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Trophy Guide by PFirefly

Version: 1.2 | Updated: 05/04/10

Nier - PS3, US Trophy Guide
Written by PFirefly
Email - senshi_hotaru@yahoo.com

Table of Contents

Version History
Fishing and Farming tips
Trophy List and Details
Weapon List and Location
Frequently Asked Questions

Version History

1.0 -- Initial guide complete
1.1 -- Minor edits, and formatting
1.12 - Fixed typos, errors, and added details about havesting and making
1.2 -- Alternate strategies for gardener, man of means, and upgrading
       trophies added. Added a missing weapon to the list at the end.


This is my first guide. Considering the lack of a proper trophy list, and the
ease that you can get them if you know what you're doing, I took it on myself
to fill the gap.

The trophies are mostly broken up into the sections of the game you can get
them. 00-Prologue, 01-Sealed Verses, and 02-Five Years Later. My guide should
allow you to get platinum in a minimum of time and playthroughs.

I try to keep spoilers to a minimum, but some are unavoidable. You have been

Fishing and Farming Tips


There are 15 types of fish, and each has a preferred habitat and bait type.
When you first get the fishing pole you don't have the fishing level to catch
stronger fish easily. In theory you could catch the Rhizodont as soon as you
get a pole, but it's not likely.

You can increase your fishing level by accepting quests from the gentleman that
gave you a pole in the first place. As a general rule, you don't need to press
x ever, just pull back on the stick as soon as you see it bite (violent pull on
the line) and then pull in the opposite direction it is swimming. If you're
doing it right the line won't break and the fish's health will go down faster.

You can adjust the camera to make it easier to see when you've got a bite, so
adjust as needed to where you're comfortable. More detail will be in the
fishing related trophies.


The game uses your internal clock to determine how long plants have been
growing. You can "cheat" the game by saving, setting your clock ahead by a day,
and then loading. Generally you should fertilize before planting. Bounty 
increases the output, Flowering doubles the window of opportunity for harvest
-ing, and Speed cuts the grow time in half. It not required though, so don't
fertilize if don't want to.

If you are using the clock cheat then I recommend the Bounty fertilizer which
can be bought for 300g from the item shop in Seafront and Facade

More details in the farming related trophies.

Trophy List and Details

Storyline Trophies

These trophies are unlocked by just playing through the main story and are
not missable unless you stop playing ;)


Name: The Book of Legend

Description: Grimoire Weiss joined your party

Type: Bronze

Details: Obtained towards the end of the first dungeon in part 01


Name: The Wild Companion

Description: Kaine joined your party

Type: Bronze

Details: Obtained after your second fight against the Hook Shade at the Aerie.


Name: Mellow Companion

Description: Emil Joined your party

Type: Bronze

Details: Obtained in part 02 as soon as you visit Emil in the Manor


Name: Release

Description: Freed Kaine from her petrification

Type: Bronze

Details: Obtained in part 02 after beating Jack in your third encounter.


Name: Key Collector

Description: Unlocked the key to the Shadowlord's Castle

Type: Bronze

Details: Obtained in part 02 after collecting the key fragments from the
Lost Shrine, Forest of Myth, Junk Heap, the Aerie, and the desert.


Name: A world in Flux

Description: You defeated the Shadowlord

Type: Bronze

Details: Obtained when you defeat the Shadowlord, duh :P

Prologue Trophies

You can get these two in other parts of the game, but they're the easiest to
get here. I recommend playing on normal for this trophy so they won't kill
you, but you won't kill them too quickly either.


Name: Combo Fanatic

Description: You pulled off a 50-hit combo

Type: Bronze

Details: After the first two waves of enemies you will get a seemingly endless
wave attacking you. The combo keeps going even if you whiff an attack or get 
hit, you just need to get another hit within 2 seconds to keep it going. No
need for fancy maneuvers, just spam your basic attack.


Name: Combo Master

Description: You pulled off a 100-hit combo

Type: Silver

Details: Just keep your combo going after getting 50, and you'll have this in
no time :)

Part 01 - Sealed Verses

Most of the trophies can be obtained during this section. Only a few will
require additional work in section 02, or are specific to part 02 which will be
listed in that section.


