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Horizon Forbidden West

The Wound in the Sand

Staci Miller

This is everything you need to know about The Wound in the Sand side quest in Horizon Forbidden West.

How to Unlock The Wound in the Sand

The Wound in the Sand is the second part of a three-part story and can be unlocked by talking to Chaplain Jetakka of the Desert Clan in Arrhowhead. The first part is The Thirst for the Hunt.

The Desert Clan is having issues with their water supply and employs Aloy’s help to find out exactly what’s wrong.

Location Level Rewards
Arrowhand from Chaplain Jetakka 19 XP_Icon_Horizon_Forbidden_West.png5700 Skill_Point_Icon_Horizon_Forbidden_West.png2

How to Complete The Wound in the Sand

This is how to complete each step of the quest.

Talk to Commander Yarra

The first thing you’ll do is find Commander Yarra. She’s currently having some issues with Tenakth soldiers complaining about the water. Once they disperse, she’ll talk to Aloy.

Yarra is not pleased to see Aloy, but you’ll still have to help by going to the well to investigate the issue.

Follow the Pipes

Use your Focus to examine the wound. You’ll then have to follow the underground pipes by highlighting them with your Focus to get to the root of the issue.

Follow the pipes using your Focus like this.

When you reach the end, you’ll climb up a wall to exit.

Kill the Machines

Immediately, you’ll come across some Machines. There are Widemaws and Spikesnouts.

Spikesnouts are weak against Purgewater/Fire Damage and Widemaws are weak against Purgewater Damage only. Use these types of attacks to kill them the fastest before you can move on. Yarra will help you while fighting.

You can hide in the grass to sneak up on them.

You’ll then have to examine a corpse. Yarra will determine that Drakka is responsible for the water issue.

Follow the Pipes

Again, we’re back to follow the pipes. You’ll have to climb another wall which is fairly simple and then enter a water tower at the end of the path. There’s a weapon lodged in the water supply, leading Yarra to be convinced that Drakka is the one responsible.

Fix the Water Supply

You’ll have to bring down the metal beam above you with the Pullcaster (easily forgotten about, since it might have been some time since you used it, but remember how useful it is!). You can then climb up to the vent using the yellow handlebars.

Use your Focus if you aren’t sure where to climb.

There’s a valve in here you can turn that will stop the water. Head to the right and drop down to find another metal bar you can pull down. After that, pull the lever.

To the right and left, you’ll find more yellow bars. The right ones will break but you can head to the left. Back at the metal beam you originally pulled down, jump to it by doing a backwards wall jump, then jump to the second floor. Turn the valve to make the water start flowing again.

Head Back to The Wound in the Sand

Talk to Yarra then head back. There, you’ll find Yarra and Drakka arguing. Drakka challenges her, and the quest comes to an end, though now you will be asked to go to The Gate of the Vanquished to continue this part of the story.

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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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