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How to fly in Horizon Forbidden West

Traversing the huge Horizon Forbidden West map is a breeze once you unlock the ability to override Sunwings.
How to fly in Horizon Forbidden West

Horizon Forbidden West is finally here, letting players experience the next chapter in Aloy's epic quest that will lead our protagonist to new lands outside her home as she tries to deal with the aftermath of 2017's Horizon Zero Dawn.

Coming five years after the first game and launching on a brand-new platform, the PlayStation 5, Horizon Forbidden West is bigger, more immersive, and incredible to look at than its predecessor. 

Guerilla Games is looking to go bigger in every aspect of Horizon Forbidden West compared to Zero Dawn and that includes traversing the vast wilderness of the map, which is based on western America, a completely different sight to 2017's rendition of Colorado and its surroundings by the developers. 

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The Sunwing is featured in Horizon Forbidden West's key art. (Picture: Guerrilla Games)

Fans eagerly anticipating Horizon Forbidden West have most likely seen the iconic San Francisco Golden Gate bridge at the forefront of promotional content, with many more locales to find yourself immersed in. 

Traversing the map is also much smoother this time around. In Horizon Zero Dawn you were restricted to only three ground-based machines to use as vehicles: Strider, Broadheads, and Chargers. For Horizon Forbidden West, Guerrilla added Sunwings, the first-ever flying mountable machine in franchise history.

Here's what you need to know in order to fly in Horizon Forbidden West.

How to mount Sunwings in Horizon Forbidden West

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Flying over the vast Horizon Forbidden West map is a sight to behold. (Picture: Guerrilla Games)

Sunwings are a new type of flying machine that's making its debut in Horizon Forbidden West. Based on a Pterosaur, the machine uses flexible solar panels as wings, making sure it never runs out of energy.

They can be pesky to deal with, but at a certain point in the story, Aloy will get the ability to override these creatures, thus being able to command them at will and use them for traversal.

Simply finish the main story quest called In The Wings of the Ten to gain access to your very own Sunwing. Just like in Horizon Zero Dawn, once you finish the mission, you can simply tap a button and an overridden Sunwing will spawn near you, saving you the hassle of trying to manually do it each time you're trying to catch a ride. 

Of course, nothing's stopping you from going the hard route. Also, keep in mind your Sunwing will still take damage and engage in combat with threats near you depending on the situation. 


Featured image via Guerrilla Games.