Horizon Zero Dawn features the ability for Aloy to override machines, enabling them to aid her in combat for a short time, or to mount a certain few machines once overriden. Machines can be valuable allies for Aloy in the heat of combat, or can allow for a quick escape once mounted. This Horizon Zero Dawn guide will tell you how to override machines and ride mounts.
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How to Use a Robot as a Mount
Early on in Horizon Zero Dawn, Aloy will gain the ability to override machines. If you sneak up to one undetected, you’ll be prompted to either perform a silent strike or start the override process. Overriding a machine takes a few seconds, and takes longer if the machine is larger. Some machines can even be ridden as a form of transportation. Unfortunately, not all machines can be mounted. If they can’t be mounted, they’ll still fight by your side until the override wears off, or until they die.
For more tips, strategies, and guides for navigating the mechanized world of Horizon Zero Dawn, check out our Horizon Zero Dawn Walkthrough.
Where to Unlock Additional Mounts
Overriding is unlocked in waves. There are four areas scattered around the map called Cauldrons. Cauldrons are underground bunkers where the machines are made. If Aloy is able to gain access to the Cauldron, fight her way through it and hack into the machine network at the end of the Cauldron. She’ll then get a new lineup of machines to override.
There aren’t many machines that can be mounted. The ones that can maneuver much like a horse. There’s a tradeoff when it comes to the game’s mounts: You’ll get from Point A to Point B a bit faster, but you won’t be able to easily collect any loot that you may pass. Also, it’s impossible to be stealthy when Aloy is on a mount. It’s usually better just to travel on foot. Aloy is a fast runner, and collecting all the resources you find is worth traveling at slightly slower speeds.
If you're looking for more on Horizon Zero Dawn check out our review. For even more on the game, check out this news article on the upcoming PC release of the game.