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Horizon Forbidden West

Fanghorn

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Jarrod Garripoli

Throughout your journey in Forbidden West, you will come across a variety of Machines, most of which will be out to attack you. This page will concentrate on the Acquisition Machine, the Fanghorn.

(1 of 2) Fanghorn in the game

Fanghorn in the game (left), Fanghorn in the notebook (right)

General Information

A herd machine that dissolves natural resources to convert into biofuel. Its horns can clap shut with great force and shoot Fire attacks over long distances.

Level Type Cauldron Weak Strong
14 Acquisition MU Cauldron Frost frost.png Fire fire.png

Tips for Defeating the Fanghorn

Before saying anything else, there is only one variant of the Fanghorn, the Fire Fanghorn. They are kind of similar to Chargers in a way, as they will not always stick around to fight once you start attacking them. Should they stick around, though, they do have a few more attacking options compared to something like the Charger. They have a similar charging attack, but if you shoot off both antlers, then you will disable it (and get some nice loot in the process). The Fanghorn can also get right up in your face and try to kick you with its front legs, so be wary if you’re using melee.

Living up to its name, the Fanghorn does have two Fire attacks in its arsenal. The first involves it lighting up its horns, then performing a lunge at you, which is easily avoidable. The other will have it shooting fireballs at you, which is a little more dangerous, as they are a little quick and seem to have a slight splash to them. Thus, it’s easy to get a little overwhelmed with the fireballs and you might see your health go from full to empty in a matter of seconds, if you’re not careful. Since they come in packs, you are advised to only try and fight one at a time, which is easier to do if you leave the ones that run away alone.

Loot (Body)

All of the loot in the table below can drop upon killing the Machine and looting its body.

Loot Chance to Drop
Metal Shards 100%
Blaze 100%
Fanghorn Circulator 41%
Machine Muscle 30%
Fanghorn Primary Nerve 27%
Small Machine Core 16%
Braided Wire 11%
Metal Bone 10%
Sturdy Hardplate 6%

Loot (Antlers)

The Antlers are on the head of the Fanghorn, with there being two of them. If you can manage to destroy/detach both of them, then you will get rid of the Fanghorn’s charging attack. It is a good idea to detach them, as you will receive an exclusive material from them (this will always drop, too). This part is destroyed upon killing the Machine.

Loot Chance to Drop
Fanghorn Antler 100%

Loot (Blaze Canister)

The Fanghorn have two types of canisters on their backs, Blaze Canisters and Purgewater Canisters. There are two Blaze Canisters, while only a single Purgewater one. As with any elemental canister, if you shoot them with Fire Arrows, it will cause an explosion and cause a good amount of damage to the Fanghorn, as well as some damage to any nearby Machines. This part is destroyed upon killing the Machine.

Loot Chance to Drop
Blaze 100%

Loot (Purgewater Canister)

The Fanghorn have two types of canisters on their backs, Blaze Canisters and Purgewater Canisters. There are two Blaze Canisters, while only a single Purgewater one. As with any elemental canister, if you shoot them with Purgewater Arrows, it will cause an explosion and cause a good amount of damage to the Fanghorn, as well as some damage to any nearby Machines. This part is destroyed upon killing the Machine.

Loot Chance to Drop
Purgewater 100%

Loot (Resource Container)

The Resource Container is located right above the hind legs of the Fanghorn, and right below the canisters. It is a wise idea to always shoot this off, since some of the materials you can get have a higher chance of appearing over the main body. As seems to be the case with most parts, this will be destroyed upon killing the Machine.

Loot Chance to Drop
Braided Wire 90%
Sturdy Hardplate 55%
Blastpaste 26%
Small Machine Core 15%
Fanghorn Primary Nerve 15%

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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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