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"The wilds can be dangerous, Aloy. You will need to stay close and do as I say."

Lessons of the Wild is the second main quest in Horizon Zero Dawn. Following the tumultuous cave escape, Rost decides that Aloy is ready to learn the ways of hunting, gathering, and crafting taught in the Nora tribe. She is sent on her first task to hunt machines, including the Watcher and the Strider.


Rost decides that is time for Aloy to learn the hunting and gathering skills required to survive in the world. Aloy has grown attached to her Focus. Rost voices his disapproval of her use of forbidden technology but allows her to keep the device. Rost shows Aloy plants called Salvebrush Berries, which have medicinal properties. Afterward, he leads her to a Watcher gathering point and shows her to be stealthy by hiding in tall grass. In the middle of their lesson, Aloy spots a young Brave named Teb scouting the area and Rost tells her to ignore him. Rost then teaches her how to use rocks as distractions for machines.

Aloy receives her first lesson with her bow, and Rost teaches her how to craft arrows using Ridge-Wood and Metal Shards. Her first kill is against a Strider and she learns about the weak spots of machines by scanning them with her Focus. As the pair venture for more lessons, they spot Teb clinging to a cliffside. He falls and lands amongst a group of Striders, injuring himself in the process. Aloy ignores Rost's pleas to stay put, and she uses her Focus to avoid the prowling machines. She leads Teb to safety. He desperately tries to thank her but a group of Braves find him and tell him to hold his tongue before they lead him away.

When walking through the woods after the lesson, Bast throws a rock that strikes Aloy in the head. Aloy can respond to this in three ways. Aloy pleads to Rost to tell her why she is an outcast and who her mother is. Rost, however, does not share this information but tells her that if she is dedicated enough she can run The Proving and become a full member of the tribe.


  1. Follow Rost
  2. Gather the Salvebrush Berries
  3. Eat the Berries
  4. Follow Rost
  5. Hide in the Tall Grass
  6. Wait for the Watcher to Pass
  7. Follow Rost Past the Watchers
    1. Stay on the Ridge
    2. Throw Rocks Near Rost
  8. Follow Rost
  9. Gather Rocks
  10. Follow Rost
  11. Wait for Rost
  12. Throw Rocks to Lure the Watcher to Rost
  13. Loot the Watcher Carcass
  14. Gather Ridge-Wood
  15. Craft Hunter Arrows
  16. Follow Rost
  17. Listen to Rost’s Instructions
  18. Scan the Strider With Your Focus
  19. Identify the Strider’s Weak Points
  20. Kill a Strider
  21. Loot the Strider Carcass
  22. Follow Rost
  23. Sneak to the Wounded Boy
  24. Lead the Boy to Safety



Lessons of the Wild - Very Hard - No Damage - Video Guide


This mission contains no collectables.

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