When you first start out in Horizon Forbidden West, Aloy will only be able to hold her breath underwater for a short but impressive amount of time. This is enough to sneak up on enemies out of sight, or do some light underwater exploration, but it’s not enough to explore the underwater caverns that are scattered throughout Tenakth’s territory. In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to swim underwater longer in Horizon Forbidden West with the help of the diving mask.
Breathe underwater for longer in Horizon Forbidden West
To breathe underwater longer, you’ll need to get the diving mask, which you’ll unlock as part of the main story.
Specifically, it’s when you’re after the POSEIDON protocol found in the southeastern part of the Forbidden West section of the map, which is actually the flooded ruins of Las Vegas.
Get the diving mask in Horizon Forbidden West
- Go to the quest marker and find the building with water coming out of its sides.
- Go inside and talk to Morlund.He will explain that he and his friends have been trying to explore the ancient ruins below, when it suddenly started to flood with water. He will ask you to get him the compressed air pod for his Mk.1 breathing apparatus and the machine parts from the nearby pack.
- Grabbing the air pod is simply a case of diving into the water hole in the building itself and grabbing it from the targeted object.
- The nearby herd will move a few times, but there aren’t any particularly complicated machines to deal with.This is also marked on your map with a quest marker.
- When you’ve got the parts, return to Morlund. You can then use the workbench to craft the diving mask.
Using the diving mask
The good news is that you don’t actually have to do anything to use the diving mask to swim underwater longer in Horizon Forbidden West.
Aloy will equip it automatically when you dive underwater, allowing you to freely explore underwater caverns around the world.
That’s everything you need to know about how to swim and breathe underwater in 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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