth's Song.

"The King's Mask"
	Description:
		A Facade royal guard needs titanium alloy and a crystal
		so he can make a mask.
	Walkthrough:
		Titanium can only be found in the Junk heap, so you'll
		have to make a trip out there to find it. You can buy
		crystal from the materials store in Facade, so that
		shouldn't be an issue.

"Life in the Sands"
	Description:
		A person near the mailbox in Facade wants some seeds to
		grow in the desert. Bring the client ten pink
		moonflower seeds.
	Walkthrough:
		Welcome to the single most difficult, tedious quest in 
		the game. Sound fun? Here's what you need to do:
		  Step 1: Plant 15 blue moonflower seeds. When they flower,
			  harvest them. (18 hours).
		  Step 2: Now, plant 15 gold moonflowers. Wait a bit (36
			  hours). Now, you should see a bunch of dead plants,
			  and a few that are still flowering. Harvest the
			  dead plants, but leave the flowers alone for now.
		  Step 3: The standing flowers are hybrids. You'll need to
			  wait for them to die (18 hours) and can then
			  harvest them for seeds. You should have enough
			  pink moonflower seeds now. If not, repeat the
			  entire process over again.
		It's as simple as that. Remember, to advance time for
		cultivation, you can "cheat" by altering your PS3's internal
		clock. Otherwise, you'll have to wait through all of those
		hours in real-time.

"Nightmares and Dust"
	Description:
		A gate guard in Facade says a great number of people have
		gone missing in sandstorms as of late. Perhaps you'd
		better investigate.
	Walkthrough:
		You'll need to head into the sandstorm, in the northern part
		of the desert. Search through the storm until you encounter
		the giant shade. Kill it, and report back to facade to
		end the quest.
		

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      |  ____>           ~ Wilderness Sidequests ~       <_____  |
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                                                  [N-05D]

"A Tale of the Study"
	Description:
		Investigate a Shade that has appeared in the study.
	Walkthrough:
		Go back to the Haunted Manor. Go inside and speak to the
		butler, Sebastian. Next, make your way to the study to
		investigate. This shade is very resilient against physical
		attacks, and will not attack you at all--making it a very,
		very easy way to earn the 100-combo trophy. But if you've
		already got that trophy, or don't care, just bust it up
		with magic attacks. When you're done, you'll warp back
		to Sebastian and the quest will end--but there will still
		be a bit of extra dialog when you leave the manor.

"The Magical Stone:
	Description:
		???
	Walkthrough:
		Speak to the girl in the Forest of Myth to start this quest.
		Go back to the Village to speak to her client. Then, go to
		the library and speak with Popola. Now, off to the Lost Shrine.
		Run all the way up to the top and you'll find a giant shade.
		Kill it. Be sure to grab the item it drops, and bring it
		to the client for your reward.

"Research Project"
	Description:
		The butler wants you to explore the manor's underground
		facility in search of a way to restore Emil's body to normal.
		A clue apparently awaits in the second basement floor.
	Walkthrough:
		Go to the Manor's courtyard and examine the statue to open up
		the path to the underground facility. Fight your way through
		to the stairs and procede to the second basement level.
		Head down to the third large room and enter the second
		smaller room along the southern wall. Examine the desk.
		You will then warp to the Manor's front yard. Head
		for Seafront. When you enter Seafront, turn left at the
		first opportunity. Keep turning left (three times total) to
		go up some stairs. Follow the stairs up and you'll see a
		gate. Examine the gate to speak to the resident. Once
		you've recieved the letter, head back to the Manor and
		speak with the butler to end the quest.

"The Shade Army"
	Description:
		Collect five broken batteries and five broken motors to
		repair the elevator in the Junk Heap
	Walkthrough:
		Once you've gathered the items you need, speak to Gideon.
		Now, go to the second elevator in the back of the first
		floor of the Junk Heap. You can now use the elevator.
		Defeat all of the Shades,  and then report back to Gideon
		for your reward.

"Shadows of the Desert"
	Description:
		This quest does not appear as a quest at all, and is only
		marked down in your journal once you've completed it. I
		suppose that makes this a "secret" quest.
	Walkthrough:
		Go to the docks in the desert. Speak to the masked woman
		at the top of the stairs to start this quest. Enter Facade
		and exit it: you should see the masked woman again, just
		outside the gate. Speak to her, and leave the area. You may
		have to reload the desert area several times before she
		re-appears: I recommend taking care of some quests. Anyway,
		once you see her again, speak to her. This will trigger
		a shade attack. Fight off the shades. Eventually, you'll
		get some reinforcements. Once most of them are taken care
		of, a large (sub-boss) shade will spawn, along with a whole
		lot of smaller shades. Just go crazy and kill everything.
		When all the shades are defeated, you'll be transported
		to the palace and given a reward.

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 |  __   ____>           ~ Weapons ~                     <_____   __  |
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/_/                                                [N-06]            \_\


There are a number of weapons to find in Nier. Some are obtained by
completing main storyline quests, others are found in out in the
open world, and other can be purchased from blacksmith shops. For
the first part of the game, you will only be able to find and
use single-handed swords. Once you begin the second part of the game,
you will have access to spears and two-handed swords as well.

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      |  ____>           ~ Single-Handed Swords ~        <_____  |
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                                                  [N-06A]
Nameless Blade
	Location:
		Default starting weapon.
	Description:
		A simple sword forged by a village smith. More suited
		to fending off small animals than actual combat.
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	100
			Magic Power: 	10%
			Weight:		Light
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	112
			Magic Power: 	10%
			Weight:		Light
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	152
			Magic Power:	20%
			Weight:		Light
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	204
			Magic Power: 	30%
			Weight:		Light

Lily-Leaf Sword
	Location:
		Purchase from the Blacksmith store in the Village
		for 2400 gold.
	Description:
		A narrow sword once owned by a woman of such impossible
		beauty that men begged her to take their lives.
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	123
			Magic Power: 	20%
			Weight:		Light
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	146
			Magic Power:	30%
			Weight:		Moderate
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	187
			Magic Power:	40%
			Weight:		Moderate
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	250
			Magic Power: 	60%
			Weight:		Heavy

Nirvana Dagger
	Location:
		Found in a box near the stairs stairs in the Lost Shrine.
	Description:
		A group of girls used this sword to consecrate a
		newly-built temple with their own blood.
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	106
			Magic Power: 	00%
			Weight:		Moderate
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	125
			Magic Power:	10%
			Weight:		Moderate
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	160
			Magic Power:	20%
			Weight:		Moderate
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	213
			Magic Power: 	40%
			Weight:		Moderate

Moonrise
	Location:
		Given to you by a guard in the Southern Plain, after
		saving him from Shades. (Occurs as part of the main
		story).
	Description:
		A weapon owned by a blind swordsman. The blade shines
		in darkness, making the owner easy to spot.
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	109
			Magic Power: 	10%
			Weight:		Moderate
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	128
			Magic Power:	10%
			Weight:		Moderate
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	165
			Magic Power:	20%
			Weight:		Moderate
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	217
			Magic Power: 	40%
			Weight:		Moderate

