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Horizon Forbidden West

What Are Workbenches?

Staci Miller

This page contains everything you need to know about what Workbenches are and where to find them in Horizon Forbidden West.

What Are Workbenches?

Workbenches are a brand new mechanic in this game, and weren’t present in Horizon Zero Dawn.

When you enter a Settlement, look for a Workbench on the map.

Although Aloy can craft items like arrows from anywhere, she’ll have to visit a Workbench to upgrade her weapons and armor. Each upgrade costs a certain amount of materials, which is a huge difference to the original game that didn’t allow upgrades.

Where to Find Workbenches

Workbenches can be found in Settlements. You’ll have to go back to them to use them, as armor and weapons can’t be upgraded in the wild.

Fortunately, this is made pretty easy with fast traveling.

How to Use a Workbench

To use a Workbench, simply approach it and follow the prompt to hit Triangle DualShock4-ButtonTriangle.

Aloy will be presented with a list of options:

  • Weapon Upgrades
  • Outfit Upgrades
  • Potion Crafting
  • Pouch Upgrades
  • Special Gear

The Workbench can also be used to improve your bag space so less items are sent to your stash, if you choose the fourth option. Anything that’s available to upgrade will be marked in the Workbench menu.

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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
    Version History
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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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