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Snake Oil
Snake oil
A screenshot of the weapon in Red Dead Revolver.
Game Red Dead Revolver
Type Thrown
Snake Oil
Aceiteserpitente
The satchel image in Red Dead Redemption.
Game Red Dead Redemption
Nickname(s) Nigel West Dickens' Elixir
Bat Piss
Type Dead Eye restoration
Price $~ New Austin
$~ Nuevo Paraiso
$~ West Elizabeth


This bottle is handy for paralyzing would-be assailants. Just toss it in the direction of trouble and noxious gas will do the rest.

Store description from Red Dead Revolver


Refills the Dead Eye meter.

Satchel description from Red Dead Redemption


Snake Oil is a common name for a medical elixir that is sold with spurious claims. It can be found in both Red Dead Revolver and Red Dead Redemption, with different purposes.

Red Dead RevolverEdit

Snake Oil is a throwing weapon found in Red Dead Revolver, that breaks upon impact to damage and temporarily stun enemies.

CharacteristicsEdit

When used, snake oil temporarily renders enemies unable to shoot as they will be attempting to get liquid off themselves. After they begin to move again, their movements will be slowed down for a brief period.

Professor Perry uses Snake Oil as a weapon during his fight against Jack Swift, taking a swig from the bottle and then spit it back out at the player. Perry will heal himself several times over the course of the fight by drinking Snake Oil. Spitting Snake Oil is also his special move in Showdown Mode. NPCs refer to Perry as a "charlatan snake oil salesman."

Grizzly attacks Shadow Wolf with Snake Oil during the mission "Bear Mountain" if he gets close enough to melee attack.

AcquisitionEdit

It can first be obtained during the mission "The Mine" by interacting with a corpse that is inside the cell where the mission begins. It costs $400 for a quantity of five and only five can be purchased at a time.

Red Dead RedemptionEdit

Snake Oil is a consumable item found in Red Dead Redemption.

CharacteristicsEdit

When consumed, Snake Oil refills the Dead Eye meter.

It will take about three seconds to drink the Snake Oil, but the dead eye meter will become full directly after use.

AcquisitionEdit

Snake Oil can be picked up from looted corpses, found in chests, or bought from most General Stores.

TriviaEdit

  • Snake Oil was originally used by Chinese railroad workers as a remedy to treat joint pain while working; it was made from Chinese Water Snake. The ointment was introduced to other European workers with joint pains who would later exaggerate its effectiveness.
  • Nigel West Dickens is a stereotypical snake oil merchant who appears in many story missions. The player cannot actually buy snake oil from Mr. West Dickens, however. Although, it is worth noting that when John drinks Mr. West Dickens' elixer in the mission "You Shall Not Give False Testimony, Except for Profit", it does refill Marston's Dead Eye meter. This indicates that West Dicken's miracle tonic likely contains (or is entierly composed of) snake oil.

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