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


The gila monster is a venomous lizard living in New Austin, on the banks and generally north of the San Luis River. Their heads and necks are broad and their eyes are black with round pupils. Their bodies are covered with beaded scales and bright black, pink, yellow and orange patterns. Their wide feet end with long, sharp claws. It's a moderate sized reptile.

As carnivores, they prey on small mammals, lizards, frogs, birds, bird eggs and carrion.

When attacked, the Gila monster clamps down and doesn't let go. The toxin comes from the glands in their jaws, through grooves in the animal's teeth into the broken skin of its victim. They chew into the flesh to make sure the venom is deposited.


The Gila Monster is found in New Austin, primarily in Cholla Springs, Rio Bravo, and Gaptooth Ridge. It seems for hunting purposes that they are most active at night.



  • The Varmint Rifle is considered to be the best for hunting Gila Monsters.
  • Their Herptile meat is edible, and their carcasses can be used for crafting.
  • Legendary Panther Range Gloves and a Gila Monster Gambler's Hat can be crafted at the Trapper Shop using its materials and cook the Herptile Meat meal from hunting it.



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