A flashpoint is a mechanic that supports the dialogue and story in Horizon Zero Dawn.

Flashpoints occur at key moments in dialogue during quests. They give the player an opportunity to develop Aloy's personality by choosing between three different reactions. Each flashpoint choice will produce some unique dialogue, but only a small number of decisions impact the story itself.


Flashpoints can be distinguished from regular dialogue options because they will include three icons representing the three possible ways for Aloy to respond: with heart, intellect, or threat.

Icon Choice
Flashpoint Heart.jpeg Choosing the heart option will cause Aloy to express compassion and understanding.
Flashpoint Brain.jpg Choosing the brain option will cause Aloy to use her insight to find a clever solution.
Flashpoint Fist.jpg Choosing the fist option will cause Aloy to confront the challenge abrasively.


"The lesson will be taught in due time, Aloy. Until then, we wait."
This article contains heavy spoilers, and may reveal plot or quest information.

Flashpoints with consequences

Main Quests

Prompt Choices Result
During Lessons of the Wild
Bast throws a rock at Aloy. Flashpoint Heart.jpeg Drop your rock Changes Aloy's response to Bast's taunts during Mother's Heart.
Flashpoint Brain.jpg Knock the rock from his hands
Flashpoint Fist.jpg Aim for his head
During Mother's Heart
Rost: "This is goodbye." Flashpoint Heart.jpeg I understand Changes Aloy's dialogue during her first visit to Rost's Grave.
Flashpoint Brain.jpg But I will find you
Flashpoint Fist.jpg Then good riddance
During The City of the Sun
Decide Olin's fate. Flashpoint Heart.jpeg Redeem yourself Changes the events of the errand Collateral (as well as whether Olin lives or dies).
Flashpoint Brain.jpg This is complicated
Flashpoint Fist.jpg Your life is forfeit
During The Sun Shall Fall
Avad: "I could use someone like you at my side." Flashpoint Heart.jpeg I need to go my own way Changes Avad's dialogue during his next encounter with Aloy.
Flashpoint Brain.jpg I'm not a substitute
Flashpoint Fist.jpg Like you "used" Ersa?
During The Heart of the Nora
Lansra: "We must stop her!" Flashpoint Heart.jpeg Let go of your fear, Lansra Changes Lansra's dialogue after Aloy exits ELEUTHIA-9.
Flashpoint Brain.jpg Ignore them and enter the Hatch
Flashpoint Fist.jpg You're not stopping me
During The Face of Extinction
Helis : "Impossible. I am chosen. This was not meant to be!" Flashpoint Heart.jpeg None of this was meant to be Affects Aloy's last words to Helis and how she kills him.
Flashpoint Brain.jpg I don't have time for this
Flashpoint Fist.jpg I hope this hurts

Side Quests and Errands

Prompt Choices Result
During The Survivor
White Teeth Chieftain: "Convince me what an outlander's word is worth." Flashpoint Heart.jpeg She's endured more than most Changes optional dialogue with Mailen.
Flashpoint Brain.jpg By the rules of the ordeal, she survived
Flashpoint Fist.jpg She gave up everything for your rules
During The Hunters Three
Tulemak: "What will you remember of us?" Flashpoint Heart.jpeg What you've endured Determines the name of the hunters' werak.
Flashpoint Brain.jpg What you fight for
Flashpoint Fist.jpg What you've accomplished
During Frontier Justice
Inatut: "Where else would I go?" Flashpoint Heart.jpeg Go where you feel you belong Changes the circumstances of Aloy's next encounter with Inatut.
Flashpoint Brain.jpg Maybe you're in a good position
Flashpoint Fist.jpg You don't owe the werak anything

