Horizon Forbidden West Burning Shores Weapons + Upgrades

Get all 14 new weapons in Burning Shores DLC & dominate the rise of new machines.

The new weapons in the Horizon Forbidden West Burning Shores are a welcome addition to the new map, new machines, and content. Some of the best weapons in the DLC, such as the best bows, are actually a lot better than the base game Aloy’s arsenal.  We have so far found 14 new weapons in the Burning Shores DLC, and we believe there aren’t other new Very Rare or Legendary weapons than these.

Key Takeaways
  • 14 new weapons have been added to the Horizon Forbidden West Burning Shores:
    1. Ancestor’s Return: Versatile and speedy for agile combat.
    2. Blacktide Sharpshot Bow: Swift long-range capabilities for precision.
    3. Distant Thunder: Powerful long-range knockdowns to control the battlefield.
    4. Death Seeker’s Shadow: Precision-focused with enhanced damage against shocked enemies.
    5. Eternal Vengeance: Close-range damage potential with swift reload speed.
    6. Eye of the Storm: Elemental versatility and close-range potency.
    7. Gravesinger’s Lament: Stealth-focused long-range precision for silent devastation.
    8. Last Argument: Diverse shot types and damage potential for facing mighty machines.
    9. Skyhammer: Fire and ice shots with increased draw speed for versatile combat.
    10. Specter Gauntlet: Homing attack capabilities and long-range laser precision.
    11. The Emperor’s Reign: Close-range stealth attacks with enhanced damage output.
    12. Skykiller: Dominates aerial combat with faster reload speed and increased damage against flying enemies.
    13. Blast Forge: Devastating impact and explosive damage with swift draw speed and higher critical hit chance.
    14. The Tie That Binds: Excels in crowd control, immobilizing enemies and dealing additional damage with various shot types.

Ancestor’s Return

Ancestor’s Return

The Ancestor’s Return is a sought-after legendary weapon in Horizon Forbidden West, a unique variant of the Shredder Gauntlet. To acquire this powerful weapon, players must collect all the Ornaments and present them to Stemmur, who will unlock a nearby cache containing the Ancestor’s Return.

Weapon Upgrades

Level Upgrades description
1 Enhanced weapon damage, buildup, and tear; Perk: +25% Agility Damage, +65% Draw Speed, +10% Concentration Damage
2 Improved damage, buildup, and tear; Fourth coil unlocked; Perk: +25% Concentration Damage
3 Increased damage, buildup, and tear; Perk: +10% Component Tear
4 Boosted damage, buildup, and tear; Perk: +25% Component Tear, +5% Critical Hit Chance
5 Amplified damage, buildup, and tear; Fifth coil unlocked; Perk: +15% Critical Hit Chance

This formidable weapon boasts a default +10% Agility Damage and an impressive +25% faster Draw Speed. It also features several Shot Types:

  • Impact Damage
  • Tear
  • Acid
  • Shock

Weapon Effects

  • Enhanced damage, buildup, and tear capabilities
  • Various perks, such as increased Agility Damage, Draw Speed, Concentration Damage, and Component Tear
  • Additional Critical Hit Chance

Blacktide Sharpshot Bow

Blacktide Sharpshot Bow

The Blacktide Sharpshot Bow, one of the Horizon Forbidden West Burning Shores’ new weapons, is another excellent a highly coveted weapon, recognized for its swift and long-range capabilities. As a variant of the Sharpshot Bow, this rare weapon can only be obtained as a pre-order bonus. It comes with a single Mod Slot, which can be increased to three after upgrades.

Shot Types

  • Advanced Precision Arrow
  • Strikethrough Precision Arrow
  • Tear Precision Arrow

Weapon Effects

  • Impact Damage
  • Tear
  • 10% improved damage while in Concentration mode (by default)

Distant Thunder

Distant Thunder – Horizon Forbidden West

The Distant Thunder, a legendary Shredder Gauntlet in Horizon Forbidden West, can be obtained by exchanging 3,000 shards and 8 Brimshine pieces with the Hunter Merchant. Starting with three mod slots, upgrading the weapon increases its capacity to five.

Weapon Perks

  • Long Range Damage
  • Knockdown Power
  • Drenched Enemy Damage
  • Critical Hit Damage
  • Instant Drenched Chance

Death Seeker’s Shadow

Death Seeker’s Shadow

A unique addition to Horizon Forbidden West Burning Shores’ new weapons, The Death-Seeker’s Shadow is a remarkable, legendary weapon, a distinct variant of the Hunter Bow. Traditionally gifted to Death-Seekers embarking on their final journey from the Nora Sacred Land, this bow is obtainable from Dukkah, a special merchant prize master who exchanges high-tier weapons and outfits for tags, stripes, and medals collected in-game.

