Horizon Forbidden West is an action role-playing video game for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. A sequel to 2017’s Horizon Zero Dawn, it is a single-player open-world game set in a post-apocalyptic version of the western United States. It is a survival game where you need to defeat or face quests to survive long. One such thing in Horizon Forbidden West is the ‘Thunderjaw’. Let us know how to defeat Thunderjaw in Horizon Forbidden West –
1. What is Thunderjaw in Horizon Forbidden West?
The Thunderjaw is a machine in Horizon Zero Dawn and is a returning machine in this game. It is a large Combat Class Machine, one of the two largest machines of its class. Its size, power, and array of heavily damaging weapons make it one of the most fearful machines. It is one of the most commonly found machines in HFW. You can find them in almost every region.
Like most large machines, Thunderjaws are found alone, and sometimes, a pair can be found guarding a herd of Lancehorns in the Glarebreak, west of Free Heap.
Thunderjaws mill about their respective sites until you disturb them. Their footfalls are an early warning to anyone wandering too close. They are so massive that they can knock over trees just by walking into them.
The Thunderjaw is a very fierce floe that hits like thunder. His attacks consist primarily of long-range projectiles and lasers. And when his life is lowered enough, he will start using a very powerful charge attack.
2. What is the weakness of Thunderjaw?
There are only two ways to defeat someone which are either you should be very stronger than the opponent or you should be perfectly aware of the opponent’s weakness. Thunderjaw makes quite an entrance when faced, with its powerful array of weapons and strong, long-ranged attacks. But just like every other machine in Horizon Forbidden West, it has some key weaknesses.
A Thunderjaw’s major structural weaknesses are its heart and data nexus; ranged weapon strikes on either cause significant damage. They cause significant damage once they are exposed. Similarly, landing a shot on the corresponding element on exposed Chillwater canisters, Blaze canisters, or power cells will induce their status effects.
We can remove a Thunderjaw’s mandibular cannons, disc launchers, tail, and radar units with enough Tear damage, disabling their corresponding abilities entirely.
3. Tips to Defeat Thunderjaw in Horizon Forbidden West
Defeating a Thunderjaw takes very specific tactics.
First and foremost, the player should be able to remove the Disc Launchers. It fires flying laser disks that will pin Aloy down with heavy and accurate firepower, so Tearblast arrows from a Carja or Shadow Sharpshot Bow are quite useful at the beginning. You can also do this using a Tearblast, though it requires being close. As soon as you remove the Disc Launchers, you should grab them for yourself.
An alternative starting option is using a set of Sticky Bombs from a Blast Sling while hiding. You should be capable of landing at least four (4) of them on the Thunderjaw for dealing good opening damage, but the very next moment, you should switch to removing the Disc Launchers as mentioned above.
Once you achieve good open damage, you need a good piece of cover that the Thunderjaw cannot destroy. It could preferably be a large boulder. You will need cover from the various types of weapon fire the Thunderjaw will send your way from its head. As it can simply destroy trees and small building walls, be ready to dodge a charge and tail-sweep, keeping the boulder in between you and it. And you should eventually be able to take it down.
As another alternative option, the Bunk Powershot Bow can snipe a Thunderjaw even by being outside its detection region.
Every component of a Thunderjaw has its own weakness but the heart and data nexus of a Thunderjaw is the weakest component as all the four – FREEZE, TEAR, FIRE, and SHOCK give very good damage when they strike on these parts.
I hope everyone will find a Thunderjaw and will take it down with much ease.