For reference, I have owned every top-tier horse from each category, except the Kladruber, because I'm not a fan of the colors. They are very fast, but their Health/Stamina are low and that makes them basically useless for riding around in normal gameplay.
Although their core stats are slightly different, all 3 of these horses perform essentially the same, depending on the situation. The Breton seems to be the best for Stamina use, as I can ride most of the way across the map at full speed, without stopping....but this is an unnecessary situation that won't get used that often.
The Gypsy Cob has the best visual stats, meaning both core bars are full, but it seems to lose health a lot faster when being shot at or attacked by predators...and it is more skittish than it should be, considering it is the Naturalist horse breed, and logic dictates it should not be skittish, at least around predators. The Roadster seems to be sort of a combo of these two...only skittish around certain predators, and fast enough against other horses to be a solid competitor.
I got rid of mine because it seemed like it had a death wish, constantly running me into trees, rocks, or jumping off cliffs. Pick a top-tier horse that suits you from a visual perspective, take care of them, and equip a top-tier saddle and stirrups.
Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts So for basically the whole game I’ve been rocking with my pre-order thoroughbred, and he has served me well.
Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts I've been riding the White Arabian this entire play through, and I'm wanting to find a better horse.
I've seen some previous methods have been patched to find a Missouri Foxtrotted. Unsurprisingly, these horses don’t come cheap, but they’re well worth the money you’ll pay for them.
Not only do Elite Handling horses have hearty stamina pools, they’re also no slouches when it comes to speed. For the absolute cream of the crop, though, you’ll want to head to either the Saint-Denis or Blackwater stables.
Given the intended progression of Red Dead Redemption 2’s story campaign, both Saint-Denis and Blackwater are considered endgame locations. You won’t naturally come by Saint-Denis until Chapter 4, but there’s nothing stopping you from heading there earlier.
Of course, by the time you reach Red Dead Redemption 2’s endgame, coming by that much cash shouldn’t be hard. 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 a unique trot, and their gait makes riding them extremely comfortable. 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. They are easy to handle but can get a little clumsy if Arthur pushes them too far, past their endurance.
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. These horses have a large sturdy body, too, making them perfect for going to battle.
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. 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. 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.
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