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Horizon Frozen Wilds - Into the Frozen Wilds and exploring The Cut

Part 1 of our Horizon: The Frozen Wilds walkthrough.

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds' Into the Frozen Wilds quest is the first of the expansion, and has you make the initial trek into The Cut, the wintry northern region where the expansion takes place.

We'll guide you through every step of the way here on this page - it's a pretty simple one to start things off, but a scenic route's always a joy in Horizon, at least.

If you're after help for other parts of the expansion, check out all of the guides gathered together in our Horizon Zero Dawn Frozen Wilds guide and walkthrough hub, or for guides to the main game itself, our main Horizon Zero Dawn guide and walkthrough.

Into the Frozen Wilds - Explore The Cut

This is the very first quest of the expansion - in fact it's the quest that kicks the DLC off itself. We cover exactly how to start The Frozen Wilds on the previous page, so won't cover that aspect in much detail, but otherwise we'll be taking you through the mission from the very beginning, so expect a wee bit of overlap right at the very start.

Talk to Ohtur - Located in Daytower Fort, a chap called Ohtur is the questgiver here. He'll have a blue exclamation mark over his head in traditional questgiver fashion, so he's hard to miss. Talk to him to kick things off.

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Explore the Cut - Alright! Time to make the trek north. Either fast-travel to the nearest bonfire to the Grave Hoard, or get cracking on foot if you prefer to enjoy the scenery. Once you reach the Grave Hoard, the way into the mountains is just to the left, marked by a strange blue crystal, a multicoloured symbol for the expansion, and those familiar golden yellow markings to show climbable terrain.

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For more Horizon guides, explainers and advice, take a look at our main Horizon Zero Dawn guide and walkthrough hub, which includes guides to things like Horizon Zero Dawn's override Cauldrons and how to override machines, sorting out the Golden Fast Travel Pack for unlimited Horizon Zero Dawn fast travel, unlocking the amazing Horizon Zero Dawn Shield Weave Armour and Power Cell locations, and on top of that, for DLC players there's our hub for theHorizon Zero Dawn Frozen Wilds walkthrough and guide, a page on how to earn Bluegleam quickly, and finally, a handy guide to A Secret Shared and how to upgrade your spear in Horizon Frozen Wilds.

Keep following the waypoint through the snow - you'll encounter a Daemonic Scorcher along the way (Daemonic machines are basically like Corrupted machines from the main story, while a Scorcher is a new one altogether) - until you reach the entrance to the cave with a nearby, horn-blowing guard. Proceed through and out the other side, where you'll reach the town of Song's Edge.

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Next up: Horizon Frozen Wilds - The Shaman's Path

Investigate the Source of the Smoke - Keep following the waypoint until you meet a gathering of people under the strange, red-tinged light. After a lengthy cutscene and some chit-chat with a trader called Burgrend, that's your mission done!

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