During Aloy’s journey through the Forbidden West, you’ll be able to customize her look using a variety of Face Paints and Outfit Dyes.
Face Paints are a form of cosmetics that you can use in character customization to make Aloy look much cooler. You can even match them with different outfits to make her the freshest person in the room.
There is a wide variety of face paints you can unlock and choose from to customize Aloy’s appearance. Most of them are unlocked by completing Main or Side Quests, but the Mark of War face paint is only available after collecting all of the three War Totems available in the game.
This guide will show you how to use Face paints in Horizon Forbidden West and how to unlock more of them.
How To Change/Equip Face Paints In HFW
Compared to Horizon Zero Dawn, Face Paints have more variety and can be acquired during your first playthrough in Horizon Forbidden West.
You’ll start acquiring Face Paints pretty early on in HFW, but to actually change them you need to talk to an NPC. These NPCs are special Face Painters and can be found at Major Settlements.
You’re first able to equip face paint after reaching a specific point in the story – reaching the Scalding Spear settlement. There is a Painter here by the name of Zokkah that allows Aloy to equip or change her face paint. Eventually, as you progress further through the game, you’ll unlock two more painters, one in Thornmarsh and the other in Bulwark.
Each of these three Painters works in the same way. If you want to locate a particular Painter, look for a tattoo needle icon on your map once in the settlement. The painter will apply the face paint in the desired pattern in exchange for 10 Metal Shards. The same Painter can also remove the paint for 1 Metal Shard.
Additionally, if you wanted to get a “look” at a particular face paint beforehand, you can do so via the Photo Mode, but do not that it will disappear once you exit the mode.
Where To Get Face Paints In HFW
As mentioned before, painters can be found in the settlements. You’ll need to speak to the Painter Merchant who will apply the face paint.
The following are the settlements where you’ll find Painters:
- Scalding Spear
- The Bulwark
You’ll unlock more face paints by finishing quests in Horizon Forbidden West. You’ll also have face paints from Horizon Zero Dawn carried over. When selecting a quest to take on, just check its description to see if it rewards you with Face Paint!
You’ll already have some of the face paints in stock by default, but you’ll earn more and more as you progress through the game, specifically by completing main and side quests.
There is one exception here though, and that is the Mark of War face paint. This paint can only be unlocked by collecting all of the three War Totems scattered across the map.
You’ll unlock more face paints by finishing quests in Horizon Forbidden West. You’ll also have face paints from Horizon Zero Dawn carried over. When selecting a quest to take on, just check its description to see if it rewards you with Face Paint.
Horizon Forbidden West Face Paint List
Nora Tribe Face Paints
- Nora Death-Seeker
- Nora Scout
- Nora Seeker
- Nora Warrior
Oseram Tribe Face Paints
- Oseram Artificer (Unlocked through the Deep Trouble side quest)
- Oseram Explorer
- Oseram Striker (Unlocked through the Lofty Ambitions side quest)
- Oseram Wayfarer (Unlocked through the Broken Locks errand)
Banuk Tribe Face Paints
- Banuk Aspirant
- Banuk Shaman
- Banuk Survivor
Utaru Tribe Face Paints
- Utaru Birthsinger (Unlocked through The Second Verse side quest)
- Utaru Harvester (Unlocked through The Oldgrowth errand)
- Utaru Protector (Unlocked through The Promontory side quest)
- Utaru Ritesinger
- Utaru Thresher
- Utaru Whisperer (Unlocked through the main Dying Lands quest)
Carja Tribe Face Paints
- Carja Blazon (Unlocked through the main Embassy quest)
- Carja Champion
- Carja Hawk
- Carja Noble
- Carja Scholar (Unlocked through The Twilight Path side quest)
- Carja Shadow (Unlocked through The Burning Blooms side quest)
- Carja Trader
- Carja Watcher
Tenakth Tribe Face Paints
- Tenakth Reaver (Unlocked through the main Wings of Ten quest)
- Tenakth Recon (Unlocked through the Blood for Blood side quest)
- Tenakth Vindicator (Unlocked through the A Tribe Apart side quest)
- Tenakth Vanquisher (Unlocked through the Thirst for the Hunt side quest)
- Tenakth Conqueror (Unlocked through the main Broken Sky quest)
Special Face Paint
There’s a face paint that isn’t associated with any of the tribes. The paint is named Mark of War and is basically a God of War easter egg. The paint can be unlocked by collecting all the War Totems.