"This close range bolt gun fires multiple projectiles with each shot and is best used when accuracy is not as important as landing multiple hits."
―Inventory description

The Rattler is a ranged weapon in Horizon Zero Dawn. It is a short-ranged bolt gun that fires five projectiles per shot. It is best used when accuracy is not as crucial as landing multiple hits due to its large spread.


The Rattler's ammo pouch has a maximum space of 150 bolts per type at full upgrade. A fully loaded Rattler has 25 Bolts, firing 5 with every shot. Numbered damage values are displayed from left to right following the difficulty order from Story to Ultra Hard, with numbers in Bold being of Normal difficulty. Tear and Elemental damage remains unchanged outside Story and Ultra Hard.

Ammo Type Crafting Requirements Damage Damage-Icon Tear Tear-Icon Elemental Severity Used With
Metal Bolts 10x Ridge-Wood6x Metal Shards Damage-Icon40-13-10-9-8-7 Tear-Icon2-5-3 N/A Basic



Shock Bolts 10x Ridge-Wood

6x Metal Shards

6x Sparker

Damage-Icon20-6-5-5-4-4 None Shock-Icon8-5-3 Carja


Freeze Bolts 10x Ridge-Wood

6x Metal Shards

2x Chillwater

Damage-Icon20-6-5-5-4-4 None Freeze-Icon8-5-3 Shadow


  • The requirement to buy Rattlers can be considered unique amongst weapons as it demands no machine parts beside Shards, having rare animal parts as the price instead.
Ranged Weapons Hunter Bow - War Bow - Sharpshot Bow - Sling - Blast Sling - Ropecaster - Rattler - Tearblaster - Icerail FW - Forgefire FW - Stormslinger FW
Melee Weapons Spear - Sylens' Lance
Stealth Weapons Traps - Tripcaster
Heavy Weapons Deathbringer Gun - Disc Launcher - Firespitter - Firestriker - Mine Launcher FW - Oseram Cannon - Ravager Cannon