Critical Hit is a learnable Brave skill in Horizon Zero Dawn.


The Critical Hit skill allows Aloy to perform a close-range Strike attack on enemies that are in a prone state. After disabling an enemy by knocking or tying it down or stunning it through Shock severity, the player can press R1 beside it to deal massive damage.

The Critical Hit deals 200 points of damage and can be used on Small or Medium machines and normal human enemies. It can't be used on Large machines, with the exception of the Fireclaw.


  • If an enemy has been stunned into the Shocked status, Critical Hits will immediately remove the status, even if there is still time remaining.
Horizon Zero Dawn Skills
Prowler Silent Strike - Strike From Above - Strike From Below - Leader Strike - Hunter Reflexes - Balanced Aim - Strong Strike - Strong Strike+ - Silent Drop - Low Profile - Dodge Prowess - Quiet Sprint
Brave Concentration - Heavy Lifter - Concentration+ - Fast Reload - Critical Hit - Critical Hit+ - Double Shot - Triple Shot - Precision - Precision+ - Knock Down - Fighting Back
Forager Lure Call - Combat Override - Combat Override+ - Call Mount+ - Healer - Herbalist - Disarm Traps - Tinker - Gatherer - Scavenger - Ammo Crafter - Scavenger+
Traveler FW Mounted Pickup - Mount Repair - Machine Repair - Mount Repair+ - Shard Salvager - Expert Carver - Hoarder - Dismount Strike
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