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Horizon Zero Dawn

Queen's Gambit

Jarrod Garripoli
Nathan Garvin

This sidequest will begin as soon as you finish with Traitor’s Bounty, with Vanasha asking you to help Itamen and his mother out of Sunfall. Her task that she gives you is to go speak with Three-Toe Huadiv to see if he has cleared the way for them. He can be found at a campfire northeast of the Tallneck in Rustwash. Upon arriving and speaking to him, you find out that a certain “rock-eating demon” is in the pass and preventing things from proceeding smoothly. Of course, from the vague description, you can figure out that Huadiv is talking about a Rockbreaker.

It’s up to you to kill it and there’s a certain spot you can use without fearing of the machine’s attacks. There is a small ledge just below Huadiv where you can use the walls of the valley to block the ranged attacks. From here, pelt the Rockbreaker with some freeze arrows and while it’s debilitated, strike its front loaders to deal maximum damage. Return to Huadiv when the Rockbreaker is scrap metal for some scenes, including the return of Vanasha and the child king.

Freeze the Rockbreaker to increase your damage (left). It also persists if it goes underground (right).

Of course, the Shadow Carja aren’t going to let their prized king just get away without a fight, so you’ll be joined by Vanasha in stopping them. Before the enemies come, it seems you are forced to place a trap (the item kind) in the area. Once you do that, the first wave of enemies will spawn, consisting solely of three Shadow Carja, which means the first wave will be extremely easy. The second wave will come shortly after the first perishes, being made up of a single Shadow Carja and two Corrupted Watchers.

While things may have escalated a tiny bit, the Watchers are easy prey, corrupted ones at that. Using fire arrows on them will quickly turn them into scrap metal, offering a brief moment of peace. Before talking with Vanasha, lay down a lot of traps, as the next bout is going to be a doozy. After talking with Vanasha, a Corrupted Thunderjaw will show up as part of the third, and final, wave. While it is susceptible to fire more than normal ones, it is still a formidable opponent. Use tearblast arrows to knock the disc launchers off to use against it for the biggest damage. Once it’s dead, meet up with Vanasha at the shore to view more scenes and finish the quest.

Objective Reward
For helping the child king escape 9,330 XP / +1 Skill Points
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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS4
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    16 February 2017
  • Last Updated
    7 December 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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