Horizon Zero Dawn: How To Kill Every Enemy Type | Bestiary Guide

Track down and destroy all 26 types of robotic adversaries in Horizon Zero Dawn to become the true master of the hunt. These laser-sporting weapons of destruction can be bested if you know their elemental weaknesses, and it isn’t always easy tracking these things down. Most of the common machines can be found simply wandering the environment, but a select few aren’t so easy to locate.

Learn where to find all 26 robots, and get our tips and strategies for taking them down with the full bestiary below. The bigger they get, the more you’ll have to rely on wits and combat prowess to survive. Only the weakest can be destroyed with a single Silent Strike. More often, you’ll need Elemental Bombs, Traps, and a good eye for their weak points to easily destroy an enemy. Lookout for Blaze Canisters, Freeze Canisters, or Power Cells — those are common soft spots in the hard armor of your adversaries.


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There are a total of 26 robotic enemies in Horizon Zero Dawn. When you encounter a new enemy, use Focus to scan and add the type to you notebook — you’ll find useful information and weaknesses related to each. Scanning and taking down every enemy type will net you five trophies.


Enemy Bestiary

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Watcher

  • Where To Find: Watcher Sites – Commonly found throughout the free roam map.
  • Override | Mountable: Yes | No
  • Strength | Weakness: None
  • Combat Tips:

The basic Watcher uses numbers to swarm you. Unlock the Lure and Silent Strike Skills to easily take them down. They are a common enemy — wait in a bush, lure one away from the pack and use Silent Strike to finish it off. If you can’t use a Silent Strike, aim for the eye.


Strider

  • Where To Find: Strider Sites – Commonly found throughout the free roam map.
  • Override | Mountable: Yes | Yes
  • Strength | Weakness: None
  • Combat Tips:

Another common enemy type. Instead of attacking, Striders will retreat when threatened so you’ll have to sneak up on them carefully. Like Watchers, they’re susceptible to Lure and Silent Strike kills. In combat, use Focus to spot the Blaze Canister on its back. That’s it’s weak point.


Grazer

  • Where To Find: Grazer Site – Commonly found throughout the free roam map.
  • Override | Mountable: Yes | No
  • Strength | Weakness: None
  • Combat Tips:

Another robot that’s easily spooked. This one will attempt to gorge Aloy with its horns before escaping. This one isn’t so easy to lure, so you’ll have to wait for it to turn around. Hide in a bush at a Grazer site, then sneak up behind it and use a Silent Strike. Grazers feature multiple Blaze Canisters, but those are what you’ll want to target in combat. Look for the four rods sticking out of the Grazer’s back.


Scrapper

  • Where To Find: Scrapper Sites – Commonly found throughout the free roam map.
  • Override | Mountable: Yes | No
  • Strength | Weakness: None
  • Combat Tips:

A more deadly robot enemy, these will defend themselves with saws and lasers. Like other common enemies, it is susceptible to Silent Strike. In combat, use Focus to scan it and aim for the Power Cell. The Power Cell is the device nears its butt — the Radar dish is the larger metal object near the neck.


Redeye Watcher

  • Where To Find: Cauldron ZETA – Found near the entrance to the Cauldron.
  • Override | Mountable: Yes | No
  • Strength | Weakness: None
  • Combat Tips:

These upgraded Watchers can unleash laser beam blasts from their eyes. Once again, aim for the bright camera-eye in combat. They’re trickier to sneak up on, but are susceptible to Silent Strike.


Broadhead 

  • Where To Find: Broadhead Sites – Commonly found throughout the free roam map.
  • Override | Mountable: Yes | Yes
  • Strength | Weakness: None
  • Combat Tips:

Large, bull-like robots that can be mounted. They’re skittish and will retreat (and charge) when alerted. Aim for the Blaze canister on the creature’s back, or use stealth and Silent Strike to take them down in one hit.


Lancehorn 

  • Where To Find: Lancehorn Sites – Commonly found throughout the free roam map.
  • Override | Mountable: Yes | No
  • Strength | Weakness: None
  • Combat Tips:

Confident combat robots that will eagerly attacked when you provoke them. Their drill horns can be destroyed, but you’ll want to target the Freeze Canister on the creature’s back. Outside of combat, Silent Strike can kill them in one hit.


Longleg 

  • Where To Find: Longleg Sites – Commonly found throughout the free roam map.
  • Override | Mountable: Yes | No
  • Strength | Weakness: Weak to Shock
  • Combat Tips:

A powerful sonic-blasted Emu, these bird-like walker doesn’t mess around. Aim for the Power Cells between the robot’s wings, and try to find a mount. The extra speed will help you circle around. When attacking, you can only aim for the Cells from behind. A single Silent Strike might not be enough to kill it, so finish it off with arrows to the Concussion Sacs on its chest.


