Death from the Skies is a side quest in Horizon Zero Dawn.


Southeast of Pitchcliff in Dryrun Canyon, Aloy encounters an injured Oseram, Hakurt, who begs the huntress to help the nearby settlement that has come under attack from Glinthawks. Upon arriving, it is under attack by a flock of the machines. After helping the Oseram defeat the machines, Aloy learns it is the third flock they have faced that day. Understanding that Glinthawks do not hunt for sport, Aloy decides to consult with the settlement's mayor and Hakert's brother, Ralert. Upon learning the mayor is too busy with other errands, Aloy volunteers to investigate.

Using her Focus, Aloy discovers a signal within the settlement akin to that of a machine lure. Following the signal to its source, she finds a Carja trader, Shahavad, desperately trying to turn off a machine lure. Once its destroyed, she questions the Carja who tells her he found the device in a workshop atop the Eastern Ridge, bringing it to the settlement despite having no knowledge of what the object was and consequently setting it off.

Following Shahavad's directions, Aloy's way is barred by a Stormbird, attracted by the three lures scattered around the clearing before the workshop. Killing the machine and disabling the lures, Aloy sets to work examining the shop. Finding a discarded letter, she learns the workshop belonged to a tinker named Dervahl, however it has long been abandoned.

Returning to Pitchcliff, Aloy assures Ralert that they will no longer be troubled by Glinthawks, earning his thanks. 


  1. Go to Pitchcliff
  2. Kill the Glinthawks
  3. Find the Leader of Pitchcliff
  4. Investigate Pitchcliff
  5. Go to the Campsite to find and disable any additional machine lures.
  6. Go to the Workshop
  7. Kill the Stormbird
  8. Disable the Lures
  9. Investigate the Workshop
  10. Return to Ralert


Death from the Skies - Very Hard - No Damage - Video Guide23:54

Death from the Skies - Very Hard - No Damage - Video Guide


The following datapoints are obtained automatically during this quest and cannot be missed.

Text Datapoints - Quest


  • The quest cannot be started if Into the Borderlands is active.
  • If the lures are disabled prior to killing the Stormbird, Aloy can simply wait for it to leave and continue the quest without having to fight it.
  • If Aloy has already completed Into the Borderlands, she will comment on the workshop being Dervahl's.
  • Alternatively, this quest can be started by going straight to Pitchcliff without talking to Hakurt.
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 - Farewell - 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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