Where to Find Bison in Red Dead Redemption 2

One of the most frequently asked questions for “Red Dead Redemption 2” is where to find bison in the game. This is an important and worthy goal because certain pelts can be sold for a high profit. More often than not, bison can be elusive in the game if you don’t know where to look for them. The creatures could go extinct in the earlier version of the game, but this isn’t the case in version 2. Here is everything you need to know about finding bison in RDR2 and using this resource to your advantage.

Where are the bison on the map?

Game Rant provides us with a few good tips on where to find the bison in Red Dead Redemption 2. First, it’s explained that there are a few different kinds you should be able to distinguish. There are three types which include the standard American Bison, the Legendary Tatanka Bison, and the Legendary White Bison. The numbers of American Bison in Red Dead 2 are plentiful and they tend to run in huge herds. They do however spawn in certain areas of the map more than others. One of them is West Elizabeth. You shouldn’t have much trouble finding the standard bison in the game as they can spawn anywhere and you’re likely to run into them without a lot of exploration necessary. HyperX also suggests that bison are found in the western part of the map near water supplies in Heartland Overflow, and around Citadel Rock and Caliban’s Seat.

Legendary Bison

The two legendary bison are a different story. The legendary White Bison is an animal that is usually found near Lake Isabella in the northern sector of the map. The legendary Tatanka Bison is usually in the area of New Austin, but this is a place that you will not be able to visit until you achieve higher levels as the game enters into its late stages. When you finally get to New Austin, it’s a good idea to start searching for the Tatanka Bison. You will find this legendary creature near Hennigan’s Stead.

Finding the bison is just the beginning

Once you find the bison, there’s more to know to optimize their full benefits. Each of these animals must be hunted in a particular way. The pelts are important and if you kill them in the wrong way, the quality of the pelts will go down and they will not be worth as much. Recommendations for the best hunting weapons include a bow that you use with arrows that have been improved. You can also use sniper rifles. It’s essential to study each class of animals before you kill them. You must shoot at their weak points so you can get a faster kill by shooting in the right spot to preserve the integrity of the pelt. Red Dead Fandom recommends using a Buffalo Rifle because it is more effective and requires fewer shots than other rifles. They further point out that throwing knives are also effective. They further recommend practicing your skills at clean kills to achieving the perfect pelt on the American bison herds before you attempt to take down the legendary bison.

What are bison good for in Red Dead Redemption 2?

IGN explains that bison provide players with a source of meat. Because of the massive size of the animals, they are an excellent source of nutrition. Even more importantly, bison provide the materials for crafting items you will find useful in the game.

Why is the pelt quality important and how do you kill bison?

You must acquire a perfect pelt to use for the satchel upgrade. If you shred the pelt by making bad shots or a lot of them, you will ruin the quality. At this point, the bison can only be used for meat. Plus, you can sell a perfect pelt, so it’s to your advantage to hone your skills until you can get a perfect quality pelt every time. With this in mind, remember that bison can be skittish. It’s recommended that you pull out your binoculars to get a lay of the land and their behaviors before you start moving closer to them. A sniper or Carcano Rifle with Express ammo or High-Velocity Ammo are recommended. If these aren’t available to you, you can resort to the previous recommendation of using a bow with an improved arrow. If you only have a shotgun, use the slug ammo. This won’t create a devastating shot pattern. Next, go for a critical headshot to kill the animal quickly. This will yield the best quality pelt. You’ll reap the best benefits of the kill. First, you need to build your hunting skills. After you reach proficiency and advance to the appropriate level in the game, you should be ready to go after the legendary White Buffalo, then the Tatanka Buffalo.

Final thoughts

Finding American standard buffalo herds in Red Dead Redemption 2 isn’t difficult. Before you start taking them down, bear in mind that they not only meat sources pelts are valuable. Start practicing your skills at finding their weak spots to increase the odds of achieving perfection with each bison you kill. The more you practice, the better you will get at accomplishing this goal. While it might sound easy, if you haven’t done it yet, it can take a little practice to get it just right. Find the weapon that works the best for you and learn how to study the animals in advance of moving in for the kill. It’s all about using the right weapon/ammo and hitting them in the correct spot to preserve the pelt integrity for a perfect pelt. We hope this guide has helped navigate the map to find the three types of bison in Red Dead 2.

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