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In the world of Red Dead Redemption 2 there are a ton of animals for you to hunt, but not all of them are created equally. Legendary Animals are rare, hard to find creatures which reward Arthur with sought after animal parts for crafting. These rare parts can be used to make legendary animal outfits in Red Dead Redemption 2. To show you how to do this, check out our legendary animal outfit guide below.

Hunt and Skin Legendary Animals

Legendary animals are introduced during the Exit Pursued by a Bruised Ego mission in which you and Hosea hunt a legendary bear. During this mission Hosea gives you a map showing all the territories of the various legendary animals you can hunt. To get legendary animal outfits you are going to need hunt and skin legendary animals to get their parts. If you need help tracking down these creatures, checkout our guide here.

Take Legendary Skin to Trapper

The Trapper will buy all of your animal materials.

Once you’ve skinned a legendary animal, take its animal material to the Trapper. The Trapper can be found across the open world as well as at his shop in Saint Denis. To ensure the Trapper uses your legendary material, you need to sell it to him. Once you’ve sold him the material, his outfits will become available for purchase.

What Legendary Outfits are There?

You will find the legendary animal outfits under the Garment Sets.

The Trapper has a wide array of legendary animal outfits for you to purchase from him and they all look pretty sweet. You can find the sets under the Garment Sets menu. Below I will show you exactly what legendary animal outfits there are as well as their crafting costs below:

The Bear Hunter (Total Outfit Cost: $117)

The Bear Hunter is one of the legendary animal outfits you can get in RDR2.

To get The Bear Hunter Set you need to create the following pieces at the Trapper:

  • Legendary Bear Head Hat: 1x Legendary Bear Pelt, $40.
  • Legendary Bear Coat: 1x Legendary Bear Pelt, 1x Perfect Bison Pelt, $28.00.
  • Legendary Bear Roper: 1x Legendary Bear Roper, 1x Perfect Bull Hide, $34.00.
  • Boar Riding Gloves: 1x Perfect Boar Pelt, 2x Perfect Rabbit Pelt, $15.00

The Trophy Buck (Total Outfit Cost: $115)

This is The Trophy Buck outfit. What do you think of it?

To get The Trophy Buck Set you need to create the following pieces at the Trapper:

  • Raccoon Mountain Hat: 1x Perfect Raccoon Pelt, 1x Perfect Beaver Pelt, 2x Hawk Feather, $21.00.
  • Legendary Buck Vest: 1x Legendary Buck Pelt, 1x Perfect Ram Hide, $26.00.
  • Legendary Fox Moccasins: 1x Legendary Fox Pelt, 1x Perfect Elk Pelt, $40.00.
  • Legendary Buck & Fox Range Gloves: 1x Legendary Buck Pelt, 1x Legendary Fox Pelt, $28.00.

The Dreamcatcher (Total Outfit Cost: $139)

This is the Dreamcatcher outfit. It has some nice feathers in the hat.

To get The Dreamcatcher Set you need to create the following pieces at the Trapper:

  • Legendary Beaver Flop Hat: 1x Legendary Beaver Pelt, 1x Legendary Boar Pelt, 1x Cardinal Feather, $22.00.
  • Legendary Bison Vest: 1x Legendary Tatanka Bison Pelt, $30.00.
  • Legendary Bison Batwing Chaps: 1x Legendary Bison Batwing Chaps, $32.00.
  • Legendary Boar & Bison Fowlers: 1x Legendary Boar Pelt, 1x Legendary Tatanka Bison Pelt, $37.00.
  • Legendary Beaver Cavalry Gloves: 1x Legendary Beaver Pelt (thanks Johnny), $18.00 (thanks CaptClue).

The Beast of Prey (Total Outfit Cost: $144)

The Beast of Prey is a pretty good looking outfit.

To get The Beast of Prey set you need to create the following pieces at the Trapper:

  • Legendary Cougar Flop Hat: 1x Legendary Cougar Pelt, 2x Turkey Feather, $19.00.
  • Legendary Cougar & Wolf Vest: 1x Legendary Cougar Pelt, 1x Legendary Wolf Pelt, $42.00.
  • Legendary Wolf Batwing Chaps: 1x Legendary Wolf Pelt, 1x Perfect Goat Hide, $34.00.
  • Bull Fowler Boots: 1x Perfect Boar Pelt, 1x Bull Hide, $29.00.
  • Legendary Cougar Riding Gloves: 1x Legendary Cougar Pelt, 1x Perfect Boar Pelt, $20.00.

