Our opening section focuses on more pop culture references than Ready Player One, and then we'll slowly devolve into some horse puns. The goal here is simplicity itself: impress your fellow hardcore gamers by referencing beloved horses that featured in other Triple-A titles.
Moving back a little further in gaming history we have Butt Stallion, Handsome Jack's fabled loot-poopin' diamond pony from Borderlands 2... Edgier folk may want to go with Ruin, the horse who bore War in Backsides (and if that name isn't depressing enough you could go with brother Death's mount, Despair).
Contemporary gamers also won't be able to gallop past a name like D- Horse, Big Boss's companion who could poop on command in Metal Gear Solid V. Alternatively, if you're ambivalent to horses you ought to go with Roach, Gerald of Trivia's one-size-fits-all name for every disposable steed he's ridden into the ground Moving back a little further in gaming history we have Butt Stallion, Handsome Jack's fabled loot-poopin' diamond pony from Borderlands 2.
Personally, we got a kick out of naming one of our two black stallions Shadow mere in honor of the red-eyed Dark Brotherhood reward from The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. We went on a bit of a He-Man tangent in the early hours by naming one of our companions Battle cat -- and if you want to be a little more obscure you could substitute that for Skeleton's ride, Panther.
Other outside-the-box options include Joshi, Mario's egg-pooping ride; Chicago, for the Final Fantasy fans; and Yakut, Ashikaga's red elk mount from anime classic Princess Monotone. Dominant, Don Quixote's past-his-prime work horse is a good start, as is Hidalgo, from the Western movie of the same name.
We'd also be remiss if we went past Westerns without mentioning Cisco, the buckskin ridden by Lt. John J. Dunbar in Dances With Wolves. Moving into children's entertainment, you could undo years of therapy by remembering Ar tax from The Never Ending Story (but maybe keep him away from deep mud in-game, yeah?).
Moving on into fantasy and sci-fi genres, Game of Thrones fans shouldn't go past Stranger, the ill-tempered warhorse of one Sandor Clean. You'd also be nuts not to name the elusive white stallion in the game Shadow fax, as a tribute to the lord of all horses who aided Gandalf in The Two Towers.
A great start is Secretariat, an American Thoroughbred racehorse who, in 1973, became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and is STILL basically the fastest horse on dirt. Alternatively, go with the perennial underdog Sea biscuit or Man O' War, the legendary sire whose blood runs through him (and Secretariat, too).
One thing that new players will notice immediately about Red Dead Redemption 2, is the pacing. You are forced to take your time and really see and feel all that this world has to offer.
Traversing the world of RDR2 can be a daunting task early in the game. (It's worth noting that each horse's stats will vary depending on which coat you acquire.
Its stats include a good balance of stamina, health, and speed. They are not ideal for racing due to this but for general travel and work needs, they are a solid choice.
Their stats sacrifice speed and acceleration in favor of health and stamina. There are three different coat variations available for the Hungarian, two of which can be located in the wild; the third can be purchased from the Valentine Stable after chapter two.
As with other similar horses, the Andalusian is known for their high health and stamina. This makes them an ideal hunting horses as they are very difficult to spook.
The Andalusian can be purchased from the Strawberry or Van Horn Stable. They too will not frighten during dangerous encounters and have high health and stamina.
The two types of Rennes: the Strawberry Roan and Bay Roan, can be purchased from the Van Horn Stable and Scarlett Meadow Stable, respectively. They are racehorses, and their speed and acceleration make them desirable for getting short distances very fast.
However, the rest of their stats are fairly low, making them better for situational use. Two of the coats can be found in the wild, the third can be purchased from Strawberry Stables.
The Turk's have high health and speed, with above average stamina and acceleration. They have fantastic handling and acceleration which make them a joy to travel with.
These horses are best used to get out of sticky situations as they will spook more easily than a war- or workhorse. There are three different coat types, two are found in the wild and the third can be bought from St. Dennis Stables after chapter four for $450.
These horses are of a very high tier with price tags to match. They have some of the highest stats in the game with outstanding speed and stamina and exceptional acceleration and health.
Of the two coat varieties, one can be found in the Scarlett Meadows Stable after chapter four. To acquire this incredible horse, you will need to head to the northwestern side of Lake Isabella.
One of the unique aspects of Red Dead Redemption 2's gameplay concerns horses. These horses are also pretty common and can be found all over the Red Dead Redemption 2 map, making them quick and easy to capture and tame.
They have seven different coat varieties, with the Red Roan, Black Fabiano, Chestnut and Dapple Bay found in the wild. They have excellent health and stamina, and are the fastest of the draft horse breeds.
