How to defeat Stalkers in Horizon Forbidden West?

How do you defeat these silent machines?

Stalkers are one of the biggest threats in Horizon Forbidden West. They have the ability to cloak themselves, becoming invisible for a short time. They can also do devastating amounts of damage from a distance using their ranged attacks. Taking out the machine's Stealth Generator will disable its cloaking ability, making it a less dangerous opponent. Players can also aim for the Stalker's Dart Gun to take out its long-range attack capabilities.

Stalker'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 Stalker will be weak to damage from Plasma attacks. They are strong against damage from Fire, Purgewater, and Acid attacks.

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Body Parts

There are a few different body parts on a Stalker, 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 Stalker are:

  • Body
  • Dart Gun
  • Stealth Generator
  • Antenna
  • Mine Launcher


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 Stalker will drop a long list of loot items:

  • Crystal Braiding (Very Rare) - Dropped from Body
  • Metal Shards (Common) - Dropped from Body
  • Braided Wire (Common) - Dropped from Body, Antenna, and Mine Launcher
  • Sturdy Hardplate (Common) - Dropped from Body, Antenna, and Mine Launcher
  • Stalker Circulator* (Uncommon) - Dropped from Body
  • Machine Muscle (Uncommon) - Dropped from Body
  • Stalker Primary Nerve* (Rare) - Dropped from Body and Antenna
  • Small Machine Core (Uncommon) - Dropped from Body
  • Metal Bone (Rare) - Dropped from Body
  • Useable Weapon (Very Rare) - Dropped from Dart Gun
  • Stalker Stealth Generator* (Legendary) - Dropped from Stealth Generator
  • Stalker Mine Launcher* (Very Rare) - Dropped from Mine Launcher
  • Blastpaste (Rare) - Dropped from Mine Launcher
  • Medium Machine Core (Rare) - Dropped from Mine Launcher

*Loot items marked with an asterisk are exclusively dropped from the Stalker 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 Sunwing is a part of the CHI 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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