The Sling is a slow firing weapon in Horizon Zero Dawn that specializes in lobbing elemental payloads at targets and putting them into vulnerable states. Upon impact, the bombs leave a large area of the element on the ground.

Due to its low damage output, it is advisable to use other weapons to follow up attacks on enemies.


Elemental damage remains the same outside of Ultra Hard and Story.

Freeze Bombs

Ammo Game Mode Damage Elemental
Freeze Bomb
Freeze Bomb
Story Damage-Icon 80 Freeze-Icon 75
Easy Damage-Icon 25 Freeze-Icon 50
Normal Damage-Icon 20
Hard Damage-Icon 18
Very Hard Damage-Icon 16
Ultra Hard Damage-Icon 14 Freeze-Icon 25

Fire Bombs

Ammo Game Mode Damage Elemental
Fire Bomb
Fire Bomb
Story Damage-Icon 40 Fire-Icon 75
Easy Damage-Icon 13 Fire-Icon 50
Normal Damage-Icon 10
Hard Damage-Icon 9
Very Hard Damage-Icon 8
Ultra Hard Damage-Icon 7 Fire-Icon 25

Shock Bombs

Ammo Game Mode Damage Elemental
Shock Bomb
Shock Bomb
Story Damage-Icon 80 Shock-Icon 75
Easy Damage-Icon 25 Shock-Icon 50
Normal Damage-Icon 20
Hard Damage-Icon 18
Very Hard Damage-Icon 16
Ultra Hard Damage-Icon 14 Shock-Icon 25

Flash Grenade

When fired, it leaves a blue trail similar to a shock bomb. Unlike most bombs, it runs on a short timer before it detonates. While it deals no damage, it creates a blinding effect to those within its vicinity, similar to a Watcher’s blinding attack. Used only by Nil during Cause for Concern - Farewell.

Ammo and Modification Slots by Variant

Variant Freeze Bomb Fire Bomb Shock Bomb Mod Slots
Basic Freeze Bomb 1
Carja Freeze Bomb Fire Bomb 2
Shadow Freeze Bomb Fire Bomb Shock Bomb 3
AdeptNG+ Freeze Bomb Fire Bomb Shock Bomb 4

Acquisition Details

Variant Sources Regular Cost Ultra Hard Cost Sell Value
Basic Merchant-IconGeneral Merchants MetalShardsTransparent 70 MetalShardsTransparent 350 MetalShardsTransparent 25
Carja Merchant-IconGeneral Merchants MetalShardsTransparent 150
15 Blaze
MetalShardsTransparent 750
30 Blaze
MetalShardsTransparent 50
Shadow Merchant-IconTier 2/3/4 Merchants MetalShardsTransparent 650
1 Crystal Braiding
MetalShardsTransparent 3,250
2 Crystal Braiding
MetalShardsTransparent 100
AdeptNG+ Merchant-IconTier 2/3/4 Merchants MetalShardsTransparent 1,300
1 Crystal Braiding
1 Luminous Braiding
MetalShardsTransparent 6,500
2 Crystal Braiding
2 Luminous Braiding
MetalShardsTransparent 100


  • The Shadow Sling, along with the Adept version, are the only weapons to have Fire, Ice and Shock damage attributes in one weapon. This also makes them the only weapon that could take advantage of all attribute boosts from the Veteran's Weapon Coil.FW
Ranged Weapons Blast Sling - ForgefireFW - Hunter Bow - IcerailFW - Rattler - Ropecaster - Sharpshot Bow - Sling - StormslingerFW - Tearblaster - War Bow
Melee Weapons Spear - Sylens' Lance
Stealth Weapons Traps - Tripcaster
Heavy Weapons Deathbringer Gun - Disc Launcher - Firespitter - Firestriker - Mine LauncherFW - Oseram Cannon - Ravager Cannon
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