Rebirth
	Location:
		A gift from the Prince of Facade. (Occurs as part of
		the main story).
	Description:
		A unique sword with a round blade. Legend holds that
		it robs the wielder of his life force.
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	115
			Magic Power: 	10%
			Weight:		Very Light
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	132
			Magic Power:	10%
			Weight:		Very Light
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	169
			Magic Power:	30%
			Weight:		Very Light
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	221
			Magic Power: 	40%
			Weight:		Very Light

Earth Wyrm's Claw
	Location:
		Purchase from the Blacksmith store in Facade for
		8400 Gold.
	Description:
		Made from the fossil of an ancient beast. It's more
		unwieldy than most swords--but further forging can help.
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	142
			Magic Power: 	30%
			Weight:		Very Heavy
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	163
			Magic Power:	40%
			Weight:		Very Heavy
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	209
			Magic Power:	50%
			Weight:		Very Heavy
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	271
			Magic Power: 	60%
			Weight:		Very Heavy

Blade of Treachery
	Location:
		Found in a box in the Haunted Manor immediately before
		the boss fight.
	Description:
		When a man who has lost his way wields this sword, the
		blade becomes blunt as wood.
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	139
			Magic Power: 	20%
			Weight:		Heavy
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	179
			Magic Power:	30%
			Weight:		Heavy
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	231
			Magic Power:	40%
			Weight:		Heavy
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	255
			Magic Power: 	50%
			Weight:		Heavy

Beastbain
	Location:
		Purchase from the Blacksmith store in the Village for
		16800 Gold.
	Description:
		A sword that bears a beastly motif. Its short, thin
		blade seems eager to vanish from sight.
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	172
			Magic Power: 	40%
			Weight:		Heavy
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	221
			Magic Power:	40%
			Weight:		Heavy
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	282
			Magic Power:	60%
			Weight:		Heavy
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	313
			Magic Power: 	70%
			Weight:		Heavy

Faith
	Location:
		A gift from the Mayor of the Forest of Myth. (Occurs
		as part of the main story).
	Description:
		A sword carried by the world's most loyal servant. Like
		that loyalty, the sword's blade is straight and true.
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	147
			Magic Power: 	20%
			Weight:		Very Light
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	189
			Magic Power:	30%
			Weight:		Light
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	240
			Magic Power:	40%
			Weight:		Light
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	266
			Magic Power: 	50%
			Weight:		Moderate

Ancient Overlord
	Location:
		A gift from the King of Facade. (Occurs as part of the
		main story).
	Description:
		An ancient warlord used this sword to slay his loyal
		subjects in hopes of gaining eternal life.
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	194
			Magic Power: 	30%
			Weight:		Very Light
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	245
			Magic Power:	50%
			Weight:		Very Light
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	271
			Magic Power:	50%
			Weight:		Very Light
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	283
			Magic Power: 	50%
			Weight:		Very Light

Phoenix Dagger
	Location:
		Purchase from the Blacksmith store in Seafront for
		31200 Gold.
	Description:
		A ceremonial blade crafted from feathers of the
		legendary firebird. It is untested as a weapon.
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	240
			Magic Power: 	50%
			Weight:		Moderate
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	300
			Magic Power:	70%
			Weight:		Moderate
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	332
			Magic Power:	70%
			Weight:		Moderate
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	346
			Magic Power: 	80%
			Weight:		Moderate

Labyrinth's Whisper
	Location:
		A reward for completing the quest, "A Bridge in Peril."
	Description:
		???
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	112
			Magic Power: 	10%
			Weight:		Very Heavy
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	128
			Magic Power:	10%
			Weight:		Very Heavy
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	147
			Magic Power:	20%
			Weight:		Very Heavy
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	313
			Magic Power: 	60%
			Weight:		Very Heavy

Iron Pipe
	Location:
		A reward for completing the quest, "The Magical Stone."
	Description:
		???
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	179
			Magic Power: 	30%
			Weight:		Light
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	179
			Magic Power:	30%
			Weight:		Light
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	217
			Magic Power:	40%
			Weight:		Light
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	266
			Magic Power: 	50%
			Weight:		Light

      __                                                        __ 
      \ \____                                             _____/ /
      |  ____>           ~ Two-Handed Swords ~           <_____  |
      /_/                                                      \_\
                                                  [N-06B]

Kusanagi
	Location:
		Automatically given to you at the start of the 
		second part of the game. (Occurs as part of the
		main story).
	Description:
		A man whose fiancee was spirited away by an
		eight-headed beast used this sword to smite his foe.
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	???
			Magic Power: 	???
			Weight:		???
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	339
			Magic Power:	30%
			Weight:		Light
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	571
			Magic Power:	30%
			Weight:		Light
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	659
			Magic Power: 	40%
			Weight:		Light

Axe of Beheading
	Location:
		Purchase from the Blacksmith Store in the Village for
		19200 Gold.
	Description:
		A man's dementia drove him to attack his daughter's
		fiance with this axe. Sadly, he hit his daughter
		instead.
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	364
			Magic Power: 	40%
			Weight:		Heavy
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	418
			Magic Power:	30%
			Weight:		Heavy
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	700
			Magic Power:	40%
			Weight:		Heavy
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	???
			Magic Power: 	???
			Weight:		???

Fang of the Twins
	Location:
		Found in a box in the Haunted Manor's Laboratory,
		in the first level.
	Description:
		???
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	???
			Magic Power: 	???
			Weight:		???
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	358
			Magic Power:	30%
			Weight:		Moderate
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	595
			Magic Power:	40%
			Weight:		Heavy
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	686
			Magic Power: 	50%
			Weight:		Heavy

Vile Axe
	Location:
		Purchase from the Blacksmith store at Seafront for
		21600 Gold.
	Description:
		A mage with a putrid soul imbued the essence of a
		fire lizard into this axe.
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	384
			Magic Power: 	40%
			Weight:		Moderate
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	442
			Magic Power:	30%
			Weight:		Heavy
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	729
			Magic Power:	40%
			Weight:		Very Heavy
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	841
			Magic Power: 	50%
			Weight:		Very Heavy

Beastlord
	Location:
		Found in a box in the Lost Shrine, Revisited, just
		before the boss fight.
	Description:
		A beastly sword whose keen edge stands ready to mow
		down all who question the divine right of the wielder.
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	329
			Magic Power: 	20%
			Weight:		Heavy
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	???
			Magic Power:	???
			Weight:		???
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	???
			Magic Power:	???
			Weight:		???
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	715
			Magic Power: 	50%
			Weight:		Heavy 

Iron Will
	Location:
		A gift from Gideon. (Occurs as part of the main
		story).
	Description:
		An enormous sword that grows heavier with every kill
		as blood and flesh cling to the blade.
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	???
			Magic Power: 	???
			Weight:		???
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	389
			Magic Power:	30%
			Weight:		Extra Heavy
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	633
			Magic Power:	40%
			Weight:		Extra Heavy
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	730
			Magic Power: 	50%
			Weight:		Extra Heavy

Phoenix Sword
	Location:
		Found in a box in Shadowlord's Castle, in the same
		room with all the birds.
	Description:
		???
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	400
			Magic Power: 	30%
			Weight:		Moderate
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	646
			Magic Power:	40%
			Weight:		Moderate
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	715
			Magic Power:	50%
			Weight:		Moderate
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	760
			Magic Power: 	50%
			Weight:		Moderate

