If you’re going for 100% completion, then you’ll need to collect all the exotics in Red Dead Redemption 2. The exotic quests aren’t available until after Chapter 4, so you’ll need to wait to unlock certain map locations and the quest giver at this point.
After completing the main mission The Gilded Cage, head north of Saint Denis, where a ‘Stranger’ question mark is pinned on the map. The exotic quest giver, Algernon Wasp can be found in his garden house. Speak with him to trigger Duchesses and Other Animals quest and he’ll set you the first RDR2 exotic quest. There are five exotic quests and once you complete each exotic quest, simply return the items to him to set the next quest in motion. There are two main types of exotics in Red Dead Redemption 2, bird feathers and plants, with some alligator eggs thrown in for good measure.
So, take some time off from bounty hunting and saloon showdowns to farm some birds feathers and pick some plants, here’s where you’ll find all the exotics in Red Dead Redemption 2. It’s worth noting to collect feathers from birds you’ll need to kill and skin them to obtain their feathers and to find plant locations use your eagle vision to highlight plants and wildlife in the area.
Here are the Red Dead Redemption 2 exotics:
Red Dead Redemption 2 exotic quest 1
Snowy egrets, along with the other types of egrets you’ll need to find for quest one, can be found northwest of Bayou NWA and you’ll need five. When you find the birds, you’ll need to kill them and skin them for their feathers and repeat the same process for other RDR2 exotic birds.
Little egrets, can be found in the same location as other egrets in this quest and the best time to find egrets is during the day.
You’ll need to kill and skin five reddish egrets, which can also be found during the day northwest of Bayou NWA. Sometimes you’ll need to return to this area to farm more egrets if you’ve killed, or can’t find, all the egrets you’re looking for.
Lady of the Night orchids can be found in the same area as egrets, but span a wider radius. They can be found on trees and nearer the shoreline of north Bayou NWA.
Red Dead Redemption 2 exotic quest 2
Herons can be found in the same area as egrets, northwest of Bayou NWA and only at day time. They’ll be nearer the shoreline and because you’ll need 20 feathers, it means farming this bird to make them respawn.
You’ll need to travel a little further afield for Lady Slipper orchids, in various locations in Big Valley. The best spot is northwest of Strawberry.
These orchids can be found west of Van Horn Trading Post, to the right hand side of the stream below Elysian Pool, you’ll need ten of them.
Red Dead Redemption 2 exotic quest 3
Gator eggs can be found in nests and usually contain between 3-5 eggs and you’ll need 25 to complete the quest. Gator nests can be found near water or swamps, around Shady Belle is your best chance of finding them, usually near the campsite. Alligator eggs are protected by fully grown gators, so be on full alert for this RDR2 exotic.
These orchids, unlike their name, are pretty easy to find and they grow near to each other along a string of islands northeast of Shady Belle.
You’ll need three of these orchids and they can be found growing on trees, sprawling across the east of Lagras and the small cluster of islands off the shore.
You’ll need seven of these orchids – there’s a slim trail of these orchids that can be found in the east Bayou NWA and leads up to Bluewater Marsh.
Red Dead Redemption 2 exotic quest 4
These birds spawn during the day at a spot above the River Kamassa, you’ll need 30 feathers so may have to return to the spot.
Rat Tail orchids grow around Lagras lake, most commonly at the northern point of the lake at Bluewater Marsh.
These orchids can be found west of Bayou NWA, east of the Kamassa River, near the heron and egret locations.
These orchids grow on trees southeast of Braithwaite Manor and can be found as you head towards Shady Belle.
Red Dead Redemption 2 exotic quest 5
Dragon’s Mouth orchids grow across Grizzlies East and around O’Creagh’s Run, there’s two spots on the east and west.
You’ll find these orchids spanning Annesburg, most commonly north of Annesburg and around the Roanoke Valley.
Queen’s Orchids grow on the ground around Lagras lake, on the small pockets of land that cover the area.
Clam Shell Orchids grow down the shoreline leading from Shady Belle up to Caliga Hall.
You can access these Red Dead Redemption 2 exotic quest items at any time once the quest has been set. Simply find the exotics collector’s list in your RDR2 satchel under documents. If you want to take a snap of your exotic, here’s how photo mode works in Red Dead Redemption 2.