Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Challenge Guide

Red Dead Redemption's Undead Nightmare expansion brings with it a whole new set of challenges, meaning you're going to have to kill X number of things and collect a baker's dozen of plants again. To speed the process up a bit, we've tracked everything down and figured out the easiest way to conquer the challenges.

So when you're running around efficiently blasting zombies with an armful of herbs while simultaneously wrangling a flaming horse, remember who helped ya out.


Undead Sharpshooter

Rank 1
Kill 5 undead in 10 seconds using a gun.

A rather easy challenge to complete since you can use Dead Eye to pull it off.  Simply aim for their heads and you’ll pull off the 5 kills in no time flat.

Rank 2
Headshot 10 Undead in a row.

This was the one that gave me the most trouble. I would get to 8 headshots and then mess it up by hitting a chest or arm and then I would quickly proceed to freak out over it by screaming like a little girl. I did however find the easiest way to pull this off is to stand on a stack of two crates or on a rooftop and let the zombies crowd around below you. When they do, their ripe melons are front and center and you don’t have to worry about them charging you while you get a bead on them. Simply aim down and pop some grapes until you complete the challenge.  Note that Dead Eye doesn’t work towards getting this.

Rank 3
Kill 5 flaming undead in One Dead Eye meter.

For this level of the challenge you need to set ablaze 5 zombies- sorry, undead- and then use the Dead Eye to take them out. There are a few ways to do it; one being to use a coffin in a graveyard. Get a swarm of zombies undead to follow you and then lead them through the burning coffin. Once 5 are alight, quickly use Dead Eye. Most of the time however, the undead would keep dying before I could get 5 at the same time. The other and most resourceful way is to save Thieves Landing from attack and get the firebombs for the reward. Firebombs will torch up a crowd in no time and leave you with plenty to pick and choose 5 from to complete the challenge. A good place to do this is the same place as the next challenge, right in front of El Presidio.

Rank 4
Kill 1 of each of the 4 undead types with 1 Dead Eye meter.

For this challenge it sounds much more daunting than it really is. The easiest way I have found was to go to the El Presidio in eastern Mexico and there at the front door you will find all 4 types gathered about. You can even climb up the ladder to get to the tower and take them out so you don’t have to get your hands too dirty.

Rank 5
Get 5 undead sniper kills in 8 seconds without using Dead Eye.

Again, this challenge sounds a lot tougher than it really is. First off you’ll need to get your hands on the sniper rifle which can be done by saving the Pacific Union R.R. Camp that is south of Tall Trees. Once you have the rifle, head over to Jorge’s Gap near Amarillo and hop on in to the swarm of undead there. Simply start opening fire and eventually you will get 5 kills in 8 seconds. It does take some time for the rifle to reload, so try and make sure your shots are true. If you mess up, just keep firing.



Undead Hunter

Rank 1
Kill 100 fresh Undead and 25 Bolters.

This one will come along during the game easily enough as there are plenty of undead and bolters that show up right from the start.

Rank 2
Kill 25 more Bruisers and 15 more Retchers.

The Bruisers are the buggers that charge at you and the Retchers are the ones that puke at you. Again, you will get these over time, but they do tend to appear more frequently over the course of the later stages of the game.

Rank 3
Use a single explosion of a Retcher to kill 2 other Undead.

Once you get the Zombie Bait, this one becomes a lot easier. When you come across a Retcher, get some regular undead to follow you and then toss the bait at the Retcher. Wait for the undead to take the bait and then pop the Retcher in his funky face.  When he blows, he should take at least two undead with him. If you don’t get it the first try, give it another go and you’ll get it eventually. 

Rank 4
Kill 2 Undead bears, 5 Undead wolves, and 3 Undead cougars using a torch.

First off, head to Tall Trees so you can find all these animals in one place. Next make sure you are using one of the horses of the Apocalypse so that they are more resilient to being attacked-preferably Pestilence since it is “near impossible to kill”. Once you find one of the animals, stay on your horse and start whacking it with your torch. Don’t get on the ground and go toe to toe with them or else they will mess your crap up bad and fast.  Also once you torch them a couple times, they will run away and being on horseback makes chasing them down much easier. To make things easier, you can even pop them with your gun a few times to wear them down and then torch them, just make sure not to shoot them to many times.

