"The lesson will be taught in due time, Aloy. Until then, we wait."
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Eclipse Concept Art 1

Concept art by Lloyd Allan.

"All forces must combine, all halves of nature joined to one cause: Shadow to Sun, Night to Day. Even a Buried Shadow wants the wheel to turn. For without a Sun in the sky, there can be no shadow."
Helis, Chosen of the Sun
The Eclipse, also known as Eclipse Cultists or simply Cultists, are a non-tribal faction in Horizon Zero Dawn. The group is a militaristic religious cult led by hardline members of the Shadow Carja under the command of HADES.



The Eclipse was founded by Sylens in order to use its Shadow Carja followers to serve HADES' own ends. The Shadow Carja were chosen to form the Eclipse due to them being easily manipulated through religion and nationalism following their defeat in the Carja civil war, and were made into believing HADES was the "Buried Shadow" god from Carja mythology. They follow HADES in the belief that it will help them to control the machines, and plan to use them to retake Meridian and conquer the world. But, they remain unaware of HADES' true intentions: to reawaken the Faro Plague and destroy the world once again. Sylens was forced to flee from the Eclipse after learning HADES had no use for him and had marked him for death. The Shadow Carja champion Helis replaced Sylens as HADES's trusted follower.

The Eclipse kept their existence unknown to the world, killing any witnesses. The cultists explore Old Ones ruins and dig up and reactivate Faro machines, which they use to corrupt and control other machines.


Some years later, HADES ordered Eclipse to kill the Nora warrior Aloy, whom HADES deemed her as a threat to Eclipse's so-called god. The cultists led by Helis attacked the Nora during The Proving. Despite killing many Nora in their carnage, they failed to kill Aloy. This event, however, forced Aloy into a personal war against the Eclipse. After Aloy foiled Eclipse operations throughout her journey, the Eclipse eventually captured her at their capital city of Sunfall and threw her into the Sun-Ring, where she was only saved by the arrival of Sylens, who has been aiding her to foil the Eclipse and HADES' goals.

The Eclipse ultimately launched a full-scale assault on Meridian with their armies of corrupted machines, and HADES was directly taken to the Spire in order to use it to transmit a signal to reawaken the Faro Plague. The defenders of Meridian - Carja, Oseram, Nora, and Banuk alike - fiercely defended the city. The battle resolutely ended in the Eclipse's defeat: Helis lose his life at the hands of Aloy, who then managed to stop HADES's signal from destroying the world.
Eclipse Concept Art 2

Concept art by Luc de Haan.

Known Members

Former Members

  • Sylens (Founder and Ex-Leader)
  • Olin (forced, scout and spy)

Enemy Archtypes


  • Cultist Dredger
  • Cultist Priest
  • Elite Cultist Dredger


  • Cultist Punisher
  • Cultist Thug
  • Elite Cultist Archer
  • Elite Cultist Punisher
  • Elite Cultist Sniper


  • Cultist Heavy
  • Elite Cultist Heavy



  1. Focus File heard during the quest The War-Chief's Trail