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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.

Description

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

Flashpoints

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"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 Drop your rock Changes Aloy's response to Bast's taunts during Mother's Heart.
Flashpoint Brain Knock the rock from his hands
Flashpoint Fist Aim for his head
During Mother's Heart
Rost: "This is goodbye." Flashpoint Heart I understand Changes Aloy's dialogue during her first visit to Rost's Grave.
Flashpoint Brain But I will find you
Flashpoint Fist Then good riddance
During The City of the Sun
Decide Olin's fate. Flashpoint Heart Redeem yourself Changes the events of the errand Collateral (as well as whether Olin lives or dies).
Flashpoint Brain This is complicated
Flashpoint Fist Your life is forfeit
During The Sun Shall Fall
Avad: "I could use someone like you at my side." Flashpoint Heart I need to go my own way Changes Avad's dialogue during his next encounter with Aloy.
Flashpoint Brain I'm not a substitute
Flashpoint Fist Like you "used" Ersa?
During The Heart of the Nora
Lansra: "We must stop her!" Flashpoint Heart Let go of your fear, Lansra Changes Lansra's dialogue after Aloy exits ELEUTHIA-9.
Flashpoint Brain Ignore them and enter the Hatch
Flashpoint Fist You're not stopping me
During The Face of Extinction
Helis : "Impossible. I am chosen. This was not meant to be!" Flashpoint Heart None of this was meant to be Affects Aloy's last words to Helis and how she kills him.
Flashpoint Brain I don't have time for this
Flashpoint Fist 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 She's endured more than most Changes optional dialogue with Mailen.
Flashpoint Brain By the rules of the ordeal, she survived
Flashpoint Fist She gave up everything for your rules
During The Hunters Three
Tulemak: "What will you remember of us?" Flashpoint Heart What you've endured Determines the name of the hunters' werak.
Flashpoint Brain What you fight for
Flashpoint Fist What you've accomplished
During Frontier Justice
Inatut: "Where else would I go?" Flashpoint Heart Go where you feel you belong Changes the circumstances of Aloy's next encounter with Inatut.
Flashpoint Brain Maybe you're in a good position
Flashpoint Fist 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 Is everything okay?
Flashpoint Brain Good thing I know how to track!
Flashpoint Fist 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 I found it beautiful
Flashpoint Brain It meant nothing
Flashpoint Fist 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 I pity you
Flashpoint Brain You're afraid
Flashpoint Fist I'm going to win
During Mother's Heart
Vala: "You've never slept in a Nora lodge before. Not very private." Flashpoint Heart Not bad
Flashpoint Brain Too soft
Flashpoint Fist 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 You dishonor the dead
Flashpoint Brain You're a nobody
Flashpoint Fist 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 I lost someone, too
Flashpoint Brain It'll get easier
Flashpoint Fist Stop feeling sorry for yourself
During The Sun Shall Fall
Avad: "You were there. Did she suffer?" Flashpoint Heart She thought of you
Flashpoint Brain Is that what you're really asking?
Flashpoint Fist 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 You don't understand...
Flashpoint Brain I see your point
Flashpoint Fist 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 Stop acting like a machine
Flashpoint Brain Not in the way you mean
Flashpoint Fist 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 I know this is hard, but I can help
Flashpoint Brain Come closer, so I won't have to shout
Flashpoint Fist 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 An outcast helped you, remember?
Flashpoint Brain Time to look in the mirror, Jun
Flashpoint Fist 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 Change has already happened
Flashpoint Brain You have no authority here
Flashpoint Fist 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 You're not alone
Flashpoint Brain There's more at stake than you two
Flashpoint Fist 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 Take it gently
Flashpoint Brain Use your judgement
Flashpoint Fist 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 You didn't let her down
Flashpoint Brain Look at what she accomplished
Flashpoint Fist She was willing to fight
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