New Player Help for Horizon Zero Dawn covers various information that will help in understanding the basics of the game's mechanics as well as recommended things to do before starting the game. The aim is to help players to further understand the game and to know what it has to offer. This page covers various information such as basic and advanced tips and tricks for Horizon Zero Dawn.

Horizon Zero Dawn New Player Help


Use your Focus Ability

The focus ability allows you to gather critical data from your Enemies, such as Elemental Weakness, Weakness, Level and patrol route. Remember to always use your Focus ability before a fight to decide how you want to approach it. The Focus Ability also allows you to Tag Enemies, making this a Habit is very useful while fighting multiple enemies.

Using Heavy Weapons

Most high level machines are equipped with special Heavy Weapons that deal massive damage. You can knock down these weapons by dealing enough tear-iconTear Damage. Once knocked off, you'll be able to pick up the weapon and use it until it runs out of ammo. This is very useful as it both decrease the enemy firepower while increasing your own.

Using Stealth

Stealth is a very important mechanic in Horizon Zero Dawn as it allows players to sneak behind and between enemies. If you continuously run through the open, Enemies will be quickly alerted of your location. Try to stay low and use the environment to your benefit.

Learn About your Enemies

Each enemy has its own weaknesses and strengths. It's best to learn how to deal with each type of enemy to make your fights easier. Using a certain type of Ammo or attacking a certain body part can allow you to quickly dispatch strong enemies

Remember that you can Retreat

While confronting machines, you may end up luring more attention that you originally wanted, leading to an almost impossible fight. Remember that you can retreat by breaking the line of sight and reestablishing your stealth. You can then resume come back and resume the fight.


Try to get used to crafting as soon as possible, as it allows you to prepare Potions, Traps and Ammo. Crafting in the battlefield can save you a lot of time and resources

Use Traps, the Ropecaster and Tripcaster

You can take your time to prepare for some fights. Remember that you can deploy Traps and use your Ropecasters and Tripcasters to incapacitate your Enemies.

Overriding Enemies

There are some dungeons called Cauldrons that you can complete. Completing Cauldrons will net you the ability to override a specific type of Enemy which transforms it into your ally. In order to override a Machine, you'll need to sneak behind it and press and hold the interaction button.

Acquiring Extra Loot

You can acquire additional loot by destroying the enemy body parts. Try to destroy as many parts as possible as loot will allow you to further progress with character customization.

Selling your Loot

When selling an item marked as "Selling for Metal Shards" don't be afraid to sell it, as it's only meant for profit. This can save you time while deciding what to keep and what to sell.

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