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The Night Folk are an antagonistic faction featured in Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online.


The Night Folk are a group of crazy, psychopathic killers who live in and around the swamps of Bayou Nwa. They attack people by setting up traps at night and then rob, loot and pillage everything of value before brutally murdering their victims in extremely gruesome ways. They can sometimes be seen carrying the corpses of their victims and dead bodies (whole, partial or otherwise) can be found hanging from and strapped to trees all over the swamp, often brutally gutted, dismembered and otherwise disfigured.

They only use bows and melee weapons and wear tattered, torn and heavily worn clothes and at other times they can be found covered in dirt (for camouflage) and wearing primitive, hand-made clothing. They do not speak but make animal noises to signal their attacks on people and many people are not even sure whether or not the Night Folk actually are truly human.

While the Night Folk are known to stage attacks during the daytime, they have a much heavier presence during nighttime and unless one wants to risk getting into a fight with them, it would be wise to avoid Bayou Nwa at all costs at night.


  • It's possible that they are based on the cannibals from Bone Tomahawk, who also cover themselves completely in the dirt and make no sound, aside from animal calls.
  • They appear in the side mission "A Fine Night For It".
  • The Night Folk are quite similar to the Skinner Brothers, found in Tall TreesWest Elizabeth and the Murfree Brood, found across Roanoke Ridge and Beaver Hollow, owing to all three gangs' extreme brutality, savagery and them being more like a band of crazed serial killers than a gang of outlaws.
  • The Night Folk may be practitioners of Voodoo, a religion which was frowned upon during this time, especially by white Southerners.


Red Dead Redemption 2 Night Folk Encounters RDR2 A Fine Night for It

Red Dead Redemption 2 Night Folk Encounters RDR2 A Fine Night for It

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