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"Something shining… like a jewel."
Aloy, discovering the Focus

A Gift from the Past is the first main quest in Horizon Zero Dawn. Serving as a prologue, the story begins following Rost as he raises Aloy as a young girl. While venturing across Nora lands, Aloy finds herself trapped in a ruin cave and must find a way to escape.


Six years after her naming ceremony, Aloy, a young Nora tribe outcast, watches other children gather berries from afar. She is shunned after trying to join the group. With her feelings hurt, she runs away from her caretaker Rost and stumbles into an expansive underground cave. Inside she discovers the cave is actually the entrance to an underground bunker, a ruin of the ancients, known as the Old Ones. These areas are always avoided by the Nora tribe as they are considered to be places of corruption and evil.

Aloy discovers a corpse with a strange device attached to its ear. She removes the device and attaches it to her own, which reveals detailed holograms and visual data. The device is called a Focus and is an important piece of forgotten technology. The ruins hold several large metal doors that are unlocked by using the Focus. Deeper inside the ruins, Aloy finds audio and video recordings on the bodies of several old inhabitants.

As Aloy progresses deeper, she eventually reunites with Rost, who scolds her for running off on her own. He assures her that he will teach her how to hunt starting the next day.


  • Find a Way Out
  • Examine the Strange Object
  • Find a Way back to the Surface
  • Use the Device to Scan the Room
  • Use the Holo Lock
  • Return to the Door
  • Open the Door
  • Find a Way Out
  • Scan the Device
  • Find a Way Out



A Gift from the Past - Very Hard - No Damage - Video Guide


The following datapoints are obtained automatically during this quest and cannot be missed.

Hologram Datapoints


  • This quest doubles as a tutorial level.
Horizon Zero Dawn Quests
Main Quest A Gift from the Past - Lessons of the Wild - The Point of the Spear - Mother's Heart - The Proving - The Womb of the Mountain - A Seeker at the Gates - The War-Chief's Trail - Revenge of the Nora - The City of the Sun - The Field of the Fallen - Into the Borderlands - The Sun Shall Fall - Maker's End - The Grave-Hoard - To Curse the Darkness - Deep Secrets of the Earth - The Terror of the Sun - The Heart of the Nora - The Mountain That Fell - The Looming Shadow - The Face of Extinction
Side Quests A Daughter's Vengeance - A Moment's Peace - Acquired Taste - Ancient Armory - Blood on Stone - Cause for Concern - Farewell - Death from the Skies - Fatal Inheritance - Heap of Trouble - Honor The Fallen - Hunters' Blind - In Her Mother's Footsteps - Insult to Injury - Queen's Gambit - Redmaw - Robbing the Rich - Sun and Shadow - Sunstone Rock - The Forgotten - Traitor's Bounty - Underequipped - Weapons of the Lodge
Errands A Curious Proposal - Collateral - Deadliest Game - Demand and Supply - Hammer and Steel - Healer's Oath - Hunting for the Lodge - In Foreign Lands - Luck of the Hunt - Odd Grata - Sanctuary - Shortage of Supplies - Sun's Judgment - To Old Acquaintance
Activities Bandit Camps Blackwing Snag - Devil's Thirst - Gatelands - Hollow Fort - Shattered Kiln - Two-Teeth
Cauldrons Cauldron RHO - Cauldron SIGMA - Cauldron XI - Cauldron ZETA
Corrupted Zones Corrupted Zones
Hunting Grounds Greatrun - Nora - Spurflints - Sun Furrows - Valleymeet
Tallnecks Copper Deeps - Devil's Thirst - Rustwash - Spearshafts - Sun-Steps
Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds Quests
Side Quests Firebreak - For the Werak - Frontier Justice - Into the Frozen Wilds - The Forge of Winter - The Hunters Three - The Shaman's Path - The Survivor - Waterlogged
Errands A Secret Shared - Ikrie's Challenge - Geared Up: Forgefire - Geared Up: Icerail - Geared Up: Stormslinger - Out of the Forge - The Claws Beneath
Activities Tallneck: Frostfigures - Snowchants Hunting Grounds - Stone Yield Bandit Camp