Horizon: Zero Dawn Mega Guide – Cheats, Collectible Locations, Crafting And More

A complete guide for Horizon: Zero Dawn.

Posted By | On 03rd, Mar. 2017 Under Article, Video Game Tips

Horizon: Zero Dawn is a massive game. It’s full of a chock full of content, and there is nothing else like it. You will always be running into new stuff that demands and asks for your attention, and finding new things to come across. We’ve already covered how to get through the game’s story in our walkthrough– but just the story content is half the story told, and there is more to the game left still.

In this guide we will cover how to get unlimited fast travel, infinite metal shards, leveling up faster, gaining XP (experience points) quickly, all machines and how to kill them, all collectibles (power cells, ancient vessels, metal flowers, vantage datapoints and allies) and their locations, getting permanent mount, finding secret shield armor, crafting, weapon and armor modifiers. Lastly we have also included video guides that show how you can unlock some of the trophies within the game.


Unlimited Fast Travel:

In any open world game, no matter how big or small, the one constant is the need to fast travel. Horizon: Zero Dawn has a particularly vibrant, big open world, but sometimes, you just want to get from point A to point B, and get there quickly. This section of the guide, which shows you how to achieve unlimited fast travel, should help you do just that.

Infinite Metal Shards:

This video below is basically the be all, end all, as far as farming shards in Horizon

How To Get The Secret Shield Armor:

Horizon: Zero Dawn‘s world is hostile, and full of things that will be all too happy to kill you. Having the best kind of armor is going to help you survive better in the wild. This video below shows you how to go out and find the secret shield armor, which hopefully gives you a better fighting chance.

How To Get Permanent Mount:

There are no horses in Horizon: Zero Dawn, but the game does something arguably better- it lets you hack machines, and use them as mounts. The hacking only lasts for a period of time- but there’s a way to basically get permanent mounts which should help traversal across the open world easier. The video below touches on this.

All Machines In The Game And How To Defeat Them:

There are multiple kinds of machines in the world of Horizon: Zero Dawn. They each have their own attack and movement patterns, their temperament and behavior, and they can and will each kill you if they get a chance. It is always best to be aware of your enemy, and their capabilities, before you attempt to take them on, That’s where this video will help- it will walk you through all the machines in the game, and sow you how best to tackle them.

How To Quickly Gain XP (Experience Points) And Level Up Faster:

Horizon: Zero Dawn is an RPG- and like any RPG, the higher leveled you are, the better you are equipped to tackle any challenge the world might throw at you. Also, like most RPGs, you gain levels by gaining XP first. This, then, means that gaining more XP, and gaining it quicker, should be something that all Horizon players will appreciate. This section of the guide, then, should be right up most of you all’s alley.

Do remember, that these are exploits, and they may be patched out by Sony. If you intend to use them, do so now, and remember you are unfairly gaming the game.


Horizon: Zero Dawn is an open world game. It is, in fact, an open world game that takes a lot of cues from Ubisoft titles like Far Cry, in all the best ways possible. But this also means that the world is full of optional collectibles to track down, or locations to stumble upon. In this section of the guide, we catalog them all for you.

All Power Cell Locations

Finding every Power Cell in Horizon unlocks the secret Shield Weaver outfit- so naturally, you want to get right on that. The video below should help you out with that.

All Ancient Vessel Locations

There are 12 Ancient Vessels to be found in this game, and finding them all even unlocks a new Trophy for you. Sit back and let this video below help you out tracking them down.

All Metal Flower Locations

There are 30 Metal Flowers to be found in Horizon: Zero Dawn. They don’t do anything much, but they do unlock a new Trophy if you track them all down.

All Vantage Datapoint Locations

Vantage datapoints are obviously something that can be helpful in a game like Horizon. Plus, finding them all unlocks a Trophy, too. Check out the video below to know where to find them all.

All Ally Locations

The world of Horizon is hostile, and all the cards are stacked against Aloy. Not just the machines that want to kill you, but even given Aloy’s status as an outcast, no one really wants much to do with her- at best. At worst, they outight want to kill her. So knowing where there are allies for you to rely on can be handy.


