Poisonous Trail Maps and treasure location - Red Dead Redemption 2

Find all three Poisonous Trail Maps and get the treasure at the end of the quest in Red Dead Redemption 2.

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Earning money in Red Dead Redemption 2 can be a bit of a slog when you’re earning a few bucks for a perfect bear hide, or a few cents for a cut of meat. This puts activities where players can earn big bucks in quick order at the top of the priority list, which means treasure hunting is essential. Today, I’ll take you through how to find all maps in the Poisonous Trail Treasure Hunt quest, and score you four Gold Bars, each worth $500 when sold to a Fence.


The Poisonous Trail Map 1

This map is found in the northeast, way up where you began the game. Set a custom marker for Cairn Lake. Once there, look for a cabin at the far end of the lake. Inside the cabin is lockbox with the map in it.


The Poisonous Trail Map 2

The second map is north of Rhodes, one of the towns where the Van der Linde gang setup camp. West of Eris Field and Ringneck Creek is a hill. The map is found in a hole on one of the dead trees.


The Poisonous Trail Map 3

The final map is slightly west-southwest of Van Horn Trading Post, or northwest from Van Horn Mansion. Look for a snake carved into the ground with rocks for its eye. Search the middle of the eye.


The Poisonous Trail Treasure Location

The actual treasure is found behind a waterfall at Elysian Pool, north of where the final map was found. When you get there, create a manual save in case you take a tumble on the inside. Also keep in mind that this body of water is home to one of Red Dead Redemption 2’s legendary fish.

Go through the waterfall and take out your Lantern, going along the path the only way possible for about 10 seconds. When you reach a ledge, hop down carefully until you’re on the bottom. Crouch and move along the path (facing west) for a few steps, then duck into a tiny crawl space (to the north). Follow this through and take your first right, then another right to find a lockbox with some jewels stashed in it. Take the path to the northeast as you leave the lockbox, traveling east until you come to another ledge. Turn left and move to the edge of the ledge, then jump down and onto another ledge. If you’re going to fall and die, this is where it’ll happen. Once you make it to the ledge, go over the little hill and slide down into the water. Hop up on another ledge and search the rocks. It’s here you’ll find four Gold Bars, worth a total of $2,000.

To exit the cave, go back up the slope you just slid down and to the ledge. On your right is a very small ledge you can climb on. Do so, then climb up another ledge behind you. Take the path straight, ignoring the alcove to the right, and then another one a bit down the tunnel on the left. If you stay on the path traveling south, you’ll reach a few slopes. Climb up and the exit to the cave is to the southeast. This will complete the Poisonous Trail Treasure Hunt quest. If you’d like to do another, try the Jack Hall Gang Treasure quest next.


Now that you have the locations of the Poisonous Trail Maps, and have completed the Poisonous Trail Treasure Hunt quest, be sure to visit the Red Dead Redemption 2 walkthrough and guide, where we help you become the best outlaw you can be.

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