Trampler 

  • Where To Find: Trampler Sites – Commonly found throughout the free roam map.
  • Override | Mountable: Yes | No
  • Strength | Weakness: Weak to Freeze, Strong to Fire
  • Combat Tips:

This Rhino-like beast runs circles around opponents, launching fireball barrages. Use Freeze Bombs to completely stop this thing in its tracks, and target the underbelly where the Power Cell is located.


Sawtooth

  • Where To Find: Sawtooth Sites – Commonly found throughout the free roam map.
  • Override | Mountable: Yes | No
  • Strength | Weakness: Weak to Fire
  • Combat Tips:

This guy is weak to fire. Use fire element arrows and aim for the underbelly Blaze Canister to destroy it in combat, just like the Trampler.


Shell-Walker

  • Where To Find: Shellwalker Sites – Commonly found throughout the free roam map.
  • Override | Mountable: Yes | No
  • Strength | Weakness: Strong to Shock
  • Combat Tips:

This cargo-type machine protects its cargo. It’s a tough nut to crack, with no obvious elemental weakness. It’s tough against shock, so aim for the well-hidden Power Cells underneath the legs. Or, you can focus on the Cargo claws and other elements after focusing.


Fire Bellowback

  • Where To Find: Bellowback Sites – Commonly found throughout the free roam map.
  • Override | Mountable: Yes | No
  • Strength | Weakness: Weak to Freeze, Strong to Fire
  • Combat Tips:

Sprays streams of burning hot liquid at enemies that threaten it. Stun it with a Bomb or Trap then shoot at the Blaze Canister on the underbelly with Hardpoint arrows. Engaging these things in direct combat is pretty dangerous, so come prepared with freeze bombs.


Freeze Bellowback

  • Where To Find: Bellowback Sites – Commonly found throughout the free roam map.
  • Override | Mountable: Yes | No
  • Strength | Weakness: Weak to Fire, Strong to Freeze
  • Combat Tips:

Exactly like the fire-based Bellowbacks, this variant is weak to Fire Bombs. Shock is still a good way to stun, leaving the Freeze Canister exposed. Target the canister to kill it quickly.


Charger

  • Where To Find: Charger Sites – Commonly found throughout the free roam map.
  • Override | Mountable: Yes | Yes
  • Strength | Weakness: None
  • Combat Tips:

Powerful pack animals with massive horns that attack in groups. Watch out — when threatened, these creatures will work together to take you down. The Blaze Canister near the tale is vulnerable, but these enemies can be killed instantly with a Silent Strike.


Stalker

  • Where To Find: Stalker Sites – Commonly found throughout the free roam map.
  • Override | Mountable: Yes | No
  • Strength | Weakness: Weak to Shock
  • Combat Tips:

One of the first enemy types without a Power Cell or Blaze Canister, Stalkers are armed with a dart gun and mine launcher. The Stealth Generator will briefly turn the ambusher invisible. To destroy them, use Silent Strike and then disable with Shock Arrows or Shock Bombs. When it’s down, attack — shoot the eye in combat.


Glinthawk

  • Where To Find: Glinthawk Sites – Commonly found throughout the free roam map.
  • Override | Mountable: Yes | No
  • Strength | Weakness: Weak to Fire, Strong to Freeze
  • Combat Tips:

Flying enemies that swoop down and unleash ice-based long-range attacks. They work in groups, too. Aim for the Freeze Sac on the chest. If you do enough damage, they’ll be knocked out of the sky and crash land, giving you more time to finish them off.


Corruptor

  • Where To Find: Go to the Sun-Steps Tallneck area with the scaffolding.
  • Override | Mountable: Yes | No
  • Strength | Weakness: Weak to Fire, Strong to Corruption
  • Combat Tips:

These War Machines are tough, so go prepared with Fire Arrows. A Silent Strike will only make them angry. Watch out for Grenades. Destroying the Core helps, but isn’t necessary.


Ravager

  • Where To Find: Ravager Sites – Commonly found throughout the free roam map.
  • Override | Mountable: Yes | No
  • Strength | Weakness: Weak to Fire, Strong to Shock
  • Combat Tips:

This war-machine features a mounted gun, allowing it to shoot freely in any direction as it circles you. It features both Power Cells and Freeze Canisters. Slide underneath it to target the Power Cells, or aim for the Canisters on its back. Like other tough opponents, it helps to use a Silent Strike to weaken it.


