NieR: Re[in]carnation Articles RSS Feed | NieR: Re[in]carnation RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network How to Farm Medals in NieR Reincarnation Mon, 09 Aug 2021 10:03:16 -0400 Sergey_3847

NieR Reincarnation offers players multiple ways of earning various medals. These medals can be used at the Exchange shop to purchase special upgrades, summoning tickets, and golden coins. This guide will provide you with tips on how to farm medals in NieR Reincarnation.

Below you will find tips on how to farm each kind of medal, their typical drop rates, as well as, which items to purchase at the Exchange shop using these specific medals.

How to Farm Medals in NieR Reincarnation

Currently, there are four types of medals in NieR Reincarnation that can be exchanged at the shop:

  • Regular Medals
  • Rare Medals
  • Event Medals
  • Mama Medals

Regular Medal Farm

Regular medals can be farmed by simply selling 2-star and 3-star weapons. Each weapon sold will give you a certain amount of regular medals:

  • 1x 2-star weapon = 50x medals
  • 1x 3-star weapon = 100x medals
  • 1x 2-star distribution weapon = 5x medals
  • 1x 3-star distribution weapon = 10x medals

It is also possible to ascend the 3-star weapons to make them drop more medals than usual. It is not recommended to ascend 2-star weapons, as this won't increase the rate of the medal drops, so just sell all your 2-star weapons.

If you decide to ascend 3-star weapons, then use the following algorithm:

  1. Obtain the Emil Heads daily weapons
  2. Ascend them at the shop to the max
  3. Equip those weapons into your main and secondary slots

You will notice that after completing each stage with these weapons, your medal drop rate will increase by 20-30%, which equals about 30-40 more medals per stage.

It is recommended to use regular medals at the Exchange shop to purchase stamina recovery items.

Rare Medal Farm

Rare medals can be farmed in the same way as the regular medals, but you need to sell 4-star weapons instead. One such weapon will yield 50x rare medals.

You can also ascend 4-star weapons and break through their limits in order to maintain a steady drop of rare medals.

Lastly, rare medals can also be obtained during the gacha conversion of a 4-star character.

It is recommended to use rare medals at the Exchange shop for purchasing large stamina recovery items.

Event Medal Farm

Players should always go through the effort to get event medals.

In order to get the most of event medals, players need to invest their regular and rare medals into stamina recovery. The more stamina you have, the more event medals you will be able to farm.

Reddit user x2madda has calculated the probabilities of event medal drops per stamina ratios during various stages of an event that have the highest event medals drop rates. Here they are:

Difficulty & Stage Stamina Event Medals
Normal 1
5 6 1.2
Normal 9
7 9 1.28
Normal 10
8 11 1.37
Hard 1
7 10 1.4
Hard 9
9 15 1.66
Hard 10
10 16 1.6
Very Hard 1
8 17 2.12
Very Hard 9
10 24 2.4
Very Hard 10
11 28 2.5


This means that you need to focus on the hardest possible difficulty of the last stage to be able to get the highest farming rate of event medals.

You can also ascend event weapons in order to increase these numbers even further. Here is the complete breakdown of 3-star event weapons ascension levels and how many bonus event medals you will get:

  • Level 1 = +3 event medals
  • Level 2 = +5 event medals
  • Level 3 = +7 event medals
  • Level 4 = +10 event medals

And, here's the similar breakdown for 4-star event weapons:

  • Level 1 = +5 event medals
  • Level 2 = +8 event medals
  • Level 3 = +11 event medals
  • Level 4 = +15 event medals

So, in order to obtain the maximum event medals per stage, increase your stamina and ascend your weapons as much as you can.

Mama Medal Farm

Mama medals are mainly used for summoning tickets of the 4-star characters, and thus are extremely rare. Currently, these medals can only be obtained by taking part in events and as a bonus reward for logging in.

These medals are not meant to be farmed by design, so don't expect to get more than 1,000 per month. Here's what you can exchange them for:

  • 1x 4-star summoning ticket, 13x normal summoning ticket, +60 stamina
  • 1x 4-star summoning ticket, 3x normal summoning ticket, +1000 stamina
  • 20x normal summoning ticket, +1000 stamina

You can choose either of these three options depending on your needs.

That's all you need to know on how to farm medals in NieR Reincarnation. You can also find other Nier Reincarnation tips and tricks articles on our dedicated hub page.

Nier Reincarnation Memoirs Guide: Rarity, Sub Number, & Synergy Explained Fri, 06 Aug 2021 15:38:12 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Nier Reincarnation Memoirs are incredibly important items in your loadout. Each of them provides a unique boost to a character's stats. They can be enhanced to become more powerful, and they also have a set-bonus that gives characters an even greater increase to certain passives. So how do they work, and how do you get them? 

Memoirs may only increase your overall Force by relatively negligible amounts, but they provide (sometimes) incredible buffs to your passive abilities. These can be used to create your ideal character build, whether that's focused on critical hit chance, attack percentage, agility, hit points, or another stat. 

