RDR2 American Black Bear

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Red Dead Redemption II: Black Bear Hunting Guide

RDR2 American Black BearThe Red Dead Redemption 2 Black Bear or the American Black Bear is the smaller version of the Grizzly Bear featured in the video game published by Rockstar Games for PS4 and Xbox One.

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.”

General Information

Animal Family: Ursidae
Size: Massive
Class: Mammals
Scientific Name: Ursus Americanus
Variations: None
Huntable: Y
Skinnable: Y
Similar Animals: Grizzly BearAmerican Bison, Moose, Elk

Black Bear Location & Habitat

RDR2 Black Bear Location Map

American Black Bear 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 Black Bears.

Weapon Type: Ammo:
Bow  Improved Arrow
Poison Arrow
Throwable Poison Throwing Knife
Rifle Regular
Split Point
High Velocity
Sniper (Scoped) Rifle Regular
Split Point
High Velocity
Shotgun Slug

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
Animal Fat $0.25 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.

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 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

Hunting Tips

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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