Red Dead Online Naturalist

Become a frontier conservationist with Red Dead Online’s Naturalist role, or don’t

The latest update to Red Dead Online brings with it the Naturalist role and asks you to make a most difficult choice: save the precious  animals or rock a wolf on your noggin.

For 25 Gold, you can side with conservationist Harriet Davenport to sedate and research the local wildlife for fun, new skills (including mercy killing and wilderness camps), and profit, or head on over to retired hunter Gus Macmillan and get him to make a fancy coat, pair of boots, gloves, hat, etc. out of whatever animal bits you have at hand, including trinkets to provide stat boosts. Beware, if Harriet finds out you’ve been playing both sides, there will be repercussions. I don’t know what they are, or how severe they’ll be, but you’ve been warned.

The Naturalist role also adds Legendary animals to the Online experience. Currently, there are Legendary Cougars, Foxes, Boars, Beavers, Wolves, Bison, and Elk to be found with the help of the Legendary Animal Map. More will appear over the weeks ahead.

Other additions include an Advanced Camera (with bonus filters for all your frontier selfie needs), the Improved Bow, the Elephant Rifle, a bunch more clothing options, and new random events. There’s also a new Outlaw Pass to work your way through before 19 October and a WHOLE LOT of bug fixes and game improvements, that you can study in detail over here.

And, no, you can’t sedate or study the wild horses; they’re still lovely and pointless.

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