Like almost everything else in Nier Reincarnation, Memoirs come in four rarities: 1-Star; 2-Star; 3-Star; and 4-Star. Of course, 4-Star variants are often the most sought after, but discounting lower rarities would be a misstep. Some 1/2/3-Star Memoirs are more appropriate for certain builds and provide stronger stat buffs despite their overall rating.

Memoirs can be acquired by completing Dungeons — specifically The Dynast's Memories and The Officer's Memories. You'll get a few of these items for completing the story, but the bulk of your farming will come in the dungeons mentioned above. 

You can see which Memoirs drop from which Dungeons by going to the Subquests menu and clicking on either The Dynast's Memories or The Officer's Memories on the left side of the screen. The middle portion of the screen will then show the obtainable items within that Dungeon, though it's possible for others to drop. 

For example, I've received "Destiny: The Wanted Man" from The Dynast's Memories Dungeon, even though it's not listed as a Memoir that drops. 

The Dynast's Memories dungeon subquest and rewards menu.

There are a few important things to know about Memoirs outside of the above information: what the Sub Number is and how Enhancement works. 

First, to find your Memoirs, go to the main menu and select "Enhance." From there, select "Memoirs" to bring up a list of what you currently have. You can then filter by Star Rarity and Sub Number.

We've already talked about Star Rarity, but what is a Memoir's Sub Number? The Sub Number is the number inside the diamond in the top left corner of a Memoir. The indicates how many abilities are unlocked for a Memoir at any given time, both primary and secondary combined. 

Every Memoir has a single primary ability and four secondary abilities, making for a total of five abilities. At Level 1, for example, you will see that there is one primary and one secondary ability unlocked. The number 2 will be in the Sub Number diamond for that Memoir.

Memoirs can reach a maximum overall level of 15; unfortunately, they can't be ascended to increase their level cap like characters or weapons can be. However, every time you Enhance a Memoir, there is a random chance to unlock a new ability and/or improve the abilities you've already unlocked.

Ideally, you want to prioritize and Enhance Memoirs that already have secondary abilities unlocked. This doesn't always work out depending on your desired build and the Memoirs you've pulled, but all things being equal, Enhance a Sub Number 5  Memoir over a Sub Number 2 Memoir. 

Memoir synergy shown on the loadout screen for the Abstract Assassin.

Last is Memoir Synergy

Memoir Synergy can be essential or not at all worthwhile. Again, it depends on the build you're going for and the abilities you want to maximize in relation to the Memoirs you have unlocked. 

So how do you know if the Memoirs you have equipped synergize? 

Go to the "Loadout" screen and click on any of your characters. You'll see which Memoirs you have equipped currently on the right side of the screen. If any of the Memoirs are connected by a white line and have red chevrons on them, they are synergized. 

This means they are of the same memory/story, such as "Musings of the Hunter." To see which memory/story a Memoir is a part of, press and hold the Memoir's icon in either the Loadout screen or the Enhancement menu. Look in the top left corner under the star and Memoir name; the text there shows the memory/story. 

A Small Set Bonus is applied to your character when you have two Memoirs in the same memory/story. A Large Set Bonus is applied when you have three. 

And that's essentially everything you need to know about Memoirs in Nier Reincarnation. Make sure to take full advantage of their ability buffs whenever possible and choose the best for your desired build and style. For more on Nier Reincarnation, consider reading some of our other guides

Nier Reincarnation Ascension Guide: How to Ascend Weapons Fri, 06 Aug 2021 12:22:53 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Whether you get weapons by completing the story or through summons, you'll eventually need to Ascend them. We've already covered Nier Reincarnation's Ascension system for characters, and it works basically the same way for weapons, though there are a few small differences. 

Ascending weapons in Nier Reincarnation increases their level caps (allowing for more Enhancements), improves abilities, and unlocks new abilities. Overall, doing so will make you more powerful and increase your Force number, helping you take on tougher quests, subquests, and events. 

To Ascend a weapon, you'll need 25,000 Gold and certain Ascension materials. You can perform Ascensions with Pearls and with the same type and level of weapon. Let's go over Pearl types first.

A Black Pearl item and where it can be purchased with various currencies.

  • 2-Star weapons require Pearls
  • 3-Star weapons require Natural Pearls
  • 4-Star weapons require Black Pearls

Pearls can be purchased from the Shop with Arena Coins, Bookmarks, Sunset Port Medals, and Automata Medals. Here's what each one costs for each currency type: 

  • Pearl
    • 75 Arena Coins
    • 120 Sunset Port Medals
    • 120 Automata Medals
  • Natural Pearl 
    • 400 Arena Coins
    • 600 Sunset Port Medals
    • 600 Automata Medals
  • Black Pearl 
    • 1,200 Arena Coins
    • 1,500 Sunset Port Medals
    • 1,500 Automata Medals

It's possible that Pearls drop from quests, subquests, or events, but I've not yet had one drop as a reward, so I can't confirm.

Victorious Crook staff ascension menu.

You can also use weapons of the same type and level to perform Ascensions. For example, if you have two 4-Star Emil Heads, you can use one to Ascend the other. You'll still need 25,000 Gold, but since summoning dupe weapons it actually easier than getting some of the resources to buy Pearls, this may be a faster method.

