This page of the Horizon Forbidden West game guide contains a walkthrough of The Burning Blooms side quest. We explain how to find the tracks and how to defeat the Shellsnapper.
- Quest rewards
- Initiating the quest
- Find the Carja Hunters
- Kill the Machines
- Talk to Talanah and Follow Talanah to the Battlefield
- Examine the Footprints
- Investigate the Battlefield and Follow the Tracks
- Talk to Utaru
- Go to the Western Ridge
- Kill the Shellsnapper
- Enter the Tunnel
- Search the Tunnel for Clues
- XP: 4125
- Skill Points: 2
- Face Paint: Carja Shadow
Initiating the quest
- Region: Cinnabar Sands
- Level: 15
This quest is unlocked after completing the 5th main quest, Death's Door. Talk to the girl named Mian in the Stone's Echo settlement.
Find the Carja Hunters
Head to the designated location southwest of the Stone's Echo settlement.
Kill the Machines
Once there, help Talanah and kill the attacking machines. The Leaplasher will be knocked down if you hit the weak spots on its legs. Then run up quickly to the machine and deal it a critical hit.
Talk to Talanah and Follow Talanah to the Battlefield
After eliminating the threat, talk to Talanah. Once the conversation is over, follow the girl to the battlefield.
Examine the Footprints
First, investigate the footprints on the battlefield.
Investigate the Battlefield and Follow the Tracks
Scan the area and examine the weapons lying in the grass, the campfire, and the footprints farther east of the campfire. Turn on focus mode and highlight the tracks you found. Follow the footprints along the path to a nearby hill.
Talk to Utaru
Talk to the man sitting on the rock.
Go to the Western Ridge
Follow the road west until you reach the ridge that Lel spoke of.
Kill the Shellsnapper
Before reaching the ridge, the Shellsnapper will stand in your way. This machine is vulnerable to fire and acid damage. Shoot a few acid arrows first, then switch to the Explosive Blasting weapon and use bombs. Try to land hits on the machine's weak spots to deal as much damage as possible.
The Shellsnapper will sometimes hide underground before suddenly leaping out and trying to pounce on you. When this happens, dodge and quickly retaliate with your spear.
The Shellsnapper deals ice damage, so it's a good idea to quickly glance at your inventory and equip the right outfit for the occasion - one that provides a bonus to ice protection.
Enter the Tunnel
Once you defeat the machine, follow Tanalah and enter the tunnel.
Search the Tunnel for Clues
Activate focus mode and examine the body covered by the pile of rocks.