RDR2: How to Beat Every Herbalist Challenge (2023)

Red Dead Redemption 2 players can try their hand at herbalism with the game's Herbalist Challenges: ten ranks of tasks centered around gathering and using the plants found in the game. Plants are scattered all throughoutthe game's expansive map, including the elusive regions of Guarma and New Austin. Completing the Herbalist Challenges will familiarize the player with all the different uses of these plants and herbs and help with exploring the regions of the map.



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While some of the later tasks can take quite a bit of searching, each Challenge completed earns players a reward. Sometimes these errands result in additional Health XP and money, while others unlock reinforced equipment as a reward. These unlocked items can be bought by visiting one of the Trappers located around the map.

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As with the other single-player challenges, there are ten ranks of Herbalist Challenges, each with its own specific task. Players must complete one rank before unlocking the next, and many of these errands will not count plants already encountered or stored in the satchel. However, these quests can be completed on the go with some patience as players progress through the main storyline.

Completing Every Herbalist Challenge in Red Dead Redemption 2

RDR2: How to Beat Every Herbalist Challenge (1)

Herbalist Challenge #1 -Gather 6 Yarrow Plants

Beating every Herbalist Challenge inRed Dead Redemption 2starts with fairly simple tasks. The first rank requires players to gather six yarrow plants, which can be found in the grassy plains of Lemoyne and New Hanover. Completing this task unlocks the Herbalist Off-Hand Holster. The next rank, which involves picking and eating all four types of berries found inRDR2, may take a little more time but is a similarly straightforward errand. Arthur even gets 25 Health XP and $5 for earning this rank.

Herbalist Challenge #2 -Craft 7 items Using Sage

In the third rank, players must craft seven items using Sage as an ingredient. While the game has three different types of sage, this task refers to Hummingbird Sage specifically. Hummingbird Sage can be found in the grassy areas of the map, such as Lemoyne, West Elizabeth, and New Hanover. Try searching by groups of trees or along the Kamassa River to locate the plant. Once gathered, Arthur can use a campfire to craft Potent Bitters, Special Bitters, Potent Miracle Tonic, Potent Horse Stimulant, or Horse Ointment. Once seven separate items have been made using Sage, the third Herbalist rank has been achieved, and players will unlock the Herbalist Gun Belt.

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Herbalist Challenge #3 - Pick 5 Mushrooms and Feed Them To a Horse

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Next, players will need to gather five mushrooms and feed them to Arthur's trusty horse. They don't need to be different types of mushrooms, and if there are already some in the satchel, those qualify for this task. Since the fungi can be easy to miss, remember that Arthur can use Eagle Eye to highlight harvestable plants nearby. Bay Bolete can be found in West Elizabeth near Caliban's Seat, and Chanterelles are scattered in the grasslands of Lemoyne and New Hanover. Ram's Head grows in the forests of Ambarino and West Elizabeth, and Parasol Mushrooms are found in the Heartlands of Lemoyne or wooded areas like Cumberland Forest. Players will receive 50 Health XP and $10 once the horse has eaten five mushrooms.

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Herbalist Challenge #4 -Craft 9 items Using Indian Tobacco

Similar to the third task, Herbalist rank 5 requires players to craft nine items, this time with Indian Tobacco. It's likely that Arthur already has some in his satchel since Indian Tobacco is easy to find in RDR2. Players can craft Potent Miracle Tonic, Potent Snake Oil, and Special Snake Oil with this plant. Use a campfire to craft nine items with Indian Tobacco to finish this task and earn another 50 Health XP and $10.

Herbalist Challenge #5 -Pick 15 Different Species of Herbs

The next Challenge is a little more time-consuming. Players must pick 15 different herb species, though Arthur can pick plants he's harvested before. Berries, mushrooms, and orchids will also count toward the total. Simply riding around and picking plants should wrap this task up quickly, but struggling players can always check for the small plant illustrations on theRed Dead Redemption 2map for a general idea of their location. Players earn 100 Health XP and $15 for collecting these herbs.

Herbalist Challenge #6 -Craft & Consume 5 Miracle Tonics

Herbalist rank 7 seems manageable, only requiring Arthur to craft and consume five Special Miracle Tonics, but players may not have come across this recipe yet. The recipe can be acquired by looting a chest at a camp a little above the first "E" in West Elizabeth on the map or purchasing the pamphlet from Fences after "A Short Walk in a Pretty Town" has been finished. Once players use the recipe to craft five Special Miracle Tonics, then use them at some point, they will unlock the Herbalist Holster.

