NieR Replicant New Merchant In Town is a Part One side quest featured in the video game published by Square Enix, and it is also a fetch side-quest that requires a lot of grinding if you don’t have ten bundles of Wool, five lumps of Natural Rubber and ten Goat Hides in your inventory.
In fact, out of all NieR Replicant quests in the first part of the game, The New Merchant In Town is the longest, and it’s a time-consuming task that requires patience. And some gold if you want to complete it faster.
Nevertheless, finishing The New Merchant In Town quest is recommended because of the reward you’ll receive, so below I’ll help you find the Wool, Natural Rubber Lumps, and the Goat Hides so you can complete the quest.
Just make sure you have around an hour to waste on this side quest.
When Should I Start NieR Replicant New Merchant In Town Quest?
The New Merchant In Town in NieR Replicant is best approached after you return from Facade, where you rescued the Prince; however, make sure you do not delay this quest past the point when you get back from the Manor.
That’s because on your way back from the Manor, you’ll be asked to talk to Popola, and you’ll eventually start Part Two, thus missing this quest.
To start the side-quest, travel to Seafront and look for the merchant pictured below.
You’ll find him on the eastern side of the city by the docks, on his ship.
Good, so talk to our friendly merchant, and he’ll tell you that he wants to start trading, but he needs help building an inventory. Obviously, you’re the one who is going to help him by bringing back the following:
- Ten Bundles of Wool
- Five Lumps of Natural Rubber
- Ten Goat Hides
Let’s see where you can find these.
Where To Find Wool?
The NieR Replicant Wool comes from Sheep you can find them in the Northern Plains. This material is the easiest to get since there are a lot of Sheep in the Northern Plains, and as you may remember, you had to slaughter them for Mutton while playing the Old-Fashioned Home Cooking and The Runaway Son quests.
Chances are you already have a lot of Wool, so check your backpack first.
If you don’t, head back to your Village; then head to Northern Plains, and the moment you enter the area, you’ll see the poor animals you have to kill.
The drop rate is decent, so you won’t encounter difficulties in getting Wool in NieR Replicant, especially because Nothern Plains is the best area to farm it.
If by any chance you run out of Sheep, simply exit the area towards your Village, then return so the animals can respawn.
How To Get Goat Hides?
Now that you know how to get Wool, let’s go after the NieR Replicant Goat Hides, which are the most difficult to get because of the drop rate.
Simply put, the Goat Hides in NieR Replicant require a lot of grinding, and the best location to farm them is the Eastern Road area.
After you get the Wool, head back to your village, then exit to Eastern Road.
Again, you may remember that you killed Goats in the past to get their meat for The Runaway Son, and you may have several Goat Hides.
If you don’t, get ready to slaughter tens of Goats because the hides rarely drop.
So obviously, you’ll need to force respawn them. Thus you’ll want to use the exit towards Lost Shrine: Exterior, then return.
The said exit speeds up the process a bit, and when you return to the Eastern Road, all five Goats should be alive.
Keep in mind, though, that farming Goat Hides in NieR Replicant is a time-consuming process.
Where To Find Lumps Of Natural Rubber?
Finally, for The New Merchant In Town side-quest, you need to find five NieR Replicant Lumps of Natural Rubber; however, to make things easier, you’ll want to buy these.
That’s because the Natural Rubber in the game is found in random locations through exploration.
In case you don’t have them, head back to Seafront and look for the Material Shopkeeper below.
On your minimap, the location is marked by an icon depicting a crystal. Talk to this vendor and pay 700 Gold for a Natural Rubber. The total amount you’ll need to spend is 3500 Gold.
Now, it’s time to end this quest. Return to the man on the ship and hand over the materials he asked for.
After a small cutscene, he’ll tell you to return for your reward, so exit Seafront and re-enter the area, then talk to him again.
In exchange for helping him, you’ll get 10000 Gold, which means that your profit after buying the Natural Rubber is 6500; and a lot of Mutton and Goat Meat you can sell to recover the loss.
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