Moonrise is a weapon in NieR RepliCant, NieR Gestalt, and NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139.... The one-handed sword is one of several weapons in the player's possession that undergoes a change in appearance the further it is upgraded; its final form regains its iconic red blade at Level 4.
A weapon owned by a blind swordsman. The blade shines in darkness, making the owner easy to spot.
- Given to Nier by a guard in the Southern Plains, after saving him from Shades. This occurs as part of the main story, so it is unmissable.
A man on a journey to seek out weapons eventually discovered the sword.
He wrapped it in several layers of cloth and took it with him, placing it in the bag he carried upon his back. But before the man realized what was happening, the cloth, the sword, and his own body ended up frozen solid.
A traveling shrine maiden eventually discovered the sword.
She offered a prayer to her god and gripped the hilt, but cold instantly shot through her fingers and into her body, freezing her solid. In her final moments, the shrine maiden unleashed words of great blasphemy to the god who had failed her.
An enslaved woman in a mine eventually discovered the sword.
Desiring an easy death over the continuation of her daily suffering, she grasped the weapon firmly. And while the woman did not freeze, she was also unable to pierce her own flesh. Soon, moonlight shone upon the blade of the weapon, reflecting the sight of the woman being beaten and dragged away by her master.