"That machine looks like it could carry a mountain. Or smash its way through one."
Aloy, upon sighting a Behemoth

The Behemoth is a machine in Horizon Zero Dawn. The Behemoth is a huge, rugged transport-class machine that uses antigravity technology to transfer precious cargo from smaller acquisition-class machines into its stomach container. When provoked, it may charge at the enemy or use its anti-gravity units to hurl heavy objects. It is also equipped with a set of grinding drills that allow it to grind and propel rocks as projectiles.


The Behemoth appears similar to a rhinoceros with its snout shaped like a pyramidal battering ram. It features a pair of mandibles similar to those of a Thunderjaw, that house a pair of rotary tools.

As a heavy transport machine, it can manipulate gravity using small gravity generators that can be found on its neck and shoulders. The Behemoth's underside includes a large, detachable yellow circular cargo container which carries different loot and cargo within it.


Behemoths are purpose-built GAIA machines that were designed as part of the terraforming process centuries after the Faro Plague wiped out all life on Earth in the 21st Century. Its original purpose seems to be mainly for use in mining and clearing away rock, although to what end is unsure.

The Derangement turned this mighty machine into a serious threat to humans. Although it is not a dedicated combat machine, it can shrug off tons of damage and deal a lot of its own by throwing rocks, crashing through obstacles, and crushing anything that gets too close.

A Behemoth was imprisoned in the Sun-Ring when Aloy was captured by the Eclipse. Somehow it was restrained with tough cables while two Corruptors arrived and overrode it, making it overly hostile towards Aloy. However, the machine's rage was harnessed by Aloy, and she goaded it to knock down large support pillars to retrieve her weapons from a platform above the arena. She then killed the machine with her retrieved gear just in time to be rescued by Sylens.


The Behemoth is a ferocious machine in combat due to its large size and ability to influence gravity in attacks.


Name Damage Type Primary Damage Secondary Damage Trigger Range Description
Charge Melee 300 - 22m - 80m Runs at the target and knocks it over
Gravity Boulder Throw Projectile 250 - 10m - 45m Digs its head into the ground and hurls a heavy chuck of rock
Gravity Purge Projectile 200 area 150 per rock 0m - 9.5m Rears up and throws boulders around it
Grinding Shrapnel Blast Projectile 35 per hit - 8m - 25m Sticks its head down and grinds up many small rocks to throw at you
Quake Smash Melee 250 - 1m - 15m (moving)
15m - 22m (standing)
Rears up and stomps on a target

Special Ability: Gravity Purge - A charge-up long-range attack. The Behemoth rears up and manipulates gravity to lift up multiple boulders that encircle the beast. Shortly after, the machine brings its front legs down, shooting the boulders outwards in multiple directions.


Component Image Information Weakness Strength
Body Behemoth-Body Hard outer casing to protect synthetic muscle and operational systems. None Shock-IconShock
Crate Holders Behemoth-CrateHolders Destroying this component will detach the cargo container. All None
Freeze Canister Behemoth-FreezeCanister Shooting these canisters with Freeze arrows will trigger an elemental explosion. Chillwater can be looted from this canister. Freeze-Icon Freeze
Tear-Icon Tear
Force Loader Behemoth-ForceLoader Destroying these components disables the lifting attacks. Exploding a force loader will send Aloy flying several meters away. Tear-Icon Tear None
Power Cell Behemoth-PowerCell Shooting this component with Shock arrows will trigger an elemental explosion. Sparker resource can be looted from this component. Shock-Icon Shock
Tear-Icon Tear



  • While most other GAIA-designed machines seem to be geared towards repurposing broken machines or cleaning the air, the Behemoth is unique in its purpose as a mining transport vehicle.
  • The Behemoth's naming convention is unique in that it is neither an active agent like Strider or Ravager nor a compound noun like Snapmaw or Glinthawk. Additionally, it is the only machine other than the Metal Devil to have a name based in mythology.
  • Behemoth cables make the best fuses for the Oseram Cannon, but they wear out quickly.[1]
  • There is a single Behemoth convoy that runs from Cauldron ZETA to just south of Free Heap, at the Longleg site.
  • Like the Shell-Walker, the cargo container can be destroyed if Aloy is not careful. If it is destroyed, no additional loot can be gained from it.




  1. 1 Petra talking to Aloy during Heap of Trouble
Acquisition Class Broadhead - Charger - FireclawFW - FrostclawFW - Glinthawk - Grazer - Lancehorn - Rockbreaker - Scrapper - Snapmaw - Strider - Trampler
Combat Class Ravager - Sawtooth - ScorcherFW - Stalker - Stormbird - Thunderjaw
Communication Class Tallneck
Recon Class Longleg - Watcher (Redeye Watcher)
Transport Class Behemoth - Fire Bellowback - Freeze Bellowback - Shell-Walker
Chariot Class Corrupted Machines - Corruptor - Deathbringer - Metal Devil
Unknown Class Control TowerFW