How to Find the Four Horses of the Apocalypse in Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare


Red Dead Redemption is already a disturbing game.

Death, disease, prostitution, the scum of the Earth, and, in the case of Undead Nightmare, the dead rising from the grave. So why shouldn't the Four Horses of the Apocalypse come out to play as well?

Yes, the Red Dead Redemption DLC pack, Undead Nightmare, unleashes these four perilous mares on the landscape of New Austin, West Elizabeth and Nuevo Paraiso. Note, though, that the horsemen are absent - which means that the four mounts are up for grabs. Ready for the neatest challenge of your life, John Marston?

All four horses appear during the events of Undead Nightmare, roaming the wilds of the three territories of Red Dead Redemption, and John Marston can break all of them - though it's not easy. This guide will help the player locate the four horses and bring them to heel.

The Rules

But first, however, it's good to note that the four horses come with some rules attached:

- First, they count as mythical creatures. Consequently John will be alerted to their nearby presence if he happens upon one, though not given an exact location - aside from a blue circle on the map that signifies the general vicinity of the horse. Stay within this circle to catch each beast.

- Second, John can form 'blood pacts' with all four that count as licenses for permanent ownership, though only AFTER he's gotten all four. Consequently, losing any of them before that happens means John will have to re-capture them, and when he does he won't gain the benefit of the blue circle in the field.

- Third, the horses boast not only special powers, but near-unparalleled levels of stamina and durability. They can, however, still die.

Still sound good? Then let's have a look at the horses.



Number one is the fiery War, a fearsome creature that's by far the easiest to spot at a distance thanks to its ever-present flames. This makes War the easiest to catch and one of the most valuable early-game assets in Undead Nightmare, as hitting zombies while riding War will cause them to burst into flames.

War is of middling difficulty to find, as it typically appears just about anywhere in New Austin, the second largest of the game's areas. The flat plains of the region make it easier to spot at a distance, fortunately, though the annoying undead legions frequenting the plains can make a capture difficult.



The most sickly of the horses, covered in bloody wounds and sporting a ghastly white coat - not to mention an ever-present green cloud - Pestilence is the second of the four horses likely to be encountered, though possibly the least useful. Its only real power is its ability to absorb massive amounts of damage without dying, far more so than even the other four horses.

Pestilence appears in the smallest area compared to the other four horses, showing up in West Elizabeth. It usually appears in Tall Trees, which can make capture of the horse difficult thanks to the annoying terrain.



Typically the third of the four horses found by Red Dead Redemption players, Famine is another sickly beast that, aside from sporting a rather dull coat, is surrounded by an ever-present cloud of locusts (which, fortunately, don't harm John). Though these locusts cause no damage to enemies, they seem to bless Famine with greater speed than almost any other mount in Undead Nightmare. If you're looking to go somewhere in a hurry, use Famine.

Finding Famine requires waiting until Nuevo Paraiso opens up a bit later in the scenario, as it shows up most often near Chuparosa. It has been sighted in numerous other locations in Nuevo Paraiso, however, so don't necessarily limit your searches to Chuparosa and the surrounding region. As ever, the undead in the desert can make a catch annoying, though there's lots of ground across which you can chase Famine in order to avoid intervening zombies.



The epitome of the Four Horses of the Apocalypse, Death is always the final horse of the set. It only spawns in Undead Nightmare after the other three horses have been at least caught, and then will show up virtually anywhere in New Austin, West Elizabeth or Nuevo Paraiso. Getting Death this way is, ah, difficult - particularly since, at a distance, it looks a bit like a normal horse, albeit one with a ghostly wind trailing in its wake. Since this wind can cause zombies' heads to explode, Death is a must have for John Marston.

That said, there IS an easier way to get Death: beat On a Pale Horse, the final mission of Undead Nightmare. Doing so will unlock Death automatically, and grant Marston control over him and the other three beasts.

Which of the Four Horses of the Apocalypse is your favorite?

  • War
  • Pestilence
  • Famine
  • Death
See results without voting

Sound good?

