Horizon Zero Dawn: How to Get Rare Loot

Horizon Zero Dawn: How to Get Rare Loot

Over the course of Horizon Zero Dawn, you'll accumulate tons of loot. Here's where to find all the different kinds, including where to get the rarest loot.

Coming across rare loot is no easy feat in Horizon Zero Dawn, as Aloy will have to combine knowledge of certain areas and enemy types in the game, as well as just a general helping of good luck. Obtaining rare loot will in turn allow Aloy to both unlock better weapons and equipment, as well as gaining a decent amount of metal shards. This Horizon Zero Dawn guide to rare loot will give you all the info you need.

The game’s loot is part of the reason why staying away from mounts is a good strategy. You should be scavenging every lootable object you find. Aloy is pretty fast on her feet, so you aren’t losing that much time ditching the mountable machines. If you do want to ride on a mount, though, check out our guide to overriding machines and getting mounts in Horizon Zero Dawn.

When looking to upgrade your carry capacity, be sure to upgrade your resource satchel as fast as possible. This enables you to carry more stuff that can be crafted into ammunition, sold to merchants, or traded for better weapons. The more loot, the better.

One of the best features of Horizon Zero Dawn’s loot system is the ability to create an errand based on what you need. For instance, if you need a Trampler Heart for a piece of gear you have your eye on, you can highlight it at the merchant and create an active quest for it. The map will then point you to the closest place where you may be able to find one. Use that feature often as you try to beef up your arsenal and get better loot.

Rare Loot and Where to Find It

Animal Parts: Bone and Skin

These are some of the hardest pieces of loot to come by in the game. The drop rate for animal skin is low, and most of the time, you’ll just be stuck with bony or fatty meat. Every time you see an animal running around, kill it. That’s really how you should treat everything that’s lootable, but it’s especially true with the game’s wildlife. Fish bones are difficult to come by because you spend such little time in water. You’ll probably have to specifically hunt for fish if you’re looking for fish parts.

Crystal Braiding
Source: Rockbreaker, Behemoth, Stormbird, Thunderjaw, Deathbringer

Head to the spots on the map that has these machines’ symbols. Corrupted machines tend to drop better loot, so keep that in mind. For tips on how to take these machines down, look at our guide to taking down the biggest machines in Horizon Zero Dawn.

Machine Hearts
Source: (specific to the machine)

Again, use the map to pinpoint where the you can find the machines you need. If you can find a corrupted zone, try there, since corrupted machines tend to drop better loot.

Desert Glass
source: humans

Toward the end of the game, you’ll have more of this than you know what to do with. This can be found on human enemies, so head toward bandit camps if you’re looking for it.

Luminous Braiding
Source: Sawtooth, Longleg, Shell0Walker, Fire Bellowback, Freeze Bellowback, Trampler, Ravager, Snapmaw, Stalker, Corruptor

Slagshine Glass
Source: Humans

Much like Desert Glass, Slagshine Glass can be found on enemy bandits. Make your way to the many camps around the map to farm it.

Machine Core - Medium
Source: Sawtooth, Longleg, Shell-Walker, Fire Bellowback, Trampler, Ravager, Snapmaw, Stalker, Corruptor

Machine Core - Large
Rockbreaker, Behemoth, Stormbird, Thunderjaw, Deathbringer

For machine cores, reference the map and see where these machines can be found. Head there and start hunting. There’s a good chance you’ll get either Machine Hearts or the Cores you’re looking for.

Should you need more tips, strategies, and guides for navigating the mechanized world that Guerilla created, check out our main Horizon Zero Dawn guide page for tips, item lcoations, and more.

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