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Main Quests

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There are a total of 22 main quests in the game, of which 21 (all except The Looming Shadow) count for 1% game completion each.

Main Quest Line

These quests must be completed in the following order. Upon completion of the final quest, The Face of Extinction, the game will reset to a state just prior to starting the penultimate quest, The Looming Shadow, although you will retain any items or XP acquired during the final quest.

Name Level Location Given by Reward
A Gift from the Past Tutorial Ruins (Mother's Watch) Introduction None
Lessons of the Wild Tutorial The Embrace Introduction None
The Point of the Spear 3 The Sacred Land Rost 1500 XP
+1 Skill Point EXPIcon
+1 Generous Reward Box
Mother's Heart 4 Mother's Heart Rost 2000 XP
+1 Skill Point EXPIcon
Nora Brave Outfit
The Proving 5 Mother's Heart None 2500 XP
+1 Skill Point EXPIcon
The Womb of the Mountain 7 Mother's Watch None 3500 XP
+1 Skill Point EXPIcon
PSI Overrides
A Seeker at the Gates 12 Daytower Teersa 6000 XP
+1 Skill Point EXPIcon
The City of the Sun 12 Meridian None 6000 XP
+1 Skill Point EXPIcon
Maker's End 14 Maker's End None 7000 XP
+1 Skill Point EXPIcon
The Grave-Hoard 18 The Grave-Hoard None 9000 XP
+1 Skill Point EXPIcon
To Curse the Darkness 20 Eclipse Base Sylens 10000 XP
+1 Skill Point EXPIcon
Deep Secrets of the Earth 21 Zero Dawn Project Facility Sylens 10500 XP
+1 Skill Point EXPIcon
The Terror of the Sun 22 The Citadel Helis 11000 XP
+1 Skill Point EXPIcon
The Heart of the Nora 25 Mother's Watch None 12500 XP
+1 Skill Point EXPIcon
The Mountain That Fell 28 GAIA Prime GAIA 14000 XP
+1 Skill Point EXPIcon
Sylens' Lance
The Looming Shadow 34 Meridian Marad 17000 XP
+1 Skill Point EXPIcon
The Face of Extinction 36 The Spire None 18000 XP
+1 Skill Point EXPIcon

Nora Tribe Quests

These quests must be completed in the following order. The first quest becomes available during A Seeker at the Gates, and the second quest must be completed prior to To Curse the Darkness.

Name Level Location Given by Reward
The War-Chief's Trail 7 Devil's Thirst Varl 1750 XP
Revenge of the Nora 12 Devil's Grief Sona 4000 XP
+1 Skill Point EXPIcon

Oseram Tribe Quests

These quests must be completed in the following order. The first quest becomes available during The City of the Sun, and the last quest must be completed prior to The Looming Shadow.

Name Level Location Given by Reward
The Field of the Fallen 19 Red Ridge Pass Erend 6330 XP
Into the Borderlands 15 Pitchcliff 5000 XP
The Sun Shall Fall 18 Meridian 6000 XP

Side Quests

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Side quests are optional missions which are not required to complete the main questline. They are typically started by speaking to non-player characters, although some can be started in other ways.

There are 22 side quests in the base game, each counting toward 1% game completion. There are an additional nine side quests in The Frozen Wilds. The introductory quest, Into the Frozen Wilds, counts for 1% Frozen Wilds completion, and the remaining eight quests count for 3.75% Frozen Wilds completion each.

Side quests marked with an asterisk count towards the secret trophy, "All Allies Joined", and should be completed before resting during the main quest, The Looming Shadow.

