Red Dead Redemption 2: Crafting, Trinkets And Recipes Guide

by Goran Damnjanovic, Gaming Columnist


Published in Gaming on 16th November, 2018


Red Dead Redemption 2 is filled with crafting recipes that allow players to craft various weapons, items, ammunition, and tonics. The game also features lots of craftable animal trinkets, which require specific ingredients which can be acquired by hunting legendary animals. The third group are talismans, which also require special ingredients which can be found around the game world, received for completing some of the collectables side missions, or received after specific story missions.

Recipes guide

Red Dead Redemption 2 is filled with crafting recipes that allow you to make all kinds of tonics, items, and food. The one thing you should know before going to the Fence to get a recipe or in case you find one in the world is that you have to select a recipe from your inventory and to read it before you can use it. If you just buy a recipe of find it without reading it, you won't find the recipe in the crafting menu.

recipes guide

Most recipes can be bought from any Fence while some can be found in the wild. One thing you should now is that the majority of recipes gets unlocked after specific story missions or during specific chapters in the game meaning you cannot simply buy them all at the start of the game. Here is the full list of recipes along with tips on when you unlock them.

Tonics

tonics recipes red dead redemption

Special Bitters

Ingredients: 2 sage and 1 burdock root.

Unlock Requirements: You unlock this recipe from the start of the game.

Effects: Increases stamina level.

Potent Bitters

Ingredients: 1 sage and 1 burdock root.

Unlock Requirements: You unlock this recipe from the start of the game.

Effects: Increases stamina level.

Special Miracle Tonic

Ingredients: 3 burdock roots.

Unlock Requirements: Finish A Short Walk in a Pretty Town mission (chapter 3).

Effects: Increase Stamina, Health and Dead Eye.

Potent Miracle Tonic

Ingredients: 1 Indian tobacco.

Unlock Requirements: You unlock this recipe from the start of the game.

Effects: Increase Stamina, Health and Dead Eye.

Special Health Cure

Ingredients: 1 slander and 1 yarrow.

Unlock Requirements: Finish American Distillation mission (chapter 3).

Effects: Regenerates health.

Potent Health Cure

Ingredients: 1 slander.

Unlock Requirements: You unlock this recipe from the start of the game.

Effects: Regenerates health.

Special Snake Oil

Ingredients: 2 Indian tobacco.

Unlock Requirements: Finish American Distillation mission (chapter 3).

Effects: Fully replenishes Dead Eye.

Potent Snake Oil

Ingredients: 1 Indian tobacco.

Unlock Requirements: You unlock this recipe from the start of the game.

Effects: Fully replenishes Dead Eye.

Horse-Related Recipes

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Horse Meals

Ingredients: 3 hay or 3 beets.

Unlock Requirements: Finish Pouring Forth Oil mission (chapter 2).

Effects: Replenishes horse's stamina and health.

Horse Ointment

Ingredients: 1 sage, 1 common bulrush and 1 yarrow.

Unlock Requirements: You unlock this one at the beginning of chapter 2.

Effects: Replenishes horse's stamina and health.

Special Horse Stimulant

Ingredients: 2 sage, 2 common bulrushes and 2 wild carrots.

Unlock Requirements: Finish Pouring Forth Oil mission (chapter 2).

Effects: Replenishes horse's stamina and health.

Potent Horse Stimulant

Ingredients: 1 sage, 1 common bulrush.

Unlock Requirements: You unlock this recipe from the start of the game.

Effects: Replenishes horse's stamina.

Special Horse Medicine

Ingredients: 2 ginseng, 2 common bulrush and 2 wild carrots.

Unlock Requirements: Finish Pouring Forth Oil mission (chapter 2).

Effects: Regenerates horse's health.

Potent Horse Medicine

Ingredients: 1 ginseng, 1 common bulrush.

Unlock Requirements: You unlock this recipe from the start of the game.

Effects: Regenerates horse's health.

Special Horse Reviver

Ingredients: 2 ginsengs, 2 mushrooms and 2 wild carrots.

Unlock Requirements: Finish American Distillation mission (chapter 3).

Effects: Regenerates and reinforces horse's health.

Ammo Recipes

ammo recipes red dead redemption

Dynamite Arrow

Ingredients: 1 arrow, 1 dynamite and 1 eagle feather.