(Video) Red Dead Redemption 2 Herbalist Challenge #10 Guide - Season and cook all 11 types of meat

Herbalist Challenge #7 - Use Oleander Sage To Craft 6 Poison Weapons

Next, the rank 8task is completed by crafting six poison weapons with Oleander Sage. This plant is found in Bayou Nwa near Saint-Denis and along the banks of the Kamassa River in Lemoyne. Once enough has been collected, start crafting Poison Arrows or Poison Throwing Knives. These weapons may not earnRDR2players' top spot, but after making six for this Challenge, they will receive another 100 Health XP and $15.

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Herbalist Challenge #8 - Pick One of Each Species of Herb

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The ninth Herbalist Challenge is arguably the most difficult, as it requires players to pick one of every species of herb. Any plants harvested prior to receiving this Challenge don't count and will need to be picked again. The game doesn't keep track of harvested plants, so players will need to keep track themselves. Below is a list of each type of plant required to complete this task and the general areas to look for them:

Plants and Herbs

  • Alaskan Ginseng: Ambarino, West Elizabeth
  • American Ginseng: New Hanover, West Elizabeth
  • Blackcurrant: New Austin
  • Burdock Root: alongside rivers and other bodies of water
  • Common Bulrush: alongside rivers and other bodies of water
  • Creeping Thyme: New Austin, New Hanover
  • Desert Sage: New Austin
  • English Mace: Ambarino, New Austin
  • Golden Currant: New Hanover, West Elizabeth
  • Hummingbird Sage: Lemoyne, West Elizabeth
  • Indian Tobacco: Ambarino, Lemoyne, West Elizabeth
  • Milkweed: Lemoyne
  • Oleander Sage: Lemoyne
  • Oregano: all regions, usually in grasslands
  • Prairie Poppy: New Austin, West Elizabeth
  • Red Sage: New Austin
  • Vanilla Flower: Lemoyne
  • Violet Snowdrop: Ambarino
  • Wild Carrot: Lemoyne, New Austin, New Hanover
  • Wild Feverfew: New Austin
  • Wild Mint: all regions, usually near wetlands
  • Yarrow: Lemoyne, New Hanover
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  • Blackberry: Ambarino, West Elizabeth
  • Evergreen Huckleberry: along the Kamassa River
  • Red Raspberry: Lemoyne, New Hanover
  • Wintergreen Berry: Ambarino, New Hanover


  • Bay Bolete: New Hanover, West Elizabeth
  • Chanterelle: Lemoyne, New Hanover
  • Parasol Mushroom: New Hanover
  • Ram's Head: Ambarino, West Elizabeth


  • Acuna's Star Orchid: Bayou Nwa
  • Cigar Orchid: Bluewater Marsh (Lemoyne)
  • Clamshell Orchid: Bayou Nwa, Scarlett Meadows (Lemoyne)
  • Dragon's Mouth Orchid: O'Creagh's Run (Ambarino)
  • Ghost Orchid: Bayou Nwa
  • Lady of the Night Orchid: Bayou Nwa
  • Lady Slipper Orchid: West Elizabeth
  • Moccasin Orchid: Roanoke Ridge
  • Night Scented Orchid: Bayou Nwa
  • Queen's Orchid: Bayou Nwa
  • Rat Tail Orchid: Bayou Nwa
  • Sparrow Egg Orchid: Roanoke Ridge
  • Spider Orchid: Bayou Nwa

Several of these plants are difficult to reach until later in the game. Some, like Desert Sage and Wild Feverfew, grow in inaccessible areasuntil the epilogue. However, once players have finally collected one of each of these plants, they will be rewarded with 150 Health XP and $20.

Herbalist Challenge #9 - Season & Cook all 11 Types of Meat

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For the final Herbalist Challenge, players must season and cook 11 different types of meat. Sincedifferent animals provide different meatin Red Dead Redemption 2, there are several ways to complete this.Note that some types of meat can't be seasoned and therefore do not count toward this total. Listed below is each type of meat required for this task:

  • Big Game
  • Crustacean
  • Exotic Bird
  • Flaky Fish
  • Game
  • Mutton
  • Plump Bird
  • Pork
  • Prime Beef
  • Succulent Fish
  • Venison

Remember to season the meat with Creeping Thyme, Oregano, or Wild Mint before cooking it, or it won't count for this task. Players will unlock the Herbalist after each of these meats, such as the Flaky Fish, has been seasoned and cooked. Perhaps more importantly, however, all ten Herbalist Challenges have been successfully completed.

