Just like the Poisonous Trail Treasure Hunt, this puzzle is not mentioned anywhere in the video game. The difference between this activity and other Treasure Hunts in RDR2 is that in order to complete the Strange Statues Puzzle you need to solve a riddle; instead of finding treasure maps.
As a reward for solving the Strange Statues Puzzle in Red Dead Redemption II, you’ll receive 3 Gold Bars; which can be sold at the Fence for $1.500.
Since this activity can be completed as soon as you start Chapter 2 in the game, we suggest you focus on it, the moment you arrive at Horseshoe Overlook.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that in order to successfully solve the Strange Statues Puzzle in RDR2, you don’t have to interact with any of the NPCs featured in the game. All you need to do is to travel to the first location marked on our map below.
- Complete Eastward Bound
- Gold Bars X 3
The first location marked on the map above is known as the Strange Statues Puzzle Room. This room is inside a hidden cave which can be easily missed. The moment you arrive at the location on our map look for a secret entrance inside the mountain (pictured below).
Although the Puzzle Room is quite small, this point of interest holds many secrets, as well as a reward. When you enter you’ll notice 7 statues showing 7 men, placed in a circle. In the middle of the circle, you can see a sculpture depicting a woman with wings.
First, investigate the point of interest and Arthur will draw a sketch in his journal. Now, if you approach one of the sculptures you can see that on its pedestal is a button you can push.
Once pushed that button will come out on the other side; thus resetting the sculpture. The obvious question here is quite clear: Which buttons you must push in order to solve the Strange Statues riddle?
If you take a closer look at each of the Strange Statue, you can notice that although they look the same; they are quite different. Pay close attention to their hands, and more precisely to their fingers. How about counting them?
So, we have 7 statues with the following number of fingers: 2, 4, 5, 8, 3, 4, 6. You can also notice that one of the statues has a missing limb and 4 fingers on the other one.
Keep this in mind and head outside. Check our map above and travel west from your current position. What you are looking for is a painting located under a large rock. Here is a picture of the said crevice.
When you inspect the crevice closer you’ll notice a painting on its wall. This painting resembles the statues you found earlier. There are 7 men on the painting and an eagle in the middle. What you also need to observe are the eagles near the men. All eagles have a specific number of tail feathers.
If you count them, you’ll end up with the following sequence: 2, 7, 5, 8, 3, 4, 6. If you put the two sequences together you’ll notice a small difference (the first 4 in the cave is actually a 7 on the painting).
Now, travel back to the puzzle room, and when you enter, look to your left to spot an arm on the ground (pictured below).
Look at it closely and you’ll see that it has 3 fingers. Three is a prime number, which is exactly the clue you need to solve the Strange Statues puzzle. Furthermore, if you add the missing hand to the statue mentioned above, you will match the sequence from the painting (4+3=7).
With this information in mind, let’s start pressing the buttons on the statues with a prime number of fingers. This means 2, 3, 5 and 7. Keep in mind though that 7 is actually the statue with a missing arm, which has only 4 fingers.
Once you press the buttons on all 4 statues, you should hear a distinctive sound. Check the pedestal in the middle and you will notice a small hole with 3 Gold Bars inside. Pick them up as they are the reward for finding the solution of the Strange Statues Puzzle in Red Dead Redemption 2.
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