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The Scrapper is a machine in Horizon Zero Dawn. It is the smallest of the Acquisition Class machines, whose function is the gathering and recycling of resources. However, having been weaponized by the artificial intelligence (AI) HEPHAESTUS, it is also equipped with offensive weaponry that can be employed against perceived threats, such as encountered humans.

History

Scrappers were designed by the AI GAIA as one of the categories of terraforming machines meant to detoxify the Earth as the first step in the reestablishment of life after its eradication by the Faro Plague. Their intended function was to recycle the chassis of destroyed or otherwise non-functional machines, so that the materials could be used in the construction of more machines instead of being degraded by the elements and contaminating the environment. Originally Scrappers were docile, posing no threat to humans. However humans began to hunt terraforming machines for parts and resources. In response, HEPHAESTUS, the artificial intelligence that manufactured and managed them, altered their behavior on encountering humans from docility to hostility. Furthermore, HEPHAESTUS also weaponized them, equipping them with offensive weaponry in order to detect, identify and attack encountered humans in addition to performing their intended function.

Appearance

The chassis of a Scrapper bears some resemblance to the body shape of a hyena[1]. It is quadrupedal, with a humped posture, clawed feet, no tail, and a thick, ridged neck. The machine’s mouth assembly is composed of 3 circular grinders, primarily used for grinding machine parts as part of their recycling function. However they are also used by the Scrapper in melee attacks. Two optical sensor arrays, each composed of four sensors, are located on its head, in the same positions as a hyena’s eyes. A radar scanner is located on its dorsal side between its shoulders, and a power cell is located between its haunches. An energy weapon capable of firing both pulse bursts and continuous blasts is located in mouth assembly; this weapon cannot be disabled.

Behavior

Scrappers are invariably found in packs of at least two, roaming areas in search of machine chassis to recycle. Occasionally a Scrapper will stop and use its radar scanner. The Scrapper appears programmed to ignore any radar signature from the presence of a stationary object, machine or moving object that is less than the size of a human. If it detects a moving object that is at least the size of a human, the Scrapper immediately runs to the vicinity of the signature and investigates. However, if the signature is from a machine or from a moving object that is smaller than a human, such as wildlife, the Scrapper ignores it. Presumably HEPHAESTUS programmed this behavior to allow the Scrapper to identify any machine hunters moving stealthily through tall grass.

Abilities

Scrappers are agile, and attack in the manner in which they work: in packs. If a threat is identified, the pack of Scrappers attacks it aggressively, employing both ranged and melee attacks. Ranged attacks are employed using the energy weapon located in the Scrapper’s mouth assembly; from it a Scrapper can fire bursts of energy and continuous blasts. Melee attacks include jumping at the enemy and slashing with its claws or swiping with its jaw grinders.

Attacks

Name Damage Type Primary Damage Secondary Damage Trigger Range Description
Laser Burst Laser 40 - 8m - 29m Series of pulse blasts fired at enemy
Laser Lead Up Laser 105 12 per second 8m - 25m Beam aimed at ground then along ground longditudinally toward enemy
Laser Sweep Laser 90 50 per second 8m - 20m Beam aimed at ground, then along ground transversely toward enemy
Claw Swipe Melee 85 - 5m - 12m Lunging claw slash
Grinder Jaw Swipe Melee 85 - 8m - 12m Lunging swipe with mouth assembly grinders

Components

Image: Component: Information: Weakness: Strength:
Scrapper-Body Body Hard outer casing to protect synthetic muscle and operational systems. None None
Scrapper-PowerCell Power Cell Shooting these component with Shock will trigger an explosion. Shoot off this component to collect the Sparker inside. Shock-Icon Shock
Tear-Icon Tear
None
Scrapper-Radar Radar Destroying this component disables the scanning ability. Tear-Icon Tear None

Loot


Trivia

  • They are attracted to destroyed machines, similar to the Glinthawk.
  • If allowed to do so, a Scrapper will strip all of the valuable/useful resource from the chassis of a destroyed machine; Aloy therefore gets nothing from the chassis.

Gallery

References

  1. Game Informer #82: Woman vs. Machine
Machines
Acquisition Class Broadhead - Charger - FireclawFW - FrostclawFW - Glinthawk - Grazer - Lancehorn - Rockbreaker - Scrapper - Snapmaw - Strider - Trampler
Combat Class Ravager - Sawtooth - ScorcherFW - Stalker - Stormbird - Thunderjaw
Communication Class Tallneck
Recon Class Longleg - Watcher (Redeye Watcher)
Transport Class Behemoth - Fire Bellowback - Freeze Bellowback - Shell-Walker
Chariot Class Corrupted Machines - Corruptor - Deathbringer - Metal Devil
Unknown Class Control TowerFW