Then there's just one other benefit to catching the Four Horses of the Apocalypse to mention: getting the lot of them is essential for attaining the full completion achievement/trophy for Undead Nightmare: Zed's Dead, Baby. So get on that horse breaking, already!

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Chat about the End of Days here! 30 comments

red dead fan 4 years ago

the four horses of the pocalps are all cool creatures altho they some time like to hurt you :[

I Like War 4 years ago

My fav is war although 1 time i was by some hay and i caught on fire and the zombies killed me

Spiddley 4 years ago

Although I find War to be a pretty awesome horse to come by so early in the game, I find it a bit bitter sweet. While the horse's flames burn the Undead, it clashed when John Marston becomes entangled with flames (such as completing graveyard sand drawing too close to one of the coffins) and I got a bit scared and nearly fled War without a care, then noticed that I was stupid enough to be standing right next to the flames of the coffin. I have to say, during the Graveyard cleanse in Tumbleweed, War is a great horse to ride on while burning the Undead as you can climb onto one of the buildings nearby the church, and while of course you can't really shoot the Undead unless they're running TOWARDS you, it is quite humorous to see them burn and die inside the shed, pretty easy kills if you've got the time!

Still looking out for Famine!

muhammed ali mazari 4 years ago

i love to capture the war horse but i never ever saw him i will use your guide to find him

Timmay B. 4 years ago

My favorite horse is the unicorn. Very difficult to find but it's cool

shadowwolf 4 years ago

I have war he is the best and I caught pestilance one time but those are the only ones I have seen

trolpolice 4 years ago

my favourite horse was rainbow dash lol XD

Pepsi 4 years ago

My first horse was the war horse. I didn't even know about the horses until I caught it and then I had to look it up. Now I have all of the horses. :D but I mostly use War or Death

Confused:/ 4 years ago

I got death at the end but it didn't give me the rank 4 for the four horses of the apocalypse is there any way to get it do I kill death then call him back or what? I need help...

4 years ago

i had war for a lital bit but he sudenly died well i was riding him

... 4 years ago

well i only use war and death

mitdome 4 years ago

for me its got to be death he is the bomb, war is ok but he doesn't kill them straight away like death.

4 years ago


Pow 3 years ago

I caught all of the horses then they all ran away. Except for death. Now i have to catch them again

Dx12 person 3 years ago

I so far have war horse and pestilence I'm on a quest to find famine

bob 3 years ago

war was the the best but i accidently drove him into the freaking ocaen so now i have pestilence

3 years ago

The first horse I found was Was as you told, but the second one I got was death and I got it by finishing the quest of the green mask in some catacomb.

Amikah 3 years ago

I like every horse that l kath but l like the unicorn the most because it has rainbow behind it and it is cool because l love mithey creatures and l like the famine it is cool l like the war horse

Current time 3 years ago

=i haven't played red dead undead nightmare but i have it so i am looking forward to getting wAr

JOHNZY 0 3 years ago

Man, I only just got Undead Nightmare and I'm not sure if I should get War or Death... Hmm.

I might just finish the game nice and quick and get the horses automatically. Then I can get da Unicorn!

Miasma 2 years ago

I got death and boy did I love him!or is it a her? I dont know but who cares this horse is freakin awesome! But the safest day of undead nightmare was the day a survivor shot him in the head

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ilikegames 2 years ago from Australia

Reading this page I think I need to play some Red Dead again, so many memories!

RDRUN 2 years ago

Got the three of them and still looking for death...

taylor 2 years ago

After you get all the horses you can get a unicorn

munster8me 2 years ago

I beat the game and got death but not the others,before I beat it I had all the other horses

Gage Hughes 2 years ago

I found Famine and broke it It was reely fast

sam mcvicker 2 years ago

It was usefull but took me 3 hours to get war

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SimilarSam 2 years ago from Australia

One of my favourite parts of Red Dead Redemption.

Jimmy king 216 11 months ago

Good game stilllll

sheven 5 weeks ago

One of my favourite parts of Red Dead Redemption

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