"It's... huge. How do you defeat it?"
Aloy, encountering her first Sawtooth

The Sawtooth is a machine in Horizon Zero Dawn. It is a mid-sized combat class machine based on the extinct apex predator known as the saber-toothed cat. Sawtooths are highly aggressive and were one of the first truly combat designated machines encountered by humans 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, powerful legs, and no tail. Its mouth is equipped with a pair of curved, scimitar-like serrated spikes, like a saber-toothed cat's fangs, giving the machine its 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. Its 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 first 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.

In other parts of the world, a Hawk known as Khuvam set out to avenge his friend's death by the monster. While he eventually killed and looted it, the battle resulted in his left arm being mangled.

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. It also served as a lesson to impress upon her the role she would have in protecting the tribe as a Brave.


"An entire lodge, wrecked?"
―Aloy, surveying the carnage wrought by Sawtooths

Sawtooths, like all machines with the exception of the Tallneck, will attack a human on sight.

They are designed for rapid sprinting and pouncing, like predatory big cats. Unlike other, later 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 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.


Name Damage Type Primary Damage Secondary Damage Trigger Range Description
Claw Swipe Melee 140 0 7m-11m TBA
Jumping Jaw Smash Melee 180 0 16m-23m TBA
Jaw Smash Melee 140 0 1m-8m TBA
Berserker Fury Melee 300 0 3m-10m TBA

Weaknesses and tactics

Sawtooths have one major weakness: their bodies are very susceptible to fire. Fire arrows, Tripcaster fire lines, or a sling's firebombs will quickly ignite its body, causing take damage over time and forcing 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 choice used against Sawtooths.

If the Sawtooth has not spotted you, set a fire line and lure into the trap with a whistle while hiding in the grass. However, if the Sawtooth has engaged you, it will just leap over Tripcaster traps.

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. Hunter bows are also recommended, as their high handling gives them a rapid fire rate that one needs in close quarters, and they can shoot fire arrows.


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




  • Despite Rost telling Aloy that machines can communicate non-vocally, Sawtooths roar and growl like a lion.
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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