How to defeat Scroungers in Horizon Forbidden West?

How do you defeat these machines?

Scroungers won't pose much threat to players in Horizon Forbidden West, especially once they are out of the early-game territories. While they are very threatening, a group of Scroungers can still easily overwhelm players, causing a quick loss in battle if not handled correctly. Focusing on their weakness to Forst and Acid elemental damage and taking out the Scrounger's Power Cell (which will disable some of their attacks) will be the best path to victory against these machines.

Scrounger'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 Scrounger will be weak to damage from Frost and Acid attacks. They will not be strong against any elemental damage types.

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Body Parts

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

  • Body
  • Resource Container
  • Power Cell


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 Scrounger will drop a long list of loot items:

  • Sparker (Common) - Dropped from Body and Power Cell
  • Metal Shards (Common) - Dropped from Body
  • Machine Muscle (Uncommon) - Dropped from Body
  • Scrounger Circulator* (Uncommon) - Dropped from Body
  • Small Machine Core (Uncommon) - Dropped from Body and Resource Container
  • Scrounger Primary Nerve* (Uncommon) - Dropped from Body and Resource Container
  • Metal Bone (Rare) - Dropped from Body
  • Braided Wire (Common) - Dropped from Body and Resource Container
  • Sturdy Hardplate (Common) - Dropped from Body and Resource Container
  • Blastpaste (Rare) - Dropped from Resource Container
  • Scrounger Spark Coil* (Rare) - Dropped from Power Cell

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


In Horizon Forbidden West, Cauldrons allow players to override the machines 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 Scrounger is a part of the MU 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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