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Jimbatron

RDR2 100% Completion Strategy Guide

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Introduction and Table of Contents


The purpose of this guide is to set out a strategy to achieve 100% completion as efficiently as possible.


There is already a plethora of resources on the internet and you can already easily find a solution if you are stuck on one part. However, it's a mammoth exercise, taking up considerably more time to complete than the equivalents in GTA V, GTA IV and the original RDR. Just as an example, the previous title had 40 "Challenges", this one has 90! Having recently completed it, it took me something in the region of 6-7 full 24 hours days (granted that included a replay of chapter 6 onwards, and optional activities that do not count towards 100%). However, I was left feeling that if I'd known what tasks had to be achieved in advance, with proper planning it could have been done with much greater efficiency.

 

The purpose of this guide is therefore to outline an efficient order to complete every task required for 100%. In this sense it is strategic - about planning in advance what you should do and when to make this mammoth goal as manageable as possible.

 
It will not focus on tasks which are not required for this, although I will include recommendations for side activities that are likely to make the main quest so much easier.


It will provide link to recommend guides (properly credited where they are not my own) to achieving specific tasks.


Spoilers: Whilst I will try to keep these to a minimum, inevitably talking about completion to 100% is going to involve some, so proceed at your own risk if you do not know how the story ends.


This guide is arranged into the following Sections, click on the titles to jump to each part:


A) Overall Strategy*


B) Chapter 1


C) Chapter 2


D) Chapter 3


E) Chapter 4


F) Chapter 5


G) Chapter 6


H) Epilogues Part 1 & 2


I) Summary and Acknowledgements

 

(*This first section will give a rationale for the ordering and why it will make your quest much easier if you do things at certain points in the story, as well as highlighting which tasks are ones to have in mind from the beginning of your play through).

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A) Overall Strategy


First it is worth considering the full list of activities that you need to complete according to the in game checklist. Expand the spoiler to see the complete list.

Spoiler

Missions and events:

  •  Missions
  •  10 Strangers
  •  5 Bounties
  •  25 Chance Encounters
  •  Bushwhacked
  •  6 Gang Hideouts


Collectibles 

  •  1 Points of Interest
  •  9 Graves
  •  144 Cigarette Cards
  •  30 Dinosaur Bones
  •  13 Legendary Fish
  •  All Exotics
  •  10 Rock Carvings
  •  All Hunting Requests
  •  1 Treasure Hunter Chain
  •  20 Dreamcatchers

 
Compendium 

  •  50 Animals
  •  10 Equipment
  •  10 Fish
  •  6 Gangs
  •  10 Horses
  •  20 Plants
  •  48 Weapons

 
Player 

  •  Maximum Health, Stamina and Dead Eye
  •  Horse Bonding Level 4
  •  All 9 Challenges Completed

 
Miscellaneous 

  •  5 Shacks
  •  5 Legendary Animals
  •  4 Table Games
  •  5 Ranters, Ravers, and Campaigners
  •  1 Bath
  •  1 Show
  •  1 Theater
  •  6 Recipes crafted: 1 cooking recipe, 1 tonic, 1 type of ammunition, 1 hunting item, 1 horse care item, and 1 weapon
  •  4 Robberies: Coach Robbery, Home Robbery, Shop Robbery, Train Robbery

 

It's obviously a long list. However we can actually ignore some of these, since there is actually quite a significant overlap between these tasks - completing some will automatically lead to the completion of others.

 

Superfluous tasks:

There's actually some overlap, where completing some tasks will automatically tick others off the list for you.

  • 10 Fish (Survivalist Challenge 10 will cover this)
  • 10 Horses (Horseman Challenge 10 will cover this)
  • 20 Plants (Herbalist Challenge 9 will cover this)
  • 4 Table Games(The Gambler Challenges will cover this)
  • 1 Treasure Hunter Chain (The Explorer Challenge will cover this)

So the above can effectively be ignored in your planning.

 

Tasks that require no planning:

There are also tasks that you will almost certainly get in a play through without any planning - they'll just happen naturally as you are doing story missions or completing other tasks. These are:

  • Complete All Story Missions
  • 25 Chance Encounters (just look out for white dots on your map - whenever you see one, approach and interact).
  • Bushwhacked (you will almost certainly get ambushed early on and get this. Expect it to happen in cuttings or bridges where you have no side escape, and dead-eye your attackers)
  • 50 Animals (it would be very hard to miss this - story mode and challenges will probably get you most of the way there, but still study animals in the wild at every opportunity).
  • 10 Equipment (you will get this given to you in the story).
  • 6 Gangs (this will happen in story missions if you don't meet them in the free roam)
  • Horse Bonding Level 4 (virtually impossible for this not to happen. Just keep patting your horse and calming it regularly).
  • 5 Ranters, Ravers, and Campaigners (like the chance encounters, just approach an white dots on your radar when you see them and interact).

 

That leaves a remaining list that you must consciously aim for - even though some, like taking a bath, are absurdly easy.


However, some tasks are much easier to complete at certain times than others. For example, a lot of the Weapons Expert and Sharpshooter challenges are easy to complete using the Gang Hideout "Six Point Cabin". However, this is no longer available after the Chapter 6 Story Mission "Goodbye, Dear Friend", so it makes a lot of sense to complete these challenges before that point - they are not impossible to get later of course, but you are likely to find them to be much more of a pain.

 

Conversely there are some tasks that literally cannot be finished until after Chapter 6 is completed. This obviously marks a major point of change in the story, and it's therefore helpful to consider which tasks you should aim to achieve before, after, and which should straddle this point.

 

Tasks you should plan to complete before the end of Chapter 6:

  • 10 Stranger Missions
  • 5 Bounties
  • 1 Points of Interest
  • 144 Cigarette Cards
  • All Exotics
  • 10 Rock Carvings
  • 20 Dreamcatchers
  • 5 Shacks
  • 5 Legendary Animals
  • 1 Bath
  • 1 Show
  • 1 Theater
  • 6 Recipes crafted: 1 cooking recipe, 1 tonic, 1 type of ammunition, 1 hunting item, 1 horse care item, and 1 weapon
  • 4 Robberies: Coach Robbery, Home Robbery, Shop Robbery, Train Robbery
  • Bandit Challenges
  • Explorer Challenges
  • Gambler Challenges
  • Master Hunter Challenges
  • Sharpshooter Challenges
  • Survivalist Challenges
  • Weapons Expert Challenges

 

Complete as far as possible up to Chapter 6 and finish the remainder after:

  • 30 Dinosaur Bones
  • 13 Legendary Fish
  • All Hunting Requests (The first four can be done before)
  • Herbalist Challenges (Up to Challenge 8 can be done before)
  • Horseman Challenges (Up to Challenge 8 can be done before)

 

Complete after Chapter 6:

  • 9 Graves
  • Maximum Health, Stamina and Dead Eye (note you can reach rank 8 through doing normal in-game activities - and certainly will. But to unlock ranks 9 and 10 you must complete ALL challenges, and buy the reinforced equipment  from the Trapper to get the boost).
  • 6 Gang Hideouts (you will actually get 4 of these during the story - the remaining ones are only accessible after Chapter 6)
  • 48 Weapons (you will get most of these, but you'll have more options to pick up the remainder after Chapter 6).

 

There is some flex in this, but I would advise prioritising getting stuff done early where possible. Spreading out challenges and hunting tasks between story missions will be easy on your sanity levels. Plus completing some of these tasks will provide gameplay benefits that will make the later story mission easier to tackle.

 

Beyond this the devil is very much in the detail. If planned correctly some activities can be done more or less simultaneously. For example, Horseman Challenge 1 and Master Hunter Challenge 2 effectively overlap, and also partially with Mr's Hobb's first request. So now you only have to find 5 rabbits instead of 9 - or actually, if you get one in a story mission too, only 4. That's a massive time saver, not wasted spinning around in the wilderness.


The sections below are set into Chapters following the game's story in an attempt to fully exploit this type of logic


There are however, some tasks that are a particular pain - your should be aware of them, plan for them, and be opportunistic. Others that are particularly important because they have an impact on how easy it is to achieve the rest.


Keep the following in mind before you start out:


Kill the Legendary Buck and craft the Buck Antler Trinket at the earliest opportunity
This improves  the quality of the pelt you get killing animals - and since many tasks require a 3 star (perfect) pelt, this is absolutely essential. If you have this and kill a 3 star animal, you'll probably get away with one of the following misdemeanours, and still come away with a perfect pelt:

  • Using the wrong weapon, or
  • Not hitting the animal in the correct critical location

Killing small animals have a particularly high success rate with the trinket, whereas without they will spoil. Don't start any hunting tasks until you have it!

 

The Exotics
It's actually quite easy to find most of the exotic birds when you know where to look. You also don't require perfect pelts, so you can just use dead eye and let rip with a repeater to kill as many as you can when you find a bunch.
The problem is just how many you need. And compared to the original RDR, corpses tend to last a lot longer before disappearing altogether - saving and re-loading doesn't seem to get rid of them either. Why does that matter? Well there are only a few places where Egrets, Herons and Spoonbills spawn - and from observation I find more won't spawn back if there are animal corpses there.
The bottom line is you need to break this one up significantly with other tasks and come back later. Not spend hours of real time hanging around the same places. Do other activity for a few in game days before returning.

 

Hunting Requests (from Mrs Hobbs via the train station)
Finding so many little blighters with three star pelts again can be a pain. However, it definitely helps if you know where to look, and some spots recommended by various YouTuber etc are much better than others.
Nevertheless, it pays to activate these early and be opportunistic. Know what you're after and if you just happen to find the right animal on your route from A to B, so much the better. Whilst it can be completed before Chapter 6 is over, I recommend activating this early to capitalise on any good fortune you might get.

 

Gambler Challenge 8
You have to win Blackjack 3 times with 5 cards. It's completely down to luck, but the probability of getting it is very low - so you'll have to sink a lot of time into this, and it gets very boring. It is easily, IMHO, the most annoying thing about the whole quest.
My only advice for this one is save it for when you are in an unproductive mood and unlikely to accomplish anything in game or real life for a couple of hours. I ground this one out whilst desperately hung-over on a Saturday morning. I certainly wasn't going to be doing the Sharpshooter challenges, or going out for a 5k run - you get the picture.
Note where the challenge says "hit three times" it is actually incorrectly worded. Otherwise you could potentially split a pair and win with two hands of four - but that doesn't work.

 

Other considerations
At the end of Chapter 6 you will retain any valuables and trinkets, but lose any cash and consumables, and any horses you own. It's therefore worth buying any remaining weapons you don't own before this point, and purchasing enough Premium Cigarettes to get the remaining cards you need (again, opportunistically pick up any you find as you go up to this point). Gold Bars can be a great way to retain wealth as you won't lose them - so don't sell them before this point unless you need the cash. You don't need to do all Stranger missions to get the necessary 10, but "The Veteran" can be done after Chapter 6. It is probably best saved to then because you will be rewarded with a good horse at the end - do this before Chapter 6 and you'll lose it anyway.

 

 

 

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B) Chapter 1

 

Chapter 1 is fairly limited. Most of the missions auto-start, and the weather won't allow you to leave camp on your own in free-roam - your horse will collapse and die rapidly in the cold. However, there are a couple of challenges to look out for with in the missions.

 

NB. Tablet Users, view in landscape position and collapse the quick nav forum bar!

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Story Outlaws from the West Colter, Ambarino    
Story Enter, Pursued by a Memory Colter, Ambarino    
Story The Aftermath of Genesis Colter, Ambarino P  
Master Hunter 1 Skin 1/3 Deer Colter, Ambarino   Challenge started automatically at the end of this mission
Story Old Friends Colter, Ambarino B  
Story Who the Hell is Leviticus Cornwall? Colter, Ambarino    
Weapons Expert 1 Kill 1/3 Enemies with a Knife Railway Track, Ambarino   During the mission, don't send Lenny to kill the second guard on the train, run up and stab him
Story Eastward Bound Colter, Ambarino    

 

You will also get the first of 6 gangs automatically added, some weapons, equipment and animals to the compendium however you play. Other than that, this is very much a case of enjoying some introductory missions.

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C) Chapter 2:

 

Part I:


[Expand Spoiler for Strategy]
 

Spoiler

The first point to note is don't jump into the story missions straight away! There are some easy challenges you can complete close by - so don't rush on with the story to early (otherwise you'll move camp later on, and waste valuable travel time coming back to this area)

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You should first aim to skin 2 more deer (having already done 1 in Chapter 1). You can find many directly to the east of your camp, towards Twin Stack Pass. Whilst you are doing this, shoot any birds you see in the sky . Getting 3 will unlock and complete Sharpshooter challenge 1. Also Yarrow is plentiful round here. You may need to discard some Hosea may have given you at the end of Chapter 1, but clumps of 3 are easy to find. Then head slightly south to find the "?" which is "Test of Faith" and unlocks the Dinosaur bones quest. 3 more Yarrow are close by (Deborah will almost roll her wagon over them as she leaves) which will complete Herbalist Challenge 1.


