Machines, also known as Machine lifeforms, are a race of sentient robots, and are the primary antagonists and enemies in the video game NieR: Automata. They were created by Aliens thousands of years ago when they invaded Earth. It is the Androids' goal to destroy all machines and retake Earth for humanity.


14th Machine War

In the year 11945. Earth was invaded by extraterrestrial lifeforms, armed with weapons known as "bio-machines."

Facing imminent destruction, humanity was forced to abandon Earth and move to a colony located on the moon where they remain during NieR:Automata. These lifeforms were created by otherworldly lifeforms over 6000 years ago. However, the aliens mysteriously vanished, leaving only their creations behind to fight a proxy war against humanity.

In an attempt to reclaim Earth, humanity creates an armada of specially configured androids called “YoRHa”. Programmed with human emotions and feelings, they descend upon the surface of the planet to combat the ceaseless onslaught of the Machines.

Variants & Types

The main characters have encountered and fought various machine lifeforms that appear throughout the story. Each are armed with a variety of weaponry from melee to ranged. They also vary from sizes, with certain machines getting classified as small up to goliath class machine lifeforms.

Known Machine Lifeforms

  • Adam - A humanoid machine lifeform responsible for controlling half of the machine network.
  • Eve - The brother of Adam. Infected the machines on the network after going beserk after his brother's death.