Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption Achievements

Manifest Destiny

Kill the last buffalo in the Great Plains in Single Player.

This can only be completed in the Great Plains. You will first need to finish Act 2 to gain access to this area. Make your way to the Great Plains and ride around until you find the Buffalo. They are normally roaming around in the open. To unlock the achievement you need to kill all 20 of the herd. Make sure that you pick off the buffalo from a distance, if they run off don't chase them. Save often and come back to this area every once in a while to kill the odd buffalo you see. Once you kill the last buffalo the achievement will unlock.

Attempting this early on with a less powerful gun can take a while. If you have a sniper rifle use that instead it's a one shot kill on any buffalo.

Note: If the buffalo run into the river and kill themselves they sometimes don't re-spawn. If this happens there is no way for you to earn the achievement. Make sure you don't chase them.

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User Comments
Comment #1 by Robin183
Tuesday, June 01, 2010 @ 01:44:31 PM

You do not have to kill them all on one run, you can come back and finish the rest of later (very usefull information, seeing as skinning a buffalo can net you around $90 and if you kill them all at once, the corpses will disappear before you're done).

NOTE: I recommend saving before attempting to kill them, as some people have been experiencing glitches where they did not get the achievement because of one or more buffalos commiting suicide (by running down a cliff or into the water).

Comment #2 by sgt ganus
Saturday, June 12, 2010 @ 12:59:53 PM

i screwed this up and still havent gt it and now i no this ill get it next time i play it

Comment #3 by TON1MIF5UD
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 02:18:33 PM

If you use a sniper rifle from a distance, your able to pick them all off in one go, they didn't run when i did it.

Comment #4 by Robin183
Friday, June 25, 2010 @ 05:27:33 PM

Another interesting thing me and my friend noticed was that he was able to get this achievement from killing my buffalo mount in multiplayer 20 times. So for all of you who had it bug or fail in some way on single player, try finding someone with the mount in multiplayer or wait until you get it yourself and kill that one 20 times.

Make sure it's okey for the person with the mount that you kill it, or he might get angry and leave/kill you.

Comment #5 by Apex of Despair
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 05:41:55 PM

A quick word of caution. It seems that where ever there are buffalo in this
game, at least one cougar is nearby.

Comment #6 by dtaymoore
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 12:41:51 AM

Another easy way to take them out is using the Evans Repeater, since it has 22 ammo. Just have to be quick about it.

Comment #7 by lhopper17
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 05:38:00 AM


Comment #8 by septix
Monday, December 20, 2010 @ 10:37:51 PM

i killed like 4 in total. no more, no less. and i got the achivement :]

Comment #9 by warrenpaul
Thursday, January 13, 2011 @ 02:24:17 PM

if you kill so many and cant find any more you can replay the missions "at home with dutch"

while making your way into great plains you should see 3/4 people on horses trying to shoot them, there was at least another 20 buffalo

Comment #10 by Shanek44
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 02:53:17 PM

So I got this achievemnt while I was offline and then turned off my xbox. I recently bought a new xbox and fired it up and recovered my gamertag. Unfortunately the achievement points didn't transfer. The problem though is that the save already has me killing off all the buffalo. So now there is no way to get the achievement again? Unless I start all over? Does anyone else have an idea of how to get it?

Comment #11 by SHiiPoW
Thursday, June 09, 2011 @ 02:25:23 AM

Buffalos suck at Hide N Seek. Thrust me :P theyr So obvious.. Until the cougar that hides behind it kills u.. :

Comment #12 by cookman86
Thursday, June 09, 2011 @ 07:25:16 AM

I wish there were only 20 Bears!

Comment #13 by lastjedi84
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 04:54:58 AM

i killed many off them and still didn't get this achivement. I can't find any more now:(

Comment #14 by jokertheangel
Monday, July 04, 2011 @ 06:29:48 AM

doesn't this achievement freak anyone out? I know its not real, but the thought makes me feel slightly queasy...

