Horizon Forbidden West: How to Unlock Shining Wastes Tallneck

As you made your way through the territory of the Tenakth tribe in Horizon Forbidden West, you may have noticed that Tallneck roams the desert area called the Shining Wastes that seems impossible to climb to reach the top. The good news is that this Tallneck is pretty easy to unlock once you’ve reached a specific skill. In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to unlock Shining Wastes Tallneck in Horizon Forbidden West so you can check it off your list.

It’s worth noting that this game contains very minor spoilers for things you’ll unlock a bit later in the game’s main story missions. If you want to enjoy the game without spoilers, we recommend that you come back now.

Unlocking the Shining Wastes Tallneck in Horizon Forbidden West

  • Wait until you have completed the main story quest ‘Wings of the Ten’.Until you’ve reached this main quest, you won’t be able to unlock the Tallneck in the Shining Wastes.
  • Unlock the Sunwing flying mount and summon it. Then head to Shining Wastes TallneckThis is done by selecting it from its quick selection menu with left/right on the d-pad, and then pressing down on the d-pad to summon it.Horizon Forbidden West Shining Wastes Tallneck
  • Fly just above the top of the Tallneck and use R1 to slowly land on its head.shining turtleneck waste
  • Press Triangle to nullify the Tallneck, revealing the surrounding map in the process.


The good news is that it’s impossible to miss out on unlocking the Sunwing flying mount whenever you beat the main story of the game. Once the ‘Wings of the Ten’ quest is complete, you can head straight to the Shining Wastes and you can finally complete this one.

That’s everything you need to know about Shining Wastes Tallneck Unlock. For more Horizon Forbidden West tips, tricks, and guides, head over to our wiki, or you can check out more of our coverage of the game below.