Weapon Upgrades

Level Upgrades description
1 Enhanced damage, tear, and buildup; Perk: Overdraw Damage +15%
2 Improved damage, tear, and buildup; Fourth coil unlocked; Perks: Critical Hit Chance +15%, Shocked Enemy Damage +25%
3 Increased damage, tear, and buildup; Perk: Knockdown Damage +15%
4 Boosted damage, tear, and buildup; Perks: Knockdown Damage +40%, Critical Hit Damage +15%
5 Amplified damage, tear, and buildup; Fifth coil unlocked; Perk: Critical Hit Damage +40%

Shot Types 

  • Advanced Hunter Arrow
  • Advanced Shock Hunter Arrow
  • Targeting Hunter Arrow

Weapon Effects

Death-Seeker’s Shadow
  • Impact Damage
  • Tear
  • Shock
  • 5% higher critical hit chance (by default)
  • 10% more damage against Shocked enemies (by default)

Eternal Vengeance

Eternal Vengeance – Horizon Forbidden West Burning Shores

Eternal Vengeance, a legendary Boltblaster variant, can be acquired in Horizon Forbidden West by trading 3,000 shards and 8 Brimshine pieces. Initially, the weapon has three mod slots, which can be increased to five after upgrading.

Weapon Perks

  • Melee Follow-up Damage
  • Close Range Damage
  • Overdraw Damage
  • Reload Speed
  • Instant Explosion Chance

Eye of the Storm

Eye of the Storm

The Eye of the Storm is an extraordinary legendary weapon in Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores, a unique variant of the Warrior Bow. Acquiring this powerful short bow requires visiting the Hunter in Fleet’s End and trading 3,000 Metal Shards and 8 Brimshine pieces.

Shot Types

  • Frost Light Arrow
  • Shock Light Arrow
  • Acid Light Arrow

Weapon Effects

  • Acid
  • Frost
  • Shock
  • 10% more damage while in Concentration (by default)
  • 2% chance to instantly Corrode enemies (by default)

Gravesinger’s Lament

Gravesinger’s Lament

The Gravesinger’s Lament is an exceptional legendary weapon in Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores, serving as a variant of the Sharpshot Bow. This powerful, long-range bow can be purchased from the Hunter in Fleet’s End for 3,000 Metal Shards and 8 Brimshine pieces.

Shot Types

  • Advanced Knockdown Precision Arrow
  • Advanced Precision Arrow
  • Strikethrough Precision Arrow

Weapon Effects

  • Impact Damage
  • Tear
  • 15% improved damage while in stealth (by default)
  • 15% improved damage when attacking multiple enemies (by default)

Last Argument

Last Argument

An excellent pick from the long list of Horizon Forbidden West Burning Shores new weapons, The Last Argument is a formidable legendary weapon, available in the Burning Shores DLC as a version of the Spike Thrower. To obtain this exceptional weapon, complete the “A Friend in the Dark” quest.

Shot Types

  • Advanced Explosive Spike
  • Drill Spike
  • Plasma Spike

Weapon’s Effects

  • Impact Damage
  • Tear
  • Explosive Damage
  • Plasma Damage
  • 15% more damage over time (by default)
  • 2% chance to instantly inflict the Brittle state on enemies (by default)

Skyhammer

Skyhammer Weapon

Skyhammer, a legendary Blastsling weapon, comes with three mod slots.

The weapon can be obtained by the following method:

  • Ensure you have reached the second main quest, “Heaven and Earth.”
  • Traverse to the volcanic archipelago, east of Spinebreak and south of Hades Proving and No-Man’s Land.
  • Explore the Los Angeles ruins found in this region.
  • Proceed through the “Heaven and Earth” quest, overcoming various challenges.
  • Upon reaching an ancient building with dead bodies, locate a staircase near one of them and ascend.
  • Navigate beyond a round table and barrels to discover a room containing a conference table.
  • Activate your focus ability to identify a hidden treasure chest within the room’s walls.
  • Pry open the chest to unveil the Skyhammer Blastsling.
  • Equip the weapon to unlock its full potential and wreak havoc on machine enemies.

