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

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Matt Bird writes all sorts of nonsense, but he dedicates a large chunk of his time to writing game walkthroughs.

Red Dead Redemption Is Already Disturbing

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.

War

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 capture difficult.

Pestilence

Pestilence

Pestilence

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.

Famine

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.

Death

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.

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!

See the Four Horses in Action

Chat about the End of Days here!

MARK on October 11, 2018:

i got death before famine and Pestilence

impatient but wants unicorn on September 18, 2018:

I cant find pestilence. I've been searching everywhere in tall trees. Ugh why does pestilence have to be so hard to find.

Newbie on August 18, 2018:

I got war but im too impatient to ride around tall trees and get pestilence. And do the horses of the apocalypse respawn after death???

Charlotte on August 10, 2018:

I caught the war horse then i caught Pestilence and ive now got famine im just wondering is it now possible to get the ghost horse and if so wheres the best place to look

Shian Park Lee on December 16, 2017:

War is one of my favorate horse ever !! this Horse is on FIRE !! i love FIRE !!

and Pestilence is my favorate too cause it's eyes and its bleeding and famine i dont know and the last is death i love its eyes when i riding the death horse theres uhh. um theres a wind ? whatever but my most favorate apocalypse horse is ... ALL the Four Apocalypse horse ohh yeahh cant wait to catch a Famine and death

Mad but want to beat game on June 19, 2017:

have pestilence but I might just go head and beat the game although it might b hard because after a while when I'm like killing zombies the heads of the zombies and the survivors and like all the people start disappearing and it's hard to c where the heads are and it's hard to get a head shot and it also interferes with my game like it won't let me do missions or save the game or anything it's freaking annoying but the game is still really cool just I hate the thing that u can't go into water like in GTA 5u can go into water so what's up with that

sheven on September 12, 2016:

One of my favourite parts of Red Dead Redemption

Amikah on March 16, 2013:

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

bob on January 17, 2013:

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

Pow on January 06, 2013:

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