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Horizon: Zero Dawn
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Nathan Garvin, Jarrod Garripoli
First Published: 16-02-2017 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 10-09-2020 / 02:28 GMT
Version: 1.2 (????) 01-10-2020 / 02:13 GMT

Metal Shards, Sparker, Wire, Machine Core - Small, Watcher Lens, Watcher Heart

Override as part of the main story. The Watcher is one of the first machines you will come across in the beginning of the game, whenever you have control of adult Aloy. It is an agile reconnaissance unit that is basically there to keep watch over other machines, although you tend to see this less often in later areas. Despite its basic function, it does pose a little challenge in combat. It typically opens up by charging up its eye and releasing a blinding light, then continues its assault by either trying to lunge at you if you’re far enough away or swinging around its tail if you’re close enough. Also, if you’re really far away or on the other side of water (it can’t cross), then it will fire a single projectile from its eye.

You can pretty much find Watchers almost everywhere in the game, as they tend to be with other machines, especially in the beginning areas. Watchers are one of the easiest machines in the game, simply because it is quite simple to kill them. If you choose stealth, you can use Lure Call to get one’s attention, then aim carefully at its eye, with pretty much the starting bow able to one-shot if it hits. Its body is a little more durable, although it has no weaknesses or strengths. Basically, aim for the eye to quickly take out a Watcher.

There is another variant of the Watcher called the Redeye Watcher. It has the same moves as the normal one, as well as the same drops. The only differences between the two is that the Redeye has more health and defense, and it also seems to shoot its eye laser more often. Shooting it in its eye is still the most effective strategy.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms
  • Genre
    Action Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    16 February 2017
  • Last Updated
    10 September 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).
  • A thorough walkthrough of the main story missions.
  • 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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