NieR Replicant Runaway Son is one of the longest side-quests featured in Part One of the video game published by Square Enix, and also one of the most annoying because besides the fact that it doesn’t come with a reward; it also requires some grinding since you’ll need to find five pieces of Mutton and three pieces of Goat Meat.
On top of this, The Runaway Son quest in NieR Replicant 2021 comes with a lot of legwork and in the end, you’ll get absolutely nothing for the time you spend playing it.
Nevertheless, since most likely a lot of you guys want to finish all quests in the game, dealing with The Runaway Son in NieR Replicant Remaster is mandatory, and in case you need help; the quest guide below will take you from the starting point to the finish.
So, let’s deal with The Runaway Son and put an end to his scams. Even though, again, we are doing this pro bono.
How To Start The NieR Replicant Runaway Son Quest?
The first thing you need to know is when and how you can start The Runaway Son side quest.
The answer to the first question is quite simple. After you rescue the Prince of Facade while playing the first part of the video game.
For the second question, you’ll want to find the quest giver below.
He is an old man and as you can see he is located in your Village’s Shopping District. You’ll find him in front of his house, close to the gate leading to the Southern Plains.
It is the last house on the right side while facing the said gate.
Once you talk to him, he’ll ask you to find his runaway son, and the only clue he reveals is that his son wears an unusual-looking hat.
Now the chase begins and so is the free legwork. Because as said you will get nothing at the end. Not even 1 Gold coin.
Where To Find The Young Man Wearing An Unusual-Looking Hat?
The NieR Replicant young man who wears an unusual-looking hat is found in Seafront.
Just so you know the hat is not really unusual. It’s just a pointy had similar to those used by wizards.
To find the young man, cross the Southern Plains, then enter Seafront.
Stay on the main road, then head left (east) to get to the fountain across the bridge.
Look around and you’ll find the runaway son in my screenshot below.
After you talk to the Runaway Son, you’ll have to pay a visit to the Tavern in Seafront because you see, this good-for-nothing fellow wants to thank the Tavern Keeper for feeding him, by cooking a meal.
The problem is, that the recipe he wants to cook requires ingredients, and obviously, you’ll need to get them. Specifically, you’ll have to get five pieces of Mutton and three pieces of Goat Meat.
So, after you talk to the Tavern Keeper, you’ll need to get the required ingredients.
Where To Find Mutton?
We’ll start with the Mutton because this one it’s easier to get.
In fact, chances are you already have it in your bag, so make sure you check it.
If you don’t, as you may remember from the Old-Fashioned Home Cooking quest, Mutton is obtained by killing sheep in the Northern Plains.
So back to more legwork because you’ll have to return to your Village, then head towards Northern Plains.
The good thing here is that the Mutton has a decent drop rate. Also, if you get Wool, save it for The New Merchant In Town quest.
Once you get the required amount of Mutton, head back to your Village because now you’ll have to get Goat Meat.
How To Get Goat Meat?
The NieR Replicant Goat Meat is also easy to obtain because of the drop rate, but you’ll have to travel to Eastern Road.
Kill the goats there, and if you run out, simply exit the area and return; so they can respawn.
Now, with all ingredients in your backpack, return to the Seafront Tavern Keeper, to find out that you have been bamboozled.
Yeah, that guy is truly a pain. So next, you’ll want to check with his father, which means that you’ll have to return to your Village.
When you talk to the old man, he’ll tell you what you already know. That his son is a pain and so is this quest.
Your next objective is to look around Seafront for clues to the runaway’s whereabouts.
Where To Find The Runaway’s Whereabouts Seafront Clues
So, back you go to Seafront to look for clues, although you don’t actually have to find any.
What you need to do is to talk to a specific NPC who is standing by the tunnel (right side) when you exit to Seafront.
This NPC tells you that the Runaway Son went to Facade. Yes, he went to the other side of the world, and that’s exactly where you have to go next.
This means that you’ll go all the way back to the Eastern Road, then to the Desert, and then to Facade.
Where To Find The Runaway Son In Facade
When you finally make it to the city, the first thing you’ll want to do is get a map of the area, in case you don’t have it already.
You’ll find it sold by the vendor on the right side of the stairs, the moment you enter Facade.
Next, you’ll have to find two NPCs (pictured below) who have speech bubbles above their heads. They are located south of the entrance.
Talk to them, and they’ll tell you that someone is in their house, so check the door behind them to finally find the Runaway Son. Who, if you can imagine, runs again!
The good thing though, is that he is nearby, so now you’ll have to exit Facade, and the moment you enter the Desert you’ll catch him. Finally!
