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A pack of wolves attacking a grizzly bear in Red Dead Redemption.

Animals are a group of friendly, neutral and hostile non-human NPCs found throughout the Red Dead franchise.

They first appear in limited roles and cutscenes in Red Dead Revolver, and are a major aspect of the open-ended gameplay of both Red Dead Redemption and Red Dead Redemption II.

Red Dead Revolver

Animals appear sporadically throughout Red Dead Revolver; the majority of animals found in the game, such as chickens or goats, serve as background elements for most levels.

Several animals holds some plot or gameplay significance in Revolver. Protagonist Red Harlow is seen occupied by a dog during the missions "Bounty Hunter" and "Ugly Streetfight"; it only appears in cutscenes.

Both horses and bulls can be used as mounts during specific points in the single-player campaign; player character Annie Stoakes can ride bulls during the mission "Range War", while Red is required to ride on a horse during the mission "End of the Line".

A single vulture can be killed by the player in the mission "The Cemetery", and its killing will result in money. It is the only avian animal that can be gunned down in Revolver.

Red Dead Redemption

Fauna comes in a variety of shapes and sizes and occupy wild areas throughout the gameplay. Some animals have been domesticated by the inhabitants of the American West, and serve as pets, transportation or livestock. Other animals cluster together in the wild in packs, herds, and flocks.

Predatory animals will attempt to hunt and kill other animals, human NPCs, as well as the player and his Horse.

Almost all species of animals can be hunted and killed. Many of these animals can be skinned, and have their pelt/feathers sold to merchants for cash. Birds can't be skinned, however, the player can loot their feathers.

The game map displays icons for various animals, indicating locations where those animals are most common.

In Undead Nightmare, several of the animals from the main game appear as Undead Animals.

Species in Redemption

There are 38 species of animal that inhabit the gameplay world of Red Dead Redemption, some of which have multiple sub-species:

* Note: the game makes a distinction between domesticated and wild horses for purposes of defining criminal acts and maintaining hunting statistics. The game also makes a distinction between regular bears and grizzlies.

Legendary Animals

These are the legendary animals found in both singleplayer and multiplayer:

  • Brumas the Bear – Located in the Nekoti Rock area. Lives in a cave at the top of a mountain, Northeast of the Aurora Basin lake (Bearclaw Camp in multiplayer). Shoot him and take his pelt to complete the Master Hunter Level 10 challenge. Two shots in the head with the buffalo rifle should do it. If the player doesn't want to take any risks, they should go to Dead Eye with the Evans Repeater and shoot the whole magazine into the bear.

The Liars and Cheats DLC contains 4 new legendary animals on each of the 4 new hunting grounds. They can only be found in multiplayer Free Roam.

They are:

Mythical Animals

  • Jackalope - The jackalope is a mythical animal of North American folklore that was added to Red Dead Redemption via the Hunting and Trading Outfits DLC. The jackalope's pelt is one of the scraps for the Expert Hunter Outfit.
  • War - One of the Four Horses of the Apocalypse that was added in the Undead Nightmare DLC. Incinerates any zombies that touch it.
  • Pestilence - One of the Four Horses of the Apocalypse that was added in the Undead Nightmare DLC. Can't die, unlimited stamina.
  • Famine - One of the Four Horses of the Apocalypse that was added in the Undead Nightmare DLC. Can't die, unlimited stamina.
  • Death - One of the Four Horses of the Apocalypse that was added in the Undead Nightmare DLC. Any zombies that touch Death will have their heads blown off.
  • Sasquatch - An ape-like creature added in the Undead Nightmare DLC.
  • Chupacabra - A mythical creature that was added in the Undead Nightmare DLC.
  • Unicorn - A horned horse added in the Undead Nightmare DLC.
  • Horned Goats - Larger horns, darker coats and red eyes. Added in the Undead Nightmare DLC.


In single player, the Master Hunter Challenges and many of the Sharpshooter Challenges involve hunting animals. These also appear as Multiplayer Challenges. Some of the Legendary Animals are included in these challenges. See Undead Hunter Challenges for information on challenges that involve the killing of Undead Animals.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Species in Redemption 2


  • Despite Marston wearing a Badger as a hat with the Expert Hunter Outfit, there are no Badgers in the game.
  • Insects can be found around Red Dead Redemption, including ants, beetles, and butterflies; the player can't interact with them.


There are several trophies/achievements that are associated with interacting with animals:

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Kill every animal species in the game in any game mode.

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Evade the U.S. Marshals while riding the Hungarian Half-bred in singleplayer.

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Complete 20 story missions without switching to a new horse at a hitching post.

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Kill the last buffalo in the Great Plains in singleplayer.

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Kill and skin 18 Grizzly Bears.

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