How Many Cauldrons Are In Horizon Forbidden West

How Many Cauldrons Are In Horizon Forbidden West?

There are a total of six cauldrons in Horizon Forbidden West, dungeons that Aloy will need to complete to unlock machine overrides. The cauldrons in the game require you to solve various puzzles and face numerous machines – which you can read about here – on your way to reach the core, which will need to be overridden by Aloy before any machine overrides are unlocked. When you reach each cauldron’s core, you’ll have to face a large battle either against one large machine or several smaller ones.

Cauldron Locations

Repair Bay: TAU (Level 15)

Cauldron TAU

Repair Bay: TAU in Plainsong is likely the first cauldron you’ll encounter as it’s part of The Dying Lands main mission. Completing the cauldron will require you to defeat a Grimhorn to unlock Bristleback, Grimhorn, and Plowhorn overrides. 

Skill Points

XP

Two

9,000

MU (Level 18)

Cauldron MU

Cauldron MU is found in No Man’s Land. Completing the cauldron will require you to defeat a Widemaw to earn Burrower, Grazer, and Scrounger overrides with corrupted Widemaw, Fanghorn, and Scrapper overrides. 

Skill Points

XP

Three

8,000

IOTA (Level 22)

Cauldron IOTA

Cauldron IOTA is found in Salt Bite. A cauldron that was damaged in an earthquake, IOTA is filled with several machines, numerous hazards, and a Rollerback boss fight. Completing the cauldron unlocks the Salt Bite Tallneck, which, when overrode, unlocks that portion of Forbidden West’s map.

It also unlocks machine overrides for Leaplashers, Glinthawks, Lancehorns, Longlegs, and Clawstriders, as well as corrupted overrides for Skydrifters, Ravagers, Snapmaws, Bellowbacks, and Rollerbacks.

Skill Points

XP

Two

7,500

CHI (Level 30)

Cauldron CHI

The CHI cauldron includes a Slitherfang boss fight and it can be found in The Raintrace. The cauldron’s entrance is encased in Firegleam, and it unlocks complete overrides for Red-eye Watchers, Behemoths, Frostclaws, Clamberjaws, and Shell-Walkers. Corrupted overrides for Fireclaws, Stalkers, Scorchers, Shellsnappers, and Spikesnouts will also unlock. 

Skill Points

XP

Three

12,500

GEMINI (Level 30)

Cauldron GEMINI

Cauldron Gemini is a cauldron found in the Tenakth desert, which you’ll visit as part of the GEMINI main mission and must face a Slaughterspine to unlock Sunwing overrides.

Skill Points

XP

Two

24,000

KAPPA (Level 40)

Cauldron KAPPA

The KAPPA cauldron is an underwater cauldron located to the west of the game map. It’s filled with numerous underwater puzzles requiring you to drain and pump the cauldron. In the end, you’ll need to face a Tideripper to unlock overrides for Rockbreakers, Stormbirds, Tiderippers, and Tremortusks. Corrupted overrides for Thunderjaws, Slitherfangs, Slaughterspines, and Dreadwings will also unlock.

Skill Points

XP

Three

12,500

Only two cauldrons are actually mandatory in Horizon Forbidden West and they are completed as part of the main story. All other cauldrons are optional but we suggest you complete them to unlock overrides to help you in battle or for mount exploration.

The hardest cauldron in Horizon Forbidden West is GEMINI, as it forces you to face one of the game’s most dangerous machines; the Slaughterspine. Meanwhile, cauldron KAPPA is one of the most complicated as it requires you to drain and refill parts of the flooded cauldron in order to progress and explore it.

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