The Ardennes is a horse breed in Red Dead Redemption 2. They tend to have higher health and stamina, but lower speed and acceleration. Its handling gives it moderate reactivity and agility.


Ardennes are well-built war horses. They can be identified by their bulky body, thick leg feathering and broad head. They are one of the heaviest horse breeds. The Bay Roan and Strawberry Roan can be purchased form a stable. This sturdy, brave breed handles well under pressure and will not become agitated while in combat. They are known for being healthy with great Stamina, average Speed and Acceleration. Despite this, in Red Dead Online, the Ardennes are extremely skittish and will often buck the player.

Catalogue Description

A cold-blooded breed, Ardennes have a fantastic temperament and are prized for their ability to not become agitated. The Ardennes have massive bone structure and large muscles. While not very agile, their strength in combat is highly sought after. They are healthy, sturdy, rustic, hard and tireless; a favorite in our line of war horses.

Coat styles

Coat Base Value (in $) Health Stamina Speed Acceleration Source
Bay Roan 140.00 5 4 3 3 Scarlett Meadows stable
Strawberry Roan 450.00 7 5 3 3 Van Horn Trading Post stable
Iron Grey Roan - 7 5 3 3 Only available through pre-order of Redemption 2.

Special variants

Brown Jack

The horse of Bill Williamson throughout 1899. Brown Jack has a "Brown Roan" coat and is said to be loved deeply by Bill; in a conversation with Charles[1], Arthur remarks how Bill "loves [his] horse" in spite of being a "drunk, miserable bastard" and that his affection for Brown Jack is comparable with Dutch's for The Count.

War Horse

The War Horse is a special Ardennes available for players who pre-ordered Red Dead Redemption 2.

Video Overview

Red Dead Redemption 2 Horses - Ardennes Overview

Red Dead Redemption 2 Horses - Ardennes Overview


  • A Bay Roan can be obtained for free as bounty hunters often spawn with them.



  1. The Aftermath of Genesis


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