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Nier Replicant guide: Words and where to find them

Boost your weapons, magic, and martial arts with Words

Words are a way to upgrade your abilities and stats in Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139… There are 120 Words that grant bonuses to your magic (Sealed Verses), weapons, and martial arts (dodging and blocking).

In this Nier Replicant remastered guide, we’ll explain the mechanics of Words and list every word and where you’ll find them.

How Nier Replicant Words work

Early in the Nier Replicant remake, once you’ve met up with Grimoire Weiss, you’ll start collecting Words — buffs that increase your stats like attack power or magic defense. Assigning Words to your weapons or Sealed Verse attacks change their names. Your Nameless Blade will become a Pah Solir Nameless Blade, for example, meaning you’ve now added 2% attack power and a Poison effect to your default weapon.

You’ll pick up new Words as random drops when you kill shades, and different Words come from different regions (see our table below).

Words apply to three categories of your stats: weapons (swords and the like), magic (Grimoire Weiss’s attacks), and martial arts (dodging and blocking). You can apply different Words to each weapon or Sealed Verse (magic attack). Our table below lists the categories where each Word grants bonuses.

Assigning Nier Replicant Words

From your pause menu, choose Grimoire Weiss > Word Edit, which is where you assign Words to your various categories.

You can scroll through and choose Words for each individual weapon, Sealed Verse, or martial art, or you can apply pairs of Words in batches.

To save yourself a ton of time, though, scroll to the right and select “Equip best Words,” which automatically assigns the most powerful Words you have available.

Every Nier Replicant Word and location

There are 120 Words in the Nier Replicant remaster. Below, we’ve listed all 120, the region where you can find them, their usage rules, and their effects.