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(Video) Red Dead Redemption 2 Herbalist Challenge #9 Guide - Pick one of each species of herb

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RDR2: How to Beat Every Herbalist Challenge? ›

You'll be tasked with hunting down and cooking all 11 types at the campfire, seasoning them with herbs like Sage or Thyme for some extra benefits. Do this, and you'll have completed the entire set of Herbalist Challenges. Congrats!

What is the rarest herb species in rdr2? ›

The Red Rage is one of the rarest plant species in Red Dead Redemption 2 and it can be used for several cooking recipes.

What herbs are good for Miss Grimshaw? ›

She'll accept two of either creeping thyme, oregano, or wild mint.

What are the 4 species of berry rdr2? ›

There are four species of berries in Red Dead Redemption 2: Blackberries, Evergreen Huckleberries, Raspberries and Wintergreen Berries. Each has its own distribution and favored environment, so it's not a quick trip to taste them all.

Can you avoid Arthur getting TB? ›

Throughout the game, Arthur's TB progresses to the point that it kills him. However, players can avoid this fate by simply not completing the mission where Arthur contracts the deadly disease, stalling game progression at Horseshoe Overlook.

Can I cure Arthur's tuberculosis? ›

However, the nature of the game's branching endings and binary honor system begs the question: Can Arthur be cured of tuberculosis in RDR2? The short answer is no, there isn't a cure for tuberculosis in RDR2.

What is the rarest animal to find in RDR2? ›

RDR2's Carolina Parakeet is a small, green-and yellow-colored bird that only spawns in Lemoyne. Its small size and color make it extremely difficult to spot among the swampy foliage, which makes it notoriously elusive. Parakeets are one of the hardest animals to hunt because of how easy they are to startle.

What plant turns you into an animal RDR2? ›

Description. Tiny scarlet and amethyst flowers. The plant allows lets the player transform temporarily into an animal. Harriet gives the player the first pamphlet, Field Diary and Notes by Harriet Davenport, Vitalism Studies: Buck, after the initial cut scene.

What herbs don't go together? ›

Which herbs do not go together?
HerbNot compatible with
Basil (Ocimum basilicum)Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), mint (Mentha)
Parsley (Petroselinum crispum ssp. crispum)Chervil (Anthriscus), dill (Anethum graveolens)
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
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What herb is good for PTSD? ›

We've listed some of the best herbal teas below to help reduce anxiety in PTSD:
  • Rooibos Tea. ...
  • Valerian Root. ...
  • Chamomile. ...
  • Lime Blossom (also called Linden) ...
  • Lavender Tea. ...
  • Lemon Balm. ...
  • Peppermint. ...
  • Passionflower – not recommended during pregnancy.

Do basil and sage go together? ›

Basil is a great companion to chilli, tomatoes, parsley and oregano but should not be planted with sage.

Is there anything in tumbleweed RDR? ›

As the main settlement in New Austin, Tumbleweed has a saloon, a general store, a gunsmith (which lets out a bath and a room), a butcher and a stable.

What is the rarest berry? ›

The cloudberry is one of the rarest berries in the northern hemisphere, only to be found in high altitudes of the vast nordic countryside. Because it can only be found in these rare places up in the mountains it got its name – cloudberry – as it grows up in the clouds.

Do berry bushes Respawn the forest? ›

When gathering blueberries from wild sources the wild blueberry bushes may not respawn blueberries unless you destroy the bush; in which case the bush itself respawns whenever you load your game with new blueberries on it.

What triggers Arthur's tuberculosis? ›

Arthur Morgan contracts tuberculosis early on in the story during a routine mission to collect money lent out via Leopold Strauss, the Van der Linde gang's loan shark. The lendee, a severely ill and elderly farmer, coughs on Arthur's face in the midst of a heated confrontation.

What happens to Mary Linton after Arthur dies? ›

Mary eventually marries a man named Barry Linton, but he dies leaving her a poor widow. Though Mary and Arthur cross paths again later in life, they never rekindle their romance again.

