Horizon Forbidden West Patch 1.08 notes detail main & side quest bugs squashed

Horizon Forbidden West's latest patch squishes a ton of bugs and rebalances various parts of the game. Get the full details on what was fixed here.


Guerrilla Games really knocked it out of the park in launching Horizon Forbidden West, a worthy sequel to the adventures of Horizon Forbidden Dawn. It’s been lovingly praised by critics and fans alike, but that doesn’t mean Guerrilla is content to rest. In such a massive game, there are bugs to squash well beyond the Version 1.0 launch. With that in mind, Patch 1.08 is out. It hits some serious bugs affecting main and side quest progress, as well as plenty of other tweaks and balances. We have the patch notes here!

Horizon Forbidden West 1.08 patch notes

Guerrilla Games launched Horizon Forbidden West Patch 1.08 along with its accompanying patch notes on March 15, 2022. The patch takes aim at squashing out a ton of bugs, many of which were affecting main and side quest progress. No more being teleported to Chainscrape if you Silent Strike a certain Bristleback during the ‘To the Brink” quest. Plenty of more quests were also fixed. Check out the full notes below:

Fixes and Improvements

Main Quests

  • Fixed an issue in main quest ‘To The Brink’ where using Silent Strike on a quest-specific Bristleback would teleport the player to Chainscrape.
  • Fixed an issue in main quest ‘The Dying Lands’ where Varl and Zo would sometimes idle outside of Plainsong and block progression.
  • Fixed an issue in main quest ‘The Dying Lands’ where Aloy’s companions would not lead the way after restarting from a specific save.
  • Fixed an issue in main quest ‘The Broken Sky’ where reloading a certain save could sometimes disable fast travel unintentionally.
  • Fixed an issue in main quest ‘Cradle of Echoes’ where loading a save created on the previous patch would cause Aloy to be stuck in the Base.
  • Fixed an issue in main quest ‘Thebes’ where Aloy’s breathing sounds were playing during a cinematic sequence.
  • Fixed an issue in main quest ‘All That Remains’ where restarting from a certain save would cause Aloy to spawn in the Base and unable to leave.

Side Quests

  • Fixed an issue in side quest ‘The Bristlebacks’ where Ulvund didn’t get the memo and stuck around in Chainscrape after the quest was completed.
  • Fixed an issue in side quest ‘What Was Lost’ where Kotallo would sometimes become unresponsive when reloading from a specific save.
  • Fixed an issue in side quest ‘Blood For Blood’ where Kavvoh and Arokkeh could not be interacted with in specific circumstances, blocking progression.
  • Fixed an issue in side quest ‘Forbidden Legacy’ where fast traveling during the Slitherfang encounter would cause the machine to not respawn, thus blocking progression.
  • Fixed an issue in side quest ‘The Roots that Bind’ where the quest objective "Go to the Drumroot" would not complete after damaging the Widemaws from a large distance.
  • Fixed an issue in errand quest ‘Call And Response’ where killing the enemies before receiving the objective to do so could block progression.

World Activities

  • Fixed an issue in Gauntlet Run, where passing the finish line in last place would result in a win in specific circumstances.
  • Fixed several issues with specific Firegleam and Metal Flower icons not being displayed on the map.
  • Fixed an issue where Firegleam icons would not be correctly removed from the map once the related activity was completed.
  • Fixed an issue where fast travel would be disabled in specific circumstances when loading a save made while playing Machine Strike.


  • Fixed an issue where the Machine Strike UI would briefly flicker at the end of a game.


  • Fixed an issue where Aloy wouldn’t appear wet anymore after being in water.
  • Multiple graphics fixes and improvements in cinematics.
  • Multiple visual improvements in shadows and clouds.
  • Fixed an issue where Photo Mode controls would be frozen when initiating Photo Mode during a swan dive.

Performance and Stability

  • Multiple crash fixes.
  • Multiple performance and streaming improvements in cinematics.
  • Removed multiple unintentional loading screens and black screens.
  • Fixed multiple instances of streaming and visual popping.


  • Made several improvements to the NPCs’ movement and animations in settlements.
  • Made it easier to tag individual components when using motion aiming and scanning machines.
  • When picking up potions or tools that don't fit in your toolbelt anymore they are now moved to the stash.
  • Several balancing changes to weapons and enemies:
    • Heavy Melee's Ground Strike attack no longer stuns Aloy instantly.
    • The Rebel Champion can no longer be stun-locked by focusing fire on their legs.
    • Reduced the damage on strikethrough arrows.
    • Fixed issues with the Servitor that made it unintendedly difficult to fight
    • Fixed an issue where hitting a human enemy with a melee attack before triggering a Critical Strike would do no damage and would cause the enemy to break out of the animation.
    • Set Aloy to invulnerable during knockdowns from the moment she hits the ground to the moment she gets up.
    • This is to prevent players from receiving unfair damage while they can't do any action to avoid it.
    • The player can no longer dodge indefinitely while charging a heavy melee attack.
    • Fixed an issue where some swimming robots could become idle if staggered by a player attack.
  • Fixed several instances where Aloy could get stuck in geometry.
  • Fixed an issue where the ‘All Machine Types Scanned’ trophy could be easily missed during the final main quest ‘Singularity’.
  • Fix for the mount call sometimes causing the flying mount to be spawned in undesirable positions and in rare cases be unreachable.
  • Several datapoints that are located in areas that the player could not return to are now automatically unlocked upon the player leaving that space.
  • Fixed multiple instances of specific music tracks getting stuck and repeating.

That covers the entirety of the Horizon Forbidden West Patch 1.08 notes. We loved the game and reviewed it well, but fixes and improvements are always welcome. What change has you most excited? Let us know in the Shacknews Chatty section below.

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