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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.png
Freeze Bomb
Story Damage-Icon.png 80 Freeze-Icon.png 75
Easy Damage-Icon.png 25 Freeze-Icon.png 50
Normal Damage-Icon.png 20
Hard Damage-Icon.png 18
Very Hard Damage-Icon.png 16
Ultra Hard Damage-Icon.png 14 Freeze-Icon.png 25

Fire Bombs

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

Shock Bombs

Ammo Game Mode Damage Elemental
Shock Bomb.png
Shock Bomb
Story Damage-Icon.png 80 Shock-Icon.png 75
Easy Damage-Icon.png 25 Shock-Icon.png 50
Normal Damage-Icon.png 20
Hard Damage-Icon.png 18
Very Hard Damage-Icon.png 16
Ultra Hard Damage-Icon.png 14 Shock-Icon.png 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.png 1
Carja Freeze Bomb.png Fire Bomb.png 2
Shadow Freeze Bomb.png Fire Bomb.png Shock Bomb.png 3
AdeptNG+ Freeze Bomb.png Fire Bomb.png Shock Bomb.png 4

Acquisition Details

Variant Sources Regular Cost Ultra Hard Cost Sell Value
Basic Merchant-Icon.pngGeneral Merchants MetalShardsTransparent.png 70 MetalShardsTransparent.png 350 MetalShardsTransparent.png 25
Carja Merchant-Icon.pngGeneral Merchants MetalShardsTransparent.png 150
15 Blaze
MetalShardsTransparent.png 750
30 Blaze
MetalShardsTransparent.png 50
Shadow Merchant-Icon.pngTier 2/3/4 Merchants MetalShardsTransparent.png 650
1 Crystal Braiding
MetalShardsTransparent.png 3,250
2 Crystal Braiding
MetalShardsTransparent.png 100
AdeptNG+ Merchant-Icon.pngTier 2/3/4 Merchants MetalShardsTransparent.png 1,300
1 Crystal Braiding
1 Luminous Braiding
MetalShardsTransparent.png 6,500
2 Crystal Braiding
2 Luminous Braiding
MetalShardsTransparent.png 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
Horizon Zero Dawn Weapons
Ranged Weapons Blast Sling - Forgefire - Hunter Bow - Icerail - Rattler - Ropecaster - Sharpshot Bow - Sling - Stormslinger - Tearblaster - War Bow
Melee Weapons Spear - Sylens' Lance
Stealth Weapons Traps - Tripcaster
Heavy Weapons Deathbringer Gun - Disc Launcher - Firespitter - Firestriker - Mine Launcher - Oseram Cannon - Ravager Cannon