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The Proving is the fifth main quest in Horizon Zero Dawn. Aloy will finally undergo the Proving to become a full member of the Nora tribe. However, the event does not go as planned, with Resh throwing additional obstacles her way and unexpected guests crashing the ceremony.

Synopsis

Aloy, Bast, Vala, and other Nora follow Resh to the Proving grounds. The ceremony begins with the initiates rock climbing to the starting area. Then there is a hunting test. A horde of Grazers stampede into the grounds and the initiates must kill one and collect their trophy before moving on. Aloy kills a Grazer, but Bast destroys her trophy. She falls behind the others, but kills a second Grazer and collects another trophy to move on.

The second part of the Proving is to cross the Brave Trail, a perilous mountain pathway filled with chasms and other obstacles. Aloy, having already fallen considerably behind, makes a desperate move to cross an old crumbling trail that takes a more direct path to the exit. A Proctor warns her that two died while crossing it last year, but Aloy is not deterred. The old path contains log bridges and a variety of zip lines. Aloy finds herself in first place while crossing the finish line and wins the Proving.

As a Proctor announces Aloy's victory, arrows rain from above and slay her along with a handful of other newly anointed Braves. A group of attackers in Carja clothing attack the remaining Nora. Aloy, Bast, and Vala dispatch them before more reinforcements arrive. However, a Cultist using a machine gun overwhelms Vala and Bast, killing them both. It is revealed that Aloy is one of the primary targets of the raid. While inspecting an enemy corpse, Aloy finds it to be wearing a Focus. Suddenly, she is grabbed from behind by an unmasked attacker. He tells her to turn her face to the sun before Rost appears firing arrows at him. After a struggle, Rost is stabbed by the unknown attacker but manages to crawl to an unconscious Aloy. He pushes her off the mountain to safety, while she witnesses an explosion that envelopes Rost.

Aloy manages to survive and slowly regains consciousness in Mother's Watch, surrounded by the High Matriarchs.

Objectives

  1. Climb up to the Proving Grounds
  2. Kill a Grazer
  3. Loot a Second Trophy
  4. Go to the Start of the Brave Trail
  5. Run the Abandoned Brave Trail
  6. Kill the Attackers
  7. Loot the Enemy Leader

Walkthrough

The Proving - Very Hard - No Damage - Video Guide17:26

The Proving - Very Hard - No Damage - Video Guide

Gallery

Horizon Zero Dawn Quests
Main Quest A Gift from the Past - Lessons of the Wild - The Point of the Spear - Mother's Heart - The Proving - The Womb of the Mountain - A Seeker at the Gates - The War-Chief's Trail - Revenge of the Nora - The City of the Sun - The Field of the Fallen - Into the Borderlands - The Sun Shall Fall - Maker's End - The Grave-Hoard - To Curse the Darkness - Deep Secrets of the Earth - The Terror of the Sun - The Heart of the Nora - The Mountain That Fell - The Looming Shadow - The Face of Extinction
Side Quests A Daughter's Vengeance - A Moment's Peace - Acquired Taste - Ancient Armory - Blood on Stone - Cause for Concern - Death from the Skies - Fatal Inheritance - Heap of Trouble - Honor The Fallen - Hunters' Blind - In Her Mother's Footsteps - Insult to Injury - Queen's Gambit - Redmaw - Robbing the Rich - Sun and Shadow - Sunestone Rock - The Forgotten - Traitor's Bounty - Underequipped - Weapons of the Lodge
Errands A Curious Proposal - Collateral - Deadliest Game - Demand and Supply - Hammer and Steel - Healer’s Oath - Hunting for the Lodge - In Foreign Lands - Luck of the Hunt - Odd Grata - Sanctuary - Shortage of Supplies - Sun’s Judgment - To Old Acquaintance
Activities Bandit Camps Blackwing Snag - Devil’s Thirst - Gatelands - Hollow Fort - Shattered Kiln - Two-Teeth
Cauldrons Cauldron RHO - Cauldron SIGMA - Cauldron XI - Cauldron ZETA
Hunting Grounds Greatrun - Nora - Spurflints - Sun Furrows - Valleymeet
Tallnecks Devil’s Thirst - Copper Deeps - Rustwash - Spearshafts - Sun-Steps

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