Supernatural powers, bones of long-dead creatures, strange personalities are clearly not from these places – in Red Dead Redemption 2 there are Easter eggs for every taste. Some of them are needed to get one hundred percent passage, some are left just like that, for entertainment purposes, and are unobtrusive references to popular culture and other games, from Rockstar and not only. Leaving Easter eggs in their virtual worlds has generally become a kind of Rockstar tradition, and it’s only logical that RDR 2 didn’t break it.
It is worth noting, however, that in this game it has become even more interesting to look for them, because Arthur not only acts as an outside observer, as happens with most Easter eggs in GTA V, but also interacts with them. Thanks to his habit of writing what he saw in a diary and a peculiar approach to describing events, each such Easter egg feels like an important part of the game world.
So, here are those “attractions” that you should definitely visit. Each one is tagged on the map so you know exactly where to look.
One of the strangest Easter eggs in Red Dead Redemption 2 hides east of Lake. This is a small church, so small that Arthur can safely reach the roof with his hand. If you want, you can get inside, but for this you will have to bend.
For whom was it built? For children? Or maybe it’s such a pretentious dog kennel? Unknown. What if it’s part of some ritual? Perhaps it is better not to stay there for too long…
Monk in Grizzlies East
High in the mountains in the Grizzlies East, just south of the letters G and R, denoting the name of the area on the map, you can meet a man of Asian appearance in the robe of an oriental monk, peacefully meditating on the edge of a cliff. That’s who you don’t expect to see in the world of the Wild West – such characters in westerns are usually not found.
To the north of the letter N, denoting Ambarino on the map, you can stumble upon a collapsed hut, overgrown and, judging by the appearance, abandoned. Inside, you’ll see a table that looks like an alchemist’s workplace, as well as a bubbling cauldron clearly associated with potions, as well as some other items lying nearby. We do not recommend tasting the liquid from the boiler: it clearly will not end with anything good.
Make it to emerald ranch and then head north until you see a small hut on the shore. Inside there are traces of some terrible events and a note that can be picked up. The message in the note tells you to return in the second hour of the first quarter of the moon, and if you really come to the same place at two o’clock in the morning, when the moon is half lit, then you will witness a spectacle that would look more appropriate in a game about space.
Shame on the Braithwaite family
If you have already played to the third chapter of the plot, you probably realized that the Braithwaite family cannot be called good people. Eloquent confirmation of this can be found near their mansion.
In the western part of the family’s property there is a small toilet cubicle. As you get closer, you will see that she is tied with chains, and inside sits a girl, clearly dissatisfied with her imprisonment. This is one of the daughters of the family, which they decided to hide from prying eyes because of defects in appearance and mental disorders. The Braithwaites were afraid that if they sent her to a hospital, unnecessary rumors would spread, and their reputation would suffer. The further fate of the girl can be found out by visiting this place during the Epilogue.
Another Easter egg, this time less eerie, is northwest of the Great Valley in West Elizabeth. Go to the marked point and find the wreckage of a homemade aircraft, and inside is the skeleton of a hapless pilot. Perhaps this is a reference to the early attempts of people to conquer the airspace, but it is possible that aliens are also involved here – what if they prompted the inventor to take to the air?
Northwest of Lake Hovhanjila, in the Great Valley, a strange obelisk stands alone on a hill. What is it: traces of an ancient civilization, a ritual place or again the tricks of aliens? Whatever it was, go up to it and remove the sign, you are waiting for a pleasant surprise.
Face in the Rock
Another Easter egg at Grizzlies East, another reason to climb the mountains. This time, go south to the mountains north of Moonstone Lake. Find the way up, and find a small open area. From there, follow a barely visible path to the top, and eventually you will see scaffolding, followed by a face carved into the rock. A kind of local version of Mount Rushmore.
It will not be difficult to find out the origin of the face: the creator of the stone sculpture can be found hanging in a loop on the same forests. After searching the body, you will find his suicide note, from which it becomes clear that the sculptor decided to immortalize his beloved woman in this way, but in the end lost her love, could not stand it and committed suicide. Well, in a sense, they’re now together forever.
Faces in the trees
Return to Lake Hovhanjila in the Great Valley and inspect the trees on its western shore. Some of them are carved with frowning faces of unknown people. There were rumors that these are characters from the first game, but it was not possible to notice a great similarity, and not to say that the creations of an unknown carver were distinguished by great realism of execution.
Stories about ghostly trains, ships, cars and other means of transportation are firmly rooted in the genre of horror stories and will surely outlive us and our descendants. Red Dead Redemption 2 couldn’t do without it either – on the railroad north of Rhodes, LeMoyne, you can find one such train. You need to meet him at night: ghost trains are too shy to show up in the light of day.
The Secret of the Gray Family
Gray’s family also has their skeletons in the closet, which is not surprising. Sneaking into the farm in Caliga Hall, you can find a letter on the table, after reading which you will learn the shocking truth and understand what kind of people you have been dealing with all this time. However, you will first need to complete the family’s missions in the third chapter, so go for a secret only when you reach the fourth.
