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. The Suffolk Punch has two different coats: Red Chestnut and Sorrel.
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. If Arthur needs to sprint short distances, the Thoroughbred horse is what he wants to do so with.
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.
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.
The Arabian breed is the horse for players who want the absolute best horse in Red Dead Redemption 2. 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.
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While there are a lot of viable types, only a few of them can be considered the absolute best to obtain in the story mode. Horses in RDR2 are divided into six different categories, which determine their starting stats and how much they can be improved.
While there are differences between standard, race, elite and heavy, they are not so big as to pose any problem while riding. Draft horses have average health, stamina, speed, and acceleration.
Getting a draft horse is not a terribly bad choice if you're short on money, but they are not a good investment if you're aiming to get the absolute best horse. Race horses have high speed and acceleration but low health and stamina.
These horses are wonderful when you're trying to get away from the law as quickly as possible, but the low health and stamina will eventually force you to use horse medicine when in the heat of battle, as they have a hard time surviving intense shooting and chase sequences. Using a riding horse is best avoided at all times except for the very beginning of the story mode when money is low and there aren't many other options available.
They are not the best for escaping from enemies, but they can take a hit like no other horse type can, so they are extremely reliable for most story missions where you must fight your way through on horseback. There are three different variants of this horse type: Black, Rose Grey Bay, and White.
The Black Arabian comes with health, stamina, speed and acceleration stats at 6, and it can be purchased for $1,050. The Rose Grey Bay has slightly better health and stamina, both at 7, than the Black Arabian, but it costs a bit more, $1,250.
If you really like the White Arabian, but don't want to spend so much money to get it, you can capture a wild one near Lake Isabella, which is located to the west of the “A” in Marino on the map. If you are aiming to become the best at horse races, then the best horse to get is the Missouri Fox Trotter.
Both the Amber Champagne and the Silver Dapple Pinto come with the same stats: 5 health, 6 stamina, 7 speed and 5 acceleration. The low health makes the Missouri Fox Trotter a very bad choice for combat situations, so you may want to look at another horse if you're aiming to fight on horseback a lot.
The Turbofan has considerably better health than the Missouri Fox Trotter, 7 instead of 5, slightly lower speed, 6 instead of 7, and identical stamina and acceleration, 5. The Turbofan can be a good choice for horse races as well, and it can be acquired much more easily, as the Dark Bay Coat is unlocked at rank 56.
Both types are available for a low price, $125, and they come with some above average stats: 7 in health, 5 in stamina, 3 in speed and acceleration, making them a bad choice for races but a more than solid one for Free Roam. Once you have made enough money, you can purchase a second stable stall to claim the remaining horse.
Getting the best horse for both story mode and online is just the first step, as stats can be further improved by purchasing horse upgrades. Story mode also features some additional saddles that can be purchased from any trapper, given the player has specific items in his or her possession.
For Red Dead Online, you need to reach the required rank before being able to purchase any of the horse upgrades. Saddles are the best way to upgrade horses, as they provide the best stats improvements.
These improvements, however, come at a cost, as both health and stamina cores will drain faster than usual. They can only be purchased by owning the correct perfect skin or pelt, and they bring no performance change beyond that of the upgraded variant of each saddle.