The Huntsman (Total Outfit Cost: $123)

Check out The Huntsman outfit. Cool or nah?

To get The Huntsman set you need to craft the following pieces at the Trapper:

  • Legendary Coyote Mountain Hat: 1x Legendary Coyote Pelt, 2x Eagle Feather, $23.00.
  • Legendary Pronghorn Coat: 1x Legendary Pronghorn Hide, 1x Perfect Moose Pelt, $35.00.
  • Legendary Coyote Half Chaps: 1x Legendary Coyote Pelt, 2x Perfect Fox Pelt, $20.00.
  • Workman’s Pride Boots: 1x Perfect Cow Hide, 1x Perfect Goat Hide, $28.00.
  • Legendary Pronghorn Range Gloves: 1x Legendary Pronghorn Hide, 1x Perfect Muskrat Pelt, $17.00.

The Death Roll (Total Outfit Cost: $167)

What do you think of The Death Roll outfit? Want it?

To get The Death Roll set you need to craft the following pieces at the Trapper:

  • Legendary Alligator Gambler’s Hat: 1x Legendary Alligator Skin, 2x Perfect Snake Skin, $22.00.
  • Legendary Panther Cloak: 1x Legendary Panther Pelt, $45.00.
  • Legendary Alligator Vest: 1x Legendary Alligator Skin, $35.00.
  • Legendary Alligator Fowlers: 1x Legendary Alligator Skin, $35.00.
  • Legendary Panther Range Gloves: 1x Legendary Panther Skin, 1x Perfect Gila Monster Skin, $30.00.

The Stalker (Total Outfit Cost: $108)

The Stalker outfit for you to check out. What do you think?

To get The Stalker set you need to craft the following pieces at the Trapper:

  • Legendary Ram Hat: 1x Legendary Ram Hide, $17.00.
  • Legendary Moose Hunting Jacket: 1x Legendary Moos Pelt, 1x Perfect Wolf Pelt, $24.00.
  • Legendary Ram Batwing Chaps: 1x Legendary Ram Hide, $33.00 (thanks CaptClue).
  • Legendary Moose Moccasins: 1x Legendary Moose Pelt, 1x Perfect Cow Hide, $22.00.
  • Legendary Ram Rifleman Gloves: 1x Legendary Ram Hide, 1x Perfect Boar Pelt, $12.00.

The Ghost Bison (Total Outfit Cost: $133)

The Ghost Bison outfit comes with a sweet hood!

To get The Ghost Bison set you need to craft the following pieces at the Trapper:

  • Legendary White Bison Hat: 1x Legendary White Bison Pelt, $45.00.
  • Legendary White Bison Coat: 1x Legendary White Bison Pelt, $29.00.
  • Legendary Elk Half Chaps: 1x Legendary Elk Pelt, 1x Perfect Sheep Hide, $16.00.
  • Legendary Elk Moccasins: 1x Legendary Elk Pelt, 1x Perfect Goat Hide, $30.00.
  • Legendary Elk Range Gloves: 1x Legendary Elk Pelt, $13.00

That’s all the legendary animal sets you can craft in Red Dead Redemption 2 for now. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more added in the future as that’s the sort of thing that developers are doing nowadays. If you read this far, let me know which set you must have and which set you think is ugly in the comments below.

More: where to sell items you find in RDR2.

What do you think of the Legendary Animal Outfits in Red Dead Redemption 2? Let me know in The Pit below.


Red Dead Redemption 2 players rooting around Rockstar Games' take on the Old West may find themselves inadvertently stumbling upon a legendary bear. This fearsome creature is not to be trifled with, but hunters with the know-how and proper weapons needed to take it down will be able to snatch up a Legendary Bear Pelt for their efforts, with which they'll be able to craft some truly heroic gear.

What to do with a legendary bear pelt

Players will certainly want to take their newly acquired legendary bear pelt to the Trapper. Sure, they can slide by the nearest hunting or general store and sell the pelt for a few bucks — more than a few, actually — but a legendary bear pelt can be used to craft some of the better gear available in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Considering how tough the wilds in Red Dead Redemption 2 can be, players would be wise to find the Trapper, then start inquiring about materials needed to craft the Bear Hunter outfit. A single legendary bear pelt (coupled with 40 bucks cash) can net players the Legendary Bear Head Hat, which clearly paints the hero as a slayer of beasts by planting the bear's head directly above their own.

