Horizon: Zero Dawn Frozen Wilds Machines Guide

Horizon: Zero Dawn Frozen Wilds Machines Guide to help you learn all you need to know about defeating all the new Machines in HZD The Frozen Wilds.

In this Horizon: Zero Dawn Frozen Wilds Machines Guide, we will guide you on how to defeat the new machines introduced in Frozen Wilds, the new DLC for Horizon: Zero Dawn.

The Frozen Wilds introduces a bunch of new and deadly machines for you to fight and we have some tips and tricks in this HZD Frozen Wilds Machines Guide for you. We have also shared some combat tips for you so you can easily defeat these monstrous new machines.

For more help on Horizon: Zero Dawn, you can check out our Weapons Guide, Outfits Guide, and Door Puzzles Solutions Guide.

Horizon: Zero Dawn Frozen Wilds Machines

Daemonic Machines
We see the return of all previous machines from the base game here and they are now even more powerful. Now called Daemonic Machines, these new variants hit harder, have more health and are now stronger against shock and corruption.

You need to use more Burning and Freezing weapons against them to easily defeat them, but you’ll have to deal a lot of elemental damage to do so. They can be identified by their purple glow and your Focus will also let you know when a machine is Daemonic.

Try to fight them one at a time and destroy its important components using Tearblast. When one of them comes near you, knock it over using Heavy melee attacks and then land a strong critical hit.


One thing to note is that Daemonic Machines are surprisingly easy to stun, so try to stun them as much as you can using Tearblast arrows. The best way to stun them is by hitting them in the foot with three notched arrows.

If you’re having trouble with these Daemonic Machines, finish the side quest ‘A Secret Shared’ and this will allow you to mod your spear for much better damage.

Control Towers
Control Towers repair and support hostile machines on the field, knock over and damage friendly machines, and destroy the force field of the Shield-Weaver. They are very annoying and can prove to be a major enemy in any battle so they should be your priority when they appear.

You can either take them down by overriding them, which you can do by getting close, resulting in a final pulse disabling all hostile machines nearby for a small period.

The second, and better, way to deal with them is to simply destroy them. Find the power box at the back and hit it roughly with three Hardpoint arrows using Focus to bring it down. They must be taken care of immediately otherwise they will make it a lot tougher to defeat other enemies.

Frostclaw is a powerful bear-like machine and it is extremely tough to bring one down because of their huge health and armor. It is also strong against Shock and Corruption so your best bet is to use Fire damage against it, as it is weak against fire attacks.

Other than that, it has many other weak points such as two freeze sacs, Freeze Unit at its chest or Power Cells at its back. To get a clear shot at the freeze sacs on its sides, you have to take off a bit of its armor. Removing the Frostclaw’s Freeze Unit will completely take away its ranged attacks and destroying or shocking the Power Cells will stun the beast.

The best time to target these is when the Frostclaw stands up on its hind legs, exposing all its weak points. You should use this opportunity to damage it using three notched arrows; or a Rattler, if you’re up close.

You can target these weak components repeatedly to bring it down, however, remember that it still takes a lot of damage before going down. After you take down all of the above, you can now continuously ignite the Frostclaw to deal steady damage.

You have to be very agile while fighting one. It is best that you take care of other enemies in the area before tackling it and always look for stealth workarounds before you start a fight.

Another thing that can be exploited against Frostclaw is its slow speed. You can use it to your advantage to break a line of sight for a quick breather. Use fire attacks as much as possible to bring it down relatively quickly.

Fireclaw is similar to Frostclaw. The only difference is that Fireclaw is strong against fire, its attacks are also based on fire and it has a greater health pool and stronger armor. Start with attacking the weak points.

Once they are down, move to the frost weakness and exploit it as much as you can to deal massive damage. Fireclaw also features a very large health pool so it will not go down easily. Follow the same tactics as that of the Frostclaw only switch your arsenal from fire damage to frost damage.

Remember to use the Icerail you obtained during the main quests in Frozen Wilds and also use Frost Bombs from the sling and arrows to deal some hefty damage.

Scorchers are very agile wolf-like robots and they can deal both melee and ranged damage with their fire attacks. Scorchers are particularly strong against Shock, Corruption and Fire.

Your main aim here should be their armor, as you can stun them with ease after taking a chunk of it off.

Take off as much armor as you can and that too as quickly as you can and then move to other weak points such as power generators or power cells. If you manage to take down its shoulder armor plates, you can attack the fire attack unit as well for massive damage.

Their Shoulder Fire Sacs and Power Generators can also be targeted to deal a good amount of damage. Next, you can fire at the blaze canisters and run away as they explode dealing damage to the Scorcher.

When you get up close to hit, use the Tearblaster to try and destroy its armor and potentially its Shoulder Fire Sacs. After that, stun it using a Heavy attack and damage its Blaze Canisters using a critical or lob fire arrow. Doing this will make it explode so get out of the way as soon as its about to blow up.

One thing you must prioritize while battling a Scorcher is its mine launcher. It will target you even when you are in cover. You can also use it against the Scorcher.

When more room is cleared in the battlefield for you to move in, use it to your advantage and keep your distance from the Scorchers; and fight them with patience. Try and destroy its Mine Launcher first and then target the armor plates.

Once you get rid of those, you can easily attack and remove its Fire Attack Unit which will make this fight much easier.

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