To find your weapons, open the main menu and click on "Enhance." Then choose "Weapons." Every weapon in your deck will appear, and those with a red diamond in the upper right-hand corner can be Ascended.

Just as with characters, weapons can be Ascended four times.

And that's all you need to know about how to Ascend weapons in Nier Reincarnation. Ascension is essential to taking on some of the harder missions and quests in Reincarnation, so be sure to take advantage of the mechanic whenever you can! 

NieR Reincarnation Weapons Tier List Fri, 06 Aug 2021 11:01:11 -0400 Sergey_3847

Nier Reincarnation offers a massive pool of melee and ranged weapons of various types and elements. The most valuable weapons are the ones that can both buff your allies and debuff your enemies. This guide will provide you with the tier list of the best weapons in Nier Reincarnation.

Here you will find greatswords, swords, wands, guns, and spears of different elements.You will learn about their biggest advantages and disadvantages, as well as, specific modes where they can be most useful to you and your party. 

Nier Reincarnation S-Tier Weapons

Charcoal Sword

  • Type: Wind Sword

Charcoal Sword is the best weapon to use against bosses, as it has some important debuff effects.

This sword's strongest point is agility, so if you want to increase your character's agility by 5.3%, then equip this as your main weapon.

If Charcoal Sword is equipped as your secondary weapon, then it will increase your attack power by 5.3%.

Type 3 Sword

  • Type: Fire Sword

This sword has the highest attack power buff in the game that will increase your character's attack stat by 10.6%.

It also has the ability to increase the defenses of all allies, as well as, increase your character's HP by 5.3%.

Black Thirst

  • Type: Darkness Wand

When Black Thirst is equipped in your main weapon slot, it has a 75% chance of inflicting blindness on your enemies.

If you keep it as your secondary weapon, it will buff the attack power of all your allies by 5.3%.

Old Overlord

  • Type: Water Sword

This sword loses its power when you character's HP drops below 70%, but its power is worth it when you're above that threshold.

It is advisable to give this sword to a character with high durability and HP.

Usurper's Spear

  • Type: Fire Spear

This spear is the best for character of the fire element, as it increases the power of the fire damage and critical hits.

A2 would be great choice of character for this spear besides her own greatsword.

Nier Reincarnation A-Tier Weapons

YoRHa Style Steel Sword

  • Type: Darkness Sword

This is the favorite sword of many Nier Reincarnation players due to its high base attack power and very useful attack buffs.

It is also one of the few weapons that increases agility in the game.

White Deal

  • Type: Light Greatsword

Light element isn't as strong as fire or water, but this is definitely the strongest light sword in the game.

It can buff the attack power and agility of all your allies for 10 seconds, which is enough to execute some powerful combos.

Black Clan

  • Type: Darkness Greatsword

This is the weapon that was designed for cooperative play, as it works especially well in a team of fire element characters by buffing their attack power.

Knowledge Wand

  • Type: Wind Wand

This wand has two opposite effects. First, it can be used to stun all enemies, and second, it can recover all allies by 8%.

This would be a great weapon to have during harder quests.

Type 40 Tactical Sword

  • Type: Light Sword

If Type 40 sword is equipped in the main weapon slot, then it will gain the ability to stun damaged enemies.

In the secondary slot, it will buff your combo skills and increase their damage output by 10.7% for 60 seconds.

Nier Reincarnation B-Tier Weapons

Outlaw Gun

  • Type: Darkness Gun

This is currently the best gun in the game, although its damage output is not as high as that of melee weapons.

It can buff your allies with 5.3% attack power.

Arbitrage Pistol

  • Type: Wind Gun

This is a great main weapon for Arena mode. If you equip it on your main slot, it will increase your agility by 5.3%.

It can also increase your attack power, but only by 4.6%.

Black Spear

  • Type: Darkness Spear

The damage dealt by Black Spear is directly connected to the level of your character's HP. If it drops below 60%, then the damage output will be increased by 8%.

However, this darkness element weapon has a drawback of inflicting self poison when it is equipped in the main slot, so be careful with it.

Those are the best weapons in NieR Reincarnation. Check out more Nier Reincarnation tips and tricks articles on our dedicated hub page.

Nier Reincarnation Ascension Guide: How to Ascend Characters Thu, 05 Aug 2021 20:09:42 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Whether you've collected characters from playing the story or spending gems to reroll for the best in the game, you'll need to level your team for the most powerful loadout possible. Outside of enhancing characters with various items to increase their level, you can also use Nier Reincarnation's Ascension system to increase the level cap and gain new abilities with the right materials.

To Ascend characters, you'll need Texts and Handbooks. Texts are specific to each character. They can be purchased from the Exchange Shop with Automata Medals, found as rewards for clearing certain normal and hard story quests for the first time, or received from dupe summons.

Though every character can use Texts to Ascend, not all of them have Texts that can be purchased or found through quests yet (or at least it seems that way so far). That's where Handbooks come into play.

