DOD / NieR Timeline

I originally posted this as it relates to the DOD1.3 novella, but I’ve continued to edit and add to this as more and more aspects come to light.

The original timeline was published in the DOD3 Complete Guide, then scanned and edited by me. Please feel free to use this image as you wish–but I would greatly appreciate the credit for putting it together. The actual PSD file is almost 150MB worth of details and layers and many hours of work and research.

Also, try not to get bent out of shape to see that this image does not designate any specific shift in worlds between the DOD universe and. Interestingly enough, no where in the giant DOD/NieR timeline printed in the DOD 10th Anniversary -World Inside- book does it state any sort of jump to a parallel universe or other dimension. It merely continues through the course of time and shows how things potentially flow together. You may take that as you will.

Updated: March 25, 2017

Addendum: I understand that there was a discrepancy relating to DOD2 and where the novella “The Garden of Light” ought to be; however, I have kept the timeline as it was printed. If you feel that I ought to edit this to reflect where the novella should be, please let me know. My memory of DOD2 is very old, since I only played it once over ten years ago. If I get a lot of comments to edit this, I will.

  • Eloi Hernández

    Hello, first I would like to really thank you for all the effort and time that you invest in translating all info concerning this rich and amazing universe.

    now, to my question: in this chart DOD 1 and 2 aren’t connected at all but…isn’t DOD2 supposed to be a direct continuation of DOD 1, with even Caim appearing?

    • Thanks a lot! I appreciate it! 😀

      It is but it isn’t. It’s the only story in the franchise that wasn’t spearheaded by Yoko Taro; therefore, he can’t really have any say about the story–out of respect for Yasui-san, who directed it. This is why DOD2 is usually off on its own, disjointed from the rest and/or ignored altogether.

  • Marcello Alexander

    Hello. I’ve been a fan of you since Nier came out. Glad to see you kept going with all the additional information about Drakengard 3 and Nier: Automata.

    I have a question about the timeline and I do not have another method og contacting you.

    It’s about the year 4198. I remember reading somewhere, not sure if it was directly from you or while reading Grimoire Nier, but was it the last Replicant or Gestalt that perished that year?

    When googling it, I find contradictory statements, even from you. Not that it matters because I know both are a side of the same coin.

    I just wanted to ask you directly, so I can sleep better at night, because I swear I read before it was the Replicants and now the most recent timeline says the Gestalts… so, please help!

    Thank you so much for your time, and keep on doing what you love.

    • Hi, thanks for your message. The original Japanese specifically says the last of humanity (Gestalts) perished that year. There are still some Replicants around, but they will all perish in time.