Every Nier Replicant Word and region

Word Region Placement Category Effect
Word Region Placement Category Effect
Pah The Aerie First Weapons Attack Power +2%
Paha Southern Plains First Weapons Attack Power +4%
Pahi Southern Plains First Weapons Attack Power +6%
Paho Barren Temple First Weapons Attack Power +8%
Pahu Southern Plains First Weapons Attack Power +10%
Pahal Northern Plains First Weapons Attack Power +12%
Pahil Research Facility First Weapons Attack Power +15%
Pahol Lost Shrine First Weapons Attack Power +20%
Pahul Northern Plains First Weapons Attack Power +25%
Pahuloth Shadowlord's Castle First Weapons Attack Power +30%
Var The Aerie First Weapons Guard Break +2%
Vara Northern Plains First Weapons Guard Break +4%
Vari Southern Plains First Weapons Guard Break +6%
Varo Village First Weapons Guard Break +8%
Varu Research Facility First Weapons Guard Break +10%
Varal Northern Plains First Weapons Guard Break +12%
Varil Manor First Weapons Guard Break +15%
Varol Northern Plains First Weapons Guard Break +20%
Varul Southern Plains First Weapons Guard Break +25%
Varuloth Lost Shrine First Weapons Guard Break +30%
Geb The Aerie First Magic Magic Power +2%
Geba Northern Plains First Magic Magic Power +4%
Gebi Southern Plains First Magic Magic Power +6%
Gebo Village First Magic Magic Power +8%
Gebu Village First Magic Magic Power +10%
Gebal Barren Temple First Magic Magic Power +12%
Gebil Research Facility First Magic Magic Power +15%
Gebol Southern Plains First Magic Magic Power +20%
Gebul Northern Plains First Magic Magic Power +25%
Gebuloth The Aerie First Magic Magic Power +30%
Ul Barren Temple First Magic, Weapons Armor Break +2%
Ula Research Facility First Magic, Weapons Armor Break +4%
Uli Southern Plains First Magic, Weapons Armor Break +6%
Ulo Lost Shrine First Magic, Weapons Armor Break +8%
Ulu Northern Plains First Magic, Weapons Armor Break +10%
Ulal Lost Shrine First Magic, Weapons Armor Break +12%
Ulil Lost Shrine First Magic, Weapons Armor Break +15%
Ulol The Aerie First Magic, Weapons Armor Break +20%
Ulul Lost Shrine First Magic, Weapons Armor Break +25%
Ululoth Shadowlord's Castle First Magic, Weapons Armor Break +30%
Hod Southern Plains First Martial Arts Guard Resistance +2%
Hoda Northern Plains First Martial Arts Guard Resistance +4%
Hodi Southern Plains First Martial Arts Guard Resistance +6%
Hodo Village First Martial Arts Guard Resistance +8%
Hodu Lost Shrine First Martial Arts Guard Resistance +10%
Hodal Southern Plains First Martial Arts Guard Resistance +12%
Hodil Research Facility First Martial Arts Guard Resistance +15%
Hodol Lost Shrine First Martial Arts Guard Resistance +20%
Hodul Desert First Martial Arts Guard Resistance +25%
Hoduloth Shadowlord's Castle First Any Guard Resistance +30%
Bes The Aerie First Martial Arts Physical Strength +2%
Besa Barren Temple First Martial Arts Physical Strength +4%
Besi Southern Plains First Martial Arts Physical Strength +6%
Beso Library First Martial Arts Physical Strength +8%
Besu Barren Temple First Martial Arts Physical Strength +10%
Besal Research Facility First Martial Arts Physical Strength +12%
Besil Lost Shrine First Martial Arts Physical Strength +15%
Besol Northern Plains First Martial Arts Physical Strength +20%
Besul The Aerie First Martial Arts Physical Strength +25%
Besuloth Shadowlord's Castle First Martial Arts Physical Strength +30%
Lug Northern Plains Second Magic Magic Cost -2%
Lugir Southern Plains Second Magic Magic Cost -4%
Luges Northern Plains Second Magic Magic Cost -6%
Lugka Village Second Magic Magic Cost -8%
Lugza Northern Plains Second Magic Magic Cost -10%
Lugira Southern Plains Second Magic Magic Cost -12%
Lugesra Research Facility Second Magic Magic Cost -15%
Lugkarr Southern Plains Second Magic Magic Cost -20%
Lugzarr Northern Plains Second Magic Magic Cost -25%
Lugzarken Lost Shrine Second Magic Magic Cost -30%
Ot Barren Temple Second Magic, Weapons EXP Rate +2%
Otir Manor Second Magic, Weapons EXP Rate +4%
Otes Village Second Magic, Weapons EXP Rate +6%
Otka Northern Plains Second Magic, Weapons EXP Rate +8%
Otza Barren Temple Second Magic, Weapons EXP Rate +10%
Otira Southern Plains Second Magic, Weapons EXP Rate +12%
Otesra Lost Shrine: Roof Second Magic, Weapons EXP Rate +15%
Otkarr Desert Second Magic, Weapons EXP Rate +20%
Otzarr The Aerie Second Magic, Weapons EXP Rate +25%
Otzarken Shadowlord's Castle Second Magic, Weapons EXP Rate +30%
Mah The Aerie Second Magic, Weapons Item Drop Rate +2%
Mahir Barren Temple Second Magic, Weapons Item Drop Rate +4%
Mahes Manor Second Magic, Weapons Item Drop Rate +6%
Mahka Northern Plains Second Magic, Weapons Item Drop Rate +8%
Mahza Lost Shrine Second Magic, Weapons Item Drop Rate +10%
Mahira Research Facility Second Magic, Weapons Item Drop Rate +12%
Mahesra Southern Plains Second Magic, Weapons Item Drop Rate +15%
Mahkarr Desert Second Magic, Weapons Item Drop Rate +20%
Mahzarr The Aerie Second Magic, Weapons Item Drop Rate +25%
Mahzarken Lost Shrine Second Magic, Weapons Item Drop Rate +30%
Ashur Northern Plains Second Any Physical Defense +2%
Ashurir The Aerie Second Any Physical Defense +4%
Ashures Village Second Any Physical Defense +6%
Ashurka Northern Plains Second Any Physical Defense +8%
Ashurza Lost Shrine Second Any Physical Defense +10%
Ashurira Northern Plains Second Any Physical Defense +12%
Ashuresra Southern Plains Second Martial Art Physical Defense +15%
Ashurkarr The Aerie Second Martial Art Physical Defense +20%
Ashurzarr Lost Shrine Second Martial Art Physical Defense +25%
Ashurzarken Lost Shrine Second Martial Art Physical Defense +30%
Kon Northern Plains Second Any Magic Defense +2%
Konir Barren Temple Second Any Magic Defense +4%
Kones Library Second Any Magic Defense +6%
Konka Northern Plains Second Any Magic Defense +8%
Konza Lost Shrine Second Any Magic Defense +10%
Konira Research Facility Second Any Magic Defense +12%
Konesra Lost Shrine Second Martial Arts Magic Defense +15%
Konkarr Barren Temple Second Martial Arts Magic Defense +20%
Konzarr Northern Plains Second Martial Arts Magic Defense +25%
Konzarken Northern Plains Second Martial Arts Magic Defense +30%
Sol Southern Plains Second Any MP Recovery Rate +2%
Solir The Aerie Second Any MP Recovery Rate +4%
Soles Southern Plains Second Any MP Recovery Rate +6%
Solka Village Second Any MP Recovery Rate +8%
Solza Barren Temple Second Any MP Recovery Rate +10%
Solira Southern Plains Second Any MP Recovery Rate +12%
Solesra Southern Plains Second Martial Art MP Recovery Rate +15%
Solkarr The Aerie Second Martial Art MP Recovery Rate +20%
Solzarr The Aerie Second Martial Art MP Recovery Rate +25%
Solzarken Lost Shrine Second Martial Art MP Recovery Rate +30%