Horizon Zero Dawn Tallnecks Locations: How to Find All the Tallnecks

Horizon Zero Dawn Tallnecks Locations: How to Find All the Tallnecks

Like a cross between Assassin's Creed towers and a giraffe, Tallnecks fill in the map for you. Here's how to find and climb the Tallnecks in Horizon Zero Dawn.

Finding and scaling all five Tallnecks scattered within the world of Horizon Zero Dawn will reward Aloy by uncovering large sections of the map that were previously shrouded in fog, as well as offering a nice XP bonus on top of this. This Horizon Zero Dawn Tallnecks guide will tell you how to find all the tallnecks and climb them.

Tallnecks are usually heavily guarded by a bunch of machines, but the Tallnecks themselves walk in such a large circle that it’s possible to climb them undetected. That’s usually the best approach to take with them. Otherwise, you can get caught in a large-scale battle with a bunch of machines, and nobody has time for that. So, if you’re approaching a Tallneck, equip a stealth-heavy outfit and stick to the weeds.

All Tallnecks walk in a circle around a tall structure in the middle. You can’t climb its legs, so you have to find a platform that reaches out from the center structure. Then, wait for the Tallneck to walk by and jump on its back. Then climb up to its head and override it to collect the XP and uncover the map. Here’s where you can find the Tallnecks and how you can climb them.

Horizon Zero Dawn Tallneck Locations

Devil’s Thirst - This will probably be the first Tallneck you encounter. It’s north of the Main Embrace Gate. There is a ruined building in the center of its walking patterns. There aren’t too many machines patrolling this one to allow you to figure out how to approach it. Head inside the structure and look for a climbable wall. Head up to the platform and wait for the Tallneck to walk by. Then jump onto its back.

Sun Steps

This Tallneck is different because it’s in a bandit camp, so bandits are the only thing you’ll have to deal with if you’re spotted. There are also Corruptors down on the ground level, so make sure you take out bandits quietly. Make a path up to one of the wooden structures around the perimeter and jump on. Be sure to take out any overlooking bandits at the top. Once you override the Tallneck, it’s easier to fast travel out of there than try to get back out undetected.

Rustwash

Find this one east of Meridian and just next to the Gatelands Bandit Camp. The Tallneck has a large group of machines guarding it, including Sawtooths, Fire Bellowbacks, and Watchers. Stay stealthy, and if you get caught, just book it to a platform near the Tallneck. It walks in circles around two large rock structures. Once you’re out of the trenches and onto the rocks, the machines should leave you alone for the most part.

Spearshafts

This Tallneck is tricky if you’re trying to go about it stealthily. Like the other Tallneck areas, there’s a large cliff in the center of its walking circle. You’ll have to find ledges to climb in order to reach the top. There are also Longlegs waiting for you at the top. Fortunately, there’s some tall grass up there to keep you hidden. If you have their overrides unlocked, override them to take them out of the picture. Do that to any Longlegs nearby, wait for the Tallneck, and jump on it.

Copper Deeps

You can find this Tallneck in the southwest part of the map just slightly southeast of Meridian. It’s walking around in water, which means Snapmaws, so watch where you swim. There are also a bunch of Glinthawks on the cliffs that you’ll need to climb. This is one instance where it may be wise to take them out before you head for the Tallneck. Otherwise, they’ll just keep following you around. Take them out and then wait for the Tallneck to walk by.

For more advice on getting the most out of the game, head back to our main Horizon Zero Dawn guide, which collects all the tips and item locations. You can also find info on the best weapons in Horizon Zero Dawn as well as the skills you should focus on when you first start playing.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Hirun Cryer

Guides Writer

Hirun Cryer is by far the most juvenile member of USgamer. He's so juvenile, that this is his first full-time job in the industry, unlike literally every other person featured on this page. He's written for The Guardian, Paste Magazine, and Kotaku, and he likes waking up when the sun rises and roaming the nearby woods with the bears and the wolves.

Read this next

Horizon Zero Dawn Weapons: How to Get the Best Weapons

To survive the mech-filled wilderness of Horizon Zero Dawn, you'll need to get kitted up with the best weapons. This weapons guide will yell you how to get them.

Horizon Zero Dawn: Metal Flowers Locations - Find all Flowers

Finding special metal flowers in Horizon Zero Dawn will get you some nice rewards when traded in at a merchant. This guide will tell you where to find all 30 of them.

Horizon Zero Dawn: Where to Find the Power Cells to Unlock the Ancient Armor, the Game's Best Outfit

Here's how to unlock the best armor in the game. This guide will help you find the power cells in Horizon Zero Dawn. Power Cell locations guide.

Horizon Zero Dawn Tips and All Item Locations

Guide and tips for crafting your way through Guerrilla Games' open world action RPG, Horizon Zero Dawn.

Sony to Create Films And Shows Based on PlayStation Catalog of Games

PlayStation Productions will work to bring Sony properties into new media.

Guerrilla Games Wants to Release Games Every Two to Three Years

The Horizon Zero Dawn developer has a fancy new studio to help speed up game production.

More Guides

The Witcher 3 Skellige Gwent Cards - Where to Find the Best Gwent Cards for the Skellige Faction

Here's where you can find the best Skellige Gwent faction cards in The Witcher 3.

The Witcher 3 Bestiary List - Every Monster Weakness

Everything you need to know about monster weaknesses and more in The Witcher 3.

The Witcher 3 Mutations - How to Get and Use Mutations

Here's how to unlock Mutations and use them correctly in The Witcher 3.

The Witcher 3 Sign Magic - How to Cast Signs and Use Magic

Here's how to use Signs to cast magical spells in The Witcher 3.

More on PlayStation 4

Apex Legends Is Going to Get Much-Needed Improvements to its Training Mode

You and some pals will be able to practice your grappling hook swings together.

Fortnite Probably Isn't Dead, But Players Can't Help But Wonder What's Next

After a massive explosion, Fortnite users are left with only an eerie void and theories.

Mailbag of the Blood God: What to Play if You're New to RPGs

The Axe of the Blood God mailbag returns with conversation about what to play if you're new to RPGs, Final Fantasy 13, and more.

A New Fortnite Battle Royale Map May Have Been Leaked on the App Store

Fortnite's map has changed a lot over its 10 seasons. Is it about to be replaced?

Ghost Recon Breakpoint is Still Lacking the One Thing Fans Truly Want

Hardcore fans want Breakpoint to be a harder survival experience.

More Survival Games

What Game Are You Playing Over the Long Labor Day Weekend?

COMMUNITY QUESTION | It's a three-day weekend for most people out there, and a lot of games came out this week.

Abuse Accusations and "Censorship" Drama Were at the Forefront of a Busy Week in Games

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | A series of accusations of abusive behavior dominated the industry during a week full of new releases.

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey Review

Ancestors has flashes of brilliance amidst lots and lots of tedium.

Predator Hunting Grounds Gameplay: Release Date, PS4 Exclusive, Can You Play as The Predator?

There’s a brand new Predator game coming to PS4. Here’s what you need to know about Predator Hunting Grounds.