Desert Zone in Nier: Automata is the second large zone you will travel to for the quest: The Machine Surge. The area used to be part of a city, but has lost its vegetation due to draught, which caused the soil to erode and become sand, easily shifted by the winds.


General Information


Desert Zone Map


NPCs in the area





Desert Zone Walkthrough


You will first arrive at this zone for the quest The Machine Surge. There is a camp with a Supply Trader and a save point right before heading in. Some enemies and materials lie about in the zone before you meet up with your resisance contact, who blows up the passage into the Desert.

 If you stick to the right of the map, you will find an open area that you can follow a slope down. Going down, you will discover a lower subterranean portion of the Desert Zone. Here, some Small Stubby enemies linger, but you can also find a chest with Dented Socket, Severed Cable, Broken Battery, Stripped Screw, Crushed Nut and Small Gear. Continue investigating the underground and fight some Medium Bipeds. Past them another chest with two Memory Alloy awaits. Other chests include Medium Recovery, 2000G and Gold Ore.

Once in the Desert, follow your compass to defeat some clusters of enemies and proceed with your quest, following a small unit that will lead you towards the Desert Housing complex.

 Side Quests



Desert Zone Map


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