Red Dead Redemption 2 Cardinal
Class Bird
Size Small

Quick Overview

Red Dead Redemption 2 Cardinal can be hunted and skinned for crafting materials, it's a Small sized Bird animal. We recommend using a Varmint Rifle or a Repeater to hunt this animal. You can craft a at the Trapper Shop using it's materials and cook the Gamey Bird meal from hunting it, Northern Cardinal. it's not a Legendary Animal.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Cardinal Locations

Every type of Cardinal found in RDR2.

Using the best weapons to hunt a Cardinal in Red Dead 2, will reward you with a Perfect Quality Kill. Since this animal is omnivorous you should use Predator Bait and Herbivore Bait to attract it in the wild.

Cardinal Perfect Quality Kill Weapons.

  • Use Predator Bait and Herbivore Bait
  • Bow with Small Game Arrow

Regular Cardinal Locations

    RDR2 Cardinal Locations

    There's currently no Legendary version of this animal.

    Northern Cardinal

    • Northern Cardinals tend to inhabit the woodland areas of New Hanover and West Elizabeth.
    • Their omnivorous diet includes grains, weeds, seeds, and fruit.
    • Cardinals can be killed with less impact than other animals.
    • A Bow with Small Game Arrows can be used successfully whilst hunting these birds.
    • The cardinal's feathers can be used for crafting and their carcasses can be sold to traders.

    Locations where you can find:


    Cardinal Cooking Recipes

    Cooking recipes you can use with this animal.

    Recipe Name Regular Thyme Type Oregano Type Mint Type
    Gamey Bird Plain Game Bird None None None

    Cardinal Materials

    The materials you will receive from hunting and skinning an Cardinal will depend on the animal quality and kill quality.

    Material Cost Kill Quality
    Perfect Cardinal Carcass $1 Perfect Kill
    Good Cardinal Carcass $0.6 Good Kill
    Poor Cardinal Carcass $0.4 Poor Kill
    Cardinal Feather $0.3 Any
    Gamey Bird Meat $0.25 Any
    Flight Feather $0.15 Any

    Red Dead Redemption 2 Cardinal Crafting

    What you can make from Cardinal crafting materials.

    Trapper Crafting

    Item Name Pricing How to unlock
    Legendary Beaver Flop Hat $22.00 Legendary Beaver Pelt, Legendary Boar Pelt, Cardinal Feather
    Rococo Accessory $15.00 Crow Feather x2, Cardinal Feather x2

    Fence Crafting

    Recipe Name Effect How to obtain Type Price

    Where to find these Special Crafting Materials

    Ingredient How to get

    Camp Crafting

    Used for It makes Crafting ingredients

    Item Crafting

    Recipe Name Ingredients Where to find Description
    Improved Arrow – 1x Arrow – 1x Flight Feather Received at the start of Chapter 2 + 15 Damage
    Fire Arrow – 1x Arrow – 1x Animal Fat – 1x Flight Feather Received at the start of Chapter 2 + 20 Damage | Incendiary Effect
    Dynamite Arrow – 1x Arrow – 1x Dynamite – 1x Flight Feather Located at the South end of Wapiti Indian Reservation, at the base of a wooden bridge you will find it within a chest. | Also sold by Fences after “A Short Walk in a Pretty Town” + 40 Damage | Explosive Effect
    Poison Arrow – 1x Arrow – 1x Oleander Sage – 1x Flight Feather Located Northeast of Bacchus Station, right outside the Mysterious Hill Home. You will receive it from a chest | Also sold by Fences after Chapter 2 + 5 Damage | Good for Hunting
    Small Game Arrow – 1x Arrow – 1x Regular Shotgun Shells – 1x Flight Feather Received at the start of Chapter 2 - 20 Damage | Good for Hunting Small animals