Name Level Location Given by Reward
Side quests started in the Embrace - Available after Lessons of the Wild
In Her Mother's Footsteps 4 The Embrace Thok 1000 XP
Boost to Spear Damage
The Forgotten 4 The Embrace Olara 1000 XP
+1 Remarkable Reward Box
Ancient Armory 25 The Bunker None Shield-Weaver Outfit Box
Side quests started in the Sacred Land - Available after The Womb of the Mountain
Insult to Injury 7 The Sacred Land Enara or Fia 2330 XP
+1 Remarkable Reward Box
Underequipped 10 Hunter's Gathering Lubavad or Marzavid 2500 XP
+1 Remarkable Reward Box
A Moment's Peace* 12 Banuk Encampment Vilgund 3000 XP
+1 Extraordinary Reward Box
A Daughter's Vengeance* 15 Mother's Rise Yan 5000 XP
Side quests started in the Sundom - Available after A Seeker at the Gates
Fatal Inheritance 15 The Estate Ranaman 3750 XP
+1 Remarkable Reward Box
Heap of Trouble 17 Free Heap Petra 4250 XP
Acquired Taste 20 Brin's House Brin 5000 XP
+1 Skill Point EXPIcon
Cause for Concern - Farewell 20 Spearshafts Nil 5000 XP
Sun and Shadow* 20 Brightmarket Lahavis 5000 XP
Sunstone Rock* 20 Sunstone Rock Janeva 6670 XP
+1 Extraordinary Reward Box
Blood on Stone 24 Cut-Cliffs Quarry Foreman 6000 XP
+1 Remarkable Reward Box
Death from the Skies 25 Pitchcliff Hakurt 6250 XP
+1 Extraordinary Reward Box
Side quests started in Meridian - Available during The City of the Sun
Hunters' Blind 12 Lone Light Talanah 3000 XP
Tearblaster Weapon Box
Robbing the Rich 12 Meridian Ravan 3000 XP
+1 Remarkable Reward Box
Weapons of the Lodge 15 Hunters Lodge Aidaba Lodge Blast Sling
Lodge Ropecaster
Lodge War Bow
Honor The Fallen* 16 Meridian Namman 5330 XP
+1 Remarkable Reward Box
Redmaw* 19 Spearshafts Ligan 6330 XP
+1 Skill Point EXPIcon
+1 Extraordinary Reward Box
Side quests started in Sunfall - Available during Deep Secrets of the Earth
Traitor's Bounty* 21 Shadowside Vanasha 7000 XP
Queen's Gambit* 28 The Branded Shore Vanasha 9330 XP
+1 Skill Point EXPIcon

The Frozen Wilds

Name Level Location Given by Reward
Frozen Wilds main quest line
Into the Frozen Wilds 30 The Cut Ohtur, Rhavid or Yariki None
The Shaman's Path 30 Shaman's Path Burgrend 10000 XP
+1 Extraordinary Reward Box
+1 Banuk Stormslinger Weapon Box
+6 Bluegleam
For the Werak 40 The Cut Ourea 13330 XP
+1 Extraordinary Reward Box
+1 Banuk Icerail Weapon Box
+1 Banuk Werak Cheiftain Outfit Box
+8 Bluegleam
Firebreak 50 Firebreak Ourea 16670 XP
+1 Extraordinary Reward Box
+3 Bluegleam
The Forge of Winter 50 Cauldron EPSILON None 16670 XP
+1 Skill Point EXPIcon
+1 Extraordinary Reward Box
+7 Bluegleam
EPSILON Overrides
Frozen Wilds side quests
Waterlogged 30 Deep Din Laulai 7500 XP
+3 Bluegleam
The Survivor 35 Keener's Rock White Teeth Chieftain 8750 XP
+1 Extraordinary Reward Box
+3 Bluegleam
The Hunters Three 40 The Cut Burgrend 10000 XP
+1 Extraordinary Reward Box
+3 Bluegleam
Frontier Justice 35 The Cloud-Shear Inatut 8750 XP
+1 Extraordinary Reward Box
+3 Bluegleam

Errands

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An errand is a type of side quest that typically has weaker narratives and requires less direct action on the part of the player.

There are a total of 14 errands in the base game, each one counting towards 0.5% completion.

