All Valor Surges in Horizon Forbidden West

Level the playing field.

Horizon Forbidden West offers a new set of abilities for Aloy to master on her adventure through the wilds of the West. One of the most prominent new abilities at her disposal is her Valor Surge: an ultimate decisive move with varying effects.

We've listed each available Valor Surge in Horizon Forbidden West below, along with their impact on Aloy's combat effectiveness:

Related: All Weapon Classes in Horizon Forbidden West

Critical Boost

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Aloy's weapons gain increased Critical Hit Chance, and the Critical Hits she does land deal increased damage to her enemies.

Critical Boost LevelCritical Boost Effects
Level 1Critical Hit Chance: +35%
Critical Hit Damage: +10%
Critical Strike Damage: +75%
Level 2Critical Hit Chance: +45%
Critical Hit Damage: +25%
Critical Strike Damage: +100%
Weapon Technique Extra Critical Chance: +5%
Level 3Critical Hit Chance: +55%
Critical Hit Damage: +50%
Critical Strike Damage: +150%
Weapon Technique Extra Critical Chance: 15%

Melee Might

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Aloy plants a power module in her spear, allowing her to deal more damage with her melee attacks temporarily.

Melee Might LevelMelee Might Effects
Level 1Melee Damage: +100%
Level 2Melee Damage: +200%
Spear Energy Buildup: +50%
Level 3Melee Damage +300%
Unlimited Spear Energy
Power Attacks knock down targets

Elemental Fury

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Aloy increases the buildup and duration of her elemental attacks while simultaneously boosting her elemental resistance.

Elemental Fury LevelElemental Fury Effects
Level 1Elemental Buildup: +100%
Elemental State Duration: +50%
Elemental Damage Resistance: +20%
Level 2Elemental Buildup: +150%
Elemental State Duration: +75%
Elemental Damage Resistance: +30%
Level 3Elemental Buildup: +200%
Elemental State Duration: +100%
Elemental Damage Resistance: +40%
Elemental states caused by direct hits trigger elemental blasts.

Trap Specialist

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Aloy activated a unique Focus mode that allows her to improve trap and tripwire effectiveness for a limited time.

Trap Specialist LevelTrap Specialist Effect
Level 1Trap and Tripwire Damage: +50%
Trap and Tripwire Elemental Buildup: +25%
Trap and Tripwire Knockdown Power: +25%
Level 2Trap and Tripwire Damage: +75%
Trap and Tripwire Elemental Buildup: +50%
Trap and Tripwire Knockdown Power: +50%
Trap Effect Radius: +60%
Level 3Trap and Tripwire Damage: +100%
Trap and Tripwire Elemental Buildup: +75%
Trap and Tripwire Knockdown Power: +75%
Trap Effect Radius: +100%
Launch set of hovering mines around upon activation

Ranged Master

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Aloy bolsters her ranged weapon effectiveness for a limited time with this Valor Surge. Excellent for dealing with enemies at medium to far range. Hurting foes during this Valor Surge also heals Aloy.

Ranged Master LevelRanged Master Effect
Level 1Ranged Weapon Damage: +30%
Health Recovered per Hit: 5%
Level 2Ranged Weapon Damage: +45%
Health Recovered per Hit: 7%
Weapon Technique Damage: 20%
Weapon Stamina Regen: +100%
Level 3Ranged Weapon Damage: +60%
Heath Recovered per Hit: 10%
Weapon Technique Damage: +40%
Weapon Stamina Regen: +200%
Machines killed by ranged attacks trigger Shock explosions.

Powershots

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Aloy equips her Bows, Boltblasters, Ropecasters, and Spike Throwers with Powershots capable of inflicting increased damage. Once these Powershots expire, the Valor Surge ends.

Powershots LevelPowershots Effect
Level 1Number of Powershots: 3
Ranged Damage: +150%
Level 2Number of Powershots: 4
Ranged Damage: +170%
Concentration Return per Hit: 15%
Level 3Number of Powershots: 5
Ranged Damage: +200+
Concentration Return per Hit: +25%
Instantly refills selected ammo
Powershots do not use up ammo

Related: Tips on how to sneak past machines undetected in Horizon Forbidden West

Toughened

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Aloy consumes a special potion that restores her health consistently over time and gives her resistance to status effects for a limited time.

Toughened LevelToughened Effect
Level 1Health Regained Every 2 Seconds: 30
Melee Damage Resistance: +15%
Level 2Health Regained Every 2 Seconds: 50
Melee Damage Resistance: +25%
Crushed Resistance: +30%
Level 3Health Regained Every 2 Seconds: 80
Melee Damage Resistance: +50%
Crushed Resistance: +50%
Blinded Resistance: +100%
Deafened Resistance: +100%

Overshield

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Aloy activates an armguard that gives her a rechargeable shield that absorbs damage. This shield also recharges when depleted if Aloy has Valor available.

Overshield LevelOvershield Effect
Level 1Shield Health: 125
Level 2Shield Health: 250
Deflects 10% of melee damage against the attacker
Level 3Shield Health: 400
Deflects 20% of melee damage against the attacker
Shield explodes when depleted, dealing Shock damage.

Stealth Stalker

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Aloy activates a cloaking device that decreases her visibility to adversaries. Aloy also does bonus damage to targets unaware of her presence while cloaked. The device deactivates when Aloy uses melee attacks and aims in with ranged weapons.

Stealth Stalker LevelStealth Stalker Effect
Level 1Very High Visibility Reduction
Bonus Damage vs. Unaware Targets: +50%
Level 2Very High Visibility Reduction
Bonus Damage vs. Unaware Targets: 100%
Level 3Very High Visibility Reduction
Bonus Damage vs. Unaware Targets: +200%
Stealth kills restore Valor, prolonging the use

Radial Blast

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Aloy attaches an overcharged module to her spear that sends a powerful shockwave through the ground, damaging any enemies in the area and inflicting Shock Buildup.

Radial Blast LevelRadial Blast Effect
Level 1Blast Damage: 300
Shock Buildup: 150
Level 2Blast Damage: 600
Shock Buildup: 300
Damage Radius: +30%
Level 3Blast Damage: 1200
Shock Buildup: 600
Damage Radius: +60%
Damage vs. Shocked Enemies for 15 Seconds: +100%

Part Breaker

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Aloy deals additional damage to enemy weak points and machine components, making them easier to tear and break.

Part Breaker LevelPart Breaker Effect
Level 1Tear vs. Components: +25%
Damage vs. Components: +25%
Damage vs. Weak Spots: +25%
Level 2Tear vs. Components: +50%
Damage vs. Components: +50%
Damage vs. Weak Spots: +50%
30% chance per hit for valuable scrap to drop
Level 3Tear vs. Components: +85%
Damage vs. Components: +85%
Damage vs. Weak Spots: +85%
50% chance per hit for valuable scrap to drop
Removing a component knocks down the target

Chain Burst

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Aloy can chain damage between enemies within a 15-meter radius and boost her knockdown power. Perfect for crowd control.

Chain Burst LevelChain Burst Effect
Level 1Chain Damage: 50%
Level 2Chain Damage: 75%
Knockdown Power: +50%
Level 3Chain Damage: 100%
Knockdown Power: +100%
50% of damage chains a second time to enemies within 5m

Unlocking Valor Surges

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After the three connecting skills are acquired, each Valor Surges unlocks. While you need skill points to upgrade Valor Surges, they do not require points to open.

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