Red Dead Redemption 2 Player Finds Shocking Detail About In-Game Cult

A Red Dead Redemption 2 player online discovers a disturbing detail about the Chelonian cult in-game that most players may not notice.


  • Shooting the Chelonian leader in Red Dead Redemption 2 makes the entire cult jump off a hill to their death.
  • Because of the rarity of meeting the Chelonians, many players may never discover this detail.
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 is often praised for intricate details like this that enhance the gameplay experience.

A Red Dead Redemption 2 player has shared a disturbing revelation of what happens when you shoot the leader of the Chelonian cult in the game. It’s an easily missed detail of Red Dead Redemption 2, given the infrequency that players actually encounter the Chelonians.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is filled to the brim with extremely small details. Many of these details will go unnoticed by most players, appearing only during very specific scenarios. Recently, one Red Dead Redemption 2 player was stunned by a realistic alligator detail, leaving them shocked at why Rockstar would even consider putting it in the game. It’s a credit to Rockstar’s attention to detail that some of these things are still only being discovered now, almost six years after the game’s original release.


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The clip posted by Redditor PotatoCase begins with them sniping the leader of the Chelonian cult, and what happens next is fascinating. Every single member of the cult runs to the nearest hill and immediately jumps off it to their death. The Chelonians appear in one particular Red Dead Redemption 2 side quest, where Arthur has to rescue Mary Linton’s brother Jamie from their influence. This mission does a great job of establishing what the group is all about, but this piece of extra worldbuilding goes the extra mile in this regard.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Chelonia Cult Discovery

According to the comments in the thread, PotatoCase even attempted to stop the Chelonians from jumping by reloading the save multiple times. In their words, “they suddenly gain the power of Chelonia and jump” when kneecapped to stop it. The NPCs in Red Dead Redemption 2 have always been known for some particularly strange behavior, but at least in this case, it seems completely in line with the characters themselves.

The discovery of these kinds of details is a big part of why Red Dead Redemption 2 is so revered by the gaming community. They have kept the game feeling fresh, no matter how many playthroughs a player has completed. Still, many gamers out there are pining for a sequel at this point, with every player having their own ideas about what it potentially would entail. While Arthur Morgan’s voice actor believes that Red Dead Redemption 3 is a certainty at Rockstar, Grand Theft Auto 6 is the studio’s priority at the moment. There’s likely a bunch of time yet before Red Dead Redemption 3 becomes a realistic consideration.

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Red Dead Redemption 2

RDR2 is a Western-themed action/adventure game by Rockstar. It’s a prequel to Red Dead Redemption and stars Arthur Morgan, an outlaw who adventures across the land avoiding and fighting other outlaws, the government, and anyone else looking to cause trouble.

October 26, 2018