Name Level Location Given by Reward
A Curious Proposal 15 Brightmarket Fernund 2500 XP
+1 Generous Reward Box
Collateral 20 Spurflints Olin 5000 XP
Deadliest Game 18 Hunters Lodge Talanah 6000 XP
+1 Extraordinary Reward Box
Demand and Supply 15 Meridian Village Lorund and Ranin 2500 XP
+1 Generous OR Remarkable Reward Box
Hammer and Steel 20 Free Heap Kaeluf 5000 XP
Healer's Oath 22 Shadowside Abas 5500 XP
Hunting for the Lodge 16 Hunting Grounds Ukan 5330 XP
+1 Remarkable Reward Box
In Foreign Lands 15 Daytower Balahn 3750 XP
Luck of the Hunt 10 Mother's Crown Taim 1670 XP
+1 Generous Reward Box
Odd Grata 4 Grata's Camp Grata or Rost 1000 XP
Sanctuary 10 Mother's Crown Den 5000 XP
+1 Remarkable Reward Box
Shortage of Supplies 10 Mother's Crown Sona 1670 XP
+1 Generous Reward Box
Sun's Judgment 15 Brightmarket Gulahni 2500 XP
To Old Acquaintance 15 Hunter's Gathering Gera 2500 XP
+1 Generous Reward Box

The Frozen Wilds

There are seven errands in The Frozen Wilds, counting for 207% (≈2.86%) Frozen Wilds completion each.

Name Level Location Given by Reward
A Secret Shared 30 Drone Hangar Kamut 5000 XP
+1 Spear Modification Box
+1 Bluegleam
Geared Up: Forgefire 35 Longnotch Varga 5830 XP
+1 Improved Forgefire
Geared Up: Icerail 35 Longnotch Varga 5830 XP
+1 Improved Icerail
Geared Up: Stormslinger 35 Longnotch Varga 5830 XP
+1 Improved Stormslinger
Ikrie's Challenge Snowchants Ikrie Varies
Out of the Forge 50 The Cut Aratak 16670 XP
+1 Extraordinary Reward Box
+1 Bluegleam
The Claws Beneath 40 The Cut Umnak 13330 XP
+1 Extraordinary Reward Box
+1 Bluegleam

Bandit Camps

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There are six Bandit Camps in the base game, each counting for 56% (≈0.83%) game completion. There is an additional Bandit Camp in The Frozen Wilds DLC, which counts for 5% Frozen Wilds game completion.

Name Level Given by Reward
Devil's Thirst Camp 7 Nil 5000 XP
Two-Teeth Camp 9 None 7500 XP
Gatelands Camp 12 Nil 10000 XP
Blackwing Snag Camp 15 None 10000 XP
Shattered Kiln Camp 20 Nil 15000 XP
Hollow Fort Camp 25 None 15000 XP
Stone Yield Camp FW 35 Ourea 15000 XP
+1 Skill Point EXPIcon

Tallnecks

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In addition to the experience and skill points rewarded, completing each Tallneck activity reveals a portion of the world map.

There are five Tallnecks in the base game, each counting for 1% game completion. There is an additional Tallneck in The Frozen Wilds DLC, which counts for 5% Frozen Wilds game completion.

Name Level Given by Reward
Tallneck (Devil's Thirst) 7 None 7500 XP
+1 Skill PointEXPIcon
Tallneck (Copper Deeps) 13
Tallneck (Sun-Steps) 17
Tallneck (Spearshafts) 21
Tallneck (Rustwash) 23
Tallneck (Frostfigures) FW 35 Ourea

Hunting Grounds

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There are five hunting grounds in the base game, each counting for 1% game completion. There is an additional hunting ground in The Frozen Wilds, counting for 5% Frozen Wilds game completion.

Name Level Given by Reward
Nora Hunting Grounds 8 Cren Varies
Valleymeet Hunting Grounds 18 Lut
Spurflints Hunting Grounds 18 Hunters Lodge
Greatrun Hunting Grounds 20
Sun Furrows Hunting Grounds 30
Snowchants Hunting Grounds FW 40 Ourea

Cauldrons

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There are four cauldrons in the base game, counting for 1.25% game completion each. There is an additional cauldron in The Frozen Wilds which does not directly count towards Frozen Wilds game completion, but must be completed during the Frozen Wilds quest, The Forge of Winter.

