Red Dead Redemption 2’s American West is home to many critters, big and small. Most of which are fair game for hunting tasks and ticking off Daily Challenges in Red Dead Online. As one of the game’s smaller critters and adaptively colored to match its landscape, the Nine-banded Armadillo can be hard to spot and even harder to catch given its unassumingly speedy dashes across its dry open habitats.

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Armadillo hunts are made easier with a Varmint Rifle, so whether you’re looking to hunt or merely track and study these little critters will likely determine how hard of a task is set in front of you. Along with tasks and challenges, Nine-banded Armadillo encounters will earn you credit towards the “Skin Deep” and “Zoologist” trophies. After studying and skinning an Armadillo, at least one skin is required to craft the Desperado outfit. You can also eat their stringy meat if need be, but it’s not very satisfying so we can’t recommend hunting it solely for nutritional purposes.

Nine-Banded Armadillo Locations

Nine-banded Armadillo locations in Red Dead Redemption 2 Online TheGamer custom edit

New Austin

Armadillos are exclusive to New Austin. They can’t be found wandering in the far eastern region known as Hennigan’s Stead, but the rest of the state is fair game for these "little armored ones."

  • Lighter populations of armadillo may be found all throughout Rio Bravo and Gaptooth Ridge. By roaming the lands running the length of the San Luis River and up the easternmost stretch of the state, you should find a fair few armadillos about. They avoid the town of Tumbleweed as most wild animals have the good sense to steer clear of established civilizations.
  • The best location to hunt Nine-banded Armadillo is throughout the Cholla Springs region. This is where you’ll find Armadillo in the densest populations. They tend to centralize and don’t drift towards the borders of the region as much, making the town of Armadillo and the land surrounding it prime hunting grounds. This includes the lands stretching to the west around Jorge’s Gap and continuing over the north of Benedict’s Gap.

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