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Horizon Forbidden West

Ancestor’s Return (Legendary)

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Shane Williams

Information about the Ancestor’s Return Shredder Gauntlet in Horizon Forbidden West, including how to obtain it, how to upgrade it, and what the strengths and weaknesses of the Ancestor’s Return are.

Overview of the Ancestors Return.

Ancestor’s Return Shredder Gauntlet Description

This elite weapon was claimed by the Tenakth from a group of outlands on the Long Coast. It requires finesse and accuracy to make the most of its incredible power.

How to Get the Ancestor’s Return Shredder Gauntlet

Location Requirement
Hidden Ember Chest Collect All 9 Ornaments

Head to the Hidden Ember and speak with Stemmur to begin the Nights of Lights Errand, then once you’ve completed it you’ll need to collect eight ornaments which can be found in Relic Ruins throughout the Forbidden West.

Relic Ruin Ornament
The Daunt Let’s Get This Started!
No Man’s Land Energy Pit Stop
The Restless Weald Stanfort Days
The Dry Yearn Weekend Getaway
The Stillsands Go Big
The Runner’s Wild A Church? Really?
The Long Coast The Bill
The Isle of Spires Golden Toucan

After you’ve acquired all the ornamnets, return to Stemmur at Hidden Ember, then he’ll give you access to the nearby Chest to find the Ancestor’s Return Shredder Gauntlet.

How to Use the Ancestor’s Return Shredder Gauntlet

The Ancestor’s Return Shredder Gauntlet is best used when fighting larger machines that are susceptible to Shock or Acid Damage. A great way to use this weapon is to start off shooting Shock Shredders at the machine until the gauge fills up, then switch off to Acid Shredders and fill that gauge up to weaken the machine’s armor. This will allow you to switch over to Tear Shredders and easily break off the armor which will cause you to deal more damage.

How to Upgrade the Ancestor’s Return Shredder Gauntlet

Rank Effect Upgrade Cost
I Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement Metal Shard x600, Frostclaw Circulator x2, Tideripper Tail Fin x3, Luminous Brainstem x1, Tideripper Primary Nerv x2
II Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement, Unlocks Coil Slot Metal Shard x800, Apex Stalker Heart x3, Frostclaw Sac Webbing x2, Luminous Brainstem x2, Stormbird Primary Nerve x3
III Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement Metal Shard x1000, Apex Stormbird Heart x1, Fireclaw Sac Webbing x3, Luminous Brainstem x3, Stormbird Storm Cannon x3
IV Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement Metal Shard x1200, Apex Fireclaw Heart, Apex Fireclaw Heart x1, Fireclaw Circulator x2, Luminous Brainstem x4. Slaughterspine Circulator x2
V Increased Weapon Stats, 1x Perk Improvement, Unlocks Coil Slot Metal Shard x1500, Apex Slaughterspine Heart x1, Apex Tremortusk Heart x2, Luminous Brainstem x5, Slaughterspine Circulato x2

Ancestor’s Return Shredder Gauntlet Rank I Upgrades

  • Metal Shards: Common drop from all machines.
  • Frostclaw Circulator: Uncommon drop from Frostclaws
  • Tideripper Tail Fin: Very Rare drop from Tideriper’s
  • Luminous Brainstem: Very Rare drop from the toughest Machines the Forbidden West has to offer, such as the Behemoths and Tideripper
  • Tideripper Primary Nerv: Rare drop from Tideripper’s

Ancestor’s Return Shredder Gauntlet Rank II Upgrades

  • Metal Shards: Common drop from all machines.
  • Apex Stalker Heart:
  • Frostclaw Sac Webbing: Rare drop from Frostclaws
  • Luminous Brainstem: Very Rare drop from the toughest Machines the Forbidden West has to offer, such as the Behemoths and Tideripper
  • Stormbird Primary Nerve: Rare drop from Stormbirds

Ancestor’s Return Shredder Gauntlet Rank III Upgrades

  • Metal Shards: Common drop from all machines.
  • Apex Stormbird Heart: Very rare drop from Stormbirds
  • Fireclaw Sac Webbing: Rare drop from Fireclaws.
  • Luminous Brainstem: Very Rare drop from the toughest Machines the Forbidden West has to offer, such as the Behemoths and Tideripper
  • Stormbird Storm Cannon: Ledendary drop from Stormbirds.

