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"Where the arrowhead passes between armor and skin -- that's the place I belong."

Nil is a character and potential ally in Horizon Zero Dawn. He can be found waiting outside bandit camps and invites Aloy to raid the camps with him when their paths cross.


Nil appears to be an adult male in his 20s or 30s. He has a tan complexion. Nil has black facial hair on his mouth and chin, with a bit of facepaint under his eyes. Nil has a tall and fit athletic body type. Nil wears a simple red and white vest with armored pieces covering his arms. He also wears a red scarf around his neck and red pants. Nil also wears a headpiece that appears to be made of machine parts or metal that is covered with a red material in the back. Nil looks to have short hair in the back. 


Nil was formerly a Carja soldier who fought for Meridian during the reign of the Mad Sun-King Jiran. He fought in at least two significant battles, namely the Battle of the Daunt and a skirmish at Cinnabar Sands. During the latter battle, there apparently were no survivors. Nil's role in both these battles is unclear.

When Avad ascended the throne, he began to weed his father's loyalists from the army. Subsequently, Nil confessed to war crimes and was sentenced to serve two years in Sunstone Rock, the Carja prison, for his crimes.

At some point after being released from Sunstone Rock, Nil adopted the name he currently uses. Neither his real name nor any of his former aliases have been revealed.

Hunting Bandits

In order to satisfy his bloodlust without retribution, Nil began hunting bandits. He eventually found a partner, who met his demise at the hands of the bandits in Devil's Thirst.

Nil would occasionally cross paths with Aloy, coincidentally always when both were going to raid the same Bandit Camp. After several efforts of both or Aloy alone, there were no more Bandit camps to raid. This leads to Nil inviting Aloy to a meeting above a Mesa, which turn out to be a challenge to a duel, which Nil gave the choice to Accept or Decline.

Should Aloy accept, Nil will fall at the former's hand. Should Aloy decline, he will come to Meridian's defense during The Looming Shadow, mainly because of the chance to kill Eclipse soldiers while facing impossible odds. He can then be seen fighting corrupted machines amidst the burning Meridian Village along with some Carja soldiers and possibly Uthid.


A soldier to the core, Nil takes the typical combative personality of Carja soldiers much further into the realms of the sadistic. A man who describes with a passionate caress in his voice the joys of war and the spark in the eyes of a man when he dies, Nil lives for warfare.

He targets bandits due to the thrill he gets from killing humans, but also because they are disposable. He reasons that since bandits live dirty lives, that they are not of any tribe's concern, thus freeing him up to murder as many as he wants without negative consequences. In Aloy's words, he's doing the right thing for all of the wrong reasons. He is very fond of his bow, nicknaming it the "Voice of Our Teeth".

Nil's love for violence seems to surpass his regard of his own life, as he challenged Aloy to a duel to the death only to admit that he did so because he knows the probable outcome in his dying breath, should Aloy accept and win. If he is spared, he will later come to join the final battle, mainly because he was told the chance of winning was impossible.

When Aloy introduced the idea of fighting the Eclipse, Nil rejected it at first, giving the excuse that he tries not to meddle with political affairs. However, should his duel offer be rejected, Nil will be present for the final battle, presumably because he knew the matter has grown into a worldwide threat, as well as giving him the chance to kill without consequences.

Associated Quests

Battle Stats

HP Attack Damage Additional Info[1]
1500 Flash Grenade Temporary Blinding
Precision Arrow 100
Light Attack 100 (up to x3 Combo)
Strong Attack 200 (up to x2 Combo)
Leaping Attack 200


  • The name Nil is of Egyptian origin and means "the river".
  • Nil's bow is named "Voice of Our Teeth" although his knife is nameless.
  • Nil shares the same tribal markings and eye color as Ligan.
  • Nil is one of four characters whose fate is chosen by Aloy.



  1. Table adapted from Horizon Zero Dawn Strategy Guide (Collector's Ed.), p.262. Future Press, 2017.
Carja Characters
Carja Tribe Members Sun-Court Avad - HishavanFW - Irid - Itamen - Jahamin - Marad - Namman - Nasadi
Military Balahn - Firiv - Gediah Kho Veriv - Janeva - Lakhir - Nessa - Walid - Zaid
Hunters Lodge Ahsis - Aidaba - Bashad - Greatrun Keeper - Havash - Kyran - Ligan - Malesh - Palaved - Spurflints Keeper - Sun Furrows Keeper - Talanah - Tarkas - Tufanah - Valleymeet Keeper
Merchants Cantarah - Eclectic Collectibles Merchant - Kudiv - Machine Resources Merchant - Studious Palas
Tribe Amadis - Daradi - Dirid - Duvad - Elida - Enasha - FurahniFW - Gavan - Gulahni - Hashiv - Three-Toe Huadiv - Ilsadi - Keadi - Kindiv - Lahavis - Lubavad - Marzavid - Nasan - Nil (formerly) - Omas - Quarry Foreman - Ranaman - Smiling Ranin - Ravan - Ravan's Steward - RhavidFW - Rokasha - RuwasFW - Shahavad - Talvo - Uthid - Vanasha - Vashad
Shadow Carja Tribe Members Abas - Atral - Bahavas - Dekamin (defected) - Ghaliv - Helis - Shianah - Shivin - Tarav - Uthid (formerly) - Yusis
Lore Amavad - Aram - Araman - Basadid - Hivas - Iriv - Jiran - Juwadan - Kadaman - Khuvadin - Marzid - Nahasis - Ranan - Sadahin - Tashadi - Zavarad