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Horizon Forbidden West

Pulverizing Spike Thrower (Very Rare)

Staci Miller

The Pulverizing 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 Pulverizing Spike Thrower is considered Very Rare.


This clever Oseram weapon launches Explosive Spikes that inflict more damage to targets at close-range (10m or less). Can be upgraded to deal more damage when hitting multiple enemies at once.

Where to get the Pulverizing Spike Thrower

You can buy the Pulverizing Spike Thrower from Hunters in Thornmarsh towards the later part of the game.

It will cost 1062x Metal Shards, 1x Large Machine Core, and 1x Sunwing Circulator.

This is the complete weapons page for the Pulverizing Spike Thrower.

Ammo Types

Name Effect
Impact Spikes Deals Impact damage
Explosive Spikes Deals Explosive damage
Advanced Explosive Spikes Deals Explosive damage

Weapon Stats

This weapon can do two types of damage.

Impact Damage

Level Damage
Base Level Impact Spikes: 104, Explosive Spikes: 32
Level One Impact Spikes: 107, Explosive Spikes: 33
Level Two Impact Spikes: 118, Explosive Spikes: 36
Level Three Impact Spikes: 131, Explosive Spikes: 40
Level Four Impact Spikes: 146, Explosive Spikes: 45
Level Five Impact Spikes: 167, Explosive Spikes: 51

Explosive Damage (Inflicted Only With Explosive Spikes)

Level Damage
Base Level 112
Level One 116
Level Two 127
Level Three 141
Level Four 158
Level Five 180


Upgrade I: Increased Weapon Stats, Unlocked Perk

  • Metal_Shards_Icon_Horizon_Forbidden_West.png127 Metal Shards: The main way to get these is by exploring crates.
  • 4x Braided Wire: Dropped by machines. It’s possible for any machine in the game to drop one.
  • 4x Small Machine Core: These can be dropped by any machine.
  • 1x Medium Machine Core

Upgrade II: Increased Weapon Stats, Unlocked Coil

  • Metal_Shards_Icon_Horizon_Forbidden_West.png212 Metal Shards
  • 6x Braided Wire
  • 3x Sunwing Shield Caster
  • 1x Rollerback Hammer Tail

Upgrade III: Increased Weapon Stats, Unlocked Perk

  • Metal_Shards_Icon_Horizon_Forbidden_West.png300 Metal Shards
  • 10x Braided Wires
  • 3x Shellsnapper Shell Bolt
  • 1x Large Machine Core
  • 1x Rollerback Circulator

Upgrade IV: Increased Weapon Stats, Unlocked Perk

  • Metal_Shards_Icon_Horizon_Forbidden_West.png450 Metal Shards
  • 2x Large Machine Core
  • 2x Apex Stalker Heart
  • 1x Shellsnapper Circulator
  • 1x Sunwing Primary Nerve

Upgrade V: Increased Weapon Stats, Unlocked Perk, Unlocked Coil

  • Metal_Shards_Icon_Horizon_Forbidden_West.png600 Metal Shards
  • 8x Rockbreaker Mining Claw
  • 1x Apex Behemoth Heart
  • 1x Luminous Brainstem
  • 1x Tideripper Primary Nerve


There are three different kinds of perks available for this.

  • Close Range Damage (+15% at Base Level, 40% at Level 4)
  • Overdraw Damage (+15% at Level 1)
  • Multiple Enemy Damage (+15% at Level 3, +40% at Level 5)

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.

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.

The perks on this one also help when taking on multiple enemies.

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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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