One of the most unique aspects of Red Dead Redemption 2's gameplay concerns horses. Sure, other video games have included horses before, but Red Dead Redemption 2 took the concept use of video game horses even further. Instead of just being a way to get from point A to point B, the horse has now become Arthur Morgan's most trusted ally; a character with a personality in and of itself that can determine the difference between life and an early grave.
Every horse has its own traits. Not only does each breed come in various colors, but they all have specific strengths and weaknesses. Each breed also has a particular way in which it reacts to Arthur, although that is also dependent on how Arthur chooses to treat the horse. Keep a horse well-fed and feeling loved, and that horse will become the most loyal companion in the game. There is also a bonding process with each horse, which could determine how that horse reacts in a variety of situations.
Players can buy and sell horses from stables. Arthur can also catch some horses in the wild, although he has to capture and tame them himself. There are a total of 19 breeds of horses in Red Dead Redemption 2. Although each horse is different, some are simply better than others. There is a best horse in the game, as well as a worst horse, although both have their pros and cons.
Here are the 19 Horses Ranked In Red Dead Redemption 2 Ranked, Worst To Best.
Morgans are your typical riding horses, meaning that this is about all they are good for. Although the Bay Roan and Palomino colors of this breed are available at stables, Arthur can also find them in the wild, along with the Bay and the Flaxen Chestnut. They have average speed and stamina, making them suitable for short trips. However, they aren't very fast, and their health isn't that great.
The good news is that these horses require very little care and are good for pulling carts and carriages. These horses are pretty standard and can be found pretty much all over the Red Dead Redemption 2 map. The Morgan is probably the first horse most players end up with in the game.
18 Kentucky Saddler
Another common horse in the game are Kentucky Saddlers, which are also riding horses. Arthur can catch the Gray, Black, Chestnut Pinto, and Silver Bay coats out in the wild, but the Gray is also available for purchase in stables. They have a very laid-back nature, making them perfect for riding for short distances. They are also very muscular and stout, making them easy to take care of. However, they are not very fast and can't accelerate too well.
These horses are also pretty common and can be found all over the Red Dead Redemption 2 map, making them quick and easy to capture and tame. They are only slightly better than the Morgan.
17 Tennessee Walker
Tennessee Walker horses are another type of riding horse in Red Dead Redemption 2. They have seven different coat varieties, with the Red Roan, Black Rabicano, Chestnut and Dapple Bay found in the wild. Arthur can purchase the Flaxen Roan at a stable. The Dapple Dark Grey coat, also available from a stable, is a war horse, with slightly higher stats than other coats.
These horses are sturdy and healthy. They also handle well enough to tackle long distances. They have a unique trot, and their gait makes riding them extremely comfortable. This is probably one of the most elegant horses that Arthur can ride, but that still doesn't make it the best.
Now it's on to the draft horses. These are the breeds that are probably the sturdiest horses in the game; those horses that the player should want for pulling carts, carriages, wagons, and coaches. The Belgian belongs to this group of strong horses. They are sturdy, but they also weigh more than other horses which makes them a little harder to handle. They have excellent health and stamina, and are the fastest of the draft horse breeds.
Belgian horses are also well suited for farm work. They are available in the wild and come in two coats: Blond Chestnut and Mealy Chestnut. The Belgian is the horse Arthur will want for his heavy lifting and hauling.
Another breed of draft horse is the Shire. This means that these horses are also well suited to heavy pulling and hauling, making them perfect for hooking up to wagons and coaches. They are probably one of the strongest horse breeds in the game, but their large size and heavy weight make them more difficult to handle. Their speed and stamina are just average, though, meaning that they're hardly close to being the best horse for Arthur. They are also the largest horses in the game.
Shires come in three coats: Raven Black, Dark Bay and Light Grey, all available in the wild. The Raven Black horse has slightly higher stamina than the other two.
