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"The lesson will be taught in due time, Aloy. Until then, we wait."
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"It's time. We shall either redeem our fallen kin, or join them."

Firebreak is a side quest in Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds.


After out-competing Aratak for his position as chieftain of the werak, Aloy travels to Longnotch where she will meet with Ourea and Aratak to journey into Thunder's Drum.

A brief discussion with Aratak informs Aloy of Ourea's time as a slave during the Red Raids, an experience that whittled the shaman down until she was left with only her faith in the Spirit. Aratak also recounts their first expedition to the mountain, telling her that he is skeptical that the Spirit lies within.

Meeting Ourea and Naltuk before the wall of ice, the shaman imparts her gratitude to Aloy. After informing Aloy of Aratak's feats during the war, Ourea and Naltuk begin the ritual to unseal the entrance to the mountain. If Aloy has met Sylens, she also has an opportunity to discuss his past with Ourea at this point.

Stepping into the Battery Facility, Ourea explains that it was once a fortress of the Old Ones used to protect against some potentially catastrophic event. Making their way through the facility and dispatching the Daemonic Machines within, they eventually come to battleground where many of the hunters involved in the first expedition were slain. Either by taking the direct route through the machines and battleground or sneaking through Ourea's route, they continue into the control room which overlooks the caldera of the mountain. There, Aloy activates a hologram of Anita Sandoval, Kenny Chau, and CYAN, who announce that through their combined efforts Yellowstone will remain dormant for many years.

Moving on, Aloy, Aratak, and Ourea take a zipline from the control room to the caldera, taking out more Daemonic machines before arriving at the recently constructed cauldron door. As Aloy tries to override the door, she is interrupted by the Daemon who initiates its defense mechanisms, releasing a Daemonic Thunderjaw into the caldera. After dispatching the machine, Aloy then overrides the door, allowing them access into the inner facility that has been overtaken by the Daemon.


  1. Go to Longnotch to begin your ascent into Thunder's Drum.
  2. Talk to Ourea
    1. Talk to Aratak (Optional)
  3. Reach the Cauldron Door where the previous expedition to the mountain fell.
  4. Reach the Cauldron Door through the Tower
    1. Take Aratak's Path directly to the Tower (Optional)
    2. Take Ourea's Path up to the Tower (Optional)
  5. Activate the Console
  6. Watch the Hologram
  7. Reach the Cauldron Door
  8. Kill the Machines around the Cauldron Door
  9. Override the Cauldron Door
  10. Kill the Daemonic Thunderjaw
  11. Override the Cauldron Door



Firebreak - Ultra Hard - No Damage - Video Guide


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

Frozen Wilds Hologram Datapoints

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