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"Look at the jaws on that thing. It could snap a Sawtooth right in half."
―Aloy, upon sighting a Snapmaw

The Snapmaw is a machine in Horizon Zero Dawn. The only known amphibious machine type, Snapmaws behave much like crocodiles, basking in the sun, swimming and generally moving slowly. However, also like crocodiles, they are capable of bursts of formidable speed and aggression.

Appearance

The Snapmaw's chassis resembles that of an enormous crocodile, with a long, crocodilian snout, complete with metal teeth, a heavyset reptilian body, four crocodilian legs and feet, and a long, stout, powerful tail. It's walk exactly mirrors that of a crocodile. There are two visual sensors in the same position as a crocodile's eyes. An armored Blaze canister sits atop each shoulder. The gullet is composed of a Freeze Sac, which produces a volatile liquid. An array of solar panels line the top of its back.

History

Snapmaw Hologram

Elisabet Sobeck displays a Snapmaw as an example of a POSEIDON-related machine

Snapmaws were by designed and built by POSEIDON, the subroutine of GAIA tasked with detoxifying the Earth's poisoned seas and other aquatic environments, after the apocalyptic extinction of all life and sterilization of the planet caused by the Faro Plague.[1] Presumably, before the onset of the Derangement, Snapmaws were built expressly for this task but, with the onset of the Derangement, they were modified for aggressive combat against humans. They are found in and on the banks of many of the rivers west of the Nora Sacred Land.

Abilities

Like all machines, with the exception of the Tallneck, Snapmaws attack humans on sight. They seem to obtain electrical energy via the array of solar panels on their backs, presumably by sunning themselves on the banks and shores where they dwell, just like a crocodile would do to warm itself. Normally Snapmaws bask lazily in the sun on the banks of lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water, purifying the water and the soil at the bottom by destroying toxins and removing minerals as per their purpose. However, when attacking, Snapmaws move with great speed. A Snapmaw employs both ranged and melee attacks.

  • Ranged - The Snapmaw belches a blast of volatile liquid from its mouth at an enemy. Similar to the ranged attack of a Glinthawk, this liquid causes damage on contact with the enemy due to its intense cold. It also pools around the enemy, causing residual damage and curtailing the enemy's ability to fight.
  • Melee - The Snapmaw lunges at and bites at the enemy, or swipes at the enemy with its powerful tail.

Being amphibious, Snapmaws are also capable of attacking enemies in water, e.g. while the enemy is swimming.

Attacks

Name Damage Type Primary Damage Secondary Damage Trigger Range Description
Freeze Burst Freeze 50 30 per second 20m - 45m TBA
Lunge Bite Melee 180 0 8m - 12m on land

11m - 19m in water

TBA
Lunging Jaw Bite Melee 180 0 0m - 17m TBA
Snap Bite Melee 160 0 3m - 11m on land

3m - 8m in water

TBA
Spinning Tail Strike Melee 180 0 0m - 6m TBA
Tail Strike Melee 180 0 10m - 15m TBA

Components

Image: Component: Information: Weakness: Strength:
Snapmaw-Body Body Hard outer casing to protect synthetic muscle and operational systems. Fire Fire-Icon Freeze Freeze-Icon
Snapmaw-BlazeCanister Blaze Canister Blaze storage canister. Shoot with Fire to trigger an explosion. Shoot off this component to collect the resource inside. Fire Fire-Icon Tear Tear-Icon None
Snapmaw-FreezeSac Freeze Sac Destroying this component disables the ranged Freeze attack, and triggers a large explosion. All None

Loot


Trivia

  • The Snapmaw is the only machine that is able to fully submerge itself, as well as the only one to live in water.

Gallery

References

  1. Shown in the hologram of the datapoint "The Good News"
Machines
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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