Originally released about a decade ago for PS3 and Xbox 360, Nier Replicant is finally getting a re-release with the Japan-exclusive older brother protagonist for English-speaking audiences. The game adds quite a bit of new content, but series fans will be glad to know that the core of the game remains the same, including some of the puzzles and riddles from the original. If you’re wondering how to get into the Shadowlord’s Castle in Nier Replicant, here’s what you need to know.
Do note that this article contains some light spoilers for the story, so you might want to try to figure out the riddle answers for yourself first, and only read on if you’re truly stuck.
Getting into the Shadowlord’s Castle in Nier Replicant
After obtaining all four fragments in the second half of the game, the protagonist and the party will finally be ready to burst into the Shadowlord’s Castle on top of the Lost Shrine. However, you’ll soon arrive at a courtyard with a set of double doors ahead of you, and going through those doors will bring you back to the same courtyard and get you stuck in a loop.
To break out of this loop, you need to talk to the doves sitting at the center of the courtyard and answer three questions. The answers to those questions are as follows:
Q: Why did humans disappear from the world?
A: Because of a black disease.
Q: How can humans extend their lives?
A: By separating body from soul.
Q: What is the destination of souls?
A: They are placed in their corresponding shells.
By answering all three questions correctly, the doves will allow you to enter the castle and progress.