Labyrinth's Song
	Location:
		A reward for completing the quest, "Disturbing the
		Sleep of Kings."
	Description:
		???
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	223
			Magic Power: 	10%
			Weight:		Very Heavy
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	257
			Magic Power:	10%
			Weight:		Very Heavy
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	295
			Magic Power:	20%
			Weight:		Very Heavy
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	860
			Magic Power: 	60%
			Weight:		Very Heavy

      __                                                        __ 
      \ \____                                             _____/ /
      |  ____>           ~ Spears ~                      <_____  |
      /_/                                                      \_\
                                                  [N-06C]

Transience
	Location:
		Automatically given to you at the start of the 
		second part of the game. (Occurs as part of the
		main story).
	Description:
		A knight was so moved by the suffering of a beggar
		that he removed all ornamentation from this spear.
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	221
			Magic Power: 	20%
			Weight:		Light
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	254
			Magic Power:	30%
			Weight:		Light
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	312
			Magic Power:	40%
			Weight:		Light
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	368
			Magic Power: 	50%
			Weight:		Light

Spear of the Usurper
	Location:
		Purchase from the Blacksmith Store at Seafront for
		21600 Gold.
	Description:
		A spear used by a prince's body double to slay his
		employer. The traitor was later killed with the same spear.
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	364
			Magic Power: 	40%
			Weight:		Very Light
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	418
			Magic Power:	50%
			Weight:		Light
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	510
			Magic Power:	60%
			Weight:		Moderate
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	???
			Magic Power: 	???
			Weight:		???

The Devil Queen
	Location:
		Found in a box near the base of the Lost Shrine,
		Revisited.
	Description:
		The favorite spear of a mad queen whose lust for
		power led her to kill all of her sons' wives.
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	234
			Magic Power: 	20%
			Weight:		Moderate
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	268
			Magic Power:	30%
			Weight:		Heavy
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	325
			Magic Power:	40%
			Weight:		Heavy
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	383
			Magic Power: 	50%
			Weight:		Very Heavy

Sunrise
	Location:
		Purchase from the Blacksmith store at the The Aerie,
		Revisited, for 21600 Gold.
	Description:
		This spear's point is so finely honed that all who
		are grazed by it experience an instant, painless death.
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	384
			Magic Power: 	40%
			Weight:		Moderate
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	442
			Magic Power:	50%
			Weight:		Heavy
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	531
			Magic Power:	60%
			Weight:		Heavy
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	625
			Magic Power: 	70%
			Weight:		Very Heavy

Beastcurse
	Location:
		Found inside a box in the Junk Heap, Revisited, just
		before the boss fight.
	Description:
		A noble lord commissioned this beastly weapon that
		the world might stand in awe of his power.
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	247
			Magic Power: 	20%
			Weight:		Heavy
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	???
			Magic Power:	???
			Weight:		???
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	339
			Magic Power:	40%
			Weight:		Heavy
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	399
			Magic Power: 	50%
			Weight:		Heavy

Captain's Holy Spear
	Location:
		Purchase from the Blacksmith in Facade, Revisited, for
		??? Gold.
	Description:
		???
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	???
			Magic Power: 	???
			Weight:		???
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	553
			Magic Power:	60%
			Weight:		Heavy
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	652
			Magic Power:	70%
			Weight:		Very Heavy
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	693
			Magic Power: 	80%
			Weight:		Very Heavy

Dragoon Lance:
	Location:
		Found in a box in the Shadowlord's Castle, just before
		the spiral staircase.
	Description:
		???
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	300
			Magic Power: 	30%
			Weight:		Moderate
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	353
			Magic Power:	40%
			Weight:		Heavy
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	416
			Magic Power:	50%
			Weight:		Heavy
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	???
			Magic Power: 	???
			Weight:		???

Phoenix Spear
	Location:
		Purchase from the Blacksmith shop in Facade, Revisited
		for ??? Gold.
	Description:
		???
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	???
			Magic Power: 	???
			Weight:		???
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	576
			Magic Power:	60%
			Weight:		Moderate
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	679
			Magic Power:	70%
			Weight:		Moderate
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	721
			Magic Power: 	80%
			Weight:		Moderate

Labyrinth's Shout
	Location:
		A reward for completing the quest, "The Damaged Map."
	Description:
		???
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	???
			Magic Power: 	???
			Weight:		???
		Level 2:
			Attack Power:	???
			Magic Power:	???
			Weight:		???
		Level 3:
			Attack Power:	???
			Magic Power:	???
			Weight:		???
		Level 4:
			Attack Power:	460
			Magic Power: 	60%
			Weight:		Very Heavy

__                                                                    __
\ \   __                                                        __   / /
 \ \__\ \____                                             _____/ /__/ /
 |  __   ____>           ~ Words ~                       <_____   __  |
 / /  /_/                                                      \_\  \ \
/_/                                                [N-07]            \_\

As you fight shades, they'll occasionally give you "words." Words are
earned randomly and automatically (you don't have to "collect" them, they
fly to you. Each time you get a new word, you'll see a message, and you
can always check to see which ones you have, and how many you have, through
the menus.

Words are used to modify specific weapons, magic spells, or martial arts
(really just evading or blocking) with various stat bonuses or secondary
effects. Each magic spell, weapon or martial art can be equipped with
two different words, which also serve as prefixes for the weapon's name
itself. For example, if you equip the katana, Faith, with the words Pah
and Mahir, it will become the, "Pah Mahir Faith."

Name:		Pah
Type:		Weapons
Effect:		Attack Power +2%

Name:		Pahi
Type:		Weapons
Effect:		Attack Power +6%

Name:		Pahu
Type:		Weapons
Effect:		Attack Power +20%

Name:		Pahal
Type:		Weapons
Effect:		Attack Power +12%

Name:		Pahil
Type:		Weapons
Effect:		Attack Power +15%

Name:		Vara
Type:		Weapons
Effect:		Guard Break +4%

Name:		Varu
Type:		Weapons
Effect:		Guard Break +10%

Name:		Varal
Type:		Weapons
Effect:		Guard Break +12%

Name:		Varul
Type:		Weapons
Effect:		Guard Break +25%

Name:		Geb
Type:		Magic
Effect:		Magic Power +2%

Name:		Gebi
Type:		Magic
Effect:		Magic Power +6%

Name:		Gebo
Type:		Magic
Effect:		Magic Power +8%

Name:		Gebil
Type:		Magic
Effect:		Magic Power +15%

Name:		Ula
Type:		Magic and Weapons
Effect:		Armor Break +4%

Name:		Ulo
Type:		Magic and Weapons
Effect:		Armor Break +8%

Name:		Ulu
Type:		Magic and Weapons
Effect:		Armor Break +10%

Name:		Hoda
Type:		Martial Arts
Effect:		Knockback Resistance +4%

Name:		Hodi
Type:		Magic, Weapons and Martial Arts
Effect:		Martial Arts: Knockback Resistance +6%
		Magic and Weapons: Level 2

Name:		Hodo
Type:		Magic, Weapons and Martial Arts
Effect:		Martial Arts: Knockback +8%
		Magic and Weapons: Level 3

Name:		Hodu
Type:		Magic, Weapons and Martial Arts
Effect:		Martial Arts: Knockback resistance +10%
		Magic and Weapons: Level 4

Name:		Hodal
Type:		Magic, Weapons and Martial Arts
Effect:		Martial Arts: Knockback resistance +12%
		Magic and Weapons: Level 5

