A Seeker at the Gates is the seventh main quest in Horizon Zero Dawn. Aloy sets off outside the sacred Nora lands. The route to Meridian requires her to pass through a Carja border checkpoint. En route, she sees the destruction wrought by the Corruptors.


Aloy gains the ability to override machines after destroying the Corruptor outside of Mother's Watch. She successfully uses the new device to override a Strider, which she uses as a mount to pass through Mother's Embrace. As she approaches the gates, she hears the sounds of fighting outside. Varl, a Nora brave, is fighting a group of corrupted machines. Aloy asks him the best way to reach Meridian, with Varl tells her to head towards Mother's Crown and seek Marea. He also warns her that the trail is dangerous and that the tribe is in disarray after the disappearance of War-Chief Sona.

Varl also tells Aloy to seek out Sona's war party and grants the quest The War-Chief's Trail. Aloy ventures to the edge of the Nora lands and meets Marea. She tells Aloy of a Carja fort to the west called Daytower. Marea tells her to clear the Corrupted Zones outside of the settlement and gives her advice on how to deal with the new machines. Aloy then travels to the Carja fort, where a Corruptor is causing chaos outside of its gate. After defeating it, the guards gladly grant Aloy entry. She meets with the Commander of the fort, Balahn.


  1. Test the Override Device on a machine
  2. Talk to Varl
  3. Go through the Gates of the Embrace
  4. Talk to Marea at Mother’s Crown
  5. Clear Corrupted Zones
  6. Go to Carja Border Fort
  7. Kill the Corrupted Machines
  8. Talk to the Commander of the Carja Border Fort
  9. Exit the Carja Fort


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A Seeker at the Gates - Very Hard - No Damage - Video Guide


Horizon Zero Dawn Quests
Main Quest A Gift from the Past - Lessons of the Wild - The Point of the Spear - Mother's Heart - The Proving - The Womb of the Mountain - A Seeker at the Gates - The War-Chief's Trail - Revenge of the Nora - The City of the Sun - The Field of the Fallen - Into the Borderlands - The Sun Shall Fall - Maker's End - The Grave-Hoard - To Curse the Darkness - Deep Secrets of the Earth - The Terror of the Sun - The Heart of the Nora - The Mountain That Fell - The Looming Shadow - The Face of Extinction
Side Quests A Daughter's Vengeance - A Moment's Peace - Acquired Taste - Ancient Armory - Blood on Stone - Cause for Concern - Death from the Skies - Fatal Inheritance - Heap of Trouble - Honor The Fallen - Hunters' Blind - In Her Mother's Footsteps - Insult to Injury - Queen's Gambit - Redmaw - Robbing the Rich - Sun and Shadow - Sunestone Rock - The Forgotten - Traitor's Bounty - Underequipped - Weapons of the Lodge
Errands A Curious Proposal - Collateral - Deadliest Game - Demand and Supply - Hammer and Steel - Healer’s Oath - Hunting for the Lodge - In Foreign Lands - Luck of the Hunt - Odd Grata - Sanctuary - Shortage of Supplies - Sun’s Judgment - To Old Acquaintance
Activities Bandit Camps Blackwing Snag - Devil’s Thirst - Gatelands - Hollow Fort - Shattered Kiln - Two-Teeth
Cauldrons Cauldron RHO - Cauldron SIGMA - Cauldron XI - Cauldron ZETA
Hunting Grounds Greatrun - Nora - Spurflints - Sun Furrows - Valleymeet
Tallnecks Devil’s Thirst - Copper Deeps - Rustwash - Spearshafts - Sun-Steps

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