Name: The Magic Man

Description: You learned every type of magic

Type: Bronze

Details: Obtained automatically by the end of part 01


Name: Wordsmith

Description: You collected 50% of all words

Type: Bronze

Details: You earn words for killing certain enemies or completing quests. You
can check your progress in Grimoire Weiss, but won't get this till part way
into part 02. If you kill every new enemy you see you should obtain this
easily. There are only a few words that are quest rewards and they are listed

Paho ---- (Quest: A Shade Entombed)
Varil --- (Quest: A Tale of the Study)
Ulal ---- (Quest: The Great Tree)
Otza ---- (Quest: Disturbing the Sleep of Kings)
Konkarr - (Quest: Disturbing the Sleep of Kings)
Ashurka - (Quest: A Bridge in Peril)
Solira -- (Quest: Master of the Southern Plains)


Name: Man of Means

Description: You accumulated 1,000,000 pieces of gold

Type: Bronze

Details: This one is both easy and hard. You probably won't get this trophy
till in part 02. I'm listing it here so you can get it quicker. Basically,
DON'T BUY ANYTHING, EVER. If you are playing on easy or normal you don't 
actually need to ever buy anything. Health items are easily found and many of
the weapons can be found, or purchased after getting this trophy.

I HIGHLY recommend saving every piece of gold you can till you get the trophy.
The weapon upgrading and collecting trophies can wait till after this one. By
all means, collect the ones out of the chests still, but just don't buy any

The way to actually earn this much is to do every quest you can. There are 36
quests in part 01, and 34 in part 02. Total money you could earn this way is
779,800. Some quests will give you less depending on your actions or purchases.

The easiest way to get the rest is to cultivate and sell white moonflowers.
They sell for 5000, and using the guidelines listed below you can cultivate for
the seeds and then sell the flowers. When cultivating you can only choose to
harvest flowers or seeds, when you plant white moonflowers, each seed will give
you 2 seeds, doubling your investment. 

Basically, use the clock cheat to get enough seeds (each seed can produce 1
flower) to meet the rest of your money requirements then switch to harvesting 
flowers. This method should allow you to earn 300k in about 20 minutes. Or you
could just do this as soon as you have the three rows and do it for all the
money, though this isn't a fun process and can take 3-4 hours.

*                                                                             *
*      Alternate Strategy, according to G1234, Original author unknown        *
*                                                                             *
* Rice sells for 300G each, and you get at least 9 per pod, w/o water or      *
* fert. With water, it goes up to an average of 11x per pod. With water and   *
* Bounty Fert you get up to 14x or higher, but I don't personally use Fert    *
* since it costs money.                                                       *
*                                                                             *
* With the White MF you have to harvest seeds, which seem to output max 3     *
* seeds per plot, with Bounty Fert and Water. Having to harvest the seeds     *
* first, and then plant them equates too much time, it doesn't make enough    *
* money to cover the time loss, not to mention the fact that you can only     *
* carry a maximum of 10 in your inventory, before you HAVE to go sell.        *
*                                                                             *


Name: Village Handyman

Description: You completed 10 quests

Type: Bronze

Details: Self explanatory, complete 10 quests. You should get this easily
within the first 5 hours if you take the time to do them. Keep an eye out for
speech bubbles, and check the local bar since many quests are given by the
people inside drinking.


Name: Jack of All Trades

Description: You completed 20 quests

Type: Bronze

Details: More of the same, keep running those errands :P


Name: Go-To guy

Description: You completed 30 missions

Type: Silver

Details: Same ol' same ol' There are 36 quests in part 01 so
this trophy is doable now. Some of them are quite involved and will take
some patience and plenty of running, but none are truly hard.


Name: Legendary Gardener

Description: You successfully cultivated the legendary flower

Type: Bronze

Details: Be sure to do both the quests for your village's florist to unlock 
your whole field. I'm going to assume that you are using the clock cheat to get
this, so just follow the clock cheat steps between each planting and harvesting
I list below.

*IMPORTANT* Because you want seeds, not flowers, you need to actually advance
the clock ahead 36 hours to get to the moonflower grass stage where it has

When planting, alternate between flowers. Ie, red, gold, red, gold, red would
be one row, then do the same with the next two rows.

Purchase, or find 18 red moonflower (MF) seeds, 12 gold MF seeds, and 6 blue MF

Using bounty fertilizer, alternate planting of red and gold MF seeds, water.

Cheat, harvest. If you don't get at least 9 peach MF seeds, reload your save
and try again.

Next, bounty fertilizer, alternate gold and blue MF seeds, water.

