A herd of American Buffalo on the Great Plains.

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A wolf attacks Marston's horse.

Animals are a central feature of the American wilderness and play a role in both Red Dead Revolver and Red Dead Redemption.

Red Dead RevolverEdit

Animals do not play a large role in Red Dead Revolver since hunting is not a feature of the game and the wilderness areas are only encountered within the context of missions. A handful of species do appear and contribute to gameplay, however.

Horses are used as mounts by the player and enemies during several missions. Bulls and American Bison also serve as mounts in one mission. Chickens wander around farm areas. A single dog, belonging to protagonist Red Harlow, makes an appearance early in the game. A vulture appears in one mission and is the only animal in the game that can be killed for money and that can be automatically targeted by the player.

Red Dead RedemptionEdit

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 RedemptionEdit

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 AnimalsEdit

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 AnimalsEdit

  • 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 2Edit

Species in Redemption 2Edit


  • 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. They include Ants, Beetles, and Butterflies. You cannot interact with them at all.
  • Armadillo has sheep in the game.


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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