Size Large
HP 6500 (Normal)
9750 (Corrupted)
11375 (Daemonic)
Weakness None
Resistance shock-iconShock
Override Cauldron ZETA

Thunderjaw is a hostile Enemy machine in Horizon Zero Dawn that the players can confront to obtain Experience and Loot.  It can also be found in normal, corrupted and daemonic variations.

Thunderjaw Description

  • The Thunderjaw is a huge bipedal machine with features akin to those of a Tyrannosaurus Rex: powerful and bulky legs, a long body, and a heavy tail to maintain equilibrium.
  • Its body features symmetrical weaponry: a laser weapon in its mouth, cannons on its jaws, a radar array on its back, and Disc Launchers on its hips.


Thunderjaw Combat Information

  • Behavior Info: Thunderjaws are often found by themselves and don't stray too far from their designated paths. Once engaged, Thunderjaws are extremely violent and won't hesitate to deploy all of their available weaponry to take down the perceived threat.
  • Thunderjaws' radar can detect Aloy even if she is standing still in long grass.
  • Weakness: None.
    • While facing a Thunderjaw, it is important to make destroying the Disc Launchers a priority. First because it will disable many ranged and dangerous attacks and also, because Aloy can pick it up and use it to fight against the machine, dealing an enormous amount of damage and turning the battle into a significantly easier one. Tearblast Arrows are a great pick to attempt to remove Disc Launchers
  • Resistance: shock-iconShock.

Thunderjaw Attacks

  • Melee Attacks
    • Bite Attack: The Thunderjaw snaps the enemy with its powerful mandibles. Deals 250 damage.
    • Charge: Charges and rams the enemy with its body. Deals 275 damage.
    • Foot Stomp: Uses its rears legs to attempt to stomp the enemy. Deals 290 damage.
    • Rushing Bite Attack: Charges and snaps the enemy with its mandibles. Deals 250 damage.
    • Tail Slam: Uses its tail vertically to stomp the enemy. Deals 300 damage.
    • Tail Swipe: Uses its tail horizontally to knock the enemy down. Deals 300 damage.
  • Ranged Attacks:
    • Disc Launcher - 360 Attack: The Thunderjaw uses its Disc Launcher in a circle around itself dealing 130 damage per hit.
    • Disc Launcher - Barrage: The Thunderjaw fires a barrage of discs from its Disc Launcher each dealing 130 damage.
    • Disc Launcher - Homing: The Thunderjaw fires a homing disc from its Disc Launcher that tracks the target. It deals 130 damage.
    • Laser Sweep: The Thunderjaw fires a fan-shaped spread of laser beams. It deals 200 damage.
    • Cannon Burst - Lead Up:  Rapid-fire mandibular cannon shots; head sweeps laterally. Each projectile deals 60 damage.
    • Cannon Burst - Side to Side: Rapid-fire mandibular cannon shots; cannons repeatedly fire left and right. Each projectile deals 60 damage.



Thunderjaw Location

  •  A pair of Thunderjaws can be found together protecting a herd of Lancehorns in the Glarebreak, west of Free Heap.
  • The daemonic variation of the Thunderjaw are located in the Banuk Region known as The Cut, which is exclusive to the DLC The Frozen Wilds, and is not available in the base version of Horizon Zero Dawn.


Thunderjaw Loot:

Thunderjaw Components



Hard outer casing to protect synthetic muscle and operational systems. None shock-iconShock

Blaze Canister

Shooting this canister with Fire will trigger an elemental explosion. Shoot off this component to collect Blaze. fire-iconFire

Data Nexus

Hitting this component deals greater damage to the machine. All None

Disc Launcher

This heavy weapon can be picked up and used after it has been detached from the machine. tear-iconTear None

Freeze Canister

Shooting this canister with Freeze will trigger an elemental explosion. Chillwater can be looted from this canister. freeze-iconFreeze


Hitting this component deals greater damage to the machine. All None

Power Cell

Shooting this component with Shock will trigger an elemental explosion. Sparker can be looted from this component. shock-iconShock


Destroying this component disables the scanning ability tear-iconTear None


Destroying these components disables Cannon attacks. tear-iconTear None


Destroying this component disables the Tail attacks. tear-iconTear None



Thunderjaw Notes & Tips

  • According to game designer Mathijs de Jonge, Thunderjaws are 24 meters long and 9 meters tall.


Enemies in Horizon Zero Dawn
Behemoth  ♦  Broadhead  ♦  Charger  ♦  Corruptor  ♦  Death Bringer  ♦  Fire Bellowback  ♦  Fireclaw  ♦  Freeze Bellowback  ♦  Frostclaw  ♦  Glinthawk  ♦  grazer  ♦  Lancehorn  ♦  Longleg  ♦  Ravager  ♦  Rockbreaker  ♦  Sawtooth  ♦  Scorcher  ♦  Scrapper  ♦  Shell-Walker  ♦  Snapmaw  ♦  Stalker  ♦  stormbird  ♦  Strider  ♦  Tallneck  ♦  Trampler  ♦  Watcher


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    • Anonymous

      12 Apr 2021 13:21  

      Redmaw has 8000 hp. Shoot power cell with shock arrows, then use tearblast charge/arrow to knock off the disk launcher and expose the heart. Then kill it

      • Anonymous

        11 Jun 2018 22:59  

        Lay down 15 shadow trip caster ropes in the same spot, lure it over with the lure skill, it walks into them and its dead

        • Anonymous

          28 Jul 2017 06:50  

          If u make a bow that has amazing tear coils on all 3 slots then upgrade to hold 3 arrows boom component removed

          • Anonymous

            17 Jul 2017 23:46  

            Lol tearblast, freeze and rolling i frames are all you need if you dont want to expose yourself getting its disc launcher you can roll through its charges which is really all it has thats dangerous if you knock off its ranged attacks

            • Anonymous

              09 Mar 2017 18:54  

              It's intimidating, but that is all there is to it. A well plan strategy and all payload from the disc launcher are all it takes.

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