Cheat, harvest. Reload if you don't get at least 6 indigo MF seeds.

Next, bounty fertilizer, alternate red and indigo MF seeds, water.

Cheat, harvest. Reload if you don't get at least 6 pink MF seeds.

Next, bounty fertilizer, alternate peach and pink MF seeds, water.

Cheat, harvest. If you don't get any white MF seeds, reload.

Once you harvest the white MF seed, you'll get your trophy. Using the white MF
seed, you can then start making money faster than doing the missions.

Enjoy your trophy :)


Some people have been reporting that reloading doesn't change the results and
that only by replanting were they able to get a white MF to appear.


Name: Fish of Legend

Description: You caught a rhizodant

Type: Bronze

Details: Make sure to do all the fishing quests for the fisherman (the guy
who gave you a pole) to make this easier. You'll have to wait till part 02
to finish his quests though. The legendary fish has the mosthealth of any
you've gone after.

Fish location: Desert, yup weird, but that's where it is. There is a fast
moving area of sand that's basically sand/water. There's a dock in the NE
corner and SW corner of the desert.

Use carp for bait, and have patience. Even using its favorite bait you still
have a low chance to get it to even bite. You'll know when it bites by the
pattern on the line: medium nibble, medium nibble, BITE. If you don't get a
medium nibble on the first pull, reel in your line so you don't waste the

This is a matter of patience, so buy an extra controller for when you smash
your first one :P


Name: A Round by the Pond

Description: You caught every type of fish

Type: Silver

Details: Same as above, do fishing quests to increase you level and use the
proper bait. You'll have to wait till part 02 to finish the fishing quests

There are 15 fish and many can be caught easily without special bait at all.
I'll specify the ideal location and bait, as well as the bite pattern. The
village is your starting village. Some of the fish, especially the desert ones
have a low chance to even bite in the first place, so have patience.

The bite patterns will be described as:
S: small nibble (1 small tug) M: medium nibble (2 small tugs) B: BITE

Shaman Fish --- Seafront Beach (where the seals are), lure, SSB

Sardine ------- Seafront Warf, lugworm, MB

Blowfish ------ Seafront Warf, lugworm, SSB

Bream --------- Seafront Warf, lure, MMB

Shark --------- Seafront Warf, sardine, SB

Blue Marlin --- Seafront Warf, sardine, B

Dunkleosteus -- Seafront Warf, sardine, SMB

Carp ---------- Village, earthworm, MB

Rainbow Trout - Northern Plains, lure, SSB

Black Bass ---- Village, lure, SB

Giant Catfish - Eastern Road, carp, B

Royal Fish ---- Eastern Road, earthworm, MSB

Hyneria ------- Desert, sardine, SSB

Sandfish ------ Desert, lure, B

Rhizodant ----- Desert, carp, MMB

Total difficulty for this trophy? Two smashed controllers :P


Name: Material Hunter

Description: You collected 50 types of raw materials

Type: Bronze

Details: This one is easily accomplished by making sure to kill new animals for
meat and hides, as well as gathering every sparkle you can. This one should be
obtained easily in part 01 if you follow this advice. I don't know if you have
to have them all on you at once, but I did so better safe than sorry :)


Name: All Aboard!

Description: Rode a boar for at least five minutes

Type: Bronze

Details: Fairly easy. After completing the boar mission and obtaining the
tusk, you can then ride boars in any open area. I did this in the Northern
Plains since it has only weak enemies and a few sheep. Hold x and use the
L2 and R2 buttons with the analog stick to drift. Don't run into a rock
and you should be fine.


Name: The Sheep Whisperer

Description: You killed 100 sheep

Type: Bronze

Details: As a general rule, never approach any animal from the front or rear,
they will kick your ass. Approach from the side and hack away. You'll have to
re-enter the area a few times to get enough sheep. As a bonus, you can sell
10 packs of mutton to a woman sitting near the fountain in your town's market
for 1500g. Easy money :)

Part 02 - Five Years Later


Name: Weapons Collector

Description: You found every weapon

Type: Silver

Details: I have the weapon list and locations located after the trophy section.
I recommend doing this after the Man of Means trophy. However, keep collecting
just don't buy any till you get 1,000,000g since it will make it that much
harder later.


