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Icestorm Boltblaster (Very Rare)

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Shane Williams

Information about the Icestorm Boltblaster in Horizon Forbidden West, including how to obtain it, how to upgrade it, and what the strengths and weaknesses of the Icestorm Boltblaster are.

Overview of the Icestorm Boltblaster.

Icestorm Boltblaster Description

A mighty Tenakth weapon, this boltblaster can fire Frost and Plasma Bolts. It can be upgraded to inflict extra damage to targets at long range (30m or more).

How to Get the Icestorm Boltblaster

Location Cost
The Base Hunter 1,437 Metal Shards, 1 Bellowback Circulator, 1 Large Machine Core

You can purchase the Icestorm Boltblaster from the Hunter who has set up camp southwest of The Base. You’ll need one Bellowback Circulator and one Large Machine Core alongside the Metal Shards to purchase it. Bellowback Circulators are an uncommon drop from Bellowbacks and Large Machine Cores are rare drop from large machines, such as a Tremortusk.

How to Use the Icestorm Boltblaster

The Icestorm Boltblaster is best used when fighting larger machines that are susceptible to Shock, Plasma or Frost Damage. A great way to use this weapon is to alternate through the different ammo types, so start with Shock to stun the machine, then switch over to Plasma and wait for it to wear to trigger a heavy hitting explosion.

How to Upgrade the Icestorm Boltblaster

Rank Effect Cost
I Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement Metal Shards x127, Braided Wire x4, Medium Machine Core x1, Small Machine Core x4
II Increased Weapon Stats, Unlocks Coil Slot Metal Shards x212, Braided Wire x6, Bellowback Sac Webbing x1, Clamberjaw Tail Duster x2
III Increased Weapon Stats Metal Shards x300, Braided Wire x10, Large Machine Core x1, Clamberjaw Circulator x1, Frostclaw Sac Webbing x2
IV Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement Metal Shards x450, Large Machine Core x2, Frostclaw Circulator x1, Apex Clamberjaw Heart, Bellowback Primary Nerve x1
V Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement, Unlocks Coil Slot Metal Shards x600, Luminous Brainstem x1, Thunderjaw Primary Nerve x1, Dreadwing Metal Fang x4, Apex Scorcher Heart x1

Icestorm Boltblaster Rank I Upgrades

  • Metal Shards - Common Drop from all Machines.
  • Braided Wire - Common Drop from all Machines.
  • Medium Machine Core - Rare Drop from medium sized Machines, such as the Scorcher.
  • Small Machine Core - Uncommon Drop from small Machines such as the Grazer.

Icestorm Boltblaster Rank II Upgrades

  • Metal Shards - Common Drop from all Machines.
  • Braided Wire - Common Drop from all Machines.
  • Bellowback Sac Webbing - Rare Drop from Bellowbacks.
  • Clamberjaw Tail Duster - Very Rare drop from Claberjaws.

Aloy tries out her new Icestorm Boltblaster.

Icestorm Boltblaster Rank III Upgrades

  • Metal Shards - Common Drop from all Machines.
  • Braided Wire - Common Drop from all Machines.
  • Large Machine Core - Rare Drop from large Machines, such as the Fireclaw.
  • Clamberjaw Circulator - Uncommon Drop from Claberjaws.
  • Frostclaw Sac Webbing - Rare Drop from Frostclaws.

Icestorm Boltblaster Rank IV Upgrades

  • Metal Shards - Common Drop from all Machines.
  • Large Machine Core - Rare Drop from large Machines, such as the Fireclaw.
  • Frostclaw Circulator - Uncommon Drops from Frostclaws.
  • Apex Clamberjaw Heart - Very Rare Drop from Apex Clamberjaws.
  • Bellowback Primary Nerve - Uncommon Drop from Uncommon Drops Bellowbacks.

Icestorm Boltblaster Rank V Upgrades

  • Metal Shards - Common Drop from all Machines.
  • Luminous Brainstem - Very Rare Drop from the toughest Machines the Forbidden West has to offer, such as the Behemoths and Tideripper.
  • Thunderjaw Primary Nerve - Rare Drop from Thunderjaws.
  • Dreadwing Metal Fang - Very Rare Drop from Dreadwings.
  • Apex Scorcher Heart - Very Rare Drop from Apex Scorchers.

Icestorm Boltblaster Stats

Shock Bolts Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV Rank V
ShockDamageIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Shock 18 19 21 23 25 29
ShockBuildupIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Shock Buildup 18 19 20 21 23 25
Plasma Bolts Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV Rank V
PlasmaHorizonForbiddenWest.png Plasma 18 19 21 23 26 29
PlasmaBuildUpsHorizonForbiddenWest.png Plasma Buildup 18 19 22 21 23 25
Frost Bolts Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV Rank V
hfwfrostdamageicon.jpg Frost 18 19 21 23 25 29
hfwfrostdamagebuildupicon.jpg Frost buildup 18 19 20 21 23 25

Icestorm Boltblaster Perks

Perks Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV Rank V
ConcentrationDamageHorizonForbiddenWest.jpgConcentration Damage +10% +10% +10% +10% +25% +25%
hfwperkoverdrawicon.jpg Overdraw Damage +15% +15% +15% +15% +15% +15%
LongRangeDamageHorzionForbiddenWest.pngLong-Range Damage +15% +15% +40%
  • Concentration Damage - Increases damage dealt while in Concentration mode.
  • Overdraw Damage - Increases damage dealt when using Overdraw with a weapon.
  • Long-Range Damage - Increases damage against enemies at long-range (30m or more)

Icestorm Boltblaster Ammo Types

Icon Name Effect
ShockBoltaHorzionForbiddenWest.png Shock Bolts ShockDamageIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Deals Shock Damage and ShockBuildupIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Deals Shock Buildup
FrostBoltaHorzionForbiddenWest.png Frost Bolts Deals hfwfrostdamageicon.jpg Frost damage and hfwfrostdamagebuildupicon.jpg Frost Buildup
PlasmaBoltaHorzionForbiddenWest.png Plasma Bolts Dead Plasma PlasmaHorizonForbiddenWest.png Damage and Plasma PlasmaBuildUpsHorizonForbiddenWest.png Buildup
  • Shock Bolts - Shock Damage has the ability to stun the Machines, so it’s best used against Machines that are constantly on the move.
  • Frost Bolts - Frost Damage has the ability to increase impact damage, so you’ll want to use it until the DoT (Damage over Time) has been put on the Machine, then switch over to a weapon with Impact Ammo.
  • Plasma Bolts - Plasma }Damage builds up on the machines and explodes for a lot of damage.

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  • Publisher
    Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms,
    PS4, PS5
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    16 February 2022
  • Last Updated
    31 March 2022
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