If you’ve picked up Horizon Zero Dawn, you’re likely familiar with the wide variety of robotic animals that inhabit the game’s environments. Throughout your monster-hunting adventures, you will surely find some favorite and least favorite foes to fight or perhaps flee in fear from. Guerrilla Games’ unique art direction for the title lent itself to a sizable offering of stylish, sci-fi creatures to discover over the course of their open-world action RPG. Below, we’ve come to a decision on which is the best and worst of Horizon Zero Dawn’s robotic dinos, as well as everything in between. These creatures were judged based on their combat abilities and overall look, including some of the more spoiler-y enemies featured later in the story.
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For a world where most of the wildlife comes equipped with automated weaponry and elemental power, the boring robot deer easily earns this bottom spot. Grazers can be found pretty much anywhere in Horizon, and aren't particularly hard or engaging to kill. The only time you'll be excited to see one is when you are running low on some of the resources their worthless corpse might drop.
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Despite being essential to the plot's revelations and functioning as a late-game boss, the Deathbringer loses points for its lack of originality. In the same game you can slaughter all manner of robotic reptiles, who wants to spend time fighting this rejected Metal Gear Rising boss? The sheer amount of weapons attached to this creature is nothing but overkill, and makes for a whimper of a final encounter.
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These massive winged creatures can be some of the most frustrating foes to fight in Horizon Zero Dawn, given how many hits they can take before fleeing back to the open air. Most encounters with Stormbirds involve slowly whittling their health down with arrows, and watching them circle around for an annoyingly long time.
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None of the enemies in a post-post apocalyptic wasteland ruled by autonomous dinosaurs should be forgettable, but Chargers are most certainly the black sheep of the bestiary in Horizon Zero Dawn. Everything they can do is done bigger and better by a different robot, and you will probably stop paying any attention to these smaller beasts a few hours into your adventure.
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Like the other man-made machines you will fight, these enemies lack the animalistic instincts of the free-roaming beasts in Horizon Zero Dawn. Still, the Corruptors are fairly frightening when skittering around an arena, and can buff other opponents early in the game, making them a serious threat.
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They might be the most predictably named beasts in the game, but Tramplers still put up one hell of a fight. Since they mostly travel in packs, Aloy should try to disable them individually, before they recklessly run at her and deal massive damage.
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Occasionally in your travels, you might spot a cloud of dust moving in the distance. If you investigate, you will likely find a herd of these bulkier deer-like creatures digging up the ground. They can also use their augmentations as a radar and blind enemies in the area with a burst of light.
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Fighting these horned herbivores mostly involves firing arrows into their forehead until they fall down, but managing to catch a ride on one is much more entertaining. If you can sneak up and override a Broadhead, blasting through obstacles with a swing of their head is one empowering way to reach your destination.
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The sheer speed of these beasts puts them on the upper end of this list, even if they are fairly easy to kill. If a Ravager happens to get tripped up or tied down, they can't withstand many hits, but that won't stop them from tearing around the plains and hills, as if to say "just try and catch me."
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Though they might resemble a docile gazelle, these beasts are some of the scrappiest foes you can encounter. They will charge at you with their horns doubling as drills, or ferociously kick with both front and hind legs. Don't underestimate these robots in combat, or you're likely to get beat down quickly.