Name: Upgrade Apprentice

Description: You upgraded five weapons to their maximum level

Type: Bronze

Details: Each weapon has four levels, and requires 1000g and various materials
to upgrade each time. Most materials can be bought at shops if you don't feel
like gathering them. I recommend doing this after the Man of Means trophy.


According to Chupacabrabra, materials have a higher drop rate while playing on
easy. Before loading your save, change the difficulty setting in the options
menu to easy.


Name: Reform Specialist

Description: You upgraded fifteen weapons to their maximum level

Type: Bronze

Details: Same as above, just ten more times. I recommend doing this after the
Man of Means trophy.


Name: Forging Master

Description: You upgraded thirty weapons to their maximum level

Type: Silver

Details: You know what to do :) I recommend doing this after the Man of Means
trophy. I'll update later with a list of materials and locations.


Name: Educated Warrior

Description: You read the final novel segment

type: Bronze

Details: Just read Kaine's story after beating the game. After the final boss
you will have the option to save. Load and select to read Kaine's dream.


Name: Call Her Back

Description: You viewed the first ending

Type: Silver

Details: Beat the game the first time. After the final boss the game asks you
to save, do so and when you load it, it will carry over all your xp, weapons
and items. the new game+ starts you out at the start of part 02


Name: Lingering Memories

Description: You viewed the second ending

Type: Silver

Details: Beat the game again, there's just more story this time. Same as last
time, it asks you to save, do so. When you load you'll start the same place as
before and be on your 2nd new game+ where I recommend going for the boss time
trial trophies. You'll be strong enough to get them by now, but you'll miss
out on some great story sequences.


Name: Thank You

Description: You viewed the third ending

Type: Gold

Details: Be sure to do the boss time trial trophies during this playthrough.
They are listed after the fourth ending trophy.

Same as before, except an extra boss fight. *Important* The game will ask a
question and you need to select the FIRST option.

Be sure to save before entering the Shadowlord's castle so you can get the 4th
ending trophy without playing through yet another new game+


Name: Something Very Special

Description: You viewed the fourth ending

Type: Gold

Details: Reload the save I asked you to make before the final boss. When it 
asks you the question this time, choose the second option. *Important* After
getting this trophy all your save data for the game will be deleted, so make a
back up before doing this if you want to keep your saves.


Name: King of the lost Shrine

Description: You defeated Gretel within 2 1/2 minutes

Type: Silver

Details: Assuming you are doing this on your second new game+ like I advised,
this trophy, and the other boss trophies will be cake thanks to being WAY over
powered. Save before attempting any of the boss trophies just in case. You
should already know his strengths and weakness from the first two times you 
fought him. Kick his ass :)

If you need a little more oomph, use strength and magic drops.


Name: A True Friend

Description: You stopped the berserk Kaine within 1 minute

type: Silver

Details: Follow the above guidelines for an easy win.


Name: Boss of the Junk Heap

Description: You defeated P-33 within 4 1/2 minutes

Type: Silver

Details: Nothing new :)


Name: Scourge of the Aerie

Description: You defeated Wendy within 8 1/2 minutes

Type: Silver

Details: Same stuff, different monster.


Name: Protector of the Facade

Description: You defeated Roc within 3 1/2 minutes

Details: Keep up the good work! :)


Name: Permission Granted

Description: You drove off the twins within 2 1/2 minutes

Details: These next five are part of a marathon of final encounters. You
can save before this boss, but not before the next four. You may have 
reload your save to get this, but as long as you have a healthy supply of
drops, and use what you've learned you should get through these five just


Name: A Dirge for the Hero

Description: You defeated Goose within 2 minutes

Type: Silver

Details: Same strategies, kick his ass :)


Name: Soul Crusher

Description: You defeated the twins within 3 1/2 minutes

Type: Silver

Details: Keep going ;)


Name: Book Burner

Description: You defeated Grimoire Noir within three 1/2 minutes

Type: Silver

Details: He doesn't even put up a fight.


Name: The Once and Final King

Description: You defeated the Shadowlord within 3 1/2 minutes

Type: Silver

Details: Shadowpansy is more like it.


Name: The Strongest Bond

Description: You defeated the berserk Kaine within 3 1/2 minutes

Type: Silver

Details: You can get this one during ending 3 or 4. Be sure to save before
this fight so you can redo it if you fail, and for the fourth ending. Use
what you have learned in your struggles, and some drops :)

Special Trophies

Name: Lightspeed Fighter

Description: You completed the game within 15 hours

Type: Silver

Details: After getting the fourth ending trophy, start a brand new game on Easy
difficulty. Don't do ANY extra quests, skip all dialogs, and use what you've
learned to beat bosses quickly. *Run, don't walk* Do the boar quest so you can
ride them to save travel time.

