The Roots That Bind is a Side Quest in Horizon Forbidden West found in Plainsong issued by Nel after completing Death's Door. You'll likely discover it during The Dying Lands. As part of our Horizon Forbidden West guide, we're going to explain everything you need to know about The Roots That Bind.

The Roots That Bind: Overview

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You'll find Nel at the very top of Plainsong. She's hard to miss as she'll be calling out to you in order to get your attention.
Type Description Recommended Level
Side Quest The Utaru village of Riverhymn has been under constant attack by Tenakth raiders. Without more support, they won't hold out for much longer. 15

The Roots That Bind: Walkthrough

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Riverhymn is directly north of Plainsong, so it's not particularly difficult to find. When you arrive, you'll encounter a big battle between a group of Tenakth and the Utaru. Help the Utaru to win and Kue will lead you into the camp, telling you he needs some materials from Widemaw in order to make weapons for his clan.

You'll need to climb the Drumroot in order to get to the Widemaw. In the main chamber filled with water, dive underneath and follow currents. You'll find Vaus' corpse on the other side, so remember to loot it for his seed pouch. You can then climb up the main chamber, using your Focus with R3 in order to find hand holds.

The Widemaw are at the top. You need to pick up the glowing yellow cannisters that they release. You can either attack them head-on, or sneak around behind them and collect the Widemaw Metal Pods that way. Once you have six take them back to Kue and prepare for one more battle against the Tenakth.

Objective Log

  • Go to Riverhymn
  • Kill the Tenakth Rebels
  • Follow Kue
  • Talk to Kue
  • Go to the Top of the Drumroot
  • Gather Widemaw Metal Pods (6)
  • Return to Kue
  • Kill the Tenakth Rebels

The Roots That Bind: Weapons Obtained

Kue's Sharpshot Bow: The result of Kue's metal weaving. This bow is quick on the draw and is best used at shorter range to tear off machine parts. It can be upgraded to land Critical Hits more often.

The Roots That Bind: Rewards

  • 3,750 XP
  • 1 Kue's Sharpshot Bow
  • 2 Skill Points

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