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The Grazer is a category of machine in Horizon Zero Dawn. It is a small, deer-like Acquisition Class machine whose primary function is the production of Blaze from grass[1]. Herds of Grazers are commonly found throughout the various tribes’ territories.

History

Grazers were designed by the artificial intelligence GAIA as one of the categories of Zero Dawn terraforming machines designed to detoxify the earth as the first step in the reestablishment of life after its eradication by the Faro Plague. Originally Grazers were docile, posing no threat to humans.

However humans began to hunt terraforming machines for parts and resources. Grazers appear to have been extensively hunted. Indeed, the hunter Farukawas of the Carja tribe, a Sunhawk of the Carja Hunters Lodge, is recorded to have hunted and killed a herd of Grazers so vast that it covered an entire valley floor. The garnered bounty of resources was so large that the entire Lodge membership was needed to carry it back to the Lodge[2].

Because of human predations on Grazers and other terraforming machines, and presumably because of particularly huge predations such as Farukawas’ hunt, HEPHAESTUS, the artificial intelligence that manufactured and managed the machines, altered the behavior of Grazers and other terraforming machines from docility to increasing hostility, in a phenomenon the tribes refer to as the Derangement.

Appearance

A Grazer is cervid in overall appearance. It has a long neck with a pair of metallic antler-like structures atop its head, each composed of a long, angled base tipped with a set of four rotor blades.
Grazer Hologram

Elisabet Sobeck displays a conceptual image of a Grazer

The Grazer uses these to cut grass which they then consume and convert into Blaze[1]. A single optical sensor array composed of one sensor is located at the tip of the snout. Four blaze canisters are located on its back. Grazers are quadrupedal, with legs similar to those of a Watcher, though longer. White armor plating partially covers the synthetic muscle that comprises the bulk of the chassis, on the underside of the neck, the back, the shoulders and the hips. A Grazer's chassis is similar in appearance to that of a Lancehorn.

Behavior

Grazers are invariably found in herds. With heads down they work, busily cutting and converting grass into Blaze, stopping only to quietly change to another spot. For protection against hunters, they are usually accompanied by recon machines such as Watchers or Longlegs, frequently in tandem with combat machines such as Sawtooths or Ravagers. Grazers are skittish; if a perceived threat is identified, Grazers emit a loud, shrill, rapid warble before fleeing. However, if the threat is very close, the closest Grazers will attack rather than flee.

Abilities

Grazers use the rotor blades on their antlers as offensive weapons, charging and using them in gouging attacks. They also employ kick attacks using their forelegs and hind legs.

Attacks

Name Damage Type Primary Damage Trigger Range Description
Charge Melee 120 0m - 50m Lowers head and charges at target with antlers
Front Leg Kick Melee 90 1.5m - 3.5m Rears up and kicks at target 
Hind Leg Kick Melee 90 1.5m - 3.5m Kicks backward at target
Leaping Front Kick Melee 90 2m - 6m Bounds and kicks at target
Upward Stab Melee 100 1m - 3.5m Stabs upward with antlers

Components

Component Image Information Weakness Strength
Body Grazer-Body Hard outer casing to protect synthetic muscle and operational systems. None None
Blaze Canister Grazer-BlazeCanister Blaze Storage Container. Shooting canister with Fire will result in an explosion. Shoot off this component to collect the resource inside. Fire-Icon Fire
Tear-Icon Tear
None
Rotor Blades Grazer-RotorBlades Destroying these components will disable Rotor Blade attacks. Tear-Icon Tear None

Loot


Trivia

  • The canisters on their backs are positioned similarly to those found on other livestock-like machines, such as Broadheads, Chargers, Striders, and Lancehorns.
  • Grazers are the only machine to have four exposed Blaze Canisters near one another, making them especially susceptible to fire. Hitting these Canisters with fire will cause an explosion nearly powerful enough to kill an entire herd.
  • During the game's development, Grazers were referred to as "Harvesters."[3]

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Horizon: Zero Dawn - Robots “...the idea behind the Grazer was that it was able to collect and transform grass into biofuel. This biofuel was used later in the robot Foundry to print other robots.”
  2. Legendary Hunts
  3. Jing Zhang, ArtStation
Machines
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