Red Dead Redemption 2 is a massive, sprawling adventure that takes us across a map bigger than any other Rockstar game. It makes sense that there are tons of mysteries lying in wait. Even though the game has only been out for a matter of weeks, most of those secrets have been discovered. Never underestimate the power of gamers.
The best secrets in the game aren't fancy guns, crazy glitches, or wacky strangers. Players will have to actually explore the map and find hidden locations in order to truly unravel the game's many mysteries. These locations are scattered all over the map. Some are easy to find, and they might be hidden right under our noses. Others demand that the player explore for hours and hours through the wilderness. Some locations require the player to actually exploit certain glitches!
Whatever the case, these hidden locations aren't going to be easy to find for just anyone. Instead, only experts will be able to find their way to these areas. Finding them will require skill, intelligence, and perseverance. More often than not, players are heavily rewarded for finding these locations. They might find an amazing weapon or a fast horse. Maybe they'll just be treated to a supernatural sight that seems too eerie to be true. Exploration is what open world games are all about, and seeing as this might just be the best open-world game ever made, it's high time that we all get out there and explore.
Here are 20 Hidden Locations Only Experts Found In Red Dead Redemption 2.
20 Marko Dragic's Laboratory
This isn't just a cool location within Red Dead Redemption 2's sprawling map; it's part of one of the best quests in the game. Players might stumble upon this location accidentally, but you'll actually be led straight there by a quest marker. The marker is put on the map after completing a stranger's quest in Saint Denis. This stranger is revealed to be Marko Dragic, a scientist and inventor.
History buffs will immediately realize that Marko Dragic is an obvious reference to the very real Nikola Tesla. When you find his laboratory, it looks almost identical to a real, historical radio tower constructed by Tesla. Here's the tricky part - the quest marker for this one has a tendency to simply disappear. You must show up around 3 AM for the quest to kick off.
19 The Secret Back Room Behind The Doctor's At Valentine
Sometimes, the best hidden locations are right under our noses. Although there's never a mission dedicated to this, there's a great story revolving around the doctor in Valentine. A member of Dutch's gang might've made a passing statement about the doctor's hidden agenda, but some players might have forgotten all about this little detail.
However, if we go back and scout it out a little bit, we find that there's a hidden back room in the doctor's store. If we approach the room, the doctor becomes agitated and tells us to leave. Clearly he's hiding something. Threaten the doctor and force him to open the barricaded door. Then go inside and deal with O'Driscoll's waiting men. In the room, you will find a Schofield revolver, which is a great weapon to have early in the game.
18 Bigfoot's Skeleton
Bigfoot has always been a recurring character in Rockstar's games, and we've seen it pop up in many of their game worlds. Naturally, this is an elusive beast and only experts are ever able to find it. Finding even references to this creature is rare in Rockstar's games. Well, in Red Dead Redemption 2, we find this creature once again-- sort of.
Searching the Big Valley near Mount Shann will lead you to this pile of skeletons, which definitely isn't human. Arthur even writes about it in his journal, saying that he doubts that this skeleton belonged to a man. This is the most concrete example of a Bigfoot sighting in the game world, and it's pretty easy to find. However, we're sure that some players will lay eyes on a real, living Bigfoot at some point.
17 The Vampire's Lair In Saint Denis
While finding Bigfoot is nothing new in a Rockstar game, Red Dead Redemption 2 offers plenty of firsts. One of the most exciting was the inclusion of a vampire. The vampire is found in Saint Denis, but he's definitely not an easy man to track down. In fact, this mystery was only solved very recently by a few dedicated players.
There are five writings found throughout Saint Denis, and when players find all of them, they are given a map. This map points them towards a small alleyway outside of a church. If the players approach at night, they will find a very real vampire waiting for them. Be warned, this vampire is pretty scary, and he looks more like a monster than a human.
16 The Roaming Ground Of The White Arabian Horse
Horses are a huge deal in Red Dead Redemption 2, and players will quickly find out that their mount is a huge factor when it comes to surviving in this dangerous, unforgiving world. You can care for your horse, bond with it, and give it all kinds of upgrades and customization options. This will make you a more fearsome cowboy, but eventually you're going to want to upgrade your entire horse.
