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Manifest Destiny

Kill the last buffalo in the Great Plains in Single Player.

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OnsidicOnsidic935,979
23 May 2010 07 Apr 2019
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This achievement is called
"Manifest Destiny"
Kill the last buffalo on the great plains in single player

Yes pretty sad achievement, but on to info.
Number of Buffalo = 20
Location Great plains, if you hit the farm or tree lines you have gone too far.
They seem to appear in the middle of 4 different areas if you are looking for them;
The lower case h in beecher;
around r in great plain;
the middle buffalo on the map (close to blackwater);
close to wreck of serendipty (where coyote or fox pic is on the map - southern part.)
(if anyone finds any other locations i will update and give credit)

ADDED -
Jonnyb0b stated that he has
"I've seen buffalo northwest of Blackwater in the little corner the river makes with the open water a couple of times, don't know if that is enough to qualify it for the list."

You only need to kill them you dont need to skin.
Range with a sniper is best as you can get the furthest ones away and then the closest ones. If any of them get out of your line of site you are going to go hunt for them.

I also suggest if you loss site of them use your campfire to savegame, nothing worse than being pounced.
You could also save once in a while, while searching for them, once you find them if you miss some, you could reload and try again, or just go searching.

Rastabikerman - This player has mentioned that he got this achievement by killing someone's buffalo mount from within multiplayer. This is the first time i had heard of this happening so if someone could confirm that would be awesome
(Even though this says single player it seems quite a few people are unlocking it in MP)

Leon Kowalski - This player said the following and 2 others have confirmed it worked for them.
"For Purely Scientific Purposes" mission mentioned above. I rode all the way out with Nastas and the Professor to Bear Claw Camp, and never saw any buffalo nor did anyone comment on any, as may have occurred for Fire Hawk D. The only encounter was the scripted one with the bear. So once I got to the camp, I just kept riding, and once I got too far from Nastas, I "failed" the mission, and cancelled out. Then once I was back as Jack, I rode to the big buffalo drawing on the map and there was a herd of at least ten buffalo there; certainly more than the five that should only have been left. Maybe by (partially) replaying an old mission it respawned the herd. I did not try to reproduce this after burning so much time riding around Great Plains and encountering a ridiculous number of people and very few buffalo, but maybe it will help the next person.
why do people post solutions for achievements that already have solutions?
Posted on 23 May 10 at 14:46
Onsidicbecause i added a lot more information into it.
Posted by Onsidic on 23 May 10 at 15:57
Shinerbock88Because the more information, the better off people using the solution will be. Many solutions offer different ways to achieve the same goal. Again, more info is better than less info. It's a pretty simple concept when you get right down to it.
Posted by Shinerbock88 on 23 May 10 at 19:20
splicegraphtanks ons, good info. I didn't do this in one go, took my time to get the pelts, but they keep roaming in the areas you mention with their numbers down by whatever you killed before.
Posted by splicegraph on 24 May 10 at 02:55
II TITCH IImore info is not always better than less as i hate seeing loads of writing for a simple achievement as it can just over complicate things, this guide is gd nice and helpful thanks very much =]
Posted by II TITCH II on 24 May 10 at 08:08
TsuyoAvengerDeluded means deceived in context, and to cite an over saturation of unnecessary achievement solutions is idiotic, as this site has been developed for the public to give simple solutions to ALL achievements. If one person gets help from the solution, who cares if the masses never had to bother with it. If you don't need the info, don't click the guide, it's there for those who aren't as "clever" as heiwaboke.

