It’s all well and good being able to boot your way through Red Dead Online with nothing more than the clothes on your back and a revolver holstered by your waist, but without a reliable horse to uphold your reputation, you’ll come to find that, no matter how cosmetically suited and booted you may strike other players as, you’re really only as tough as the next fledgling newcomer. The good news there is that, within a game that’s so reliant on horseback riding, finding such a suitable companion isn’t all that difficult. Matter of fact, you can obtain a mount that’s not only fast, but also visually impressive, just by rolling up to the local stables with a wad of hard-earned cash.
Anyway, with all of the available mounts that Red Dead Online has to offer, it goes without saying that any newcomer is likely to struggle finding the right reins to purchase. However, to make that choice slightly easier to navigate, we’ve gone ahead and listed the five best horses that are currently available to buy in one of the world’s many stables. Need we say more? Here are the mounts you should aim to collect as soon as you’re able to make ends meet.
5. Missouri Fox Trotter
If you’d much rather avoid paying the premium currency of Gold Bars, and are pretty strapped for cash, then you’ll definitely want to consider the Missouri Fox Trotter, which is arguably one, if not the fastest horse in all of Red Dead Online. And while it’ll cost you a pretty penny or two ($950, to be exact), it’s an investment you’ll definitely want to make — especially if you’re one for spending your spare hours enrolling in races and traveling long distances between hunts or missions.
There is a downside to this particular mount: it’s locked behind a Rank 58 milestone, which means you’ll need to put in some work in the game’s other extracurricular activities before forking over the funds to adopt it from the stables. If you can whittle down the ranks and accumulate enough XP, though, then you’ll end up sitting on par with just about every other high-level player on the entire map.
If you’re more inclined to believe that the best way to make money in Red Dead Online isn’t through fishing and hunting, but gunning down bandits and getting your hands dirty, then you’ll definitely want to invest in a mount that boasts a quality-sized health gauge. At present, the best Red Dead Online has to offer is the Turkoman, a rare breed that houses a HP bar just shy of 75%. Just to put you in the picture, that’s roughly 25% more than the average endgame mount.
Again, as the Turkoman is technically classed as an endgame mount in Red Dead Online, it does mean you’ll have to climb to Rank 56 or above in order to get your hands on it. It’ll also set you back by $925, too, which is significantly more expensive than the standard all-rounder that you’ll find in most stables. But if you have the cash to spare, then it’s worth getting ahold of — if only to get you out of those sticky combat situations.
A great deal of seasoned players will tell you that the best all-rounder horse that money can currently buy is none other than the Arabian breed. And they’d be right in telling you that, too, as it’s quite simply the jack-of-all-trades of companions, and also one of the sturdiest and most reliable mounts in Red Dead Online to date. The only issue with it is that, you know, it’s a little on the expensive side.
Of course, if a poxy 42 Gold Bars isn’t enough to get your pockets sweating bullets, then it’s worth checking out, more so if you aren’t overly sure which breed to specialize in taming towards the end of the game. And if you’ve successfully managed to climb all the way up to Rank 70, then you’re probably already looking to find a suitable mount to carry you through to the bitter end, anyway. If that’s the case, then look no further than the Arabian.
A quality alternative workhorse that’ll give you an equal amount of bang for your buck is the Kladruber, yet another all-rounder breed that specializes in no particular area, but finds balance between its health, speed, and stamina gauges. And what makes this breed one of the most accessible in all of Red Dead Online, really, is the fact that you can unlock it as early on as Rank 20. What’s more, it won’t cost you any Gold Bars to get ahold of.
Anyway, if you did have your sights set on that rare Arabian breed, but have yet to ascend through the ranks and acquire the Gold Bars needed to claim it, then perhaps settle for the Kladruber. It’ll set you back a total of $950, but it’ll also keep you trucking on for a lot longer than the average starter mount. That is, of course, providing you’re willing to throw in an upgrade or two every once in a while.
1. Gypsy Cob
The Gypsy Cob, although not the speediest horse in Red Dead Online, is perhaps one of the best mounts as far as high-level stamina and health goes. The only downside to obtaining said mount is that it’s only available to Naturalists, which means those who have yet to level up in the specialist role won’t be eligible. If, however, players choose to pursue the career, then they’ll come to find that the Gypsy Cob, especially when strapped with the Splashed Piebald coat, is really the only horse they’ll ever need.
As it stands, the Gypsy Cob can be traded for $150. However, as with any horse, the better the coat the mount wields, the higher its value is likely to be. So, if it’s an expensive coat you’re after, as well as a breed that’ll tick all the right boxes, then aim for the Splashed Piebald Gypsy Cob.
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