The Hobbit’s Hole
Among the hills in the Grizzlies East lurks a simple and understandable reference to the classic works of Tolkien, which will definitely please fans of the fantasy genre. Head north from the Bacchus Bridge on the east bank of the river and among the hills you will notice a small dwelling suspiciously similar to the cozy burrows of the inhabitants of the Shire. Hobbits, however, will not be at home – probably went on another adventure.
It would be strange not to find any ancient bones in the expanses of Red Dead Redemption 2. And they really are! To the north of where Deadbut Creek and Spider Gorge meet, mammoth remains lie among the snows. This is a reference to a tusk weighing more than two kilograms, found in 1705 – according to many, it was with this find that the study of fossil remains began, which continues to this day. Such is the minute of informative information in RDR 2.
Another historical reference awaits you in the Roanoke Valley in New Hanover. To the west of the deer hunting lodge can be found a strange old tomb. The structure is almost entirely immersed in the ground, and inside it is a bunch of bones that hardly belonged to animals. And not only bones: if you carefully examine the burial, you will find two unique items: a Viking helmet and a Viking axe, which can even be used.
This place is a reference to the theory that the Vikings were the first Europeans to visit the Americas. Scientists estimate that this could have happened almost 500 years before the continent was discovered by the Columbus expedition in 1492.
Another reference to the pioneers of American lands can be found on Mount Hagen, in the Grizzlies West. This is the mummified corpse of a man dressed in the typical vestments of Spanish conquistadors and a rusty steel helmet of a characteristic shape. It turns out that the warrior could lie there for more than three hundred years, although it is not clear how he ended up on a snow-capped peak, and even so far from the Spanish outposts.
Perhaps one of the creepiest Easter eggs in Red Dead Redemption 2. Northeast of Lake Hovhanjila, someone set up a place in a clearing for an ominous ritual: laid out stones, drew signs on the ground with chalk, and impaled half of a human torso. The head of the unfortunate is decorated with the skull of a horned animal, which can be removed and worn as a mask, if you are not confused by its origin.
There are a lot of all sorts of old bones on our list today, but these ones stand out for their connection to other games from Rockstar. On the way to Mount Shann, which is located in the north of Strawberry, you can find a very large skeleton. Most likely, this is the skeleton of the legendary Bigfoot, which is not only firmly established in American folklore, but also became a legend of the GTA series. Players unsuccessfully searched for this creature in San Andreas, but it appeared only in GTA V. However, those who played the first Red Dead Redemption could meet it much earlier.
To the west of the Van Horn trading post is a small mansion. Go inside and see a terrible monster, apparently sewn from parts of different animals. According to the contents of the notes scattered nearby, it can be assumed that zoofrankenstein was also planned to be revived. It’s a good thing it never came to that – I wouldn’t want to meet one at night or in some abandoned house.
To the west of Lake Hovhanjila, you can find the remains of another long-dead animal – whale bones sticking out of the ground on a hillside. Apparently, where the land and hills are now, once there was a sea, at the bottom of which this ancient giant rested. This place can be considered a reference to the well-known fact that hundreds of thousands of years ago the outlines of the oceans were different from those that we see today.
A stranger named Francis Sinclair from the neighborhood of Strawberry, who gives a quest to discover images carved into the rock, is strikingly similar to Kraff – a divine creature worshipped by the followers of the epsilon cult from GTA V. Look closely at the birthmark on his face, his clothes, and also pay attention to the accent – this manner of speech gained popularity in America in the first half of the XX century, which is still more than a dozen years away.
After completing the quest, it will become finally clear that Francis is a time traveler. This can be understood by the drawing in his dwelling, where a very similar person travels through portals to different historical eras, as well as by the fact that you will no longer see Sinclair, but you will meet a woman with a child who will not be Francis’s wife, as you might think. In fact, this is his mother – the baby has the same name and the same birthmark on his face as the person who gave you the quest.
To the south of Armadillo, you can find several burned houses, and next to them – a hand mill and the remains of a woman who worked on it until her death. Everything would be fine, but instead of a human skull, she has a donkey skull, and it does not seem that anyone has replaced her real head with it. This is a reference to the glitch from the first Red Dead Redemption, where sometimes people with AI and the head of a donkey slept.
In the vicinity of bluewater swamp and Bayu Nwa, in the state of Lemoine, you can meet semi-feral people wearing dilapidated or homemade clothes and communicating with the help of animal sounds. This meeting will not be pleasant, because these are real thugs who hunt travelers in order to rob and then brutally kill. The killings are ritualistic, and the bodies of their victims hang in trees throughout the swamp, often disfigured, gutted, or dismembered.
At about two o’clock in the morning in the swamp you can see a woman who will sit on the ground and cry. If you approach her and try to talk, she will run away, leaving you alone with the sudden thugs. You are trapped, and it can be difficult to get out of it – the night inhabitants of the swamps are very dangerous in hand-to-hand combat.
It is believed that the appearance in RDR 2 of a gang of violent killers is a reference to the Undead Nightmare add-on for the first Red Dead Redemption, where the player was confronted by hordes of zombies. Perhaps in the future we are waiting for a similar addition for the second part, only instead of the walking dead there will be much more realistic hunters for two-legged game.