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The Wild, Wild West is just full of surprises! Welcome to WatchMojo, and today, we’re counting down our picks for the "Top 10 Red Dead Redemption II Secrets & Easter Eggs!"
For this list, we’re presenting some of our favorite secrets and easter eggs we’ve found in the long-awaited Red Dead Redemption II. Just in case you haven’t seen all of these, here is your spoiler warning!
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#10: The Witches Cauldron
It's common sense to not drink anything that isn’t yours. After all, someone could have backwashed or spit in it, and the mysterious drink could be contaminated with bacteria or spiked with a drug. However, that won’t stop us from drinking random liquids in RDR2, and that includes the mysterious cauldron in Grizzlies East. If you make Arthur take a sip of the bubbling concoction, he’ll pass out and wake up just a few feet away. No one knows for sure if this has any effects, but we’ll see if anything happens over the next couple of months.
#9: Visiting Graves
As you might expect from a game like Red Dead Redemption II, not everyone is going to make it out alive. Even if your favorite character suffers a terrible fate, they haven’t completely left the game. If you’re looking to pay respects to your fallen friends, you can find their graves scattered across the map. Not feeling sympathetic? Well, if you want to 100% the game, you’ll have to pop the “Paying Respects” achievement, which requires you to visit all of the graves. Is that enough incentive to give your condolences, you heartless outlaws??
#8: Giant Snake (And No That’s Not an Innuendo)
Snakes...why did it have to be snakes? As if there isn’t enough to potentially kill us in in the West’s wildlife, now there’s an freaking anaconda. Just above Macomb’s End, you can find a massive orange snake hanging from a tree. Feel free to walk up to it; it will not harm you. In fact, it appears as if someone, or something, has already killed it. We’re not sure which is worse: the fact that there was an anaconda in the United States, or the thought that something more vicious is lurking around. Hopefully, this eerie encounter will remain a mystery.
Like a peanut butter and sausage taco, there are some things in this world that don’t go together. You can also add “genetic experiments” on that list, but that won’t stop some sickos in Red Dead Redemption II. To the east of Van Horn’s Trading Post, there is a two-story home that has a broken window to climb through. Inside, you’ll find notes on assembling a horrific creature that holds the parts of a bear, a pig, and a human. It must be some kind of half-man, half-bear, half-pig thing! We’re super cereal! The best part about this easter egg? South Park would return the favor shortly after Red Dead Redemption 2’s release, with ManBearPig centric episodes that frequently namedropped the game.
#6: Hobbit House
Of all the movie and TV references Red Dead Redemption II holds, we wouldn’t have guessed a Lord of the Rings reference would make its way in. No, you don’t get to smoke Gandalf’s elongated pipe, but this is just as cool. If you head east of Donner Falls, you’ll find a home that is strikingly similar to a Hobbit house. Unfortunately, you can’t go in and start tossing plates like the dwarves. Still, its a respectful nod to J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy series.
#5: Boxart Throwback
As you might expect from a prequel, Red Dead Redemption II is chock-full of references to its predecessor. Just the presence of John Marston has us reminiscing those days back on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. However, there’s a moment with John that looks awfully familiar. In the final moments of the “Jim Milton Rides, Again?” mission, just before he takes out the last man, John poses the same way he does on Red Dead Redemption’s boxart. It’s a really cool throwback, and it may be easy to miss when you’re caught up in the story.
The world of Red Dead Redemption II is, indeed, a mysterious one, and the encounters only get more bizarre. Saint Denis has some creepy graffiti in a few locations, and you’ll have to find all five in order to trigger the encounter. Once you find the Nosferatu-looking man, you’ll have to diffuse the situation or antagonize him. Either way, you’ll have to fight him. Better shoot him quickly because he can kill you in one hit! Unfortunately, something tells us he isn’t the only vampire in the West… Hey, at least you get a cool dagger for your troubles!
#3: The Red Dead Serial Killer
Back in the days where Internet wasn’t even thought of, you could get away with a lot of sick and twisted s***, and Red Dead Redemption II won’t shy away from that fact. As you explore the land, you may come across a few decapitated heads jammed with bloodied notes inside them. These will lead you Lucky’s Cabin, where you’ll find the killer is a man named Edmund Lowry, Jr. Hmmm… Could he possibly be the ancestor of Eddie Low from Grand Theft Auto IV?
#2: Robot of the Wild West
Okay, this one might require a little extra work to get to. After finishing Chapter Four of the main story, you’ll need to head to Saint Denis to meet Marco Dragic. To trigger the easter egg, you must complete all of the missions Marco will give you. Return to him sometime later, and you’ll find Marco dead. Afterwards, make your way to one of the mountains west of Colter. When you reach the top, you’ll find the robot. From the way its saying “Papa…” the story is clear—Marco was killed by his own robot.
As evident by the robot, Red Dead Redemption II has a bit of science fiction in its world, and it gets stranger. If you head north of Emerald Ranch, you’ll come across a small, decrepit shack known as Hani’s Brethel, which looks to have been home to some fanatic cult. You’ll find a note that hints at something happening at 2 AM. Go back inside the house around that time, and a mysterious green light will shine down. If you run out quick enough, you’ll be able to see an alien UFO with your own eyes! Cue the obligatory music.