The next bit is not required for 100% - but highly beneficial. Money is useful, so go to Limpany, the burnt out town west of your camp. Enter the Sheriff's office and loot the gold bar worth $500 at a fence.


Next go to Flatneck Station and start the story mission "Who is Not without Sin" to find Reverend Swanson. During this mission you can win 5 hands over poker to get Gambler Challenge 1. I need to confirm this, but I think it's scripted so you get the same hands and win - just don't fold.


After that, in the same location, check out the strangers to unlock the Cigarettes Cards and Jack Hall Gang Treasure Quest.


Then, head south down to Rhodes, sell your gold bar, and play at Black Jack to wind Gambler Challenge 2, and buy the Varmint Rifle while you are there.  Resist the temptation to rob the gunsmith's basement now - save that for later!


On your way back to camp, complete the first part of the Jack Hall Gang Treasure Map to get Explorer Challenge 2


The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Master Hunter 1 Skin 3/3 deer Twin Stack Pass, New Hanover   You have two more to get after the one in the first chapter. Click here for a video guide.
Sharpshooter 1 Kill 3 flying birds Twin Stack Pass, New Hanover   Shoot up at any visible birds to start the challenge. Should be easy but here's a video guide if you have any doubts.
Herbalist 1 Pick 3 of 6 Yarrow New Hanover, The Heartlands   Easy to find clumps of 3 east of your camp. Video guide.
Stranger A Test of Faith New Hanover, The Heartlands   Dinosaur Bones quest unlocked
Herbalist 1 Pick 6 of 6 Yarrow New Hanover, The Heartlands    You can find these right next to each other here as shown in this video
Herbalist 2 Pick & eat Raspberry New Hanover, The Heartlands    
         
Non 100% Loot Gold Bar Limpany, New Hannover   Loot box in the Sherrifs office contains gives early cash boost, This video shows you where to find it.
         
Stranger All That Glitters NW of Flatneck Station, New Hanover ? First Jack Hall Gang Treasure map purchased
Explorer 1 Jack Hall Treasure Map 1     Challenge Completed with above
Story Who is Not without Sin Flatneck Station, New Hanover RS  
Gambler 1 Win 5 hands of poker Flatneck Station, New Hanover   Can be completed as part of the mission
Stranger Smoking and other Hobbies Flatneck Station, New Hanover ? Cigarette Cards Quest
         
Non 100% Sell Gold Bar Fence North of Rhodes, New Hanover    
Gambler 2 In Blackjack, double down and win the hand 5 times Saloon Bar, Rhodes, New Hanover    
Weapons Buy Varmint Rifle Gun Store, Rhodes, New Hanover    Avoid the temptation to rob the backroom business just yet, as this will be helpful to complete Bandit Challenge 3 later.
         
Explorer 2 Collect Jack Hall Treasure Map 2 Caliban's Seat, New Hanover    Click on this video link to see where to find it


Part II:


[Expand Spoiler for Strategy]
 

Spoiler

Head back to camp and start "Polite Society, Valentine Style" with Uncle. If you need your horse back, sleep in the hotel or (if it is night) wait outside a shop until morning. Visit the Stranger in the smaller Saloon to the east of town to start "The Noblest of Men and Women", and start you first bounty quest.


"Americans at Rest" in the town will end up with you being dirty, so take a bath in the hotel.


You have to go and rescue a friend now as part of the story, but take the opportunity to Rob 5 passers by in Valentine to get Bandit Challenge 1 completed. Pick people on the outskirts where there is no one else in sight and you will probably get away with it.


Now head down to Blackwater to rescue Sean in "The First Shall be the Last". Whilst doing this you should be able to get a second knife kill towards Weapons Expert Challenge 1. On your way back, start the "Geology for Beginners" stranger quest to the west of Strawberry. Then head north east to Cottora Springs to collect the second part of the Jack Hall Gang Treasure Trail and unlock Explorer Challenge 3.


Head back south from there to Valentine, where you should aim to win 5 games of Five Finger Fillet. Sleep in the hotel to get another first round opponent in between wins to make it easier and go back. Also check the train station for the hunting requests poster to activate "Wildlife Art Exhibition". Finally, you should now have another bounty to get (2/5) - Ellie Anne Swann - from the Valentine Sherriff office.


Now you can start to see the full power of planning in advance. Go back to your camp and start the story mission "Exit, Pursued by a Bruised Ego" with Hosea. During the mission, kill 1 rabbit from horseback to unlock Horseman Challenge 1 - don't worry about the quality. After the mission is over, stick around and track and kill the Legendary Bear. You will also now be close to O'Creagh's Run and can finish the Jack Hall Gang Treasure challenge and reach Explorer Challenge 4, which will be literally seconds away.

 

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Story Polite Society, Valentine Style Horseshoe Overlook U  
Stranger The Noblest of Men, and a Woman Valentine, New Hanover ?  
Bounty Good, Honest, Snake Oil Valentine, New Hanover Bounty Unlocks further Bounties
Story Americans at Rest Valentine, New Hanover JE  
Miscellaneous Have a Bath Valentine, New Hanover    
Bandit 1 Hold up 5 townsfolk Valentine, New Hanover    
         
Story The First Shall Be Last Blackwater, West Elizabeth JE  
Weapons Expert 1 Kill 2/3 Enemies with a Knife   N/A During the mission, silently kill one of the first two gaurds with Javier. See this video with gold also achieved
         
Stranger Geology for Beginners Strawberry, West Elizabeth ? Rock Carvings unlocked
         
Explorer 3 Collect Jack Hall Treasure Map 3 Cottora Springs Ambarino    Click this video link to help you find it
         
Gambler 3 Win 3 games of Five Finger Fillet Valentine, New Hanover    
Hunting Requests Wildlife Art Exhibition Valentine, New Hanover   Read the Hunters Wanted Poster at the Trains Station
Bounty Ellie Anne Swann Valentine, New Hanover Bounty Loot her for her silver earnings, can be used in Talisman crafting
         
Story Exit Pursued by a Bruised Ego Horseshoe Overlook H Unlocks Legendary Animals
Horseman 1 Kill 1/5 rabbits from horseback: O'Creagh's Run, Ambarino   Do during the mission, as shown here.
Legendary Animals Kill 1/5 Legnedary Animals - Bear O'Creagh's Run, Ambarino   Remain in the area after the mission, see this video on how to track and kill it.
Explorer 4 Find Jack Hall Gang Treasure O'Creagh's Run, Ambarino   Remain in the area after the mission, this video shows you how to find the treasure.

 

Part III:


[Expand Spoiler for Strategy]
 

Spoiler

Head back to camp and start "Money Lending and Other Sins - 1" for Strauss. Go to see Mr Wrobel, to the west first, simply because he's nearest. On your return, the ledger will be unlocked. Used this to upgrade Dutch's and Arthur's tent. This is not essential to achieve 100% completion - but it unlocks fast travel - and believe me, you will want it. Being able to afford this now is the main reason to snatch that gold bar from Limpany earlier.


Now keep an eye out for a Home Robbery mission with Javier Escuela at camp. As soon as it pops up, do it, but have your warm clothes ready in advance. This will transport you a far way north to Chez Porter, reward you with a good cut, and a pump action shotgun. From there, check your photos to activate the stranger mission with Flaco Hernadnez - near where you started in Chapter 1 in the snow. Get his revolver and the Treasure map for the Poisonous trail from the lock box in his cabin - but we won't be using that until Chapter 3.


Now head back down to Black Bone Forrest in West Elizabeth to kill the Legendary Buck, from there take the stage coach in Strawberry to craft the Buck Antler Trinket in Rhodes. This will make a big difference when hunting in future, dramatically increasing the chances you come away with a perfect pelt.

 

The Schedule:
 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Story Money Lending and Other Sins – I Horseshoe Overlook LS  
  Mr Wrobel Painted Sky, Big Valley, WE $  
Herbalist 2 Pick & Eat Blackberry      You can find one here on your way back to Horsehoe Overlook
Story Money Lending and Other Sins – II Horseshoe Overlook N/A  
Non 100% Upgrade Dutch's tent Horseshoe Overlook   Not essential but a pre-requisite to unlock fast travel
Non 100% Upgrade Aurthur's Tent Horseshoe Overlook   Enables Fast Travel
         
Home Robbery Pop up side quest with Javier Horseshoe Overlook - Keep an eye out for this one at camp   Collect pump action shot gun and good cut from Chez Porter, The Grizzlies, AM. See here for a video guide.
         
Stranger The Noblest of Men, and a Woman - Flaco Hernandez Cairn Lake, Ambarino FHZ Get his revolver, and the Posionous Treasure Trail Map from his Cabin
         
Legendary Animals Kill 2/5 Legnedary Animals - Buck Black Bone Forest, Big Valley, WE   See this video guide. Trinket is helpful to get perfect pelts
         
Non 100% Craft the Buck Antler Trinket Fence North of Rhodes, New Hanover   Take the stage coach from Strawberry to save time. Whilst strictly not essential this will save hours of time trying to get perfect pelts.

 

Part IV:


[Expand Spoiler for Strategy]
 

Spoiler

Now you've got the Buck Antler Trinket, you've got a decent chance of getting perfect pelts/carcasses. Head back from Rhodes towards your camp in Horseshoe Overlook. En-route, check all woodland areas, and it will not take you long to find a perfect squirrel - shoot it with the varmint rifle, you do not need to use dead eye. Now with the trinket, even sometimes if the carcass is labelled as "good", you will be rewarded with a "perfect" one when you stow it in your satchel.


Now head to Twinstack Pass east of your camp and go Rabbit hunting with your Varmint Rifle without dismounting. Skin the first three perfect Rabbits you get, and stow the last one on your horse. You now have Master Hunter Challenge 2, Horseman Challenge 1, and the first of Mrs Hobbs' Hunting Requests completed in one fell swoop!


Go to Valentine and post Mrs Hobb's first request at the mail office. Also go and play poker to bust out one player here for part of Gambler Challenge 4.


Go back to Twinstack Pass and study 10 different species and track them with your binoculars for Master Hunter Challenge 3. You may need to go further afield to get them all. If so, I recommend heading SE toward the Bayou NWA and start killing Egret, Herons and Spoonbills which you will need the plooms for in Chapter IV (so why not make a head start?) Also kill 2 animals in 1 deadeye for Sharpshooter Challenge 2


Now go a bit further east to Guthrie farm and jump over 3 fences quickly to easily get  Horseman Challenge 2. Then start "The Spines of America" story mission nearby with Hosea to unlock the Wagon Fence. When you are done, collect the two nearby debts marked "$" and also check out the shack towards the north which will count towards 100%. Then at Emerald Ranch station pick up your reward and Hunting Request 2 from Mrs Hobbs.


The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Hunting Requests 1 Find and kill a perfect squirrel Check woodland areas between Rhodes and your camp   It should not take long to find one on your journey back to camp, as shown in this video.
         
Master Hunter 2 Collect 3 perfect quality rabbit pelts Twin Stack Pass, New Hanover   Be mounted and use the varmint rifle don't bother with dead eye, as shown here.
Hunting Requests 1 Find and kill 1 more perfect rabbit (do not skin, stow on horse) Twin Stack Pass, New Hanover    Click here for a video.
Horseman 1 Kill 5/5 rabbits from horseback Twin Stack Pass, New Hanover   Completed with the above two tasks
         
Hunting Requests 1 Send to Mrs Hobbs at the post office Valentine, New Hanover    
Gambler 4 Bust one poker opponent out in Valentine Valentine, New Hanover    
         
Master Hunter 3 Track 10 different animal species using your binoculars Twin Stack Pass, New Hanover    
Sharpshooter 2 Kill 2 different species of animal in the same Dead Eye use Twin Stack Pass, New Hanover    
Horseman 2 Jump over 3 obstacles in 15 seconds Guthrie Farm, New Hanover    
Story The Spines of America Emerald Ranch, New Hanover   Unlocks Wagon Fence
Story Lilly Millet Emerald Ranch, New Hanover    
Story Chick Matthews Guthrie Farm, New Hanover    
Shack Shack 1/5 Heartland Overflow    
Hunting Requests 2 Next Letter from Mrs Hobbs Emerald Ranch, New Hanover    


Part V:


[Expand Spoiler for Strategy]
 

Spoiler

Now take the train or stage coach back to Valentine, then another stage coach straight back to Emerald Ranch. As soon as you are there, jack it, and sell the coach to the Wagon Fence after looting the lock box on the back to unlock Bandit Challenge 2.


Go back to your camp and return the debts to the ledger, and start "Paying a Social Call" with Kieran. Whilst you are doing this, kill the first guy taking a p155 with you knife to complete Weapons Expert Challenge 1. Then head north east when the mission is over to kill the Legendary Elk close to where you are now.


Head back to Valentine, buy the premium horse care package in the stables, and blast down to Rhodes in under 5 minutes to achieve the Horseman 3 challenge.


Don't stop there however, continue on to Saint Denis. Check the small bar to the north east of the city. You may get a bar own with a rat infestation problem as a chance encounter. If so, go in with your Varmint rifle, and combine with the Buck Antler Trinket, you will almost certainly walk away with a perfect rat carcass in your satchel for Mrs Hobbs. Also play poker in the bigger saloon bar and bust out a player for your second out of three required for Gambler Challenger 4.


