‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Cursed Road Glitch Is Sending Horses Back To Hell
In Red Dead Redemption 2, a video game in which you both ride and die, most threats can be dealt with using either a generous application of cash or a swift injection of lead. Fire, however, cannot be reasoned with. Invisible glitch fire much less so.
Players of Red Dead Redemption 2 have discovered a small patch of land near the southern town of Rhodes which sets anything that attempts to cross it on fire. Though the area is sometimes marked by a glowing orange circle at night, burnt grass, or the scattered corpses of its victims, the characters that populate Red Dead Redemption 2‘s American frontier appear oblivious to the danger.
As a result, they continue to merrily ride their horses and wagons across the demonic stove top, where said horses and wagons promptly burst into flames.
— Slutter Butter (@ScienceHonky) November 1, 2018
Came across the glitch where the grass patch makes everything catch on fire and well… #RDR2
I saved and quit the game and reloaded back in and the burnt corpses are still there! pic.twitter.com/qe38mROTnI
— Tristan Spires (@SlapBack98) November 14, 2018
— Matthew Angell (@MattRollsOnes) November 5, 2018
Though a very common glitch, the burning ring of fire has not been appearing for every player. While it’s unclear why, it’s possible the glitch only occurs once you’ve progressed far enough in the main story that you are told not to cause trouble in Rhodes, which happens in Chapter 3. As noted by VG247, the majority of videos depicting the glitch include a pop-up wherein the game reminds you to behave while in the town. Perhaps the arbitrary roadside immolation is a warning to those who sin.
One of the most frustrating things about this glitch is that Red Dead Redemption 2 doesn’t let you eat horses. There’s a free, all-you-can-eat barbeque happening right in front of me, and yet I cannot partake. That is possibly the cruellest part of this whole ordeal.
And yes, I would eat those horses if I could. I’m not going to say those horses deserved to die like that. But a horse would one hundred percent watch you burn and not feel a thing.
If you want to avoid the circle of judgement — or attempt to loot the corpses of those judged — it can be found to the north-north-west of Rhodes where a road heading east forks into three. Just be careful. Its location on a popular thoroughfare means corpses can pile up very quickly, and fire has a reputation for spreading.