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Hunting Guide for "Red Dead Redemption 2"
Hunting is a huge aspect of the Red Dead Redemption 2 video game. There are 178 animals that you can find in different regions of the game! You can hunt small game like rabbits, beavers, and birds. The game also features big game like whitetail deer, moose, boars, bison, grizzly bears, and more. If you're lucky and know where to look, you'll find "Legendary Animals." They are extremely rare species of animals that can be sold to a butcher or trapper. The price of Legendary Animals in Red Dead Redemption 2 is much higher than other animals that roam the western world. You can make unique clothing out of them.
This article will provide the locations of the Legendary Animals. Additionally, I will explain how to get clean kills on animals to obtain perfect pelts. Animal pelts that are damaged will sell for a much lower price compared to perfect pelts.
Check the Compendium for a list of the different species of animals in Red Dead Redemption 2. The Compendium will be updated when you learn more about them.
All 16 Legendary Animal Locations
Make sure to explore the map to reveal all locations. It will be easier to find all the Legendary Animals that are in "Red Dead Redemption 2" that way. You can zoom in and zoom out while viewing the map. Waypoints can be marked on the map to set a path.
1. Legendary Grizzly Bear
Location: Grizzlies East, Ambarino. North of O'Creagh's run.
Tips: You'll encounter the bear on chapter 2 when you go hunting with Hosea. You probably won't have powerful weapons at that point, but can return later to the hunt the bear. Make sure to use a high powered rifle, otherwise, the bear will maul you to death if you don't exercise caution.
2. Legendary Buck
Location: Big Valley, West Elizabeth. Northwest of the town of Strawberry. Animal will be roaming around in a forest.
Tips: Use the Rolling Block Rifle with express ammunition. Aim for the vital areas with the Dead Eye ability.
3. Legendary Bighorn Ram
Location: Cattail Pond, New Hanover. West of the town of Valentine.
Tips: Use a rifle and aim for the heart or head vital areas.
4: Legendary White Bison
Location: Lake Isabella, Ambarino
Tips: Check the slopes of the frozen lake to find the animal roaming around. Use a rifle and target the vitals with Dead Eye to get a clean kill.
5: Legendary Wolf
Location: Cotorra Springs, Ambarino
Tips: Aim for the heart with a rifle.
6. Legendary Moose
Location: Roanoke Ridge, Ambarino
Tips: Because the moose is powerful compared to other animals in Red Dead Redemption 2, target the heart and neck area when using Dead Eye.
7. Legendary Beaver
Location: Butcher Creek, Lemoyne
Tips: Use the varmint rifle to get a clean kill on the beaver. The beaver will be along the river banks.
8: Legendary Boar
Location: Blue Marsh Water. Search northern part.
Tips: Use the Springfield rifle or use poisonous arrows with the bow.
9. Legendary Coyote
Location: Old Greenbank Mill, New Hanover. Check the hills of Scarlet Meadows.
Tips: Use the Springfield to get a clean kill. The coyote can become very elusive if you're not stealthy and careful.
10: Legendary Fox
Location: Mattock Pond, Lemoyne. Check west of the town of Rhoads.
Tips: Use the varmint rifle and Dead Eye to acquire a clean kill.
11: Legendary Elk (white coat)
Location: Bacchus Station, Cumberland Forest.
Tips: The animal will have a bright white coat. Use high velocity or express ammunition with the Springfield rifle.
12: Legendary Bullgator
Location: Lakay Bayou (appears after completing Chapter 4 Country Pursuit quest).
Tips: The animal is tough and very quick. Use the Rolling Block Rifle to snipe it. It's too dangerous to fight it up close.
13: Legendary Cougar
Gaptooth Ridge, New Austin.
Location: Use Dead Eye because shooting the animal is difficult when it's running. The rifle will work, but use the shotgun if the cougar gets close. Track the cougar by searching for the fur and claw marks.
14: Legendary Pronghorn
Location: Rio Del Lobo Rock, New Austin.
Tips: Use scent book to remain undetected. Take out the Pronghorn with the bow.
15: Legendary Takana Bison
Location: Mantea Falls, New Austin. Northwest part.
Tips: The bison is docile unless it is provoked. Remain stealthy and use the Springfield rifle. Use several rounds of express ammo in the vital areas of the bison.
16: Legendary Panther
Location: Bolber Blade, Lemoyne.
Tips. Hunting the panther in Red Dead Redemption 2 is difficult and time consuming. You must be Master Hunter Rank 9 for the panther to spawn.
How to Hunt in "Red Dead Redemption 2"
Dead Eye is a valuable ability in Red Dead Redemption 2. It slows down time so you can fire precision shots on animals and enemies. While it's not absolutely necessary, you should upgrade Dead Eye until you can mark targets. Play the story until you get to the second train robbery mission. You'll unlock an upgraded version of Dead Eye.
Getting clean animals kills is fundamental. A three star rating means the animal pelt is in perfect condition. One star means that it is in poor condition. Animal pelts that are in good to perfect condition sell for more money at the butcher or trapper.
To prevent animal pelt damage, use the proper weapon and aim at the animal's vital areas, preferably with Dead Eye for accuracy. Observe the animal to check its rating. Some animals will have a lower quality pelt by default. Focus on finding three stars ratings.
Make sure to study animals by getting close them by pressing R1. The game will provide you with vital information on how to get a clean kill. The binoculars will help you study animals from a distance.
The Varmint Rifle and Lasso
Use the varmint rifle when hunting smaller game like rabbits. Using a powerful weapon will destroy the pelts. You'll get a one star rating instead of three. The lasso can be used to hunt medium size animals like deer. Lasso the animal, hold the button down, then use the knife. It's possible to use the lasso when riding on a horse.
Scent Blockers and Stealth
While you can technically hunt animals while riding on your horse like a maniac, it's often better to take a stealthy approach. You'll be able to study animals and get clean kills easier. Some animals, predators like wolves, will attack you on sight. Other animals are more docile and spook easily. Use a scent blocker to be more stealthy. Scent blocker will make it harder for animals to smell you, particularly when the wind is in a certain direction.
Running around is an easy way to scare herbivore animals like deer. Make sure to crouch. Slowly move until you're in shooting distance. Once you're close enough, use Dead Eye to target the vital areas of the animal you're hunting.
Death in "Red Dead Redemption 2"
Unfortunately, you'll lose all your animal pelts if you die in the game. Make sure to sell all your animal pelts whenever possible. Animal pelts can be sold at major places like Valentine or Strawberry. Your horse can only carry so many animal pelts. And only one entire carcass of a medium sized animal can be placed on the back of your horse. An animal that is not sold to a butcher or trapper in time will inevitably decompose.
Red Dead Redemption 2 has many realistic features. Some people may find them interesting, but others may find them superfluous and tedious. It takes quite a lot of time to travel from one area of the map to another. Watch out for outlaws, predatory animals, and bounty hunters that will trail you. If you die, you'll lose money and all the animal pelts you've obtained. I'm not sure how much money you lose upon death. It may be percentage based.