Now start robbing stores for their cash registers - you need to do 4 in one day. Start where you are in Saint Denis - rob the cash register from any one store and have your horse ready to escape (I recommend the train tracks) to your east - there will be a lot of law enforcement - but get this one, the most difficult out of the way first as you must do four in one day (keep in mind the city will be in lock down so it will be hard to do another).


Once you've lost the law in Saint Denis, head to Rhodes asap. Check the west side of the gunsmith's store, and question the man imprisoned in the cellar bellow. Now enter the store and specifically rob the basement. You won't get a wanted level for this if you don't kill anyone - just shoot the captive's chains. Then on the way out rob the cash register and leave quietly - then hold up the general store opposite, and flee on your horse!


Finally head to Valentine and rob another store's cash register (I recommend the Doctor since he's in league with the O'Dricolls), to get Bandit Challenge 4 Complete.


Now head south west to the Downes Ranch to complete Money Lending and Other Sins - III for Leopold Straus in what will be a pivotal moment in the story for what appears an innocuous mission.


Head back to camp, and you should have a letter from Mary Linton - consider completing her missions, whilst they are optional, they will boost your honour and be needed for other trophies.


Once that is done, head back to Twin Stack Pass and get 5 clean kills by calling an animal to unlock Master Hunter Challenge 4, then head back to camp.

 

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Bandit 2 Rob any 2 coaches or return any 2 stolen coaches to the Fence Valentine, New Hanover    
         
Story Return all debts Horseshoe Overlook    
Story Paying a Social Call Horseshoe Overlook K  
Weapons Expert 1 Kill 3/3 Enemies with a Knife Six Point Cabin, New Hanover   During the mission, silently the kill the first guy with a knife
Legendary Animal Kill 3/5 Legendary Animals - Elk East of Fort Wallace    
Horseman 3 Ride from Valentine to Rhodes in less than five minutes Valentine, New Hanover    
         
Gambler 4 Bust one poker opponent out in Saint Denis Saint Denis, Lemoyne    
Hunting Requests 2 Kill a perfect rat Saint Denis, Lemoyne   The run down bar in the north east of the city has a frequent random event where you will be asked to clear out a rat infestation, see this guide.
Bandit 3 Rob the cash register in any 4 shops in one day Saint Denis, Lemoyne    Click here to see how to use two of the backroom businesses to do a robbery in Saint Denis and Rhodes without getting wanted. This will prevent the area being locked down and allow you to rob a second one in each.
Bandit 4 Rob any 3 coaches or return any 3 stolen coaches to the fence in a day Valentine, New Hanover    Quick video guide. Note robbing the lock box at the back and also selling it counts for 2 of your 3, so you actually only need to take 2.
         
Story Money Lending and Other Sins – III Downes Ranch, New Hanover LS  
         
Story We Loved Once and True – I Horseshoe Overlook   Letter at your camp
Story We Loved Once and True – II Valentine, New Hanover ML  
Story We Loved Once and True – III Grizzles East, Ambarino    
         
Master Hunter 4 Call an animal and get a clean kill 5 times Twin Stack Pass, New Hanover    


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Back at camp, Dutch will order you to take Lenny and get him drunk, by completing "Quiet Time". You also have to rescue Micah from Strawberry, but en-route from Valentine, travel to Wallace Station, and West of there, find a Grizzly Bear and skin it to get the first of three for Master Hunter 5.


Completing "Blessed are the Meek?" to rescue Micah will automatically unlock Bandit Challenge 5 because you have engaged in forward planning and ensured it is active at this time :)


As soon as the mission is over, head over the railway bridge east to Flatneck Station. Bust a player out at poker there (3/3 to complete Gambler Challenge 4), also check your photographs and activate the Stranger Mission with Emmet Granger - make sure you grab his revolver at the end. Now use my video guide to get all the Rock Carvings, Dreamcatchers, and Dinosaur Bones in the Heartlands and Cumberland Forrest in one round trip.

 

 

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Story A Quiet Time Horseshoe Overlook D  
         
Master Hunter 5 Skin 1/3 black or grizzly bears West of Wallace St, WE    
Story Blessed are the Meek? Strawberry, West Elizabeth M  See the guide here. The beauty of it is completing the challenge will also reduce your bounty down substantially (c$85), saving you money early in the game when you have less.
Bandit 5 Amass $250 bounty in one state Strawberry, West Elizabeth   Automatic with mission
Gambler 4 Bust one poker opponent out at Flatneck Station Flatneck Station, New Hanover   Take the train tracks across after your mission ends
Stranger The Noblest of Men, and a Woman - Emmet Granger Flatneck Station, New Hanover EG Get his revolver
Rock Carvings Find 3/10 Flatneck Station, New Hanover   All of those in the Heartlands and Cumberland Forrest
Dreamcatchers Find 8/20     Click here for a video guide to help find them all in one round trip
Dinosaur Bones Find 38/30      

 

Part VII:


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Do Pouring Forth Oil – I & II with John which will end you up in Scarlet Meadows, Lemoyne. On your way back to camp, find a lone victim (look for campsite fires, preferably O'Driscolls) and drag them 3,300 feet to get Horseman Challenge 4. From here on, start trampling small animals with your horse such as rabbits and turkeys (5 required) to get Horseman Challenge 5.


Back at camp, Do Pouring Forth Oil – I & II with John is just a cut scene, so immediately start "A Fisher of Men" for Abigail.


Then head to west of Wallace Station to kill and skin a bear, then on to Micah's mission icon "An American Pastoral Scene". After it's done go back to the same place to get your third bear pelt and complete Master Hunter Challenge 5.


Now it's an easy run in to the end of Chapter 2.


Completing "Pouring Forth Oil – IV" will unlock the ability to pain targets with deadeye. After that is done, use your camp to fast travel to Valentine, then head back to Six Point Cabin. Make sure you use Snake Oil before going in and kill 3 enemies  with throwing knives in 10 seconds to get the Weapons Expert Challenge 2 complete (note the deadeye skill is really handy here). On the way back to Valentine, makes sure you finish trampling animals with your horse to get Horseman Challenge 5 complete.


Now do "The Sheep and the Goats" for John, but before you start, note that your camp will start to shut down beyond this point for the next mission. If you have any pelts to give to Pearson, give them before this point!


Then back at camp complete "A Strange Kindness for Dutch to move on to chapter 3.

 

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Story Pouring Forth Oil – I Horseshoe Overlook J  
         
Story Pouring Forth Oil – II Valentine, New Hanover J  
Horseman 4 While mounted, drag a victim for 3300 feet using your lasso Scarlet Meadows, Lemoyne    
Horseman 5 Trample 5 animals while on horseback: Just run over any 5 enemies. Twin Stack Pass, New Hanover    
         
Story Pouring Forth Oil – III Horseshoe Overlook J  
Story A Fisher of Men Horseshoe Overlook A  
         
Master Hunter 5 Skin 2/3 black or grizzly bears West of Wallace St, WE    
Story An American Pastoral Scene Big Valley, West Elizabeth M  
Master Hunter 5 Skin 3/3 black or grizzly bears West of Wallace St, WE    
         
Story Pouring Forth Oil – IV Scarlet Meadows, Lemoyne J  
         
Weapons Expert 2 Kill 3 enemies in 10 seconds using only throwing knives 6 Point Cabin, Cumberland Forrest, NH    
Horseman 5 Trample 5 animals while on horseback: Just run over any 5 enemies. Cumberland Forrest, NH    
Story The Sheep and the Goats Valentine, New Hanover J  
         
Story A Strange Kindness Horseshoe Overlook D  

 

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D) Chapter 3:

 

Part I:

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Explore the surrounding area of your new camp at Clements point

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Story Further Questions of Female Suffrage Clemens Point, Lemoyne P  
Gambler 5 Win 3 rounds of dominoes without drawing any tiles against 2 or fewer opponents Clemens Point, Lemoyne    
Story The New South Clemens Point, Lemoyne D Accept the Fishing trip and catch two fish
Fishing Trip Pop up side quest with Javier Clemens Point, Lemoyne   Stay in the area afterwards
Survivalist 1 Catch 3 Bluegill fish Ringneck Creek   Use cheese bait - you may need to go away briefly to select instead of crickets
         
Survivalist 2 Hand 5 animals into camp or trapper Clemens Point, Lemoyne   Hand in the 5 fish you just caught
Story Money Lending and Other Sins – IV Clemens Point, Lemoyne LS Activates two debtor icons
Survivalist 3 Kill 5 animals with a varmint rifle Clemens Point, Lemoyne   Easy, kill 5 small animals enroute to destination below
         
Stranger A Fisher of Fish Gill Landing ? Starts the Legendary Fish quest
         
Herbalist 3 Prep Pick Hummingbird Sage Scarlet Meadows, Lemoyne    You can find the herb at three locations close by, here, here and here.
Legendary Animal Kill 4/5 Legendary Animals - Coyote Scarlet Meadows, Lemoyne    
Explorer 5 Posionous Treasure Trail Map 2 Face Rock, Lemoyne    Click here for video guide

 

Part II:

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Head east across Scarlet Meadow to Bayou NWA being productive as you go

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Pamphlet Posion arrow Rhodes Fence   Buy as you need it for the next challenge
Story Gwyn Hughes Rhodes, Lemoyne $  
Gambler 6 Beat the Blackjack dealer in two locations (Rhodes) Rhodes, Lemoyne    
         
Stranger He's British, Of Course I Lonnie's Shack ?  
Stranger He's British, Of Course II The Heartlands, New Hanover MA  
Stranger He's British, Of Course III Calliga Way, Lemoyne MA  
Stranger He's British, Of Course IV Emerald Ranch, New Hanover MA  
Stranger He's British, Of Course V Lonnie's Shack MA  
         
Equipment Buy all lures Lagras Bait Shop, Lemoyne   Needed to catch Legendary Fish
Herbs Oelander Sage Bayou NWA, Lemoyne   Need to craft posionous arrow, you can find some here, and here.
Exotics Prep Shoot Egrets, Herons and Spoonbills to collect their plooms Bayou NWA, Lemoyne    The spot in this video is good. It's a good idea to start stocking up now as they won't respawn for a while after you kill a bunch of the.
Survivalist 4 Craft a dynamite, fire, improved, poison, and small game arrow Bayou NWA, Lemoyne    

 

Part III:

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Head up to Van Horn, where you can both start and finish Gambeler 6 and 7 respectively, catch your first legendary fish, and find the next part of the poisonous trail treasure quest.

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Stranger The Smell of Grease Paint - I Van Horn, New Hanover ? MF
Gambler 6 Beat the Blackjack dealer in two locations (Van Horn) Van Horn, New Hanover    
Gambler 7 Beat the five finger fillet player in every location (Van Horn) Van Horn, New Hanover    
Legendary Fish Catch the Legendary Muski Van Horn, New Hanover   Special River Lure
Legendary Fish Post at Van Horn Office Van Horn, New Hanover    
         
Explorer 6 Posionous Treasure Trail Map 3 West of Van Horn    Click here for a video guide.

 

Part IV:

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Head up the train tracks north of Annesburg, where you are in the right place to complete Herbalist 2, start Master Hunter 6, collect herbs for later, catch another legendary fish. Then head west to get a couple of birds on Mrs Hobb's list by the Kamassa river. Bag another cougar on your way back.

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Master Hunter 6 Kill 1/5 cougars with your bow, then skin them North of Annesburg, NH    See this video for a great spot where cougars have a high spawn probability.
Herbalist 2 Pick & eat Evergreen Hucklberry North of Annesburg, NH    Click here to see where to find one
Herbalist 2 Pick & eat Wintergreen Berry North of Annesburg, NH    Close by you can also get the final berry for the challenge, here.
Weapon Rare Shotgun North of Annesburg, NH    See this video guide how to get the rare shotgun a stones throw from where you are now.
Prep for Herbalist 7 Collect golden currents North of Annesburg, NH    You'll need a lot of these, so pick them here and here whenever you are in the locale.
         
Legendary Fish Catch the Legendary Steel Head Trout Willards Rest, New Hanover   Special River Lure
         
Legendary Fish Post at Annesburg Office Annesburg, New Hannover    
         
Hunting Requests 2 Kill a perfect Northern Cardinal and Woodpecker Kamassa River   Use small game arrows, see here for a video guide.
         
Hunting Requests 2 Send to Mrs Hobbs at the post office Annesburg, New Hannover    
Master Hunter 6 Kill 2/5 cougars with your bow, then skin them North of Annesburg, NH    Return to the spot in the previous video - enough time should have passed for another cougar to spawn here by now.

 

Part V:

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On your way home, head to Elysian pool where you can finish the poisonous treasure trail, collect herbs you need for later and catch another legendary fish. Back at camp, watch out for a fishing trip pop up quest with Kieran that will take you to the right spot to catch a further legendary fish. After you do the mission "An honest mistake" you are in the right place to get all the herbs for Herbalist 4 and 5, plus you can get a boat nearby for survivalist 5, and finish it by catching the Legnedary Sturgeon from the train tracks bridge.

