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The Alligator is an animal species featured in Red Dead Redemption 2.


The alligator is a large reptile endemic to Bayou Nwa in Lemoyne. They come in two sizes - regular and small - and each has its own compendium page, however they are the same species.

A skin from a regular-sized alligator will take up the large carcass space on the back of the player's horse, but a skin from a small size alligator can be layered on like hides from deer, etc.

A small alligator carcass can be placed on the back of the horse, but a regular size carcass cannot be picked up, like the Boar. One perfect alligator skin is needed for the Alligator Ranch Cutter Saddle at the Trapper.

Despite their size and ability to kill players very quickly, alligators can be easily killed via a single shot to the head by a rifle. Throwing a Tomahawk at its head will kill it instantly.

The alligator attacks by clamping the torso of the player with their jaw and swinging them about, killing them almost instantly.


Alligators live in the swamp and river delta regions of Lemoyne - in southern Bluewater Marsh and all around Bayou Nwa. They are carnivorous apex predators, feeding on fish, birds, amphibians and mammals. A rifle will pierce through an Alligator's tough, armored body plates. Alligator skins, meat, and teeth are all useful for food or crafting. They have the same appearance as a regular alligator; green, scaly skin, a long tail, a large, gaping mouth and eyes protruding from either side of the head.[1]


Alligators live in the swamp and river delta regions of Lemoyne in southern Bluewater Marsh and all around Bayou Nwa.


  • A rifle will easily kill an alligator, because of its ability to pierce through the animal's tough skin.
    • A Rolling Block Rifle will allow the player to kill them from a farther distance without having to risk getting close.
      • A bow shot with improved or poisoned arrows directly in the head is also a good alternative.
  • Alligators cannot be skinned in water. As their bodies cannot be carried up nor lassoed and dragged back to land, It is best to find and kill an alligator lying on the shore.
  • Alligator eggs can be sold for a good profit, with each bundle earning around $12.
  • Alligators are one of the quickest and easiest ways to acquire Big Meat for seasoning and eating to gain a golden core, as they spawn in large numbers and, unlike other predators, most just lie still near the shores of Bayou Nwa and only attack or fight back if the player comes too close to them.
  • Alligators are also one of the quickest ways to replenish the materials meter when donating to Cripps if the player has the Trader role in Red Dead Online, as they are easy-to-hunt predators and the smaller alligators can have their carcasses fully donated for a quicker refill, especially if the player's camp is set up near an alligator spawn point (like Bayou Nwa).



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