A massive-sized animal, the Black Bear can be found in the woods around Roanoke and Tall Trees. The animal can be identified by its black fur. Fast, and sometimes dangerous the American Black Bear is an animal that must be hunted if you want to achieve Total Completion in RDR2.
The Black Bear in Red Dead Redemption II doesn’t have any variations, meaning that a legendary specimen doesn’t exist. Our hunting guide below reveals the best hunting spots for Black Bears as well as the 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 Black Bear, and how to use them properly.
“The American Black Bear is found in the remote woodlands of Roanoke, Big Valley, and Tall Trees. It is smaller than the Grizzly Bear. The main diet of these omnivorous animals consists of salmon, honey, fruit, small mammals and carrion. A long scope rifle should take down a bear of this size. Their claws and fat can be used for crafting and their meat can be consumed.”
Black Bear Location & Habitat
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 Black Bears.
|Throwable||Poison Throwing Knife|
|Sniper (Scoped) Rifle||Regular|
Black Bear 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 Black Bear Fur||$3.50||Perfect|
|Good Black Bear Fur||$2.10||Good|
|Poor Black Bear Fur||$1.40||Poor|
|Big Game Meat||$0.75||Any|
|Black Bear Claw||$0.60||Any|
American Black Bear Meat Cooking Recipes
With the meat you obtain from any RDR2 American Black Bear; you can cook the following recipes using a variety of aromatic herbs.
These recipes require a cooking fire available when you set your camp.
|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 Black Bear Crafting Guide
When you successfully kill an American Black Bear; 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||Cougar Cutaway Coat||$39.00||Perfect Cougar Pelt x2, Perfect Black Bear Pelt|
|Bear Fringed Shotgun Chaps||$38.00||Perfect Black Bear Pelt|
|Bear Grenadier Hat||$24.00||Perfect Black Bear Pelt|
|Arthur’s Camp||Fire Arrow||Free||Arrow x1, Animal Fat x1, Flight Feather x1|
|Volatile Dynamite||Free||Animal Fat x1, Dynamite x1, High Velocity Cartridge x1|
|Volatile Fire Bottle||Free||Animal Fat x1, Moonshine x1|
|Fire Bottle||Free||Animal Fat x1, Gin, Guarma Rum, Fine Brandy or Kentucky Bourbon x1|
|Explosive Cartridge||Free||Express Cartridge x1, Animal Fat x1|
|Explosive Slug||Free||Regular Shotgun Shell x1, Animal Fat x1|
When hunting this type of bear, try to keep a safe distance. Although you don’t have to use any type of bait, a scoped rifle is our recommended weapon.
To score a perfect kill, you might want to activate Arthur’s Dead Eye skill and aim for the bear’s head. This way, you won’t damage the bear’s pelt.
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