RDR2 American Badger

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Red Dead Redemption II: American Badger Hunting Guide

RDR2 American BadgerThe Red Dead Redemption 2 Badger is a moderate-sized animal you can hunt when you start Chapter 2 of the video game developed by Rockstar Studios for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Endemic to the arid areas, the RDR2 American Badgers can be found in the southern areas of the game world.

The American Badgers in Red Dead Redemption II have no variations and legendary specimens don’t exist. 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 Badger, and how to use them in the game.


“The American Badger can be found across the more arid climates of America. It is a fossorial carnivore, preying on squirrels, moles, prairie dogs, and voles. Using a Varmint Rifle whilst hunting should result in a clean kill. Badger claws and pelts can be used for crafting, and badger meat can be eaten.”

General Information

Animal Family: Mustelidae
Size: Moderate
Class: Mammals
Scientific Name: Taxidea Taxus
Variations: None
Huntable: Y
Skinnable: Y
Similar Animals: Armadillo, Rabbit, Muskrat, Possum, Racoon, Skunk

American Badger Location & Habitat

RDR2 American Badger Location Map

Badgers 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 American Badgers.

Weapon Type: Ammo:
Varmint Rifle 0.22

Badger Parts & Crafting Materials

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

Material: Sell Price: Kill Quality:
Perfect Badger Pelt $1.25 Perfect
Good Badger Pelt $0.75 Good
Poor Badger Pelt $0.50 Poor
Stringy Meat $0.25 Any
Badger Claw $0.25 Any
Perfect Badger Carcass $3.00 Perfect
Good Badger Carcass $1.80 Good
Poor Badger Carcass $1.20 Poor

American Badger Meat Cooking Recipes

With the meat you obtain from RDR2 Badgers; you can cook the following recipe.

This recipe requires a cooking fire available when you set your camp.

Recipe Name: Ingredient(s): Effect:
Plain Stringy Meat  Stringy Meat x1 Slightly restores all Cores

RDR2 Badger Crafting Guide

When you successfully kill one of these animals; 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  Badger Mountain Hat $26.00 Perfect Badger Pelt
Badger Rifleman Gloves $10.00 Perfect Badger Pelt
Arthur’s Camp Predator Bait Free 1x Stringy Meat, 1x Wintergreen, Evergreen, Huckleberry, Raspberry or Blackberry
Camp (Pearson) Ingredients Satchel Donate 5 animal carcasses to Pearson Perfect Deer Pelt, Perfect Badger Pelt, Perfect Squirrel Pelt

Hunting Tips

To get a Perfect Pelt you need to find a perfect exemplar (3 stars). Check our locations map above and search the areas while mounted. When you see one, use the Varmint Rifle with the recommended 0.22 ammo.

You don’t have to dismount and you don’t have to use the Dead Eye to aim for specific areas, but the Varmint Rifle is mandatory for a perfect quality kill.

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