NieR: Automata – Using the Scanner Program
Towards the end of your first run in NieR: Automata, 2B will acquire a Scanner program from Devola and Popola at the Resistance Camp. However, some of their dialogue can be pretty misleading. The twins tell you that it’s a chip that you can install, but that’s actually not true at all. It’s a Pod program that you need to equip in the Pod itself.
To do this, go to your Skills menu and select the Pod Programs tab. By default, your Pod should have the Laser program equipped (unless you purchased other programs, of course). Select it, and change it to the Scanner program. With your newly equipped program, head out into the open world and hold down the L1 button. The Pod will start beeping, and those beeps will get more and more rapid whenever you’re near a hidden item. Keep holding down L1 and move in the direction where the beeps are increased, and the Pod will reveal a hidden item to you. You’ll need to look all around you as the Pod needs to face the location of the hidden item directly before it’s revealed with the Scanner program.
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