Shot Types

  • Fire Shot
  • Ice Shot

Weapon Perks

  • 25% Increased Draw Speed
  • Stealth Damage
  • Overdraw Damage
  • Aerial Enemy Damage
  • Multiple Enemy Damage

Specter Gauntlet

Specter Gauntlet

One of the new additions to the Horizon Forbidden West Burning Shores new weapons, The Specter Gauntlet is a legendary weapon that represents a modified version of a powerful Zenith weapon. Obtain this weapon by defeating Zeth during “The Stars in Their Eyes” mission. By default, the Specter Gauntlet has three mod slots.

How To Upgrade Specter Gauntlet

  • Completing the “In His Wake” side quest
  • Locating and freeing hostages
  • Finding and defeating Pirik
  • Looting the Railgun Component from Pirik’s weapon
  • Upgrading the Specter Gauntlet at a workbench

Shot Types

  • Impact Damage (Railgun mode)
  • Tear
  • Explosive Damage

Weapon Effects

  • Homing attack using designators on targets
  • Highly accurate, long-range laser shot (after upgrading with Railgun Component)

The Emperor’s Reign

The Emperor’s Reign

The Emperor’s Reign, a legendary weapon in Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores, is a favored mid-range weapon for elite Quen agents. This variant of the Hunter Bow can be purchased from the Hunter in Fleet’s End for 3,000 Metal Shards and 8 Brimshine pieces. It starts with three mod slots but can be upgraded to five.

Shot Types

  • Advanced Hunter Arrow
  • Berserk Hunter Arrow
  • Targeting Hunter Arrow

Weapon Effects

  • Impact Damage
  • Tear
  • Berserk

The Skykiller

Skykiller Legendary

The Skykiller, a legendary weapon in Horizon Forbidden West, is a superior version of the Spike Thrower. Acquiring this weapon requires the completion of the Way Home mission. It initially has three mod slots but can be upgraded to accommodate five.

Weapon Upgrades

Level Upgrades description 
1 Enhanced damage and buildup; Perk: Overdraw Damage +15%
2 Improved damage and buildup; Fourth coil unlocked; Perk: Reload Speed +25%
3 Increased damage and buildup; Perks: Aerial Enemy Damage +40%, Draw Speed +25%
4 Boosted damage and buildup; Perks: Draw Speed +65%, Burning Enemy Damage +10%
5 Amplified damage and buildup; Fifth coil unlocked; Perk: Burning Enemy Damage +25%

Shot Types

  • Advanced Explosive Spike
  • Explosive Spike
  • Fire Spike

Weapon Effects

  • Impact Damage
  • Explosive Damage
  • Fire

The Blast Forge

Blast Forge

The Blast Forge, a legendary weapon in Horizon Forbidden West, is a unique variant of the Boltblaster. Acquire this powerful weapon by purchasing it from a merchant for 80 Medals. Initially, it has three mod slots, which can be increased to five upon upgrading. Featuring a 25% higher draw speed and a 5% higher critical hit chance compared to other Boltblasters, The Blast Forge is a force to be reckoned with.

Weapon Upgrades

Level Upgrade Description
1 Enhanced damage; Perk: Overdraw Damage +15%
2 Improved damage; Fourth coil unlocked; Perk: Draw Speed +65%
3 Increased damage; Perks: Critical Hit Chance +15%, Reload Speed +10%
4 Boosted damage; Perks: Reload Speed +25%, Instant Shocked Chance +2%
5 Amplified damage; Fifth coil unlocked; Perk: Instant Shocked Chance +4%

Shot Types

  • Advanced Bolt
  • Explosive Bolt
  • Piercing Bolt

Weapon Effects

  • Impact Damage
  • Explosive Damage

The Tie That Binds

The Tie That Binds

The Tie That Binds, a legendary weapon in Horizon Forbidden West, is a unique version of the Ropecaster, featured in the Burning Shores DLC. To obtain this weapon, visit the Hunter in Fleet’s End and exchange 3,000 Metal Shards and 8 Brimshine pieces. The weapon initially has three mod slots and can be upgraded to accommodate five.

Shot Types

  • Advanced Binding Rope
  • Explosive Canister Harpoon
  • Plasma Rope

Weapon Effects

  • Temporary Immobilization
  • Explosive Damage
  • Plasma

Wrapping Up

This brings us to the end of my Forbidden West Burning Shores new weapons guide. Have you got all of the weapons we listed above? Which ones are in your top 3 list? Let us know more about this in the comments section below. 

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