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Legendary Fish Catch the Legendary Perch Elysian Pool   Special Lake Lure
Herbs Bulrush and Burdock Root Elysian Pool    This video shows you where to pick them
Explorer 7 Poisonous Treasure Complete Elysian Pool    Click here to see how to find it.
Herbalist 3 Craft 7 items using sage as an ingredient Kamassa River    
         
Stranger The Smell of Grease Paint - II North of Macleans House, NH MF  
         
Exotics Prep Shoot Egrets, Herons and Spoonbills to collect their plooms Bayou NWA, Lemoyne    Make another trip to the location in this video
         
Legendary Fish Post the Legendary Perch at the Rhodes Office Rhodes, Lemoyne    
Hunting Requests 3 Collect new request from Mrs Hobss at Rhodes Office Rhodes, Lemoyne    
Story American Distillation Rhodes, Lemoyne D  
Fishing Trip Pop up side quest with Kieran Clemens Point, Lemoyne   Do as soon as it appears from now
Legendary Fish Catch the Legendary Blue Gill Scarlet Meadows, Lemoyne   Special Lake Lure
Story An Honest Mistake Clemens Point, Lemoyne MO You finish this mission very close to all the herbs you need for challenges 4 and 5
Herbalist 4 Pick 5 mushrooms and feed them to your horse Ringneck Creek    Very close to where you finish the mission you can find the 5 mushrooms you need here
Herbalist 5 Craft 9 items using Indian Tobacco as an ingredient Ringneck Creek    A short walk away you can also find all the tobacco you need for the next challenge as shown in this video.
Survivalist 5 Catch a fish in the Bayou from a riverboat Ringneck Creek/Kamassa River    Again you won't even have to get on your horse to find a boat you can catch any fish from, as shown here.
         
Legendary Fish Legendary Sturgeon Railway Bridge to the south   Special River Lure
Survivalist 5 Catch a fish in the Bayou  while standing on train tracks Railway Bridge to the south   Catching the Legendary fish here will also get you survivalist 5 if active as shown in this video
Legendary Fish Post the Legendary Sturegon at the Rhodes office Rhodes, Lemoyne    
Stranger The Inequities of History Rhodes, Lemoyne    

 

Part VI:

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After helping out a budding Romeo and Juliet, head to twin stack pass to farm Weapons Expert 3 and Survialist 6 (three of the kills overlap nicely because you have them both active together), and immediately get Survivalist 7 thereafter. Then head to the wagon fence in Emmerald Ranch to get the incendiary buckshot pamplet, and craft ammo in preparation for Weapons Expert 4. Next stop is Valentine to get your second of three wins at FFF for Gambler 7. 

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Story The Course of True Love – I&II Calliga Hall, Lemoyne GR  
Story The Course of True Love – III Calliga Hall, Lemoyne BG  
         
Weapons Expert 3 Kill 3 birds of prey using only a tomahawk Twin Stack Pass, New Hanover   When active simultaneously, these can be got with the same kills
Survivalist 6 Kill a scavenging animal while it is feeding a corpse 5 times Twin Stack Pass, New Hanover    Click here for a video to see how to do this
Survivalist 7 Kill 8 small game animals with consecutive shots, using small game arrows Twin Stack Pass, New Hanover    Although this is simple enough, it can be a frustrating challenge as one miss will fail - but click here for some subtle techniques with the bow that should really help
         
Pamphlets Buy the incendiary buckshot pamphlet Wagon Fence Emerald Ranch   Prep for Weapons Expert 4
Ammo Craft around 20 incendiary buckshot Camp near Emerald Ranch   Return to the wagon fence to buy more moonshine if needed
         
Gambler 7 Beat the five finger fillet player in every location (Valentine) Valentine, New Hanover    

 

Part VII:

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Head towards Big Valley in West Elizabeth, searching for a chance encounter with the High Stakes Treasure hunter and steal his map. On your way over the river, catch the Legendary Chain Pickerel and in the same spot, search the rocks and the sky for an Oriel. Bring your bow with the mission for Winton Holmes' debt and you can bag your third of five cougars for Master Hunter 6. Get the bounty at Strawberry and catch the Legendary Smallmouth Bass at Lake Owanjilla. The best spot for Robins is definitely the Upper Montana river, the snag is they are on the wrong side. You can grab a carcass before the Pinkertons show up, but don't hang around! Chipmunks (during the day) and Oppossums (at night) can then be found to the east of Fort Riggs to complete Mrs Hobb's third request. Then do a round trip of Big Vallye to find 2 Rock carvings, 3 dinosaurs bones, 2 weapons and a pamphlet. All that remains now is to dash from Stawberry to Saint Denis in 9 minutes for Horseman 6. 

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Explorer 8 Prep Search for treasure hunter chance encounter New Hanover to West Elizabeth   He may pop up in multiple locations, but most often I have found him here, close to Winton Holmes (see below)
Hunting Requests 3 Kill a perfect Oriole Dakota River    See here for a video guide on how to find one at this location
Legendary Fish Catch the Legendary Chain Pickerel Dakota River    
Story Winton Holmes North of Stawberry, WE $  See this video on how to partially complete your challenge during this mission.
Master Hunter 6 Kill 3/5 cougars with your bow, then skin them Mount Shann   Have your bow ready when you enter the cave and you can cross one cougar off your list
Legendary Fish Post the Legendary Chain Pickerel at the Stawberry Office Strawberry, West Elizabeth    
Bounty Joshua Brown Poster Strawberry, West Elizabeth    
Bounty Capture Joshua Brown Mount Shann    
Legendary Fish Catch the Legendary Smallmouth Bass Lake Owanjila, WE    
Legendary Fish Post the Legendary Smallmouth Bass at Strawberry Office Strawberry, West Elizabeth    
         
Hunting Requests 3 Kill a perfect Robin Upper Montana River    The spot shown in this video is far superior to finding robins than other alternatives - there are almost always three or more on the river banks
Hunting Requests 3 Kill a perfect Chipmunk East of Fort Riggs, WE    You can find one here close to where you got the Robin
Hunting Requests 3 Kill a perfect Opposum East of Fort Riggs, WE    You can find it in the same are as the Chipmunk, see here. Make sure you advance time to night and get this one last is it has to stow on the horse and will rot if you don't post it soon.
Hunting Requests 3 Send to Mrs Hobbs at the post office Riggs Station, West Elizabeth    
Hunting Requests 3 Collect new request from Mrs Hobss at Rhodes Office Riggs Station, West Elizabeth    
         
Gambler 7 Beat the five finger fillet player in every location (Strawberry) Strawberry, West Elizabeth    
         
Rock Carvings Find 2/10 Lake Owanjila, WE    
Dinsoaur Bones Find 3/30 Big Valley, West Elizabeth    Click here for a video guide to collect them all in one round trip
Weapons Find 2 Big Valley, West Elizabeth    
Pamplet Find the Special Miracle Tonic Pamphlet Big Valley, West Elizabeth    
         
Horseman 6 Ride from Strawberry to Saint Denis in less than 9 minutes without touching any water Strawberry, West Elizabeth    This video illustrates and easy route to beat the time.
         
Exotics Prep Shoot Egrets, Herons and Spoonbills to collect their plooms Bayou NWA, Lemoyne    

 

Part VIII:

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Back at camp, start Advertising, the New American art and have your indenidary buckshot ammo ready as Weapons Expert 4 is easily achieved in this mission. Then ford flat Island lake at night to the west of Clemens Point to find an owl for it's feather - you can then craft a homing tomahawk to complete Survivalist 8. With Soddom and Gomorrah, stock up on poison throwing knives and snake oil. When you are fleeing the bank you can easily get Weapons Expert 5 and Horseman 7 on this mission - three birds in one stone! When Horse Flesh for Dinner unlocks the horse fence, you can quickly do Bandit 6. Then take the train north to Annesburg, get Sharpshooter 3 and Bandit 7 together, also take the opportunity to bag another Cougar there after you have evaded the law. Grab another train to get enough for Bandit 7 if you haven't already, then flee west down the tracks to Cumberland Forrest. There you can farm three further challenges at 6 Point Cabin.

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Story Advertising, the New American Art – I Clemens Point, Lemoyne A  
Story Advertising, the New American Art – II Clemens Point, Lemoyne H  See this video for how to get gold on the mission and the challenge.
Weapons Expert 4 Kill 10 enemies with a shotgun using crafted ammo Clemens Point, Lemoyne    
         
Survivalist 8 Prep Hunt an Owl Islands in Flat Iron Lake   The water is shallow enough for your horse to ford it (just)
Survivalist 8 Craft a homing tomahawk, improved tomahawk, volatile dynamite, and volatile fire bottle Clemens Point, Lemoyne   Save the homing tomahawk for Sharpshooter 4!
         
Story Preaching Forgiveness as He went Clemens Point, Lemoyne L  
Story Sodom? Back to Gomorrah Clemens Point, Lemoyne B Stock up on Snake Oil and Posioned Throwing Knives before you start
Weapons Expert 5 Kill 5 mounted enemies, using 1 throwing knife per kill     On the chase from the bank, both challenges can easily be achieved using dead eye and throwing knives from close range
Horseman 7 Kill 7 enemies from horseback without dismounting      See this video guide showing how you can get three birds in one stone here!
         
Stranger No Good Deed Rhodes, Lemoyne    
Story Horse Flesh for Dinner Calliga Hall, Lemoyne J  
         
Bandit 6 Steal 5 horses and sell them to the Horse Fence at Clemens Cove Rhodes, Lemoyne   Stealing from near Rhodes station I never got a wanted once - possibly because you are still a deputy for Sherrif Gray?
         
Sharpshooter 3 Kill 5 flying birds while on a moving train Annesburg, New Hannover   Get the train from Rhodes to Annesburg, when it arrives, wait for it to set off, and climb on the roof to shoot birds. See this video guide, also covering the below.
Bandit 7 Rob $50 worth of cash and valuables from townsfolk and travellers Annesburg, New Hannover   Shooting the birds will get the law on you, so you might as well rob the train. You probably won't hit $50, so will need to rob one more train
         
Master Hunter 6 Kill 4/5 cougars with your bow, then skin them North of Annesburg, NH   Back to the train tracks north of Annesburg to hunt your 4th cougar
Prep for Herbalist 7 Collect golden currents North of Annesburg, NH   Pick some more currents - you'll ultimately need 30 in total
Bandit 7 Rob $50 worth of cash and valuables from townsfolk and travellers North of Annesburg, NH   Wait for another train to pass this area, follow it on your horse and jump on to rob people. Then escape west down the tracks to cumberland forrest
         
Weapons Expert 6 Kill 4 enemies at the same time with a single stick of dynamite Six point Cabin, New Hannover   The ugliest bit of farming in my guide - but these are all do-able in a short period of time here. Volatile dynamite you crafted earlier works well.
Sharpshooter 4 Kill someone at 80 feet away with a tomahawk Six point Cabin, New Hannover    See here for a video guide covering all three challenges. The homing tomahawk you crafted earlier is best to use for this
Weapons Expert 7 Kill 4 consecutive enemies by throwing and retrieving the same tomahawk Six point Cabin, New Hannover   As soon as you have killed one bad guy and grabbed your tomahawk, run away until the red radar dots dissapear. Then come back!

 

Part IX:

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Now the chapter is almost finsihed. Get the stage coach down from Valentine to Rhodes and continue your story missions. Take some time out to get Sharpshooter 5 (easy) and Gambler 8 (sinfully boring and purely luck based - budget 1-2 hours for playing black jack and hoping). Before starting "A Short Walk in a Pretty Town", make sure you have a revolver with a long barrel customisation and use it on the mission to easily get Weapons Expert 8 during the mission.

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Story The Fine Joys of Tobacco Braithwaite Manor, Lemoyne H  
Stranger The Noblest of Men, and a Woman - Billy Midnight Rhodes, Lemoyne BM Get his pistol
Exotics Prep Shoot Egrets, Herons and Spoonbills to collect their plooms Bayou NWA, Lemoyne    
         
Story Magicians for Sport Clemens Point, Lemoyne D Get the rare roling block rifle a bad guy drops in the top floor of the barn
Sharpshooter 5 Kill 6 animals without switching or reloading your weapon Scarlet Medows, Lemoyne   Easily done using a Lancaster repeater, only aiming for birds, rabbits, squirels and other small creatures
         
Story Friends in Very Low Places Clemens Point, Lemoyne T  
Gambler 8 Win three hands of Blackjack with three hits or more Rhodes, Lemoyne   Not going to lie, this one is boring as sin and down to luck. The only thing to do is keep at it.
         
Story Blessed are the Peacemakers Clemens Point, Lemoyne M  
         
Story A Short Walk in a Pretty Town Rhodes, Lemoyne B  
Weapons Expert 8 Kill 15 enemies using a long-barrelled side arm Rhodes, Lemoyne   Easily done during this mission if you only use a pistol with a long barrel modification
         
Story Blood Feuds, Ancient and Modern Clemens Point, Lemoyne D  
Story The Battle of Shady Belle Clemens Point, Lemoyne   Auto-starts with previous

 

That completes Chapter 3 and you can move onto 4. By now you should be almost 50% of the way to completion even though you are only a third of the way through the story.