The game time never stops unless you quit out. That means opening your menu,
pressing the PS button, or any other normal way to stop the game clock won't
work. Saving and exiting is the only way to keep the time from advancing.

Save often so you can replay bosses or sections you felt you took too long on.
You should be able to beat the game within 8-10 hours, probably less.


Name: Platinum

Description: Acquired all the other trophies

Type: Platinum

Details: Self-explanatory. It takes roughly 40-50 hours, or less depending on
your efficiency. Enjoy it, you earned it :)

Weapon List and Locations

There are three types of weapons: One handed, two handed, and spears. I prefer
spears myself. I'll only be listing the earliest locations and prices since 
this isn't a weapons faq, sorry. 

You practically trip over the weapon boxes in dungeons, so there should be no
reason to miss them, leaving only the quest and store purchases to aquire.

One Handed Weapons

Nameless Blade - Starting equipment

Lily-Leaf Sword - 2,400g, starting village

Nirvana Dagger - Box in the Lost shrine on the staircase

Moonrise - Obtained from a guard in the southern plains for saving him

Rebirth - Obtained from the prince of Facade after the Barren Temple

Earth Wyrm's Claw - 8,400g, blacksmith in Facade

Blade of Treachery - Box in the Manor right before the boss

Beastbain - 16,800g, blacksmith in starting village

Faith - Obtained from the mayor of the Forest of Myth after freeing
        him and the other two residents from the Deathdream

Ancient Overlord - Acquired form the King of Facade, part 02

Phoenix Dagger - 31,200, blacksmith in Seaport village, part 02

Labyrinth's Whisper - Quest reward: A Bridge in Peril

Iron Pipe - Quest reward: The Magical Stone

Two Handed Weapons

Kusanagi - Auto-acquired beginning of part 02

Axe of Beheading - 19,200g, blacksmith in starting village, part 02

Fang of the Twins - Box in the underground facility, first level, part 02

Vile Axe - 21,600g, blacksmith in Seafront, part 02

Beastlord - Box in the lost shrine right before the boss, part 02

Iron Will - Obtained from Gideon at the two brothers weaponry, part 02

Phoenix Sword - Box in Shadowlord's Castle in the same room as the birds

Labyrinth's Song - Quest reward: Disturbing the sleep of Kings


Transience - Auto-acquired beginning of part 02

Spear of the Usurper - 21,600g, blacksmith in Seaport, part 02

The Devil Queen - Box at the foot of the lost shrine, back entrance, part 02

Sunrise - 21,600g, blacksmith at the Aerie, part 02

Beastcurse - Box inside junk heap right before the P-33 fight, part 02

Captain's Holy Spear - Blacksmith at Facade, part 02

Dragoon Lance - Box in Shadowlord's castle, just before the spiral stairs
                while running from the armored pig

Phoenix Spear - 32,400g, blacksmith in Facade, part 02

Labyrinth's Shout - Quest reward: The Damaged Map

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I keep playing after I beat the game?

A: Yes, the game lets you save after beating it, after which you can play
part 02 again. Only exception is after viewing ending 4, your saves will
be gone.

Q: Are there any missable trophies?

A: None of the trophies are very hard assuming you followed my guide in order.

Q: I'm looking for <item name> in the shops, but I can't find it anywhere!
What's going on?

A: Sorry, but this isn't an item shop guide. It's really not hard to search
for stuff since the game world is relatively small.

Q: The trophy section on the XMB isn't displayed, what's going on?

A: I never had that problem, but I installed the game before starting. Try
installing it via the options menu on the main screen.


Feel free to email me with questions, comments, or suggestions. Credit will be
given to anyone whose contributions I include. My email address is listed at
the very top of the guide.


- scottb32198 for motivating me to finally write a guide

- G1243 for rewrite sugestion in the MF section

- Persons unknown for how to breed pink MF, best ways to get the 15 hour trophy,
  and the farming cheat. Sorry I cannot remember where I heard these originally.

- Thanks to Dane J. for a missing weapon, Chupacabrabra and G1234 for additional


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