What is the secret ending in RDR2? ›

As Game Rant reports, the fan-made ending, posted to Reddit by Georgian_Shark, sees Arthur emerge from the hut from the end of the epilogue, implying that he somehow faked his death. While admittedly, this wouldn't make the most sense in the world, it's so well made that it's winning fans over.

Should I help rain fall or not? ›

Rains Fall is a good man suffering through terrible times. Helping him serves as part of Arthur's redemption arc. If you refuse to assist Rains Fall, you're essentially closing off a hefty portion of Arthur's story. Not only that, but it just feels wrong to leave Rains Fall hanging.

What happens if Arthur doesn't get tuberculosis? ›

Arthur didn't need a diagnosis to tell him that he was going to die; even if he somehow escaped being shot or hanged, his death is an inevitability. Ultimately, the game suggests that Arthur was doomed even if he had never contracted Tuberculosis. As Dutch Van Der Linde says, "we can't fight change.

How long could Arthur live with TB? ›

A reasonable estimate for the total amount of time that Arthur was sick in RDR2 is around 3-6 months. This would have have allowed enough time for events that preceded Arthur's diagnosis but followed his interaction with Downes, such as the gang's activity in Rhodes and time in Saint Denis.

What is the hardest horse to spook in rdr2? ›

The Andalusian is another great warhorse with exceptional stats. As with other similar horses, the Andalusians are known for their high health and stamina. They also have a very specific temperament that is far more aggressive than other breeds. This makes them ideal hunting horses as they are very difficult to spook.

What is the easiest animal to call in rdr2? ›

The easiest animal to do this on is deer as they are readily available throughout most of the world of Red Dead Redemption 2. You can find them specifically at Dewberry Creek and in Scarlett Meadows in Lemoyne, north of Rhodes.

What is the rarest horse color in rdr2? ›

To find the rarest horse in Red Dead Redemption 2 (the Legendary White Coat Arabian), you'll need to travel North near Ambarino, then head West of Lake Isabella. Because of this area's beautiful snow-covered scenery, it can be hard to spot the horse due to its Legendary White Coat color.

Where is the rarest gun in rdr2? ›

Rare Rolling Block Rifle

The Rare Rolling Block Rifle is slightly more powerful than the one you can find in stores, but it's also one of the few weapons that's entirely missable. You can find the rifle on a bounty hunter in the barn near Braithwaite Manor in the Chapter III story mission “Magicians For Sport”.

What is the 11th legendary animal in rdr2? ›

11 Legendary Buck

Skinning the Legendary Elk grants you the Legendary Buck Pelt and the Legendary Buck Antler. Oh, and you might wanna get this early on because of the sweet Trinket you can get from its Antler. The Legendary Buck Antler increases the quality of skinned animals.

Will sedated animals wake up on their own rdr2? ›

Animals will wake up naturally once you've left the surrounding area. Many will run off, but aggressive animals may attack again if you stick around. Optionally, you can use Animal Reviver (available at Harriet's Shop) to revive a sedated animal and gain additional Role XP.

What is the lady of the night plant rdr2? ›

Lady of Night Orchids can be found on the southern shore of Bayou NWA, north of the Kamassa River and Caliga Hall.

What herb is poisonous rdr2? ›

Despite its lovely five-point pink flowers, Oleander Sage is one of the most poisonous plants in the game, causing your character to vomit and suffer a hefty loss of health. That's why they're a key ingredient in Deadly Poison and other poison-laced weapons such as arrows and throwing knives.

Do herbs interact with drugs? ›

Herbal supplements can strongly affect the body. Some don't work well with prescription medicines. This is called a medicine interaction. Herbal supplements can interact with medicines used to treat heart and blood vessel problems, such as high blood pressure and heart failure.

What can you not plant near Rue? ›

You should not plant rue near cucumbers, cabbage, basil or sage. A pretty perennial with bluish-gray leaves. May be grown indoors in a sunny window. Rue may cause skin irritation in some individuals.

What 3 herbs can be planted together? ›

Rosemary, oregano, sage, thyme, lavender, and marjoram combine well together. Basil, parsley, cilantro, and tarragon are friends.

What is saikokeishikankyoto? ›

Saikokeishikankyoto (SKK, Chaihu-Guizhi-Ganjiang-Tang in Chinese) is a traditional Japanese-Chinese herbal formula that has a marked effect on some PTSD patients.

