While exploring Red Dead Redemption 2’s expansive landscape, players can stumble upon a cave that leads to a tricky puzzle called Strange Statues. Solving the Strange Statues puzzle will reward you with three gold bars for your efforts, so it’s worth trying to figure this one out on your own first before looking up what to do. But, since you’re here, you’re most likely looking for a hint or solution to the Strange Statues puzzle in Red Dead Redemption 2, so continue reading below to find out how to solve this odd puzzle.
Strange Statues Puzzle Location
The Strange Statues puzzle is found within a cave on the north side of the map in Ambarino, just northeast of Bacchus Station. Follow the road leading east away from Donner Falls, and look for a large stone mound just a short distance below the ‘I’ in Ambarino on the map.
The cave entrance is hard to spot at first, as it is tucked behind a large rock face. There are two openings in the rock that lead to a narrow passage. This is where you need to go.
Enter the cave and continue through the passage until you reach a chamber that contains several stone statues encircling another statue in the center. Approach the winged statue in the middle and interact with the statue to mark the findings in your journal.
Notice that each statue has a small button on its base that can be interacted with. To solve the Strange Statues puzzle, you’ll have to determine the correct statues to press the buttons on. Pressing a button causes the button to pop out on the opposite side. Simply press the button on the back of the statue to reset the statue if you need to start the pattern over.
Look closely and you’ll see that each statue has only a certain number of fingers on their hand. Each statue will have a different number of digits missing. The number of fingers a statue has will allow you to determine the order in which to press their buttons.
One statue is missing an arm, which you can find at the back of the cave on the floor. If you combine the number of fingers on the missing arm to its corresponding statue, the statue should have seven digits total.
Window Rock Painting Clue
If you’re looking for a hint to help you solve the Strange Statues puzzle, there is a cave painting west of Fort Wallace at Window Rock that depicts the seven statues in the puzzle. Each statue in the painting has a small eagle beside it that has tail feathers matching the number of digits on the statue beside it, all except one–the statue with the missing arm. You can snap a photo of the painting for reference later if you wish. However, you can solve the puzzle without visiting the painting if you already know the pattern.
Strange Statues Puzzle Solution
The Strange Statues puzzle is solved by pressing the buttons of the statues that represent prime numbers: 2, 3, 5, and 7. Press the buttons of the statues with these finger numbers, while keeping the buttons of the remaining statues in their default positions. If you happen to press the button on the wrong statue, remember that you can reset it by pressing the button on its back side. If done correctly, the winged statue in the center should open to reward you with three gold bars for the taking.
Now that you know how to solve the Strange Statues puzzle in Red Dead Redemption 2, you can move on to solving some of the other puzzles in the game, such as the Poisonous Trail treasure quest or the Jack Hall Gang treasure map locations. Head over to our Red Dead Redemption 2 guide and walkthrough for more tips and tutorials.