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Horizon Zero Dawn Best Weapons Guide – Crafting Requirements, How to Unlock

Horizon Zero Dawn takes you back to the primitive times so the weapons are in accordance with the setting. There are no guns or traditional explosives in Zero Dawn.

Most of the times you will be using a Bow and Arrow and other similar weapons, making the search for Horizon Zero Dawn Best Weapons, a likely initiative and this is where we come in to help!

For more help on Horizon Zero Dawn, read our Level Up Fast Guide, Enemies Guide and Skills Guide.

Horizon Zero Dawn Best Weapons Guide

Following Horizon Zero Dawn Best Weapons Guide will discuss everything you need to know about weapons and how to unlock them.

Horizon Zero Dawn Weapons are able to fire different types of ammunition such as fire, shock, and explosives. You can also modify your weapons by adding customs parts to slots. Each weapon has a set number of slots, low level weapons have less slots while weapons you unlock later on have more slots to them.

We recommend investing in Tinker ability. This ability is used to remove and reuse weapon modifications. There is no limit, all weapons come under this skill so remove as and reuse as you please.

How to Unlock Best Weapons

Shadow Scorcher

  • 500 Metal Shards
  • 1 Snapmaw Heart

Shadow Scorcher comes with 150 base damage.  If you are looking to use the ropecaster for a better part of the game, it is best to have this best in your inventory.

Horizon Zero Dawn Tearblaster
Tearblaster in Horizon Zero Dawn is acquired as a quest reward. In order to obtain it, you need to complete the Hunter’s Blind side-mission. In order to start this side-mission, you need to speak with Ahsis at the Hunter’s Lodge.

This weapon is remarkable if you face difficulties against heavily armored machines. With Tearblaster, you should be able to get rid of a machine’s armor in a couple of seconds. However, do note that it requires special ammo.

Shadow Sling

  • 650 Metal Shards
  • 1 Crystal Braiding

Shadow Sling is able to fire freeze damage, shock, fire. This is a useful weapon to have in your inventory and is effective against most of the enemies you come across in the game.

Shadow Tripcaster

  • 750 Metal Shards
  • 1 Scrapper Heart

Shadow Tripcaster needs to be developed as soon as possible. It is one of the best weapons in the game, it is accessible, decent amount of slots, and it able to fire Shock, Explosive, and Fire Traps. It will allow you to trap enemies but keep in mind that it only comes with a shock traps in the beginning.

Shadow Hunter Bow

  • 650 Metal Shards
  • 1 Watcher Heart

Watcher Hearts are easy to get and doesn’t many shards to build this weapon. We won’t call it the best weapon in the game, Shadow Hunter Bow is still not to be missed. It is extremely effective against watchers and smaller enemies but its limited modification options rander is useless later on in the game.

Shadow Ratler

  • 950 Shards
  • 1 Board Skin
  • 1 Rabbit Skin
  • 1 Fox Skin

Shadow Ratler will take some time to unlock but it is probably the best weapon in the game. It can fire explosives and is able to throw proximity bombs as well.

Shadow Sharpshot

  • 800 Metal Shards
  • 1 Trampler Heart

The weapon is able to fire Hardpoint, Tearblast, and Harvest Arrow at enemies, making it one of the best once to have in your arsenal. Make sure you work toward unlocking this weapon.

However, keep in mind that you are choosing damage over fire speed. You will also be able to shoot three arrows at a time by upgrading the bow.

Shadow Blast Sling

  • 1400 Metal Shards
  • Lancehorn Heart

High impact and area damage, need we say more?

Shadow War Bow

  • 800 Metal Shards
  • 1 Trampler Heart

The bow is able to fire corruption arrows that allow you to override enemies. Overriding means you can mount certain enemies and traverse the map. Meanwhile, pretty much all enemies will fight alongside you once you override.

Horizon Zero Dawn Weapons

Horizon Zero Dawn Weapons – Bows

War Bow
This weapon has low damage but deals Shock elemental damage.

Sharpshot Bow
This weapon has a slow attack speed but is highly accurate.

Carja Sharpshot Bow
This weapon has a slow attack speed but is highly accurate.

Carja Hunter’s Bow
This weapon has a low damage output but makes up for it with faster reload speed and Fire elemental damage.

Horizon Zero Dawn Weapons – Shotguns

Rattler Shotgun
This is a fairly low accuracy shotgun which has Tear elemental damage.

Ropecaster Shotgun
This allows you to tie down machines and immobilize them.

Horizon Zero Dawn Weapons – Sling

This is an uncommon sling which deals Freeze elemental damage.

Carja Sling
This is a rare sling which deals Freeze and Shock elemental damage.

Blast Sling
This is an uncommon sling without any elemental damage.

Shadow Sling
This is a very rare sling which deals Freeze, Shock, and Burn elemental damage.

Horizon Zero Dawn Weapons – Traps

This is an uncommon trap which deals Freeze elemental damage.

Carja Trip Caster
This is a rare trap which deals Shock elemental damage.

Horizon Zero Dawn Weapons – Melee Weapons

This weapon basically allows Aloy to execute Stealth Takedown, provided you’ve the appropriate skills.

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