Name:		Bes
Type:		Martial Arts
Effect:		Physical Strength +2%

Name:		Besa
Type:		Martial Arts
Effect:		Physical Strength +4%

Name:		Besi
Type:		Magic, Weapons and Martial Arts
Effect:		Martial Arts: Physical Strength +6%
		Magic and Weapons: Level 2

Name:		Besil
Type:		Magic, Weapons and Martial Arts
Effect:		Martial Arts: Physical Strength +15%
		Magic and Weapons: Level 6

Name:		Lug
Type:		Magic
Effect:		Magic Cost -2%

Name:		Luges
Type:		Magic
Effect:		Magic Cost -6%

Name:		Lugza
Type:		Magic
Effect:		Magic Cost -10%

Name:		Ot
Type:		Magic and Weapons
Effect:		EXP Rate +2%

Name:		Otir
Type:		Magic and Weapons
Effect:		EXP Rate +4%

Name:		Otka
Type:		Magic and Weapons
Effect:		EXP Rate +8%

Name:		Mahir
Type:		Magic and Weapons
Effect:		Item Drop Rate +4%

Name:		Mahes
Type:		Magic and Weapons
Effect:		Item Drop Rate +6%

Name:		Mahka
Type:		Magic and Weapons
Effect:		Item Drop Rate +8%

Name:		Mahira
Type:		Magic and Weapons
Effect:		Item Drop Rate +12%

Name:		Ashur
Type:		Magic, Weapons and Martial Arts
Effect:		Martial Arts: Physical Defense +2%
		Magic and Weapons: Paralyze

Name:		Ashurir
Type:		Magic, Weapons and Martial Arts
Effect:		Martial Arts: Physical Defense +4%
		Magic and Weapons: Confuse

Name:		Ashures
Type:		Magic, Weapons and Martial Arts
Effect:		Martial Arts: Physical Defense +6%
		Magic and Weapons: Poison

Name:		Kon
Type:		Magic, Weapons and Martial Arts
Effect:		Martial Arts: Magic Defense +2%
		Magic and Weapons: Poison

Name:		Kones
Type:		Magic, Weapons and Martial Arts
Effect:		Martial Arts: Magic Defense +6%
		Magic and Weapons: Confuse

Name:		Konka
Type:		Magic, Weapons and Martial Arts
Effect:		Martial Arts: Magic Defense +8%
		Magic and Weapons: Weaken

Name:		Konira
Type:		Magic, Weapons and Martial Arts
Effect:		Martial Arts: Magic Defense +12%
		Magic and Weapons: Drain HPO

Name:		Konesra
Type:		Martial Arts
Effect:		Magic Defense +15%

Name:		Solir
Type:		Magic, Weapons and Martial Arts
Effect:		Martial Arts: MP Recovery Rate +4%
Effect:		Magic and Weapons: Poison

Name:		Soles
Type:		Magic, Weapons and Martial Arts
Effect:		Martial Arts: MP Recovery Rate +6%
Effect:		Magic and Weapons: Paralyze

Name:		Solira
Type:		Magic, Weapons and Martial Arts
Effect:		Martial Arts: MP Recovery Rate +12%
Effect:		Magic and Weapons: Drain HP

__                                                                    __
\ \   __                                                        __   / /
 \ \__\ \____                                             _____/ /__/ /
 |  __   ____>           ~ Items ~                       <_____   __  |
 / /  /_/                                                      \_\  \ \
/_/                                                [N-08]            \_\

Like most RPGs, there are a ridiculous number of items to collect in Nier.
You can harvest items from dead animals, find items inside in the wide
world, pick up items dropped by enemies, or buy items in stores.

Nearly every item in the game has a specific use. Rather than sell all
of your materials for spare gold, I recommend you always hold on to a
set quantity of every item--20 is a good number--so that you're never
in a position where you'll have to spend a lot of time mindlessly farming
for items in order to finish a sidequest or upgrade a weapon. Trust me,
you'll enjoy the game a lot more.

      __                                                        __ 
      \ \____                                             _____/ /
      |  ____>           ~ Recovery Items ~              <_____  |
      /_/                                                      \_\
                                                  [N-08A]

Medicinal Herb
	Restores up to 30% of the user's HP.
	Medicinal herbs are everywhere. In item stores, enemies drop
	'em, most harvest points int the wilderness have 'em.

Health Salve
	Restores up to 60% of the user's HP

Recovery Potion
	Restores all of the user's HP.

Strength Drop
	Doubles physical damage for 30 seconds.

Strength Capsule
	Doubles physical damage for 60 seconds.

Magic Drop
	Double magic damage for 30 seconds.

Magic Capsule
	Doubles magic damage for 60 seconds.

Defense Drop
	Halves damage from physical attacks for 30 seconds.

Defense Capsule
	Halves damage from physical attacks for 60 seconds.

Spirit Drop
	Halves damage from magical attacks for 30 seconds.

Antidotal Weed
	Cures poison.

      __                                                        __ 
      \ \____                                             _____/ /
      |  ____>           ~ Raw Materials ~               <_____  |
      /_/                                                      \_\
                                                  [N-08B]

Aquatic Plant
	A plant species that makes its home in the water.
	Caught by accident while fishing.

Rusty Bucket
	A rusty bucket made from rare and valuable metal alloys.
	Caught by accident while fishing.

Gold Ore
	Gold that was mined from the earth.
	Found only at mineral harvest points. Also drops, rarely,
	from shades in the second part of the game.

Silver Ore
	Silver that was mined from the earth.
	Found only at mineral harvest points. Also drops, rarely,
	from shades in the second part of the game.

Copper Ore
	Copper that was mined from the earth.
	Found only at mineral harvest points. Also drops, rarely,
	from shades in the second part of the game.

Iron Ore
	Iron that was mined from the earth.
	Found only at mineral harvest points. Also drops, rarely,
	from shades in the second part of the game.

Pyrite
	A mined stone that creates sparks when struck.
	Found only at mineral harvest points. Also drops, rarely,
	from shades in the second part of the game.

Amber
	A translucent jewel made of fossilized tree sap.
	You can find amber frequently inside the boxes in the vent room
	in the second basement level of the Junk Heap

Fluorite
	A mined stone that holds a glow when exposed to the light.
	Found only at mineral harvest points. Also drops, rarely,
	from shades in the second part of the game.

Clay
	Versatile soil used in pottery and construction.
	Found only at mineral harvest points. Very common.

Berries
	Berries that have fallen from a tree.
	Found at harvest points in the Northern and Southern Plains, and
	sometimes along the eastern road. A fairly common drop. Look
	near bushes, and small shrubberies.

Royal Fern
	A type of fern with edible leaf buds.
	Royal ferns are commonly found at harvest points in both the
	northern and southern plains, but occur more frequently in
	the southern plains. You can also purchase them from the item
	shop at Seafront.

Tree Branch
	A perfectly sized tree branch.
	Only found at certain harvest points in the game, typically
	near trees. Seem to spawn most frequently along the eastern
	road.

Natural Rubber
	An elastic substance obtained from trees.

Ivy
	A plant that grows in thin vines. It's frequently used in rope.
	Found at harvest points in the northern and southern plains, and
	sometimes along the eastern road. A fairly common drop.