What should I eat if I have PTSD? ›

Eat mostly whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. Balance your meals with protein and fat. Make half of your plate colorful vegetables and divide the other half between a lean protein (fish, beans, lean cuts of meat) and whole grain carbohydrates (brown rice, bulgur wheat, barley, sweet potatoes, quinoa).

What foods fight PTSD? ›

Here's a list of five foods that may help relieve PTSD to some extent.
  • Blueberries. Researchers at Louisiana State University found that blueberries were able to lower PTSD symptoms in rats. ...
  • Cheese and Milk. Dairy products like cheese and milk are rich in amino acid called tyrosine. ...
  • Chamomile Tea. ...
  • Walnuts. ...
  • Green vegetables.
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What soul is best for basil? ›

Basil likes rich, moist, but well-drained soil with a pH of 6 to 7. Test your soil, or simply improve it by adding plenty of organic nutrients from compost, blood meal, or cottonseed meal.

Does lemon and sage pair well? ›

The combination of lemon, sage, and garlic is where the money is, in terms of flavor. The brightness of the lemon seeps into the poultry as it cooks, and infuses the pan sauce with added acidity. Rich and herbaceous sage gives some savory, deep notes to the meat that pair wonderfully with the other flavors.

Is basil in the sage family? ›

Lamiaceae – The Mint Family

This family includes skullcap, lemon balm, catnip, lavender, sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, chia, spearmint, peppermint, and vitex.

How to complete Herbalist 1? ›

  1. Herbalist 1 - Pick 6 Yarrow. ...
  2. Herbalist 2 - Pick and eat 4 spices of berry. ...
  3. Herbalist 3 - Craft 7 items using sage as an ingredient. ...
  4. Herbalist 4 - Pick 5 mushrooms and feed them to your horse. ...
  5. Herbalist 5 - Craft 9 items using Indian Tobacco as an ingredient. ...
  6. Herbalist 6 - Pick 15 different species of herb.
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How to get Arthur underweight fast? ›

Lose Weight By Only Eating Stew From Your Camp

Once Arthur is super-sized, he can start losing weight by restricting his caloric intake. This means he should only eat to restore his cores. The best way to do this is by only eating the stew that is made at camp and avoiding everything else.

Can you complete a test of faith as Arthur? ›

Because many dinosaur bones are in the regions which cannot be accessed by Arthur Morgan, only John is able to complete the mission.

What is the max level in Herbalism? ›

Herbalism Training

It also requires your character to be Level 5. Journeyman Level can be learned when you reach a skill level of 50 and goes up to 150. It also requires your character to be Level 10. Expert Level can be learned when you reach a skill level of 125 and goes up to 225.

How many herbs can Arthur collect? ›

Players must pick 15 different herb species, though Arthur can pick plants he's harvested before. Berries, mushrooms, and orchids will also count toward the total.

What is Herbalist Challenge 10? ›

Rank 10. Season and cook all 11 types of meat. Meats have to be seasoned with either Oregano, Creeping Thyme, or Wild Mint.

Can John find Arthur's body? ›

Arthur's Grave – Can be visited as John Marston after Arthur Morgan's death, located on top of the mountain to the northeast of Bacchus bridge. Whether players had high or low honor as Arthur Morgan will impact the epitaph, with high honor also spawning an eagle and low honor spawning a coyote.

How old was Arthur when he met Dutch? ›

Fictional character biography

Arthur joined Dutch van der Linde's gang when he was fourteen, having lost his parents at a young age, and soon became Dutch's first protégé.

Why does my Arthur look fat? ›

If you've got gold cores more than once every other day, Arthur will get thick.

What if Arthur has high honor? ›

In the case that Red Dead 2's Arthur has high honor, he'll die by succumbing to his injury and tuberculosis, watching the sunrise. Arthur obtains peace for the first time in his life, at this moment. This will be reflected in his gravestone being well taken care of and adorned with flowers, and an Eagle will be there.

What happens if Arthur rejects Mary? ›

Declining to help Mary will prevent players from being able accept a future mission to help Mary's father. If Red Dead Redemption 2 players want to avoid this mistake, they should agree to help Mary. If players choose to decline helping Mary, the quest will end here, with Mary and Arthur sharing their farewells.

What happens if Arthur has low honor? ›

After his death, Charles gives Arthur a proper burial. His grave can be visited and changes based on his honor. If Arthur was dishonorable, his grave is weathered, unkempt and guarded by a black coyote. His epitaph reads, "Blessed are those that mourn for they be comforted."


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