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The Sawtooth is a mid-sized combat class Machine. Designed after the appearance of the extinct apex predator known as the saber-toothed cat, Sawtooths are highly aggressive. They were one of the first newer, more dangerous machines that humans began to encounter at the onset of the Derangement.


The Sawtooth is built for speed, agility, and aggression. Like the saber-toothed cat, it is heavyset at the front, with a large, broad chest, neck, and shoulders and powerful legs. Also, like the saber-toothed cat, it has no tail. Its mouth is equipped with a pair of curved, scimitar-like serrated spikes, analogous to a saber-toothed cat's teeth. These saw-like blades are what give the machine it's name. There are four visual sensors on its face, two on each side, in dual vertical configuration. A long metal crest-like structure runs along the forward area of its back, and an array of three long antenna-like structures protrude from its back in a fan-like pattern, just behind the shoulders. It's paws are equipped with non-retractable claws. The shoulders, head and neck are heavily armored. A power cell sits atop its hindquarters, and a canister of Blaze is ensconced in its chest.


Sawtooths were not one of the machines that were seen by humans when the tribes settled in their respective territories. Prior to the Derangement, they had never been encountered. They appeared sometime after the onset of the Derangement, and proved to be the first truly dangerous machines that humans faced. In the Nora tribe's Sacred Lands, they attacked villages and hunting lodges, killing and maiming many Nora Braves who worked hard to eliminate the machines from their lands.

The hunting and killing of a Sawtooth was the final test given to the Nora Aloy by her guardian Rost as part of her training for the Proving, as a lesson to impress upon her the role she would have in protecting the tribe as a Brave.


Sawtooths, like all machines with the exception of the Tallneck, will attack a human on sight. They are designed for rapid sprinting and pouncing, in the manner of predatory big cats. Unlike other combat class machines, they have no ranged weapons. Their mode of attack is a melee in which they charge, then spring and swipe with the claws on their front paws. This attack is will severely injure or kill a human caught by it unless he/she rolls or dives out of the way. Furthermore, Sawtooths will repeatedly use this attack in a relentless, highly aggressive manner which gives the enemy little time to retaliate.


  • Claw Swipe
  • Jumping Jaw Smash
  • Jaw Smash
  • Berserker Fury

Weaknesses and Tactics

Sawtooths have one major weakness: their bodies are very susceptible to fire. Any weapon that ignites, such as fire arrows, Tripcaster fire lines, or a sling's firebombs will quickly ignite its body, causing it to sustain damage for the duration of the fire. This leads it to break off its attack and attempt to extinguish itself, sometimes to the point of withdrawing altogether if the human puts distance between themselves and the machine.

Fire-based weapons should therefore be the primary ones used against Sawtooths. An initial advantage may be obtained by setting a fire line from the Tripcaster in the machine's path and luring it into the line while hiding. This, however, is not suggested as a strategy during open conflict, as the Sawtooth with frequently spring over the line in its charge at Aloy. In open combat, the player should repeatedly use fire arrows against the Sawtooth to set it afire, which will cause it to break off its attack. It is also recommended to try to keep some distance from the Sawtooth, as this will allow Aloy enough time to aim and release fire arrows without getting charged at and attacked constantly.


Image: Component: Information: Weakness: Strength:
Sawtooth-Body Body Hard outer casing to protect synthetic muscle and operational systems. Fire Fire-Icon None
Sawtooth-BlazeCanister Blaze Canister Blaze Storage Canister. Shooting this with Fire will trigger an explosion. Shoot off this component to collect the Blaze inside. Fire Fire-Icon
Tear Tear-Icon


MetalShardsTransparent 4

MetalShardsTransparent 1

Machine Core - Medium
MetalShardsTransparent 50

Sawtooth Lens
MetalShardsTransparent 31

Sawtooth Heart
MetalShardsTransparent 62


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

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