Horizon Forbidden West update 1.06 patch notes

Resolves several community-reported issues, including ones that can block you from progressing.


The 1.06 update for Horizon Forbidden West is now live, bringing with it a multitude of fixes, adjustments, and improvements. The patch notes provided by Guerrilla Games open by noting that a number of issues reported by the community have been addressed.

Among them, issues blocking progress of side quests have been rectified, including ones where players have reported not being able to hit 100 percent in the Game Progression menu. 

Touching upon this issue in particular, Guerrilla’s patch notes read: “Some players have reported not being able to reach 100 percent n the Game Progression menu, our team is investigating.”

Main quest issues for quests like Reach for the Stars have also been fixed. For example, there was an issue in Reach for the Stars where Varl can get stuck swimming which blocks a mission prompt required to progress further.

Issues with the game’s world activities have also been corrected, like the one in Cauldron Mu where one platform can comes in late, trapping the player underneath. 

Also part of the 1.06 update, there are an assortment of random fixes that players might appreciate such as Aloy not mentioning her stash as often. For the full extent of fixes and improvements in the 1.06 update, we’ve included the full patch notes for you below as provided by Guerrilla Games

Warning: 1.06 patch notes contain potential spoilers for Horizon Forbidden West 



We are currently looking into several issues reported by the community. Please note that these issues are not yet fixed in this patch, but our teams are investigating them with high priority.

  • The team continues to investigate several graphical issues reported by players regarding shimmering, sharpening and screen saturation when moving the camera.
  • Some players have reported that the Firegleam icons do not get removed from the map after interacting with them.
  • Some players have reported an issue in side quest ‘Breaking Even’ where they are not able to talk to Porguf when Talanah is in Camp Nowhere, blocking progression of this quest.
  • Some players have reported that the music track “The World on Her Shoulders” keeps repeating during their playthrough. We have a partial fix included in this patch to prevent this issue from happening to players who did not encounter this issue during their playthrough yet. We are still looking into a fix for players who are currently experiencing this issue.
  • Some players have reported not being able to reach 100% in the Game Progression menu, our team is investigating.


Main Quests

  • Fixed an issue in main quest ‘Reach for the Stars’ where Varl could become stuck swimming, which resulted in a missing prompt to [Examine the Machine Carcass] at the Glinthawk sighting site, thus blocking further progression.
  • Fixed an issue in main quest ‘Reach for the Stars’ where Varl would visibly teleport after the Focus scanning tutorial.
  • Fixed an issue in main quest ‘Reach for the Stars’ where Aloy could become stuck in a falling animation when she grabbed a collapsing climbing point and used the Pullcaster on a Grapple Point at the same time.
  • Fixed an issue in main quest ‘Reach for the Stars’ where there was a sudden change in sunlight when Aloy was traversing a certain spot inside the shuttle tower.
  • Fixed an issue in main quest ‘Death’s Door’ where reloading from a certain save would cause the Firegleam explosion to replay.
  • Fixed an issue in main quest ‘The Dying Lands’ where Aloy and her companions would get snowed on while inside the cauldron.
  • Fixed an issue in main quest ‘The Broken Sky’ where Kotallo could sometimes become distracted and stray from the task at hand, which could block further progression.
  • Fixed an issue in main quest ‘The Broken Sky’ where Aloy would be placed in an unintended pose when reloading a certain save.
  • Fixed an issue in main quest ‘The Kulrut’ where an objective marker was leading towards a blocked path.
  • Fixed an issue in main quest ‘Seeds of the Past’ where Alva could sometimes not reach the console, blocking progression.
  • Fixed an issue in main quest ‘Seeds of the Past’ where reloading the save after killing the machines outside of test station Elm would spawn Aloy stuck in the floor.
  • Fixed an issue in main quest ‘Singularity’ where reloading a certain save would cause a certain line of dialogue to play again incorrectly.

Side Quests

  • Fixed an issue in side quest ‘The Blood Choke’ where Atekka would not move into position when needed, thus blocking progression.
  • Fixed an issue in side quest ‘The Promontory’ where reloading from a save after the ‘Investigate the bridge’ objective would place the player in Plainsong.
  • Tempered the vigilance of machines in side quest “The Wound in the Sand”, so that they no longer enter a suspicious state immediately upon reloading from a certain save.
  • Fixed an issue in side quest “A Tribe Apart” where reloading a save created after opening the metal flower at Riverwatch would cause the vines to respawn.

World Activities

  • Fixed an infinite black screen that would occur after stashing the Champion’s Spear and then starting any Tutorial or Challenge in Chainscrape Melee Pit, or a fixed loadout challenge in the Arena.
  • Fixed an issue in Cauldron Mu where a platform at the end of the cauldron could stream in late, trapping the player underneath.
  • Fixed an issue in salvage contract The Stillsands: Pristine Bellowback where the incorrect machine corpse was spawned when reloading from save after defeating the machine.
  • Fixed an issue in Machine Strike where the player was no longer able to attack after selecting to repeat the instructions regarding unit combat power.
  • Fixed an issue in Machine Strike where the compass would appear on screen after the player retried a match they lost.
  • Fixed an issue where a wild loading screen could pop up while in the Arena menu, after returning from a challenge.
  • Fixed an issue where scavenger machines would not appear after killing other types of machines in certain habitats.
  • Fixed an issue with dome views where the icons would not display correctly after reloading a save.
  • Fixed an issue in Salvage Contract: The Lost Supplies where the quest could not be turned in under certain circumstances.
  • Fixed an issue with the track "The World on Her Shoulders" repeating if the player used fast-travel after climbing a Signal Tower. Please note that this is not fixed for players who already encountered this issue, we are investigating a separate fix for this.


