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The Sawtooth is an exceptionally violent type of machine.[1] It is designed after a saber-toothed cat. It serves as a sort of apex predator in the place of organic big cats.


The Sawtooth displays a pair of curved fang-like saw blades on its upper jaw, hence the name "Sawtooth." These serve as its main weapons along with claws on the front legs.

Its body is shaped like that of a large feline, except it lacks a significant tail structure. Its shoulders, head, and neck have tough armor plating, making it very hard to attack from the front. Three long, thin structures protrude from the middle of its back like an array of antennae.


No one is sure where the Sawtooth came from, but this apex predator only appeared in recent years, some time after the Derangement made the other machines more aggressive. Sawteeth soon began to attack people like the Nora, killing and maiming many Braves.

Aloy kills a Sawtooth as her final lesson from Rost, not only as a test of her formidable skills but also as her first duty to the Tribe; to protect and to save as many lives as possible as a Nora Brave.

It is likely that the Sawtooth is an augmented design of an original terraforming machine designed by GAIA, as it still highly resembles an organic creature and shares certain characteristics of other, originally peaceful machines. It seems designed to be able to bring down other machines, perhaps fulfilling the purpose of balancing the population of herbivore-based designs like Grazers and Striders.

Sawteeth are apparently susceptible to corruption or being overridden. Sylens utilizes three overridden Sawteeth to rescue Aloy from the Sun Ring, where they easily tackle and destroy two Corruptors while the two escape on Striders. The fact that they can bring down Corruptors with ease is a frightening display of their potential combat prowess. Just how Sylens managed to Override not one but three Sawteeth is unknown.


Sawteeth are highly aggressive hunters. They can move incredibly fast and will relentlessly run down whoever they detect, attacking with their huge teeth and claws, and bowling them over with charge attacks. The first truly hostile machine Aloy encounters, Sawteeth may not have ranged weapons but put what weapons they have to good use.


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


MetalShards-Icon BlazeCanister-Icon Sparkler-Icon Wire-Icon
Metal Shards Blaze Sparker Wire
MetalShardsTransparent 1 MetalShardsTransparent 4 MetalShardsTransparent 1 MetalShardsTransparent 1
MachineCoreMedium-Icon LuminousBraiding-Icon SawtoothLens-Icon SawtoothHeart-Icon
Machine Core - Medium Luminous Braiding Sawtooth Lens Sawtooth Heart
MetalShardsTransparent 50 MetalShardsTransparent 30 MetalShardsTransparent 31 MetalShardsTransparent 62




  1. Game Informer #82: Woman vs. Machine
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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