"If that machine charges, it will flatten whatever stands in its way."
Aloy, upon sighting a Trampler

The Trampler is a midsized, bovine machine in Horizon Zero Dawn. One of the original terraforming machine types created by GAIA, Tramplers peacefully perform their function. However, if disturbed by a human, they attack with singular violence.


A Trampler is one of the larger GAIA Terraformers. The machine's chassis resembles the body of a very large bovine bull, with a large head and a pair of large horns, a broad, powerful chest and shoulders, sturdy legs and hoof-like feet. Their mouth parts are composed of a pair of insectoid pincers. They have two visual sensors on each side of the face, in the same position as a bovine's eyes. Six power cells and two antenna-like structures sit on the lower back. Under the belly is a large, glowing, armored processing unit.


Tramplers were created by GAIA as part of the terraforming process after the Faro Plague destroyed Earth's biosphere in the mid-21st century. As such, they were one of the first machines encountered by humans as they explored and settled in their tribal lands. They seem to be equipped for mining and processing of soil, with the ability to excavate soil with their horns and produce explosions by releasing and detonating flammable gases.

For a long time, Tramplers were docile machines that shied away from a human if one approached a herd. However, with the onset of the Derangement, Tramplers, and all other GAIA terraformers, began exhibiting increasing hostility toward humans. By the time the Nora Brave Aloy became an adult, Tramplers were attacking humans on sight or if alerted to their presence by nearby Watchers.

At one point, an entire herd of Tramplers was tracked and disabled by the Hunters Lodge Hawk Darusiv. Before they could move, he then killed the largest one and looted it.[1]


Tramplers can be found in their respective sites, using their horns to dig up the earth; it can be seen flying out in front of them. Soon after their grazing, they will move to a different area to do the same. 


As the name implies, Tramplers usually attack by charging at and running over and/or ramming an enemy. Their large size and normally slow, plodding gait belie an ability to run at a speed rivaling that of an athletic human. They can also release an explosive gas within a radius of about three times the length of their chassis and ignite it, causing a highly damaging explosive shockwave.


Name Damage Type Primary Damage Secondary Damage Trigger Range Description
Mineral Explosion Explosion 300 - 0m - 9.5m Releases red gas around itself, then ignites it
Charge Melee/Fire 200 10 per second for 10 seconds 22m - 80m Charges at the target, leaving a trail of fire
Dust Cloud Melee 210 - 0m - 6m N/A
Ground Blast Melee/Explosion 300 50 0m - 40m N/A
Hind Leg Strike Melee 200 - 0m - 5m N/A
Horn Thrash Melee 200 - 15m - 25m N/A


Image: Component: Information: Weakness: Strength:
Trampler-Body Body Hard outer casing to protect synthetic muscle and operational systems. Freeze-Icon Freeze Fire-Icon Fire
Trampler-ExcavationHorns Excavation Horns Destroying these components disables the Excavation Horn attacks. Tear-Icon Tear None
Trampler-PowerCell Power Cell Shooting this component with Shock will trigger an explosion. Sparker resource can be looted from this component. Shock-Icon Shock
Tear-Icon Tear
Trampler-ProcessingUnit Processing Unit Destroying this component causes an explosion which damages anything in the vicinity. Tear-Icon Tear None



  • The Trampler's visual sensors are the same as the Stormbird's .



  1. Legendary Hunts
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