Lichen
	A water-retaining plant used for fertilizer and as decoration.
	Found at harvest points in the northern and southern plains, and
	sometimes along the eastern road. A fairly common drop.

Mushroom
	A multi-use fungus found at the base of trees.
	You can find mushrooms at harvest points along the eastern
	road, and can also purchase them from a grocer.

Sap
	A sticky liquid secreted from tree trunks.
	Found at harvest points in the northern and southern plains, and
	sometimes along the eastern road.

Mutton
	The tasty haunch of a sheep.
	Only found by harvesting the corpse of a sheep.

Boar Meat
	The tasty haunch of a boar.
	Only found by harvesting the corpse of a wild boar. A common drop.

Wool
	Fuzzy wool from a sheep.
	Only found by harvesting the corpse of a sheep. Technically
	a rare drop, but still very common.

Boar Hide
	The hide of a boar.
	Only found by harvesting the corpse of a wild boar. It's a fairly
	common drop.

Wolf Hide
	The hide of a wolf.
	Only found by harvesting the corpse of a wolf. A fairly common
	drop.

Wolf Fang
	A sharp fang taken from a wolf.
	Only found by harvesting the corpse of a wolf. Something of a
	rare drop, but still fairly common.

Giant Spider Silk
	Thread taken from a giant spider.
	Only found by harvesting the corpse of a giant spider, found
	only near the Haunted Manor in the first half of the game, 
	before visiting it as part of the main story.

Bat Fang
	The tiny fang of a bat.
	Only found by harvesting the corpse of a bat. A common drop.

Bat Wing
	The wing of a bat.
	Only found by harvesting the corpse of a bat. A common drop.

Goat Meat
	The not-so-tasty haunch of a goat.
	Only found by harvesting the corpse of a goat. A common drop.

Goat Hide
	The hide of a goat.
	Only found by harvesting the corpse of a goat. A somewhat rare drop.

Venison
	The tasty haunch of a deer.
	Only found by harvesting the corpse of a deer. A common drop.

Rainbow Spider Silk
	Multicolored thread taken from a giant spider.
	Only found by harvesting the corpse of a giant spider, found
	only near the Haunted Manor in the first half of the game, 
	before visiting it as part of the main story. A rare drop.

Boar Liver
	A common folk remedy for stomach trouble and hangovers.
	Only found by harvesting the corpse of a wild boar. Something
	of a rare drop.

Scorpion Claw
	A tough claw from a scorpion.
	Only found by harvesting the corpse of a scorpion. A fairly
	common drop.

Scorpion Tail
	The poisonous tail of a scorpion.
	Only found by harvesting the corpse of a scorpion. A mildly
	rare drop.

Dented Metal Board
	A machine part.
	Found throughout the Junk Heap. These are a common drop from
	most of the robots there, and can also be found inside boxes.

Stripped Bolt
	A machine part.
	A common drop from the red-light robots in the Junk Heap.

Broken Lens
	A machine part.
	A common drop from robots in the Junk Heap.

Severed Cable
	A machine part.
	A common drop from robots in the Junk Heap. Found mostly
	in the second basement level.

Broken Arm
	A machine part.
	A common drop from robots in the Junk Heap.

Broken Antenna
	A machine part.
	A common drop from robots in the Junk Heap.

Broken Motor
	A machine part.
	A common drop from robots in the Junk Heap. Dropped only
	by the flying robots encountered in the second basement
	level of the Junk Heap.

Broken Battery
	A machine part.
	A common drop from robots in the Junk Heap.

Mysterious Switch
	A machine part.
	A very rare drop from the more powerful robots in the Junk Heap.
	You'll want to farm in the second basement level.

Machine Oil
	???
	A very rare drop from the stronger enemies in the Junk Heap. You'll
	need to farm enemies in the second basement level to find them.

Large Gear
	A machine part.
	A very rare drop from the more powerful robots in the Junk Heap.

Titanium Alloy
	A machine part made from an extremely rare metal.
	Titanium is a rare drop from robots in the Junk Heap. It drops
	from the red-light robots on the first floor and first
	basement level, as well as from most of the big, giant robots
	in the second basement level.

Memory Alloy
	A machine part made from an extremely rare metal.
	Memory alloy, too, is a rare drop from robots in the Junk Heap.
	The giant robots you fight in the second basement level
	are what you're needing to kill--but remember, this is
	a very rare drop, so be prepared to spend a lot of time on 'em.

Broken Earring
	An earring dropped by a Shade.
	Dropped by shades. A rare drop.

Technical Guide
	A technical book written in an indecipherable language.
	Dropped by shades. A rare drop.

Thick Dictionary
	A thick book full of big words.
	Dropped by shades. A common drop.

Closed Book
	A photo album with the pages stuck together.
	Dropped by shades. A common drop.

Used Coloring Book
	A picture book that's been scrawled on with crayon.
	Dropped by shades. A common drop.

Old Schoolbook
	An old, tattered schoolbook.
	Dropped by shades. A common drop.

Dirty Bag
	A worn and dirty bag.
	Dropped by shades. A rare drop.

Leather Gloves
	Leather gloves that are cracked and stiff.
	Dropped by shades. A rare drop.

Complex Machine
	A complex machine. Its purpose is a mystery.
	Complex machines drop from the same giant shades as simple
	machines, only these are a much rarer drop.

Elaborate Machine
	An elaborate machine. Its purpose is a mystery.
	Also dropped from giant shades. Very rare, this one.

Simple Machine
	A machine so simple, you can't determine its purpose.
	Simple machines drop from giant shades. It's a fairly common drop.

Stopped Clock
	An inoperable clock.

Rusty Kitchen Knife
	A rusty kitchen knife. Its serrated edge is breaking apart.

Broken Saw
	A saw missing too many teeth to be of any use.
	Dropped by shades. A rare drop.

Dented Metal Bat
	A noticeably dented metal bat.
	Dropped by shades. A rare drop.

Shell
	A shell that washed ashore.
	Found only at harvest points along the beach (either one)
	in Seafront.

Gastropod
	A gastropod from the ocean. Tasty when used in a stew.
	Found only at harvest points along the beach (either one)
	in Seafront.

Bivalve
	A bivalve from the ocean. Often used in simple recipes.
	Found only at harvest points along the beach (either one)
	in Seafront.

Seaweed
	Seaweed found by the ocean. A kitchen staple.
	Found only at harvest points along the beach (either one)
	in Seafront.

Empty Bottle
	An empty bottle that washed ashore.
	Found only at harvest points along the beach (either one)
	in Seafront. A rare drop.

Driftwood
	Old wood that washed ashore.
	Found only at harvest points along the beach (either one)
	in Seafront. A rare drop.

Black Pearl
	A large, valuable pearl with a black veneer.
	
	Found only at harvest points along the beach (either one)
	in Seafront. A very rare drop.

Starfish
	An ocean creature with multiple arms.
	Found only at harvest points along the beach (either one)
	in Seafront.

Broken Pottery
	A rare item dug up while mining for ore.
	Broken pottery can be found at any "ore" harvest point, but
	it seems to more commonly appear near the Aerie.

Desert Rose
	A rare item found in the desert.

Giant Egg
	A rare egg that's a bit too large to be from a chicken.
	These eggs appear randomly at harvest points inside the village.
	Sometimes you can find five in a row, other times you can
	look 30 or 40 times and not find any.

