7 things to do after beating Horizon Forbidden West (post-game/end-game)

You’ve beaten Horizon Forbidden West and are looking for things to do to continue exploring the world after the credits roll. Fortunately, there are plenty of side activities, collectibles, combat challenges, and more begging for your attention. If you’re also looking to add the Platinum trophy to your collection, then you’re going to have to do a lot of these things anyway, so it’s best to get started as soon as you can. Here are 7 things to do after beating Horizon Forbidden West.

Find the last ‘hidden’ tallneck

While there are five Tallnecks roaming the Forbidden West that are marked on your map, there’s also one secretly hidden that you’ll need to search for yourself.

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It can be found in the IOTA Cauldron in the far north of the map. Heading to the Cauldron, you’ll need to take on some tough machines and unclog the Tallneck that’s stuck on the production line.

It’s a fun little side activity, and one you’d totally miss out on if you weren’t going to do a full run or just venture out to these far reaches of the map.

Reach the maximum level cap

Unless you’ve done most of the side content before playing Horizon Forbidden West’s final mission, you’ll likely still need to level up before reaching Aloy’s level cap.

The most fun way to do this is to simply play through all the side quests that are still in your Journal. If you’ve cleared all of these, head back to the various settlements in the Forbidden West. You’ll find that NPCs keep coming your way with more odd little jobs and errands for Aloy to complete that weren’t available when he first visited.

You’ll also get a ton of bonus skill points for completing side quests and leveling up, allowing you to unlock some of the best weapon techniques, valor boosts, and other passive abilities in the game.

Complete all Arena and Hunting Ground challenges

Things to do after beating Horizon Forbidden West

While taking on the various types of machines found roaming the wild in the Forbidden West can be fun, if you’re looking for a more difficult challenge, you’ll definitely want to visit the Arena in Memorial Grove and the four Hunting Grounds dotted around. the map.

Hunting Grounds offers you combat scenarios with time limits and specific requirements that score your performance and give you Arena Medals and ‘stripes’ respectively. Not only are they required to unlock two trophies, but Arena Medals can also be used to purchase some of the best gear in the game.

Complete all of the Arena challenges and you’ll unlock the Legendary Hunter’s Bow ‘Shadow of the Deathseeker’, which is easily one of the best weapons Aloy can get her hands on.

They’re also fun and can test all those machine-killing skills you’ve refined over the course of the main story.

Finish all of the machine strike boards

Machine Strike is the completely optional board game side activity of Horizon Forbidden West. A board game inspired by chess, the object of the game is to wipe out your opponent’s victory points by destroying his machines on the board.

Complete the boards and you’ll get more machine parts to use on the harder boards that can be found in the settlements you visited later in your adventure through Tenakth’s territory.

It’s a compelling little diversion, and gets a bit more complex with different types of boards and tougher opponent machine pieces as you progress, but you don’t want to fall asleep. Just as Gwent from The Witcher 3 became an easy way to spend countless hours in the game without ever touching the hilts of Geralt’s swords, Machine Strike gives you reason enough to visit the various settlements in the Forbidden West.

It doesn’t have any trophies, but if you’re looking for something to keep you going in the world of the Forbidden West, it’s worth a look.

Clear all rebel bases and outposts

Things to do after beating Horizon Forbidden West

Those pesky rebels from Tenakth have plenty of outposts and bases scattered throughout the Forbidden West. Outposts are less imposing in their defenses and can often be mopped up relatively quickly, with only a few rebels and sometimes their machines keeping watch, while bases are larger, much more heavily guarded, and assigned the task of completing an objective other than just killing the enemies you find there.

If you’re a fan of the outposts in the Far Cry series, you’ll have a blast using Aloy’s real selection of weapons to pick off enemies one by one. Will you opt for a stealthy approach, or will you go all bows on fire? The choice is completely up to you.

Complete the side quests for Kotallo, Alva, and Zo

There are a ton of different side quests in Horizon Forbidden West that beg for your attention and aim to get you off the main story quest path. However, there are three that we had a ton of fun completing, and as such we highly recommend that you accept them.

For Kotallo, you’ll need to help him find components and then build a prosthetic arm before putting it to the test. It offers an ending that really makes you feel good, and Kotallo is great, so you shouldn’t need much convincing to spend more time with the fierce warrior.

Alva’s sees you visiting and climbing the ruins of a massive headquarters of the ancient, our, civilization, in search of data, and has some of the greatest traversal puzzles the game has to offer, and some nice trade-offs. between Aloy and Quen’s fortune teller.

Finally, Zo will ask Aloy for help in curing Utaru’s sick earth gods and bringing life back to the Plainsong countryside. It’s a fun and fairly long side quest that will reward you with a trophy for completing it.

In fact, these three side quests will give you trophies for completing them, so they’re worth playing if you’re trying to get the Platinum trophy.

Mop ??up remaining trophies for platinum

Things to do after beating Horizon Forbidden West

Speaking of the Horizon Forbidden West platinum trophy, you’re probably pretty close to getting every other trophy in the game at this point.

Make sure you have completed the side quests to choose a desert commander and those to save the Daunt. You’ll also need to hover your glider for 60 seconds, scan each machine, take part in two Gauntlet Runs, and explore three Relic Ruins, among other things.

Still, for the super fan looking to see everything the game has to offer, trying to add the Platinum trophy to your collection of shiny baubles is a solid way to go.

There you have a lot of things to do after you beat Horizon Forbidden West. For more tips, tricks, and guides, head over to our wiki, or check out more of our coverage of the game below.

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