Aloy is excited to try out her new Shredder Gauntlet.

Ancestor’s Return Shredder Gauntlet Rank IV Upgrades

  • Metal Shards: Common drop from all machines.
  • Apex Fireclaw Heart: Very Rare drop from Apex Fireclaws
  • Fireclaw Circulator: Uncommon drop from Fireclaws
  • Luminous Brainstem: Very Rare drop from the toughest Machines the Forbidden West has to offer, such as the Behemoths and Tideripper
  • Slaughterspine Circulator: Uncommon drop from Slaughterspines

Ancestor’s Return Shredder Gauntlet Rank V Upgrades

  • Metal Shards: Common drop from all machines.
  • Apex Slaughterspine Heart: Very Rare drop from Apex Slaughterspines
  • Apex Tremortusk Heart: Very Rare drop from Apex Tremortusks
  • Luminous Brainstem: Very Rare drop from the toughest Machines the Forbidden West has to offer, such as the Behemoths and Tideripper
  • Slaughterspine Circulator: Uncommon drop from Slaughterspines

Ancestor’s Return Shredder Gauntlet Stats

Tear Shredders Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV Rank V
ImpactStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Impact 27 28 29 31 33 37
TearStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Tear 163 170 179 192 205 222
Acid Shredders Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV Rank V
ImpactStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Impact 59 61 64 66 72 80
AcidBuildupIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Acid Buildup 65 67 71 76 81 80
Acid Shredders Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV Rank V
ImpactStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Impact 59 61 64 66 72 80
ShockBuildupHorizonForbiddenWest.jpg Shock Buildup 66 69 73 78 83 90

Ancestor’s Return Shredder Gauntlet Perks

Perks Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV Rank V
AgilityDamageHorizonForbiddenWest.jpgAgility Damage +10% +25% +25% +25% +25% +25%
DrawSpeedHorizonForbiddenWest.jpgDraw Speed +25% +65% +65% +65% +65% +65%
ConcentrationDamageHorizonForbiddenWest.jpgConcentration Damage +10% +25% +25% +25% +25%
ComponentTearHorizonForbiddenWest.jpgComponent Tear +10% +25% +25%
CriticalHitChanceHorizonForbiddenWest.jpgCritical Hit Chance –- –- –- -– +5% +15%
  • Agility Damage - Increases damage dealt while falling or sliding.
  • Draw Speed - Increases Weapon draw or charge speed.
  • Concentration Damage - Increases damage dealt while in Concentration Mode
  • Component Tear - Increases Tear damage to external resource components.
  • Critical Hit Chance - Increase the chance to land a Critical Hit.

Ancestor’s Return Shredder Gauntlet Ammo Types

Icon Name Effect
TearStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Tear Shredders Deals ImpactStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Impact and TearStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Tear damage
AcidDamageIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Acid Shredders Deals AcidDamageIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Acid Damage and AcidBuildupIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Acid Buildup
ShockShreddersHorizonForbiddenWest copy.jpg Shock Shredders Deals ImpactStatusIconHorizonForbiddenWest.png Impact and ShockBuildupHorizonForbiddenWest.jpg Shock Buildup
  • Tear Shredders - Tear Shredders allows you to deal both Impact and Tear damage which is best used for long range combat and stripping off armour.
  • Acid Shredders: - Acid Damage is best used for weakening the Machines Armour, then switching over to the Tear Shredders to deal more damage.
  • Shock Shredders: - Shock Damage has the ability to stun the Machines, so it’s best used against Machines that are constantly on the move.

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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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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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