Horizon Forbidden West Guide – All Coils and Weaves, and Their Effects

Getting strong armor and weapons is only the start - customizing them with Weaves and Coils will give you a real edge in battle.

Posted By | On 28th, Mar. 2022

Horizon Forbidden West

Horizon Forbidden West offers a pretty good variety of outfits and weapons to equip Aloy with. There are different rarities which affect the number of slots, Skills and perks along with ammo types and damage. Crafting upgrades can also be pretty time-consuming yet worthwhile when tackling the toughest challenges.

But upgrading weapons and outfits is half of the story – if you’re looking to properly min-max a set, shore up any elemental weaknesses or simply avail of certain benefits, then Coils and Weaves are also worth looking into. Think of these as Horizon’s equivalent of Decorations from Monster Hunter. Coils slot into weapons while Weaves slot into armor.

Each provides a certain benefit like X percent of increased tear damage or armor or +2 Lasting Override. Depending on the rarity of a Coil or Weave, the benefits will be greater. You can purchase Coils and Weaves from any Hunting Goods vendor or Stitcher – the further you get into the game, the higher the rarity. They’re also found in chests and can drop from slain foes. Certain +2 Skill Weaves can only be gained from upgrading Legendary Armor – head here for more details on how to collect them all.

Let’s go over all of the different Coils in the game and what they do:

  • Melee Follow-Up – After a successful melee hit, deal increased damage for a short period.
  • High Ground Damage – Damage against enemies when firing from the high ground is increased.
  • Frost – Increases Frost damage along with Frost status build-up.
  • Fire – Increases Fire damage dealt along with increasing Fire build-up.
  • Sharpshot Tear Damage – Tear damage with a Sharpshot bow is increased.
  • Aerial Enemy Damage – Damage against flying enemies is increased.
  • Acid – Acid damage dealt is increased while the Acid status is built up at a faster rate.
  • Adhesive – Increases the build-up of the Adhesive status effect, which means enemies can be slowed in fewer shots.
  • Tear Damage – Increased Tear damage to armor.
  • Shock – Increase damage dealt by Shock along with increasing Shock build-up.
  • Plasma and Shock – Plasma and Shock damage, along with their status build-ups, are increased.
  • Purgewater and Frost – Purgewater and Frost damage is increased along with their status build-ups.
  • Overdraw Damage – Applies only to weapons with Overdraw. On using Overdraw, the damage dealt is increased.
  • Plasma – Plasma damage is increased. The build-up for the Plasma status is also increased.
  • Instant Corroding Chance – When hitting enemies with Impact, Explosive or Corrosive damage, they have a chance to immediately start corroding.
  • Instant Drenched Chance – When hitting enemies with Impact, Explosive or Purgewater damage, they have a chance to immediately become drenched.
  • Explosive – Increases Explosive damage.
  • Purgewater – Damage dealt by Purgewater is increased along with the rate of Purgewater status build-up.
  • Draw Speed – Increases the drawing speed of a weapon, making it that much quicker to notch arrows, ready spikes for throwing and much more.
  • Component Tear – Increased Tear damage to external resources (like containers).
  • Burning Enemy Damage – When enemies are burning, Impact and Explosive damage dealt against them is increased.
  • Instant Brittle Chance – When hitting an enemy with Impact, Explosive or Frost damage, they have a chance to immediately turn brittle.
  • Instant Confused Chance – When hitting enemies with any kind of damage, they have a chance to immediately enter a confused state.
  • Knockdown Power – Increases chance of knocking down an enemy and staggering them.
  • Knockdown Damage – Increases damage against enemies that have been knocked down.
  • Multiple Enemy Damage – If attacks hit more than one enemy, they deal increased damage.
  • Impact Damage – Impact damage is increased.
  • Shocked Enemy Damage – When enemies are shocked, Impact and Explosive damage dealt against them is increased.
  • Agility Damage – Damage dealt while sliding or falling is increased.
  • Critical Hit Chance – Increases critical hit chance.
  • Long-Range Damage – When attacking from long-range, deal increased damage.
  • Reload Speed – Weapon reload speed is increased. Increases a weapon’s reload speed
  • Damage Over Time – Drill Spikes, Shredders, Staggerbeams and so on deal increased damage over time.
  • Drenched Enemy Damage – When enemies are drenched, Impact and Explosive damage dealt against them is increased.
  • Concentration Damage – Increases damage dealt in Concentration Mode.
  • Close Range Damage – Increases damage dealt at close range.
  • Stealth Damage – Increases damage dealt against enemies that are suspicious or not alerted.
  • Instant Burning Chance – When hitting an enemy with Impact, Explosive or Fire damage, they have a chance to immediately burn.
  • Instant Slowed Chance – When hitting an enemy with Impact, Explosive or Adhesive damage, they have a chance to immediately become slowed.
  • Corroding Enemy Damage – When enemies are corroded, Impact and Explosive damage dealt against them is increased.

