How to Form a Posse and Play With Friends in Red Dead Online

This co-op guide covers everything you need to know about forming and using posses to play with friends in Red Dead Online.

While you can play Red Dead Online without ever forming a posse, playing with friends or a like-minded group of randos has benefits beyond just being "more fun". 

Forming a posse will help you get money faster, overcome harder missions quicker, and let you stay alive longer while exploring in free roam. In other words, the posse system is the co-op element of Red Dead Online that you definitely want to take advantage of whenever you can. 

To do that, you need to know how to form a posse and the differences between the types available. 

Joining and Forming a Posse in Red Dead Online

To join a posse:

  1. Press left on the d-pad (don't hold because that will open your catalog) Select "Posse" from the "Free Roam" menu

Choose from the list of all nearby posses; if they are open, you can join up and start working with them to collect money, gold nuggets, and more.  

To form or create your own posse

  1. Go to the "Posse" menu (outlined above)
  2. Press "Square" on PS4 and "X" on Xbox One

After following those steps, you'll find yourself in a new menu. Here, you can choose your posse type (which we'll cover below), privacy, if friendly fire is on or off, where to place your camp, and the posse's name. 

Once you form your posse, you'll see another menu where you can view members, change your settings, invite players, and abandon your posse. 

Inviting Members

To invite members, choose the "Invite to Posse" option. Here, you can select from nearby players, recently-met players, your friends list, and crew, which are the players you're connected with via Rockstar's Social Club. 

Just press "X" or "A" to invite after highlighting the player. 

Different Posse Types

Not all groups of outlaws are created equal. There are a few distinct difference you need to know about. 

  • Temporary posse: These types disappear when the posse leader exits the game or posse. These are free to form and support up to four players. 

  • Persistent posse: These types stay together even if the posse leader leaves. Think of these as clans. They cost $200 (in-game money) to form and support up to seven players. 

Depending on how you want to play Red Dead Redemption 2 Online -- such as if you just want a quick run with whoever's on your server or if you always want to team up with the same players when completing missions -- the posse type matters. You don't want to drop $200 for a Persistent Posse if you have no one you can regularly play with. 

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As we learn more about posses in RDO, we'll update this guide with even more information (like, can you creat a Temporary Posse while part of a Persistent Posse?). If you know the answer to that question or have other posse tips, let us know in the comments below. 

Looking for more tips on RDRO? Head over to our Red Dead Online guides page to learn how to fast travel or exploit the infinite money glitch

Senior Editor - Video

Published Nov. 29th 2018

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