Red Dead Redemption 2 Wildlife, Horses, Hunting, & Fishing Shown

Rockstar has released a post on their website, revealing further details on horses, wildlife, fishing, and hunting in Red Dead Redemption 2. These three will be a very important part of the gameplay experience. There will be over 200 different species of animals, fish, and birds in the game, as well as 19 breeds of horses, for example.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Wildlife, Horses, Hunting, & Fishing Shown
Red Dead Redemption 2 Wildlife, Horses, Hunting, & Fishing Shown

First off, the wildlife. According to the post on Rockstar’s website, Red Dead Redemption 2 is going to feature a staggering 200 different species of birds, animals and fish, “all of which behave and respond to their environment in a unique way.” And we’re talking very real species of wildlife; no procedurally generated monstrosities like we used to see in, say, No Man’s Sky. Basically, the Wild West will be full of dangerous fauna that you’ll have to be wary of. And, considering the many different ecosystems that you’ll travel through, from snow-covered mountains to the swamps, you can expect to see a wide variety of wildlife, including alligators, eagles, horses, deer, bears, wolves…

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Which brings us to hunting and fishing. Of course that’s going to be a huge part of the game. For fish, correct baits and lures will be key. For other animals, it’ll be careful tracking and patience. More importantly, your choice of weapon and where you place the shot can “affect the quality of the meat and pelt, which in turn affects the price that traders will pay for them.” Once you do manage to hunt an animal down, you’ll have the option to either bring the carcass whole, or skin and butcher it right then and there. You can choose whether you’re going to sell the meat and pelts, or save some for food and / or crafting.

Last, but most certainly not least, the horses. There will be 19 horse breeds in the game, “from Appaloosas and Arabians to Shires to Mustangs.” All of them will apparently handle differently, and also have their own characteristics. You’ll be able to get horses by taming them in the wild, purchasing them, or, you know, flat out stealing them. You are an outlaw, after all. That’s not all. You’ll also have to groom and feed your horse regularly, in order to “see improvements in stamina, performance and handling;” plus, your horse “will become less skittish as the bond grows between you.” On top of all of that, there’ll be “59 different styles of coat, and a huge range of customizable tack, including saddles, horns, stirrups, spurs,” so yeah, horses will be pretty central, as one expects from a Western.

If you end up getting stuck at another point, you might want to check out some of the other guides we have. We've written about mysteries like the missing person Gavin, the Rhodes Gunsmith prisoner, the locked door at Valentine doctor. We also have instructional guides that show how to rob stores without getting bounty or where to sell jewelry and gold bars. If it's collectibles or key items you're after, we've found all the Penny Dreadful comic books, Chick's treasure map location, or that famous pipe for Dutch. Finally, if you don't care to explore the map yourself, you could take a look at our Watson's Cabin and Catfish Jackson's Homestead locations guides. In the latest Red Dead Online Moonshiners Update you'll have a chance to find Navy Revolver and Best Shack Locations.

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