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Red Dead Redemption 2 satchel upgrades

How to upgrade your satchel at camp and why the grind is worth it

Want to know whether Red Dead Redemption 2 satchel upgrades are worth it? They most certainly are. We found ourselves regularly running out of inventory space, but increasing the capacity of your satchel means no more valuable lootings get left behind.

Once you’re introduced to the camp, you’ll find Pearson, doubling as the camp cook and handyman – he’ll be the one you interact with most at the campsite. You’ll need to hand over your hunts for the camp stew and you can upgrade your camp with cosmetics such as antlers for your tent or a nice bear skin rug. One of the more practical upgrades is to your satchel which you can modify to increase the capacity for a range of inventory items.

You’ll soon discover that upgrading your satchel in Red Dead Redemption 2 isn’t made easy. You’ll need very specific ingredients which require a lot of perfect animal pelts as well as requirements before you can ask Pearson for an upgrade.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Leather Working Tools

To upgrade your satchel at camp you’ll need Leather Working Tools, which as you can see below, is a requirement for all satchel upgrades. To unlock Leather Working Tools, you’ll need to complete a mission from Strauss. You can find him after the first five campaign missions in Chapter 2 and the quest is called Money Lending and Other Sins. Once you complete this mission, a ledger will unlock behind Dutch’s tent in camp. You can purchase Leather Working Tools from this ledger for $225.

Red Dead Redemption 2 satchel upgrades

Here are all the satchel upgrades in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Satchel Upgrade Requirements Recipe
Tonics satchel Increases carrying capacity for tonics

Leather Working Tools

Upgrade medicine wagon twice

Perfect deer pelt

Perfect buck pelt

Perfect elk pelt

Ingredients satchel Increases carrying capacity for edible ingredients

Leather Working Tools

Donate 5 animal carcasses to camp

Perfect deer pelt

Perfect badger pelt

Perfect squirrel pelt

Kit satchel Increases carrying capacity kits

Leather Working Tools

Donate 3 valuables to camp

Perfect deer pelt

Perfect elk pelt

Perfect panther pelt

Provisions satchel Increases carrying capacity for provisions

Leather Working Tools

Upgrade provisions wagon twice

Perfect deer pelt

Perfect bison pelt

Perfect raccoon pelt

Materials satchel Increases carrying capacity for materials

Leather Working Tools

Craft 3 recipes at the scout fire

Perfect deer pelt

Perfect boar skin

Perfect iguana skin

Valuables satchel Increases carrying capacity for valuables

Leather Working Tools

Donate $50 to camp

Perfect deer pelt

Perfect beaver pelt

Perfect rabbit pelt

Legend of the East satchel Increases carrying capacity of all items

Leather Working Tools

Craft all other satchels

Perfect deer pelt

Perfect cougar pelt

Perfect wolf pelt

How to get a perfect pelt in Red Dead Redemption 2

To upgrade your satchel and for other camp upgrades, you’ll need to know how to get a perfect pelt in Red Dead Redemption. Here are all the perfect pelts you’ll need for your RDR2 satchel upgrades.

Animal Location Weapon
Perfect deer pelt

Roanoke Ridge

New Hanover

Lemoyne

Long distance rifle/poison arrows
Perfect buck pelt Forest areas Bolt-action rifle
Perfect elk pelt

West Elizabeth

Dakota River

Roanoke Ridge

Long distance rifle/poison arrows
Perfect badger pelt

West Elizabeth

Scarlett Meadows

Ambarino

Varmint rifle
Perfect squirrel pelt Forest areas Small game arrows
Perfect panther pelt

Bolger Glade

Lagras

Long distance rifle/poison arrows
Perfect bison pelt

Blackwater

Heartland Overflow

Sniper rifles/improved arrows
Perfect raccoon pelt Rhodes Varmint rifles
Perfect boar skin

Bluewater Marsh

Kamassa River

Rhodes

Rifles
Perfect iguana skin Flat Iron Lake Varmint rifles
Perfect beaver skin

Lake Isabella

Lake Owanjila

Bow headshot/repeater
Perfect rabbit skin Everywhere Small game arrows
Perfect cougar skin

Roanoke Valley

Little Creek River

Rifles/poison arrows
Perfect wolf skin

Grizzlies East

Little Creek River

Rifles/poison arrows

Although these weapons are best for getting you that perfect pelt in RDR2, our guide to rare weapons in Red Dead Redemption will help you find all the weapons not available for sale at the general store.

As well as discovering 48 different weapons in RDR2, If you’re looking to tick another item off the 100% list, you’ll need to complete the exotics quest in Red Dead Redemption 2.

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