Not all horses are created equal. The best horse in the entire game is the White Arabian horse. Funnily enough, this horse is actually pretty easy to find even early in the game, but you have to know where to look. Simply head to Lake Isabella, and you should be able to find this horse pretty easy in the surrounding area. B e warned - this horse is not easy to tame.
15 How To Glitch Your Way Into Mexico
It's definitely not easy, and it's a feat reserved only for expert players of Red Dead Redemption 2 but you can glitch into Mexico. You can only do this after you've completed the main quest, so you don't need to worry about this for a while if you've just started. Even if you have completed the main quest, you can only get to Mexico by pulling off a range of challenging maneuvers.
First, you need to go to New Austin. Then, you need to swim across a river on the westernmost side. Finally, you need to climb up a wall using a horse, which is extremely difficult. If you can get over that wall, you'll find yourself in a strange area that appears to be Mexico. Some fans think that this might be an area for PvP battles in the future.
14 The UFO House
Would this really be a true Rockstar game if it didn't have a few UFO sightings? If players want to find a UFO, they must track down a particular house. Travel to Emerald Lake, and you'll find a house on the north shore of the waters. It's an abandoned house, but you'll find a mysterious piece of paper inside that references UFO abductions.
If you return to the abandoned shack at 2 AM, you should be able to see a UFO hovering above. This UFO flies away as soon as you go outside for a better look. Exploring the rest of the Mount Shann area should reveal more UFOs. One thing's for sure: we're going to see tons more UFOs throughout the world of Red Dead Redemption 2 in the months to come.
13 The Hobbit Hole
The Hobbit hole is another interesting addition to the world of Red Dead Redemption 2. This unique locations is obviously a reference to the works of Tolkien. Head to the Ambarino Hinterlands, and head east from Donner Falls and Bacchus Bridge. Sooner or later, you'll find this Hobbit hole. It looks a lot like Bilbo Baggins' home from The Lord Of The Rings movies.
You can actually go inside, although you won't find any more references to Middle-earth. Arthur writes in his journal, wondering who built the structure, and what it was for. His guess is that it was built by Native. Perhaps more secrets about this place will be revealed in the future.
12 The Meteor House
The meteor house is another dark addition to the story and world of Red Dead Redemption. As the name suggests, this house was hit by a meteor strike. The house is filled with the deceased, and there's a deep hole in the middle of the house. If you jump down into the hole, you can grab a piece of the meteor and sell it for cash at a store.
To find this house, head towards the northeast corner of the map. West of Brandywine Drop, you'll come across this house eventually. Other players also report finding meteors strewn across the world, although this one is definitely the most notable example. It's definitely worth a visit, if you have time.
11 Where To Find Zombies
Are zombies walking around in Red Dead Redemption 2? Technically, they're called "Night Folk," but they're essentially zombies. Once you start looking for the Night Folk, you'll embark on a long path of mystery. After everything you see and experience, you'll be left with more questions than answers. Is it worth it? Definitely
You can find the night folk in the Blue Marshes. These creepy swamp people are hiding in the shadows, behind trees, and in bushes. They always stay out of sight. However, if you find one of their victims, you might be able to draw them out. Shooting a hanging body down from the trees makes them spring out and attack you. We're still not quite sure what their story is.
10 The Creepiest Outhouse Ever
Braithwaite Manor is a major part of the story, and you'll probably explore it at some point. Even though it's home to just one family, it's a massive location. There are quite a few things hidden on that land, but the most notable is a very eerie outhouse. Get close enough to it, and it'll actually appear as a small back dot on your map. To find it, just head to the southern section of the Braithwaite Manor.
When you approach, you'll hear all kinds of sounds coming out of that outhouse. It appears that a woman has been locked inside, and she seems to have gone insane. She'll yell all kinds of things at you. The outhouse is chained shut, and for good reasons, it seems.
9 The Cursed House
There are tons of spooky locations in Red Dead Redemption 2, but this one might just be the spookiest of the bunch. Fans call this the "cursed house." This house is found near the center of the Bayou, and it contains a mirror and a painting. Writings found inside the house speak of a curse on the entire region of Armadillo.
The crazy thing about this house is that it keeps changing when you return to it each time. Take a look at that painting when you revisit the hut. It keeps evolving, becoming more and more complete as time goes on.
8 Tracking Down The Serial Criminal
It's not too hard to run into the scenes left behind by a serial criminal who roams the world of Red Dead Redemption 2. You might find one of these scenes just by exploring the map on your own. There's one very obvious and easy to find clue near Valentine, which is the first real town you come across.
