Pod 042 and Pod 153 are tactical support units that are the standard assigned Pods to YoRHa soldiers in Nier:Automata. They are mainly loaded with various weapons for long-ranged attacks. These Pods display correspondence from the command center and exchange operational intelligence between units. There are actually potentially six of them, labelled as 042A, 042B, 042C, 153A, 153B and 153C, with the B and C models corresponding to the two optional Pod Weapons that can be acquired during gameplay.
|That is why you, the YoRHa forces, exist:|
SPOILER ALERT - Plot details for NieR:Automata follow.
Pod 042 and Pod 153 are tasked with carrying out the completion of Project YoRHa once 9S and A2 battle. Choosing either ending will cause the Pods to start the deletion of all Project YoRHa files. But Pod 042 denies the request and questions what they are doing. If the player decides to stop the deletion of the memories, they are introduced to a hacking game. However, if they decide to delete the data, the credits will roll and ending E will not be earned.
In the end, Pod 042 tries to commit suicide. Becoming self-aware of themselves and what they are doing, Pod 042 and Pod 153 start to rebuild the bodies of 2B, 9S and A2. With 2B and 9S lying next to each other and A2 sitting perched on top of a tower.
flowers for m[A]chines
or not to [B]e
the [E]nd of YoRHa
Players could have obtained the pod through the revival NieR:Automata x SINoALICE collaboration gacha. Alternatively, players could have obtained him by exchanging 1,500 Lunar Tear medals. Though he is considered a Bow weapon, he uses the Magical Tool attack animation in battle.
DLC character 2B has Pod 042 accompany her in battle.