Compared to its predecessor, the horses play a much greater role in Red Dead Redemption 2 than you might think. So much that it can be overwhelming if you have not been aware of the tutorials. Horses are made to feel like living, breathable creatures this time, and as such you have to commit to taking care of them and being careful about the temper.
To help you pack your head around Red Dead Redemption 2's horses, we detail below and in the video all you need to know to properly take care of your steed. If you are more of an experienced rider and want to know what are the best horses out there, we have gathered that information in our best horse guide.
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How to drive your horse and maintain its nuclei [1
9659005] The horse controls are relatively simple. Press X or A repeatedly to increase speed and R1 or RB to lower. You can double-click and hold X or A to match a companion's speed, and pressing X or A in rhythm with the horse's gallop will save you stamina.
When you drive on your horse, you will keep an eye on their cores. Like Arthur's Cores, your heart is your Health Core and the lynx is its Stamina Core – they just want to have little horseshoes in them. The symbol in the center of the circle represents the core, while the ring gauge surrounding it is called a bar.
The more you push your horse, the faster the stamina will drain. And if you do not eat your horse now and then, its Cores will drain and it will not have so much Stamina or Health in its bars. It will also look sad and run your head down, try to save on horse goods and revive from the General Store to keep your horse well.
Your horse gets dirty over time while driving it. If this happens, its meters will drain 25% faster. You can clean it with your brush or by riding it through water. The former is acquired after completing the mission's mission, "Exit Pursued by a Bruised Ego." It is also worth noting that the horses' kernels will refill when you sleep.
There are ways to notice when something is wrong with your horse. A blinking red exclamation mark in Stamina Core indicates that your horse is scared / stressed (you must press L3 to calm it) while a blinking red brush in your health service means your horse is dirty.
Leveling Your Horse
While most is identical to how Arthur's kernels work, where the horseshoe is different, is how to increase the level. Instead of leveling them by moving and resisting injury, you develop the horse's Cores and bars by forming a stronger bond with them. When you ride, feed and clean your horse, your bond will strengthen. And as the band grows, the horse's health and stamina bars will increase.
Your horse will even learn advanced maneuvers. At level 2, you can back your horse back by pressing R1 or RB with square or X. It's really not a use for this other than watching threatening from time to time – it or just feels like a cool cowboy from an old western film. At level 3 you will learn how to slide. While bouncing, press R1 or RB and you can either bring your horse or change directions for a moment. Finally at Level 4 you learn to drive and piaffe, which is a fancy word of punishment. As the band increases, your horse will also respond to the conversation from larger and larger distances, and the statistics, including speed, will get a little bump. To see how close you are to the next level, check the player's menu when you press the pause button.
You can speed up bonding by feeding your horse rules. And the stronger your tie is with a horse, the longer it will bleed if it is turned down. It takes 60 minutes real time for a level 4 horse to die, so it gives you plenty of time to get to town and buy a horse friend from the General Store.
Horse stable and horse statistics upgrade
To get the most out of your 4 horse level, you will stop by a stable and upgrade your hall. Most items for sale are cosmetics, but there are a few things that can improve the horse's statistics, such as stirrups and saddles.
But wait, you say! I can not seem to go into the stable, and I can not find a stupid brush to clean my horse. Well, that probably means that you screw too much and do not do any story assignments. Once you have completed "Exit Pursued by a Bruised Ego", you will gain access to the stall over the map and the horse brush.
While in the stables, you can also rename, sell and buy horses. You can sell both stolen horses and horses you have bought legally. Proud horses will not get a good price on stables, but at some point in the story you will meet some characters willing to buy stolen horses to get better profits. Level 4 horses will also get a higher price, so if you plan to point a horse, we recommend that you level it first.
If you want to buy a horse, the first thing you probably notice is that good horses are not cheap. As attached to your first, Tennessee Walker, he is not exactly the power plant you want at your side throughout the game. And if the best horses are too expensive, it means you have to find something out in nature and break them yourself. Lucky for you, one of the best horses in the game can be purchased for free at the beginning of chapter 2 and beyond. But before we get there, let's learn how to break a horse.
When exploring the world, you will find wild horses everywhere. Big horses, little horses, painted horses, black horses and so on. There are a dozen different races that streamer the border, all with unique statistics and attributes. If you see a horse you are interested in, take out the binoculars first. After studying the horse, you will be asked to "show info." Turn it on and you can check out horse statistics and race information.
There are two ways to break a horse. You can chase it down, lasso it and jump on your back, or you can approach it slowly, soothe it if it gets spooked. When you get close enough, you can jump on your back. While you may want to be willing to take on the first method, it is much easier to break a horse if you approach it slowly. When you're on the back, pull back the left stick and subtly hang the right place to balance while calming it with square or X. If it's jumping you, chase it When you shout a little, you can repeat the process.
How to Find One of the Best Horses Premiere: The White Man Arab
When you feel comfortable breaking horses, pack a thick jacket and head up to Grizzlies to find the white-painted Arab. This snow-capped beauty wall is around Lake Isabella and can be found early. It's quite difficult to tame, so you need to be persistent in following it around and calm it down enough before you can approach it. If it bucks you and escapes, well, it will last a while before another respes.
Once you have hit it, put the saddle on it and take it to the nearest stall. Technically, the horse will be yours when you put on the saddle, but take it back to a stall just in case – you can never be too careful!