Red Dead Redemption 2: how to get the War Horse and other bonus DLC items

By Alex Donaldson, Friday, 25 January 2019 11:05 GMT

Red Dead Redemption 2 came with a good few pre-order bonuses including the amazing War Horse – but you won’t be able to nab them straight away.

As Kirk noted in his Red Dead Redemption 2 review, the latest open-world adventure from Rockstar games is a slow starter and the sort of game that takes its sweet time to get up to speed.

A few of you have been struggling to get your hands on the pre-order bonus items, including your new best friend, the the War Horse, so here’s where to get them all.

How to get the War Horse pre-order bonus in Red Dead Redemption 2

The War Horse is actually one of those pre-order bonuses that’s well worth it since it’s a great-looking horse with a decent temperament and solid stats. Especially early on in RDR2, it’ll likely be clearly better than any horse you have a chance of buying or finding out in the wild.

In order to get your War Horse, you’ll simply need to progress the main story to a certain point. Once you’ve completed Chapter One and have received the tutorial about stables, you can visit the stable to find your War Horse.

You’ll do this as part of some story missions that teach you all about horses, and you’ll have a choice between a few different horses – some you can buy, some free.

So long as you’ve successfully redeemed your pre-order DLC code that you got for placing a pre-order on Red Dead Redemption 2, you’ll find the War Horse in that list. It’s a trusty grey steed as pictured above, with a white streak down its face. In the menu it’ll be labelled as Ardennes, but you can also double check it by checking its ‘type’ below – it’ll be listed as ‘War’.

How to get other pre-order bonus items in RDR2 including Le Tresor Des Morts

The advice above applies to the other horses from the more premium versions of the game – the Dapper Black Thoroughbred and the Black Chestnut Thoroughbred are found in the same place from the same point in the story.

If you’ve picked up more premium, high-end versions of the game you might also have other additional items – the Nuevo Paraiso Gunslinger, Blackrose Bounty Hunter and Copperhead Enforcer outfits, plus the Eagle Eye Talisman.

All of these are found in Chapter 2, once you have camp available to you. Just head to your wardrobe to change clothes and you’ll find these items.

Finally, if you’re looking for the bonus Treasure Map Le Tresor Des Morts, you’ll have to head over to the burned village at Limpany, north of Flatneck Station. Search the jailhouse to find the map on one of the corpses to begin the hunt.

If you’re looking for the best horse in Red Dead Redemption 2 check out our guide here. The glitch to find unlimited gold bars is still live, so try it before it gets patched out.

If you need more assistance with Red Dead Redemption 2 – and we wouldn’t blame you, it’s massive – check out more of our detailed Red Dead Redemption 2 guide. It’s got everything from treasure hunt locations and side quest guides to cheats and fast travel tips.

You can also find our Red Dead Online beta guide here to show you how to form a Posse and more.

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