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The Heartlands is a constituent region of the New Hanover territory in Red Dead Redemption 2.

The capital of the region is Valentine. This region is the second region the Van der Linde gang take up residence, after leaving Colter


The region borders West Elizabeth to the west, Cumberland Forest to the north, and Lemoyne to the east. The region's southern border is its shore on Flat Iron Lake.

The region, with its occasional rainfall, is relatively verdant and full of wildlife.  Deer, rabbit, pronghorn, horse, turkey, and goose are common sights. Agriculture, especially cattle ranching, is particularly fruitful in this area. This naturally contributes to Valentine's fame as a livestock town.

The landscape features of the Heartlands include rolling hills, scattered buttes, rocky outcrops, small stands of timber, and open plains. Ranches, farms, and small homesteads dot the otherwise open grassland. 

The Heartlands, facing south west from Citadel Rock

The Heartlands are high in elevation, on a plateau. This, combined with its northern latitude, contribute to the mild weather. This region most resembles the real-life states of Oklahoma and Nebraska, especially their western areas. The Heartlands, especially Twin Stack Pass are visually most similar to the Pawnee National Grasslands of Colorado. The landscape of the Heartlands in general bears a striking resemblance to the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma. The Heartland's largest settlement, Valentine seems to be based off several famous frontier towns such as Cheyenne and Deadwood and its early stage of development reflects the 1870's more than the 1890's/1900's.

The climate of the Heartlands is mild. Temperatures range from near freezing at night and in the mornings, to around 60 degrees during the afternoon. Most days are sunny. However, rain and even thunderstorms occur occasionally. 

Locations in The Heartlands

Native Plants



  • The Social Club refers to the region as simply "Heartlands".
  • The Heartlands noticeably lacks presence of outlaws after the O'Driscoll Boys, which prominently operated in the region in 1899, is effectively destroyed.