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Weapons are used by Nier to fight and defend himself in NieR. Only one-handed swords are available for the first half of the game, then in the second half of the game, two-handed swords and spears can be used and collected. Each weapon type has special properties and a unique attack set, including different special attacks and dodge maneuvers. All weapons can be charged, at the start, middle, or end of a combo to initiate a strong charge attack that deals more damage or hits a wide area. The swing speed of a weapon is influenced by its weapon type and its weight.

List of WeaponsEdit

One-Handed WeaponsEdit

This is the fastest type of weapon, with a 5-hit base combo, which hits in a wide area in front of him. However, they also deal the least damage and due to the weight, have also the least force behind them. The ground special attack is a quick thrust that deals no damage, but makes guarding opponents stumble backward, leaving them open for attacks. When used while airborne, the special attack lets Nier crush his sword with force into the ground beneath him, damaging everything close to the impact. This attack is also known as "Skull Crusher". If Nier attacks out of a dodge, he will perform a horizontal slash.

Name Damage (L1) Damage (L2) Damage (L3) Damage (L4) Magic Power (L1) Magic Power (L2) Magic Power (L3) Magic Power (L4) Weight (L1) Weight (L2) Weight (L3) Weight (L4)
Nameless Blade 100 112 152 204 0% 10% 20% 30% Light Light Light Light
Nirvana Dagger 106 125 160 213 0% 10% 20% 40% Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate
Moonrise 109 128 165 217 10% 10% 20% 40% Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate
Rebirth 115 132 169 221 10% 10% 30% 40% Very Light Very Light Very Light Very Light
Lily-Leaf Sword 123 146 187 250 20% 30% 40% 60% Light Moderate Moderate Heavy
Blade of Treachery 139 179 231 255 20% 30% 40% 50% Heavy Heavy Heavy Heavy
Earth Wyrm's Claw 142 163 209 271 30% 40% 50% 60% Very Heavy Very Heavy Heavy Moderate
Faith 147 189 240 266 20% 30% 40% 50% Very Light Light Light Moderate
Iron Pipe 179 179 217 266 30% 30% 40% 50% Light Light Light Light
Ancient Overlord 194 245 271 283 30% 50% 50% 50% Very Light Very Light Very Light Very Light
Labyrinth's Whisper 112 128 147 313 10% 10% 20% 60% Very Heavy Very Heavy Very Heavy Very Heavy
Beastbain 172 221 282 313 40% 40% 60% 70% Heavy Heavy Heavy Heavy
Phoenix Dagger 240 300 332 346 50% 70% 70% 80% Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate

Fool's Embrace (DLC)

200 277 289 400 30% 50% 60% 80% Very Heavy Very Heavy Very Heavy Very Heavy

Two-Handed WeaponsEdit

Two-Handed Swords deal the most damage of all weapon types and hit everything around Nier in a wide area, but are also the slowest due to their immense weight. Nier can barely swing these giant weapons around, having problems to keep them in motion, resulting in a slow, heavy hitting 3-hit combo, that is nonetheless devastating against crowded enemies. Due to the sheer power behind each of these attacks they break the guard of blocking enemies easily. The special attack results in Nier spinning around for a round about 2-hit attack. Air special attack also performs the "Skull Crusher", but with a lot more force. When used after a dodge, Nier does a slow, vertical upward slash.

Name Damage (L1) Damage (L2) Damage (L3) Damage (L4) Magic Power (L1) Magic Power (L2) Magic Power (L3) Magic Power (L4) Weight (L1) Weight (L2) Weight (L3) Weight (L4)
Kusanagi 295 339 571 659 20% 30% 40% 40% Light Light Light Light
Fang of the Twins 312 358 595 686 20% 30% 40% 50% Light Moderate Heavy Heavy
Beastlord 329 378 620 715 20% 30% 40% 50% Heavy Heavy Heavy Heavy
Iron Will 200 389 633 730 0% 30% 40% 50% Very Light Extra Heavy Extra Heavy Extra Heavy
Phoenix Sword 400 646 715 760 30% 40% 50% 50% Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate
Axe of Beheading 364 418 700 807 40% 30% 40% 40% Heavy Heavy Heavy Heavy
Vile Axe 384 442 729 841 40% 30% 40% 50% Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Very Heavy
Labyrinth's Song 223 257 295 860 10% 10% 20% 60% Very Heavy Very Heavy Very Heavy Very Heavy
Fool's Lament (DLC) 400 730 760 999 30% 50% 50% 80% Very Heavy Very Heavy Very Heavy Very Heavy

SpearsEdit

Spears are in between the other two weapon types in terms of speed and damage. They deal more damage than one-handed swords, while being a bit slower, but deal less damage than two-handed weapons, but are also much faster. Their base combo consists of 3 thrusting attacks, that have a long vertical reach, but hit almost in no horizontal area. It's also impossible to change the attack direction mid-combo, making it difficult to deal with groups of enemies. Both specials result in a very useful rapid charge attack, that has a huge reach and goes through enemies. After a dodge, spears perform a horizontal swing, their only means of hitting an area outside of their special attack. Since the charge attack covers a lot of ground, Nier can use it in combination with forward dodges to travel around far quicker than by running (Special Attack -> Dodge -> Dodge -> Special Attack...).

Name Damage (L1) Damage (L2) Damage (L3) Damage (L4) Magic Power (L1) Magic Power (L2) Magic Power (L3) Magic Power (L4) Weight (L1) Weight (L2) Weight (L3) Weight (L4)
Transience 221 254 312 368 20% 30% 40% 50% Light Light Light Light
The Devil Queen 234 268 325 383 20% 30% 40% 50% Moderate Heavy Heavy Very Heavy
Beastcurse 247 284 339 399 20% 30% 40% 50% Heavy Heavy Heavy Heavy
Dragoon Lance 300 353 416 442 30% 40% 50% 60% Moderate Heavy Heavy Very Heavy
Labyrinth's Shout 168 192 221 460 10% 10% 20% 60% Very Heavy Very Heavy Very Heavy Very Heavy
Fool's Accord (DLC) 300 416 433 600 30% 50% 60% 80% Very Heavy Very Heavy Very Heavy Very Heavy
Spear of the Usurper 364 418 510 600 40% 50% 60% 70% Very Light Light Moderate Moderate
Sunrise 384 442 531 625 40% 50% 60% 70% Moderate Heavy Heavy Very Heavy
Captain's Holy Spear 467 553 652 693 50% 60% 70% 80% Heavy Heavy Very Heavy Very Heavy
Phoenix Spear 490 576 679 721 50% 60% 70% 80% Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate

TriviaEdit

  • All spears have a lightning Aura.
  • Phoenix Spear has the highest initial attack power on level 1 out of any weapon, with 490 damage.
  • On max level, the strongest weapons for each type are Fool's Embrace (Phoenix Dagger without DLC), Phoenix Spear and Fool's Lament (Labyrinth's Song without DLC). With 999 attack power, the latter is also the most powerful in the entire game.
  • Many of the weapons were originally owned by Caim, in Drakengard, under a different name. When the final battle in Drakengard's Ending E ensued, his weapons were scattered across the land, to be found centuries later by Nier.

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