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"Razer sharp claws and armed to the teeth. That thing's built to kill."
Aloy, upon sighting a Clawstrider

The Clawstrider is a mountable combat machine appearing in Horizon Forbidden West, as well as the Horizon Zero Dawn comic.[1]

History[]

The Clawstrider, being a combat machine, was originally designed by the AI HEPHAESTUS as a new variant of 'hunter-killers', machines whose sole purpose was to kill humans.

They first appeared in the Sundom to attack the Carja village of Rising Light. Talanah Khane Padish took a contract to hunt the pack responsible for these attacks, thus setting her on the trail of the new and deadly machine.

Talanah stabbed

A Clawstrider wounds Talanah

During her hunt, Talanah was grievously wounded when a Clawstrider stabbed her in the abdomen. Later, she encountered a black-armored Clawstrider, part of a dangerous new breed of machine, known as Apex-variant machines.

The Nora huntress Aloy encountered Clawstriders frequently throughout her journey in the Forbidden West. She first saw them during the rebel Regalla's assault on the Embassy, during which Regalla was riding one.

Later, she fought them frequently in rebel outposts, Cauldrons, and while exploring. Eventually, she learned to override them, and thus, mount them.

Appearance[]

The Clawstrider resembles a dromaeosaur; it stands bipedally, with claws on each limb, an enlarged hooked claw on each foot, and sharp metal plating that resembles feathers. However, its lower jaws resemble chainsaws, and two Resource Containers can be found on its back. They have also been shown to have a Power Cell on their underside.

The Elemental variants have more subtle armor plating and a dramatically different tail shape.

Behavior[]

Clawstriders are seen moving in packs, and appear to be highly aggressive. They are fast and agile, and will relentlessly pursue their quarry. Additionally, they are highly aggressive and territorial, and will closely guard their land and the machines within.

Clawstriders are mountable by humans, although they are noticeably slower than ungulate mounts like the Charger or Bristleback.

Abilities[]

Attacks[]

Both variants[]

Name Windup Time Damage Type Damage Trigger Range Description
Deafening Shriek Short Deafened - 0m - 9m Inhales air and lets out an ear-piercing shriek.
Winding Slash Medium Melee 137/200 1m - 7m Raises either arm and lunges while slashing diagonally at target.
Leaping Claw Slash Medium Melee

Fire-Icon Fire / Corruption-Icon Acid (Elemental Variants)

  • 180/250 Melee
  • Elemental Variants: 250 Fire/Acid, 50 Fire/Acid buildup
7m - 16m Pounces at target while slashing with all claws before biting when it lands. Slashes with tail as it tumbles. Elemental versions breathes Fire/Acid as it bites and tumbles.

Acid/Fire disabled when Drenched. Attack disabled when Slowed.

Relentless Maul Medium Melee

Fire-Icon Fire / Corruption-Icon Acid (Elemental Variants)

  • 108/143 Melee
  • Elemental Variants: 143 Fire/Acid, 50 Fire/Acid buildup
7m - 12m Lunges towards target while snapping with its jaws. Follows up with 2 bites if it misses and target is still in range. Elemental versions breathes Fire/Acid while biting.

Acid/Fire disabled when Drenched.

Twisting Bite Short Melee

Fire-Icon Fire / Corruption-Icon Acid (Elemental Variants)

  • 137/143 Melee
  • Elemental Variants: 143 Fire/Acid, 50 Fire/Acid buildup
6m - 14m Hops in target's direction and rotates body to bite as it lands. Elemental versions breathes Acid/Fire while biting.

Acid/Fire disabled when Drenched.

Reverse Tail Thrash Short Melee 180/250 4m - 12m Turns and jumps backward, spinning 540o while slashing with its Razor Tail.
Leaping Tail Swipe Medium Melee 180/250 1m - 9m Leaps forward and spins 360o while slashing in rising motion with Razor Tail.
Twisting Tail Swipe Short Melee 180/250 0m - 4m Hops in place while spinning 360o and slashing with its Razor Tail.

Standard Clawstrider[]

Name Windup Time Damage Type Damage Trigger Range Description
Cleaving Tail Slam Medium Melee 180 2m - 12m Leaps towards target while rotating 180o to cleave through the air with its Razor Tail before slamming it into the ground.
Relentless Shredder Medium Melee 137 4m - 9m Begins with a 180o overhead swipe with its Razor Tail, followed by a lunging bite before finishing with a spinning tail slash. Stops attacking if it lands a hit or target moves out of range.

Elemental Clawstrider[]

Name Windup Time Damage Type Damage Damage Area Trigger Range Description
Lobbing Tail Blitz Medium Ranged

Fire-Icon Fire / Corruption-Icon Acid

100 Ranged

100 Elemental

63 Elemental buildup

10/s Elemental

10/s Elemental buildup

0m - 16m Lifts tail and fires a volley of three Acid/Fire bombs at target. Bombs explode on impact and leave residual damage areas.

Attack disabled when Drenched.