Damascus Steel
	A rare item found in the Junk Heap.

Chicken Egg
	A simple chicken egg found only in certain areas.

Mouse Tail
	A curly mouse tail.
	Only found by harvesting a mouse. You can find mice in the very
	first area of the Junk Heap, between the save point and the entrance
	to the dungeon.

Lizard Tail
	A reptile tail that is still twitching.
	Only found by harvesting a lizard. You can find lizards near the
	cliffs leading down to the Junk Heap entrance and the river
	in the northern plains, as well as along the eastern road.

Deer Antler
	A deer's antlers, shorn in mid-growth. Used in various medicines.
	Only found by harvesting the corpse of a deer, which are found
	only in the southern plains in the first part of the game.
	A rare drop.

Log
	Processed timber that's ready for use.
	You can purchase logs from the Material Shop in the Village.

Pearl
	A pearl that shines brightly

Moldavite
	A mined stone that can be cut into a beautiful green jewel.

Subdued Bracelet
	???
	Dropped by the flying shades in the desert.

Metal Piercing
	???
	Also dropped by the flying shades in the desert. This one is
	the rarer drop.

Large Gear
	???
	A rare drop from the gray robots in the Junk Heap, in the second
	basement level. A very rare drop.

Forlorn Necklace
	???
	Forlorn necklaces drop from shade shamans in the Barren Temple
	in the second half of the game. You can also get them from 
	the shade shamans that spawn in the Lost Shrine, near the end
	game.

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 |  __   ____>           ~ Fishing ~                     <_____   __  |
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/_/                                                [N-09]            \_\

Odds are, you tried to tackle the fishing game on your own at first,
and odds are you absolutely hated it. Thing is, the in-game explanation
for how to fish is absolute garbage. Forget it. Nier's fishing game
is deceptively simple--almost too simple.

Here's what you're doing: you press cross (or A) to cast your line. Don't
worry, it's not supposed to go very far and you can't alter the distance.
Watch the tip of the fishing pole. It will bob up and down a few times. Wait
for it to bend down further than normal, and press cross--and hold it. You
are now reeling the fish in. This is where things get tricky: the fish
will swim from side to side. The protagonist will automatically move
his body in the opposite direction of the fish--you cannot control which
way he moves. What you need to do is to pull the move the left analog stick
along the exact same angle as his body. If the protagonist is standing still,
pull down. If he's pulling to the left, you pull to the left, and vis versa.

The red bar at the bottom is the tension meter. So long as it's red and
making that lovely clicking sound, you're doing fine. If it turns yellow, you
no longer have the analog stick in precisely the right location--shift it
until it turns red again to reel in the fish.

Like I said: deceptively easy. You can increase your fishing skill by
completing the, "Fisherman's Gambit," series of quests. Fishing skill effects
the amount of time it takes to reel in different kinds of fish. The lower your
skill, the longer you'll be reeling.

Anyway, different fish are caught in different locations, with different bait.
Messing up while fishing either means losing your bait, or catching useless
junk. You can purchase additional bait from the bait shop in Seafront.
Fish and their locations are as follows:

Name:		Shaman Fish
Location:	Seafront
Bait:		Lure

Name:		Sardine
Location:	Seafront
Bait:		Lugworm

Name:		Blowfish
Location:	Seafront
Bait:		Lugworm

Name:		Bream
Location:	Seafront
Bait:		Lure

Name:		Shark
Location:	Seafront
Bait:		Sardine

Name:		Blue Marlin
Location:	Seafront
Bait:		Sardine

Name:		Dunkleosteus
Location:	Seafront
Bait:		Sardine

Name:		Carp
Location:	Village
Bait:		Earthworm

Name:		Rainbow Trout
Location:	Northern Plains
Bait:		Lure

Name:		Black Bass
Location:	Village
Bait:		Lure

Name:		Giant Catfish
Location:	Eastern Road
Bait:		Carp

Name:		Royal Fish
Location:	Eastern Road
Bait:		Earthworm

Name:		Hyneria
Location:	Desert
Bait:		Sardine

Name:		Sandfish
Location:	Desert
Bait:		Lure

Name:		Rhizodant
Location:	Desert
Bait:		Carp

Keep in mind that even with a high fishing skill, some of the rarer fish
may involve long, tedious games of tug-of war. That said, good luck
catching 'em all!

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 |  __   ____>           ~ Downloadable Content ~        <_____   __  |
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/_/                                                [N-10]            \_\

"The World of the Recycled Vessel"
	Release Date:	May 11, 2010
	Pricing:	€6.99, $6.99, 560 Microsoft Points
	Content:	
			Recycled Vessel contains 15 challenge levels, new
			music, two new costumes for each of the three
			main characters (Nier, Kaine and Emil), three new
			weapons and an additional bonus quest that delves
			into Nier's past, as he explores the mysteries
			surrounding his wife's death.

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      |  ____>           ~ Side Quests ~                 <_____  |
      /_/                                                      \_\
                                                  [N-010A]

"The Recycled Vessel"
	Location: Village, Nier's House
	Walkthrough:
		Examine the diary on the first floor of Niers house to
		start the quest. You'll be transported to a white plane
		with two large doors. The door immediately behind you
		is the exit. You want to head toward the far door.

		Door 1:
		  >Either run down the very, very long winding staircase,
		   killing all of the shades that spawn as you do, or simply
		   jump straight down to the bottom floor and let them come
		   to you. Kill all of the shades and bats, and the boss will
		   appear. Kill the boss, and you'll be warped to a very
		   psychadellic version of the manor.
		  >Kill all of the shades. You'll the be warped to the library.
		   The shades that spawn here are very weak, but they
		   can teleport away from your attacks, so be careful. After
		   you kill all of the shades here, you'll earn the
		   one-handed sword, Fool's Embrace.
		  >Now you'll find yourself in the Lost Shrine's main chamber.
		   Kill all of the shades, and then take out the boss. The
		   next area is a 2D platformer level, peppered with enemies.
		   Make your way across the level, killing all of the shades
		   that appear. At the end, defeat the boss to earn the costume
		   set, Kabuki. You will then return to the white plane.

		Door 2:
		  >Kill the boss. New rules will come into effect one after
		   another, so you'll want to take him out as soon as you can.
		   Once he'd dead, you'll warp to the Junk heap. Fight your
		   way past all the shades, and you'll end up on the large
		   circular platform. Kill all of the robots. Once all of them
		   are dead, you will earn the two-handed sword, Fool's Lament.
		  >You'll find yourself in a new area: an industrial park.
		   Kill all of the big shades. I'd recommend using magic. Next,
		   you'll wind up in Facade for an interesting first-person
		   rail-shooting experience. The enemies here won't fight back,
		   so just have fun shooting at them. Once you complete a full
		   circuit, you'll obtain the costume set, Samurai. You will
		   then return to the white plane.