Unlock Requirements: Finish A Short Walk in a Pretty Town mission (chapter 3).

Fire Arrow

Ingredients: 1 arrow, 1 Animal fat and 1 flight feather.

Unlock Requirements: you unlock it at the beginning of chapter 2.

Poison Arrow

Ingredients: 1 arrow, 1 oleander sage and 1 flight feather.

Unlock Requirements: You unlock it in the end of chapter 2.

Improved Arrow

Ingredients: 1 arrow and 1 flight feather.

Unlock Requirements: You unlock it at the beginning of chapter 2.

Small Game Arrow

Ingredients: 1 arrow and 1 flight feather.

Unlock Requirements: You unlock it at the beginning of chapter 2.

Small Game Arrow

Ingredients: 1 arrow and 1 flight feather.

Unlock Requirements: You unlock it at the beginning of chapter 2.

Explosive Cartridge

Ingredients: weapon and 1 animal fat.

Unlock Requirements: You unlock it at the beginning of chapter 2.

Explosive Cartridge

Ingredients: weapon and 1 animal fat.

Where to find: You unlock it at the beginning of chapter 2.

Incendiary Buckshot

Ingredients: 1 moonshine, 1 shotgun.

Unlock Requirements: Finish Pouring Forth Oil mission (chapter 2)

Explosive Slug

Ingredients: weapon and 1 animal fat.

Unlock Requirements: Finish A Short Walk in a Pretty Town mission (chapter 3).

Split Point Cartridge

Ingredients: regular ammo.

Unlock Requirements: You unlock it at the beginning of chapter 2.

Weapons recipes

weapons recipes red dead redemption

Volatile Dynamite

Ingredients: 1 dynamite and 1 Animal Fat.

Unlock Requirements: Finish American Distillation mission (chapter 3).

Improved Throwing Knife

Ingredients: 1 throwing knife, 1 eagle Feather.

Unlock Requirements: You unlock it at the beginning of chapter 2.

Poison Throwing Knife

Ingredients: 1 throwing knife, 1 oleander sage.

Unlock Requirements: Finish Pouring Forth Oil mission (chapter 2).

Volatile Fire Bottle

Ingredients: 1 moonshine and 1 Animal Fat.

Unlock Requirements: Finish Pouring Forth Oil mission (chapter 2).

Fire Bottle

Ingredients: 1 moonshine and 1 Animal Fat.

Unlock Requirements: You unlock it at the beginning of chapter 2.

Horning Tomahawk

Ingredients: 1 Tomahawk and 1 owl Feather.

Unlock Requirements: You unlock it at the beginning of chapter 2.

Improved Tomahawk

Ingredients: 1 Tomahawk and 1 eagle Feather.

Unlock Requirements: You unlock it at the beginning of chapter 2.

Hunting recipes

hunting recipes

Cover Scent Lotion

Ingredients: 1 scent gland.

Unlock Requirements: You get the recipe at the beginning of chapter 2.

Effects: Disguises Arthur's smell, making it difficult for animals to detect him.

Predator Bait

Ingredients: 1 stringy meat and 1 blackberry.

Unlock Requirements: Unlocked since the beginning.

Effects: Lures small and medium predators.

Potent Herbivore Bait

Ingredients: 1 vanilla flower, 1 snowdrop and 1 parasol mushroom.

Unlock Requirements: You unlock it at the beginning of chapter 2.

Effects: Lures herbivores.

Potent Predator Bait

Ingredients: 1 gritty fish meat and 1 blackberry.

Unlock Requirements: You unlock it at the beginning of chapter 2.

Effects: Lures nearby predators.

Okay, that was the list containing all available recipes. As you can see, there are plenty of recipes available in the game but you have to wait to finish specific missions or to advance through the game to unlock most of them. Remember, they can be bought at any Fence after they become unlocked. Also, remember that you have to read a recipe after you buy it before you can use it.

Animal Trinkets and Talismans guide

Animal trinkets are useful items that can be crafted at any Fence (for a small fee) after you obtain special parts by killing and skinning specific legendary animals. The problem is that the game doesn't show trinket effects so you have to actually craft them in order to see what each trinket and talisman does. And if you're not into hunting, hunting legendary animals just to see the effects of related trinkets will be more boring than riding your horse for twelve hours straight, without turning on the cinematic camera. So, we made animal trinket list showing the effect of each trinket and we divide them into three groups - the super helpful group containing trinkets everyone should craft, useful trinket group made of trinkets that can prove important to some players, and not so useful group made of trinkets that come with completely unimportant bonuses. There are 14 animal trinkets in total.

