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Horizon Forbidden West

Impact Spike Thrower (Uncommon)

Staci Miller

The Impact Spike Thrower is part of the Spike Thrower archetype. Spike Throwers are simply spikes thrown that explode a few seconds after landing. While their execution can be very slow, they hit hard when they land, so they can be great in some situations.

The Impact Spike Thrower is one of the earliest accessible Spike Throwers in the game.

This is considered an Uncommon weapon.


This balanced Tenakth weapon can launch powerful non-explosive spikes. Spikes must be thrown at full draw in order to penetrate armor.

Where to get the Impact Spike Thrower

This weapon can be obtained after completing the four Salvage Contract Quests you receive from Larent in Barren Light. These include:

  • Convoy Ambush
  • Scavengers
  • Alarm Antennas
  • Elusive Fanghorn

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Once you’ve done them all, Larent will gift you the Impact Spike Thrower.

Ammo Types

Name Effect
Impact Spikes Deals Impact damage

Weapon Stats

Damage Type Level Damage
Impact damage Base Level 65
Impact damage Level One 73
Impact damage Level Two 85
Impact damage Level Three 98


Upgrade I: Increased Weapon Stats

  • Metal_Shards_Icon_Horizon_Forbidden_West.png50 Metal Shards: The main way to get these is by exploring crates.
  • 1x Braided Wire: Dropped by machines. It’s possible for any machine in the game to drop one.

Upgrade II: Increased Weapon Stats, Unlocked Perk

  • Metal_Shards_Icon_Horizon_Forbidden_West.png75 Metal Shards
  • 1x Braided Wire
  • 1x Skydrifter Circulator: dropped from a Skydrifter after battle, or shot off during.

Upgrade III: Increased Weapon Stats, Unlocked Coil

  • Metal_Shards_Icon_Horizon_Forbidden_West.png85 Metal Shards
  • 2x Braided Wires
  • 1x Small Machine Core: Can get from any machine.
  • 1x Skydrifter Razor Tail: Collect from a Skydrifter after battle.


At the Level Two upgrade, you’ll receive the Knockdown Perk (+10% damage).

Best Use

Spike Throwers are best used for slow machines that you want to get rid of quickly. Although the damage they can deal is shockingly mighty, it takes quite a while to load them up and quick machines may get the better of you in that time.

It can take a while to charge up, so best used from a distance like this.

They’re also great to use from some cover or a slight distance, where even the fastest machines might take a second to get to you.

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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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