14 Suffolk Punch
The Suffolk Punch is another draft horse in Red Dead Redemption 2. With its stocky and compact frame, it is the perfect breed for heavy labor in farms. These horses are also very heavy, which means that they are often difficult to handle. They can work extremely long hours without getting tired and are very sturdy and healthy. They also have good speed for their breed. They are, however, a little harder to find as they are only available in the wild.
The Suffolk Punch has two different coats: Red Chestnut and Sorrel. If Arthur needs a horse with a lot of strength and endurance, the Suffolk Punch is the right one for that job.
The next step up from a draft horse is the War Horse. Take the Appaloosa, for example: a horse breed that is perfect for just about any kind of work needed at a ranch. The Blanket and Leopard Blanket coats are found in the wild, but Arthur can purchase the Leopard and Brown Leopard coats at a stable.
They have excellent temperaments, meaning that they're easy to handle. They are also very healthy, and have good speed, agility, and stamina-- something needed in a reliable work horse. If Arthur wants a horse for a more difficult task, the Appaloosa is a good choice. They are often found in the midwestern part of the game map.
If it's speed that Arthur needs, race horses are the next best kind of horse to consider. This includes the Nokota, which has good speed and acceleration, meaning that Arthur can make a fast getaway from trouble if needed. Arthur can find the Blue Roan and White Roan in the wild, but he must purchase Reverse Dapple Roan from a stable.
These are sure-footed horses, making them excellent for traversing distances. They are also healthy and handle exceptionally well. The majority of Nokota are located in the Western part of the Red Dead Redemption 2 map. The Reverse Dapple Roan is the best of the three coats, with much greater speed than the other two Nokota coats.
Thoroughbred horses are lean, mean racing machines. Another kind of race horse, this breed is made for athletics, with great stamina, agility, and acceleration. If Arthur needs to sprint short distances, the Thoroughbred horse is what he wants to do so with. They are easy to handle but can get a little clumsy if Arthur pushes them too far, past their endurance.
They have three coats: the Brindle, the Blood Bay and the Dapple Grey. The Brindle, which has the highest speed of this breed, is available for purchase in stables, but the others are only available in the wild. If Arthur looks hard enough, he may also find a rare Thoroughbred: the Seal Brown coat.
10 American Standardbred
Another horse that is great for racing or quickly traversing distances is the American Standardbred. These horses are lean and agile, with great stamina and acceleration. They come in four coats: the Palomino Dapple, the Silver Tail Buckskin, the Black, and the Buckskin. Although the Silvertail Buckskin and Palomino Dapple are available for purchase at stables, the Black and Buckskin are only available for catching in the wild.
They can maintain a fast pace for a long while and are easy to train. However, they have their faults: they are timid creatures, and loud noises can frighten them and make them act erratically. They are, however, one of the fastest breeds of horses in Red Dead Redemption 2.
9 American Paint
American Paint horses are robust work horses, ready to tackle any kind of task put upon them. They stand out from other horses, though, thanks to their uniquely patterned coats. Although they cannot accelerate very well, they have amazing stamina with average speed and health. American Paint horses are extremely intelligent and easy to care for, making them perfect for ranch work. These horses also have a great personality, making them a good fit for Arthur.
The Overo and Tobiano coats roam the wild ready to get caught by Arthur. There is also a very rare Splashed White coat wandering around the game map for those who can find it. The Gray Overo coat is available for purchase at stables.
8 Hungarian Halfbred
When it comes to battle, a good war horse is always an excellent choice for Arthur. In that case, consider the Hungarian Halfbred, a strong breed that has good health and stamina. Although these horses are slow, with low speed and acceleration stats, they have a fearless personality that makes them perfect for any kind of combat. These horses also handle really well.
Although they are healthy, they are less healthy than other war horse breeds. The Flaxen Chestnut and Piebald Tobiano coats live in the wild, but the Dapple Dark Grey coat is available for purchase in stables. These horses have a large sturdy body, too, making them perfect for going to battle.