This means that these horses are also well suited to heavy pulling and hauling, making them perfect for hooking up to wagons and coaches. They are probably one of the strongest horse breeds in the game, but their large size and heavyweight make them more difficult to handle.
Their speed and stamina are just average, though, meaning that they're hardly close to being the best horse for Arthur. Shires come in three coats: Raven Black, Dark Bay and Light Grey, all available in the wild.
The Suffolk Punch is another draft horse in Red Dead Redemption 2. With its stocky and compact frame, it is the perfect breed for heavy labor in farms.
They can work extremely long hours without getting tired and are very sturdy and healthy. If Arthur needs a horse with a lot of strength and endurance, the Suffolk Punch is the right one for that job.
Take the Appaloosa, for example: a horse breed that is perfect for just about any kind of work needed at a ranch. They are also very healthy, and have good speed, agility, and stamina-- something needed in a reliable work horse.
If Arthur wants a horse for a more difficult task, the Appaloosa is a good choice. This includes the Dakota, which has good speed and acceleration, meaning that Arthur can make a fast getaway from trouble if needed.
The majority of Dakota are located in the Western part of the Red Dead Redemption 2 map. Another kind of race horse, this breed is made for athletics, with great stamina, agility, and acceleration.
The Brindle, which has the highest speed of this breed, is available for purchase in stables, but the others are only available in the wild. If Arthur looks hard enough, he may also find a rare Thoroughbred: the Seal Brown coat.
Another horse that is great for racing or quickly traversing distances is the American Standard bred. However, they have their faults: they are timid creatures, and loud noises can frighten them and make them act erratically.
American Paint horses are extremely intelligent and easy to care for, making them perfect for ranch work. These horses also have a great personality, making them a good fit for Arthur.
The Over and Tobago coats roam the wild ready to get caught by Arthur. There is also a very rare Splashed White coat wandering around the game map for those who can find it.
When it comes to battle, a good war horse is always an excellent choice for Arthur. In that case, consider the Hungarian Half bred, a strong breed that has good health and stamina.
Although these horses are slow, with low speed and acceleration stats, they have a fearless personality that makes them perfect for any kind of combat. The Mustang is a horse that is good for a variety of tasks, whether it be racing, war, or work.
This versatile breed has great health and stamina, although their speed doesn't put them in a category as fast as a typical racing horse. Arthur can find Mustangs in the western portion of the Red Dead Redemption 2 map.
The Seal Brown, Sooty Buckskin and Chocolate Roan coats are available for purchase in stables. If Arthur needs a dependable work horse, the Dutch Warm blood is the breed he will want to get.
Its compact frame makes it extra sturdy, as well as extremely powerful. These war horses have excellent health and stamina, but they're not made for racing: their speed and acceleration stats are low.
They come in two coats: Dark Bay and Rose Gray, both which are available for purchase at stables. The Andalusian is one tough horse with an aggressive personality, meaning that they're not just good for war, but also for hunting.
They have excellent health and stamina, but like other war horses, they tend to have low speed and acceleration. They are among the heaviest of horse breeds in the game, but they handle well, especially under pressure, something that is important when going into battle.
The Missouri Fox Trotter actually falls under two different categories of horse : race and work. That's right, this breed is fast as well as sturdy, which makes it one of the best horses in Red Dead Redemption 2.
It's a well-rounded breed with a great personality and could provide Arthur with the only horse he'll ever need in the game. They are powerful horses, with great stamina, but they also have good speed and a lively trot that will help Arthur travel further, faster.
The two coats are Amber Champagne and Silver Dapple Pinto, both of which are available for purchase at stables throughout the game map. These horses have excellent health, stamina, and speed, meaning that they can handle long distances efficiently, as well as some work, such as pulling carriages.
However, these horses do come with a warning: they can get impatient, so it's best not to make them wait in one spot for too long. The Arabian breed is the horse for players who want the absolute best horse in Red Dead Redemption 2.
They have good health, stamina, speed and acceleration and are extremely intelligent. The Black and Rose Gray Bay coats are available at stables, but the absolute best, the rare White Arabian, is only available in the wild.
Robin is also the author of a series of speculative fiction novels: Zeus, Inc.; The Curse of Hecate; and Return of The Titans. In 2014, Indie Reader named the protagonist of that series, Alex Grosbeak, as one of its Top Five Smart, Strong and Relatable Female Characters.
The series was also inducted into the 2018 Darrell Awards Cover Hall of Fame in Memphis, TN. Robin, who currently lives in Missouri with her five cats, loves all things French and has a serious obsession with Doctor Who.