Skip to main content

Red Dead Online's new NPC will drug you if you kill animals

(Image credit: Rockstar)

Red Dead Online's Naturalist update arrived yesterday, giving cowboys a new Frontier Pursuit to embark upon. You can work for conservationist Harriet Davenport, who wants to study and protect animals, and big game hunter Gus Macmillan, who just wants to turn them into nifty outfits. So far, it looks like the Red Dead Online community is Team Gus. 

You can try to play both sides, but Harriet won't be happy if she catches you with animal hides or hears about your misdeeds. Along with giving you a stern telling off, she'll spray you with a tranquilliser drug if you try to chat to her, putting something of a strain on your business relationship. 

If you killed an animal and carried the hide to Harriet. She will get mad at you and this will happen. from r/RedDeadOnline

It's not a one-time thing, either. Keep hunting and she'll keep spraying you. It's the only way you'll learn. 

Gus, meanwhile, rewards you for killing animals, giving you unique outfits—one of main reasons to play Red Dead Online. Not surprisingly, then, he's proving to be a bit more popular among players.

I really enjoyed paying 25 Gold Bars just to get drugged /s from r/RedDeadOnline
'Bout time we got legendary animals from r/RedDeadOnline
Yep, I’m vegan now from r/RedDeadOnline
Low Quality meme that gets the point across. from r/RedDeadOnline

Poor Harriet. She should kick things up and notch and just start hunting the hunters like a relentless, Mr X-style stalker that makes every cowboy wet their breeches. 

Fraser is the sole inhabitant of PC Gamer's mythical Scottish office, conveniently located in his flat. He spends most of his time wrangling the news, but sometimes he sneaks off to write lots of words about strategy games.