Red Dead Redemption 2: How to Decide Between Skinning An Animal or Not

Playing Red Dead Redemption 2 you might wonder if it’s better to skin an animal or carry the carcass (unless you already had in mind a precise plan, like crafting something that needs that precise skin, of course).

In this guide, we illustrate you the pros and cons of skinning an animal in Red Dead Redemption 2.

The Pros and Cons of Skinning Animals

To Skin or not To Skin, That is the question

Each animal, depending on its size and species, turns out to be a precious source of materials. You can cook its meat and eat it, use some components for crafting, or even just sell the carcass to make money. If you didn’t have a precise plan, we’ll give you some tips to decide what is best to do from time to time.

  • Keep in mind the weight limit you and your horse can carry (you can mostly carry more skins than unskinned carcasses, but skins are usually less evaluated)
  • Esteem the goods value; for example, in regions where a certain animal is rare, its sale will yield you an extra 25%
  • If you own the Ultimate or Special Edition of the game, selling could be more profitable for you, because all sales will have a +10% modifier
  • If you don't skin carcasses, you can also save time, since the skinning animation could take from 3 to 10 seconds each time
  • Make plans: if you want a certain object and you have killed an animal that gives you a component to craft it, act accordingly

And remember: if you plan to sell a carcass, remember that it’s better to sell it before it decomposes.

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