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E) Chapter 4

 

Part I

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The first thing to do is set about locating and rescuing Jack - arguably the only one who really matters in the entire saga? After completing "Angelo Bronte, a Man of Honour", you should do "The Gilded Cage" as it will unlock other missions, notably the infamous Exotics quests. Save Algernon Wasp from choking during this mission and you'll get given his business card. It's not essential, but it will cause his marker to show on the map at distance which is handy.

You'll finish this mission back at Shady Belle, and should have a letter from Mary Linton. It's an option side quest, but one that you chose to take a trip to the theatre which you need for 100% anyway. As soon as you've done this, start the infamous Exotics quest by going to visit Algernon.

Fortunately, if you've been following this guide and collecting plumes in advance each time you've been down this way, you probably have the 15 Egret plumes you need already. But if you are short a few, you'll probably be able to complete it while you pick the 15 Lady of the Night Orchids needed in the Bayou NWA. Whilst you are doing it, shoot animal from your horse to get Horseman 8. I've target 3 each in 3 trips but you'll probably get it faster than that. Alligators are good targets as they are slow and sluggish.

Return to Algernon to start the second part of exotics, also check out the questions marks for "Help a Brother Out", "American Fathers - I" and "A Bright Bouncing Boy".

 

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Story The Joys of Civilization Saint Denis, Lemoyne BR  
Story Angelo Bronte, a Man of Honor Saint Denis, Lemoyne D  
Story The Gilded Cage Shady Belle, Lemoyne D On the left side of the garden during the party, find Algernon Wasp and help him when he chokes
Story Fatherhood and Other Dreams – I Shady Belle, Lemoyne Letter  
         
Story Fatherhood and Other Dreams – II Saint Denis, Lemoyne ML Take Mary to the theatre to cross another miscallenous off your list
Stranger Duchesses and other Animals - I Saint Denis, Lemoyne ? Start the Exotics quest
         
Exotics Pick 15 Lady of the Night Orchids Bayou NWA, Lemoyne    Follow this video to find all 15
Exotics Shoot additional Egrets if required Bayou NWA, Lemoyne   Your previous prep may well mean you already have enough plumes
Horseman 8 Target kill 3/9 Animals from horseback Bayou NWA, Lemoyne   Shoot some aligators round the Bayou NWA (target 3 on this trip)
         
Exotics Duchesses and other Animals - II Saint Denis, Lemoyne AW  
Story Help a Brother Out Saint Denis, Lemoyne ?/BD  
Story American Fathers – I Saint Denis, Lemoyne ?  
Stranger A Bright Bouncing Boy - I Saint Denis, Lemoyne ?  
         

 

Part II

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Start off heading east of Saint Denis and up to Bluewater Marsh to find a Bullfrog for Mrs Hobb's 4th request. When you've done that, follow the video route to pick 15 different herbs for Herbalist 6. You will likely not need all of these as you may have already picked some up since Herbalist 5, but this will give you enough at the least. The route also finishes near Butchers Creek, where you can find you need the Mocasin Flower Orchids.

From there head north to the Kamassa River as shown in the linked video where you should easily be able to get a Sparrow, Songbird and Toad for Mrs Hobbs. Then head east to the railroad tracks to get your final cougar for Master Hunter 6 (although possibly you may have got this already from unplanned encounters). Also pick some more Golden Current and craft as many miracle tonics as you can - target 2 of the 5 you need for Herbalist 7.

At dark, search this area for a skunk, and then post your complete list to Mrs Hobbs at Annesburg, before checking in on Marko Dravic at Dover Hill (note it will need to be night time for both of these to appear).

 

 The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Hunting Requests 4 Kill a perfect Bullfrog Bluewater Marsh, Lemoyne    Click here to see where to find one
Herbalist 6 Pick 15 different species of herb Scarlet Meadows, Lemoyne    Follow the route shown in this video, the exotics will already have got you off the mark
Exotics Pick 10 Mocasin Flower Orchids Butchers Creek, New Hanover    Click here to see where to find 10 of them
         
Hunting Requests 4 Kill a perfect Sparrow Kamassa River, NH    If you're fortunate you'll get all three in one trip up the river without having to camp and advance time
Hunting Requests 4 Kill a perfect Songbird Kamassa River, NH    Click here for the guide.
Hunting Requests 4 Kill a perfect Toad Kamassa River, NH    
Master Hunter 6 Kill 5/5 cougars with your bow, then skin them North of Annesburg, NH   It is possible you'll have completed this before now but aim to finish it in this trip before moving on
Herbs Pick Golden Currants North of Annesburg, NH    Another helpful patch can be found nearby as shown in this video
Herbalist 7 Craft 2 of 5 Special Miracle Tonics North of Annesburg, NH    
Hunting Requests 4 Kill a perfect Skunk North of Annesburg, NH   You'll need it to be night time to have a good chance of getting this one, click here for a guide
Hunting Requests 4 Send to Mrs Hobbs at the post office Annesburg, New Hannover    
         
Stranger A Bright Bouncing Boy - II Doverhill, New Hanover MD At night

 

Part III

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Get the coach to Emerald Ranch, steal it and sell it to the Wagon Fence to start Bandit 8. Then travel to Valentine, take a coach back to Emerald Ranch, steal it, sell it, rinse and repeat. Then play Dominos at the Emerald Ranch station, arguably the easiest location to get 3 wins in a row and Gambler Challenge 9 - but make sure there is only one player there before starting - if not, go away and come back.

Head along the road west to Twin Stack Pass, picking Yarrow as you go - if you have the Legend of the East Satchel, this will be all the Yarrow you need for Herbalist 7. Also climb one of the stacks and snipe a passer-by on the road to get Sharpshooter 6. Now meet up with Eagle Flies for the story mission "American Fathers - II", if you keep your dead eye topped up, this is an easy one to get Sharpshooter 7 (7 headshots in a row).

Now head to the north of Big Valley in West Elizabeth, and as shown in the linked video, due West of Wallace Station is a great spot to get Master Hunter 7 - just make sure you have some herbivore and predator bait with you. Then follow Little Creek River, using the videos to find all the Burdock Root you need towards Herbalist 7. Craft as many Miracle Tonics as you can, you should target 4 by this stage, but if you have the Legend of the East Satchel you can probably complete it here.

Follow the linked video route to pick Lady Slipper Orchids. Note you will have to clear out the gang hideout Hanging Dog Ranch to get one of them. Use a stealth approach, shooting ones at the edges with your bow from behind to get 3 of the 9 kills you need toward Weapons Expert 9. Also attempt to lasso the last bad guy, and dump him on the train tracks for the first of three needed for Bandit 9.

The remaining Slipper Orchids will take you South towards Lake Owanjila, which is a great place to shoot fish with your pistol to get Master Hunter 8 - since unlike a river, the carcasses won't wash away so fast. Heading east towards Fort Riggs at night and it won't take long to find an Opossum. Ride close to it until it plays dead, then shoot the poor thing to get Master Hunter 9.

On the way back, call in at Cumberland Falls to complete the first part of the High Stakes Treasure quest and get Explorer 8. Now go to Six Point Cabin. As shown in the linked video, kill the first guard from behind with an arrow get your 4th of 9 kills towards weapons Expert 9. Have your Deadeye fully charged, and as three bad guys burst out of the cabin, tag their hands in to disarm them. I found Midnight's pistol to be the best weapon for this. Hogtie the last guy outside, and take him to the train tracks for your second of three for Bandit 9.

 

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Bandit 8 Steal 7 wagons and sell them to the Fence at Emerald Ranch Valentine, New Hanover    
Gambler 9 Win three games of dominoes in a row Emerald Ranch, New Hannover    
         
Herbs Pick Yarrow Twin Stack Pass, New Hanover    If you have the Legend of the East Satchel you can pick all 30 Yarrow you need to Herbalist 7 in one quick trip here, check out this video playlist.
Sharpshooter 6 Kill someone at least 660 feet away with a long scoped rifle Twin Stack Pass, New Hanover    
         
Story American Fathers – II Citadel Rock, New Hanover EF  Another easy one to get a challenge during a mission
Sharpshooter 7 Get 7 headshots in a row      Make sure you are stocked up on snake oil and follow this guide.
         
Master Hunter 7 Use bait to lure and kill both a herbivore and predator West of Wallace St, WE    Check out this video guide - the challenge is easy once you understand the time limit between kills is generous.
Herbs Burdock Root Little Creek River, WE    Follow this route and you can pick all 30 Burdock Root you need for Herbalist Challenge 7.
Herbalist 7 Craft 3&4 of 5 Special Miracle Tonics Little Creek River, WE    Possibly you can finish the challenge now but at the very least you should be able to craft two more tonics
         
Exotics Pick 7 Lady Slipper Orchids Big Valley, West Elizabeth    In order to get the Lady Slipper Orchids you'll have to infiltrate a gang hideout - click here for guide.
Weapons Expert 9 Kill 3/9 unaware enemies from behind, using the bow Hanging Dog Ranch, WE    Take the opportunity to shoot some in the back with a bow
Bandit 9 Hogtie someone and leave them on the railroad 1/3 times Hanging Dog Ranch, WE    And if you can hog tie the last one and dump him on the train tracks, do it!
Master Hunter 8 Catch 3 fish without using a fishing rod Lake Owanjilla, WE    Fairly easy near the shore of the lake, but check out this guide if you are struggling.
Master Hunter 9 Catch an opossum playing possum East of Fort Riggs, WE    Travel a short distance east, scare and opossum with your horse and Master Hunter Challenge 9 is a cinch, as shown here.
         
Explorer 8 High Stakes Treasure Map 01 Cumberland Falls, NH    This is one of the easier ones to find to be honest, but check this video if you need to
         
Weapons Expert 9 Kill 4/9 unaware enemies from behind, using the bow Six point Cabin, New Hannover    
Sharpshooter 8 Disarm 3 enemies without reloading or switching your weapon Six point Cabin, New Hannover    
Bandit 9 Hogtie someone and leave them on the railroad 2/3 times Six point Cabin, New Hannover    

 

 

Part IV

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If you've followed previous prep in the earlier chapters, you will probably have enough Heron Plumes already - if not, make 1 more trip to the Bayou NWA to get what more you need before returning to Algernon to trigger Exotics III. Whilst in Saint Denis, complete the quick "Brothers and Sisters, One and All" for Brother Dawnkins.

Return to Shady Belle, trigger Strauss' money lending mission, and also keep your eye out for a pop up hunting quest with Pearson - this will guarantee you some gator eggs if you don't already have the 25 you need. Then approach Mary Beth to start "No, No and Thrice, No", sparing Anthony Forman to give you an optional extra bounty mission in the Epilogue. You'll finish near Rhodes, so call in to do the Mark Johnson Bounty.

Heading south, track down the Legendary Panther to get both Master Hunter 10, and also the last of 5 required Legendary Animals you need for 100%. East of Shady Belle you can also find the 5 Ghost Orchids you need for Exotics 3. Then head back to the Bayou NWA to get the Cigar and Acuna's Star Orchids, killing some more Alligators from horseback as you go. You'll end near Bluewater Marsh, so call into do the Black Belle Stranger mission - the last of the 4 gunslingers you were given photos for.

 

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Exotics Shoot additional Herons if required Bayou NWA, Lemoyne   Your previous prep may well mean you already have enough plumes
Exotics Duchesses and other Animals - III Saint Denis, Lemoyne AW  
Story Brothers and Sisters, One and All Saint Denis, Lemoyne BD  
         
Story Money Lending and Other Sins – V Shady Belle, Lemoyne LS  
Hunting Pop up side quest with Pearson Shady Belle, Lemoyne   You will get some guaranteed Gator Eggs for Exotics III, but posibly you have neough already
Story No, No and Thrice, No Shady Belle, Lemoyne MB Spare Anthony Foreman for an extra bounty later in the game
         
Bounty Mark Johnson Rhodes, Lemoyne    
         
Master Hunter 10 Kill the legendary panther “Giaguaro” West of Shady Belle    Check out this video guide, it's not hard but use dead eye, and don't miss ;)
Legendary Animal Kill 5/5 Legendary Animals      
Exotics Pick 5 Ghost Orchids East of Shady Belle    Click here to see where to find them.
         
Exotics Pick 7 Cigar Orchids Bayou NWA, Lemoyne    Pick these next two Orchids together in the same trip
Exotics Pick 3 Acuna's Star Orchids      See this video guide.
Horseman 8 Target kill 6/9 Animals from horseback Bayou NWA, Lemoyne   Shoot some aligators round the Bayou NWA (target 3 on this trip)
Stranger The Noblest of Men, and a Woman - Black Belle Blue Water Marsh, Lemoyne BB  

 

Part V

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Deliver the Orchids and Gator eggs to Algernon to get his 4th task list. As you are in Saint Denis, call into see a show at the Fontana Theatre to cross another miscellaneous task off your list. Then return to Shady Belle to activate "Horsemen, Apocalpse". Now head west to get your 5 Night Scented Orchids, and go to Catfish Jacksons to collect Algie Davidson's debt.

