Search for the Shade is a side quest in the village in NieR Replicant version 1.22.
Your objective is to find out where the Shade has been hiding in the village.
Here’s a walkthrough of Search For The Shade in NieR Replicant.
Look for the river
The first hint is the river. Head to the river outside the marketplace facing the western hill.
You’ll learn that the Shade isn’t here.
Return to the girl and she’ll ask you to check the square in front of the library.
Head to the library
Get to the square in front of the library and you’ll learn that the Shade isn’t here either.
Ask the villagers
Go around the market to ask the villagers about the Shade.
Then, head back to the girl to ask her where the Shade isn’t hiding.
Get to the western hill
Use the stairs at the entrance of the market to reach the hill on the west.
You’ll find the Shade hiding near a tree. Defeat the Shade here.
Return to the guard to earn 5,000 gold.