The Bristlebacks is a Side Quest in Horizon Forbidden West found in Chainscrape and issued by Ulvund. You'll likely discover it during To the Brink, although it can't be completed until after The Embassy. As part of our Horizon Forbidden West guide, we're going to explain everything you need to know about The Bristlebacks.

The Bristlebacks: Overview

Horizon Forbidden West: The Bristlebacks Guide 1
The Bristlebacks side quest can be started by speaking to Ulvund at the entrance to Chainscrape.
Type Description Recommended Level
Side Quest Bristlebacks have run rampant in the Daunt. But how did they get into the valley in the first place? 7
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The Bristlebacks: Walkthrough

To make progress in The Bristlebacks you'll need to travel to a mine near to Twilight's Landing. Inside this mine you'll find a note, which will arouse suspicion. However, the quest will be paused if you haven't completed The Embassy yet. Upon finishing The Embassy, head to a Tenakth outpost named The Deadfalls and kill all the rebels. You'll be able to explore the area and will discover a drawbridge, which can be dropped by operating a wheel and shooting out two coils of rope. Then take the information you discover back to Javad in Chainscrape.

Objective Log

  • Talk to the Carja Magistrate
  • Search West of the Quarry for Bristlebacks
  • Follow the Trail to the Back of the Valley
  • Enter the Mine
  • Investigate the Mine
  • Kill the Machines
  • Investigate the Smoking Tunnel
  • Examine the Note
  • Return to Javad the Willing
  • Find the Source of the Bristlebacks Beyond Barren Light
  • Search North of Barren Light for the Rebel Camp
  • Find an Entrance to the Rebel Machine Pens
  • Kill the Rebels and Their Machines
  • Investigate the Cave
  • Return to Javad the Willing

The Bristlebacks: Rewards

  • 2,330 XP
  • 2 Skill Points

The Bristlebacks: Notes

Completing The Bristlebacks will unlock the Nora Champion outfit. You can find All Outfits, Armour, and Best Outfits to Use through the link. This side quest also contributes to the Saved the Daunt Trophy.


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