How to Override Machines in Horizon Forbidden West

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Here's what you need to know about overriding machines in Horizon Forbidden West.

Aloy has a lot of abilities at her fingertips. From her Focus, to gliding, to impressive bow and arrow work, all of these mechaniccs serve her well in her fight through the Forbidden West. One ability that continues to be an important one is that of overiding machines.

In Zero Dawn, learning how to override machines was an integral part of the game's progression. It's very much still present in Forbidden West, but the game doesn't immediately guide you into unlocking the ability.

Fortunately, we've broken down exactly what you need to do in order to override machines.

How to Override Machines in Horizon Forbidden West

To unlock the ability to override machines, you'll need to visit and complete a Cauldron. There are six Cauldrons in total across all of Horizon Forbidden West. Of the six, two are encountered as part of the main story while the rest are optional.

Once you've made your way through a Cauldron, you'll unlock the ability to override certain machines. Some machines, however, will have corrupted data and will have extra requirements before you can override them. For example, you may need to hand in certain machine parts at the Hub (unlocked through the main story) before you can override a particular machine.

Once you've unlocked the ability to override certain machines, you'll need to sneak up on them in the wild and hold the Triangle button. You'll notice a prompt to do this when the option is available. Doing so will enable the machine to fight alongside you, or in the case of some, be available as a mount.

Horizon Forbidden West is out now on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.