Horizon Forbidden West is full of limited and rare resources that are hard to find but are rewarding. Greenshine Crystal is one such item that is new to the franchise in HFW. In this guide, we will let you know where you can find the essential resource Greenshine and outline its use in Horizon Forbidden West along with other details of this new resource.
What is Greenshine?
The little green crystals in Horizon Forbidden West named Greenshine can be a vital resource used for upgrading certain weapons and outfits. It’s even used for trading with specific merchants.
Greenshine is an upgrade item and can be found throughout the world while progressing through Horizon Forbidden West.
It’s like a crystal and has a bright green glow that can be easily spotted from afar. Greenshine in HFW can be found in the form of fragments, chunks, clusters, and slabs.
At the start, you will only get Greenshine Slivers but the size and rarity of Greenshine will eventually increase as you progress.
Where to Find Greenshine in Horizon Forbidden West
As mentioned before, Greenshine can be found all over the map. If you are looking to upgrade your weapons and outfits or you are looking to buy tricky machine parts, you will need a lot of Greenshine and for that, you have to spend a considerable amount of time.
In general, as you progress across the map from right to left, you’ll uncover bigger and better rewards. There is a total of 84 Greenshines in HFW and once you collect them, they don’t respawn.
You will find Greenshine at random and there are no specific locations where you can find Greenshine in HFW.
Sometimes it may be hidden, and you’d have to find it, sometimes it may be out in the open on rocks and boulders and sometimes you’d need some special gear or do some tasks to get your hands on it.
You will get some Greenshine as a reward for completing certain quests in HFW. The Daunt and No Man’s Land are reported to have a lot of Greenshine.
There are several different types of Greenshine that you can find in HFW, and they are listed below.
- The first one is Sliver of Greenshine and as the name suggests, it is a tiny piece of Greenshine that is rare. You will usually come across this type in the Eastern parts of the map.
- The second one is Fragment of Greenshine which is a slightly larger version of the above-mentioned type and is also rare. You will come across these when you are roaming around in the desert region.
- Then comes the chunk of Greenshine which is a medium-sized piece of Greenshine that is also rare. You can find these in the Coastal Region.
- If you are very lucky you can find a Cluster of Greenshine that is very rare and are usually found underwater.
- Lastly, if you have access to a flying machine, you can find a Slab of Greenshine that is also large and of Legendary rarity.
Generally, you can find Greenshine in the following places
Deserts and Mountains
Deserts and mountains contain a lot of hidden Greenshine Crystals. They are pretty straightforward to find but if somehow you can’t find them, you can locate Greenshine by following a specific sound that these Greenshine Crystal create.
Hidden and Blocked Caves
A huge amount of Greenshine Crystals may be obtained from secret and blocked-off caverns and passages in HFW if players have obtained the necessary upgrades.
Some of these underwater caves like the one in the east of Daunt and the other in the west of Daunt, need the use of a Diving Mask to hold your breath underwater, which you will obtain during the Sea of Sands story mission.
Several Ruins are used as climbing puzzles to obtain Relics which mostly include Greenshine. You can get your hands on Greenshine if you solve these puzzles.
You will see a lot of Red Crystals while progressing through the game. These Red Crystal are known as Firegleam, and you need Firegleam Ignitor to get your hands on Greenshine.
You can get Firegleam Ignitor by completing the Death’s Door story mission. Once you have Firegleam Ignitor, use this to blow Firegleam and you may find some Greenshine behind it.
You will see a lot of vines blocking your way while progressing through the game. These vines are known as Metal Flowers and to clear these vines, you’ll need a Vine Cutter upgrade.
You will get the upgrade from the Seeds of the Past story mission. You may find Greenshine once you cut these Metal Flowers.
How to Use Greenshine in Horizon Forbidden West?
Greenshine is basically used for upgrading your weapons and outfits or you are looking to buy tricky machine parts. Similarly, merchants will offer you outfit weaves and weapons coils as well in exchange of Greenshine.
In Horizon Forbidden West, there are multiple tiers of Weapons and Armor. To reach the maximum tier of some of these weapons and armor, Greenshine is necessary.
The rarer things will need the use of rarer Greenshine, so be sure you have plenty stored up if you plan on upgrading all of your gear.
Where are Greenshine Merchants?
You can trade Greenshine for several different kinds of items and to trade Greenshine, you will need a merchant that will take the crystal off your hands and give you the stuff you need.
In HFW, you can trade Greenshine through Hunter Merchants which will provide you with high-quality loot parts in exchange for the crystal. You can find a hunter merchant in a Shelter that is in the southwestern of the arena, between Stalker Site and Acid Bellowback Site.