Fast Travel in Horion Zero Dawn works a little differently to the standard method we've come to expect from open-world adventure games.
Unlike most, it's limited, relying on Fast Travel Packs - items carried by Aloy - in order to work. However, there is a way to unlock that mechanic and grant unlimited fast travel to any discovered Campfire, thanks to the Golden Fast Travel Pack.
So, exactly how does fast travel work, how do you get the Golden Fast Travel Pack, and how exactly do you unlock unlimited fast travel in Horizon Zero Dawn? All of that is explained here in our guide, below.
How does fast travel work in Horizon Zero Dawn?
Fast Travel in Horizon Zero Dawn revolves around Campfires or, more specifically, Campfires you've already visited.
You don't have to have saved at them or even interacted with them, just have got close enough to have the text pop up on screen that it's been discovered. From then on, you'll be able to fast travel to that location, provided you have one other thing: a Fast Travel Pack.
In the early stages of the game, these are found from certain vendors or, if you're lucky maybe a random crate or slain human enemy.
These Packs act as one-time-use consumables, meaning you'll need to stock up, at a fair bit of expense to both your time and Metal Shards, if you want to fast travel often - and as the game progresses, you probably do.
How to get the Golden Fast Travel Pack in Horizon Zero Dawn
Enter, the Golden Fast Travel Pack. Narratively unexplained but nonetheless incredibly useful, this pack will let you travel an unlimited number of times, without worrying about stocking up your inventory.
It's obtained from a number of Traders around the world of Horizon, although for the record we sourced ours from the merchant just outside Meridian, by the big bridge leading into the city.
How much does the Golden Fast Travel Pack cost? Well, it's relatively cheap:
- 50 Metal Shards - obtained from all kinds of sources but, most commonly, from slain machines or selling items to merchants.
- 1 Fox Skin - somewhat harder, although far from impossible, to obtain. This drops randomly from wild Foxes you can hunt anywhere on the map. Forresty areas are generally the best, and we found one after only killing a handful, so it shouldn't take you long.
- 10 Fatty Meat - this, again, is quite easy to find. It comes from any wild animal you can hunt, so you can normally pick some up from a quick trip into the wild where you can hunt Boar, Turkey, and Fox at your will.
For more tips, explainers and advice on Horizon be sure to check out our main Horizon Zero Dawn guide and walkthrough hub, which includes advice for things like Horizon Zero Dawn's override Cauldrons and which machines they let you control, getting hold of the Golden Fast Travel Pack for unlimited fast travel, finding and unlocking the very powerful Horizon Zero Dawn Shield Weave Armour and Power Cell locations, and then for DLC players there's our main Horizon Zero Dawn Frozen Wilds walkthrough and guide, a page on how to earn Bluegleam quickly, and finally, a page on the handy A Secret Shared quest and how to upgrade your spear in Horizon Frozen Wilds.
Once you have the required items, simply head to a general goods merchant, and it can be found at the bottom of the 'Resources' tab, shaded in purple for Very Rare.
That's all you need to know in terms of fast travel, but for more tips and tricks, take a look at our hub page, featuring a complete Horizon Zero Dawn walkthrough and guide for the main story, as well as our guide to all Power Cell locations for the secret Shield-Weave armour, too.