Once you find the Runaway Son, things get pretty straightforward, and your next task is to follow him towards your Village.
When you reach the Desert’s exit you’ll be attacked by wolves, so dispatch them quickly. Did you notice that the NPC ran again?
Yeah, he did, but looking on the bright side; you’re almost done with this quest, so head back to the Village and check the old man’s house.
You’ll trigger a short cutscene and a guard comes out and tells you that both the son and his father fled the city after borrowing money from villagers.
Now the quest ends, and you’ll leave empty-handed because life is not fair.
NieR Replicant A Signature Dish: How To Get Wheat, Sardines & Medicinal Herbs
NieR Replicant A Signature Dish is another Part One side quest featured in the video game published by Square Enix, and it becomes available in Seafront, where the local Tavern Keeper needs your help to develop a new recipe which requires ten Medicinal Herbs, ten Bags of Wheat and 10 Sardines.
A Signature Dish in NieR Replicant also allows you to unlock the second quest in line, named Bon Appetit!, thus it’s quite important to finish it in case you are a completionist.
Although straightforward, the NieR Replicant Signature Dish quest requires time.
So, throughout the guide below, I’ll tell you how to get 10 Medicinal Herbs, 10 Bags of Wheat, and ten Sardines for the NieR Replicant Signature Dish side quest, and hopefully I’ll help you save some time in the process.
When Should I Start NieR Replicant A Signature Dish Quest?
You should start A Signature Dish the moment you return from Facade after you rescue the Prince, but it’s also important to know that you must finish this quest before talking to Popola on your way back from the Manor.
As most quests in Part One, A Signature Dish has a specific time frame you don’t want to miss. Keep this in mind.
Additionally, this quest is also best played after you finish The Fisherman’s Gambit, and below you’ll learn why.
So, assuming you are ready, head to the Tavern in Seafront and talk to the keeper below.
Once you do that he’ll ask you to find the following ingredients:
- Ten Medicinal Herbs
- 10 Sardines
- Ten Wheat Bags
As said, this is a simple fetch-quest; so let’s see where to find all ingredients for A Signature Dish.
Where To Find Sardines In NieR Replicant?
The NieR Replicant Sardines are hard to get if you want to save money because you’ll need to fish them.
Since the Sardines in NieR Replicant are your objective for The Fisherman’s Gambit, you may want to address that quest first.
If you have completed it, you most likely have them. If you sold them you can opt to start fishing, or just visit the Tackle Shopkeeper in Seafront and buy them.
Keep in mind though that the Bait Shop won’t sell Sardines unless you complete The Fisherman’s Gambit.
Assuming you want to focus on this quest only, head to the Tackle Shop below and buy Lugworms. Lugworms are the best bait for Sardines.
Now, head to the Seafront beach near the Lighthouse and start fishing Sardines using Lugworms.
You can see the said beach in my screenshot.
Good, so now that you have Sardines, it’s time to deal with the Bags of Wheat.
How To Get Wheat In NieR Replicant?
The NieR Replicant Wheat is also hard to get but you have several options.
The first option is to buy it from the Grocer in your Village’s Shopping District (pictured below); however, you’ll need to pay 500 Gold for a bag which is a hefty sum especially because for this quest you’ll receive 5000 Gold.
So if you buy the Wheat, you’ll basically get nothing for this task.
Instead, head to the Florist in the Shopping District (pictured) and buy 10 Wheat Seedlings for 50 Gold each.
Now return to your house, plant the Wheat, and water it; but do remember that the NieR Replicant Wheat growing time is 2 real-time days.
Even if you use Fertilizer you’ll still have to wait quite some time.
It’s up to you to decide how you want to tackle this ingredient.
How To Get Medicinal Herbs In NieR Replicant?
The NieR Replicant Medicinal Herbs for this quest, and in general; are the easiest to get.
They are dropped by enemies, you can find them through exploration, or you can simply buy them from the Item Shopkeeper in your Village.
Each Medicinal Herb costs 100 Gold, so if you decide to buy them you’ll spend 1000 Gold. But as said these can be easily obtained by killing Shades.
Once you have all the required materials, return to the Seafront Tavern Keeper and hand them over to receive 5000 Gold and access to the Bon Appetit quest.
NieR Replicant New Merchant In Town: How To Get Wool, Natural Rubber Lumps & Goat Hides
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 miss 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’ see where you can find these.
Where To Find Wool In NieR Replicant?
The NieR Replicant Wool comes from Sheep you can find them in the Northern Plains. This material is the easiest to get since there’s a lot of Sheep in 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 In NieR Replicant?
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 In NieR Replicant?
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.