Assuming they have a couple of other pelts on hand, players can also use the legendary bear pelt to craft other gear: the Legendary Bear Roper requires a perfect bull hide and $34, while the Legendary Bear Coat only costs $28 but requires a perfect bison pelt to craft. The entire ensemble is rounded out by the Boar Riding Gloves, which instead of legendary bear pelts requires a single perfect boar pelt coupled with two perfect rabbit pelts.

In short, don't let that legendary bear pelt go to waste — take it to the Trapper and craft some of the game's most durable clothing. To catch up on other must-know tips and strategies for Rockstar's latest open-world release, head on over to Shacknews' extensive Red Dead Redemption 2 walkthrough and guide.

What to do with legendary bear pelt in Red Dead Redemption 2

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What To Do With Legendary Bear Pelts In Red Dead Redemption 2 Bear Pelts for you until you have other items that are needed to craft.

One of the early missions in Red Dead Redemption 2 has you chasing a legendary bear with Hosea. During the mission you come literally face to face with this monster of an animal, but you can't finish the hunt during the mission.

I'm going to go over everything you need to know to take this bear out and what to do with the legendary pelt you can skin from it.

Preparation and Hunting

The first thing you'll want to do is come prepared. If you didn't succeed the first time, or went back to camp instead, that's perfectly fine! Here are a few things I suggest before going on the hunt:

  • Repeater or Rifle - You can put a scope on it, but it is not necessary.
  • Provisions and Tonics to increase Dead Eye - You'll want to finish the bear while using Dead Eye if possible.
  • Patience and Perseverance - Things can go south pretty fast. So you may need to retry.

Now for the actual hunt. If you open your map and look towards the Grizzlies and zoom in, you'll see a bear icon with a crown over its head. This means it is the legendary bear.

The Grizzlies is located north of Emerald Ranch, or northeast of Valentine. I already had Emerald Ranch discovered so I found it easiest to take the train from Valentine to Emerald Ranch once I had my supplies.

Once you reach the location, look to the top-left of your screen. You will see a message that says you've entered the legendary animal's area. Then it will say you can either track it, you can't track it because there is too much activity in the area, or it won't be back for some time.

You will need to leave the area, pass time by sleeping at a camp, and come back until you get the message that says you can track it. Once you're ready, just turn on Eagle Eye and follow the yellow clues until you reach the bear. I've always seen it in the same spot, between some trees.

  • Start by using your rifle from a far distance, then wait for it to get in clear sight.
  • Now, just use Dead Eye and target the head as much as possible.
  • As soon as it run out, just activate it again. Doing this two or three times should be enough to kill it.
  • If it reaches you, you can attempt to escape by pressing "B" or "O", but I was not able to escape in time on my first attempt.

Congratulations on your first legendary animal kill! Now let's go over what you can do with the pelt that you skin from it.

Crafting at the Trapper

You will need to take the legendary bear pelt to the Trapper to be able to craft anything. The easiest way to find him is to open the map, choose locations, and scroll down until you reach Trapper. Now, just set a way point and make your way to him.

If he is far away and you are near a train, you can use this to get closer. If you keep the pelt on your horse and use a train, the horse will show up at your destination and still have the pelt!

When you reach the Trapper, take the pelt and sell it to him. You will get $60, and have the option to craft special clothing. Below is a list of what you can craft.

  • Legendary Bear Head Hat - Requires legendary bear pelt.
  • Legendary Bear Coat - Requires legendary bear pelt and perfect bison pelt.
    • Provides much warmth. Too warm for hot weather.
  • Legendary Bear Roper - Requires legendary bear pelt and perfect bull hide.
    • Provides no warmth, good in hot weather.

The last item doesn't require the legendary bear, but I will list it anyway since it is part of the set.

  • Boar Riding Gloves - Requires perfect boar pelt and two perfect rabbit pelts.

Luckily, you only need one pelt to craft all three items. You will only need to get the extra materials for the coat and roper. 

That's all there is to know to hunt the first legendary bear in Red Dead Redemption 2 and what to do with its pelt. Be sure to check out our other Red Dead Redemption 2 guides. Leave a comment down below if you have any questions or need more help!