Handbooks essentially perform the same function as Texts, and each character can use them to Ascend as well, but they come in three basic varieties: Beginner's, Intermediate, and Advanced. They are also used to Ascend characters who don't have Texts available in-game yet.

Beginner's and Intermediate Handbooks can be purchased with Automata Medals through the Exchange Shop. It appears that Advanced Handbooks are only available via events, though I've not found one in the eight or so hours I've played. 

To Ascend a character:

  • Open the main menu
  • Select "Enhance" 
  • Select "Characters"

This will bring up every character you've gotten in the game, both through the story and by summoning. Choose the character you want to improve. Click the "Ascend" tab on the far right side of the screen. If you can Ascend a character, the tab will have a red diamond in the top-right corner.

A new set of options for Ascension will appear: Battle Text and Handbook. You see how many you have in your inventory by looking at the icon for each. You can also click on the icons to see where you can find/purchase them.

Some descriptions will simply say "???," meaning you haven't discovered the Text or Handbook yet, while others will be more descriptive. Even if you have a certain number of Battle Texts in your inventory, for example, the descriptions may still list their locations as "???" because you've acquired them from synthesizing dupe summons. You haven't actually picked them up in-game yet.

Every time you pull a duplicate character through a summons, you'll receive a certain number of Battle Texts for that character. The number of texts is heavily governed by RNG, and how many you get is completely random but quickly discernable. 

A dupe character will turn into a square with a number in the center on the Summons wrap-up screen. This number correlates to a number of Battle Texts. 

  • 1 = ?? (I've not yet pulled a 1)
  • 2 = 16
  • 3 = 14
  • 4 = 12
  • 5 = 10

Make sure to go to the gift box and pick up texts after getting them from dupes.

You can Ascend each character four times. This increases their level cap, grants new abilities, and levels abilities they already have. Each Ascension costs a certain number of Texts or Handbooks (usually 10) and a certain amount of Gold (usually 25,000). 

That's essentially all you need to know about how to Ascend characters in Nier Reincarnation. For more tips, consider heading over to our guides hub, where we have every Black Bird location and more.

How to Reroll in Nier Reincarnation Wed, 04 Aug 2021 21:23:40 -0400 Jonathan Moore

You can get pretty far in Nier Reincarnation using the game's base characters. But once you hit Chapter 6 or Chapter 7, you'll essentially be forced to summon to get four-star characters and weapons. So, before you get too far into the story, you should summon and reroll your initial pulls to get the highest Force values early. 

Nier Reincarnation reroll is actually fairly simple. Play through the prologue and the first Dark Scarecrow fight of Chapter 1: Windblown Sand. After that battle, you should be able to access the main menu in the bottom left corner of the screen (tap there if you don't see it). 

In my playthrough, it appeared at the first Black Bird location, which isn't long after the first encounter. By that point, you'll have around 5,500 gems (perhaps a few more) just from the Gift Box. You'll need 3,000 gems for 10 summons and 300 gems for a single summons. 

Of course, you can try your luck here and summon for a four-star character or weapon, though I've mainly pulled three-star versions the few times I've rerolled. If you wait until the beginning of Chapter 2, you'll unlock the Missions menu, where you can collect more gems for completing challenges like tapping Mama 100 times.

Pulls come in three varieties: blue blocks, gold blocks, and purple blocks. Here's how they break down.

  • Blue = 2-Star
  • Gold = 3-Star
  • Purple = 4-Star

If you don't get what you're looking for, you can reroll relatively quickly. On both Android and iPhone, simply uninstall the game, redownload, and restart. You don't have to remove your app data for rerolling to work.

You'll have to play through the first chapter or two to (hopefully) get some of the best characters in the game, but doing a reroll or two will be worth it. For more on Nier Reincarnation, consider checking out some of our other guides here.  

Nier Reincarnation: How to Tap Mama 100 Times Wed, 04 Aug 2021 19:46:20 -0400 Jonathan Moore

You'll need all of the gems you can get in Nier Reincarnation. They're used for summons, which will let you roll some of the game's best characters (or at least characters to help you through the higher difficulties and Force levels). To get 3,000 free gems, you can tap on Mama 100 times. 

Mama is the companion ghost that follows your character through most of Nier Reincarnation, and while this particular challenge is exactly what it sounds like, there are some pesky subtleties that can make completing it confusing. 

First, you must tap Mama 100 times in-game — during a mission or in Mama's Room (tested on Android; after Chapter 2). It does not work in Reincarnation's menus.

For instance, I completed the challenge as soon as I found Mama in the prologue, so it's possible to complete this task at the very beginning of the game. However, you won't unlock the Missions menu until the beginning of Chapter 2, and thus won't be able to collect your free gems until then. 

It's also important to know that this particular challenge does not appear in the "Challenges" subtab in the Missions menu before you complete it. It only appears after you've met the prerequisites.

You may also have to close the game on iPhone and relaunch it for the rewards to appear; I did. However, the gems did appear as soon as I unlocked the Missions menu on Android.

Make sure you complete this challenge every time you reroll if you're going for a specific character or set of character summons. You can get the 3,000 Gems each time

There are plenty of opportunities to get gems in Nier Reincarnation, from watching ads to logging in daily to fulfilling special tasks.

