FROSTCLAW (HORIZON ZERO DAWN)
Horizon Zero Dawn (2017)
The Frostclaw is a machine exclusive to Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds.
The Frostclaw resembles a huge bear with a powerful chest, massive forearms, shorter back legs, and a large head. It is one of the larger machines, around the size or slightly smaller than a Thunderjaw.
Several tubes throughout its chassis glow a bright blue, and it is covered with white armor players to provide it some camouflage against the snowy terrain.
The Frostclaw has only begun to appear recently and is exclusively found in the Cut. These machines were created by HEPHAESTUS, a subordinate function of GAIA that was initially a component of Project Zero Dawn. In a phenomenon similar to the Derangement encountered in the Sacred Lands and the Sundom, HEPHAESTUS took over the Firebreak facility hidden in the Thunderdrum mountains and began repurposing it to produce deadly machines in an effort to protect its creations from human interference.
Frostclaws are specifically designed as hunter-killers, made to patrol the outer perimeter around the Firebreak facility and the surrounding mountains, taking down any humans they find. They proved deadly in this task; in a full-on encounter with these new machines, even Aratak’s fierce and skilled Banuk warriors lost more than half of their numbers and were forced to flee the mountain before they could recover their fallen comrades.
Similar to bears, Frostclaws have the ability to freely switch between a four-legged (quadrupedal) and two-legged (bipedal) position. The Frostclaw employs unique offensive attacks depending on which stance it is in.