Super Helpful

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Buck Antler Trinket - Effect: Get higher quality animal parts from skinning.

This one is probably the best trinket out there, especially for those who want to upgrade their pouch at the camp. A must have for anyone who's into hunting animals for their pelt. Legendary buck can be found north of Owanjila Lake.

Fox Claw Trinket - Effect: Permanently increases the time that Eagle Eye can stay active by 5 seconds.

fox claw trinket red dead redemption

Another extremely useful trinket because most of us aim exclusively via Dead Eye because it is much, much easier to kill people that way. The increase of Eagle Eye meter isn't massive but it is noticeable and should give you a couple of extra seconds to line up that perfect headshot. As for the legendary fox, it can be found Northeast of Rhodes, next to Mattock Pond.

Panther's Eye Trinket - Effect: Permanently increases the speed that the Dead Eye bar drains by 10% for 3 seconds.

Another powerful trinket that can make you pretty powerful when combined with Fox Claw trinket. It won't dramatically increase Dead Eye duration, but you will definitely notice the difference. Legendary Giaguaro Panther will spawn once you reach rank 9 of the Master Hunter challenge, which means you will have to either try hard and complete a series of increasingly difficult hunt-related challenges, or just forget about the damn animal. And if you somehow unlock the panther you will be able to find it west of Shady Belle, your camp in the fourth chapter.

Pronghorn Horn Trinket - Effect: Stops animals on horseback from spoiling .

Before we crafted this one, we used to hunt a perfect buck or a whitetail deer and then find something interesting on the map, play some cool side mission and then find out that our deer carcass started to decompose, becoming useless by the time we finally arrived at the camp. But with this trinket, you can stove an animal on your horse and forget about it knowing that it will be in perfect condition for Pearson to cook it no matter how long it takes you to reach the camp.

As for the animal, you can find Legendary Pronghorn in New Austin, west from Fort Mercer.

Elk Antler Trinket - Effect: Permanently increases the value of player's looted money by 10%.

You'll loot hundreds of downed and dead enemies during the course of the game so this one can end up being a pretty lucrative trinket. You can find Legendary Elk South from Bacchus Station and West from Fort Wallace.

Coyote Fang Trinket - Effect: Permanently increases player's Dead Eye experience bonus by 10%.

While health and stamina experience bonuses granted by a couple of other trinkets aren't that much important (you have plenty of health and enemies really have a hard time killing you during every gunfight and stamina isn't really needed because you're on your horse during exploration) this one is. Dead Eye is super useful in Red Dead Redemption 2 making this trinket extremely useful. You'll receive more Dead Eye XP meaning that you'll reach max Dead Eye level much earlier.

Legendary Coyote needed for this trinket can be found East from Eris Field in Lemoyne.

Useful

Cougar Fang Trinket - Effect: Permanently increases player's stamina experience bonus by 10%.

cougar fang trinket red dead redemption

Lion's Paw Trinket - Effect: Permanently increases the player's stamina experience bonus by 10%.

Moose Antler Trinket - Effect: Permanently increases player's health experience bonus by 10%.

moose antler trinket red dead redemption

As we already said, extra stamina and health XP aren't really important because you have plenty of health and there's a ton of health tonics in your satchel at any given moment and you don't really run in this game, your horse does that. But if you want to get some extra XP you can find Legendary Cougar in New Austin, West of Tumbleweed; Lion can be skinned during the last mission in "He's British, of course" stranger encounter (it should trigger during chapter 3); and the Legendary Moose is found at the far North of the map, above Brandywine Drop.

Ram Horn Trinket: Effect: Picking Creeping Thyme, Oregano, and Wild Mint yields 2x more herbs This trinket could be cool for those who like their meat spicy and who cannot stand the taste of plainly cooked meat. Legendary Ram can be found East of Cattail Pond.

ram horn trinket red dead redemption

Not Really Useful

Iguana Scale Trinket - Effect: Reduces horseback damage by 10%.

