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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.
Reward: 50 Health XP and $10
  • When starting this challenge, one is only required to feed the horse with mushrooms, mushrooms in satchel count as being picked.
  • It is not necessary to feed the horse five different kinds of mushrooms, it is fine if they are all of the same species.

Rank 5

Craft nine items using Indian Tobacco as an ingredient.
Reward: 50 Health XP and $10
  • The simplest recipe is Potent Snake Oil, that doesn't need a pamphlet and requires only one Indian Tobacco.

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.
  • Oleander Sage can be found in Bayou Nwa.
  • Poison weapons:
    • Poison Throwing Knife.
      • Crafted with an existing throwing knife and Oleander Sage.
      • The pamphlet to make it can be found under the floorboards in an abandoned shack, North of Saint Denis cemetery, near the train and roadways.
    • Poison Arrow.
      • Crafted with an arrow, a Flight Feather and one Oleander Sage.
      • The pamphlet to make it can be found in a lockbox located outside the Mysterious Hill Home. Alternatively it is the reward for completing the bison hunting companion activity with Charles in chapter 2.

Rank 9

Pick one of each species of herb.
Reward: 150 Health XP and $20

Rank 10

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

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

Red_Dead_Redemption_2_-_Herbalist_Challenge_Guide

References

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