Should you choose Yarra or Drakka in Horizon Forbidden West Gate of the Vanquished

Horizon Forbidden West Yarra or Drakka
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You'll have to choose between Yarra or Drakka in Horizon Forbidden West within the course of the Gate of the Vanquished quest, where the two Tenakth leaders are at loggerheads. This is a problem, for them at least, because disputes over Tenakth leadership involve fighting to the death, so only the winners survive in these clashes. During the build up to this Horizon Forbidden West mission Aloy will discover the current situation, and the stakes couldn't be higher – it won't just be the defeated leader who loses their life, as their entire factions will also battle until only one is left standing. This means there could be a huge death toll based on your decision, so the pressure is on.

If you want some help with the choice between Yarra or Drakka in the Horizon Forbidden West Gate of the Vanquished quest, here's everything we know.

The Horizon Forbidden West Yarra or Drakka decision in Gate of the Vanquished explained

Horizon Forbidden West Yarra or Drakka

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The quest will start as soon as you arrive at the Gate of the Vanquished map marker in Horizon Forbidden West. You can speak to Yarra and Drakka, who will both explain that they think the other is up to no good, and a small civil war is the only possible solution.

Once you've heard them talk, you have the following options:

  • Side with Yarra
  • Side with Drakka
  • You both need to stand down

Unfortunately, the 'stand down' choice isn't really an option here bar one important benefit. Choosing it will see Aloy make a very logical and impassioned speech about working together being the best option and, while correct and well made, will just see the pair deciding killing is definitely the only way forward. The only upside here is that you'll reduce the death count to a small arena battle, not the entire tribe. 

The good or bad news is that it doesn't really make a difference who you pick - everything will play out the same. Making a choice will trigger a small arena fight between you and the side you chose, and the other side. It's over when you win and the opposing character is executed. 

It is at least a decision that doesn't really have any lasting ramification beyond the person left in charge. There's a later mission you'll then get from either Yarra or Drakka, depending on who lived, but the dialogue and quest is the same either way. 

So that's the answer here: pick who you want as it doesn't really matter - you get the same follow up mission either way from whoever's left. 

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