Horizon Forbidden West offers a new set of abilities for Aloy to master on her adventure through the wilds of the West. One of the most prominent new abilities at her disposal is her Valor Surge: an ultimate decisive move with varying effects.
We’ve listed each available Valor Surge in Horizon Forbidden West below, along with their impact on Aloy’s combat effectiveness:
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Aloy’s weapons gain increased Critical Hit Chance, and the Critical Hits she does land deal increased damage to her enemies.
|Critical Boost Level||Critical Boost Effects|
|Level 1||Critical Hit Chance: +35%|
Critical Hit Damage: +10%
Critical Strike Damage: +75%
|Level 2||Critical Hit Chance: +45%|
Critical Hit Damage: +25%
Critical Strike Damage: +100%
Weapon Technique Extra Critical Chance: +5%
|Level 3||Critical Hit Chance: +55%|
Critical Hit Damage: +50%
Critical Strike Damage: +150%
Weapon Technique Extra Critical Chance: 15%
Aloy plants a power module in her spear, allowing her to deal more damage with her melee attacks temporarily.
|Melee Might Level||Melee Might Effects|
|Level 1||Melee Damage: +100%|
|Level 2||Melee Damage: +200%|
Spear Energy Buildup: +50%
|Level 3||Melee Damage +300%|
Unlimited Spear Energy
Power Attacks knock down targets
Aloy increases the buildup and duration of her elemental attacks while simultaneously boosting her elemental resistance.
|Elemental Fury Level||Elemental Fury Effects|
|Level 1||Elemental Buildup: +100%|
Elemental State Duration: +50%
Elemental Damage Resistance: +20%
|Level 2||Elemental Buildup: +150%|
Elemental State Duration: +75%
Elemental Damage Resistance: +30%
|Level 3||Elemental Buildup: +200%|
Elemental State Duration: +100%
Elemental Damage Resistance: +40%
Elemental states caused by direct hits trigger elemental blasts.
Aloy activated a unique Focus mode that allows her to improve trap and tripwire effectiveness for a limited time.
|Trap Specialist Level||Trap Specialist Effect|
|Level 1||Trap and Tripwire Damage: +50%|
Trap and Tripwire Elemental Buildup: +25%
Trap and Tripwire Knockdown Power: +25%
|Level 2||Trap and Tripwire Damage: +75%|
Trap and Tripwire Elemental Buildup: +50%
Trap and Tripwire Knockdown Power: +50%
Trap Effect Radius: +60%
|Level 3||Trap and Tripwire Damage: +100%|
Trap and Tripwire Elemental Buildup: +75%
Trap and Tripwire Knockdown Power: +75%
Trap Effect Radius: +100%
Launch set of hovering mines around upon activation
Aloy bolsters her ranged weapon effectiveness for a limited time with this Valor Surge. Excellent for dealing with enemies at medium to far range. Hurting foes during this Valor Surge also heals Aloy.
|Ranged Master Level||Ranged Master Effect|
|Level 1||Ranged Weapon Damage: +30%|
Health Recovered per Hit: 5%
|Level 2||Ranged Weapon Damage: +45%|
Health Recovered per Hit: 7%
Weapon Technique Damage: 20%
Weapon Stamina Regen: +100%
|Level 3||Ranged Weapon Damage: +60%|
Heath Recovered per Hit: 10%
Weapon Technique Damage: +40%
Weapon Stamina Regen: +200%
Machines killed by ranged attacks trigger Shock explosions.
Aloy equips her Bows, Boltblasters, Ropecasters, and Spike Throwers with Powershots capable of inflicting increased damage. Once these Powershots expire, the Valor Surge ends.
|Powershots Level||Powershots Effect|
|Level 1||Number of Powershots: 3|
Ranged Damage: +150%
|Level 2||Number of Powershots: 4|
Ranged Damage: +170%
Concentration Return per Hit: 15%
|Level 3||Number of Powershots: 5|
Ranged Damage: +200+
Concentration Return per Hit: +25%
Instantly refills selected ammo
Powershots do not use up ammo
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Aloy consumes a special potion that restores her health consistently over time and gives her resistance to status effects for a limited time.
|Toughened Level||Toughened Effect|
|Level 1||Health Regained Every 2 Seconds: 30|
Melee Damage Resistance: +15%
|Level 2||Health Regained Every 2 Seconds: 50|
Melee Damage Resistance: +25%
Crushed Resistance: +30%
|Level 3||Health Regained Every 2 Seconds: 80|
Melee Damage Resistance: +50%
Crushed Resistance: +50%
Blinded Resistance: +100%
Deafened Resistance: +100%
Aloy activates an armguard that gives her a rechargeable shield that absorbs damage. This shield also recharges when depleted if Aloy has Valor available.
|Overshield Level||Overshield Effect|
|Level 1||Shield Health: 125|
|Level 2||Shield Health: 250|
Deflects 10% of melee damage against the attacker
|Level 3||Shield Health: 400|
Deflects 20% of melee damage against the attacker
Shield explodes when depleted, dealing Shock damage.
Aloy activates a cloaking device that decreases her visibility to adversaries. Aloy also does bonus damage to targets unaware of her presence while cloaked. The device deactivates when Aloy uses melee attacks and aims in with ranged weapons.
|Stealth Stalker Level||Stealth Stalker Effect|
|Level 1||Very High Visibility Reduction|
Bonus Damage vs. Unaware Targets: +50%
|Level 2||Very High Visibility Reduction|
Bonus Damage vs. Unaware Targets: 100%
|Level 3||Very High Visibility Reduction|
Bonus Damage vs. Unaware Targets: +200%
Stealth kills restore Valor, prolonging the use
Aloy attaches an overcharged module to her spear that sends a powerful shockwave through the ground, damaging any enemies in the area and inflicting Shock Buildup.
|Radial Blast Level||Radial Blast Effect|
|Level 1||Blast Damage: 300|
Shock Buildup: 150
|Level 2||Blast Damage: 600|
Shock Buildup: 300
Damage Radius: +30%
|Level 3||Blast Damage: 1200|
Shock Buildup: 600
Damage Radius: +60%
Damage vs. Shocked Enemies for 15 Seconds: +100%
Aloy deals additional damage to enemy weak points and machine components, making them easier to tear and break.
|Part Breaker Level||Part Breaker Effect|
|Level 1||Tear vs. Components: +25%|
Damage vs. Components: +25%
Damage vs. Weak Spots: +25%
|Level 2||Tear vs. Components: +50%|
Damage vs. Components: +50%
Damage vs. Weak Spots: +50%
30% chance per hit for valuable scrap to drop
|Level 3||Tear vs. Components: +85%|
Damage vs. Components: +85%
Damage vs. Weak Spots: +85%
50% chance per hit for valuable scrap to drop
Removing a component knocks down the target
Aloy can chain damage between enemies within a 15-meter radius and boost her knockdown power. Perfect for crowd control.
|Chain Burst Level||Chain Burst Effect|
|Level 1||Chain Damage: 50%|
|Level 2||Chain Damage: 75%|
Knockdown Power: +50%
|Level 3||Chain Damage: 100%|
Knockdown Power: +100%
50% of damage chains a second time to enemies within 5m
Unlocking Valor Surges
After the three connecting skills are acquired, each Valor Surges unlocks. While you need skill points to upgrade Valor Surges, they do not require points to open.
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