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Herbalist Challenges are gameplay challenges which involve gathering and crafting in the single-player of Red Dead Redemption 2.

These challenges must be done in order, progress made before they are activated does not count.

Challenges

  • Rank 1: Pick six yarrow.
  • Rank 2: Pick and eat four species of berry.
  • Rank 3: Craft seven items using Sage as an ingredient.
  • Rank 4: Pick five mushrooms and feed them to your horse.
  • Rank 5: Craft nine items using Indian Tobacco as an ingredient.
  • Rank 6: Pick 15 different species of herb.
  • Rank 7: Craft and use five special Miracle Tonics
  • Rank 8: Use Oleander (Sage) to craft six poison weapons.
  • Rank 9: Pick one of each species of herb.
  • Rank 10: Season and cook all 11 types of meat.

Rank 1

Pick six yarrow.
Reward: Herbalist Off-Hand Holster

Rank 2

Pick and eat four species of berry.
Reward: 25 Health XP and $5

Rank 3

Craft seven items using sage as an ingredient.
Reward: Herbalist Gun Belt

Rank 4

Pick five mushrooms and feed them to your horse.
  • When starting this challenge, one is only required to feed the horses with mushrooms, mushrooms in satchel count as being picked.
Reward: 50 Health XP and $10

Rank 5

Craft nine items using Indian Tobacco as an ingredient.
Reward: 50 Health XP and $10

Rank 6

Pick 15 different species of herb.
Reward: 100 Health XP and $15

Rank 7

Craft and use five special miracle tonics.
Reward: Herbalist Holster
  • The pamphlet can be found on a plateau south-east of Vetter's Echo, south of Hanging Dog Ranch.
  • The ingredients are Yarrow, Burdock Root, and Golden Currant.
  • Both Golden Currant and Burdock Root can be found north-west of Annesburg either side of 'ANOK' in Roanoke Ridge on the map. Specific areas where these spawn are Fort Brennand and along the river around the Old Tomb.
  • Yarrow can be found in good amounts near Rhodes, north of Bolger Glade.

Rank 8

Use oleander to craft six poison weapons.
Reward: 100 Health XP and $15

Rank 9

Pick one of each species of herb.
Reward: 150 Health XP and $20
  • There is no in-game checklist for this. It is highly recommended to make one and keep track manually. Anything found prior to unlocking this rank does not count so the compendium is not a reliable source of tracking.
  • Be aware that Lady Slipper Orchids may not be counted until the completion of the second job in 'Duchesses and Other Animals' in Chapter 4 (unlocked after completing 'The Gilded Cage').
  • Unfortunately, some herbs like Blackcurrant and Red Sage can be found only in New Austin which is inaccessible for Arthur unless using glitches. As a result, players need to progress into the Epilogue before they can complete this challenge.

Rank 10

Season and cook all 11 types of meat.
Reward: Herbalist Bandolier

See Cooking recipes.

Tips

  • Obtain the Legend of the East satchel as soon as possible, as this allows you to carry up to 99 plants of any type at the same time.
  • Collect any and all Burdock Root, Yarrow and Currant you find while doing the early challenges, as this makes Challenge 7 much faster to complete. The same applies to mushrooms, Sage and Indian Tobacco, although the challenges that require these plants aren't nearly as time consuming.

Video walkthrough

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