Smoldering Cloud Burst Short Fire-Icon Fire / Corruption-Icon Acid 286 Elemental

114 Elemental buildup

15/s Elemental

15/s Elemental buildup

15m - 53m Spits cloud of Acid/Fire at target that leaves behind residual damage areas.

Attack disabled when Drenched.

Smoldering Wave Rush Medium Fire-Icon Fire / Corruption-Icon Acid 70 Elemental

20 Elemental buildup

- 3m - 25m Walks towards target while breathing a stream of Acid/Fire. Sends out waves of elemental projectiles along its trajectory.

Attack disabled when Drenched.

Smouldering Immolation Medium Fire-Icon Fire / Corruption-Icon Acid 20/s Elemental

20/s Elemental buildup

15/s Elemental

15/s Elemental buildup

Body begins venting Acid/Fire, creating a cloud around itself that deals damage over time and leaves behind residual damage areas for 30 seconds. Clears any current status effect or buildup.

Triggers when HP falls below 40% or when over 200 damage is inflicted under 10 seconds.

Variants[]

Variant Weakness Strength
Clawstrider Shock-Icon Shock Corruption-Icon Acid
Acid Clawstrider Plasma Plasma Corruption-Icon Acid

Fire-Icon Fire

Fire Clawstrider Purgewater Icon Purgewater Fire-Icon Fire
Apex Clawstrider Shock-Icon Shock Corruption-Icon Acid

Plasma Plasma

Apex Acid Clawstrider Plasma Plasma Corruption-Icon Acid

Fire-Icon Fire

Apex Fire Clawstrider Purgewater Icon Purgewater Fire-Icon Fire

Components[]

Name Variant Image Description Attributes
Body All Hard outer casing to protect synthetic muscle and operational systems. None
Sparker Standard Shock storage. Tear off to collect this resource or shoot with a Shock Arrow to detonate
  • Chain Reaction
  • Detachable
  • Contains Valuable Resources
  • Destroyed When Killed
Blaze Sac Fire

Apex Fire

Blaze storage. Destroy to disable Fire attacks or leave intact to add loot to the carcass.
  • Explosive
  • Persists When Killed
  • Contains Resources If Intact
  • Key Upgrade Resource
Metalbite Sac Acid

Apex Acid

Metalbite storage. Destroy to disable Acid attacks or leave intact to add loot to the carcass.
  • Explosive
  • Persists When Killed
  • Contains Resources If Intact
  • Key Upgrade Resource
Glowblast Canister Apex Standard Glowblast storage. Tear off to collect this resource or shoot with a Plasma Arrow to detonate.
  • Chain Reaction
  • Detachable
  • Contains Valuable Resources
  • Destroyed When Killed
Resource Container Standard

Apex Standard

Storage container for valuable resources. Tear off to collect its contents.
  • Detachable
  • Contains Valuable Resources
  • Destroyed When Killed
Blaze Bomb Launcher Fire

Apex Fire

A club-like tail that can launch powerful Blaze Bombs and enhance melee attacks.
  • Explosive
  • Ability Removal
  • Persists When Killed
  • Useable Weapon
Acid Bomb Launcher Acid

Apex Acid

A club-like tail that can launch powerful Acid Bombs and enhance melee attacks.
  • Explosive
  • Ability Removal
  • Persists When Killed
  • Useable Weapon
Razor Tail Standard

Apex Standard

Extremely sharp metal blades used as a primary melee weapon. Detach or destroy to disable Tail attacks.
  • Detachable
  • Attack Removal
  • Destroyed When Killed
  • Key Upgrade Resource
Resource Canister Elemental

Apex Elemental

Storage container for valuable resources. Tear off to collect its contents.
  • Detachable
  • Contains Valuable Resources
  • Destroyed When Killed


Loot[]

Trivia[]

  • The Clawstrider is the first mountable machine not to have an ungulate chassis.
  • The Clawstrider was the second combat machine from Horizon Forbidden West to be revealed, after the Tremortusk. Canonically speaking, it is the first machine from the Forbidden West to appear in Carja territory.

Gallery[]

Models and sculpts[]

References[]

Machines
Horizon Zero Dawn
Acquisition Class Broadhead - Charger - Fireclaw - Frostclaw - Glinthawk - Grazer - Lancehorn - Rockbreaker - Scrapper - Snapmaw - Strider - Trampler
Chariot Class Corruptor - Deathbringer - Metal Devil
Combat Class Ravager - Sawtooth - Scorcher - Stalker - Stormbird - Thunderjaw
Communication Class Tallneck
Recon Class Longleg - Watcher (Redeye Watcher)
Transport Class Behemoth - Bellowback - Shell-Walker
Unknown Class Control Tower
Horizon Forbidden West
Acquisition Class Bilegut - Bristleback - Clamberjaw - Fanghorn - Plowhorn - Scrounger - Spikesnout - Stingspawn - Sunwing - Tideripper - Waterwing - Widemaw
Combat Class Clawstrider - Dreadwing - Grimhorn - Shellsnapper - Slaughterspine - Slitherfang - Specter - Specter Prime - Tremortusk
Recon Class Burrower - Skydrifter
Transport Class Leaplasher - Rollerback
Unknown Class Defense Drone
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