Part 140: Episode CXXXV: Official DesignationEpisode CXXXV: Official Designation
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Music: The Sound of the End (Vocal)
Welcome to the penultimate fight of NieR: Automatas Route C the previous two bosses welded together and with creepy giant robot hands bolted on the sides. Sure... Why not? Ive seen worse.
Despite both Ro-Shi and Ko-Shi both being nearly destroyed in their respective fights, their combo has full HP at its disposal. But thats not too much of an issue. Especially given this fights gimmick. A2 and 9S are both present and arent very fond of machine lifeforms. 9S is initially helping out as an AI ally set to all-out attack mode. However...
...we will also swap back and forth between both androids during the fight at regular damage threshold intervals. Which might sound jarring, but in practice it works pretty well since its a giant dipshit looking machine the camera is always focused on and the AI is set to be attacking in a similar fashion to what youre doing (i.e. if youre at range, itll stay at range. If youre up in its grill, so will it.)
Most of Ko/Ros attacks involve spinning around like an idiot. Moving slowly about the arena while doing so is option. Its spinning comes in two flavors. The first is extending a Link-sphere tail out of its robutt to extend the range of its spin attack. It remains in a stationary position for this one.
The second method is slamming its two big ol hands into the ground and grinding those down during its twirling. This spin-attack will travel around the arena in 9S and A2s general direction. Weirdly, thats one of the only direct attacks the hands are used for in its toolset.
KoRo naturally has a ground pound attack. You cannot have a giant awkwardly constructed spherical boss and not give it a ground pound. Thats just science.
A rather questionable attack in its arsenal is pooping out a bunch of spherical machine lifeforms. Dont ask me why they gave Ro-Shi and Ko-Shi a birthing hole. Theres no meaning behind anything the machines do...
Thats not true at all, actually. These spherical machines are actually self-destructing units that will begin beeping and roll after our androids in an attempt to detonate in their faces. RoKo just has itself a hoot in the background spinning and shooting energy orbs while quickly trying to queue up a MIDI of Yakety Sax.
At close range the final machine lifeform boss utilizes a lunging attack with its axe arms. It also has a variant of this that creates a shockwave at mid-range. Cmon guys. That has never worked across all four iterations of you spider-mechs.
Finally, it can just start shooting energy orbs. Of course it can. Everything can shoot energy orbs in the NieR version of earth. All the machines and androids could be wiped out today and by next Friday the moose will have evolved to take up the mantle of energy orb shooting duties.
Thats about it for Ko-Shi & Ro-Shi. Lets be real... the last actually dangers enemy was that garbage with Hegel back in the early part of Route C.
9S never did care much about danger close even when he didnt want to actively kill the person in the range of friendly fire.
Speaking of that... Thats it for the machine lifeforms being enemies. Ro-Shi and Ko-Shi was their last line of defense at the top of the Tower. Which means there is only one last conflict left to resolve...
This tower is a giant cannon thats aimed at the human server on the moon. If we dont do something, all of humanitys remaining data will be destroyed.
Ha ha ha... ha ha ha hah!
Music: Widespread Illness
So what? None of it matters. Or didnt you know? We arent required in this world anymore. Humanity is extinct. That moon server youre so worried about was invented to give us androids something to fight for. And YoRHa was created to perpetuate the lie. But in order to make sure no one ever learned the truth, we were DESIGNED to be killed. They built a back door in the Bunker and programmed it to activate after a certain amount of time. The Commander? Me? 2B? Sacrificial lambs. All of us. Isnt that HILARIOUS!? Doesnt it make you LAUGH!?
You killed 2B. Thats all we need to kill each other.
2B hated to keep killing you. It caused her so much pain.
The 9S type is a high-end model. They knew youd discover the truth eventually. But the model designation 2B was just a cover.
The official designation... is 2E. Number 2, Type E.
They were a special class of members designated to execute YoRHa units.
These are honestly kind of bad examples of 2B murdering 9S considering circumstances. But I dont think a comical series of events where 9S keeps looking up some wiki articles about the plot of NieR 1 and going say... it makes no sense humans are still alive only to immediately get pushed down a flight of stairs or tossed out an airlock by 2B would be an appropriate sequence at this juncture.
But you knew that... Right, 9S?
Shut up... Shut up!
What do you know? You dont know anything about us!
Proposal: Cease combat. Fighting her at this point would be irrational and
Pod 153! I order you to halt all logical thought and speech! This order shall remain in effect until you confirm the death of either myself or unit A2!
Welp... This is going about as well as expected. 9S already used his Hackerman skills on the Logic Virus when he fixed 2B. Remember, you can only do one weird trick to beat the Logic Virus exactly once before it adapts. So here we are!
Tune in next time for the only actual meaningful choice in the game and the final battle of NieR: Automata! Or one of em, at least... No spoiling which choice leads to Ending C.
Video: Episode 135 Highlight Reel (You should watch this.)
Ro-Shi and Ko-Shi Concept Art If I never see another spider-mecha ever again itll be too soon.