Horizon Forbidden West Patch 1.09 brings various bug fixes [Patch Notes]

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Key notes

  • Gorilla Games is working tirelessly at fixing all the Forbidden West bugs.
  • Patch 1.09 is super packed with both visual and gameplay improvements.
  • Even the  Black Box Collectibles activity rewards got fixed with this update.
  • Furthermore, developers added stability and performance improvements.
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The creators of Horizon Forbidden West, Guerrilla Games, have released update 1.09 (1.009) details for PS4 and PS5 players.

The upcoming Horizon Forbidden West 1.09 patch notes speak about various bug fixes, tweaks, and gameplay adjustments.

Furthermore, the Horizon Forbidden West update 1.09 (1.009.000) will also include performance and stability improvements.

What’s new in Horizon Forbidden West?

Unfortunately, players are still facing a number of issues with the game, which Horizon Forbidden West version 1.09 will address.

Basically, this is what we’re looking at with this latest game patch, as developers informed all players and people that bought the title:

  • Addressed various graphical issues regarding shimmering and sharpening.
  • Addressed issues related to screen saturation.
  • Fixed multiple issues where the player fast travels to any campfire while gliding inside of a tornado.
  • Fixed an issue where receiving the reward after completing the Black Box Collectibles activity.
  • Added stability and performance improvements.

The most important tweaks here are definitely the graphics ones. Players have been constantly reporting visual fidelity bugs since launch day.

Even more good news is that the campfire bug has finally met its match and will no longer bother us while enjoying our new favorite title.

Everyone is still waiting on extra information about the last entry in the patch notes list, which states that stability and performance improvements have been added.


We are currently looking into several issues reported by the community. Please note that these issues are not yet fixed in this patch, but our teams are investigating them with high priority.

  • The team are continuing to investigate and tweak the reported graphical issues regarding shimmering, sharpening and screen saturation.
  • Some players have reported multiple issues with various types of traversal after the player fast travels to any campfire while gliding inside of a tornado.
  • Some players have reported an issue with receiving the reward after completing the Black Box Collectibles activity.


Main Quests

  • Fixed an issue in main quest ‘To The Brink’ where using Silent Strike on a quest-specific Bristleback would teleport the player to Chainscrape.
  • Fixed an issue in main quest ‘The Dying Lands’ where Varl and Zo would sometimes idle outside of Plainsong and block progression.
  • Fixed an issue in main quest ‘The Dying Lands’ where Aloy’s companions would not lead the way after restarting from a specific save.
  • Fixed an issue in main quest ‘The Broken Sky’ where reloading a certain save could sometimes disable fast travel unintentionally.
  • Fixed an issue in main quest ‘Cradle of Echoes’ where loading a save created on the previous patch would cause Aloy to be stuck in the Base.
  • Fixed an issue in main quest ‘Thebes’ where Aloy’s breathing sounds were playing during a cinematic sequence.
  • Fixed an issue in main quest ‘All That Remains’ where restarting from a certain save would cause Aloy to spawn in the Base and unable to leave.

Side Quests

  • Fixed an issue in side quest ‘The Bristlebacks’ where Ulvund didn’t get the memo and stuck around in Chainscrape after the quest was completed.
  • Fixed an issue in side quest ‘What Was Lost’ where Kotallo would sometimes become unresponsive when reloading from a specific save.
  • Fixed an issue in side quest ‘Blood For Blood’ where Kavvoh and Arokkeh could not be interacted with in specific circumstances, blocking progression.
  • Fixed an issue in side quest ‘Forbidden Legacy’ where fast traveling during the Slitherfang encounter would cause the machine to not respawn, thus blocking progression.
  • Fixed an issue in side quest ‘The Roots that Bind’ where the quest objective “Go to the Drumroot” would not complete after damaging the Widemaws from a large distance.
  • Fixed an issue in errand quest ‘Call And Response’ where killing the enemies before receiving the objective to do so could block progression.

World Activities

  • Fixed an issue in Gauntlet Run, where passing the finish line in last place would result in a win in specific circumstances.
  • Fixed several issues with specific Firegleam and Metal Flower icons not being displayed on the map.
  • Fixed an issue where Firegleam icons would not be correctly removed from the map once the related activity was completed.
  • Fixed an issue where fast travel would be disabled in specific circumstances when loading a save made while playing Machine Strike.


  • Fixed an issue where the Machine Strike UI would briefly flicker at the end of a game.


  • Fixed an issue where Aloy wouldn’t appear wet anymore after being in water.
  • Multiple graphics fixes and improvements in cinematics.
  • Multiple visual improvements in shadows and clouds.
  • Fixed an issue where Photo Mode controls would be frozen when initiating Photo Mode during a swan dive.

Performance and Stability

  • Multiple crash fixes.
  • Multiple performance and streaming improvements in cinematics.
  • Removed multiple unintentional loading screens and black screens.
  • Fixed multiple instances of streaming and visual popping.


  • Made several improvements to the NPCs’ movement and animations in settlements.
  • Made it easier to tag individual components when using motion aiming and scanning machines.
  • When picking up potions or tools that don’t fit in your toolbelt anymore they are now moved to the stash.
  • Several balancing changes to weapons and enemies.
  • Fixed several instances where Aloy could get stuck in geometry.
  • Fixed an issue where the ‘All Machine Types Scanned’ trophy could be easily missed during the final main quest ‘Singularity’.
  • Fix for the mount call sometimes causing the flying mount to be spawned in undesirable positions and in rare cases be unreachable.
  • Several datapoints that are located in areas that the player could not return to are now automatically unlocked upon the player leaving that space.
  • Fixed multiple instances of specific music tracks getting stuck and repeating.

No, there are no changes, improvements, or tweaks of any kind coming to the PC version, as the game is still a PlayStation exclusive.

Have you encountered any other bugs while playing Horizon Forbidden West? Share your experience with us in the comments section below.