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Red Dead Redemption 2 has set a high bar for the next generation of open world games, and as much as we’ve already discussed it, we’ll be addressing the deeper themes of the story as we continue to work through the game. However, there are a few points that I got hung up on in the game, and would love to advise you on the best way to avoid those mistakes yourself.

So without any further ado, here are a few tips and tricks to help you make decisions in the Wild West.

Money is easy to come by, if you know where to look

Unlike Red Dead Redemption or Grand Auto V, money is relatively easy to come by in RDR2. Story missions and side missions often result in sizable fiscal rewards for Arthur, although some story missions do require upfront investments and sometimes result in a bounty on Arthur’s head. That said, there’s no reason to live frugally. Use your money to upgrade your horse or your guns as a priority, and then feel free to go shopping at the tailor or play a few rounds of high-stakes poker.

For the most part, selling wares will also net you a good amount. The easiest way to cushion the game’s already generous income is to loot as much as you can stand it. Bad guys often have pocket watches, belt buckles, or even jewelry on them that can be sold for a pretty penny. If shootouts go down near or inside buildings, search those buildings for provisions, cash and other valuable items. Offload these items at a local Fence to keep plenty of space in your satchel and generate some extra dough.

And don’t pass up bounty hunting. It’s easy cash.

Use your unique gifts

Eagle Eye and Dead Eye are blessings. There is no obvious time limit to Eagle Eye use, so there’s no reason not to use it constantly while hunting or searching for herbs, plants, etc. Paired with some Scent Blocking Lotion and bait, you’re sure to see success in your hunting endeavors.

Dead Eye does have a time limit, but there’s no shortage of tonics or provisions that can replenish your Dead Eye core in a jam. So use it. It makes shootouts far more manageable, but it also makes them way more fun. I particularly enjoy using R1 to mark several targets in a single go.

Dead Eye also helps immensely with hunting.

The best stuff is earned, not bought

Hunting has been prioritized in RDR2. There are legendary animals across the map that can be skinned to craft some of the best clothes and items in the game, which are not available for purchase without the pelt. Perfect pelts can also be used to craft badass clothing. But it’s not entirely obvious how to obtain a perfect pelt in the game.

There are a number of factors that play into obtaining a perfect pelt. The first is the size of the animal. This will determine which weapon and ammunition you should use. The second is the quality of the animal. You can press R1 to study the animal, which will also display its condition: poor, good, or pristine. Only pristine animals will result in a perfect pelt. Large animals like bears and elk require a rifle, preferably with high velocity or split point ammo, whereas it’s nearly impossible to yield a perfect pelt on a small critter without using the Varmint Rifle. Midrange animals like foxes and beavers require a Repeater or bow and arrow with improved arrows.

This guide proved incredibly helpful for me.

Also important: even a pristine animal hunted with the right weapon can drop from perfect pelt to good pelt if you shoot it more than once. Use Dead Eye to locate the vulnerable parts of the animal and deliver a fatal blow.

You can take these pelts to Pearson at camp to craft cosmetic upgrades to the furniture, but it’s probably best to prioritize taking perfect and legendary pelts to the trapper where you can craft clothes, saddles, etc. It’s worth noting that you must first sell the pelts to the trapper before you can purchase the items he crafts with them.

Camp donations are dumb, but upgrades aren’t

RDR2’s is very different from Red Dead Redemption’s in one core way: John Marsten was a lone wolf, whereas Arthur Morgan is very much a player in an ensemble cast. That doesn’t mean you can’t fly solo and head to another part of the map for a few game days. But many of the story missions involve other members of the Dutch Van Der Linde gang, and home base for Arthur is the gang’s camp, where many of those characters are hanging around.

Because of this shift, RDR2 introduces the idea of camp donations. You can donate money, food, or items that can be sold for camp funds. These donations are more or less useless. They are money or food that you won’t see again. However, alongside the box for donations is a ledger that allows you to check out how the rest of the gang is donating and also make purchases to upgrade the camp.

Provisions, ammunition, medicine, and lodging are all upgrades worth purchasing, in my opinion. Upgrading them ensures that the best food and ammunition are simply sitting around camp. It’s a way to turn camp into a convenience store carrying most of the equipment you’d otherwise need to purchase by bopping around a town. Upgrading lodging unlocks the fast travel map, which becomes more and more necessary as the map opens up.

