Corrupted Zones are an activity in Horizon Zero Dawn.


Corrupted Zones are small areas of the map where there are significant numbers of Corrupted Machines. The ground also has a red glowing effect. Unlike other areas where corrupted machines are found, Corrupted Zones have no relevance to the overall plot, and have no sign of the Eclipse or Corruptors. Corrupted Zones appear on the map as a red circle, with the symbol for corrupted machines in the center. In total in Horizon Zero Dawn there are 11 corrupted zones, going up to level 34.

Associated Quests: A Seeker at the Gates


Corrupted Zones serve as side-quests and an extra challenge. To complete the quest, the player must destroy all corrupted machines, clearing the area of the corruption. Once this has been done, the areas will become safer, the player awarded experience, and the dead corrupted machines provide a fair amount of Metalburn.

Specific Zones

  • level=15
  • region=Valleymeet
  • location=southwest corner of Valleymeet
  • enemies=Grazer-Icon.png Grazer (3)


  • The Rockbreakers will sometimes attack non-corrupted machines, either on their own or after a machine nearby was corrupted.
  • The Rockbreakers have been witnessed going in and across the river as of March 2018.

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 - Stone YieldFW - Two-Teeth
Cauldrons Cauldron RHO - Cauldron SIGMA - Cauldron XI - Cauldron ZETA
Corrupted Zones Corrupted Zones
Hunting Grounds Greatrun - Nora - SnowchantsFW - Spurflints - Sun Furrows - Valleymeet
Tallnecks Devil's Thirst - Copper Deeps - FrostfiguresFW - 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
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