Nicole in Zenless Zone Zero (ZZZ): Skills, Kit and Jiggle Physics (2024)

Throughout the Zenless Zone Zero (ZZZ) betas, Nicole was a fan favorite, and with the game releasing on July 4, her reign of popularity is likely to continue.

Nicole will be unlockable at the launch of Zenless Zone Zero (ZZZ) on July 4, and one of only two Ether element characters in the starting roster.

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Nicole Demara from Zenless Zone Zero

Who is Nicole Demara in Zenless Zone Zero?

In Zenless Zone Zero (ZZZ), Nicole Demara is the leader of the odd-job agency known as the Cunning Hares, who accept commissions for Hollow-related jobs. Known for her love of money and her cunning nature, Nicole has been one of the most featured characters in promotional materials about the game.

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How to unlock Nicole Demara in Zenless Zone Zero?

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You will unlock Nicole immediately after completing the opening mission

You will unlock Nicole Demara as a free character after completing the opening mission of Zenless Zone Zero.

Nicole's infamous nerf during the ZZZ betas

Nicole's design in Zenless Zone Zero (ZZZ) before and after the "nerf"

Nerfing characters in a beta is common, but for Nicole her nerf came in the form of changes to her "jiggle physics" and her appearance. Zenless Zone Zero is a 16+ age rated game, compared to HoYoverse's previous titles Genshin Impact and Honkai Star Rail which are both 12+. The 16+ age rating of Zenless Zone Zero (ZZZ) allows the developer to be a bit more risqué with their characters in Zenless Zone Zero.

Nicole jiggle physics changed, community cried censorship

That said the original design for Nicole during the beta was still deemed a little "too" sexy and the now famous "Nicole nerf" took place. In November 2023, developer MiHoYo noticeably turned down the jiggle physics of her body and reduced the size of her chest, leading to outcries on Reddit.

The "Nicole nerf" also adjusted her outfit to show slightly less skin, with her cleavage covered up more, as well as the top of her legs. The changes were quickly picked up on by the players in the beta test, with many calling out the censorship, while others realizing it might have not been their choice.

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The scenario is not too dissimilar to the censorship changes to EVE in Shift Up's PlayStation 5 title Stellar Blade, where certain outfits were made less revealing in a day 1 patch to the game. The Stellar Blade censorship became a huge trend on Twitter, with the developer ultimately introducing recolors of the original outfits as a hidden reward in a later update.

Nicole's Kit, Skills and playstyle in Zenless Zone Zero (ZZZ)

Nicole's weapon is a massive Sledgehammer which she can swing to deal AOE damage around her. Nicole also has multiple abilities (EX Special Attack, Chain Attack or Ultimate) that all create Ether black holes that pull enemies towards the centre, setting her up perfectly to take a big swing - or for her allies to pile on.

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Nicole is a support character that is great at crowd control, and let's be honest pretty kickass. She can also apply a debuff that reduces an enemy's DEF by 20% for 2 seconds if they were hit by either her Enhanced Bullets or Energy Fields.

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The Ether energy field created by Nicole's Ultimate - Ether Grenade (Screenshot via ItsShiro YouTube)

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Basic Attacks

Basic Attack: Cunning Combo

Unleashes up to 3 strikes, dealing Physical DMG

Basic Attack: Do As I Please

After Nicole's performs a Special Attack, EX Special Attack, Chain Attack, or Ultimate, Nicole can reload, enhancing the power of her Basic Attack and Dash Attack. Enhanced bullets also give a debuff to DEF of 20% for 2 seconds.

Dodge

Zenless Zone Zero introduces dodge mechanics that rewards players who perform Dodges or Perfect Dodges.

Dodge - Speed Demon

Nicole is invulnerable while using Speed Demon. Hold Dodge to reload after dodging, enhancing Basic Attack and Dash Attack up to 8 times.