Eating stew with a beautiful view

Given that there are usually missions that originate from camp, I visit it often as a way to reset. I donate anything of lesser value to camp to clear out space in my satchel, restock on provisions, tonics, and ammo, and help myself to a free bowl of stew to replenish my health cores. Camp also features a poker table, which happens to be one of my favorite pastimes in this game.

Timing is everything

Just assume that if you’re doing a Dutch story mission, you’ll end up with a bounty on your head. Sometimes these are cheap, and sometimes the bounty is upwards of $100. The game more than makes up for the money it asks from you, doling it out in myriad ways, but dealing with a bounty in a bigger city or town can make side missions and other tasks incredibly annoying. If you’re not into constant shootouts and running from the police, do your side missions and mundane errands in a town before firing up the Story Mission.

Make the most out of legendary bear pelts in Red Dead Redemption 2 by using them to craft some new clothes.

Red Dead Redemption II: Grizzly Bear Hunting Guide

Learning how to get Red Dead Redemption 2 pelts through hunting is an optional but incredibly useful skill, helping with camp upgrades, earning new equipment with the Trapper, progressing Challenges, feeding your gang and much more.

There are all manner of birds and beasts to kill and skin, and even some Legendary Animals and Legendary Fish to track down, and if you use the right weapons and the right methods, you can earn some serious dollar. From the right equipment and the nuances of tracking to stalking your prey and making the most money out of each respective slaying.

How to get perfect pelts, skins and hides in Red Dead Redemption 2

Let's get right to the meat of things - how to get perfect pelts, skins and hides. (If you want to know the basics, scroll up and jump to the relevant section.)

To maximise the value of a pelt, you'll need to make sure of three very important factors:

  • Your choice of weapon and ammunition
  • The quality of the animal
  • The type of final hit

Let's break these down further.

How to get use the right weapon and ammunition

Animals in Red Dead Redemption 2 are divided into various categories - from Small to massive creatures like Bears - and you can only achieve a perfect kill (and thus a perfect pelt) by using the correct weapon, ammo type and type of hit.

Though you can technically get a Perfect kill with any weapon (such as repeater, rifle and sniper rifle) but you'll need to have maxed out your Dead Eye in order to get a Critical Hit. Until then, you'll want to focus on the following:

  • Bow:
    • Fatal hit on small animals using a Small Game Arrow only
    • Critical and Fatal hit on medium to large creatures with regular arrows
    • Critical and Fatal hit on medium to massive animals with Poison Arrows
    • Critical and Fatal hit on massive animals only with Improved Arrows
  • Throwing Knife: Critical and Fatal hit on medium creatures, or Poison on medium to massive
  • Varmint Rifle: Fatal hit on medium creatures only
  • Repeater: Critical and Fatal hit on medium creatures only with any ammo (apart from Explosive)
  • Rifle: Critical and Fatal hit on medium to massive creatures with all ammo (apart from Explosive)
  • Sniper rifle: Critical and Fatal hit on medium to massive creatures with any ammo (apart from Explosive)
  • Shotgun: Critical and Fatal hit on massive creatures using Slug rounds only

Thanks to gtakiller0914 on reddit for the help filling in the gaps above.

The quality of the animal

The quality of a kill is affected by two very important (and not initially obvious factors):

  • The health of the animal
  • The manner in which it was killed

In order to determine the health and status of an animal, press R1 / Right Bumper while still hunting and you'll see its current condition on-screen. If its a skinny or ill beast, the quality of the parts you'll be able to harvest will be reduced as a result.

Inversely, if it's a young or prime specimen, this value will be relatively higher. One star represents a Poor quality, two stars Good, and three is for Pristine.

In other words, some prey are better left in favour of a better target.

The type of final hit

Now comes the amount of damage done to an animal in order to bring it down. Remember that kills are defined into three categories - Poor, Good and Perfect - and these gradings work in conjunction with the quality value applied to an animal prior to its kill (see previous paragraph).

So if you make a Poor kill, even a Pristine animal will produce a Poor carcass. But, if you want a Perfect carcass on a Pristine animal, you'll need to pull off a Perfect kill.

