Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition: All Achievements (Levels, Story, Miscellaneous, DLC

This guide will show how to get all achievements (levels, story, miscellaneous, DLC) in Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition.

All Achievements


Just so you know, you can play on whichever you difficulty you like, because you actually need to finish an entire NG+ run on Ultra Hard.

Followed Rost’s teachingsLearned to hunt and fight alongside Rost.
Defeated the SawtoothDefeated the Sawtooth that threatened the Nora.
Triumphed in the ProvingOvercame adversity and placed first in the Proving.
Fought back the corruptionDestroyed the corruption inside the Nora valley.
Victorious with the War-ChiefFound the Nora War-Chief and defeated the killers in the Ring of Metal.
Saved Meridian from its foeHelped Erend investigate Ersa’s fate, and foiled a plot against Meridian.
Learned of the ancient pastLearned of the ancient past at Maker’s End.
Crashed the Eclipse networkInfiltrated the Eclipse battle camp and crashed their network.
Discovered the truthDiscovered the truth of Zero Dawn.
Broke the siege of All-MotherDefeated the invaders and went inside the sacred mountain.
Recovered a powerful weaponExplored the Mountain That Fell and recovered a powerful weapon.

Up until this point, nothing is missable. So just play whichever way you want.

All allies joined   *missable*Given Aloy’s actions, all possible optional allies joined the defense.

In order to recruit allies, you need to finish several side quests scattered all over the map.
Note, that some quests will only unlock later in the story, but they will stay available until the end of the game.

The allies are:

  • Nil – *missable*
    • Side Quest: Cause for Concern – Farewell
      • Nil can be found waiting outside bandit camps and invites Aloy to raid the camps with him when their paths cross. If she speaks to him, he will give her the quest.
      • After clearing out all six Bandit Camps, Nil invites Aloy to join him on the mesa south of Meridian, overlooking the Spearshafts for their final farewell. Here, Nil challenges Aloy to a duel to the death. DECLINE!
  • Aluki
    • Side Quest: A Moment’s Peace
      • Near the Temple of the Sun in Meridian, a man with an eyepatch, named Vilgund, can be heard calling out to “able-bodied adventurers.”
  • Elida
    • Side Quest: Sun and Shadow
      • In Brightmarket (located in the Sundom, northwest of Meridian), Aloy encounters a nobleman leaning over a bridge and searching the river. The man, Lahavis, explains that his young daughter, Elida, has gone missing after last being seen in the family’s garden.
  • Janeva
    • Side Quest: Sunstone Rock
      • While traveling through the Jewel (the jungle south of Meridian), Aloy hears a commotion at Sunstone Rock, a small settlement far to the south of the Sundom. Upon approach, Aloy sees that Carja guards are attempting to take down two Behemoths who have descended on the settlement. After helping dispatch the Behemoths, Aloy is greeted by the guards and told to visit Janeva inside.
  • Nakoa
    • Side Quest: A Daughter’s Vengeance
      • While at Mother’s Rise, Aloy encounters a young Nora man named Yan making supplication to All-Mother. Yan tells Aloy that his prayers are for All-Mother to watch over his sister Nakoa, who had left to find and exact vengeance upon Zaid, a brutal Carja captain.
  • Uthid
    • Side Quest: Traitor’s Bounty
      • When Aloy arrives in Sunfall during the main quest Deep Secrets of the Earth, she gains access to the Citadel’s throne room by blending in with a group of outlanders who are gathering to listen to High Priest Bahavas list the day’s bounties. Among them is a high bounty for a Shadow Carja traitor named Uthid.
      • While Aloy listens to Bahavas list Uthid’s crimes, a woman in the crowd remarks quietly to Aloy that Uthid has been falsely accused and cryptically requests that Aloy seek her out in Shadowside for more information.
  • Vanasha
    • Side Quest: Queen’s Gambit
      • At the end of Traitor’s Bounty, Vanasha reveals that the death of High Priest Bahavas has created a window of opportunity for the captive Dowager Queen Nasadi and her son, Prince Itamen, to defect from Sunfall and escape the Shadow Carja. She asks for Aloy’s help in securing the arrangement.
    • This will also unlock you:
      PictureAchievementDescriptionAided the defectorsAided the escapes of Uthid and the child king Itamen
      from the Shadow Carja.
  • Namman
    • Side Quest: Honor the Fallen
      • In Meridian, Sun-Priest Namman wishes to support Sun-King Avad’s push for peace by helping three pilgrims from different Tribes in the region mourn loved ones lost during the Red Raids.
  • Talanah
    • Side Quest: Redmaw
      • Visit the Hunters Lodge in Meridian and see their quest line through to the end.
    • This will also unlock you:
Hunted Redmaw with TalanahRose through the ranks of the Hunters Lodge and helped Talanah defeat Redmaw.
Ended the war machine threatEnded the threat of the ancient war machines.
New Game+ CompletedCompleted a New Game+ playthrough on any difficulty.
Ultra Hard CompletedCompleted a New Game+ playthrough on Ultra Hard difficulty.