Name Level Given by Reward
Cauldron SIGMA 8 Dral 4000 XP
+1 Skill Point EXPIcon
Cauldron RHO 11 None 6000 XP
+1 Skill Point EXPIcon
Cauldron XI 18 None 8000 XP
+1 Skill Point EXPIcon
Cauldron ZETA 20 None 8000 XP
+1 Skill Point EXPIcon
Cauldron EPSILON FW 50 The Forge of Winter None

Corrupted Zones

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Corrupted Zones are small areas containing Corrupted Machines, and become available after completing The Womb of the Mountain.

There are eleven Corrupted Zones in the game, each counting for 511% (≈0.45%) game completion.

Two are required to be cleared during A Seeker at the Gates in order to pass through Daytower Gate, en route to Meridian. The quest directs the player to the first two on the following list, although any two of the five in the Sacred Land will suffice.

Location Region Level Corrupted Machines Reward
Halfway between Mother's Crown and Hunter's Gathering Sacred Land 15 Grazer x 3 5000 XP
Forsaken Village, southeast of Two-Teeth Camp 15 Watcher x 3, Scrapper x 2
North-northeast of Southern Embrace Gate 15 Scrapper x 4
West of Devil's Grief 18 Fire Bellowback x 1, Charger x 4
South-southeast of Daytower 20 Longleg x 2, Scrapper x 1 6000 XP
Southwest of Gatelands Camp Sundom 20 Trampler x 2, Longleg x 3
Southwest of Spurflints Hunting Grounds 23 Stalker x 3
Southwest of Meridian 23 Glinthawk x 3, Scrapper x 3
East-southeast of Maker's End 27 Fire Bellowback x 1, Ravager x 2 8000 XP
Northeast of Sun Furrows Hunting Grounds 32 Rockbreaker x 2 10000 XP
West-northwest of Tallneck (Rustwash) 34 Behemoth x 2, Broadhead x 3

Tutorials

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Each of these becomes available upon acquiring the related weapon, but can also be completed with higher-quality versions of the same weapon. For example, the Blast Sling tutorial can be completed with the Blast Sling, Carja Blast Sling, Shadow Blast Sling or Lodge Blast Sling. The only exception is the Shadow War Bow tutorial, which cannot be completed with the Lodge War Bow.

Note that a tutorial must be selected as the active quest in order to be completed, and that these are not required for 100% completion.

Name Level Reward
Tutorial: Blast Sling 8 1330 XP
Tutorial: Rattler 7 1170 XP
Tutorial: Ropecaster 8 1330 XP
Tutorial: Sharpshot Bow 8 1330 XP
Tutorial: Sling 18 3000 XP
Tutorial: Tearblaster 10 1670 XP
Tutorial: Tripcaster 8 1330 XP
Tutorial: War Bow 13 2170 XP
Tutorial: Carja Blast Sling 12 2000 XP
Tutorial: Carja Rattler 18 3000 XP
Tutorial: Carja Ropecaster 18 3000 XP
Tutorial: Carja Sharpshot Bow 18 3000 XP
Tutorial: Carja Sling 18 3000 XP
Tutorial: Carja Tripcaster 12 2000 XP
Tutorial: Carja War Bow 22 3670 XP
Tutorial: Shadow Blast Sling 16 2670 XP
Tutorial: Shadow Hunter Bow 15 2500 XP
Tutorial: Shadow Rattler 15 2500 XP
Tutorial: Shadow Ropecaster 23 3830 XP
Tutorial: Shadow Sharpshot Bow 18 3000 XP
Tutorial: Shadow Sling 18 3000 XP
Tutorial: Shadow Tripcaster 16 2670 XP
Tutorial: Shadow War Bow 30 5000 XP
Tutorial: Forgefire FW 35 5830 XP
Tutorial: Banuk Icerail FW 40 6670 XP
Tutorial: Banuk Stormslinger FW 30 5000 XP
Tutorial: Improved Forgefire FW 40 6670 XP
Tutorial: Improved Icerail FW 45 7500 XP
Tutorial: Improved Stormslinger FW 35 5830 XP

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