The quality of the kill comes down to how you use your bow to apply one of three kinds of specific damage to an animal during a hunt:

  • Normal Damage - when you hit an animal anywhere other than its vital organs or critical organs
  • Critical Damage - caused when you successfully strike a critical organ such as the lungs or stomach
  • Fatal Damage - made when hitting an organ such as the heart or brain (usually leading to a one-shot kill)

Maxing out your Dead Eye ability (you can do this by completing 'Goodbye, Old Friend' in Chapter Six of the story) will reveal these organs to you and increase your damage output, making hitting Critical or Fatal Organs much easier. But keep in mind that making such precise hits is incredibly hard on small critters and is a rule best applied to larger (and thus higher value) game.

There are two other important factors to consider when preparing to make your kill: distance and the angle of penetration. If you reduce your scent, approach upwind and use scenery to reduce how obvious Arthur is to his prey, you'll be able to increase your proximity.

The closer you are, the bigger your target will be, as well as reducing the chance of an arrow missing or dropping. However, using a scoped rifle with a high velocity cartridge can produce similar results at a distance.

Penetration is one of the most common reasons for an arrow not killing an animal as expected, so it's an important element to consider. So if you want to be sure of a headshot, you'll need to aim from the side in order to increase your chances of striking the brain. Avoid larger bones where you can and reach those precious organs.

With this, you should be able to get Perfect Pelts, Hides and Skins. If you want to know which of these 'massive' creatures are, read on...

How to transport pelts and body parts in Red Dead Redemption 2

Each animal produces its own unique set of body parts, depending on their size and species. And each one has a particular use. You can cook meat at a campfire, which turns it into consumable food, while items such as teeth and claws and be used to fashion Talismans (which help reduce effects such as Dead Eye cooldown and weapon degradation).

An animal carcass or the body parts harvested at the site of a kill can be sold off at most general stores, butchers and Trappers. You can also bring them to one of your established camps and handed over to Pearson who will then use them to unlock camp upgrades and satchel upgrades. You can also donate them to the gang camp to increase your food stores.

If you do skin a carcass without taking it to a store / trapper / camp, then the body parts will be added to your satchel for use later on. The following animals are considered 'massive' and will be too large to transport:

  • Alligator
  • Bear
  • Bison
  • Bull
  • Cow
  • Elk
  • Ox
  • Moose

When a kill is made, you'll now have the option to transport the carcass away from the site of a kill, but only if they are small enough. The smallest - birds for example - will be transferred to your satchel, while massive ones cannot be moved and will need to be skinned and looted where it was slain.

You can load up your horse with more than one carcass, but there is a limit to how much your poor horse can carry. You can either stow one medium and one large carcass, or the pelt of one massive animal. You can also opt to stow one moderate animal carcass on either side of your mount. You can also choose to stow multiple pelts as long as they're moderate, medium or large in size.

Body parts taken from an animal that is rare to a respective region will net you 25% more in value when sold to a store in that region, than it would in one where it's common. And if you own the Ultimate or Special Edition of the game, all sales will have a +10% modifier as standard for every part/pelt/carcass you sell. This is automatically active when you redeem the Special or Ultimate edition code.

How to prepare for hunting for pelts in Red Dead Redemption 2

Though the game teaches you how to hunt and track animals as part of the main story - the Aftermath of Genesis and Exit Pursued by a Bruised Ego missions respectively - there's always much more to learn.

Much like Far Cry 5 before it, animal pelts and parts have a quality level that can drastically reduce if you're careless with how you dispatch each creature in your sights. This means you can't just throw sticks of dynamite at deer and expect to have a pristine pelt at the end of it (even if it sounds like a lot fun).

So, in order to maximise the quality of your kill, you'll need the hunters weapon of choice: the bow. This weapon is unlocked in the Chapter One mission Aftermath of Genesis. It's quiet and powerful enough to kill an animal in one shot, if you're close enough and hit a vital organ.

Red Dead Redemption 2's hunting bow supports six different types of arrow, but only four of them apply to hunting:

  • Arrow (purchased, regular ammunition)
  • Improved Arrow (crafted, +15 damage)
  • Small Game Arrow (crafted, -20 damage, very effective against small prey)
  • Poisoned Arrow (crafted, +5 damage, ideal for bringing down larger prey)

Other weapons will also work - as our how to get perfect pelts, skins and hides explains.

To improve your success while on a hunt, it also helps to have two other consumable accessories with you: baits and cover scents. You can buy these from stores across the map, with the latter increasing the chance of attracting animals in a given area, and the latter reducing the amount of scent you give for a limited time (making it far easier to approach them from downwind, or if the wind suddenly changes mid-hunt).

