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Armadillo (Animal)

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3D model of an Armadillo
Scientific Name Dasypus novemcinctus
Loot Armadillo Carapace
Armadillo Meat
Location Gaptooth Ridge
Various locations in Nuevo Paraiso and New Austin
Location Map
The location of Armadillo

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The Armadillo is a species of animal found in Red Dead Redemption.


Armadillos are a small mammal covered by a hard shell. If shot with a large caliber weapon (some rifles, or shotguns) the armadillo may explode. This will render it unable to be skinned, so the player must use caution. Shotguns, however, can be used at a farther range to prevent this.

Armadillos are passive animals that will run away when Marston approaches them. They will never fight back with their claws or teeth, even if provoked. This was meant to be a feature, but it was scrapped before the game was released.



Rank 4 of the Master Hunter Challenges requires that the player collects five boar tusks and skin three armadillos.


  • Note that armadillos killed before needing them for the Master Hunter Rank 4 challenge do not count toward that challenge.
  • If hunted in areas with bushes or many rocks, they are quite good at blending in with their surroundings. To counter this, listen carefully. Whenever you approach an Armadillo, it will make a pig-like sound.
  • If you use large caliber weapons, such as shotgun and high-powered rifles on armadillos, they will destroy the animal and the player will be unable to skin the armadillo.


  • "Armadillo" is Spanish for "little armored one".


A glitch was encountered when an armadillo walked off a hill and floated around in a ragdoll position before moving back to the hill encountered. It was found north of The Hanging Rock, at night. Another glitch is near the Gang Hideout, Nosalida. Several, maybe even fourteen armadillos will run off toward the water, and, if followed, will walk through the rocks. They can be killed, but not skinned.


The player must kill an armadillo to contribute to the successful completion of the following trophy/achievement:

Bronze Ps3 bronze trophy
Kill every animal species in the game in any game mode.

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