Back to the Bayou NWA to pick 5 Spider Orchids, killing enough animals from horseback to complete Horseman Challenge 8 if you haven't already hit the mark. Then pick the 10 rat tail orchids. The one type of plume you may not have got all of is the Spoonbills as you need 30, so you may need a couple more trips to the location shown in the linked video to finish this off.

Now go on a round trip shown in the video to get 3 Dream Catchers, 2 Dinosaur Bones, then head to Shady Belle, buy a camp boat from the ledger if you don't have one, and take it to the Islands to the east to get the broken pirate sword unique weapon. Continue rowing east to Siska prison to catch the Legendary Bullhead Catfish. Row back to Saint Denis and post it.

 

 The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Exotics Duchesses and other Animals - IV Saint Denis, Lemoyne AW  
Miscellaneous See at show at the Fontana Theatre Saint Denis, Lemoyne    
         
Story Horsemen, Apocalypse Shady Belle, Lemoyne SA  
Exotics Pick 5 Night Secented Orchids West of Shady Belle, Lemoyne    Another Orchid, another video to show you where to find them.
Story Algie Davidson Catfish Jacksons $  
         
Exotics Pick 5 Spider Orchids Bayou NWA, Lemoyne    Click here to see where to find them.
Horseman 8 Target kill 9/9 Animals from horseback Bayou NWA, Lemoyne   Shoot some aligators round the Bayou NWA (target 3 on this trip)
Exotics Pick 10 Rat Tail Orchids Bayou NWA and Bluewater Marsh    Click on this video link to help find them
         
Exotics Kill and remaining Spoonbills needed Scarlet Meadows, Lemoyne    This spot shown here is best.
         
Dreamcatchers Find 3/20 Scarlet Meadows, Lemoyne    
Dinosaur Bones Find 2/30 Scarlet Meadows, Lemoyne    See this video to get them all in one round trip.
Weapon Broken Pirate Sword Laanachee River    
Legendary Fish Catch Legendary Bullhead Catfish Sisika Penitentiary    
         
Legendary Fish Post Legendary Bullhead Catfish Saint Denis, Lemoyne    

 

Part VI

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Take the Spoonbill plumes and orchids to Algernon to start the final part of the exotics. Now go to Trelawny's marker in Saint Denis to start "A Fine Night of Debauchery". The beauty of this is you have Gambler Challenge 10 active, and you are guaranteed to finish with 2 straight poker victories - so directly afterwards you only need to rock up at any table in free roam, go all in, and one win will net you the challenge. It's worth considering saving before this mission so you have the option to replay and get the challenge if you're finding it hard to get 3 straight victories outside of missions . In the mission, you'll automatically lose the first hand (so just fold), and go all in on the second (which you are scripted to win). After the mission, I prefer to head to Flat Neck station, as players there seem to have a higher propensity to fold when you go all in - but this could admittedly be placebo.

East of the Belle, pick 5 Clamshell Orchids, then head to Saint Denis and read the Lynsday Wofford Bounty poster. On your route to get him, pick 5 Queens Orchids in the Bayou NWA and Bluewater Marsh. When you have him tied up in Mossy Flats, check the Basement to get the unique civil war dagger. On the way back you'll get attacked by three bounty hunters. Once you've dealt with them, drop Wofford temporarily on the train tracks to complete Bandit 9 - you can pick him up again to complete the bounty though - apparently just toying with them is enough to get the challenge.

Back in Saint Denis when you've returned Wofford for the Bounty, get a train ticket to Annesburg. Stay on the train when it leaves, and rob one customer to get your first of five towards Bandit 10 as soon as you cross the border to Ambarino. Get off immediately and head south into Grizzles East where you can find the 5 Dragon Mouth Orchids you need and visit a shack towards your 100% target.

Now head over the border into Roanoke Ridge. Take the round trip shown in the linked video to get 2 Rock Carvings, 5 Dreamcatchers, 3 Dinosaur Bones, and collect 2 weapons. At the end of this, the next video shows how to get 10 Sparrow's Egg Orchids. That completes your exotics quest once and for all, so return to Algernon in Saint Denis and breathe a sigh of relief!

From here, focus on completing Bandit 10 by robbing trains. Either get to Annesburg and rob people when you reach Ambarino, or alternatively, get a ticket to Wallace Station, as it's a more secluded station and easy to escape across the river into New Hanover.

Now you simply have 4 story missions to finish the Chapter. These hot up a little bit in terms of action an intensity, so I choose not to have Arthur complete more mundane side quests in between these. Also note the remaining bounties you amass will automatically be scubbed in Lemoyne after your Chapter 5 excursion, so don't bother paying them off.

 

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Exotics Duchesses and other Animals - V Saint Denis, Lemoyne AW  
Story A Fine Night of Debauchery Saint Denis, Lemoyne T  See this video to gold the mission, get Gambler 10 as below, and part of Bandit 10 in quick succession.
Gambler 10 Win 2/3 Poker Hands in a row      
         
Gambler 10 Win 3/3 Poker Hands in a row Flat Neck Station   Get the train to Riggs station and take the bridge across
         
Bandit 10 Complete 1/5 train robberies without dying or being caught Wallace Station   Get the train from Riggs station and Rob 1 passenger when the train stops, then flee immediatley
         
Exotics Pick 5 Clamshell Orchids East of Shady Belle    Click here for a video showing where to find them
         
Bounty Read Lyndsay Wofford Poster Saint Denis, Lemoyne    
         
Exotics Pick 5 Queens Orchids Bayou NWA and Bluewater Marsh    Click here to find them easily
         
Bounty Capture Lyndsay Wofford Mossy Flats    See this video guide.
Weapon Civil War Knife      
Bandit 9 Hogtie someone and leave them on the railroad 3/3 times      
         
Bandit 10 Complete 1/5 train robberies without dying or being caught Grizzles East / Roanoke Ridge Border   Get the train to Annesburg, stay on and rob someone as soon as you cross the Ambarino border, then get off and flee
Exotics Pick 5 Dragon Mouth Orchids Grizzles East, Ambarino    See this video to find the orchids and the shack together.
Shack        
         
Rock Carvings Find 2/10 Roanoke Ridge, New Hanover    Click on this link to find them all
Dinsoaur Bones Find 3/30      
Dreamcatchers Find 5/20      
Weapons Find 2      
Exotics Pick 10 Sparrows Egg Orchids Roanoke Ridge, New Hanover    The last of the exotics can be found as shown here.
         
Exotics Duchesses and other Animals - VI Saint Denis, Lemoyne AW  
         
Bandit 10 Complete 5/5 train robberies without dying or being caught Wallace Station, West Elizabeth    Fairly straightforward to rob trains, but if you need help boosting them, check this out.
         
Story Urban Pleasures Saint Denis, Lemoyne D Don't bother paying off bounties for the rest of this chapter, your excursion in chapter 5 will scrub them in Lemoyne automatically
         
Story Country Pursuits Lagras, Lemoyne D  
Story Revenge is a Dish Best Eaten Lagras, Lemoyne D  
         
Story Banking, the Old American Art Shady Belle, Lemoyne D

 

 

 

The good news is the vast majority of grunt work for collectables and challenges (the most time consuming elements of getting 100%) are now done.

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F) Chapter 5

 

After Chapter 1 this is the briefest. Washed up in Guarma, you have a very brief period of free roam - but when you've started the second mission, the rest of the story will auto start until you arrive back. Whilst nothing needed for the 100% completion statistic, it is worth noting there 7 unique animals to the island - and if you want a full compendium (without glitching back here), you must study, track, kill and skin one of each before you start the mission "A Kind and Benevolent Despot" with Dutch.

 

When you are back in the USA and camped at Lakay, you're in a good position to catch the Legendary Longnose Gar, which will also net you Survivalist Challenge 9 in the process. Note for me the icon for the fish did not appear on my pause screen map - possibly due to the camp proximity - when I did my play through but it's still catchable now. 

 

I like to do the Sadie mission "Icarus and Friends" now even though the game classes it as a Chapter 6 mission, as it spreads it out and it feels like Arthur would prioritise rescuing John early on. When you start "That's Murfree Country" for Dutch, bring your bow and opt for the Sneak approach. You should be able to get the 5 remaining kills from behind you need with a bow for Weapons Expert Challenge 9. You can also loot a machete from one of the many fallen brood members to cross another required weapon of your 100% list.

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Story Welcome to the New World Guarma   Autostarts
Story Savagery Unleashed Guarma ?  
Non 100% 7 Animals unique to Guarma Guarma   If you want a full compendium without glitching, you must study, track, kill and skin these 7 animals now
Story A Kind and Benevolent Despot Guarma D The following 4 missions autostart after the previous
Story Hell Hath No Fury Guarma    
Story Paradise Mercifully Departed Guarma    
Story Dear Uncle Tacitus Shady Belle, Lemoyne    
Story Fleeting Joy Lakay, Lemoyne    
Legendary Fish Catch the Legendary Longnose Gar Lakay, Lemoyne    You're just in the right spot to catch a legendary fish and cross a challenge off your list
Survivalist 9 Catch a fish that weighs at least 19lb      Check out this guide to see how.
         
Legendary Fish Post the Legendary Longnose Gar Saint Denis, Lemoyne   Avoid going near the SA Icon
Story A Fork in the Road Saint Denis, Lemoyne   Approach the SA Icon
Story Icarus and Friends Saint Denis, Lemoyne SA  
         
Story That’s Murfree Country Lakay, Lemoyne D Opt for the Sneak Approach
Weapons Expert 9 Kill 9/9 unaware enemies from behind, using the bow Beaver Hollow, New Hanover    You should be able to get the remaining bow kills you need and gold, the mission, see here.
Weapon Machette Beaver Hollow, New Hanover   Loot from a Murfree corpse

 

Now it's time to start Chapter 6 as Arthur sets out on the road to redemption.

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G) Chapter 6

 

Part I:

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Head east and north of your new camp, completing short missions for Edith Downs and the stranger Charlotte which will help boost your honour. You can also call in at Doverhill to discover the fate of Marko Dravic and get a non 100% achievement. On your way back pick any extra golden currents you need which should give you enough to craft the remaining miracle tonics you need. Start using these up to finish Herbalist challenge 7. Complete the follow up mission for Edith Downs then head down to Saint Denis, for a further honour boost with "Of Men and Angels". Then go to Sadie's marker to rescue John from prison. Back at camp, activate Strauss's final money lending quest. Head to Ambarino, getting all the collectables in Grizzlies East, and doing the debt collection from J. John Weathers whilst you are there (although you can absolve it for more honour).

 

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Story Do Not Seek Absolution – I Annesburg, New Hannover ED  
Stranger The Widow of Willards Rest - I Willards Rest, New Hannover ?  
Non 100% Discover the fate of Marko Dravic Doverhill, New Hannover   Easy trophy whilst you are in the area
Herbs Collect golden currents North of Annesburg, NH    
Herbalist 7 Craft 5 of 5 Special Miracle Tonics North of Annesburg, NH   Start using them if you haven't already to complete Herbalist 7
Story Do Not Seek Absolution – II Annesburg, New Hannover ED  
         
Story Of Men and Angels I Saint Denis, Lemoyne ?  
  Of Men and Angels II      
         
Story Visiting Hours Blue Water Marsh, Lemoyne SA  
Story Money Lending and other Sins – VI Beaver Hollow, New Hanover LS  
         
Dinosaur Bones Find 5/30 Grizzlies East, Ambarino    Another round trip, see this video for how to collect them all in one go
Weapons Find 2      
Story J. John. Weathers   $  
Rock Carving Find 1/20      
Dreamcatchers Find 2/20      

 

Part II:

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Check back in on the widow Charlotte on your way back and follow the remaining debt collection mission from Arthur Londonderry, then head back to camp to give Strauss his marching orders and read the letter from Penelope Braithwaite. Before going to her marker indulge in a spot of fishing. In the river near your camp you can catch a Muskie, Rock Bass and Perch with ease towards Survivalist Challenge 10.

Now head down to the Braithwaite Manor to complete Penelope's mission. You'll finish up in Big Valley, West Elizabeth,  by Riggs Station. Head to the nearby Upper Montana River where you can catch a Chain Pickerel, a Smallmouth Bass and a Redfin Pickerel (I had more success getting this one at dusk). Then head over the train bridge east to the Heartlands and catch a Largemouth Bass. Keep moving to Gill landing which is a good spot for Lake Sturgeon and Bluegill fish. A bit further round to Clemens Cove it is also easy to catch a Steelhead Trout. You now have 10 out of the 15 fish needed for Survivalist 10, without having to go out of your way, just following where the story has taken you!