The PC version has seen several new additions, including a photo mode. If you're looking for more help in general, our Red Dead Redemption 2 mission list walkthrough can help provide pointers with the story. If you want to find things, we can point you in the direction of Dinosaur Bone locations, Dreamcatcher locations, Rock Carving locations and World Champion Cigarette Cards locations. On the map front, we have Killer Clue Piece locations, High Stakes Treasure Map locations, Jack Hall Gang Treasure Map locations, Red Dead Redemption 2 Le Tresor Des Morts and the Poisonous Trail Treasure Map locations too. Our in-depth systems explainers includes hunting perfect pelts, hides and skins as well as all Legendary Animal locations and Legendary Fish locations, or all Gunslinger locations, too. Finally, here's a list of Red Dead Redemption 2 cheat codes .

How to hunt and track pray in Red Dead Redemption 2

Whether you're hunting smaller prey or much larger game, the same process of tracking still applies. Certain areas of the map will play home to specific species, and once you've entered a certain area you'll be able to use tracks, droppings and the remains of a kill to begin your hunt. Using your Binoculars will also allow you to study and track an animal.

Once in an area, and with your bow equipped from your horse (make sure you have this before you leave your mount - better to check first than be ready for a kill, only to pull out a rifle by mistake), click in both analogue sticks to enter a Detective Mode-style view known as Eagle Eye.

Here, animal tracks will be represented by glowing trails on the ground. To select one, look at it and press R1 / Right Bumper.

There are also more subtle signs of a certain animal in the vicinity, such as tracks, excrement and the remains of eaten prey (if you're hunting a predator) so use every clue you can to increase your chances of finding a trail.

When you exit Eagle Eye mode (click both analog sticks in together again) the trail will now be represented by a glowing path on the ground, so follow this slowly to approach your prey. Now, while in Eagle Eye mode, look out for a subtle visual effect that emanates from Arthur. This represents you scent, and along with the sound you make and the size of your body, it'll give you away if you don't know how to reduce their impact.

Clicking in the left analog stick to enter crouch will reduce your size and quieten your footsteps, but in order to mask your scent you'll need to make sure this effect isn't moving in the direction of your prey.

This means they're likely to smell your smelly cowboy body as you approach, so flank around to ensure you're upwin. You can also use Cover Scents to drastically reduce your scent, which last for a limited time.

Once you've made your kill, now it's time to skin your prey and make the most of its various items. A kill will be represented by a yellowed paw icon on the mini-map (it'll go grey once you've skinned it). To skin a smaller animal of its parts, press Square (X on Xbox) when next to the carcass.

What determines the quality of a skin, pelt or hide? A variety of factors, and requires some prior preparation to get right.

What else you need to know about getting hunting for pelts in Red Dead Redemption 2

Looking for some extra advice? These quick tips delves into the basic concepts further to help with your career as a bona fide hunter in Red Dead Redemption 2.

  • Always equip your bow before you leave your mount.
  • Make sure you're stocked with enough arrows.
  • Use the right arrows on big and small game.
  • You can get a Perfect kill with a throwing knife and a poison throwing knife, but you can't with a tomahawk.
  • Don't use guns or explosives when hunting as bullet holes and explosions drastically reduce the quality of the carcass.
  • Hold R1 (or right bumper) when near your prey to 'Study' them and add more info about that animal to your Compendium.
  • Press Square (or X on Xbox) to call an animal and create a brief window to line up a headshot / heartshot.
  • Max out Dead Eye mode (complete Goodbye, Dear Friend in Chapter Six of the story) to reveal vital body parts.
  • You can technically get a Perfect kill with other weapons (such as repeater, rifle and sniper rifle) but you'll need to have maxed out your Dead Eye in order to get a Critical Hit.
  • Sell carcasses fast to avoid decay (which reduces its value).
  • If you die when carrying a carcass on your horse, it will disappear.
  • Skins that were pre-skinned prior to sale will reduce their value by 50%, so always bring the entire carcass when selling it.
  • If you kill an animal that's considered rare in its region, be sure to sell it to a store in that region - you'll get 25% more in value if you do.

red dead redemption 2 how to craft legendary bear pelt

Make the most out of legendary bear pelts in Red Dead Redemption 2 by using them to craft some new clothes.

red dead redemption 2 how to craft legendary bear pelt
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