Snapjaw

  • Where To Find: Snapmaw Sites – Commonly found throughout the free roam map.
  • Override | Mountable: Yes | No
  • Strength | Weakness: Weak to Fire, Strong to Freeze
  • Combat Tips:

Giant crocodile-like machines, they seem slow out of water, but their lunges close the gap faster that you might expect. Stay far back and apply the Fire Elemental Effect with arrows, then use Hardpoint Arrows to destroy the Canister. That should finish off the Snapmaw off before it gets close.


Rockbreaker

  • Where To Find: Rockbreaker Sites – Found on the free roam map.
  • Override | Mountable: Yes | No
  • Strength | Weakness: Weak to Freeze, Strong to Fire
  • Combat Tips:

Even when you’re spotted, make sure to stay low and don’t make too much noise. The Rockbreaker buries itself underground and emerges from below if you’re not quiet. There are two weak points on these things — the Exhaust Ports on the back and the Fuel Sac on the underbelly. Use Freeze Bombs and Arrows to damage it after clearing off the armor plates with Sonic Arrows.


Behemoth

  • Where To Find: Behemoth Sites – Found on the free roam map.
  • Override | Mountable: Yes | No
  • Strength | Weakness: Strong to Shock
  • Combat Tips:

Use Tearblast (Sonic) Arrows to knock the components off the top of the massive Behemoth. That weakens them, leaving them stunned for a period of time. Target the exposed Power Cells on the back, and apply Fire Status Effect. While it isn’t weak to fire, the extra damage-over-time will help, and you can simply target the hull. Destroy both Power Cells to bring this thing down.


Thunderjaw 

  • Where To Find: Thunderjaw Sites – Found on the free roam map.
  • Override | Mountable: Yes | No
  • Strength | Weakness: Strong to Shock
  • Combat Tips:

A deadly (and common) War Machine found throughout the open world. These Apex Predators are always a challenge for Aloy, so go prepared. Use Tearblast Arrows to blast the artillery off the giant’s back. If you knock the Disc Launchers off, you can collect them and use like a temporary rocket launcher. Grab it off the grand and pelt Thunderjaw with its own discs. Knock off both launches and use them to make short work out of Thunderjaw.


Stormbird

  • Where To Find: Stormbird Sites – Found on the free roam map.
  • Override | Mountable: Yes | No
  • Strength | Weakness: Strong to Shock
  • Combat Tips:

Use Tearblast Arrows to blast the components off this flying menace’s wings and chest. Once the components are knocked off, the Power Cells will appear on the Stormbird’s back. Use Hardpoint Arrows on the rest of the casters and shock launchers to completely dismantle the bird’s offense. Do enough damage and it will crash onto the ground. When it’s about to die, or after destroying the chest-mounted shock blaster, it flies up and and slams down onto the ground near you.


Deathbringer

  • Where To Find: Main Story Encounter
  • Override | Mountable: No | No
  • Strength | Weakness: Weak to Fire / Shock, Strong to Corruption
  • Combat Tips:

This walking battle tank is armed with an array of military weapons. You’ll automatically encounter more than one as you progress through the story. Destroy the camera components above the automatic turrets on the wings of the machine, then destroy the turrets too. The machine guns are the hardest attack to dodge. Destroy the two gun turrets mounted on top of the machine next. After enough hits, it will eventually go down.


Tallneck

  • Where To Find: Five are found patrolling the free roam map.
  • Override | Mountable: Yes | No
  • Strength | Weakness: N/A
  • Combat Tips:

Tallnecks cannot be destroyed. After climbing one, you can override at the top and reveal an entire section of the map. They’re peaceful creatures, and you’re bound to encounter one of them.


Corrupted Machine

  • Where To Find: Corrupted Zone – Only found in the corruption zones. Find one in the northwestern snow mountains.
  • Override | Mountable: No | No
  • Strength | Weakness: N/A
  • Combat Tips:

Corrupted machines are special variants of other machine lifeforms you’ll encounter as you progress through the story. There’s no special way to take these things down, you’ll just need plenty of traps and a powerful bow. Otherwise, you’ll destroy them just like their weaker variants.


Trophies Unlocked

  • All Acquisition Machines Killed (Bronze)
    • Killed at least one of every type of Acquisition machine.
  • All Recon Machines Killed (Bronze)
    • Killed at least one of every type of Acquisition machine.
  • All Combat Machines Killed (Bronze)
    • Killed at least one of every type of Combat machine.
  • All Transport Machines Killed (Bronze)
    • Killed at least one of every type of Transport machine.
  • All Machines Catalogued (Bronze)
    • Encountered and Focus scanned every type of machine.