RDR2’s Scariest Easter Egg Turned Arthur Morgan Into Van Helsing

Arthur can hunt down the vampire of Saint Denis on a quest inspired by classic characters such as Abraham Van Helsing, Count Dracula and Count Orlok.

Red Dead Redemption 2 has an intricate easter egg that puts Arthur Morgan in the shoes of famed vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing. Rockstar’s games don’t shy away from dark subject matter, with Red Dead Redemption 2The disturbing serial killer quest line is another example of the same title, but Saint Denis’ vampire hunt borders on fantasy horror. Van Helsing is the vampire hunter in Bram Stoker’s famous novel Draculaand the vampire easter egg in RDR2 has a stronger connection to the character than just Arthur temporarily adopting the dangerous profession, albeit in a roundabout way.

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Players are first informed that something is wrong in Saint Denis when strange writings are found on the city walls. There are a total of five passages, and they can be found in any order. The scenario will be copied by Arthur in Red Dead Redemption 2‘s journal next to a drawing of where it was found on the map. Once all five clues have been found, Arthur will combine the locations into a sixth drawing in his journal, connecting them with lines in a crude pentagram. This final map shows the player where to find the vampire of Saint Denis, who can only be encountered around midnight.


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When players face off against the vampire, he will feast on his sixth victim. When he notices Arthur approaching, there is a brief exchange between the two, where the vampire pretends to be centuries old and warns Arthur that he must leave. Eventually, the Vampire pulls out a knife and attacks, and can kill the player with a single hit, making it one of the most dangerous Underutilized. RDR2 Supernatural Easter Eggs. Killing and looting the Vampire will reward players with the Ornate Dagger, a unique melee weapon that can only be acquired from the Easter Egg encounter. Other than the dagger, there’s no motivation to actually seek out the five writings and where they lead other than the novelty of seeing a vampire in the game.


Connecting RDR2 to Van Helsing and Dracula


Red Dead Redemption 2's vampire has a closer connection to Nosferatu's Count Orlok, rather than the original Count Dracula

The character of Abraham Van Helsing was created by Bram Stoker for the influential gothic horror novel Dracula, published in 1897. Van Helsing is a man of exceptional intelligence and experience, although he is not necessarily known as a vampire hunter. He is consulted in the novel by a former student, who has a friend victim of an unknown illness. Van Helsing diagnoses vampire bites and later becomes part of the effort to eradicate Dracula and the other vampires he created. Van Helsing’s character’s role as a vampire hunter has been inflated primarily through numerous films pitting him against the famous Earl, including Peter Cushing’s Van Helsing Killing Christopher Lee’s Dracula in several different adaptations, and the movie monster action packed. Van Helsingin which Hugh Jackman plays the eponymous professor.


Red Dead Redemption 2, however, never mentions Abraham Van Helsing or Count Dracula. Instead, the game makes an explicit reference to the word “nosferatu”, synonymous with “vampire”. One of five writings around Saint Denis that players can find reads, “Five bodies under the perfect star. Nosferatu with duminica will become mortal again.“Duminică” is the Romanian word for Sunday, according to Google Translate, reinforcing the connection to vampirism, with Transylvania, a region of Romania, being the location of Count Dracula’s castle in Stoker’s novel. “Nosferatu” can also be of Romanian origin, although this seems disputed.


Regardless of the term’s etymological history, it was popularized by Stoker’s Dracula and its first film adaptation, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horrorr. The 1922 silent film is a masterpiece of the influential era of German Expressionism, whose The Office of Dr. Caligari is another famous example. The vampire classic Nosferatus was nearly lost forever to a lawsuit orchestrated by the Stoker Estate for unauthorized use of the Dracula story. Fortunately, the film still survives, but Nosferatus probably has wider recognition among modern audiences due to a reference joke made in the episode of Sponge Bob SquarePants where the Krusty Krab is open at night.

RDR2’s Easter Egg Pays Homage to Classic Vampires


Red Dead Redemption 2's vampire pays homage to classic movie Nosferatu with his appearance

Although the word “nosferatu” is itself used, the vampire encountered by Arthur Morgan also bears a striking resemblance to the creature from the 1922 film. Nosferatus could not obtain the rights to Dracula of Bram Stoker’s widow, the antagonist was renamed Count Orlok. Orlok has a more monstrous appearance than most portrayals of Dracula. In Stoker’s original work, the reclusive Earl is charismatic and has no trouble blending in with humans. Orlok instead has an extremely pale complexion, an entire row of sharp teeth, pointy ears, and a bald head. The vampire summoned in Red Dead Redemption 2 has all of these characteristics, even adopting Orlok’s long, talon-like fingers despite being attacked by Arthur with a knife. He even wears a dark collared cloak similar to that of an Orlok donned in Nosferatus.


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Vampires are generally susceptible to wooden stakes and garlic in various stories, but neither is the fate of the original Dracula (although garlic is used by Van Helsing to ward off vampires). In Stoker’s novel, the Earl is depicted as being slain by edged weapons – simultaneously beheaded by a kukri and stabbed through the heart by a Bowie knife. Red Dead Redemption 2Nosferatu’s is also susceptible to conventional weapons, with players able to simply shoot it to death. Just like Dracula, the vampire of RDR2 can only be encountered at night and is likely injured by direct exposure to sunlight. In NosferatusCount Orlok is not actually killed by any of the characters, but turns to dust in the light of the rising sun.

Although the quest for the Easter egg is rather simple, Arthur ends up being the short version of Van Helsing’s saga. The murders committed by the vampire were reported in the Saint Denis diary, and the news even spread so much that Karen and Mary-Beth discuss it at the gang’s camp in Red Dead Redemption 2the fourth chapter. Although the crimes are well known, no one has found the culprit. Although Arthur does not have the same extensive training as Abraham Van Helsing, he puts together the clues and locates the vampire. Tracking the murderous creature is one of the scariest sections of Red Dead Redemption 2but like Abraham Van Helsing, Arthur Morgan faces the supernatural threat undeterred.


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