(HFW) Horizon Forbidden West – The Bristlebacks (Side Quest) Guide

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The Bristlebacks is one of the many optional side quests that you can complete within Horizon Forbidden West.

This side quest involves searching for Bristlebacks

  • SIDE QUEST: The Bristlebacks
  • LOCATION: Chainscrape
  • QUEST GIVER: Ulvund
  • REWARDS: 2330 XP, 2 Skill Points
  • GUIDE:
  • Head to Chainscrape and speak with Ulvund who will be talking about Bristlebacks.

TALK TO THE CARJA MAGISTRATE

  • Speak to the Carja Magistrate here in Chainscrape (Javad The Willing)
  • We will then be tasked with heading west.

SEARCH WEST OF THE QUARRY FOR BRISTLEBACKS

  • Head west in search of the Bristlebacks and once you arrive Aloy will notice a bunch of them have sadly died.
  • Keep following the path and the quest marker and you will come across an old mine. Head inside this mine (Split Crag)

INVESTIGATE THE MINE

  • Inside the mine continue to follow the quest marker and you will come across a damaged track, head right and follow the tunnel
  • At the dead end climb up the ledge and Aloy will mention smoke. Continue by heading left and Aloy will then mention that the Bristlebacks must have been trampled, this will result in Machines spawning. Defeat them.
  • The Machines you will encounter include the Acid Bristleback, which are weak to Shock Damage and strong against Acid Damage, so use this to your advantage.

INVESTIGATE THE SMOKING TUNNEL

  • Head up the nearby ramp to reach the smoking tunnel
  • If you examine the area to the left you should notice quite a few barrels of Blaze. Next to this Blaze is a note that is addressed to Ulvund.
  • Report back to Javad The Willing over in Chainscrape
  • In order to continue this side quest you will have to complete the Embassy main story quest.

SEARCH NORTH OF BARREN LIGHT FOR THE REBEL CAMP

  • After successfully completing ‘The Embassy’ main story mission, we will now have to find the Rebel Camp and more specifically find an entrance to the Rebel Machine Pens
  • Keep following the quest marker and when you come to the graffiti wall drop down, there is a hidden passageway here that will require you to swim through.
  • Keep swimming and immediately to the left there will be a set of rope ladders, climb them. Here there will be a few hostile individuals, either perform stealth takedowns or choose whichever method matches your playstyle. Eliminate them.

INVESTIGATE THE CAVE

  • After successfully eliminating the hostile presence, head to the quest marker.
  • Lower the drawbridge. In order to get the other side of the bridge to lower, simply activate Focus mode and the weak point will be highlighted (the rope). Use your bow to help lower it.
  • A scene will then trigger
  • Report back to Javad The Willing

QUEST DESCRIPTION

Bristlebacks have run rampant in the Duant. But how did they get into the valley in the first place?


SEE ALSO

Horizon Forbidden West – Guides Playlist (Written)

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