All Machine Weak Points in Horizon Forbidden West

Every machine's got a soft spot!

Across the world of Horizon Forbidden West, there are a total of 43 different machines for Aloy to fell. Each one has its own unique weak points that make them easier to defeat. Depending on the specific variant of each type there can be chain reaction points that players can take advantage of.

While each machine is comprised of many different parts that can be damaged or removed, most of them are not soft spots. This can be a bit confusing as players can highlight all of the different parts. We'll go over every machine and what points players should focus on in a fight.

Acquisition Class Machines' Weak Points

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Acquisition class machines are those that are designed to harvest resources and act most closely to herbivores.

  • Bristleback - This machine has no weak spots, however, the Elemental Canister can cause a chain reaction.
  • Charger - This machine has no weak spots, however, the Elemental Canisters can cause a chain reaction.
  • Clamberjaw - This machine has no weak spots. Instead, players can focus on the Elemental Sacs that are explosive and the Sparkers that can cause a chain reaction.
  • Fireclaw - This machine has no weak spots. Luckily, the Blaze Sac and Blaze Unit are explosive. The Sparker and Purgewater Canister can also cause a chain reaction.
  • Frostclaw - This machine has no weak spots. Despite this the Chillwater Sac and Chillwater Unit are explosive and the Sparker can cause a chain reaction.
  • Glinthawk - This machine has no weak spots, but the Elemental Sac is explosive.
  • Grazer - This machine has no weak spots, however, the Elemental Canisters can cause a chain reaction.
  • Fanghorn - This machine has no weak spots, but the Elemental Canisters can cause a chain reaction.
  • Lancehorn - This machine has no weak spots, but the Elemental Canisters can cause a chain reaction.
  • Plowhorn - This machine has no weak spots, but the Elemental Sacs are explosive.
  • Rockbreaker - The Exhaust Port is the only weak spot. Players can also target the Elemental Sac, which is explosive.
  • Scrapper - This machine has no weak spot, but the Plasma Cell can cause a chain reaction.
  • Scrounger - This machine has no weak spot, however, the Power Cell can cause a chain reaction.
  • Snapmaw - This machine has no weak spot. Despite this the Elemental Sac is explosive and Elemental Canister can cause a chain reaction.
  • Spikesnout - This machine has no weak spot. The Amplifying Sac, Damage Dampener Sac, and Stamina Drain Sac are explosive. The Elemental Canisters can cause a chain reaction.
  • Sunwing - This machine has no weak spot. The Elemental Fin is explosive and Sparker can cause a chain reaction.
  • Tideripper - The Heart and Exhaust Port are the only weak spots. The Purgewater Pouch and Purgewater Sac is explosive, Chillwater Canisters, Glowblast Canisters, and Sparker can trigger chain reactions.
  • Widemaw - The Vacuum Unit is the sole weak spot. The Elemental Sac is explosive and Sparkers can cause a chain reaction.

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Combat Class Machines' Weak Points

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Combat class machines are those specifically meant to fight as predatory animals.

  • Clawstrider - This machine has no weak spot, however, the Elemental Sac is explosive.
  • Corrupter - The Heat Core is the only weak spot.
  • Dreadwing - This machine has no weak spot. The Elemental Sac is explosive, Sparker, and Elemental Canister can cause chain reactions.
  • Grimhorn - This machine has no weak spot, but the Elemental Sac is explosive.
  • Ravager - This machine has no weak spot, however, the Sparker and Elemental Canister can cause chain reactions.
  • Scorcher - This machine has no weak spot. The Elemental Canister can cause a chain reaction and the Power Generator is explosive.
  • Shellsnapper - The Kinetic Dynamo is the sole weak spot. The Elemental Generator and Elemental Sac are explosive. The Sparker can cause a chain reaction.
  • Slaughterspine - The Plasma Core is the only weak spot. The Elemental Canisters can trigger chain reactions. The Elemental Sac is explosive.
  • Slitherfang - The Data Nexus is the singular weak spot. The Elemental Canisters and Sparkers can trigger chain reactions and the Elemental Sacs are explosive.
  • Specter - The Control Nexus is the only weak spot. The Plasma Unit is explosive.
  • Specter Prime - The Control Nexus is the only weak spot. The Plasma Units and Shock Units are explosive.
  • Stalker - This machine has no weak spots.
  • Stormbird - This machine has no weak spots, however, the Elemental Canisters can cause chain reactions.
  • Thunderjaw - The Data Nexus and Heart are the two weak spots. The Elemental Canisters can cause a chain reaction.
  • Tremortusk - The Heat Sink is the only weak spot. The Sparkers can trigger chain reactions, Elemental Sacs are explosive

Recon Class Machines' Weak Points

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Recon class machines are those meant to be observant and watch over other machines.

  • Burrower - The Eye is the only weak spot, however, the Elemental Canister can cause a chain reaction.
  • Longleg - This machine has no weak spots. The Concussion Sac is explosive and Sparkers can cause a chain reaction.
  • Redeye Watcher - The Eye is the only weak spot.
  • Skydrifter - The Booster is the sole weak spot. The Sparker can cause a chain reaction.
  • Tallneck - The Tallneck is special as it has no weak spots and no attacks/weapons.

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Transport Class Machines' Weak Points

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Transport class machines are meant to carry lots of useful equipment and heavy items.

  • Bellowback - This machine has no weak spots. The Elemental Sacs are explosive and Sparker can cause a chain reaction.
  • Behemoth - This machine has no weak spots. The Force Loader is explosive and the Elemental Canisters can cause chain reactions.
  • Shell-Walker - This machine has no weak spots, but the Power Generator is explosive.
  • Leaplasher - This machine has no weak spots, however, the Elemental Canisters and Power Cell can cause chain reactions.
  • Rollerback - The Thruster is the sole weak spot. The Elemental Sac and Gravity Generator are explosive.

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