Next, let’s go over all of the different types of Weaves and what they do.

  • Plasma Defence – Defense against Plasma damage is increased.
  • Frost Defence – Defense against Frost damage is increased.
  • Quiet Movement – Reduced chance of being detected by enemies. Noise generated while moving is also reduced.
  • Heavy Lifter – While using heavy weapons, movement speed is increased.
  • Heavy Weapons – Heavy weapon damage is increased.
  • Lasting Override – Override time for machines is increased, meaning they’ll stay overridden for longer periods.
  • Low Health Ranged – When low on health, ranged attacks deal increased damage.
  • Resonator Build-Up – Resonator energy is built up faster.
  • Resonator Damage – More damage dealt when energizing an enemy.
  • Low Health Defence – When health is below 25 percent, defense is increased.
  • Low Profile – Visibility to enemies is reduced.
  • Quiet Spear – Reduced noise from melee attacks.
  • Potent Medicine – Heal faster and recover more health when using Berries.
  • Potion Proficiency – Potions are consumed quicker and recover more health.
  • Acid Defence – Defense against Acid damage is increased.
  • Smoke Bomb Capacity – Increases the number of Smoke Bombs that can be held.
  • Stamina Regen – Stamina recovery rate is increased.
  • Weapon Stamina – Weapon stamina is increased.
  • Machine Damage – Deal more damage with Overridden machines.
  • Machine Elemental – Deal more elemental damage with Overridden machines.
  • Stealth Ranged – When shooting enemies from stealth, damage dealt is increased.
  • Trap Limit – The number of traps that can be laid down at any time is increased.
  • Valor Surge Master – Valor generation rate is increased.
  • Shock Defence – Defense against Shock damage is increased.
  • Melee Defence – Defense against Melee damage is increased.
  • Ranged Defence – Defense against Ranged damage is increased.
  • Concentration Regen – Increases level of Concentration Regen passive.
  • Silent Strike + – Silent Strike damage is increased.
  • Purgewater Defence – Defense against Purgewater damage is increased.
  • Silent Strike Gain – When Silent Strike is used, regain weapon stamina and earn more Valor.
  • Silent Strike Heal – When using Silent Strike, health is recovered.
  • Fire Defence – Defense against Fire damage is increased.
  • Skilled Salvager – When deconstructing traps, more resources are collected.
  • Resonator Blast – When triggering a Resonator Blast, damage dealt is increased.
  • Medicine Capacity – Increased carrying capacity for Medicinal Berries.
  • Valor on Impact – When attacking enemies, more Valor is gained.
  • Critical Strike – Critical hit damage is increased.
  • Mounted Defence – When using a mount, the amount of damage received is reduced.
  • Power Attack – Power attacks dish out more damage.

Horizon Forbidden West is available for PS4 and PS5. Check out our review here along with tips and tricks here.


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