Spoiler Alert: Anyone who reached Chapter 5 of RDR2 would know that Arthur Morgan was diagnosed with Tuberculosis, which in the year of 1899 is as good as cancer with no known cure. Does that really mean there is no cure in the game for it ? ? think again!
In this post, I will mention the cure for the sickness and how to acquire it. Before which we need to understand what sickness in RDR2 really means.
Understanding Sickness in RDR2
Firstly, lets understand the definition of ?sickness? in RDR2.
The default time it takes for your core to drain is 90 mins. At ?Sick? status that time is reduced to 85 mins (~7% increase in core drain speed) and at ?Very Sick? its reduced to 75 (~15% increase in core drain speed). You gain this status during the mission ?A Fork in the Road? in Chapter 5.
Which means we will need to acquire an item which permanently reduces the core drain speed by 15%, thus cancelling out the effects of the sickness which technically speaking is a cure!
It so happens that there is such an item named ?Owl Feather Trinket? in RDR2 which can be acquired as part of a unique mission and moreover, only if done in a particular way.
How to get the Owl Feather Trinket
In Chapter 6, you will encounter a mission named ?A Rage Unleashed?. The final part of the mission is very important. You have to decide whether you want to help Rains Fall or not. Only if you agree, you will unlock a new mission named ?Archeology For Beginners? during which you will get a chance to acquire the Owl Feather Trinket.
While normally carrying out the mission Archeology For Beginners, you will reach a stage where you would have to retrieve Rains Fall?s Chanupa from an army camp. Might be a good idea to save your game at this point.
To get Owl Feather Trinket, you need to retrieve the Chanupa from the camp without killing anyone.
I don?t want to go through the details on how to get the Chanupa as you can find many good walkthroughs online which will help you complete this stage without killing anybody and its beyond the scope of this article. Alternative walkthrough if you need.
Few personal tips:
- Drink up a tonic just before entering the camp to fortify your health. So even if you get noticed, you can tank the bullets while quickly collecting the Chanupa.
- If you get noticed at the last moment, just quickly grab the Chanupa and bolt towards your horse and escape! Don?t waste your time looking at an enemy.
Once you return the Chanupa to Rains Fall without hurting anyone, he will give you the Owl Feather Trinket which can be stored in your satchel to provide you the permanent boost (not a consumable item).
Hope this helped!