 

 

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Stranger The Widow of Willards Rest - II Willards Rest, New Hannover CB  
         
Story Arthur Londonderry Annesburg, New Hanover $ As you head to the next location, watch out for Pinkertons on the road to Van Horn
         
Story Mrs Londonderry Roanoke Ridge, New Hanover $  
         
Story Money Lending and other Sins – VII Beaver Hollow, New Hanover LS  
Story The Course of True Love – IV Beaver Hollow, New Hanover Letter  
         
Survivalist 10 Muskie Kamassa River, NH     Click here for video
Survivalist 10 Rock Bass Kamassa River, NH    Click here for video
Survivalist 10 Perch Kamassa River, NH    Click here for video
         
Story The Course of True Love – V Braithwaite Manor, Lemoyne PB  
         
Survivalist 10 Chain Pickerel Upper Montana River, WE    Click here for video
Survivalist 10 Smallmouth Bass Upper Montana River, WE    Click here for video
Survivalist 10 Redfin Pickerel Upper Montana River, WE    Click here for video
         
Survivalist 10 Largemouth Bass Dakota River, NH    Click here for video
         
Survivalist 10 Lake Sturgeon Gill Landing, New Hanover    Click here for video
Survivalist 10 Bluegill Gill Landing, New Hanover    Click here for video
         
Survivalist 10 Steelhead Trout Clemens Cove, Lemoyne    Click here for video

 

Part III:

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From nearby Rhodes you can now get either the stage coach or train to Annesburg to complete "Just a Social Call". Then when you end up back at camp start "A Rage Unleashed" and offer to help at the end of the mission to unlock further story components. Back at camp, travel to Wapiti and start "Archaeology for Beginners". Again offer to help to unlock more optional story. Avoid killing any soldiers to get the missable Owl Feather Trinket. You will finish up near O'Creagh's run - the lake is an ideal place to catch a Sockeye Salmon for Survivalist Challenge 10 but you may need to lose a wanted level first.

Head into Grizzlies West and follow the video to get the collectables there. Nearby where you'll end you might as well pick up the cobalt petrified wood (not needed for 100% but handy in Talisman crafting), and visit the final shack you need to tick another item off your master list. Now catch the Legendary Salmon in lake Isabella. On your way back get the second High Stakes Treasure map from the log resting over Barrow Lagoon, then head to Wallace Station to post the Legendary Salmon and collectable details.

The Dakata river just North of Valentine is a great spot to catch a Northern Pike (only three more fish to get towards the final Survivalist challenge now) on your way to Wapiti to do "Honour, Amongst Thieves" for Captain Monroe, but also call in close by to Fort Wallace to get the final part of the High Stakes Treasure map and complete Explorer Challenge 10.

 

 

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Story Just a Social Call Annesburg, New Hannover M  
Story A Rage Unleashed Beaver Hollow, New Hanover RS Offer to help at the end
         
Story Archeology for Beginners Wapiti Indian Reservation RF  
Survivalist 10 Sockeye Salmon O'Creaghs Run, Ambarino    Click here for video
         
Rock Carvings Find 2/10 Grizzlies West, Amarino    Another day, another round trip, but at least this one is quick!
Dream Catchers Find 2/20      
Weapon Find 1      
Dinosaur Bone Find 1/30      
         
Non 100% Cobalt Petrified Wood NW of Lake Isabella    See this video for where to find it
Shack 5 of 5 Shacks NW of Lake Isabella    Click here for a video with the location shown
Legendary Fish Catch the Legendary Sockeye Salmon Lake Isabella, Ambarino    Check out this video guide, slightly trickier to find the right break in the ice to catch this one.
         
Explorer 9 High Stakes Treasure Map 02 Barrow Lagoon, Ambarino    See here for the location.
         
Legendary Fish Post Legendary Salmon Wallace Station   Post Collectable locations too
         
Survivalist 10 Northern Pike Dakato River, North of Valentine    Click here for video
         
Explorer 10 High Stakes Treasure Map 03 Fort Wallace, Cumberland Forrest    See this video guide, which also shows you how to get back after collecting the treasure as it's easy to fall to your depth. Watch how I jump down - most guides miss this!
         
Story Honour, Amongst Theives Wapiti Indian Reservation CM  

 

Part IV:

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Head down to Valentine, activating the next Jim Boy Calloway quest (it's a short chat to the barman, but a new marker will then appear in Saint Denis), and pick up Francis Sinclair's letter (if it hasn't arrived yet, sleep in the hotel). Outside the station, shoot the hats of three people's heads in one dead eye to get Sharpshooter 9. The main thing here is not to paint the targets as if you do you'll kill them rather than knock their hats off. If there aren't two guys leaning on the rails with hats on, ride away and come back until some spawn. If you flee south you should escape without a wanted level sticking - head to twin stack pass and shoot three birds with your rolling block rifle without missing to get Sharpshooter Challenge 10 complete.

Now call in with Francis Sinclair to complete the Geology for Beginners quest, and make sure you pop straight back into his cabin to get the Old Brass compass for crafting (although it's not required for 100%, its missable).

Next travel to the Bayou NWA, where you can catch a Bullhead Catfish (in a small pond), a Longnose Gar (by Lagras) and a Channel Catfish (in the Kamassa River) to complete Survivalist 10.

Now go South to Saint Denis. First activate the third part of "The Noblest of Men, and a Woman" at the JBC marker, then meet up with Sadie to ensure Colm doesn't escape the rope for a third time.

 

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Stranger The Noblest of Men, and a Woman - II Valentine, New Hanover JBC  
Mail Pick up Francis Sinclair's letter     You may need to sleep to give it time to arrive
Sharpshooter 9 Shoot 3 people’s hats off in the same Dead Eye use  Valentine, New Hanover    Click on this link for a video guide on technique to get this.
Sharpshooter 10 Kill 3 flying birds with 3 consecutive long scoped rifle shots Twin Stack Pass    This one is pretty easy for a final challenge, even if you stuff it up you can re-do it quickly, see here.
         
Stranger Geology for Beginners - II Big Valley, West Elizabeth FS  
Non 100% Collect the Old Brass Compass      After the cut scene go back into the hut to collect it - it's miss-able!
         
Survivalist 10 Longnose Gar Lagras, Lemoyne    Click here for video
Survivalist 10 Bullhead Catfish Bayou NWA, Lemoyne    Click here for video
Survivalist 10 Channel Catfish Kamassa River, Lemoyne    Click here for video
Herbs Oelander Bayou NWA, Lemoyne   Make sure you are carrying at least 7
         
Stranger The Noblest of Men, and a Woman - III Saint Denis, Lemoyne JBC  
Story Goodbye, Dear Friend Saint Denis, Lemoyne SA  
         
Stranger The Widow of Willards Rest - III Willards Rest, New Hannover CB  
Stranger The Noblest of Men, and a Woman - IV Annesburg, New Hannover JBC Pick up Calloways revolver after the end of the mission
         
Story The Fine Art of Conversation Beaver Hollow, New Hanover T  

 

Part E

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Go to Eagle Flies marker in Cumberland Forrest to complete another story mission, then onto Charles at Wapiti for the next one. You'll be close to Valentine when you finish, call in at the general store, keep buying premium cigarettes until you get any remaining cards you need. Also craft 6 poison throwing knives with Oleander to get Herbalist Challenge 8.

Return to camp and then travel with Sadie to complete her optional side quest at Hanging Dog Ranch. Afterwards find a grizzly bear west of Wallace Station with the throwing knives you crafted to get Weapons Expert Challenge 10 complete.

Pick up the Ancient Arrowhead in the cave behind Elysian Pool on your way to Micah's marker West of Van Horn. Now follow through the remaining story missions to complete Chapter VI.

 

 

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Story Favored Sons Cumberland Forrest, New Hanover EF  
         
Story The King’s Son Wapiti Indian Reservation C  
         
Stranger Smoking and other Hobbies Valentine, New Hanover   Purchase Remaining Cigarrette Cards
         
Herbalist 8 Use oleander to craft 6 poison weapons     Make posion throwing knives
         
Story Mrs. Sadie Adler, Widow – II Beaver Hollow, New Hanover SA  Although it's not required for 100% you can find a Gold Jointed Bracelet straight after this mission, used to craft the Alligator Tooth Talisman - click here for details.
         
Weapons Expert 10 Kill a grizzly bear without taking damage, using only throwing knives West of Wallace Station, WE   Use the posion throwing knives you crafted earlier, see this video for where you are almost guaranteed a Grizzlies spawn.
         
Non 100% Collect the ancient arrow head Elysian Pool, New Hanover    Click here to see where to find it
         
Story The Delights of Van Horn West of Van Horn, New Hanover M  
         
Story The Bridge to Nowhere Baccus Bridge, Ambarino J  
         
Story My Last Boy Beaver Hollow, New Hanover D  
         
Story Our Best Selves Beaver Hollow, New Hanover D  
Story Red Dead Redemption Beaver Hollow, New Hanover   Autostarts
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H) Epilogue Part 1 & 2

 

NB: I have attempted to keep the text here spoiler free, but if you are unaware of how Chapter VI plays out and want to avoid finding out what happens in the story, it is recommended you do not watch any of the video links from this section in advance. It's fairly common knowledge now, but just saying!

 

Part I:

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For Epilogue Part I there's not much to do but simply blast through the story missions. They are all quick and easy, and you won't have to travel far between them. More pertinently, you won't unlock your guns until "Old Habits" is complete, so venturing into the wild unarmed is not advised. I tried this and once got repeatedly spawn killed by a cougar, every time the game restarted it was close again and my horse kept throwing me! So just do the missions, you will be in a better place to start completing your remaining challenges when you arrive at Beecher's Hope in the great plains anyway.

Note if you've picked up all the weapons in this guide so far, the remaining ones you get in Epilogue Part 1 automatically should take you over the target. With your trip to the Post Office during the story you should also be able to pick up a letter from Mrs Hobbs to start the 5th and final hunting request.

 

 

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Story The Wheel Big Valley, West Elizabeth   Autostarts
Story Simple Pleasures Pronghorn Ranch, West Elizabeth TD  
Story Fatherhood, for Beginners Pronghorn Ranch, West Elizabeth DG  
Story Farming, for Beginners Pronghorn Ranch, West Elizabeth TD  
Story Old Habits Pronghorn Ranch, West Elizabeth   Autostarts
Story Jim Milton Rides, Again? Pronghorn Ranch, West Elizabeth DG  
Story Fatherhood, for Idiots Pronghorn Ranch, West Elizabeth A  
Story Motherhood Pronghorn Ranch, West Elizabeth   Autostarts
         
Story Gainful Employment Valentine, New Hanover SA  
         
Story The Landowning Classes  Blackwater, West Elizabeth AA  
         
Story Home of the Gentry? Beechers Hope, West Elizabeth AA  

 

Part II:

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Complete "Bear Knuckle Friendships" to be re-united with and old friend and do the mission "Home Improvement for Beginners" when you get back as it's close. Now head west to Aurora Basin to catch the Legendary Rock bass. Back at your camp, fast travel to Van Horn and post it. Stock up on Potent Horse Stimulants and buy the Horse Care Package at the stables before racing to Blackwater to get Horseman Challenge 9. Just south of Blackwater find and kill a Pelican and skin it as you will need some exotic bird meat for Herbalist 10 later - don't use it up, keep hold of it!

In Blackwater complete "An Honest Days Labour" for Sadie, and on your way back start "The Tool Box". From now on, keep you eye out for wild horses and break any new ones you encounter. I found a Mustang, a Kentucky Saddler and a Hungarian Halfbred on the Great Plains near Beecher's Hope.

Now complete "A New Jerusalem" to give yourself somewhere more homely and familiar to live.

 

 

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Story Bare Knuckles Friendships Beechers Hope, West Elizabeth U  
Story Home Improvement for Beginners Beechers Hope, West Elizabeth U  
         
Legendary Fish Catch Legendary Rock Bass Auroua Basin, West Elizabeth   See this video, us a Special Lake Lure
         
Legendary Fish Post Legendary Rock Bass Van Horn, New Hanover   Use map at Beechers hope to fast travel to Van Horn
Horseman 9 Ride from Van Horn to Blackwater in less than 17 minutes without touching any water Van Horn, New Hanover   Before starting buy the horse care package at the stable and stock up on potent horse stimulants, as shown here.
Herbalist 10 Prep Kill a Pelican and skin SE of Blackwater, West Elizabeth   Skin it for Exotic meat, you'll need it for later, see this video link for where to find
Story An Honest Day’s Labors Blackwater, West Elizabeth SA  
Story The Tool Box Blackwater, West Elizabeth AC  
Horseman 10 Break every wild horse breed Great Plains, West Elizabeth   Mustang
Horseman 10 Break every wild horse breed Great Plains, West Elizabeth   Kentucky Saddler
Horseman 10 Break every wild horse breed Great Plains, West Elizabeth   Hungarian Halfbred
         
Story A New Jerusalem Beechers Hope, West Elizabeth U  

 

Part III:

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Now go to New Austin to get the collectables and herbs that have previously been inaccessible. First clear your 5th gang hideout at Thieves Landing. Then catch the Legendary Redfin Pickerel at Stillwater Creek. On my way down to Lake Don Julio I was able to find an Americna Standardbred and break my fourth horse towards the challenge, once there, catch the Legendary Largemouth Bass and go to the mail office at Benedict Point to post them.

