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"That thing is huge, and built to fight."
Aloy, upon sighting a Lancehorn.
The Lancehorn is a mining machine in Horizon Zero Dawn.


The Lancehorn bears a resemblance to an antelope or gazelle, possessing a pair of parallel horns, four slender legs, and a long neck. However, they are much larger than any modern antelope or gazelle. They have a pair of canisters located on their lower backs and use their horns for gathering resources and combat.


Lancehorns were created by GAIA as part of the terraforming process after the Faro Plague wiped out all the biomass on Earth in the 21st century. Their main purpose seems to be to acquire raw materials for use in creating new machines and likely deliver supplies to the Cauldrons. Lancehorns, for a long time, were peaceful machines that shied away from humans if one was spotted.

However, a decade before the game's events, the Derangement took place and the Lancehorns, along with all the other machines, began to become more aggressive. They would menace humans that attacked them instead of running away or keeping their distance. By the time Aloy came of age and learned to hunt, Lancehorns would rarely back down from a fight and used their powerful drilling horns, agility, and substantial size to their advantage.


Using its horns, the Lancehorns can gather materials from the ground. One can commonly see them with their heads close to the ground and the sound of their drills filling the air. They can also use them for fighting opponents, as well as a charge and kick attack.


Image: Component: Information: Weakness: Strength:
Lancehorn-Body Body Hard outer casing to protect synthetic muscle and operational systems. None None
Lancehorn-DrillHorns Drill Horns Destroy these components to disable Drill Horn attacks. Tear Tear-Icon None
Lancehorn-FreezeCanister Freeze Canister Shoot this canister with Freeze will trigger will result in an explosion. Shoot off this component to collect the Chillwater inside. Freeze Freeze-Icon
Tear Tear-Icon


MetalShards-Icon BlazeCanister-Icon Sparkler-Icon Wire-Icon
Metal Shards Metal Vessel Chillwater Sparker
MetalShardsTransparent 1 MetalShardsTransparent 4 MetalShardsTransparent 4 MetalShardsTransparent 1
Wire-Icon MachineCoreSmall-Icon ComponentLens5-Icon ComponentHeart5-Icon
Wire Machine Core - Small Lancehorn Lens Lancehorn Heart
MetalShardsTransparent 1 MetalShardsTransparent 20 MetalShardsTransparent 28 MetalShardsTransparent 40


Acquisition Class Charger - Lancehorn - Rockbreaker - Scrapper - Snapmaw - Trampler
Combat Class Fire Bellowback - Freeze Bellowback - Sawtooth - Stalker - Stormbird - Ravager - Thunderjaw
Recon Class Watcher (Redeye Watcher) - Glinthawk - Longleg - Tallneck
Transport Class Behemoth - Broadhead - Grazer - Shell-Walker - Strider
Other Corrupted Machines - Corruptor - Deathbringer - Metal Devil

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