The bad news is, you wouldn’t know it and just because you can get a good horse doesn’t mean it’ll be easy. Our Red Dead Redemption 2 best horse guide will help you find the best steed and tame it, so you can have an easy time exploring the west.
Arabian horses are categorized as ‘superior’, and they are suited for all types of labor. By the time you can buy the Grey Arabian, you’ll practically be done with RDR2 ’s story.
After completing Hosea’s first quest in Chapter 2, ‘Exit, Pursued by a Bruised Ego’, you’ll have access to the horse stables, that will let you buy and most importantly store your steeds. The White Arabian horse will be at Lake Isabella in that area, typically at the western bank by the legendary bison.
As the White Arabian is a wild horse, you’ll have to tame it before you can claim it for your own. Make sure to save in case you mess up, and approach the horse slowly.
Make sure you have proper medicine on hand so your brand new awesome horse in RDR2 doesn’t kick the bucket. Not only does Arthur Morgan bond with his horses, but you can brush their manes and give them treats.
They also serve a very practical purpose: They let you travel across RDR2 s large, open world. You’ll ride to mission objectives by horse, shoot enemies on horseback, and probably even run into some trees with your buddy.
This is done after completing the Exit Pursued by a Bruised Ego mission in chapter two. As you progress throughout RDR2, it’s a good idea to visit stables often to ensure your horse is well-kept.
Though many of them don’t have extraordinary sale prices, it’s easy enough to round them up and make a few extra bucks. Throughout your adventure, you’ll come across four different types of horses, graded by handling.
Race horses sound cool, but we think they are the worst class in the game due to their extremely specialized stats. Heavy handling: The types of horses that you’ll see pulling stagecoaches and caravans.
Heavy horses are naturally bulkier, move slower, but can take more damage. They have robust stamina and health meters, making them both speedy and strong.
Each horse has speed and acceleration ratings that can be upgraded to a certain point, as well as health and stamina that goes up as you bond. From there, we recommend sticking with your pal until you can get a quality upgrade, i.e. an elite steed.
And if you have made a habit out of being dastardly, you may want to look into race horses for quick getaways. Your best bet for finding a great horse is to visit the nearest stable.
You can find stables in nearly every town, represented on the map with a horseshoe icon. That means industrial cities like Saint-Denis routinely have better horses than, say, Rhodes or Valentine.
It’s important to note that while you’re going to find a few to handful of horses for purchase at a stable, the stock rotates after a couple of in-game days. Elite handling horses cost $1,000 or more on average, but before long that won’t seem like a ton of cash in RDR2.
Instead of forking over 1,000 bucks or more, you could get lucky and find an elite handling horse. As we mentioned earlier, bonding between Arthur and his horse is a real thing that makes a tangible difference in gameplay.
Even if you see a real beauty, buying a new horse when you’re deep into a game may not be in your best interest. A quick note: you will need to actually bring your horse to the stables with you, otherwise this technique does not work.
Choose the “Improved” option when purchasing saddles for the best stat boosts. Saddlebags: Increased storage for your character’s outfit, hat, and mask.
If your horse has grayed out marks in their stat meter, you can increase your speed by upgrading to better stirrups. Keep in mind that horns, blankets, and bedrolls are purely cosmetic, but it is fun to change the types and colors of items you used to outfit your horse.
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.
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. 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. 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. 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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