Karst is a minor character in Horizon Zero Dawn.


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Karst was cast out from the tribe for five years after he was caught exploring metal ruins, a practice forbidden by Nora law. After his years as an outcast were finished, Karst returned to his home in Mother's Heart only to discover that everyone he knew had moved on. Seeing that there was nothing left for him in his old village, Karst chose to live in the woods that he had grown accustomed to during his life as an outcast.

Likely because of his own history as an outcast, Karst, a trader, was willing to sell to Aloy before The Proving, even though it is against the tribe's law to speak to those in exile.[1]

Associated Quests


  • His name refers to Karst topography, which is a landscape formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks such as limestone, dolomite, and gypsum and is characterized by underground drainage systems with sinkholes and caves.
  • He is possibly related to Teb, as they share the same familial face paint.[2]



  1. Game Informer #82: Woman vs. Machine
  2. Official Rost cosplay guide
Nora Characters
High Matriarchs Jezza - Lansra - Teersa
Tribe Members Aloy - Arana - Bast - Den - Dral - Dran - Enara - Ferl - Fia - Grist - Jarg - Jarm - Jun - Karst - Lut - Marea - Muns - Nakoa - Olara - Orn - Resh - Solai - Sona - Taim - Teb - Thok - Vala - Varl - Yan
Outcasts Brom - Cren - Grata - Jom - Kam - Kurnst - Rost - Yun

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