The Daily Challenges in Red Dead Redemption 2, or Red Dead Online can be fun, especially while waiting for RDR3. At the same time, they can be a bit tedious and hard to do. This also includes gathering the RDR2 Oleander Sage, a plant you can find and sell in the game.
The Oleander Sage is based on the real-life Oleander Shrub or Nerium oleander. However, this shrub doesn’t have the same properties as the Oleander Sage in the game. Still, it does sport brightly colored flowers, a bitter taste, and some toxic properties.
If you look at an Oleander Sage in the game, you’ll find that it’s a small plant with thin leaves and pink flowers with five petals. However, don’t let its looks deceive you, as this plant is also highly poisonous.
Although the plant doesn’t have much value in itself, there are other great uses for the Oleander Sage which we’ll cover more below. If you also want to find out about where you can find the Oleander Sage, keep reading for more information!
Why do you need Oleander Sage in RDR2
Due to the fact that this plant is considered to be one of the most poisonous plants in America, you shouldn’t let your character consume an Oleander Sage. While the implications are grave, ingesting the plant will simply result in the character vomiting and losing a large amount of health. It takes about 4 or 5 Oleander Sages to actually result in death.
There are several theories as to why the main character doesn’t die from the plant despite a few NPCs dying from it. This may be because the player character never swallows the plant, but only chews and spits it out. Another theory states that the player character simply has a stronger immune system than other characters.
Resetting a mission
This plant is useful in an unconventional way, in the fact that it can cause a manual fail screen if you encounter a broken or glitched mission. You can then reset the mission.
However, this also makes them great to include in poisons. The poison you’re able to craft from this plant is deadly and great for getting rid of enemies effectively. You can use it while crafting a Poison Arrow or Poison Throwing Knife.
Quests and Encounters
In fact, in Red Dead Redemption 2, you may find two characters that request Arthur to mix some Oleander Sage into their moonshine. Whether they know if the plant is poisonous or not is unknown for certain, but they do mention the point is to improve the moonshine.
For that reason, the moonshiner that samples this deadly drink will collapse to the floor, writhing in pain, and die in a matter of seconds. This leaves Arthur to deal with his friend, who turns hostile towards the main character and attacks him.
Similarly, you may also encounter an NPC who has already ingested some Oleander Sage. He asks the player to provide him medicine. While you may choose to accept or deny giving him medicine, denying him medicine does nothing except kill the NPC. Giving him the medicine, however, results in the player gaining some honor.
Daily Challenge and Achievement Hunting
Finally, as we said in the beginning, the Oleander Sage in Red Dead Online is great for completing the Daily Challenge that asks you to harvest a few.
It’s also worth noting that gathering the Oleander Sage contributes to the Red Dead Online bronze achievement Picked to Perfection. This achievement requires you to pick 25 herbs.
Where to find Oleander Sage in Red Dead Redemption 2
According to the compendium entry for the Oleander Sage RDR2, this plant usually grows near the banks of the Bayou Nwa region. Looking at your map, you’ll find this is in the Lemoyne territory. Along the bank of the Kamassa river is usually where you’ll find the Oleander Sage.
It’s also important to note that you cannot buy the Oleander Sage from anywhere, despite the fact you can sell it for $0.25 revenue.
Without further ado, here are the locations where you can find the Oleander Sage.
Along the river bank in Macomb’s End, you’ll be able to find some Oleander Sage. For a better experience locating the area, you can use the n in “End”, as the name appears on the map. Going west of that area will lead you to the river bank.
Kamassa River’s Northern Bank
The Kamassa River’s northern bank is a great place to collect some Oleander Sage. You can use Caliga Hall as a point of interest to provide some orientation. Going north from those docks leads you to the northern bank where you can collect the plant.
Lemoyne River Curve
Once again, you can use the letters on your map to navigate to this area. If you take a look at the n in “Lemoyne” and head east from there, you’ll find the spot we’re talking about.
There are two locations near Ringneck Creek where you can find the plant. One is just along the stretch of the Kamassa River that separates Bayou Nwa and the Scarlett Meadows. The other grows on the northern bank of Ringneck Creek.