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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 which originates from the Ardennes region which spreads over France, Belgium, and Luxembourg. 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.

Strangely, a horse looking identical to Brown Jack is not available for purchase at the Tumbleweed Stables while one that looks like Javier's horse is. This is confusing because it appears that the reason why certain gang members' horses are available to purchase is down to their owners allegiances during the final chapter of the main story, and the events of the first game.

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


  • A Bay Roan can be obtained for free as bounty hunters often spawn with them.
  • Although Bill Williamson calls his horse "Brown Jack", the horse appears to actually be a mare upon examination. Whether this is simply a graphical oversight or intentional on the part of Rockstar is unknown. It is also possible that given Bill's familiarity with gelding tongs, Brown Jack was castrated before the start of the game.
  • A Strawberry Roan can be obtained earlier for free by using an exploit with the random encounter with the drunk driver near Lone Mule Stead.[2]