Other Flashpoints

Main Quest

Prompt Choices
During The Point of the Spear
Rost: "Aloy. You're here." Flashpoint Heart.jpeg Is everything okay?
Flashpoint Brain.jpg Good thing I know how to track!
Flashpoint Fist.jpg Why the hold up?
During Mother's Heart (optional)
Teersa: "I hope the ceremony wasn't too... unpleasant for you, given your... circumstances?" Flashpoint Heart.jpeg I found it beautiful
Flashpoint Brain.jpg It meant nothing
Flashpoint Fist.jpg I hated it
During Mother's Heart
Bast: "You belong in the wilds, not Mother's Heart. And you definitely don't belong in the Proving." Flashpoint Heart.jpeg I pity you
Flashpoint Brain.jpg You're afraid
Flashpoint Fist.jpg I'm going to win
During Mother's Heart
Vala: "You've never slept in a Nora lodge before. Not very private." Flashpoint Heart.jpeg Not bad
Flashpoint Brain.jpg Too soft
Flashpoint Fist.jpg Hate it
During The Womb of the Mountain
Resh: "No wonder a curse is upon us and children lie dead under cairns of stone." Flashpoint Heart.jpeg You dishonor the dead
Flashpoint Brain.jpg You're a nobody
Flashpoint Fist.jpg Watch your tongue
During The City of the Sun
Erend: "Now I'm supposed to fill her shoes. And instead, here I am, stumbling around in them." Flashpoint Heart.jpeg I lost someone, too
Flashpoint Brain.jpg It'll get easier
Flashpoint Fist.jpg Stop feeling sorry for yourself
During The Sun Shall Fall
Avad: "You were there. Did she suffer?" Flashpoint Heart.jpeg She thought of you
Flashpoint Brain.jpg Is that what you're really asking?
Flashpoint Fist.jpg This isn't the time
During Maker's End
Sylens: "Sylens. That's my name. Now why don't you try asking another question - something less trivial." Flashpoint Heart.jpeg You don't understand...
Flashpoint Brain.jpg I see your point
Flashpoint Fist.jpg If you're so smart...
During The Mountain that Fell

Aloy: "That's not what I said!"
Sylens: "She was. You shouldn't be afraid to admit it."

Flashpoint Heart.jpeg Stop acting like a machine
Flashpoint Brain.jpg Not in the way you mean
Flashpoint Fist.jpg You just don't get it!

Sidequests and Errands

Prompt Choices
During The Forgotten
Brom: "No! Leave me alone! Can't you see I need time to think? How am I supposed to think when everybody is shouting at me!" Flashpoint Heart.jpeg I know this is hard, but I can help
Flashpoint Brain.jpg Come closer, so I won't have to shout
Flashpoint Fist.jpg Get a hold of yourself!
During Insult to Injury
Jun: "The motherless girl! If I'd known, I never would have spoken to you!" Flashpoint Heart.jpeg An outcast helped you, remember?
Flashpoint Brain.jpg Time to look in the mirror, Jun
Flashpoint Fist.jpg How about I put you in your place?
During Honor The Fallen
Aloy: "I'm done arguing with you. Stay or go. But I won't allow you to keep others away."
Jahamin: "I am here by the will of the Sun!"
Flashpoint Heart.jpeg Change has already happened
Flashpoint Brain.jpg You have no authority here
Flashpoint Fist.jpg You're a coward
During Sun and Shadow
Aloy: "Are you saying what I think you're saying? Elida, no. Look at me." Flashpoint Heart.jpeg You're not alone
Flashpoint Brain.jpg There's more at stake than you two
Flashpoint Fist.jpg You can't do this
During The Forge of Winter
Aloy: "You're asking me if you should lie to them."
CYAN: "Broadly, yes."
Flashpoint Heart.jpeg Take it gently
Flashpoint Brain.jpg Use your judgement
Flashpoint Fist.jpg You've got to tell them the truth
During The Forge of Winter
Aratak: "Either way, I would not have been able to protect her." Flashpoint Heart.jpeg You didn't let her down
Flashpoint Brain.jpg Look at what she accomplished
Flashpoint Fist.jpg She was willing to fight
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