If you’ve been playing Red Dead Redemption 2 or Red Dead Online, you’re probably familiar with the games intricate crafting and harvesting mechanics. Many of Red Dead Redemption 2‘s best weapons, ammunition, and consumables are crafted with recipes that require gathering a variety of items, including the RDR2 prairie poppy.
The prairie poppy is one of the most useful materials that can be used in crafting. It has a wide variety of uses in both the main campaign and Red Dead Online.
If you’ve been wondering how to find the prairie poppy in either mode, here’s how you can get your hands on that sweet, sweet poppy.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Prairie Poppy Locations Guide
Where is the Prairie Poppy?
The prairie poppy can be found in the Great Plains and West Elizabeth. Most prominently, they can be found scattered near Blackwater.
You can tell a prairie poppy apart from any other plant because poppies have a yellow flower on the top of their stem. When searching for them in these areas, you’ll more often than not find them clustered around train tracks.
In Red Dead Redemption 2‘s early hours, the Blackwater area commands a high bounty on your head, making access to the area very hard. If you’re in desperate need of poppies, though, a quick trip over with one of your horses or through fast travel is highly advisable.
The Great Plains also doesn’t unlock until the later hours of Red Dead Redemption 2‘s campaign, so the majority of your early hours will be spent scouring Blackwater and it’s surrounding areas.
In Red Dead Online, you’ll be able to freely explore Blackwater and gather them to your heart’s content.
If you’re struggling and need more specific guidance, then this map indicates some of the specific locations the Prairie Poppy resides.
What does the Prairie Poppy do?
The prairie poppy is most notably used to craft snake oil, which refills your dead eye meter. In the early hours of Red Dead Redemption 2, your dead eye ability will be fairly weak and as a result, it will drain fairly quickly.
Crafting snake oil and its enhanced versions such as special snake oil, you’ll easily be able to keep your dead eye meter filled, which is good against bandits and legendary animals alike.
The poppy can also be consumed on its own if you’re in a pinch, but it lacks the full enhancements a bottle of snake oil would grant you.
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That’s it for our Red Dead Redemption 2 prairie poppy locations guide. Now you know where to find these helpful crafting items in both the RDR2 campaign and Red Dead Online. For more Red Dead Online guides, be sure to click the links above or check here. And if you’re looking for RDR2 tips and tricks for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Stadia, we have you covered over at our guides hub.