Sucks to be them, few as they are. Good guide, I'm sure it clarified for someone nicely.
Posted by TsuyoAvenger on 24 May 10 at 11:38
DeafAtheistSo there are only a total of 20 Buffalo in the game and they don't respawn?
Posted by DeafAtheist on 26 May 10 at 23:36
OnsidicCorrect,
Posted by Onsidic on 27 May 10 at 09:18
MantraPoloIronically, heiwaboke, you posted a solution after I had a complete one you hypocrite.
Posted by MantraPolo on 29 May 10 at 15:11
GunnVsTheWorldwhere is a good place to check if you have 13 buffalo killed and they dont seem to be in your locations (i believe i scared them away from one)
Posted by GunnVsTheWorld on 30 May 10 at 06:38
Onsidicthose 3 places i listed seem to be the best(if you find another location that isnt on there then, ill add it in) but i believe those are the only spots,-- try going into town and saving a couple of times, then going and searching those spots again.
Posted by Onsidic on 30 May 10 at 09:09
So I don't have to kill them all at one time? I could say, kill 10, lost sight of the rest, save my game and then look for the remaining ones later?
Posted on 01 Jun 10 at 21:15
ToddardYes, McDurbin, that is correct.
Posted by Toddard on 02 Jun 10 at 00:57
Fire Hawk DJust as an FYI, during the Act III mission "For Purely Scientific Purposes", you, Nasada, and the Professor pass the herd of buffalo while riding to the mission point. I'm not sure if it's random or not, but I did and the Professor even commented on it, so I figured it wasn't. And, since I only had one buffalo left at the time...well, a couple shots later and I had the achievement. ^_^
Posted by Fire Hawk D on 02 Jun 10 at 04:04
Doctor CaligariNot sure if anyone else noticed this, but it seemed for me that buffaloes came out at around 5 and 6 pm.
Posted by Doctor Caligari on 02 Jun 10 at 04:31
jonnyb0bI've seen buffalo northwest of Blackwater in the little corner the river makes with the open water a couple of times, don't know if that is enough to qualify it for the list.
Posted by jonnyb0b on 03 Jun 10 at 17:57
Leon KowalskiRegarding the buffalo not respawning -- this may be defeatable. I was grinding on this with Jack for a couple hours last night. My stats said I had killed 15 and I was getting tired of riding around, killing time at campfires to give the last 5 time to appear. Out of curiosity I restarted the "For Purely Scientific Purposes" mission mentioned above. I rode all the way out with Nastas and the Professor to Bear Claw Camp, and never saw any buffalo nor did anyone comment on any, as may have occurred for Fire Hawk D. The only encounter was the scripted one with the bear. So once I got to the camp, I just kept riding, and once I got too far from Nastas, I "failed" the mission, and cancelled out. Then once I was back as Jack, I rode to the big buffalo drawing on the map and there was a herd of at least ten buffalo there; certainly more than the five that should only have been left. Maybe by (partially) replaying an old mission it respawned the herd. I did not try to reproduce this after burning so much time riding around Great Plains and encountering a ridiculous number of people and very few buffalo, but maybe it will help the next person.
Posted by Leon Kowalski on 03 Jul 10 at 15:39
JediJohnny7I still had about 6 buffalo left when i got the achievement LOL I have saved the buffalo!!! YAYYY ME! :)
Posted by JediJohnny7 on 08 Jul 10 at 22:50
pg88I have killed 19 Buffalo so i only need to find another one,but i cant!I tried it many times,i searched everywhere in the area,but there is nothing ? What can i do ? do you think starting a new game would solve it ?
Posted by pg88 on 19 Jul 10 at 19:18
Onsidictry doing a loop if u see none, pick a spot that you have seen them before and camp for a while (sleep).. then do the loop again.
Other than that.. doing a new game might give you the same issues.. (unsure whether it keeps the number of kills you have done before).. but playing through it a second time is really quick, just skip all the side missions/quests etc..
Posted by Onsidic on 19 Apr 11 at 04:25
See u in hellli've read on xbox360achievements.org that if you chase the buffalos into the water and they drown they won't re-spawn therefore glitching the achievement so make sure not to chase near places where they can die. If this happens you have to start a new game.
