Hunting Grounds are special trials that can be found throughout the map that offer you a chance to test your skills using various weaponry and against Machines. There’s a total of five Hunting Grounds in the game, with each one offering three different trials. The trials are graded like any normal competition is, with different named marks that simulate a gold/silver/bronze tier of rewards, respectively called Blazing Sun/Full Sun/Half Sun.

The keepers will tell you what you need to do for each trial (left). If you complete them in time, you receive a loot box (right).

The Blazing Sun and Full Sun times are generally pretty low and require you to perform very well, while the Half Sun time is always 20 minutes. If you don’t complete the trial within that 20 minutes or do something like kill all of a specific machine without fulfilling the requirements, then you will fail and need to restart the trial. All trials will give you experience for finishing them the first time, as well as a related box in your inventory that you can open for some goodies (usually Metal Shards and a crafting ingredient) for each time you finish. Complete all of the trials at a Hunting Ground with a Blazing Sun mark to receive a Skill Point.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    16 February 2017
  • Last Updated
    21 October 2020
  • Guide Author
    Nathan Garvin, Jarrod Garripoli

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Taking place one-thousand years in the future, colossal machines have overrun and dominated the land, forcing humans to regress to tribal societies who have to survive off the land. Where did these behemoths come from? With a love for technology, it is up to Aloy, an outcast of her Nora tribe, to uncover the mysteries of her world. Take to the open world to explore, fight the metal monstrosities and learn all about the wonderful world of Horizon: Zero Dawn.

Version 1.2

  • Basic mechanics, including exploring, gathering, fighting and crafting.
  • Completion of every single side mission and errand in the game.
  • Collectibles and locations section updated (Banuk Figures, Vantage Points, Bandit Camps etc).
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  • A complete walkthrough of every single side mission in the game.
  • Strategies on how to defeat each of the enemies.
  • A full trophy guide.
  • Full Frozen Wilds DLC guide.

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