Levels Up and Skills

Reached level 10Reached player level 10.
Reached level 25Reached player level 25.
Reached level 40Reached player level 40.
Reached level 50Reached player level 50.
Reached level 60Reached player level 60.
All Skills learnedLearned all available skills.
All Frozen Wilds SkillsLearned all of the new skills in the Frozen Wilds.

This is rather straight-forward. Kill everything you come across, complete all quests and invest all your skill points.

Among those skills, you will find what you need to unlock:

Stealth killed 10 machinesPerformed a stealth kill on 10 machines.
3 Strikes From AboveKilled 3 enemies using the Strike from Above skill.
5 Dismount StrikesKilled 5 enemies using the Dismount Strike skill.
5 Machine Types RepairedUsed the Machine Repair or Mount Repair skill on 5 different types of machine.

Machines & Combat

Headshot 30 human enemiesKilled 30 human enemies by landing headshots on them.

Self-explanatory. There are by far enough human enemies in the game to unlock this without any problems.

Tore off 10 componentsDetached 10 components from machines during combat.
Tore off 5 heavy weaponsDetached 5 heavy weapons from machines during combat.

It’s completely impossible not to tore off 10 components while playing the game.
Heavy weapons on the other hand are somewhat rare.
There are but 3 machines in the game, which are equipped with such weapons:

  • Ravager – 1 “Ravager Cannon”
  • Thunderjaw – 2 “Disc Launcher”
  • Deathbringer – 2 “Gun Turret”
10 Vulnerable machine killsKilled 10 machines weak to Fire while burning, or weak to Freeze while frozen.

This is actually impossible to miss. I won’t spoiler why, though.

7 types of machine overriddenUnlocked and used the overrides for 7 different types of machine.

You’ll automatically unlock the ability to override machines early on in the story. You won’t be able to override all machines from the get go, though. In order to unlock more overrides, you need to complete the Cauldrons (the sci-fi dungeons), which are revealed on your map by overriding a tallneck.

Here’s the full table of overrides:

All Acquisition machines killedKilled at least one of every type of Acquisition machine.
All Recon machines killedKilled at least one of every type of Reconnaissance machine.
All Combat machines killedKilled at least one of every type of Combat machine.
All Transport machines killedKilled at least one of every type of Transport machine.
All machines cataloguedEncountered and Focus scanned every type of machine.

Well, scan and kill every type of machine in the game.

Already killed machines can still be scanned with your focus.

You can use your notebook to check, which machines you’ve already scanned.


  First & All Tallnecks OverriddenScaled a Tallneck and accessed its information.   Scaled all of the Tallnecks and accessed their information.
  First & All Bandit Camps clearedTook back a settlement from a bandit clan.   Took back all settlements from the bandit clans.
  First & All Corrupted Zones clearedKilled all the corrupted machines in a Corrupted Zone.   Killed all the corrupted machines in every Corrupted Zone.
  First & All Cores OverriddenReached the Core of a Cauldron.   Reached the Core of every Cauldron.
  All Suns – at one Ground – at all GroundsEarned at least a Half Sun mark in all three trials   – at one Hunting Ground. – at all of the Hunting Grounds.
  Blazing Suns – at one Ground – at all Grounds  Earned a Blazing Sun mark in all three trials – at one Hunting Ground. – at all of the Hunting Grounds.

These achievements are pretty self-explanatory.

Override all the Tallnecks and the locations for the other activities will be revealed on the map.

First & All Vantages foundFound and accessed a Vantage datapoint. Found and accessed all of the Vantage datapoints.
First & All Metal Flowers foundDiscovered a strange metal flower. Found all of the Metal Flowers.
First & All Banuk Figures foundFound a wooden effigy left by a Banuk traveler. Found all of Arnak’s figures.
First & All Ancient Vessels foundFound an ancient vessel once used by the Old Ones. Found all the Ancient Vessels.

There are:

  • 12 vantage points
  • 30 metal flowers
  • 6 banuk figures
  • 12 ancient vessels

for all of which you can actually buy a map at the Meridian merchants.


First ModificationUsed a Weapon Coil or Outfit Weave on a modifiable weapon or outfit.

Modifications are uncommon drops from killed machines.

To use them, open your menu, go to crafting, choose weapons or outfits, pick a weapon/outfit with an empty slot and choose a mod to equip.

You’ll be given your first outfit with a slot just before the Proving.

Downed 23 Grazer dummiesFound and knocked over all of the Grazer training dummies in the Nora region.
Got the Shield-Weaver outfitRecovered an ancient technology and put it to use.
All trophies obtainedObtained all Horizon Zero Dawn trophies.

This should unlock without the Frozen Wilds achievements below.
I’ll confirm as soon as possible.

By Brachragon

Note: For DLC achievements (how to get them), click here.

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