Nier’s Reincarnation Memories are incredibly important items in your loadout. Each of them gives a unique boost to a character’s stats. They can be upgraded to become more powerful, and they also have a set bonus that gives characters an even bigger boost to certain passives. So how do they work and how do you get them?
Memories can only increase your overall Strength by a relatively negligible amount, but they (sometimes) provide incredible boosts to your passive abilities. These can be used to create your ideal character, whether it’s focused on critical strike chance, attack percentage, agility, hit points, or another stat.
Like almost everything else in Nier Reincarnation, Memories come in four rarities: 1-Star; 2 stars; 3 stars ; and 4 stars. Of course, the 4-star variants are often the most sought after, but ignoring the lower rarities would be a faux pas. Some 1/2/3 star memoirs are more appropriate for certain builds and offer greater stat boosts despite their overall rating.
Memories can be acquired by completing dungeons, especially Dynasty Memories and Officer’s Memoirs. You’ll get a few of these items for completing the story, but most of your farming will come from the dungeons mentioned above.
You can see which keepsakes drop from which dungeons by going to the Subquests menu and clicking on The Dynast’s Keepsakes or Officer’s Keepsakes on the left side of the screen. The central part of the screen will then display the items that can be obtained in this dungeon, although it is possible for others to drop them.
For example, I received “Destiny: The Wanted Man” from The Dynast’s Memories Dungeon, even though it’s not listed as a dropped Memoir.
There are a few important things to know about memoirs aside from the above information: what the sub-number is and how the enhancement works.
First, to find your memoirs, go to the main menu and select “Upgrade”. From there, select “Memories” to view a list of what you currently have. You can then filter by Star Rarity and Sub Number.
We’ve already talked about Star Rarity, but what is a memory subdial? The subnumber is the number inside the diamond in the upper left corner of a brief. The indicates how many abilities are unlocked for a Memory at any given time, both primary and secondary combined.
Each memory has a single main ability and four secondary abilities, making a total of five abilities. At level 1, for example, you will see that there is a primary ability and a secondary ability unlocked. The number 2 will be in the diamond of the sub-number for this thesis.
Memories can reach a maximum global level of 15; Unfortunately, they cannot be leveled up to increase their maximum level like characters or weapons can be. However, each time you upgrade a memoir, there is a random chance to unlock a new ability and/or upgrade abilities you have already unlocked.
Ideally, you want to prioritize and upgrade memoirs that already have secondary abilities unlocked. This doesn’t always work depending on the build you want and the memories you’ve mined, but all things being equal, upgrade a sub-number 5 memory over a sub-number 2 memory.
The latest is Memoir Synergy.
Memoir Synergy may or may not be worth it. Again, it depends on the build you’re looking for and the abilities you want to max out against the memories you’ve unlocked.
So how do you know if the Memories you have equipped are synergized?
Go to the “Loadout” screen and click on one of your characters. You will see which Memories you currently have equipped on the right side of the screen. If one of the Memories is connected by a white line and has red chevrons, they are synergized.
This means they are from the same memory/story, such as “Musings of the Hunter”. To see which memory/story a Memoir is part of, press and hold the Memoir icon in the Loadout screen or in the Enhancement menu. Look in the upper left corner under the star and the name Memory; the text shows the memory/history there.
A small set bonus is applied to your character when you have two memories in the same memory/story. A Large Set Bonus is applied when you have three.
And that’s basically all you need to know about Memoirs in Nier Reincarnation. Be sure to take full advantage of their ability upgrades wherever possible and choose the best for your desired build and style. For more on Nier Reincarnation, consider reading some of our other guides.
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Nier Reincarnation Memoirs Guide: Rarity, Sub-Number, and Synergy Explained
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