How to defeat Dreadwings in Horizon Forbidden West?

How do you defeat this flying menace?

Dreadwings are one of the most difficult machines to face in Horizon Forbidden West. They have the ability to fly and cloak, turning themselves invisible for a short time. The best way for players to tackle this machine is to take out the things that make it a huge threat. The machine's Stealth Generator will disable its ability to cloak when destroyed in battle and taking out its Metalbite Sac will stop it from using Acid attacks on the player.

Dreadwing's information

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Players can attack machines with different kinds of elemental attacks. Elemental attacks in the game include Fire, Shock, Frost, Plasma, Purgewater, and Acid. The Dreadwing will be weak to damage from Fire attacks. They will be strong against damage from Frost, Shock, and Acid attacks. Their long list of resistances makes them a tough opponent.

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Body Parts

There are a few different body parts on a Dreadwing and each one will drop different loot and deal different amounts of damage to the machine when attacked by players. The body parts on a Dreadwing are:

  • Body
  • Flash Blinders
  • Metal Fang
  • Metalbite Sac
  • Stamina Drain Container
  • Sparker
  • Resource Container
  • Bomb Launcher
  • Stealth Generator
  • Antenna
  • Damage Dampener Container
  • Noxious Container
  • Radar
  • Purgewater Canister


Machines in Horizon Forbidden West will drop different loot items, with many being specific to each kind of machine. Some can be looted from a fallen machine while others will need to be removed (shot off with an arrow or removes with a hit from the spear) while the machine is still alive. The Dreadwing will drop a long list of loot items:

  • Metalbite (Common) - Dropped from Body and Metalbite Sac
  • Metal Shards (Common) - Dropped from Body
  • Braided Wire (Common) - Dropped from Body, Flash Blinders, Resource Container, Stealth Generator, Antenna, and Radar
  • Dreadwing Circulator* (Uncommon) - Dropped from Body and Radar
  • Large Machine Core (Rare) - Dropped from Body and Resource Container
  • Dreadwing Primary Nerve* (Rare) - Dropped from Body, Resource Container, and Antenna
  • Volatile Sludge (Very Rare) - Dropped from Body, Stamina Drain Container, Damage Dampener Container, and Noxious Container
  • Machine Muscle (Uncommon) - Dropped from Body
  • Crystal Braiding (Very Rare) - Dropped from Body and Flash Blinders
  • Metal Bone (Rare) - Dropped from Body
  • Luminous Brainstem (Very Rare) - Dropped from Body, Resource Container, and Stealth Generator
  • Sturdy Hardplate (Common) - Dropped from Body, Flash Blinders, Resource Container, Stealth Generator, Antenna, and Radar
  • Dreadwing Metal Fang* (Very Rare) - Dropped from Metal Fang
  • Sparker (Common) - Dropped from Sparker
  • Blastpaste (Rare) - Dropped from Resource Container
  • Useable Weapon (Very Rare) - Dropped from Bomb Launcher
  • Purgewater (Uncommon) - Dropped from Damage Dampener Container and Purgewater Canister

*Loot items marked with an asterisk are exclusively dropped from the Dreadwing machine.


In Horizon Forbidden West, Cauldrons allow players to override the machines that are within that Cauldron once they have completed it. Completing a Cauldron usually means traversing through its dungeon-like corridors and facing off against a boss at the end. The Dreadwing is a part of the KAPPA Overrides Cauldron.

Interested in other machine guides in Horizon Forbidden West? Check out How to defeat the Slitherfang in Horizon Forbidden West on Pro Game Guides!

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