There are five major areas in Forza Horizon 5 (six if you count the Mainstage). Once you complete the tutorial and initial phase, you’re granted an Accolade point. This is what we need to unlock more story missions and races, as well as our means of campaign progression. Here’s our Forza Horizon 5 guide to help you with the Horizon Adventure zones that you need to prioritize when spending your Accolade points.
Note: For more information, check out our Forza Horizon 5 guides and features hub.
Forza Horizon 5 Horizon Adventure guide – Zone rewards to prioritize when spending Accolade points
Technically, you can prioritize any Horizon Adventure zone in Forza Horizon 5. The sandbox nature of the game means that you’re free to do anything you want and to progress at your own pace. However, if you wish to make the most out of those Accolade points, then you’ll need to follow a certain sequence.
High priority: Horizon Baja
- Race unlock: Cross Country Races
- Car unlock: Deberti F-150 Prerunner
The reason why we want to unlock Horizon Baja early in Forza Horizon 5 isn’t just because it makes additional Cross Country Races available. It’s that it has the V10 story mission. Once you complete the Baja Expedition, you can use an extra Accolade point to gain access to V10. Your reward here is a free Koenigsegg Jesko, considered one of the fastest cars in the game.
High priority: Horizon Rush
- Activity unlock: PR Stunts
- Car unlock: N/A
The only thing that we need to do in Horizon Rush is the Canyon Expedition. It’s fairly short, as it only entails driving a float down the street before careening off a ramp. With this done, you’ll see more PR Stunt activities on the world map. These include Speed Traps, Speed Zones, and Danger Signs (jumps). If you have the Koenigsegg Jesko, then these challenges will become laughably easy.
Average priority: Horizon Street Scene
- Race unlock: Street Races and Drag Races
- Car unlock: Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec
When you’re done with the Guanajuato Expedition, you’ll have more Street Races and Drag Races in Forza Horizon 5. The Drag Races, too, are made easier if you’re able to drive the Jesko. Just check the tuning menu and find something that greatly boosts its top speed (just a little over 490 kph), as well as its launch and acceleration stats.
Low priority: Horizon Wilds
- Race unlock: Dirt Races
- Car unlock: Peugeot 207 Super
The only reason why you’ll want to do the Jungle Expedition in Forza Horizon 5 is because of one particular Barn Find, the Jaguar Sport XJR-15. This spot can only be accessed once you’re through with the initial expedition. Moreover, you’ll actually need to wait for a long time for the Jaguar’s restoration process to be finished. If you already have other vehicles that are significantly faster, then you won’t need to prioritize this anymore.
Low priority: Horizon Apex
- Race unlock: Road Races
- Car unlock: Bac Mono
When you’re finished with the Tulum Expedition, you can spend a couple of extra Accolade points for the Lucha de Carreteras story mission and The Colossus mega circuit. Neither of these needs to be prioritized.
Bonus: Horizon Festival Mexico – The Goliath
You’ll already complete two of the tasks here as part of the early-game experience in Forza Horizon 5. As for The Goliath, it’s a mega circuit that spans the length and breadth of Mexico’s countryside. It’s similar to The Colossus in that it’s a Road Race as well. That means perfectly tuned cars like the Koenigsegg Jesko, Porsche Spyder, Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, Bugatti Divo, and others excel on this track.
However, a single lap can take you over 10 minutes to finish. That’s why some players prefer to create a custom race with 50 laps before going AFK. You can watch this particular method in the video below from YouTuber OiAvogadro:
Forza Horizon 5 is available via Steam and Xbox Game Pass. For more information, check out our guides and features hub.