Horizon: Zero Dawn Gets Two New Trailers Detailing The Machines Snapmaw and Thunderjaw

on February 9, 2017 9:06 AM

Today, publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment and developer Guerrilla Games released the first two trailers in a new video series titled “The Machines.”

The one introduces and details the machine, Thunderjaw. According to Guerrilla Games, the combat-class Thunderjaw is one of the deadliest machines you will encounter in the game. It is said to be a formidable beast equipped with cannons, disc launchers, a mouth laser, and with powerful ranged attacks that will quickly cut down any hunter foolish enough to alert it. Space permitting, it can also unleash with a devastating range of melee attacks such as charges and tail swipes.

The thunderjaw is a bipedal machine with features akin to those of a theropod dinosaur, particularly the Tyrannosaurus rex, meaning it has powerful and bulky legs, a long body, and a tail to maintain equilibrium. As you would expect from the name, the head of the machine features two sets of mechanical components resembling mandibles that spread to the sides whenever it opens up for something like a roar. The majority of its body is sheltered with 93 armor plates, making it difficult to take it down even with explosive arrows. In order to take it down, you will have to hone in on one of its few weak points, like its open-muscle circuitry found behind its legs.

Quick Overview:

  • Type: Combat

  • Habitat: All Terrain – Open Areas

  • Challenge Level: 27

  • Combat Weaponry:

    • Machine Guns
    • Disc Launchers
    • Mouth Laser
  • Combat Melee:

    • Bite Attack
    • Rushing Bite Attack
    • Charge Attack
    • Foot Stomp
    • Tail Slam
    • Tail Swipe
  • Special Ability: Radar Scan – to find hidden threats

  • Vulnerabilities:

    • Heart Core
    • Brain Core
  • Tactics: Remove disc launcher to use against it

The other one introduces and details the machine, Snapmaw. According to Guerrilla Games, the Snapmaw is an acquisition-class machine, and can be frequently found basking in or near bodies of water, where it gathers valuable minerals from the sediment. It can move with surprising ferocity when alerted, and is capable of lashing out with an array of melee attacks that include powerful lunge bites and tail swipes. For ranged attacks, it fires off cryo mortars that freeze the target on impact.

If you can’t tell from the trailer, their body structure is akin to a large crocodilian.

Quick Overview:

  • Type: Acquisition

  • Habitat: Water Regions

  • Challenge Level: 20

  • Combat Weaponry: Freeze Burst

  • Combat Melee: Lunging Jaw Bite

    • Jumping Jaw Bite
    • Snap Bite
    • Tail Strike
  • Special Ability: Resource Processing

  • Vulnerabilities:

    • Cryo Sac
    • Fire Damage
  • Tactics: Blowing Up Cryo Sac

Horizon: Zero Dawn is set to launch exclusively for PS4 on February 28th in North America, and on March 1st in Europe.

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