Tapping Mama 100 times is only one way. The 3,000 gems you add to your coffers will get you 10 summons. Cross your fingers for the best! For more tips, consider checking out our other Nier Reincarnation guides

NieR Reincarnation Character Tier List Wed, 04 Aug 2021 16:16:54 -0400 Sergey_3847

Players can use up to three characters in a single loadout in NieR Reincarnation. If you don't get the characters you want initially, you can reroll characters using gems to build the best team to complete missions and subquests in The Cage. This tier list will outline the best characters in NieR Reincarnation currently.

Outside of rolling some of the most powerful characters in the game with high damage and defense skills, it's also worth summoning and unlocking useful support characters that provide value for your whole team.

S-Tier Characters

A2: Divergent Attacker

  • Weapon: Fire Greatsword
  • Strength: 697
  • HP: 2185

A2 has access to one of the strongest swords in the game, which makes her an extremely dangerous attacker and the most powerful character in NieR Reincarnation overall. On top of that, her attack power is increased by 11% when using the Momentum attack.

Your critical hit chance can also be improved greatly by using a Surprise attack, which increases the critical hit rate by 11% as well.

A2's only drawback is low endurance stat. This means that you need to increase her durability in order to balance things out. Otherwise, she can be a bit too vulnerable to stronger hits from enemies at higher Forces.

2B: Divergent Battler

  • Weapon: Dark Sword
  • Strength: 674
  • HP: 2416

2B is a true combo fighter with an ability to chain up to five different attacks and yield an incredibly high amount of damage. Just like A2, she also has access to the Momentum attack that continually increases her damage by 11%.

Although 2B has low durability, you can increase her agility by using the Shunsho attack. It allows you to move faster, deal high damage faster, and thus stay out of the trap of battles that may drag for too long.

Because of that, 2B is a slightly better character than A2 in certain circumstances, but only by a smidge.

A-Tier Characters

Gale: Abstract Hunter

  • Weapon: Wind Sword
  • Strength: 668
  • HP: 2534

Gale is undoubtedly a very powerful attacker, but her high HP and defense make her a very durable fighter that can take a hit or two without disruption.

Her Desperate attack is good not only for increasing her own damage but also for buffing the attack power of all her allies by 6% for 30 seconds. This makes her a very valuable character during boss fights.

With all that said, Gale's power is inferior to that of A2 and 2B, though she can serve as an excellent support character.

Akeha: Mechanical Assassin

  • Weapon: Light Greatsword
  • Strength: 659
  • HP: 2138

Akeha may not have high damage initially, but once her HP drops below 50%, her attack power increases by 26%. Then, she deals 65% of her base attack to an enemy in four consecutive hits.

This kind of ability can be especially useful in PvP battles, where your chances of surviving may be low, but your chances of winning actually get higher as you lose life.

You can also increase Akeha's defenses by 11% with the help of her Guardian skill.

NieR Reincarnation B-Tier Characters

Dimis: Abstract Gunman

  • Weapon: Dark Gun
  • Strength: 653
  • HP: 3311

Unlike most other characters, Dimis wields a firearm that allows him to be more agile during combat, but it also makes him more vulnerable to strong attacks. His Dark Gun is also not too powerful in comparison to all the greatswords.

Fortunately, his base HP is really high, so he can take many more hits. But his overall best skill is Flash that allows him to blind his enemies with a 75% chance. This status will last for three turns rendering his enemies completely useless.

9S: Divergent Scanner

  • Weapon: Light Sword
  • Strength: 638
  • HP: 2732

9S has everything except high attack power. He's got durability, agility, and excellent defenses, but his light sword just doesn't match the rest of the characters on this list.

But due to his other stats, he can be an excellent ally and support character in almost any type of match.

In PvP his stun ability will be of great value, where he can knock off an enemy and inflict a series of hits using combos for higher damage.

And that's the tier list of the best characters currently in NieR Reincarnation. Be sure to check out our other Reincarnation guides for more tips. 

NieR Reincarnation Black Birds: How to Find Every Crow Mon, 02 Aug 2021 16:19:23 -0400 Jonathan Moore

There are 39 Black Birds, or Crows, to find throughout NieR Reincarnation's nine available chapters as of this writing. Collecting them will give you various rewards to upgrade your characters and weapons. The guide below outlines all of their locations.

Are Black Birds missable? Technically, no. If you miss a crow your first time through a mission, you can replay the mission from the main menu and use this guide to collect it. 

How to Replay Quests

To replay quests, go to the main menu by tapping the Mama icon in the bottom right of the screen. Click the "Quests" icon to the left of "Exploration" at the bottom of the screen. 

Then click "Main Quests." The chapters you've completed will be on the left. Click the banner for the chapter you want to replay. The quests for that chapter will appear on the right. Click the quest you want to replay.

The Deck screen will appear. Uncheck the "Battle Only" at the bottom of the screen (just above and left of "Cancel"). If you don't uncheck this, you'll only play the battle for the quest and won't be able to search for the Black Birds. Once you uncheck that box once, it's unchecked for all other quests.

