The Watcher is a small machine designed to detect enemy threats. Watchers are equipped with scanning technology and report their findings to other machines in the advent of enemy detection. They often roam in large packs or alongside larger machines.
Watchers have a symbiotic relationship with other machines like Striders. The Watchers provide a watchful eye and patrol the perimeter in case of danger, allowing the Striders to calmly "graze". As long as the Watcher stays close by, the Striders will charge any actual threat.
The Watchers' appearance resembles that of a small theropod dinosaur, albeit without forelimbs. Despite being the smallest encountered machine, it still is as big as a large dog.
Their most distinctive feature is their disproportionate head which houses a powerful, glowing sensor array and a spotlight, all mounted on a long neck that allows the machine to quickly swivel its head to observe its surrounding. The head is easily bigger than even the torso, but this is because it houses most of the gear.
Compared to the head, the Watcher's body looks ridiculously small. It balances on two very thin and simple legs resembling running prosthetics, and its head is balanced by a long, heavy tail.
Watchers can observe and scan the environment in search for threats. If a danger is spotted, the Watcher will let out an electronic screech that alerts all nearby machines or, in the case of Corrupted Watchers, alert human enemies like the Eclipse. This will put humans on combat alert and cause machines to either charge or flee.
Unlike their much larger and well-armed cousin the Thunderjaw, Watchers have no weapons and only light armor. However, they can attack humans by charging and tackling them, knocking them down and doing light damage. When startled, Watchers also have the ability to blind humans through the use of a bright light emitted from their eyes.
Watchers are quite clumsy and unsuited for combat. They attack by throwing themselves at Aloy, usually tumbling over in the process and have trouble getting up. An upgraded variant, the Redeye Watcher, is far more dangerous.
|Body||Hard outer casing to protect synthetic muscle and operational systems.||Shock||None|
|Eye||Hitting this component deals greater damage to the machine.||All||None|
|Machine Core - Small||Watcher Lens||Watcher Heart|
- The Watchers are the first machines Aloy encounters through her training with Rost when she is young (thus the first machine type the player encounters).
- Watchers can often be found "guarding" other machines. They have relationship not unlike that between the rhinoceros and oxpecker. The rhino's poor eyesight is compensated by the exceptional eyesight of the oxpecker, while the rhino's size will deter smaller predators. The two in essence protect each other.
|Acquisition Class||Charger - Lancehorn - Rockbreaker - Scrapper - Snapmaw - Trampler|
|Combat Class||Fire Bellowback - Freeze Bellowback - Sawtooth - Stalker - Stormbird - Ravager - Thunderjaw|
|Recon Class||Watcher (Redeye Watcher) - Glinthawk - Longleg - Tallneck|
|Transport Class||Behemoth - Broadhead - Grazer - Shell-Walker - Strider|
|Other||Corrupted Machines - Corruptor - Deathbringer - Metal Devil|