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Horizon Forbidden West

What Are Cauldron Cores?

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Nathan Garvin

This page explains what Cauldron Cores are and how they work in Horizon Forbidden West.

Cauldron Cores are machine fabrication facilities run under the auspices of the Hephaestus AI, which has been manufacturing increasingly dangerous machines in response to humanity’s perceived threat to its more docile creations. Straying into the belly of the beast, is, understandably, a risky endeavor, as Cauldrons tend to be crawling with hostile machines.

Generally speaking, the goal of each Cauldron is to sneak, platform and/or fight through the dungeon until you reach the Cauldron Core, at which point you’ll need to override the core. Each Cauldron, its layout and its inhabitants are different, and as such the preferred means of getting through each one will vary, as well. Some require more puzzle-solving, some incentivize stealth, while others are more combat-heavy affairs. Once you enter, you often will not be able to escape a Cauldron via your means of ingress, so plan ahead before you commit.

In addition to the machines patrolling the exterior and interior of the Cauldron, the core itself is usually protected by a particularly nasty array of machines which must be dismantled before you can override the core in peace. For overriding a Cauldron Core you’ll typically get a quest reward, as well as an override code. This override code grants you the ability to override a variety of machines that share the corresponding code.

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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms,
    PS4, PS5
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    16 February 2022
  • Last Updated
    31 March 2022
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This guide for Horizon Forbidden West includes the following:

  • A Walkthrough for Main Quest
  • A Guide for all Errands, Side Quests and Cauldrons
  • An in depth analysis for Weapons and Armor.
  • Information on all new and returning Machines
  • How to find and complete all four Melee Pits
  • How to unlock and complete all stages of the Arena
  • How to find and override all five Tallnecks
  • Locations on all Collectibles
    • Ornaments
    • War Totems
    • Vista Points
    • Survey Drones
    • Signal Towers
    • Black Boxe

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