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Weapon Technique List

Horizon Forbidden West Walkthrough and Guide by Paul (vhayste)
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In Horizon Forbidden West, players are given access to a wide variety of weapons that Aloy can use at her disposal against a wide array of human and machine enemies. In our Weapon Technique List page, we will discuss the different Weapon Techniques available in the game.

Weapon Techniques are powerful activated abilities that consume Stamina. Take note however that some skills also consume more ammo (of the same type). They are also tied to particular weapons and are automatically available for use as soon as you switch to that weapon.




Some weapon types have two or three different Weapon Techniques. However, only one weapon technique can be active per weapon (not weapon type). So for example, if you have two Hunter Bows equipped, one can have the Triple Notch technique equipped while the other can have the Knockdown Shot equipped.

Thankfully, you can switch between different Weapon Techniques. You can do this by opening the weapon wheel and using the left/right DPAD buttons to toggle between the weapon techniques.




Warrior Bow


Weapon Technique Description Stamina Consumption Command
Spread Shot Fire 5 arrows in a horizontal spread. Hold longer before firing a tighter spread. Uses the currently selected arrow type. Medium Aim with L2, fire with R1
Melee Detonator Fire a special arrow that attaches to the enemy. Hit the arrow with a melee attack to deal extra damage. Attach multiple arrows to trigger a stronger explosion. Uses 2 arrows of the currently selected arrow type. Small Aim with L2, fire with R1
Burst Fire Fire 3 arrows of the currently selected type in a quick burst. Small Aim with L2, fire with R1


Tripcaster


Weapon Technique Description Stamina Consumption Command
Quick Wire Quickly launch the currently selected tripwire type with a preset length. The deployed wires explode or deactivate after a limited time. Small Aim with L2, fire with R1




Ropecaster


Weapon Technique Description Stamina Consumption Command
Penetrating Rope Fire a rope that can attach to any part of an enemy (including armor) without fully drawing the weapon. This technique doesn’t use any ammo. Medium Aim with L2, fire with R1


Hunter Bow


Weapon Technique Description Stamina Consumption Command
High Volley Fire a high-arcing volley of arrows to rain down on your enemies. Uses the currently selected arrow type. Medium Aim with L2, fire with R1
Triple Notch Load up 3 arrows of your currently selected type. Fire normally to release all arrows simultaneously. Small While aiming with L2, tap R1 to load another arrow. Fire with R2.
Knockdown Shot Fire a special arrow that deals no damage but can stagger or knock down machines, leaving them vulnerable to follow-up strikes. Uses 3 arrows of your currently selected type. Medium Aim with L2, fire with R1




Boltblaster


Weapon Technique Description Stamina Consumption Command
Spread Blast Fire 8 bolts of the currently selected type in a wide, short-ranged spread. Medium Aim with L2, fire with R1
Sustained Burst Unleash an entire clip of bolts while immobile. Uses up all of the currently selected bolts, even if the attack is interrupted. Large Aim with L2, fire with R1
Ultra Shot Fire a special burst of special explosive bolts that can hit targets at a long range. Uses up to 10 bolts of the selected type. Medium Aim with L2, fire with R1


Blastsling


Weapon Technique Description Stamina Consumption Command
Bouncing Bomb Fire an explosive bomb that becomes more powerful each bounce, up to 3 bounces. Uses up 2 bombs in your currently selected type. Medium Aim with L2, fire with R1
Burst Dodge Lob a burst of bombs in front of you while automatically dodging backwards. Uses the currently selected bomb type. Large Aim with L2, fire with R1
Sticky Bomb Fire a bomb of your currently selected type that sticks to its target and explodes after a delay. Attach multiple bombs to simultaenously Small Aim with L2, fire with R1

Shredder Gauntlet


Weapon Technique Description Stamina Consumption Command
Triple Shredder Launch 3 shredders of the currently selected type. Only 1 shredder can be caught and reused. Medium Aim with L2, fire with R1
Shredder Mine Launch a shredder that ricochets off its point of contact before hovering in place, dealing shock damage to targets within range for a limited time. Uses 2 shredders of the currently selected type. Medium Aim with L2, fire with R1
Power Shredder Launch a special shredder that deals extra damage to a target. Shredder doesn’t return after impact. Uses up to 3 shredders of the currently selected type. Medium Aim with L2, fire with R1




Sharpshot Bow


Weapon Technique Description Stamina Consumption Command
Braced Shot Fire a powerful shot from a kneeling position that explodes on impact. Uses up to 3 arrows of the currently selected type. Large Aim with L2, fire with R1
Focused Shot Increases the weapon’s zoom while aiming and fires a powerful shot that deals extra damage. Uses your currently selected arrow type. Medium Aim with L2, fire with R1
Double Notch Load a second arrow of the currently selected type. Fire normally to release both arrows simultaneously. Medium While aiming with L2, tap R1 to load another arrow. Fire with R2.



Spike Thrower


Weapon Technique Description Stamina Consumption Command
Spike Trap Launch a spike that becomes a proximity trap upon hitting a surface. Arms after a short delay. Uses the currently selected spike type. Medium Aim with L2, fire with R1
Propelled Spike Launch a powerful long-ranged spike that explodes on impact or proximity of a target. Uses up to 4 spikes of the currently selected type. Large Aim with L2, fire with R1
Splitting Spike Launch a spike that splits into multiple projectiles to impact a large area. Uses the currently selected spike type. Medium Aim with L2, fire with R1




Priority Weapon Techniques


So, what weapon technique should you get first? The simple answer is that it really depends on the weapon type that fits your playstyle and what weapon you’re using often. If you’re not sure yet, it’s worth getting at least one weapon technique for your Hunter Bow early on since that’s Aloy’s signature weapon and a great all-around bow. The Triple Notch skill is a great technique to get early on, as it increases your arrows’ damage in one shot.
Next technique to consider is the Spike Trap for your spike thrower. This turns a thrown spike into a powerful explosive trap that’s capable of tearing machine armor or blasting away a group of human enemies in a large aoe.

Next technique to consider is the Focused Shot of Sharpshot bows. This is an extremely useful technique perfect for thinning out targets or tearing machine parts for a distance. This increases your zoom and deals extra damage, while only using one arrow.

Finally, you’re free to choose whatever weapon technique to learn from hereon. This really depends on your preferred weapon choice and playstyle.



That concludes our Weapon Techniques List 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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