Now follow the videos to collect 9 Herbs across new Austin for the penultimate challenge, and the final 8 Dinosaur Bones. Whilst you are doing so, look out for horses and opportunistically break the remaining ones you need. I was able to get the Appaloosa, the Tenessee Walker, the American Paint, the Morgan and the Nakota on this trip to finish Horseman Challenge 10. It's a bit of luck which ones spawn but you can find them all in the areas shown in the videos. However, the trickiest one seems to be the Nakota. If it's not showing up, take a trip to Wapiti as just south of the reservation is a good alternative spot.

Note when picking the herbs make sure you get extra oregano, mint and thyme as you'll need them later on for Herbalist Challenge 10.

Post the details of the Dinosaur bones, and clear out Fort Mercer to get the final gang hideout you need.

 

 

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Gang hideout Del Lobbo 1/2 Thieves Landing, New Austin    
         
Legendary Fish Catch Legendary Redfin Pickerel Stillwater Creek, New Austin    Click on this video link to see where to catch it
         
Horseman 10 Break every wild horse breed Hennigan's Stead, New Austin   American Standardbred
         
Legendary Fish Catch Legendary Largemouth Bass SE of Lake Don Julio, New Austin    
         
Legendary Fish Post Remaining Fish Benedict Point, New Austin    
         
Herbalist 9 Collect 1-9/43 Herbs Plainview, New Austin     Click here to find you first 9 plants. Whilst you are collecting, and getting the dinosaur bones below, keep your eyes out for the horses below.
Horseman 10 Break every wild horse breed New Austin   Appaloosa
Horseman 10 Break every wild horse breed New Austin   Tennessee Walker
Horseman 10 Break every wild horse breed New Austin   American Paint
Horseman 10 Break every wild horse breed New Austin   Morgan
Horseman 10 Break every wild horse breed New Austin   Nokota - this is probably the rarest to find - an alternative location is due south of Wapiti in Ambarino.
Non 100% Hunt the Legendary Pronghorn Rio Bravo, New Austin   Not required for 100% as you already have 5 legendary animals, but the trinket you can craft stops animals carcasses spoiling, which is unique.
Gang hideout Del Lobbo 2/2 Fort Mercer, New Austin     If you didn't clear it out, how would have the original game have panned out? Very differently no doubt, probably why it's canonical!
Dinsoaur Bones Find 8/30 New Austin    See here for a video on where to find the final bones. Between this and getting the herbs I was able to find and break all the horses above without having to go out of my way on the trip.

 

Part IV:

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You've got everything you need from New Austin, return home and complete "A Quick Favour for an Old Friend" and get 5 more plants towards Herbalist 9. Then go to Big Valley where you should be able to shoot a Crow and a Cedar Waxwing for Wildlife Art Exhibition - V - above little Creek River flocks of them are relatively common.

Go east over the river and collect another 9 plants in the Heartlands, and call in with Deborah at Cumberland Forrest to tick off the Dinosaur Bones from your 100% list (you may need to advance time for her invitation to appear).

Head south and ford Flat Iron Lake to the islands in search of a crab and save the crustacean meat in preparation for the new challenge. Then starting by Shady Belle, follow the guide to get another 11 plants towards Herbalist Challenge 9. If you don't have any big game meat kill an Alligator (won't be difficult to find on this journey) for further preparation.

Now turn North and call in at Elysian Pool to get a Bat for Mrs Hobbs. Then follow the route in the video to get the last 8 plants you need in Roanoke Ridge to complete Herbalist 9. You'll be close to the Kamassa River where you should also be able to get a Blue Jay for the hunting request as well.

Pop over to O'Creagh's Run and catch a salmon - break it down to get succulent fish, needed for Herbalist Challenge 10. On your way back south, you can find a goat in Lagras - lasso and skin it for mutton meat for the same challenge. You'll get wanted temporarily but if you race away it probably won't stick.

On your way west go to Jeremy Gill's marker to tick the Legendary Fish off your 100% list. At the end, catch a Rock Bass or other medium sized fish, and break it down to get some Flaky Fish meat. Now return to Beecher's Hope.

 

 

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Story A Quick Favor for an Old Friend Beechers Hope, West Elizabeth U  
         
Herbalist 9 Collect 10-14/43 Herbs Great Plains, West Elizabeth    See here for a guide on how to collect 5 plants quickly from this state.
         
Hunting Requests 5 Kill a perfect Cedar Waxwing Big Valley, West Elizabeth    Click here for a video guide on where to find one
Hunting Requests 5 Kill a perfect Crow Big Valley, West Elizabeth    Click here for a video guide on where to find one
         
Herbalist 9 Collect 15-22/43 Herbs The Heartlands, New Hannover    Check out this video guide to get another 8 within a short trip on your horse.
         
Stranger A Test of Faith - II Cumberland Forrest, New Hanover DM  
         
Herbalist 10 Prep Kill a Crab and breakdown Islands in Flat Iron Lake   Save the crustaceon meat, click on this link to see where to find one
         
Herbalist 9 Collect 23-35/43 Herbs Bayou NWA, Lemoyne    The penultimate set - remember those orchids from the Exotics quest? Well at least you only need one of each this time around.
Herbalist 10 Prep Kill an Alligator and skin Bayou NWA, Lemoyne   Save the big game meat, you'll find one easy enough on the trip above, as shown in the linked video.
         
Hunting Requests 5 Kill a Perfect Bat Cave behind Elysian Pool Waterfall    Click here for a video guide on where to find one
Herbalist 9 Collect 36-43/43 Herbs Roanoke Ridge, New Hanover    The final round trip for plants, click here to see where to find them all.
Hunting Requests 5 Kill a perfect Bluejay Roanoke Ridge, New Hanover    Click here for a video guide on where to find one
         
Herbalist 10 Prep Catch a Sockeye Salmon and Breakdown O'Creagh's Run, Ambarino   Use a lake lure, save succulent fish, see this video for the location.
         
Herbalist 10 Prep Kill and skin a goat Lagras, Lemoyne   You will get reported but should be able to escape with out a bounty if you do it like this. Save the mutton.
         
Stranger A Fisher of Fish - II Gill's Landing, New Hanover JG  
Herbalist 10 Prep Catch a Rockbass and break down Rio Bravo, New Austin   Use the special spinner, save flaky fish, see here for a video.

 

Part V:

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You're on the home straight now. Complete the story missions "Uncle's Bad Day" and "Trying Again". Now go to Lake Owanjila west of Strawberry where you can find a Beaver to complete Mrs Hobb's Final request and post it. One your way home find a rabbit for game meat, and a turkey for plump bird meat. At Blackwater's butchers you can buy Venison, Pork and Beef if you don't have them. You should now have every thing you need to complete Herbalist Challenge 10 - your last of 90 - yeehaw!

Back at Beecher's Hope, complete the Story Mission "A Really Big Bastard", then call in at any of the Trapper's stalls and buy any reinforced equipment you don't own already. This is needed for 100% as it's the only way to get the bonuses you need to max out your Health, Stamina and Deadeye. At any mail office your should have an invitation from Mrs Hobbs, call into see her to be gifted your squirrel statue.

Now complete "A New Future Imagined" for Abigail, and start the final story Mission "American Venom". A handy tip for this last big shoot out is to use and big game your seasoned just before you start as it will give you gold cores for a day and the duration of the mission.

When you finish, go to the question mark, and place your squirrel there to tick the Hunting Requests off your list. There's a separate achievement to find the squirrel each time it goes missing but that is not required for 100%.

You've now only got one thing left to do, find the 9 graves of fallen comrades. Leave the most significant one to last and you'll have a cut-scene when "Paying Respects" and "Best in the West" pop up.

 

 

The Schedule:

 

Activity Name/Details Location Map Icon Notes
Story Uncle’s Bad Day Beechers Hope, West Elizabeth U  
Story Trying Again Beechers Hope, West Elizabeth JM  
         
Hunting Requests 5 Kill a perfect Beaver Lake Owanjila, WE    Click here for a video guide on where to find one
Hunting Requests 5 Post request to Mrs Hobbs Strawberry, West Elizabeth    
         
Herbalist 10 Prep Kill a rabit and a turkey and skin them Journey from Strawberry to Blackwater   Save the game and plump bird meat
Herbalist 10 Prep Buy Venison, Pork and Beef Butchers in Blackwater    
Herbalist 10 Season and cook all 11 types of meat Great Plains, West Elizabeth   Doesn't matter which herb you use, any of mint, thyme or oregano will do, see here for video demo.
         
Story A Really Big Bastard Beechers Hope, West Elizabeth A  
         
Equipment Buy all remaining reinforced equipement Trapper, any location   Required to get the bonuses to max health, stamina and dead-eye
Hunting Requests 5 Collect invitation from Mrs Hobbs Any mail office    
         
Stranger A Better World, a New Friend - I North of Strawberry, WE LH  
         
Story A New Future Imagined Beechers Hope, West Elizabeth A  
Story American Venom Beechers Hope, West Elizabeth A  
Stranger A Better World, a New Friend - II Beechers Hope, West Elizabeth ? Your squirel will then go missing several times, but finding it is not required for 100%
Graves Find the Graves of 9 fallen comrades Ambarino, New Hanover and Lemoyne   Save the most significant one to last and you'll have a short cut-scene for when your achievement pops up. See here for a video on how to find them all.

 

You've now completed the game 100%. Congratulations!

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I) Summary and Acknowledgments

 

Hopefully this guide will provide a useful resource for players looking to complete the game to 100%. I have done a complete play-through following this order to confirm everything is possible to do in the order of schedule. My perception is that these methods saved me somewhere between 10-15 hours versus my previous play through (which took over 100), although it's hard to say for certain how much was general experience and exactly how much was added making the videos for this guide.

 

Happy gaming and best of luck on your quest to get 100% in Red Dead Redemption 2 - a much bigger challenge than previous R* titles such as GTA V, RDR 1 and GTA IV.

 

Feedback, constructive criticism, suggestions and error spotting in the comments below are welcome, and will be added to the acknowledgements below where appropriate.

 

With thanks to @RedDagger for helping to set up this topic; @Lonely-Martin for contributions to the guide.

References and useful resources:

Gtamen on Youtube for his guide to the challenges.

Powerpyx for maps and details on completing side quests

Gta Series Videos on Youtube for getting gold on mission and finding unique Guarma animals

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Wow! A great guide indeed. Blimey! I saw this a while back but it certainly wasn't this loaded, lol.

 

A small note regarding the hunting requests. If you can get the legendary pronghorn trinket (the animal is in New Austin unfortunately), I found that very useful for these requests as we need to hand in multiple 3 star animals at once as the requests grow. I found as I hunted the 3rd/4th/5th animal on a list, other animals would rot away, lol. The pronghorn trinket stops the animal carcasses on our horse rotting over time as we seek out another 3 star animal, a very useful trinket too. Though could prove tricky to get before the end of chapter 6 for some due to its southern location.

 

Just a thought for consideration in case it proves useful for a bit of time saving but thanks for all the effort though, the guide looks awesome. :)

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15 hours ago, Lonely-Martin said:

Wow! A great guide indeed. Blimey! I saw this a while back but it certainly wasn't this loaded, lol.

 

A small note regarding the hunting requests. If you can get the legendary pronghorn trinket (the animal is in New Austin unfortunately), I found that very useful for these requests as we need to hand in multiple 3 star animals at once as the requests grow. I found as I hunted the 3rd/4th/5th animal on a list, other animals would rot away, lol. The pronghorn trinket stops the animal carcasses on our horse rotting over time as we seek out another 3 star animal, a very useful trinket too. Though could prove tricky to get before the end of chapter 6 for some due to its southern location.

 

Just a thought for consideration in case it proves useful for a bit of time saving but thanks for all the effort though, the guide looks awesome. :)

Cheers man!

 

I'll have a look at adding the Pronghorn in that's a great shout. Although I've already put 5 legendary animals it makes sense to have this even if it's under the non 100% category as it confers a unique bonus that's generally useful. Or maybe drop one of the others, possibly the Elk.

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On ‎3‎/‎12‎/‎2019 at 3:42 AM, Lonely-Martin said:

A small note regarding the hunting requests. If you can get the legendary pronghorn trinket (the animal is in New Austin unfortunately), I found that very useful for these requests as we need to hand in multiple 3 star animals at once as the requests grow.

I've added it into the guide (no video yet, but it's in the written schedule), and added you into the acknowledgements. Thanks again!

 

I probably won't add all the legendary animals in because you don't need them all from the achievement/trophy I figure it leaves the player some stuff to do after getting the 100%. But this one seems especially worth it as the trinket is a bit more unique and a must have for anyone who is into their hunting.

 

I've slotted it in to the Epilogue at a point where the guide will be sending you that way anyway for Herbalist Challenge 9 and the New Austin bones. I know it's possible to access sooner with a glitch, but I'm starting with the principle that some players may not want to do that, or if they do, it's easy to read ahead and bring forward tasks in the epilogue list.

 

@GTA Forums Staff, thank you for the pin on this topic btw, much appreciated.

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