The Mustang is a horse that is good for a variety of tasks, whether it be racing, war, or work. This versatile breed has great health and stamina, although their speed doesn't put them in a category as fast as a typical racing horse. They have personalities that make them a pleasure to ride and are sturdy. They also don't frighten easily. If it's a multi-use horse Arthur needs, the Mustang is just the breed he's looking for.
The Grullo Dun, Wild Bay, and rare Tiger Striped Bay coats are all found in the wild: these are not horses available in stables. Arthur can find Mustangs in the western portion of the Red Dead Redemption 2 map.
6 Dutch Warmblood
Dutch Warmblood horses are among the sturdiest and hardiest of horses in the work horse category. These creatures have excellent stamina, with average speed and health. However, they don't have good acceleration, meaning they're not good for racing. The Seal Brown, Sooty Buckskin and Chocolate Roan coats are available for purchase in stables. There is also a very rare coat, the Cremello, which is only available in the wild for those who can find and tame it.
These horses have a sturdy body attached to long legs. They are also agile, making them easy to handle. If Arthur needs a dependable work horse, the Dutch Warmblood is the breed he will want to get.
The Andalusian breed of horse is bred for war. Its compact frame makes it extra sturdy, as well as extremely powerful. These war horses have excellent health and stamina, but they're not made for racing: their speed and acceleration stats are low. They have beautiful thick manes with tall, muscular bodies. They also handle well, making them ideal for combat.
Although they're not fast, they're good for traveling long distances, too. They also don't get frightened too easily. They come in two coats: Dark Bay and Rose Gray, both which are available for purchase at stables. The Andalusian is one tough horse with an aggressive personality, meaning that they're not just good for war, but also for hunting.
Some of the most well-built horses for combat and war belong to the Ardennes breed. They have excellent health and stamina, but like other war horses, they tend to have low speed and acceleration. They are among the heaviest of horse breeds in the game, but they handle well, especially under pressure, something that is important when going into battle. These horses are also extremely brave: they rarely become agitated, even when in combat.
They come in two coats: the Bay Roan and Strawberry Roan. Both coats are available for purchase in stables throughout the game. The Strawberry Roan is the healthiest of the two, but also the most costly. Arthur can't go wrong with either, though.
3 Missouri Fox Trotter
The Missouri Fox Trotter actually falls under two different categories of horse: race and work. That's right, this breed is fast as well as sturdy, which makes it one of the best horses in Red Dead Redemption 2. It's a well-rounded breed with a great personality and could provide Arthur with the only horse he'll ever need in the game.
They are powerful horses, with great stamina, but they also have good speed and a lively trot that will help Arthur travel further, faster. The two coats are Amber Champagne and Silver Dapple Pinto, both of which are available for purchase at stables throughout the game map. This breed provides a smooth and comfortable riding experience, too.
Another horse that's good for both racing and working is the Turkoman breed. These horses have excellent health, stamina, and speed, meaning that they can handle long distances efficiently, as well as some work, such as pulling carriages. These slender horses are also very agile, meaning that they handle very well. However, these horses do come with a warning: they can get impatient, so it's best not to make them wait in one spot for too long.
The Dark Bay, Gold, and Silver coats are all available for purchase at stables, but they will cost Arthur a pretty penny: these horses cost $950 each. They are well worth it, though, thanks to their multi-class status.
The Arabian breed is the horse for players who want the absolute best horse in Red Dead Redemption 2. These horses have a fiery personality, making them hard to tame, but once tamed, they're the only horse Arthur will ever want or need. These horses handle well and are loyal to a fault.
Arabian generally kept by the wealthiest people in the game and can cost over $1,000 each. They have good health, stamina, speed and acceleration and are extremely intelligent. The Black and Rose Gray Bay coats are available at stables, but the absolute best, the rare White Arabian, is only available in the wild. These horses are also very easy to train.
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