Red Dead Redemption 2, or specifically its huge online portion Red Dead Online, is the gift that keeps on giving - and it's giving players an extra Frontier Pursuit.
New role "The Naturalist" is, as you'd imagine, focused around interacting with nature - including new legendary animals.
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Red Dead Online Naturalist Role
Players embarking on the Naturalist role will be doing more than just hunting animals, thankfully. You'll need to track them and study them, even sedating them in order to tag them.
You'll also have to escort Legendary animals to safety (i.e. away from other pesky players after its pelt, presumably), and you'll also be able to set up a new "Wilderness Camp" in the open world that will allow you and some friends to take in the fresh air.
Rockstar aficionado @TezFunz2 has tweeted some great new images of the update:
Red Dead Online Patch Notes:
Here are all the changes, with the update weighing in at around 5 GB on all platforms.
The world of Red Dead Online continues to evolve with a new Frontier Pursuit featuring a unique path and activities to help you carve out a life for yourself on the frontier.
The new Naturalist Specialist Role opens a new path around tracking, studying and hunting animals. Naturalists get access to a new role progression, gameplay and several items. To gain access to the Role, visit the Welcome Center in the town of Strawberry to purchase the Sample Kit from Harriet Davenport to get started.
Seven new Legendary Animal species, each with three different subspecies, have been added to Red Dead Online. Some subspecies can be found in the open world by purchasing maps from Harriet Davenport, while sightings of some rare subspecies may become available from Harriet as you progress through the Naturalist Role.
Two new Naturalist Role related Free Roam Events have been added to Red Dead Online, and will become available via invites as you progress through the Naturalist Role:
Protect Legendary Animal: Work with other players to free and escort a Legendary Animal species from Poachers
Wild Animal Tagging: Cooperate with others to sedate and tag a certain number of animal species within the time limit
Both Harriet Davenport and Gus Macmillan have set up stores in several locations across the world of Red Dead Online. Visit Harriet’s Naturalist Store to progress the Naturalist Role, purchase special tonics, and hear about unique missions to participate in. Alternatively, drop by Gus’ Store with animal provisions to craft new clothing items, trinkets and more.
New missions to rescue animals from Poachers have been added to Red Dead Online. These can be started by talking to Harriet Davenport, and may appear dynamically throughout the world once you progress through the Naturalist Role.
The Wilderness Camp has been added to Red Dead Online, unlocked by progressing through the Naturalist Role. This allows players to create a temporary campfire at a nearby location in the open world, with the ability for up to four players to sit, cook, craft and rest.
Five new Dynamic Events have been added across the world of Red Dead Online for players to discover
New sets of Weekly Collections from Madam Nazar have been added for Collector Role players, which can be sold for an additional bonus
Several new Daily Challenges have been added to Red Dead Online in both the General Challenge and Role Challenge categories
Several new Awards related to Naturalist, Moonshiner and Collector Role content have been added to Red Dead Online
The Wheeler Rawson and Co. Club is available. Club membership is automatic and free, giving players rewards as they play during the Membership period from July 28th through October 19th, 2020.
The Outlaw Pass No. 3 is available through the Wheeler, Rawson & Co. Catalogue for even more perks and rewards. Everything you unlock during the Membership period from July 28th through October 19th, 2020 and acquire during that period will stay with you permanently. Visit the Benefits section of the Pause menu for details on Reward and Offer availability.
New items and variations of Clothing and Outfits have been added for male and female characters in Red Dead Online. These can be purchased from various places, including the stores of Gus Macmillan, Madam Nazar, General Stores and the Handheld Catalogue.
Several new Tonics have been added to Red Dead Online, which can be unlocked and purchased at Harriet’s Naturalist Store by progressing through the Naturalist Role. These allow the player to control their weight loss and gain, increase resistance against weather effects and more.
Several Animal Trinkets have been added to Red Dead Online, which provide some permanent benefits to player stats. They can be purchased from Gus’ Store by trading Legendary Animal provisions.
Several new Crafting Recipes have been added to Red Dead Online, which can be unlocked and purchased at Harriet’s Naturalist Store by progressing through the Naturalist Role
One new Horse breed with six coat variations has been added to Red Dead Online and can be unlocked through Naturalist Role rewards:
- Gypsy Cob
Several new items of Horse Equipment such as Saddles and Saddle Bags have been added to Red Dead Online and can be unlocked through Naturalist Role rewards
Two new weapons have been added to Red Dead Online, and can be purchased from the Gunsmith or the Handheld Catalogue:
- Elephant Rifle
- Improved Bow
Three new weapon variants have been added to Red Dead Online, and can be purchased and applied from the Gunsmith once unlocked:
- Varmint Rifle – Naturalist Variant
- Improved Bow – Horned Variant
- Improved Bow – Wooden Inlay Variant
Several new weapon modifications have been added to Red Dead Online, and can be unlocked through Club Rewards and Outlaw Pass Rewards:
- Components - Grip/Stock - Burled Grip
- Styles - Metal Material - Tempered Steel
- Styles - Engraving Material - Coloured Enamel (Red/Blue/Green/Yellow)
- Styles - Wrap Material - Cloth (Sage/Cobalt)
The Advanced Camera has been added to Red Dead Online, purchasable from General Stores or the Handheld Catalogue. As well as improved manoeuvrability and the ability to use filters, it can be used to identify animals in the Animal Field Guide. Additional filters can be unlocked through Outlaw Pass rewards.
One new Hairstyle each has been added for male and female characters in Red Dead Online, as well as the addition of new Hair Accessories for female characters. These can be purchased and applied through any Barber.
- Uncombed Balding (Male)
- Tangled Locks (Female)
Six new Emotes have been added to Red Dead Online and can be unlocked through various means. They can be purchased from the General Store or Handheld Catalogue:
- Take Note
- Confident Dance
- Formal Dance
- Rock Paper Scissors
- Beat Chest
One new walk style has been added to Red Dead Online and can be unlocked through Outlaw Pass Rewards:
Four new Camp Flags, one new Cripps Outfit and one new breed of Camp Dog have been added to Red Dead Online and can be unlocked through various means. Once unlocked, these can be purchased from the Wilderness Outfitters at your Camp.
Three new Photo Studio Backdrops have been added to Red Dead Online and can be unlocked through Outlaw Pass Rewards.
Four new Photo Studio Poses have been added to Red Dead Online and can be unlocked through Outlaw Pass Rewards.
PlayStation 4 Early Access Content:
- Legendary Gabbro Horn Ram
- Legendary Chalk Horn Ram
- Legendary Rutile Horn Ram
- Three Fossil Collections
- Woodcote Poncho