Red Dead Redemption 2 has 16 Legendary Animal Locations. Finding and killing 5 Legendary Animals is required for 100% Completion. They are also needed to complete all Animals in the Compendium but are NOT required to earn the trophies and achievements “Skin Deep” and “Zoologist” (study and skin every type of animal). This is because the animals can potentially be missed if they die but you forgot to skin them so for the trophies they are not necessary. If a legendary animals has been killed (even by a random NPC or predator) it will disappear from the game and never respawn.
The Legendary Animals are special versions that drop Legendary Pelts. These Pelts are unique and can be crafted into special clothing items at Trappers. If you lose the Legendary Pelt it will automatically be transported to the Trapper so there’s no way to miss out on the reward.
Also, skinning a Legendary Animal automatically completes the “study” requirement for the compendium. And regardless of how you kill them, they always drop the Legendary Pelt. So you can easily pump them full with shotgun slugs in Dead Eye mode without it affecting the skin quality.
In Chapter 2, Hosea takes you to hunt for a Legendary Bear. Later into the mission you get the choice to back out or keep hunting it. If you back out you can still return later to find it. Hosea also gives you the Legendary Animals map, but it’s incomplete and not very accurate. We’ll go through them on the in-game map.
Legendary Animals Map
This is the map given to you by Hosea in Chapter 2. You can find it in the Satchel (hold ) under Documents > Maps > Legendary Animal Map.
How to Find Legendary Animals
Ride to the locations shown on the maps below. When you get close enough, a legendary animal icon will appear on the map. They look like drawings of the animal but with a “crown” icon over their head. The crown means it’s legendary. Upon entering the area it has to show you the following clue in the top left corner or else the legendary animal won’t spawn:
“You have entered Legendary Animal Territory. Hunt this Legendary Animal by finding and inspecting clues”. It must show you this clue, this is super important! Otherwise you’re just wasting your time. If this clue doesn’t show in top left corner, create a campsite via your item wheel, sleep, ride away, and return to the animal symbol until it shows you this note. If it says something about the area “being too busy” do the exact same (sleep at camp, ride away and return). This usually clears up whatever activity is blocking the animal from spawning.
Now you must press + (Left Stick + Right Stick) and look for yellow clues around the area. These are at random locations within the animals spawn radius so you may have to roam the area a bit.
There are usually 3 sets of yellow clues to investigate and then a trail to follow to the animal. Use Deadeye and mark it with / and shoot a full clip at it.
Legendary Animal Locations
#1 – Legendary Bharati Grizzly Bear
#2 – Legendary Moose
#3 – Legendary Beaver
#4 – Legendary Boar
#5 – Legendary Alligator
#6 – Legendary Fox
#7 – Legendary Coyote
#8 – Legendary Big Horn Ram
#9 – Legendary Elk
#10 – Legendary Wolf
#11 – Legendary White Bison
#12 – Legendary Buck
#13 – Legendary Tatanka Bison
#14 – Legendary Pronghorn
#15 – Legendary Cougar
#16 – Legendary Panther “Giaguaro”
Spawns only after you’ve completed 9 Master Hunter Challenges (Pause Menu – Progress – Challenges). It then spawns in the area “Bolder Blade” south of Rhodes.
That’s all the Legendary Animals in Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2)! For more guides check out our full Red Dead Redemption 2 Wiki & Strategy Guide.