Comment #15 by Saint Jericho
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 10:09:11 AM

@13 Yeah, I agree that this achievement is in pretty bad taste. They should have done something unique with it, such as "Kill the lone white buffalo" or something, instead of slaughtering the only herd in the game.

Comment #16 by jamiec130
Saturday, July 16, 2011 @ 05:37:39 AM

this is easily done, done this without help
if you do the home with dutch mission, there should be loadsa buffalos running from hunters at the beginning
i just shot this as many as i can
i went back to the spot while in SP free roam, and the are there and i havent got mater hunter level 10

Comment #17 by Rotorua slim
Friday, August 05, 2011 @ 05:24:53 PM

Hey guys, played through the campaign and had a couple of my buffalo jump off the cliff. If there is anyone out there that can help me with a buffalo mount in multiplayer to get this achievement my GT is Rotorua slim. Cheers guys.

Comment #18 by Rotorua slim
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 05:49:57 PM

Lol nevermind, would seem that the buffalo that you require will spawn after you finish the story. Got the cheevo this morning-faith restored in rockstar :)

Comment #19 by matt f 128
Thursday, September 08, 2011 @ 09:12:37 AM

For those of you who are stuck, here are a few things to help you.

1) Save your game at Blackwater. That way, you won't have to travel far to get to them.

2) Use Dead Eye. Using Dead Eye is very useful, as you have more time to shoot more of them.

3) Use a sniper rifle. Shooting them from a distance is essential. If they start to run away from you, don't chase them. If you do chase them, they will spread out , at which point they will run away to a distance where they will disappear all together, and you can't get them. So use a sniper rifle (I used the Carcano Rifle) and combine this with the Dead Eye, as you will have more time to shoot them.

Also, when you need to reload, come out of Dead Eye and allow yourself to reload. If you reload while in Dead Eye, you will waste all y

Comment #20 by matt f 128
Thursday, September 08, 2011 @ 09:14:45 AM

*Your Dead Eye, and this will make it more difficult to shoot them. So therefore, take plenty of moonshine. This will refill your Dead Eye whenever you run out.

Plus, keep the camera on them at all times. You can't afford to lose them.

Hope this helps!

Comment #21 by CrusherVII
Thursday, November 03, 2011 @ 05:34:26 AM

honestly i used a high poower pistol on the finish the off in one clip but
i only took head shots

Comment #22 by 357magnum
Friday, January 13, 2012 @ 04:53:48 AM

After the achievement popped I reloaded a previous save, I felt guilty about wiping out the herd 8^)

Comment #23 by RatafakECW
Thursday, May 03, 2012 @ 03:27:40 PM

And, when I loose them? they will respawn or what?

Comment #24 by HerBravado
Saturday, May 12, 2012 @ 04:16:54 PM

Just got this achievement--I saved at Jack's family ranch, then started out down the road & they happened to be in the grassy field. Used the Bolt Action Rifle, with nothing special--just aimed & shot. Took a couple to get them each down, but it wasn't hard! If you're having trouble finding them, look by the ranch! This is after the storyline's over, though. Also, there will be a cougar. D:

Comment #25 by DAVID KNIFFIN
Sunday, May 13, 2012 @ 02:31:24 PM

"At Home With Dutch" mission does not work. I'm at 19 Buffalo and I've replayed this mission all the way through 3 times making damn sure to kill at least 5 Buffalo each time. You can't access Stats during the mission and when I finish the mission, my Stats still say only 19.

Comment #26 by DAVID KNIFFIN
Sunday, May 13, 2012 @ 03:24:01 PM

Got it! Just when I was going to give up, somehow I just found my last one! Sure enough, at number 20, Achievement unlocked!

