Horizon Forbidden West: How to Get the Sunwing Flying Mount

Wondering when you can take to the skies in Horizon Forbidden West? Here's how to get the Sunwing flying mount.

The flying mount in Horizon Forbidden West is one of the best ways to get around and reach previously inaccessible areas. Not only that, but it also allows you to survey machine sites and rebel outposts to create more unique paths into hunting and combat encounters. To take to the skies, you'll need the Sungwing override, though you won't get that until near the end of the campaign. 

This short Horizon Forbidden West guide will tell you how to get the Sunwing flying mount, as well as explain how its mount controls work, as they're a bit different than those for the land mounts.

Where to Find the Sunwing Flying Mount in Horizon Forbidden West

The campaign mission in question is The Wings of the Ten, the second-to-last mission in Horizon Forbidden West's campaign. During this quest, you'll be required to craft the Sunwing flying mount override, which you pick up during the Gemini mission at the eponymous Cauldron.

The Sunwing flying mount override is one of a handful of corrupted machine overrides that require repair at the Fabrication Terminal at The Base (you can see a full list via the link above). But don't worry: The Wings of the Ten leads you through all of this, and it's unmissable. 

Once you unlock the Sunwing override, you'll summon the flying mount to move forward in the quest, and you'll use it to unlock the Shining Wastes Tallneck along the way.

The flying mount acts similarly to Horizon Forbidden West's three other machine mounts, though there are a few notable differences. The Sunwing has its own mount call, and it can be called from anywhere at any time, even if you already have a land mount with you.

Further, the Sunwing flying mount will swoop down to pick you up the first time you call it, putting you on its back and flying off automatically. Any subsequent uses of the Sunwing Mount Call without fast traveling will see it descend and land near you.

Sunwing Flying Mount Controls

These are the default controls for the flying mount:

  • Mount/Dismount: Square
  • Ascend: R1/pull left stick back in flight
  • Descend: R2/push left stick forward in flight
  • Hover: Press/hold nothing after stopping
  • Glide: Press hold nothing after speeding up
  • Speed Up: X
  • Slow Down: Circle
  • Grab/Drop Energy Cell or Barrel Roll: Triangle

That's about all you need to know about the flying mount in Horizon Forbidden West. The Sunwing is great for getting around areas without campfires quickly, as well as reaching some of the highest points in the game. It's also useful for nabbing the Completed a Long Glide trophy, which asks you to glide uninterrupted for 60 seconds. For more tips and tricks for HFW, head over to our guides hub

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Published Feb. 22nd 2022

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