SCORCHER (HORIZON ZERO DAWN)
Horizon Zero Dawn (2017)
The Scorcher is a machine exclusive to The Frozen Wilds. A mid-sized combat machine that employs highly effective fire attacks as well explosive mines, the Scorcher is a very agile, aggressive, and dangerous machine that is only found in the Banuk region known as The Cut.
The Scorcher is lupine in appearance, similar in size to a Sawtooth or Ravager. Its head has a long, vulpine three-mandibled snout, two large, pointed ear-like structures, one on each side , and four visual sensors, two on each side, that flash brightly when the machine is about to employ one of its fire-based attacks. The Scorcher walks on four legs with clawed feet has armor plating on its chassis. A mine launcher is located on its back between the shoulders, and a heavily-armored power cell is located on its lower back. An armored Blaze canister is located on each shoulder.
Its chassis appears to be based on the Ravager, as looting it will give you Ravager Trophies if required by the Hunting for the Lodge quest.
Scorchers were developed by the AI HEPHAESTUS at Cauldron EPSILON in The Cut. To enhance their already formidable innate combat abilities as well as augmenting their resilience, HEPHAESTUS made them Daemonic. The Nora Brave Aloy encountered a Daemonic Scorcher almost immediately upon entering the path into into the region. They were frequently used by HEPHAESTUS to guard its Control Towers, as well as to patrol inside Cauldron EPSILON as a security measure against intruders.
The Scorcher has similar moves to the Sawtooth and Ravager but these are enhanced by fire, giving it greater reach and doing elemental damage with every strike. The Scorcher is a very aggressive machine that will attack in quick succession with its claws and teeth.
Its Mine Launcher can deploy several mines at various positions that explode when they detect movement. Rather than using these mines as traps like the Stalker does, the Scorcher uses them in an offensive way, launching them right where its opponent is standing.
One of the main unique abilities of the Scorcher is using thrusters on its back to quickly cover distance, leaving a trail of fire and using its claws to attack. This is one of its most dangerous and damaging attacks, but the Scorcher takes some time to charge this attack.