  • Removed haptic feedback when standing next to a campfire and when fast-traveling if the Vibration Intensity sliders are set to 0.
  • Fixed an issue where a Vista image would appear in front of a Black Box collectible in the menu.


  • Fixed multiple instances of objects in the world visibly popping between different levels of detail.
  • Fixed an issue in Photo Mode where parts of Aloy’s outfit and body would become blurry in certain poses.
  • Improved visual differentiation of the attack and move indicators in Machine Strike.
  • Fixed a cosmetic issue with underwater cubemap.
  • Fixed an issue where a blurry artefact was visible around the Heavy Crossbow when using it in combat.
  • Fixed several instances of the camera jittering and behaving in an unintentional way.
  • Several craftable quest items had the incorrect model in the workbench interface, those have now been replaced with the final assets.
  • Fixed an issue with Parallax Mapped Foam by removing variable height scale in favor of a constant value; when original dynamic input value got too high it started separating the parallax layers. To fix the nasty separation of the layers at glancing angles the height scale is set by a bit of fresnel based logic.
  • Fixed several instances of NPCs in settlements not displaying the correct level of detail when playing the PS4 version of the game.
  • Fixed an issue in the Chainscrape tavern where moving the camera in a certain spot would cause sudden changes in lighting.
  • Improved noise reduction on screen space ambient occlusion.
  • Reduced the intensity of the vignette screen effect when activating Valor Surges, and when Aloy was at low health.

Performance and Stability

  • Multiple crash fixes.
  • Fixed multiple assets that would pop in or stream in visibly during cinematics.
  • Fixed several unintentional loading screens/black screens that would trigger in specific points.


  • Aloy will not mention her stash quite as often as before.
  • Multiple localization fixes and text alignment corrections.
  • Multiple visual and audio improvements to cinematics.
  • Fixed an issue where Aloy would freeze in a specific pose when switching weapons during a charged heavy melee attack.
  • Fixed an issue where remapping the controls for Primary Fire to R1 would prevent the player from throwing rocks.
  • The spear impact when using ‘Strike From Above’ was missing a sound effect that has now been added.
  • Fixed an issue where the player would lose control of Aloy if sprinting and sliding into the water at a specific spot in the ruins north of Landfall.
  • Fixed an issue with the camera during the end credits.
  • Fixed several instances of the mount behaving erratically in specific locations while riding on roads.

In the conclusion of the patch notes, Guerrilla notes that players should continue to inform the team of issues they experience via the Support Form. For more on Horizon Forbidden West, check out our full review, and our guides including one that’ll help you track down all of the game’s Black Box locations!

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    March 2, 2022 1:30 PM

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      March 2, 2022 7:09 PM

      More like Horizon Forgotten West

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        March 2, 2022 9:08 PM

        I'm still playing it, but the lack of discussion here is a bummer. Honestly part of it's that it's a tough game to talk about w/o spoiling it for others.

        Really fun. I was getting a little frustrated because I felt like the enemies were getting way stronger than me, but then I realized I was carrying around all-green weapons and armor. Once I leveled up to some purple gear, I'm where I feel like I should be.

        Only issue with the purple gear is that the requirements for enhancing it are stiff. I'm using most of it at base level because I'm missing a Dingo Wishbone, Ferret Scrotum, or some other exotic booty.

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          March 2, 2022 9:40 PM

          I’m slugging through it, but it’s an enjoyable slog! I can feel my powers and abilities creeping up in power, and I’m more confident going into battles now. That said, I still get my ass kicked sometimes.

          I’m taking notes as I go so I can put together a cortex article.

          Currently level 30. Cleaning up side quests/errands etc. before collecting the the third Gaia nodule.

          I’ve gotten used to the games control quirks. Inventory management, crafting and looting is still kind of a pain in the ass.

          They could have easily made an armor weapon wheel so I could change on the fly.

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            March 2, 2022 10:32 PM

            I think we are at the same point? I’m 30, and done a lot of goofing off that isn’t the main quest, and supposed to finally get almost to the west coast for my next core.

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          March 2, 2022 9:55 PM

          The requirements to upgrade or even buy gear are just too steep. I’m still rocking blue gear mostly and a purple here or there because I simply don’t get the parts.

          Also the Shack is just ER mostly which is fine. I’m other forums I’m on no one talks about about ER and it’s all Forbidden West.

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            March 2, 2022 9:58 PM

            That’s good to hear. Forbidden West is awesome. I am cheating though and have easy loot turned on when it comes to parts. You can also buy a lot of them too.

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          March 3, 2022 4:48 AM

          I think its fucking awesome, and I hated the first one.

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          March 3, 2022 5:58 AM

          I'm playing it, but only for an hour a day or less :( it's going to take a while.

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          March 3, 2022 5:59 AM

          Amazing game

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          March 3, 2022 6:05 AM

          I'm really enjoying it now. It's a shame it starts so slowly, but it's really fun once you leave the daunt.

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            March 3, 2022 7:13 AM

            Yeah that goodbye tour of Meridian and Chainscrape section really kind of made a bad first impression imo. haha

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        March 3, 2022 4:46 AM

        It’s a freaking huge game, I will probably will still be playing it once I get hold of my PS5.

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