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Guardian Tripcaster (Rare)

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

Guardian Tripcaster Description

A combination of Old World technology and Nora craftsmanship. This weapon deploys protective shields that explode after absorbing enough damage.

You will obtain this weapon at the end of Drowned Hopes

Where to Get the Guardian Tripcaster

Obtained during the Drowned Hopes Side Quest

After completing the main quest Death’s Door you’ll find yourself in Stone’s Echo. Make your way southeast to the Carja Camp and talk to two Carja Scholars inside to start this quest. Note that while you can start this quest now, you must complete the main quest The Sea of Sands before you can complete it. You will obtain this weapon at the end of the side quest.

Guardian Tripcaster Stats

Shieldwires Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV
HorizonFWExplosiveIcon.png Explosive 108 118 132 148 168
Explosive Tripwires Base Rank I Rank II Rank III Rank IV
HorizonFWExplosiveIcon.png Explosive 81 88 99 111 126


The Guardian Tripcaster does not have any Perks.

How to Use the Guardian Tripcaster

The Guardian Tripcaster relies pretty much on the Shieldwires and Explosive Tripwires, as those are the only two ammo types you will have with this weapon. Shieldwires can help out in battles, since you can use them to help block some projectiles. You can also potentially set up one and trigger the explosion if you hit it with your own arrows. Of course, the use is limited, otherwise, since Tripcasters tend to be more for a stealthy approach.

How to Upgrade the Guardian Tripcaster

Rank Effect Upgrade Cost
I Increased Weapon Stats 75x Metal Shards, 2x Braided Wire, 2x Small Machine Core
II Increased Weapon Stats 112x Metal Shards, 2x Braided Wire, 1x Rollerback Hammer Tail, 1x Bellowback Sac Webbing
III Increased Weapon Stats 150x Metal Shards, 3x Braided Wire, 2x Medium Machine Core, 1x Rollerback Circulator
IV Increased Weapon Stats, Unlocks Coil Slot 250x Metal Shards, 6x Braided Wire, 3x Medium Machine Core, 4x Sunwing Shield Caster, 1x Rollerback Primary Nerve

Guardian Tripcaster Rank I Upgrades:

  • Metal Shards: Common drop from all machines.
  • Braided Wire: Common drop from all machines.
  • Small Machine Core: Uncommon drop from all Lightweight machines.

Guardian Tripcaster Rank II Upgrades:

  • Rollerback Hammer Tail: Legendary component from Rollerbacks. Must be detached before killing the machine.
  • Bellowback Sac Webbing: Rare drop from Bellowbacks. Must not destroy the Cargo Refining Sac in order to obtain this.

Guardian Tripcaster Rank III Upgrades:

  • Medium Machine Core: Uncommon drop from all Midweight machines.
  • Rollerback Circulator: Uncommon drop from Rollerbacks.

Guardian Tripcaster Rank IV Upgrades:

  • Sunwing Shield Caster: Rare component from Sunwings. Must be detached before killing the machine.
  • Rollerback Primary Nerve: Rare drop from Rollerbacks.

Guardian Tripcaster Ammo Types

Icon Name Effect
HorizonFWShieldwireIcon.png Shieldwires Blocks projectiles and if enough damage has been done, inflicts HorizonFWExplosiveIcon.png Explosive damage
HorizonFWExplosiveTripwireIcon.png Explosive Tripwires Deals HorizonFWExplosiveIcon.png Explosive damage.


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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
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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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