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"That thing looks like a Sawtooth, but heavily armed. Great."
Aloy, upon sighting a Ravager

The Ravager is a machine in Horizon Zero Dawn. It is a medium-sized apex combat machine, feared because of its ferocity and its powerful energy cannon. Like other combat machines, it was designed and developed by the artificial intelligence (AI) HEPHAESTUS to protect Zero Dawn terraforming machines from predation by humans.


Unlike the Zero Dawn terraforming machines, which were designed and controlled by Zero Dawn’s governing AI GAIA, the Ravager was designed by HEPHAESTUS, which had previously manufactured the machines under GAIA’s direction. When GAIA self-destructed, HEPHAESTUS gained absolute control over machine design and management as well as the manufacture of at least five of Zero Dawn‘s machine manufacturing cauldrons. Hostile toward humans for their predations on the terraforming machines for parts and resources, HEPHAESTUS made the machines hostile to humans, a phenomenon the tribes call the Derangement. It then began producing Ravagers and other combat machines as the next logical step in protection.

The Carja criminal Ranaman used a machine lure to call a Ravager and two Watchers to his father’s estate to kill his father and sister Daradi so that he could inherit the estate as the only surviving family member. His father managed to lock Daradi in a room to save her life before being cut down by the Ravager’s cannon; it also killed all of the servants and guards. However the Nora hunter Aloy killed the Ravager and Watchers upon encountering them when she arrived at the estate.

When Aloy was captured by the Eclipse leader Helis and condemned to die in the Sun Ring, the wandering maverick researcher Sylens rescued her, using three overridden Ravagers to prevent pursuit by the two Corruptors Helis had ordered to kill her. The Ravagers as one pounced on and began dismembering the Corruptors, which were unable to control them due to their overridden state.


Ravagers have a similar appearance to Sawtooths: heavyset at the front, with a large, broad chest, neck, and shoulders, powerful legs and no tail. However a Ravager’s chassis is leaner, and more closely resembles that of a large dog, although not as canine in appearance as that of the Scorcher. Additionally, instead of the metallic longitudinal crest of yellow-tipped spines seen on the backs of Sawtooths, Ravagers have a rapid-fire energy pulse cannon, dubbed a Ravager Cannon. The Ravager can swivel this weapon to aim it. The Ravager is quadrupedal, with clawed feet and a head with a toothy snout. Unlike the Sawtooth, its armor plating overlaps across its head, shoulders, back, and front legs. This increases the armor’s effectiveness. A canister of Chillwater is ensconced in its chest, in a similar manner to a Sawtooth’s Blaze canister. This is possibly used as a coolant. Similar to the Sawtooth, this canister is exposed initially, but will be covered in armor plating once it evolves.


Ravagers are virtually exclusive to the arid regions of the Carja Sundom north of the Carja capital Meridian. They are deployed either as protection for herds of terraforming machines, or to patrol near established human travel routes, especially in areas where herds of terraforming machines work. It may be surmised that HEPHAESTUS deploys them in this manner to deter humans from entering areas where herds are working. Ravagers attack humans on sight, opening fire with their cannons before the human even comes close enough to be engaged with melee attacks. If the cannon is disabled or removed, for example via Tearblast Arrows, the Ravager becomes more aggressive with its melee attacks.


Ravagers employ their cannons to attack at range. Up close, they employ the same ferocious melee attacks as a Sawtooth. Additionally, Ravagers employ a defensive electric attack against enemies within a specific radius. However, like Sawtooths, they are vulnerable to weapons that utilize fire.


Name Damage Type Primary Damage Trigger Range Description
Berserker Fury Melee 300 3m - 10m Multiple lunging claw slashes
Claw Swipe Melee 170 7m - 11m Single lunging claw swipe
Jumping Jaw Smash Melee 220 16m - 23m Single swipe with jaw after pouncing
Mandible Stab Melee 160 1m - 8m Lunging bite
Shock Jaw Smash Melee 180 1m - 8m Electrically charged lunging bite
Cannon Burst Projectile 40 per bullet 15m - 65m Rapid-fire shots from cannon
Shock Cocoon Shock-Icon.pngShock 165 1.25m - 5.25m Defensive radial electric cocoon


Image: Component: Information: Weakness: Strength:
Ravager-Body.png Body Hard outer casing to protect synthetic muscle and operational systems. Fire-Icon.png Fire Shock-Icon.png Shock
Ravager-FreezeCanister.png Freeze Canister Shooting this canister with Freeze Arrows will trigger an elemental explosion. Chillwater can be looted from this canister. Freeze-Icon.png Freeze
Tear-Icon.png Tear
Ravager-PowerCell.png Power Cell Shooting this component with Shock Arrows will trigger an elemental explosion. Sparker can be looted from this component. Shock-Icon.png Shock
Tear-Icon.png Tear
Ravager-Cannon.png Ravager Cannon Destroying these components disables Ravager Cannon attacks.

This weapon can be picked up and used after detached from the machine. Using Tearblast Arrows to shoot this off and then using it to shoot the Ravager is generally the easiest and quickest way to kill one.

Tear-Icon.png Tear None


Appearances in Other Media

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

The Ravager appears in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart as an object dropped from another dimension into Ratchet & Clank's using the RYNO 8.[1]


  • Despite Rost telling Aloy that machines can communicate non-vocally, Ravagers roar and growl like a lion.
  • As with Sawtooths, if Ravagers are significantly damaged, they will begin limping, holding up one of their front paws in a manner similar to cats.
  • If the Ravager's cannon has taken significant impact damage, its rate of fire is reduced.


Acquisition Class Bristleback - Broadhead - Charger - FireclawFW - FrostclawFW - Glinthawk - Grazer - Lancehorn - Rockbreaker - Scrapper - Snapmaw - Strider - Sunwing - Trampler
Combat Class Clawstrider - Ravager - Sawtooth - ScorcherFW - Shellsnapper - Stalker - Stormbird - Thunderjaw - Tremortusk
Communication Class Tallneck
Recon Class Longleg - Watcher (Redeye Watcher)
Transport Class Behemoth - Fire Bellowback - Freeze Bellowback - Shell-Walker
Chariot Class Corruptor - Deathbringer - Metal Devil
Unknown Class Burrower - Control TowerFW
Other Corrupted Machines - Daemonic MachinesFW - "New breed"