Click "Start," and you'll at the beginning of the selected mission. 

It's worth noting NieR Reincarnation is essentially linear. That means you can't travel backward from a checkpoint, so make sure to choose the checkpoint before the crow you need to pick up. 

You can see how many Crows you've collected in a chapter by choosing a chapter and looking in the bottom right corner of the screen. Lastly, replaying quests uses 5 Stamina, though that shouldn't ever be an issue.

Chapter 1

Black Bird 1

  • Rewards: XL Character Enhancement x3

After you complete your first battle at the first Dark Scarecrow, you'll go through a door and a large, narrow corridor. You'll emerge into a large cathedral with three sets of stairs.

At the top, turn right to find the Black Bird perched at the edge of a bridge. 

Black Bird 2

  • Rewards: Premium Summon Ticket

After the second Dark Scarecrow, you'll go through a door and into a large hexagonal courtyard. You'll then go up a large spiral staircase. Mama will begin telling you about The Cage. 

The Black Bird is on the third column.

Black Bird 3

  • Rewards: XL Weapon Enhancement x3

After the third Dark Scarecrow, you'll go through a door and emerge outside. Go up the first set of stairs, and then halfway up the second. Look to the right and the column underneath the third set of stairs. 

The Crow is on the second ledge from the column's top. 

Chapter 2

Black Bird 1

  • Rewards: Small Stamina Recovery x4

At the beginning of the chapter, take the stairs right (the stairs Mama says are "the right ones"). At the bottom, start left. Look up to the ruined stairs to the right.

The Crow is hard to see, but it's perched near the bottom of the ruined stairs.

Black Bird 2

  • Rewards: XL Character Enhancement x4

Complete the two Black Barrier fights, and go through a large door. Go up the large staircase to the left. Go right at the top, then go up two more staircases. 

At the top of the third set of stairs, look left. The Bird is at the edge of the platform you're standing on, with an archway behind it in the distance. 

Black Bird 3

  • Rewards: XL Weapon Enhancement x4

After the second Dark Scarecrow here, you'll come to a section that puts you in a top-down view. After you take your first left, the top platform just comes into view. Stop and look for the Black Bird just as the top platform begins to curve right.

Black Bird 4

  • Rewards: Silver Coin x3

As you approach the last Dark Scarecrow for Chapter 2, look to the left of the black light coming up from the Scarecrow. The Bird is perched up on the outer edge of the tower on the left. 

Chapter 3

Black Bird 1

  • Rewards: Emerald x2

This one is behind you at the beginning of the chapter. After getting your first Companion, turn directly around to find it perched on the edge of the platform.

Black Bird 2

  • Rewards: XL Character Enhancement x4

After you stop the sand waterfall with the switch, go up the stairs and find the Black Bird sitting on the block at the top of the stairs. 

Black Bird 3

  • Rewards: XL Character Enhancement x4

Right before the third Dark Scarecrow, you'll see this Black Bird perched on the stone to the left of the path, just before entering the large open area.

Black Bird 4

  • Rewards: XL Weapon Enhancement x5

Directly after the 3-3 Scarecrow battle, you'll find an Old Man. The Crow is perched alongside the path, behind the Old Man. 

Chapter 4

Black Bird 1

  • Rewards: Aquamarine x1

This Crow is to the left of the bridge at the very beginning of the chapter. It's under the first archway on the left.

Black Bird 2

  • Rewards: XL Character Enhancement x5

After Mama helps you open the large gate, you'll come to a collapsed bridge with a Dark Scarecrow on the other side. The Crow is on the broken bridge section to the left. 

Black Bird 3

  • Rewards: XL Weapon Enhancement x5

This one is directly across from the Dark Scarecrow at the top of the musical spiral staircase. You can collect it as soon as the view changes to a top-down perspective.

Black Bird 4

  • Rewards: Small Stamina Recovery x10

As you approach the last Dark Scarecrow, the camera will shift to a top-down perspective. The Crow is perched on top of the wall to the left. 

Chapter 5

Black Bird 1

  • Rewards: Explorer's Ticket

After going through the first large door, you'll ascend a staircase on the left. At the top, you'll come to a hexagonal platform. The Bird is to the left, at the bottom of the small connecting bridge in front of you.

Black Bird 2

  • Rewards: XL Character Enhancement x6

After destroying the second Black Barrier, you'll come to a set of stairs going up and left. In the distance, you'll see a column with a star-like platform. The Bird is perched on the fourth point from the left.

Black Bird 3

  • Rewards: Medium Stamina Recovery x1

After the last Scarecrow, continue along the path and ascend the staircase. The camera will shift to an overhead viewpoint. At the top, look at the column on the left to find the Crow sitting on a ledge. 

Black Bird 4

  • Rewards: XL Weapon Enhancement x6

After destroying a Black Barrier and going up a curved set of stairs, you'll come to a ramp leading down. Take it down and look for the Crow on the last pillar on the left. 