Dash Attack - Jack in the Box

Dashes in the target direction and strikes nearby enemies, dealing Physical damage. To perform press Basic Attack while moving during a dodge (if not moving Basic Attack will perform a backwards flip)

Dodge Counter - Diverted Bombard

Dodge backwards and send ranged strikes at enemies in front of her, dealing Ether damage. Nicole is invulnerable while using this skill. Automatically reloads after the attack to enhance Basic Attack and Dash Attack up to 8 times.

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Nicole's Special Attacks

After both of her Special Attacks, Nicole automatically reloads after the attack to enhance Basic Attack and Dash Attack up to 8 times.

Special Attack - Sugarcoated Bullet

Unleashes a ranged strike against enemies in front of her, dealing Ether damage. Anti-Interrupt level is increased while using this skill.

X Special Attack - Stuffed Sugarcoated Bullet

A powerful ranged strike, generating an energy field that pulls enemies towards its center to deal Ether damage.

Hold Special Attack down to charge up this attack, during which a small energy field is generated at the muzzle as Energy is consumed, dealing bonus damage to enemies nearby. Nicole is invulnerable while using this skill.

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Nicole with Billy Kid in the promo trailer for 100 free pulls (Zenless Zone Zero redeem codes)

Nicole's Chain Attack & Ultimate

After her Chain Attacks, Nicole automatically reloads after the attack to enhance Basic Attack and Dash Attack up to 8 times. Nicole is invulnerable during both her Chain Attack and Ultimate.

Chain Attack - Ether Shellacking

Unleash powerful ranged strikes at enemies in a small area, generating an energy field that pulls enemies towards its center to deal Ether damage.

Ultimate - Ether Grenade

Unleash powerful ranged strikes at enemies in a small area, generating an energy field that pulls enemies towards its center to deal Ether damage. The anomaly Buildup dealt to the struck target is increased by 10%.

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Core Skills

Core Passive - Mechanical Case

After hitting an enemy with a Special Attack, EX Special Attack, Chain Attack, or Ultimate, Nicole can reload, enhancing her Basic Attack and Dash Attack. When her enhanced bullets or Energy Field hits an enemy, the target's DEF is reduced by 20% for 2s.

Additional Ability - Hare of Many Burrows

When another character in your squad is either an Ether element or Cunning Hares faction member:
When Nicole's Core Passive: Mechanical Case applies a debuff, the target takes 25% additional Ether DMG.

Reactive Assist - Emergency Bombard

When the on-field character is launched, press to activate Perfect Assist. Dodge backwards and send ranged strikes at enemies in front of Nicole, dealing Ether DMG. Automatically reloads after the attack to enhance Basic Attack and Dash Attack up to 8 times.

Defensive Assist - The Hare Strikes Back!

Parries the enemy's attack, dealing massive Daze. Nicole is invulnerable while using this skill.

Assist Follow-Up - Window of Opportunity

Charge forward and bombard enemies, dealing Ether DMG. Nicole is invulnerable while using this skill.

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Talents

Talent

Talent Name

Effect

ASugarcharge BombThe DMG and the Anomaly Buildup inflicted by Nicole's EX Special Attack increases by 16%. For each additional 0.1s of charging when Nicole activates her EX Special Attack, the duration of the energy field created at the target location increases by 0.15s.
BCharging DeviceWhen Nicole hits an enemy with her Basic Attack or Dash Attack, the attack's Energy Generation Rate is increased by 15%.
CA Hare's CunningBasic Attack, Dodge, Special Attack, and Chain Attack Lv. +2
DField ExpansionWhen Nicole uses her EX Special Attack, Chain Attack, or Ultimate, the radius of the energy field generated increased by 3m.
EIndustry StarAll skill levels +2
FCorrupting Energy FieldWhen Nicole’s energy fields deal damage to an enemy, the target’s Attribute Anomaly RES is reduced by 2.5%, stacking up to 20 times, and lasting 12s. The duration of each stack is calculated separately.

Nicole will be playable in version 1.0 of Zenless Zone Zero which launches on July 4, 2024.

Nicole in Zenless Zone Zero (ZZZ): Skills, Kit and Jiggle Physics (2024)
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