Yes, well this isn't really useful. It can be useful if you like to have a high price on your head in across all states, making horseback gunfights a regular event in your game of Red Dead Redemption 2 because bounty hunters follow you wherever you go. Anyway, this trinket is available exclusively for owners of Special/Ultimate Edition of Red Dead Redemption 2.

Tatanka Bison Horn Trinket - Effect: Permanently decreases the amount of melee damage received by 10%.

You will participate in about a dozen fistfights during the course of the game making this trinket absolutely unnecessary. But if you really want to craft it you can find the Tatanka Bison in New Austin, South of Stillwater Creek.

Wolf Heart Trinket - Player can consume 2x more alcohol before feeling negative effects of being drunk.

Another completely useless trinket. You can find Legendary Wolf in Cotorra Springs North of Valentine.

Beaver Tooth Trinket - Effect: Permanently slows degradation of all weapons by 10%.

beaver tooth trinket red dead redemption

Since weapon degradation doesn't play a big role in the game (weapons keep about 90 percent effective even when completely degraded) this trinket is completely redundant. But, if you want to have it you can hunt for Legendary Beaver west of Van Horn Trading Post and South of Buther Creek.

Talismans

And finally, we have talismans, which also can be crafted at any Fence. They require special items that are given as rewards for completing some collectible missions (meaning they are extremely hard to obtain) but they come with disappointing bonuses meaning that you won't miss them, at all. There are five talismans in total.

Alligator Tooth Talisman - Permanently decreases the speed that the Dead Eye core drains by 10%.

alligator tooth talisman red dead redemption

Ingredients: 1x Vintage Civil War Handcuffs, 1x Gold Jointed Bracelet, 1x Legendary Alligator Tooth.

You can get Vintage Civil War Handcuffs by completing one collection of Cigarette Cards, and the Alligator Tooth can be obtained by killing Legendary Bullgator, which is located South of Lagras. Bear in mind that the Bullgator appears after you complete the "Country Pursuits" mission available during Chapter 4.

Bear Claw Talisman - Permanently decreases the speed that the health core drains by 10%.

Ingredients: 1x Silver Chain Bracelet, 1x Quartz Chunk, 1x Legendary Bear Claw.

Yup, this isn't really helpful. You will receive Quartz Chunk after you mail the location of the first dinosaur bone (part of the stranger mission). Deborah McGuinness, an anthropologist to whom you send dinosaur bone locations, can be found Southeast of Horseshoe Overlook. And Bear Claw is found when you skin Legendary Bear. The location of the bear is unveiled during a story mission in Chapter 2.

Boar Tusk Talisman - Permanently decreases speed that the horse health and stamina cores drain by 10%.

boar tusk talisman red dead redemption

Ingredients: 1x Gold Earring, 1x Cobalt Petrified Wood, 1x Legendary Boar Tusk.

This comes with another useless effect but the talisman could be of interest for those who aim to collect every unique item available in Red Dead Redemption 2. Cobalt Petrified Wood can be found Northwest of Lake Isabella hidden inside a chest (the chest can be found at the Northwest shore of the lake) and the Legendary Boar is located in Bluewater Marsh in Lemoyne, North of Saint Denis.

Bison Horn Talisman - Permanently decreases the speed that the stamina core drains by 10%.

bison horn talisman red dead redemption

Ingredients: 1x Abalone Shell Fragment, 1x Silver Earring, 1x Legendary Bison Horn.

Another pretty useless talisman. Legendary Bison Horn can be obtained by killing and skinning Legendary White Bison located just North of Lake Isabella, and the Abalone Shell Fragment can be found.

Raven Claw Talisman - Permanently slows degradation for all weapons by 20%.

This one requires only one item - Old Brass Compass. But the compass is extremely hard to obtain because in order to get it you have to finish "Geology for Beginners" quest and locate all rock carvings. You can trigger the quest by visiting Francis Sinclair's house located northwest of Strawberry. Now once you find all carvings and sent their locations to Francis you will be invited back to his house. There, you will experience a rather bizarre event and will leave the house. After you exit the house return back inside and you'll find Old Brass Compass on the table located at the middle of the house.

Okay, now you know what all those animal trinkets and talismans do. As we said, a couple of trinkets come with extremely useful effects but most come with effects that aren't really helpful. We advise everyone to craft just the trinkets they really find useful because trying to craft them all will take dozens of hours spent in tracking and hunting legendary animals.

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