Posted by See u in helll on 24 Apr 11 at 20:09
Wanderer128I got 1 initially playing through just getting animal kills. When I was going for this after everything, I got about 14 in the main area where the picture of the buffalo were, and after getting frustrated looking for the last 5, I found them south of the two roads leading into Blackwater just below the "a" in Great Plains. The game's clock was approximately 3:00PM, and I had looked through all of the locations after saving a few times.
Posted by Wanderer128 on 11 Jan 12 at 06:13
Wanderer128Also, it might work for someone else, but I tried Leon Kowalski's possible method in his comment above to no avail.
Posted by Wanderer128 on 11 Jan 12 at 06:14
blee92Got 18 in the area enclosed by roads east of Broken Tree and got the last 2 near the R in Great Plains. I felt so bad v_v
Posted by blee92 on 12 Feb 12 at 21:09
DeceivedHornet5I got 18 of them but 2 escaped when I was doing this. I saved/loaded over 10 times, fast travelled to Mexico, reloaded a mission, lit up a candle to the entities below and after all that I roamed for a few minutes around the Great Plains and found the remaining two in the very same place the big herd had been. Not sure what did the trick.
Posted by DeceivedHornet5 on 15 Mar 12 at 05:17
BedWettingMonki had four left, fast travel to mexico then back which did the trick
Posted by BedWettingMonk on 15 Jul 12 at 13:28
ScrowjobI found a bunch south of the text Beecher's Hope, just near the road
Posted by Scrowjob on 05 Nov 12 at 05:21
rastabikermani got this in multiplayer by killing someones buffalo.
Posted by rastabikerman on 19 Jan 13 at 21:09
Found my last buffalo above the text "Great Plains". Specifically, above the "P" (not zoomed in). Not too far from the water.
Posted on 20 Jan 13 at 08:34
another DAfter wasting many, many hours in single player (no buffalo) I finally gave multiplayer killing a chance and got it in a minute or two. :)
Posted by another D on 02 Mar 13 at 14:00
Dr EldarionI finally found my remaining three south of Blackwater, just slightly northwest of the pig pictures on the map.
Posted by Dr Eldarion on 07 Jul 13 at 06:02
MangaPowerZeroMight be a little bit late but I can confirm that killing buffalo in multiplayer counts. Actually, they can be killed anywhere, doesn't have to be done in Great Plains (I killed mine right in front of Tesoro Azul).
Posted by MangaPowerZero on 14 Aug 15 at 13:41
MAJIN BOOSHAs someone else stated, travel to mexico than come back (I did it via the cab service) and they will appear again
Posted by MAJIN BOOSH on 18 Dec 15 at 06:23
EthigyInitially found them slightly above the ‘Post’ in Manzanita Post. Killed a few of them, fast traveled away, then returned and found them where the buffalo are located on the map (below ‘Great Plains’). Finished them off there.
Posted by Ethigy on 19 Dec 17 at 02:04
InfinityOnH1ghI saw a water buffalo the other year, so i think this achievement isn't accurate.
Posted by InfinityOnH1gh on 07 Aug 18 at 18:02
OnsidicThe other year? It accurate and been confirm by numerous people, if you have a different location to add - i can add that one. The starting position may not be the same when you find them as they are buffalo and they do roam. (Cows/Buffalo arent stationary targets)
Posted by Onsidic on 07 Aug 18 at 21:36
Sensei NeoI tried replaying the Science mission as suggested by Leon & it kind of worked... Cancelled out after failing mission, went to middle of The Plains & found the last 2 I needed. Not sure if just coincidence as there were no extra buffalos.
Posted by Sensei Neo on 19 Sep 18 at 20:43
AGGT002I can confirm that the remaining buffalo do respawn in the middle of the plains after redoing "For Purely Scientific Purposes" mission. they did for me every time
Posted by AGGT002 on 06 Apr 19 at 19:26
PredaKing88Went towards the great plains at around 5-6 pm and all of the buffalo where in one big herd and I shot all of them and got the achievement.
Posted by PredaKing88 on 31 Jan 20 at 18:04
OdderrOtterr72Do they respond?
Posted by OdderrOtterr72 on 26 Jun 20 at 16:11