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Weapon Boosts Guide

Horizon Forbidden West Walkthrough and Guide by Paul (vhayste)
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Horizon Forbidden West is a stunning, massive, open-world game. Combat is an integral part of the game; as such, players have to consistently keep their arsenal updated and varied to be able to effectively tackle various combat situations. In this short article, we will discuss the different weapon properties and boosts that will help you excel in combat.

Weapon Perks

Most weapons have perks or abilities that are automatically available or further unlocked by upgrading them. Perks provide passive improvements to the player when using that weapon like increasing the critical hit chance, critical hit damage, reload speed, increased damage while sliding, and more. The number of perks available will depend on the weapon’s rarity. Rare (blue) weapons usually have 2 perks while Legendary (gold) weapons can have up to 5 perks when fully upgraded.




Weapon Coils

These are attachments that you can equip to weapons, providing them with additional stat bonuses or other bonus effects. Weapons will have at least one coil slot unlocked, with additional slots to be unlocked after upgrading the weapon. The weapon’s rarity will also determine the number of coil slots available to them. (Rare - 2 slots, Very Rare - 3 slots, Legendary - 5 slots). Some coils also have weapon restrictions as well, meaning you can only equip certain coils to specific weapon types.

Additionally, coils also have their own rarity which sets the value of the stats that they’ll boost to the weapon. Some legendary coils have uncommon effects that are only exclusive to their class. You can freely change these coils as you see fit, without the help of workbenches.




Overdraw

Overdraw occurs when you draw or hold the fire button of the selected weapon for a few seconds until you hear an audible “ting” and the projectile/arrow glows blue. Firing an overdrawn projectile or arrow deals extra damage. Some weapons also have additional effects from overdrawing:
* Blastsling bombs will have an AoE or splash effect when fired while overdrawn.
* Blastsling bombs will have the chance to instantly inflict an elemental or status effect state
* Ropecaster harpoons will penetrate armor more reliably.
* Elemental arrows will inflict more state buildup on the target.




On top of this mechanic’s damage bonus, some weapon perks or coils also have an “Overdraw Damage Bonus” effect, which further increases the damage output. This feature is only available to all weapons except for Tripcasters and Shredder Gauntlets.

Critical Hits

Critical Hits deal more damage and will have more chances of occurring, depending on the weapon type, as listed below. These values can be further improved through the help of perks and coils.
Weapon Type Crit Chance Crit Damage
Hunter Bows 10% 1.5x damage
Warrior Bows 5% 2x damage
Sharpshot Bows 5% 2.5x damage
Blastslings 15% 1.3x damage
Spike Throwers 15% chance 1.3x damage
Boltblasters 10% 2x damage




That concludes our Weapon Boosts Guide for Horizon Forbidden West. We hope that this information helps you in your exploration and adventure. For more content regarding Horizon Forbidden West, please refer to our online guide here at Supercheats.


 
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