Horizon Forbidden West: Apex Stalker Location

Our detailed guide has everything you need to know about the Apex Stalker, it’s location, loot drops and body components as well as how to defeat it.

What Is An Apex Stalker In Horizon Forbidden West? 

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Apex Stalker in Horizon Forbidden West

One of the most dangerous and powerful machines that you will encounter in Horizon Forbidden West is an Apex Stalker. The enemy is stealth focused and will attack you from hiding. They are found in jungles that can only be accessed after you have crossed the mountains found in “The Dying Lands” mission.

Weapons like the legendary Skykiller will help you defeat it. Once you’ve completed the mission, you can enter the jungles to take on these brutal machines. They camouflage themselves among the trees, so locating them can be quite a nightmare. Players are advised to move carefully through the woods as they are littered with bombs dropped by the Apex Stalker. 

Key Highlights
  • Apex Stalkers are one of the most powerful and dangerous machines that you will encounter in Horizon Forbidden West
  • Legendary Weapons like the Skykiller or Regalla’s Wraith will help you defeat it. 
  • You can access them after The Dying Lands Mission.
  • They can do ranged and melee attacks eating up a lot of HP of Aloy. 
  • One of the detachable components is the Dart Gun. If it is dropped or detached, that will disable the attack. 
    The antenna can be detached using Tear Damage. If it is destroyed, that will disable the machine.


Since the combat machine can disguise itself and become almost invincible, spotting its attacks can be quite hard. Apex Stalker attacks the players using alarm flares and mines in Horizon Forbidden West that are heavily damaging.

They can do ranged and melee attacks eating up a lot of HP of the players. Apex Stalkers are lightweight and will attack by jumping on you, giving you very little time to recover. Give them a taste of their own medicine by using weapons like arrows to detonate any bombs near them. 

Apex Stalker Machine Features 

Following are some unique features that are possessed by Apex Stalker in the game. 

Machine Level Apex Stalker has level 22 in Horizon Forbidden West  
Machine Type It is a Combat focused machine 
Variants Stalker and Apex Stalker are its variants 
Weightclass Apex Stalker is a Lightweight machine 
Ride ability It cannot be used as a mount in Horizon Forbidden West  
Weak Vs Apex Stalker is weak toward Shock 
Strong Vs It can survive Fire, Purgewater and Acid 
Override Cauldron  Partially unlocked CHI Overrides 
Body Apex Stalker has a hard and strong outer casting that protects its operating systems and synthetic muscles 
Attributes  None 

Apex Stalker Components 

Components of Apex Stalker in Horizon Forbidden West

Following are the components possessed by the Apex Stalker. While you’re at it, consider reading our guide on How To Get Diving Mask.

Dart Gun 

It is one of the detachable components of Apex Stalker, and it can be separated by Tear Damage in Horizon Forbidden West. If Dart Gun is destroyed or detached, it will disable the attack.

The component will remain intact even after the machine is killed and can be collected as loot. When you detach this component from the Apex Staker, it will drop a usable shield in Horizon Forbidden West. 

Stealth Generator  

It is also one of the detachable components of the enemy that can be detached using Tear Damage. Moreover, it can disable the ability if you detach or destroy it. If you don’t detach it, it will get destroyed with Apex Stalker.

Stealth Generator is one of the most valuable components of the Apex Stalker as it allows you to upgrade your weapons and outfits in Horizon Forbidden West. 


The component can be detached using Tear Damage. If the antenna is destroyed or detached, it will disable the machine. If the component is not detached, it will get destroyed by the machine. The component can be used to obtain valuable loot resources. 

Mine Launcher  

The Mine Launcher can be detached using Tear Damage. It will disable any ability if it’s destroyed or detached. The component will be destroyed if you fail to remove it from the machine. 

Apex Stalker Loot Items And Drop Chances 

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Collecting loot from Apex Stalker

Like every other machine in Horizon Forbidden West, the Apex Stalker drops valuable goods that can help you throughout your journey. Some of these can be removed from the machine, while some are dropped while attacking it. Following are all loot items dropped from Apex Stalker and their chances in Horizon Forbidden West. 

Items Drop Chances 
Crystal Braiding  100% 
Metal Shards 100% 
Braided Wire 73% 
Stalker Circulator  33% 
Sturdy Harplate 41% 
Machine Muscle  31 % 
Stalker Primary Nerve  23% 
Metal Bone 10% 
Small Machine Core 17% 


Blast plate 84% 
Medium Machine Core 59% 
Dart Gun 100% 
Stalker Stealth Generator  100% 

Apex Stalker Location 

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Map location of Apex Stalker

Stalkers are hiding in the dense jungles of the game and are fairly hard to locate. After you have completed the Dying Lands Mission, look for them in the forest beyond the mountains.

Head towards the Lowland’s Path. It is located under Memorial Grove. After locating the Lowland’s Path look for a clearing in the forest. You will find the stalker roaming nearby. It has the ability to become invisible for a short period of time, so keep an eye out for any kind of movement in the woods.

You will know if you’re on the right track when you see land mines and explosives scattered across the ground. We have also marked Apex Stalker’s location on the map of Horizon Forbidden West for your convenience. 

How To Defeat Apex Stalker 

Their ranged attacks can deal an incredible amount of damage from a distance. Due to this, you will hardly get the chance to attack the stalker if you’re using melee weapons. Moreover, the cloaking abilities of the Apex Stalker make them very hard to locate.

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How To Defeat Apex Stalker

Try to use weapons like bows in Horizon Forbidden West so that you can detonate the land mines near the stalker in order to deal damage to it. If you manage to disable the Stealth Generator of the Apex Stalker, it will lose its cloaking abilities making it vulnerable to your attacks.

apex heart of apex stalker in Horizon Forbidden West
Apex Stalker Heart

Additionally, the Dart Gun can also be used to disable the ranged assault abilities of the Apex Stalker. Using Elemental Damage here is a good strategy to overcome its attacks.

Elemental Assaults like Fire, Shock, Purgewater, Frost, Plasma, and Acid can be used against him. It is to be noted that only Shock can feel considerable damage to the stalker and elements like Plasma, Purgewater and Acid are useless against him. 


Destroying Apex Stalker is essential as it drops the Apex Heart in Horizon Forbidden West. The item can be used to upgrade your armor and weapons.  

One of the best RPG releases of 2022, Horizon Forbidden West took the world by storm owing to its stunning graphics and epic gameplay. You can customize your characters using Kratos Face Paint. There are also certain items scattered throughout the map like Black Box. Additionally, you can fight cruel enemies like Apex Stalker in Horizon Forbidden West which will drop tons of rewards. 

You can also get Survey Drones and Cauldron. There are Signal Towers that you can climb and Relic Ruins that you can collect. To gain more XP and level up faster, you can farm Metal Shards well.  If you’re just starting out in the game, make sure you check our tips guide. Moreover, if you want to complete the game quickly, try our Fast Travel Methods guide. 

With this, we conclude our guide on what is  Apex Stalker, where you can find it and the rewards it drops in Horizon Forbidden West. 

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Kashaf has a knack for CRPGs, and she is always on the hunt for creating content after exploring dungeons, defeating waves of enemies of crushing down bosses with flawless strategies. When not writing at eXputer, Kashaf can be seen playing King Arthur: Knight's Tale.

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