You can follow this baddie all across the world, and each time it leads you to another scene of destruction. Finding these clues and maps isn't easy, and only a true expert will be able to see this story to its bitter end. Spoiler alert: when you reach the end of the trail, you'll find a cabin. When you get into the basement, the story will finally come to a close.
7 Find The Edge Of The Map
When a lot of gamers first get their hands on open world games, their first instinct is to ride as fast and as far as possible until they reach the edge of the map. Sometimes, the edges are hidden by rocks, mountains, or even fences. When it comes to the world of Red Dead Redemption 2, the edge is deceptively hard to find.
Remember when we talked about glitching into Mexico? Well, the fun does't end there. After you make your way across the deserts of Mexico, you come to a wide expanse of rolling hills. One player managed to traverse the entire area, and find what appeared to be the very edge of the map.
6 Get Back To Guarma
This entry also contains spoilers, so we'll try to be as vague as possible. During the story, one mission eventually takes the player to a fictional Caribbean island called Guarma. You don't stay for very long, but it's an important part of the epic narrative of Red Dead Redemption 2. What if there was a way to go back?
Remember what we said about reaching the edge of the map? Well, one player did that, and he actually jumped off the edge, into the abyss! What happened was unexpected. He actually fell into a body of water, and after looking around for a while, it was clear that he had actually returned to the island of Guarma!
5 A Plague Town
Directly above the town of Pleasance in Lemoyne, there's a barn that has a very interesting message written across its doors. The message reads "Stay Out! Plague." Many fans and gamers have been speculating about what the meaning of this really is, and why it's even there. Exploring the rest of the area leads us to a shack with some notes about "illness" and "sinners."
Some believe it to be a reference to the show The Walking Dead. Others think that it could be a hint at future DLC content - like the Zombie mode from the first Red Dead Redemption. Who knows what it really means, but it's cool location that only true experts really know about.
4 A Pirate Boat
This isn't just a cool location - it's also the spot where you'll find one of the best weapons in the game. Of all things, we didn't expect to find a pirate boat in the middle of the wild west, but hey, Rockstar has a knack for surprising us. When you reach Saint Denis, there's a train track to the southwest leading to a cluster of islands. That's where the boat is located.
When you find the boat, you'll find a pirate's skeleton and a broken pirate's sword. Make no mistake - this is a very good weapon in close quarters. The one thing you'll have to worry about when you're searching for the pirate boat is the presence of alligators. Keep your shotgun handy - because these gators are hungry.
3 Mammoth Bones
We've already talked about finding Bigfoot's skeleton, but those aren't the only cool bones you'll find out in this wilderness. While Bigfoot is a creature that is only talked about in urban legends, the Woolly Mammoth was a very real animal that once roamed this Earth. If players travel northwest of Ambarino, they should find bones of a real Woolly Mammoth between the fork of two rivers.
It's a stunning moment, and Arthur makes note of it in his journal. Does it really mean anything? Is it just something Rockstar decided to throw in randomly? Some people have wondered if this is a reference to an upcoming Prehistoric game, or a possible future DLC for Red Dead Redemption 2.
2 Find The Donkey Lady
One of the most notorious glitches of the first Red Dead Redemption was the so-called "Donkey Lady." This was a bug which caused the body of a woman and the body of a donkey to be morphed into one, creating a horrific hybrid. And yes, players could ride the donkey lady. This made its rounds on YouTube, and plenty of laughs were had.
Well, Rockstar showed its sense of humor by adding evidence of the mythical donkey lady in Red Dead Redemption 2. The skeleton of this amazing creature can be found Northwest of Lake Don Julio. You'll find her strapped to a mill, and her passing does not seem like it was a pleasant experience.
1 The Crashed Airship
During the time of Red Dead Redemption 2, airplanes had not yet been invented, but that doesn't mean people weren't trying. Head northwest from Little Creek River, and you'll find a crashed flying machine in the hills. This contraption certainly looks elaborate, and whoever built it put a lot of effort into it.
There's no doubt that it was a failure. The pilot did not survive. It seems as if the flying machine smashed into the trees, and fell to the ground. Upon surveying the wreckage, Arthur writes about it in his journal. It's a neat little area that only experts can find. If you explore through this world enough, you might just stumble upon this scene.
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