		Door 3:
		  >Another new area: kill all of the shades on the wooden
		   platforms. When they've all been taken care of, a giant
		   boss will appear: kill it. Next, you'll wind up back in
		   the library with three angry boars and a whole lot of
		   shades. Ignore the shades and focus on the boars. Keep
		   an eye on your HP and keep it full. Don't skimp on the
		   medicinal herbs--when they die (and the boars will
		   frequently kill them) the shades drop medicinal herbs.
		  >The next area is the Haunted Manor's underground facility.
		   Fight your way past all of the shades. Remember to keep
		   an eye on your HP meter, and don't forget to break open
		   all the boxes you see for rare materials. Once you've
		   fought off all the shades, you'll earn the spear, Fool's
		   Accord.
		  >Next, you'll find yourself in a long corridor. Kill all
		   of the shades and make your way to the other end of the
		   hall. When all the shades are done away with, the boss
		   will appear: kill him. Melee attacks work best.
		  >Now you'll find yourself at the top of a broken bridge.
		   Kill all of the shades, and then jump down to the bridge
		   below. Keep killing shades and moving down until you reach
		   the very bottom. You will now face one boss after another.
		   Keep a very close eye on your HP meter and try to always
		   have at least 75% of your HP intact. When you've defeated
		   all of the bosses....
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      |  ____>           ~ Weapons ~                     <_____  |
      /_/                                                      \_\
                                                  [N-10B]

Fool's Embrace
	Location:
		DLC "The World of Recycled Memories" - Door 1
	Description:
		A sword created after a man, driven mad by revenge, sealed
		away a cursed dragon.
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	200
			Magic Power: 	30%
			Weight:		Very Heavy

Fool's Lament
	Location:
		DLC "The World of Recycled Memories" - Door 2
	Description:
		A weapon with a heroic dragon motif, used by a man who
		tried to save the world.
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power:	400
			Magic Power:	30%
			Weight:		Very Heavy

Fool's Accord
	Location:
		DLC "The World of Recycled Memories" - Door 3
	Description:
		A lance birthed as part of a pact with an ancient red dragon.
	Statistics:
		Level 1:
			Attack Power: 	300
			Magic Power:	30%
			Weight:		Very Heavy


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      |  ____>           ~ Costumes ~                    <_____  |
      /_/                                                      \_\
                                                  [N-10C]

When you unlock new costume sets, you can only apply them via the options
menu from the main menu screen. If a costume is unlocked, you can apply
it and then start a new game with the costumes applied. Each costume
is a set--choose one, and all of your characters will wear the costumes
of that set.

Kabuki Costumes
	Location:
		DLC "The World of Recycled Memories" - Door 1

Samurai Costumes
	Location:
		DLC "The World of Recycled Memories" - Door 2

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 |  __   ____>           ~ Cheats & Extras ~             <_____   __  |
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/_/                                                [N-11]            \_\

	Farming is tied to the PS3's clock, so if, for some reason, you
	want to speed up the amount of time it takes to harvest a plant
	after planting it, simply change your PS3's time a day or so.
	If you're playing Nier on an Xbox 360, you will need to
	disconnect from Xbox Live in order to change your console's time
	and date settings.

	When you fall from a certain height, you will crumple on the ground.
	You don't take any damage, but you can't move until Nier stands
	back up again. To keep from falling on your face, execute a double
	jump just before landing.

	When you charge a Dark Lance magic attack, time slows down. When
	you have a large number of spears queued up, you can aim carefully
	thanks to the slowed time... but if you miss your target, you can
	still adjust the targeting crosshairs for the remaining missiles.
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 |  __   ____>           ~ Trophies & Achievements~      <_____   __  |
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/_/                                                [N-12]            \_\

Trophies and achievements for are identical across the board, but
I've gone ahead and supplied both lists. Trophies are listed in
alphabetical order, separated by type--first bronze, then silver, then
gold and, lastly, platinum. Achievements are sorted similarly: they are
in alphabetical order, separated according to value--from least worth
to greatest worth.

TROPHIES:

A World in Flux			(B)	Defeat the Shadowlord.
All Aboard!			(B)	Ride a Wild Boar for 5 minutes.
Combo Fanatic			(B)	Achieve a 50-hit combo.
Educated Warrior		(B)	Read the final novel segment.
Fish of Legend			(B)	Catch a Rhizodant.
Jack of all Trades		(B)	Complete 20 quests.
Key Collector			(B)	Find the key to the Shadowlord's
					Castle.
Legendary Gardener		(B)	Grow a Legendary Flower.
Man of Means			(B)	Accumulate one million gold.
Material Hunter			(B)	Collect 50 types of raw material.
Mellow Companion		(B)	Emil joins the party.
Reform Specialist		(B)	Completely upgrade 15 weapons.
Release				(B)	Set Kaine free.
The Book of Legend		(B)	Grimoire Weiss joins the party.
The Magic Man			(B)	Learn every magic spell.
The Sheep Whisperer		(B)	Kill 100 sheep.
The Wild Companion		(B)	Kaine joins the party.
Village Handyman		(B)	Complete 10 quests.
Upgrade Apprentice		(B)	Completely upgrade 5 weapons.
Wordsmith			(B)	Collect 50% of all words.
A Dirge for the Hero		(S)	Defeat Goose within 120 seconds.
A Round by the Pond		(S)	Catch every type of fish.
A True Friend			(S)	Hold off the berserk Kaine within
					60 seconds.
Book Burner			(S)	Defeat Grimoire Noir within 210
					seconds.
Boss of the Junk Heap		(S)	Defeat P-33 within 270 seconds.
Call Her Back			(S)	View Ending A.
Combo Mater			(S)	Achieve a 100-hit combo.
Forging Master			(S)	Completely upgrade 30 weapons.
Go-To Guy			(S)	Complete 30 quests.
King of the Lost Shrine		(S)	Defeat Gretel within 210 seconds.
Lightspeed Fighter		(S)	Beat the game in 15 hours or less.
Lingering Memories		(S)	View Ending B.
Permission Granted		(S)	Drive off the Twins within 150
					seconds.
Protector of Facade		(S)	Defeat Roc within 210 seconds.
Scourge of the Aerie		(S)	Defeat Wendy within 510 seconds.
Soul Crusher			(S)	Defeat the Twins within 210 seconds.
The Once and Final King		(S)	Defeat the Shadowlord within 210
					seconds.
The Strongest Bond		(S)	Defeat the berserk Kaine within
					210 seconds.
Weapons Collector		(S)	Obtain every weapon.
Something Very Special		(G)	View Ending D.
Thank You			(G)	View Ending C.
Platinum			(P)	Obtain every other trophy.