Chapter 6

Black Bird 1

  • Rewards: Inscriptions in Stone Summon Ticket x5

From the beginning of the chapter, go straight ahead across the bridge. Near the end, you'll see a pile of rubble in the middle of the bridge. The Crow is in the middle of the rubble. 

Black Bird 2

  • Rewards: XL Character Enhancement x6

After you teleport far across the map, go right and up a winding staircase. The Crow is near the top of the third pillar along the staircase. Don't exit the staircase at the top before getting the Bird; you can't go back down the stairs. 

Black Bird 3

  • Rewards: XL Character Enhancement x6

After clearing the Black Barrier off of the elevator switch for the second time, you'll cross a bridge. Go under the first archway, and the path will go to the right. There is a pile of rubble to the left before the path goes right. The Crow is on a ledge beneath the rubble. 

Black Bird 4

  • Rewards: XL Weapon Enhancement x6

Like 6-3, you'll need to clear two Black Barriers off of the elevator switch to reach the top. When you reach the top, you'll see a bridge in front of you that goes up at the end. The Black Bird is on the right side of the bridge before it ascends at the end. 

Chapter 7

Black Bird 1

  • Rewards: Bronze Coin x17

After taking the elevator all the way down, you'll see a short bridge and a Dark Scarecrow in front of you. Stop in the middle of the bridge, then look left and down to find the Black Bird perched on stone.

Black Bird 2

  • Rewards: XL Character Enhancement x6

After you get to the bottom of the elevator, you'll go through a door and down some stairs. The path will curve out to the left a bit, around a column on the right. There is a tree just behind the column and just before the bridge. The Crow is on the tree. 

Black Bird 3

  • Rewards: Premium Summon Ticket

Take the elevator down to the bottom and follow the path to a teleporter. Use the teleporter, and turn right after you warp to the far side. The bird is on a ledge to the right of the teleporter. 

Black Bird 4

  • Rewards: XL Weapon enhancement x7

After going through the first door, you'll enter a circular courtyard with a bridge on the other side. Cross the bridge and stop at the archway. The bird is perched above the archway. 

Chapter 8

Black Bird 1

  • Rewards: XL Weapon Enhancement x7

Load into the chapter, and turn around. Go left to the edge of the platform. You'll see the Crow perched on an outcropping just below the platform you're standing on. 

Black Bird 2

  • Rewards: XL Character Enhancement x7

As you turn onto the bridge that leads to the second Dark Scarecrow of the chapter (after the characters talk about soup), you'll see a tree to the right side. The Bird is perched on a branch, close to the trunk. 

Black Bird 3

  • Rewards: XL Character Enhancement x7

After the second Black Barrier fight, the camera will shift to a top-down perspective. You'll come to a narrow staircase bridge leading slightly downward, spanning a grey abyss. Near the beginning of the bridge, look to the right to see the Bird perched on the ledge of a column. 

Black Bird 4

  • Rewards: Gold Coin x2

After the first Black Barrier fight, look to the left of the screen into the distance. You'll see two octagonal platforms. The platform closest to you has three ledges (including the top platform). The Bird is perched on the bottom ledge. 

Chapter 9

Black Bird 1

  • Rewards: Silver Coin x9

After you pull the lever and go through the gate, go down the stairs and stop at the bottom. Look at the pillar on the right to find the Bird sitting on the ledge on the left side.

Black Bird 2

  • Rewards: XL Character Enhancement x8

After the two Black Barrier fights, you'll descend a spiral staircase. Look to the left of the staircase when you reach the bottom to find this Black Bird perched just on the edge of the platform.

Black Bird 3

  • Rewards: Light of Memory

As you approach the next Dark Scarecrow, you'll enter an area with sand "waterfalls," a bridge in front of you, and broken bridges on the left and right sides. Look to the broken bridge on the right; the Bird is perched on the first pillar. 

Black Bird 4

  • Rewards: XL Character Enhancement x8

After the last Dark Scarecrow, continue through the door and follow the path. You'll go through some Barrier fights and eventually turn right, with the camera shifting to a side-scrolling perspective.

There is a large pillar in the background, with the next Dark Scarecrow further back. The Bird is on the lowest ledge of the pillar.


And those are the locations for all of the Black Birds, or Crows, in Nier Reincarnation so far. If you found this guide useful, consider checking out our other tips articles for Memoirs and Ascending characters and weapons

NieR Re[in]carnation Release Date Set for July, Gets New Trailer Mon, 28 Jun 2021 13:48:18 -0400 Jonathan Moore

NieR Re[in]carnation, the upcoming mobile game set in the NieR universe, has a release date. It will launch on July 28, 2021, for iOS and Android. It won't be a worldwide release, though. It will initially be available only in North America, Europe, and Korea. There's no word on when it will make its way to other regions. 

NieR Re[in]carnation will be a free download and feature microtransactions. Creative Director Yoko Taro confirmed the inclusion of gacha mechanics and microtransactions in April 2020. 

Since being announced, Re[in]carnation has amassed 400,000 pre-registrations, according to Square Enix. To celebrate that milestone, the developer will gift players 3,000 gems and an Enhancement Pack, which includes a "Large Character Enhancement x20, XL Character Enhancement x20, Large Weapon Enhancement x20, XL Weapon Enhancement x20."