  • Survival is paramount in the world of Horizon– and in this regard, the game takes a lot from other titles such as Monster Hunter and Far Cry. You are expected to be foraging and scavenging for materials, and then always be synthesizing them into something new that you can use in a pinch.
  • Crafting can get you one time use items, good for immediate health restores or buffs, or full fledged gear. It’s a deep system, and there’s a lot to wrap your head around. So we’ve decided to help with some basic crafting tips and tricks.
  • Check the upgrades screen- not only is it an easy way to upgrade the stuff you do have, it’s also the simplest way to keep track of what you need to upgrade something, and what you don’t already have
  • Always keep rare Machine drops. You can and should offload excess junk, but rare machine drops are things you should hold on to
  • Get the Tinker skill- it lets you reuse modifications
  • Hunt machines- this goes without saying, but if you se a machine in the wild, take it down, and scavenge its body for any useful materials it may have
  • Make sure to keep an eye on your environment for any materials you can pick up and use at a later time
  • Sell your junk- this is worthless, so there is no penalty, and you get money. There are other resources that start stacking up in your inventory and take more space than necessary- make sure you don’t have more than what you need, and sell the excess
  • Hunt animals in the wild- they, too, will net you useful materials for crafting



All trophies obtained
Obtained all Horizon Zero Dawn trophies.

Stealth killed 10 machines
Performed a stealth kill on 10 machines.

3 Strikes From Above
Killed 3 enemies using the Strike from Above skill.

Tore off 10 components
Detached 10 components from machines during combat.

10 Vulnerable machine kills
Killed 10 machines weak to Fire while burning, or weak to Freeze while frozen.

Tore off 5 heavy weapons
Detached 5 heavy weapons from machines during combat.

Headshot 30 human enemies
Killed 30 human enemies by landing headshots on them. (2)

Downed 23 Grazer dummies
Found and knocked over all of the Grazer training dummies in the Nora region. (1)

First Modification
Used a Weapon Coil or Outfit Weave on a modifiable weapon or outfit.

Reached level 10
Reached player level 10.

Reached level 25
Reached player level 25.

Reached level 40
Reached player level 40.

Reached level 50
Reached player level 50.

All Skills learned
Learned all available skills.

7 types of machine overridden
Unlocked and used the overrides for 7 different types of machine.

All Acquisition machines killed
Killed at least one of every type of Acquisition machine.

All Recon machines killed
Killed at least one of every type of Reconnaissance machine.

All Combat machines killed
Killed at least one of every type of Combat machine.

All Transport machines killed
Killed at least one of every type of Transport machine.

First Tallneck Overridden
Scaled a Tallneck and accessed its information.

First Bandit Camp cleared
Took back a settlement from a bandit clan.

First Core Overridden
Reached the Core of a Cauldron and accessed its information.

All Suns at one Ground
Earned at least a Half Sun mark in all three trials at one Hunting Ground.

Blazing Suns at one Ground
Earned a Blazing Sun mark in all three trials at one Hunting Ground.

First Corrupted Zone cleared
Killed all the corrupted machines in a Corrupted Zone.

All Tallnecks Overridden
Scaled all of the Tallnecks and accessed their information.


Cleared all the Bandit Camps
Took back all settlements from the bandit clans.

All Cores Overridden
Reached the Core of every Cauldron and accessed the information within.

All Suns at all Grounds
Earned at least a Half Sun mark in all trials at all of the Hunting Grounds.

Blazing Suns at all Grounds
Earned a Blazing Sun mark in all trials at all of the Hunting Grounds.

All Corrupted Zones cleared
Killed all the corrupted machines in every Corrupted Zone.

All machines catalogued
Encountered and Focus scanned every type of machine.

First Vantage found
Found and accessed a Vantage datapoint.

First Metal Flower found
Discovered a strange metal flower.

First Ancient Vessel found
Found an ancient vessel once used by the Old Ones.

All Vantages found
Found and accessed all of the Vantage datapoints.

All Metal Flowers found
Found all of the Metal Flowers.

All Ancient Vessels found
Found all the Ancient Vessels.

Got the Shield-Weaver outfit
Recovered an ancient technology and put it to use.

Followed Rost’s teachings
Learned to hunt and fight alongside Rost.

Defeated the Sawtooth
Defeated the Sawtooth that threatened the Nora.

Triumphed in the Proving
Overcame adversity and placed first in the Proving.

Fought back the corruption
Destroyed the corruption inside the Nora valley.

Crashed the Eclipse network
Infiltrated the Eclipse battle camp and crashed their network.

Discovered the truth
Discovered the truth of Zero Dawn.

Recovered a powerful weapon
Explored the Mountain That Fell and recovered a powerful weapon.

All allies joined
Given Aloy’s actions, all possible optional allies joined the defense.

Ended the war machine threat
Ended the threat of the ancient war machines.

Victorious with the War-Chief
Found the Nora War-Chief and defeated the killers in the Ring of Metal.

Saved Meridian from its foe
Helped Erend investigate Ersa’s fate, and foiled a plot against Meridian.

Aided the defectors
Aided the escapes of Uthid and the child king Itamen from the Shadow Carja.

Hunted Redmaw with Talanah
Rose through the ranks of the Hunters Lodge and helped Talanah defeat Redmaw.

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