ACHIEVEMENTS:

A Dirge for the Hero		(10)	Defeat a certain boss within 2 minutes.
A Round by the Pond		(10)	You caught one of every type of fish.
A True Friend			(10)	Defeat a certain boss within 1 minute.
A World in Flux			(10)	You defeated the Shadowlord.
All Aboard!			(10)	You rode a boar for at least 5 minutes.
Book Burner			(10)	Defeat a certain boss within 1 and a
					half minutes.
Boss of the Junk Heap		(10)	Defeat a certain boss within 4 and a
					half minutes.
Educated Warrior		(10)	Read the final novel segment.
Fish of Legend			(10)	You caught a rhizodont.
Go-To Guy			(10)	Complete 30 quests.
Jack of All Trades		(10)	Complete 20 quests.
King of the Lost Shrine		(10)	Defeat a certain boss within 2 and a
					half minutes.
Legendary Gardener		(10)	You successfully cultivated the
					legendary flower.
Lightspeed Fighter		(10)	You completed the game within 15 hours.
Man of Means			(10)	Accumulate 1,000,000 pieces of gold.
Material Hunter			(10)	You collected 50 types of raw
					materials.
Permission Granted		(10)	Defeat a certain boss within 2 and a
					half minutes.
Reform Specialist		(10)	You upgraded 15 weapons to their
					maximum level.
Soul Crusher			(10)	Defeat a certain boss within 3 and a
					half minutes.
The Mellow Companion		(10)	Emil joined your party.
The Sheep Whisperer		(10)	You killed 100 sheep.
Upgrade Apprentice		(10)	You upgraded 5 weapons to their
					maximum level.
Village Handyman		(10)	Complete 10 quests.
Wordsmith			(10)	Collect 50 percent of all words.
Combo Fanatic			(15)	Pull off a 50-hit combo.
The Magic Man			(15)	Learn every type of magic.
Forging Master			(20)	You upgraded 30 weapons to their
					maximum level.
Key Collector			(20)	You unlocked the key to the
					Shadowlord's castle.
Release				(20)	You freed Kaine from her petrification.
The Book of Legend		(20)	Grimoire Weiss joined your party.
The Once and Final King		(20)	Defeat a certain boss within 3 and a
					half minutes.
The Wild Companion		(20)	Kaine joined your party.
Combo Master			(30)	Pull off a 100-hit combo.
The Strongest Bond		(30)	Defeat a certain boss within 3 and a
					half minutes.
Weapons Collector		(30)	Find every weapon.
Call Her Back			(100)	You viewed the first ending (Ending A)
Lingering Memories		(100)	You viewed the second ending
					(Ending B).
Thank You			(100)	You viewed the third ending (Ending C).
Something Very Special		(200)	You viewed the fourth ending
					(Ending D).

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 |  __   ____>           ~ Frequently Asked Questions ~  <_____   __  |
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/_/                                                [N-13]            \_\

Q: I keep killing ____s, but I'm not getting any rare drops. Why is this
   process so tedious, and is there anything I can do to make it easier?
A: The only thing you can really do is to equip words that effect the item
   drop rate onto your weapons or magic (whichever you are using to land
   the killing blow). It'll still be tedious, because item drop rate doesn't
   effect the chances of rare drops, but could possibly become marginally
   less tedious.

Q: According to your FAQ, ____ is supposed to appear at a harvest point
   in ____. I keep searching the area, but I haven't found it. 
A: Harvest points yield random items. It's just like killing monsters--a
   rare drop is a rare drop. You'll just have to keep reloading the area
   until you find something else, or do what I do: forget about it, focus
   on something else, and let the item come to you. It's very zen.

Q: What's the difference between Nier Replicant and Nier Gestalt?
A: Nier Replicant features a younger protagonist, you is Yonah's older
   brother. Nier Gestalt features an older protagonist who is Yonah's
   father. A few, very minor bits of dialog in the game differ between
   versions to reflect that change, but for the most part both versions
   are identical. And, oddly enough, both protagonists are ugly as sin,
   and leap into the air like blind, drunk chimps.

Q: Are there any differences between the PS3 version and the Xbox
   360 version of Nier?
A: No. Unless you're living in Japan, all versions of the game are
   identical--and all are Nier Gestalt. If you're in Japan, the
   PS3 version would be Nier Replicant.

Q: Is Kaine a hermaphrodite?
A: No.

Q: Really?
A: *Sigh* I really hate this subject, because nothing good ever comes
   from it. You really want to know? Fine, I'll tell you. Kaine is
   "abnormal." That's all the information the game gives you. There
   is no explicit, or even implicit reference to her being a hermamphrodite.
   If you wish to think of her as being an intersex individual, the game
   provides sufficient details to support that belief. If you do not
   wish to think of her thusly, the game is sufficiently vague on the
   matter that you are free to do so. This element, or non-element
   of the story is not directly in the game, and has absolutely no
   bearing on the experience. Don't worry about it, it's the kind of
   thing you'd never even consider unless someone told you to.

Q: I keep fighting ____ enemies, but I'm not getting any rare drops! 
   Is there any way to make this easier?
A: Yes and no. There are certain words that you can apply to weapons
   and magic that increase the rate at which enemies drop items... but
   they do NOT effect the percentage of those drops that are rare items.
   Keep in mind that for some of the more valuable rare drops, multiple
   enemies have them, so try alternating your targets from time to time
   if you're feeling annoyed.

Q: Why isn't ____ quest in your Side Quests section?
A: I realize I'm missing a few quests. If you don't mind, email me the
   title of the quest that is missing, and I'll be sure to include it
   in the FAQ the next time I update.

Q: Why isn't this FAQ finished yet?
A: Because, in my infinite wisdom, I decided not only to purchase a long,
   involving RPG at the end of the semester, but also to write a FAQ for
   it... right before Finals Week. Just be patient, alright?

Q: Would you accept help with this Guide?
A: Almost certainly. If you can contribute something (several people have
   already done so) simply e-mail me. Anything, no matter so small, is
   fine. So long as it's not information I already have, I'll be more
   than glad to use your information and credit you accordingly.

Q: I've noticed that several people have contributed information to this
   guide. What happens if two people submit the same information?
A: In that case I would (and already have) credit both people. I typically
   update the FAQ every week, and so long as you're sending me something
   that's not in the FAQ currently posted on GameFAQs, provided I haven't
   ascertained the information on my own, I will credit you. If ten people
   people email me to say  X number should be Y, I credit all ten people.

Q: What should I do if I'm unable to find out what I want in your guide?
A: You may either email me (mwulf.0079@gmail.com) or ask on the Nier BBS
   at GameFAQs.com.

Q: Why didn't you respond to my email?
A: There are two possible reasons. First, it's possible that your email was
   caught in my spam filter. I generally scan through my spam folder before
   purging it, but it's entirely possible I deleted a “real” email by
   accident. It's also very possible that I HAVE responded to your email,
   and you simply haven't received the reply yet. Email isn't always
   instantaneous, ya' know. I read every email I see and always reply
   (if necessary). Before re-sending an email, or emailing me again to ask
   me whether or not I revived your first email, please... wait a day or
   two.

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	May 2010 (v.0.05)
		-Basic FAQ construction complete. There's a little bit
		 of content, but it's still pretty sparse.
	May 2010 (v.0.45)
		-Added sidequest wakthroughs--roughly half the quests
		 in the game are now up.
		-Added weapon information.
		-Added word information.
		-Added item information.
		-Added FAQ.
		-Added fishing section.
		-Added trophies & achievements section.
	May 2010 (v.0.55)
		-Started up the wakthrough for part 1.
		-Updated DLC information.
		-Updated FAQ.
	May 2010 (v.0.65)
		-Added quest information.
		-Added DLC section with weapon infromation and walkthrough.
		-Corrected quest information.
		-Corrected DLC pricing information.
	May 2010 (v.0.80)
		-Finished the walkthrough for the first part of the game.
	

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I would like to thank the following people for contributing information
used in the construction of this FAQ:

			Ben Asher
				-Quest Information

			Rami Baaj
				-Quest Information

			Bal-Sag0th, of GameFAQs
				-Quest Information

			sillyblackbird, of GameFAQs
				-Weapon Information

			KiraYamatoDaMan
				-Weapon Information

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to write
me at the following email address:

Mwulf.0079@gmail.com
     
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