RDR2 American Alligator

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Red Dead Redemption II: American Alligator Hunting Guide

RDR2 American AlligatorThe Red Dead Redemption 2 American Alligator is a large-sized reptile you can hunt as soon as you start Chapter 2 of the video game developed by Rockstar Studios for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

A large majority of RDR2 American Alligators can be found in the swamps of Lemoyne, as you can see on our map below.

The American Alligator in Red Dead Redemption II has three variations of different sizes. Our hunting guide below explains what weapons and ammo you should use when hunting this animal.

Furthermore, you can see the complete list of crafting materials you can gather from an American Alligator, and how to use them properly.


“Alligators live in the swamp and river delta regions of Lemoyne – in southern Bluewater Marsh and all around Bayou Nwa. They are carnivorous apex predators, feeding on fish, birds, amphibians, and mammals. A rifle will pierce through an Alligator’s tough, armored body plates. Alligator skins, meat, and teeth are all useful for food or crafting.”

General Information

Animal Family: Alligatoridae
Size: Massive
Class: Reptile
Scientific Name: Alligator Mississippiensis
Variations: Small American Alligator, Legendary Bull Gator
Huntable: Y
Skinnable: Y
Similar Animals: Banded Gila Monster, Alligator Snapping Turtle

American Alligator Location & Habitat

RDR2 American Alligator Location Map

American Alligator and Legendary Bullgator Hunting Spots

Recommended Hunting Weapons & Ammo

The table below features the best Red Dead Redemption 2 weapons and ammo choices for scoring perfect quality kills on an American Alligator.

Weapon Type: Ammo: Animal Variation:
Bow Improved Arrow American Alligator
Poison Arrow Small Alligator
Rifle Regular Small Alligator
Split Point Small Alligator
High Velocity Small Alligator
Express Small Alligator
Sniper (Scoped) Rifle Regular American Alligator
Split Point American Alligator
High Velocity American Alligator
Express American Alligator

Alligator Parts & Crafting Materials

Depending on the quality of your kill you can obtain the following crafting materials and parts. These parts can be sold (see the price table below); or used at the Trapper, Fence or for Camp Upgrades.

Material: Sell Price: Kill Quality:
Perfect Alligator Skin $3.50 Perfect
Good Alligator Skin $2.10 Good
Poor Alligator Skin $1.40 Poor
Big Game Meat $0.75 Any
Alligator Tooth $0.40 Any
Perfect Alligator Carcass $6.50 Perfect
Good Alligator Carcass $3.90 Good
Poor Alligator Carcass $2.60 Poor

American Alligator Meat Cooking Recipes

With the meat you obtain from any RDR2 American Alligator; you can cook the following recipes using a variety of aromatic herbs. These recipes require a cooking fire available when you set your camp.

Recipe Name: Ingredient(s): Effect:
Plain Big Game Meat Big Game Meat x1 Fully restores all Cores
Thyme Big Game Big Game Meat x1, Creeping Thyme x1 Fully restores all Cores and yields a Gold Dead Eye Core for a day
Oregano Big Game Big Game Meat x1, Oregano x1 Fully restores all Cores and yields a Gold Stamina Core for a day
Minty Big Game Big Game Meat x1, Wild Mint x1 Fully restores all Cores and yields a Gold Health Core for a day

RDR2 American Alligator Crafting Guide

When you successfully kill an American Alligator (Common or Small); you can use the parts obtained from skinning as crafting materials.

Take them to the locations listed below in order to craft unique items.

Location: Item Name: Cost: Required Materials:
Trapper Legendary Alligator Fowlers $35.00 Legendary Alligator Skin
Legendary Alligator Vest $35.00 Legendary Alligator Skin
Legendary Alligator Gambler’s Hat $22.00 Legendary Alligator Skin, Perfect Snake Skin x2
Alligator Ranch Cutter Saddle $107.00 Perfect Alligator Skin
Fence Alligator Tooth Talisman $40 Vintage Civil War Handcuffs, Gold Jointed Bracelet, Legendary Alligator Tooth
Camp (Pearson) Alligator Skull Free Perfect Alligator Skin

Hunting Tips

The alligator is a large and slow animal. Since they are endemic to swamps in Bayou Nwa, you don’t need to use bait to attract them. Make sure you keep a safe distance from your target and aim for its head or heart.

A single headshot with a scoped rifle should take any alligator down instantly.

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