Comment #27 by beaver guy
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 04:52:21 PM

just so you know.buffalo are real.they also called american bison.great plains are fact the last buffaloes survived on the great plains.the cowboys nearly killed them all off.i have seen a picture of millions of buffalo bones on a train.its sad.not just that but native americans put there heads on the ground to hear them.when the buffaloes died the native americans were out of food.i never got this achievement.because in my heart.i am not not just a game.only if you were all animal experts:(

Comment #28 by Excellentpie
Sunday, May 20, 2012 @ 07:32:36 AM

I miss my buffalos :(

Comment #29 by Junkdewd
Sunday, June 03, 2012 @ 02:02:11 AM

I giggled like a motherfucker when this popped.

Comment #30 by LordBunnyHunter
Monday, June 25, 2012 @ 10:58:31 AM

Unfortunately they won't spawn again when you've got the if you want to keep your possible "main source of income", save before attempting this.

Comment #31 by AWESOME DUDE
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 10:07:10 PM

where can u find them? iv looked everywhere!!

Comment #32 by Abe Solum
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 @ 01:03:40 AM

this is a poorly designed obstacle. the fact that they are always on the side of that cliff or split into two full packs is annoying. ive reloaded this multiple times and its 70% chance of rain.

Comment #33 by CiaraMist
Friday, August 10, 2012 @ 06:34:45 PM

Does anyone know if being Jack or John matter? As Jack, I can't seem to find them anywhere...

Comment #34 by teameffigy
Sunday, February 17, 2013 @ 03:44:47 PM

After a long gap of not seeing any... I found my last 2. South of Blackwater, next to the water -- boars pictured there on the map. Good Luck!

Comment #35 by sleezecheeze
Saturday, February 23, 2013 @ 05:07:20 AM

Wait, so kill the LAST one or all of them? Does it matter if the 10th or 11th commits suicide as long as you personally kill the last surviving buffalo?

Comment #36 by sleezecheeze
Monday, February 25, 2013 @ 02:50:26 AM

Got it today. Killed 17 and the other 3 got away. I got pissed and thought I'd leave this achievement until they just popped up outside the Marston Farm.

Comment #37 by IKV91
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 @ 12:15:38 PM

I'm willing to help anybody with any achievement/challenges for the price of 20 headshots per achievement/5 per challenge. My gt: IKV91.

Comment #38 by IKV91
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 @ 12:17:16 PM

I'm willing to help anybody with any achievement/challenges for the price of 20 headshots per achievement/5 per challenge. My gt: IKV91.

Comment #39 by Mushroomer
Sunday, July 07, 2013 @ 12:53:39 PM

I don't know if I was lucky, but i only saw 1 buffalo, then i sniped it and got the achievement...

Comment #40 by t han727
Friday, July 19, 2013 @ 04:34:19 PM

this is how i got it. i had 4 left but could not find ANY in the great plains. go this from red dead redemption wiki:

Also, placing a bait at the end (as seen on the world map) of the road leading to Cochinay fort (outside of the fort not too far from the gates) will often spawn small herd of buffalo.

Comment #41 by Gloria
Sunday, July 28, 2013 @ 01:42:17 AM

By far the easiest achievement but just sucks that they're totally gone after..

Comment #42 by artjaro
Friday, December 06, 2013 @ 03:04:01 PM

sad they are all gone so i keep them around in my other replays.

Comment #43 by WiizKiin
Monday, February 16, 2015 @ 05:57:19 PM

Hello everyone, I followed the advice of Comment #34 by teameffigy.

Head south of Black Water to where the boars are marked on the map and i found my remaining three buffalos.

Happy Hunting.

Comment #44 by Seph23
Friday, May 29, 2015 @ 05:17:03 AM

God this achievement gave me a scare, before i started i looked up my stats and i already had killed 1 buffalo somewhere along my play-through(before even knowing about the glitch) so naturally i feared that some suicided when i shot that one.
I attempted this a couple of times and at most i could get 19 kills and thought that indeed one buffalo threw itself down the cliff.
Then i decided to try one last time and stocked a bunch of tobacco and i killed every damn thing using the dead eye not giving them a chance to escape and it finally popped up

They seriously needed to either make the buffalo not able to suicide or that only those killed by you don't re-spawn

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Rockstar Games


US May 18, 2010
Europe May 21, 2010

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