Rank 5
Find and kill a Chupacabra.

The Chupacabra can be found in eastern Mexico, just west of Torquemada, where the three horses are on the map.  Once it is near, the blue circle will appear letting you know it is around. It will look like a grey hyena of sorts and doesn’t take much to bring down. A couple of shots will do the mythological creature in once and for all.



Four Horses of the Apocalypse

Rank 1 – 4
Locate each of the 4 horses.

Refer to the Mythical Creatures guide for information on each one of the horses locations.

Rank 5
Kill one of each Undead types using the 4th horse of the Apocalypse, otherwise known as "Death"

Nothing too difficult about this. When you have Death, you can trample undead and animals to one hit kill them. Simply find one of each undead type- Bruiser, Retcher, Bolter and regular Undead- and give them a good once over with Death.  Easy Peasy.



Undead Treasure Hunter

Ranks 1 - 5:

Check out our Treasure Hunter Guide for all the locations of each of the 5 treasures to be found.

Nov 6, 2010


  • garnsr - November 6, 2010 6:34 p.m.

    Casual aiming is what got me through the end of the game. I was getting tired of killing undead by the time I got to Mexico, and switching to casual just cut out a lot of the tedium. I still have some hunting to do, I don't know if it's worth it or not, but I guess I have to to get the Chupathingy and Unicorn.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - November 6, 2010 6:38 p.m.

    I used your treasure hunter guide and finished all of the ambient challenges in Undead Nightmare last night. Now I just have to finish saving all the missing souls and I'll have 100% in Undead Nightmare. I already have the platinum trophy in Red Dead Redemption and now I'm one silver trophy away from having all 100% for the DLC trophies. Red Dead Redemption is my favorite game of this generation so far. I've sunk about 275 hours into RDR according to the 3 different times in the stats for Red Dead Redemption single player, multiplayer and Undead Nightmare.
  • TheJuda - November 6, 2010 6:52 p.m.

    @sleepy92ismypsn Glad I could help!
  • Ganonpork - November 6, 2010 7:04 p.m.

    XD easier way to kill 5 flaming undead is just to get 5 headshots while your bullets have a phosporous coating
  • cj12297 - November 6, 2010 7:28 p.m.

    bookmarked and will be using a lot
  • power_ranger_porno - November 7, 2010 11:45 p.m.

    to buy as DLC or to wait till it comes on a disc! that is the question!
  • VoodooPanda - November 8, 2010 6:26 p.m.

    John Marston doesnt need guides
  • DrIzZiT50 - November 21, 2010 3:04 a.m.

    Any1 have trouble with the breaking of horses??? i can't F*%#ing do matter how long i'm on it just isn't working 4 me...i,ve never had trouble like this in any game...ever... :(
  • dkbpunk - November 29, 2010 11:33 p.m.

    I am having a huge problem with rank 3 of undead sharp shooter. My dead eye meter is refilling too quickly and not giving me credit when I kill 5 burning undead. Any suggestions?
  • Zsteel - November 30, 2010 12:22 a.m.

    Here is a hunt when completing level 5 of the hunting challenge, do not use death unless u r extremly careful. And the sharpshooter legendary hint helped. And a fun thing to do is take death and ride through jorge's gap.
  • Zsteel - November 30, 2010 12:23 a.m.

    Here is a hint when completing level 5 of the hunting challenge, do not use death unless u r extremly careful. And the sharpshooter legendary hint helped. And a fun thing to do is take death and ride through jorge's gap.
  • Zsteel - December 2, 2010 1:48 a.m.

    I haven't been seeing any cougars, any suggestions
  • briangodfather - December 7, 2010 2:15 p.m.

    Can't wait till Christmas I'm getting the disk version and the wireless internet adapter.I'll Probably use this user name so look out for me.
  • fuzzywuzzy - January 12, 2011 8:55 p.m.

    I'm starting to believe that Red Dead just plain hates me, because I know for certain that I've done rank 3 of Undead Hunter at least about ten times, but it never gave me the challenge... Oh Red Dead, why must you torture me so?
  • CozothaDon85 - August 13, 2011 7:09 a.m.

    Can anybody please explain how in the hell can i hit a flying bat with a tomahawk? i'v been trying to do this so i can advance with the rest of the tomahawk challenge.

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