The next milestone is 500,000 pre-registrants, which includes more free gems and materials, as well as the Weapon Evolution Pack. Beyond that is 600,000 pre-registrants, which also includes gems and materials as rewards, plus the Material Pack. 

The NieR Re[in]carnation release date comes alongside a new trailer for the game. The opening cinematic trailer gives more insight into The Cage and the game's overarching narrative. It also gives fans a better look at the NieR Re[in]carnation combat system.

In other news, (ICYMI) NieR Replicant Ver.1.22474487139..., a remaster of the original NieR, was released earlier this year for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. In our review, we said that Ver. 1.22474487139 "improves on almost all aspects to offer something for both newcomers and veterans alike." Read more here if you haven't played it yet. 

NieR Reincarnation Pre-Registration Open in Select Regions Wed, 12 May 2021 10:48:44 -0400 David Carcasole

NieR Reincarnation is the first game in the Nier franchise to make its way onto mobile devices, and fans in select regions can now start pre-registering for the game ahead of its launch. The game will launch on July 28 in North America, Europe, and Korea. 

The game will be released on both iOS and Android, though Android players pre-registering on the Google Play Store could potentially participate in a closed beta for the game. Players will be selected at random, so keep a watchful eye to see if you've been chosen when the time comes. 

Those interested can pre-register on the official NieR Reincarnation website. Square said that pre-registration is open in 33 regions, including the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Ireland.

Square also said that "by reaching 300,000 pre-registrants, all players will receive 3,000 gems upon the game’s release, allowing them to complete one 10x Summon for free."

NieR Reincarnation is a turn-based action command RPG that follows the journey of a young girl who has awoken to find herself in a place called The Cage.

The trailer above showcases NieR Reincarnation's excellent visual style, complemented by intense turn-based combat and a mysterious and intriguing story. It's an entirely new story set within the NieR universe, and it looks to be shaping up as a worthwhile expansion of that world. 

NieR Reincarnation was announced in summer 2020, and Square shared a gameplay trailer then that provides another look at the game in action

For those looking to adventure through the NieR universe on console, NieR Replicant, a remaster of the original NieR, recently released. We said "it improves on almost all aspects to offer something for both newcomers and veterans alike." You can read the full review here

NieR Reincarnation Trailer Highlights The Cage, New Gameplay Mon, 13 Jul 2020 13:59:39 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Square Enix announced NieR: Reincarnation (or Re[in]carnation if you want to get technical) for mobile devices a few months back. After near total silence since then, we're finally getting a first look at Reincarnation's gameplay and characters by way of a new trailer.

The information comes from the official NieR Reincarnation website, as translated by Sal Romano of Gematsu.

The protagonist so far doesn't have a name. She's just "Girl in White," a lost girl who wakes up on the stone floor of what's called The Cage, a huge structure built by an unknown architect. The girl must travel to the top of The Cage to "reclaim what was lost and atone for her sins."

She's not alone on her journey through The Cage's myriad environments. Acting as her guide is a mysterious ghost-shaped creature that calls itself Mama, which the Reincarnation website describes as mischievous, frequently messing with decorations in the environment or stopping the journey to appreciate the scenery.

Finally is Dark Monster, a creature shaped like a bug in knight's armor, but with unknown goals and purposes.

All this info accompanies the new NieR Reincarnation trailer showing the gameplay in action. It gives a look at some of The Cage's different environments, snippets of the battle system, and some intriguing 2D side-scrolling segments that swap art styles for something akin to classical Japanese ukiyo-e style.

But we'll have to wait to find out more, including a NieR Reincarnation release date.

The original story is over on Gematsu if you want to check it out. There's an open beta planned for the end of this month in Japan, and NieR Replicant is still in the works as well. Hopefully, we'll hear more about both projects soon, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more NieR Reincarnation news as it develops.

Yoko Taro Confirms NieR: Re[in]carnation Will Have Gacha Mechanics Mon, 20 Apr 2020 12:15:38 -0400 Josh Broadwell

During the Dengeki Famitsu Game Awards 2019, NieR Creative Director Yoko Taro provided a bit more information about the upcoming NieR mobile game, NieR Re[in]carnation. Among other things, he said NieR: Re[in]carnation will be a gacha game.

The news came via a video segment DualShockers translated, a video that also contained a brief trailer for the upcoming mobile spinoff.

How NieR: Re[in]carnation handles gacha remains unclear. Yoko Taro basically just said it's a thing and moved on. What we do know is the game looks absolutely fantastic for a mobile title.

In fact, Yoko Taro said it will be so amazing in all respects, players won't even realize it's a mobile game.

The trailer shows the protagonist with a compatriot of some kind exploring some massive locations, with strategic wideshots, good use of lighting, and the trademark NieR sense of atmosphere.

There's still no word on what we can actually expect from NieR: Re[in]carnation or when it will release. That's not all the NieR goodness we can look forward to either, with NieR Replicant on the horizon as well.

You can check out the full story over on DualShockers. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more NieR news as it develops.