Red Dead Redemption 2 Guides Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Red Dead Redemption 2 Guides RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Red Dead Redemption 2 Guide: All Legendary Revolvers Locations Thu, 08 Nov 2018 10:26:14 -0500 Sergey_3847

There is a fair number of really decent weapons of the Wild West era in Red Dead Redemption 2. But this wouldn't be a good game if it didn't offer a few unique legendary weapons that are very well hidden on the map.

Some of the legendary revolves that can be found in RDR2 not only look good, but also have stats that are generally much better than those of your ordinary in-game weapons.

If you want to find all the available legendary revolvers in the game, then follow our complete locations guide below.

Otis Miller’s Revolver

One of the most accurate and prettiest weapons in RDR2 made of ivory and gold is the Otis Miller’s Revolver, which can be obtained during the game's Epilogue only.

You will find it in the northern part of the New Austin region at the Cholla Springs. There go to Rattlesnake Hollow, which is located west of Twin Rocks.

Inside one of the caves you will find a chest with several items, one of which is the legendary Otis Miller’s Revolver. Since this is a unique weapon it cannot be customized.

Micah's Revolver

Before getting the Micah's Revolver you need to finish the game's main questline. After the game credits start rolling, you can continue playing.

Return to Mount Hagen, where Micah died at the end of American Venom mission. You should already know the location, but in any case here's the map below.

Mount Hagen is located in Grizzlies West in the southwest of the Ambarino territory. When you are back at the location, find Micah's body and you will be able to pick up his revolver.

Algernon's Revolver

This little fella can be obtained after completing the "Duchesses and Other Animals" side mission in Chapter 4.

Algernon Wasp is the owner of the shop that sells exotic plants and other items. The shop can be found to the north of Saint Denis in the Lemoyne region.

Talk to Algernon Wasp and he will ask you to bring him various eggs, plumes, flowers and other items, which can be found in the area around Saint Denis.

In the end, when you satisfy all his requests, he will give you his revolver and ask you to kill him because of his recent lost love who broke his heart. But instead of killing him you will just keep this unique weapon to yourself.

Flaco's Revolver

In order to get this revolver you will need to take on a quest "The Noblest of Men, and a Woman." Go to the Salloon in the town of Valentine located in the western part of New Hanover territory.

There speak to a man named Calloway, who will ask you to locate and kill five gunslingers. One of them is the name you're especially interested in -- Flaco Hernandez.

This time you will need to travel to the northern part of the Ambarino region. You need to locate the Cairn Lake, which is a frozen mountain lake, so be sure to take warm clothes.

At your arrival be prepared to fight Flaco's gang outside of the house, and then kill Flaco himself. When he's dead, you can pick up his personal revolver, which is engraved with two skulls on its back.

Granger's Revolver

This revolver is also a part of "The Noblest of Men, and a Woman" quest, in which you need to find and kill another gunslinger -- Emmet Granger.

If you've already talked to Calloway at the Valentine's Saloon, then you can go straight to Emmet Granger's hideout.

You can find him to the east of the Flatneck Station in the southwestern part of The Heartlands, New Hanover. When you meet him, he will give you a dirty job at his farm.

As a result, you will be able to fight him in a duel, in which you need to kill him. If you succeed, you will get his revolver engraved with a pig's head as a reward.

Calloway's Revolver

Finally, you can get the last legendary revolver of "The Noblest of Men, and a Woman" side mission, which belongs to Jim "Boy" Calloway himself.

Before duelling Calloway for his legendary revolver, you need to kill four of the five gunslingers given to you in the Valentine's Saloon. When you finish the job, you need to return to a saloon, but you will find out that Calloway isn't there anymore.

When you reach Chapter 5 of the main campaign you can return to the same saloon once again, and the bartender will give you the location of Calloway, who resides at the town of Saint Denis in the southeastern part of the Lemoyne region.

Find Calloway and speak to him. This time he will give you the task to kill the fifth gunslinger -- Slim Grant.

You will find Slim Grant by speaking to the sheriff of Annesburg, which is located in the east of New Hanover. Find him and bring him to Calloway at the north of Annesburg at Brandywine Drop.

At this point you will be able to duel Jim Calloway and take his finest possession -- the legendary Calloway's Revolver.


These are all legendary revolvers, which you can find in the game, and for other Red Dead Redemption 2 guides at GameSkinny, please see the list below:

Red Dead Redemption 2: How to Find Lost Horses and Guns Thu, 08 Nov 2018 10:10:30 -0500 Oscar Gonzalez

Players making their way through Red Dead Redemption 2 will comes across a wealth of horses and weapons. Of course, both are essential to completing the game and experiencing everything RDR 2 has to offer.

However, both can also be lost for various reasons. For those who have lost their favorite noble steed or six-shooter, there are ways to get them back.

I lost my horse in Red Dead 2; how do I get it back? 

Losing a horse in Red Dead Redemption 2 is usually due to it getting killed. Of course, this can happen in myriad ways, from getting shot in an ambush or rolling off the side of a cliff. If the horse in question is a pre-order bonus, such as the War Horse, players can find them again at a stable, like the one in Valentine.

However, since this is considered a new horse its bond with the players will be reset. For those who bought, found, or broke their own horse, a dead horse will not return to the stable so hopefully, you have some replacements.

What if I lost my horse randomly? 

Unfortunately for some players, they lost their horses randomly during the game, such as after a mission, loading up a saved game, or dying -- even though the horse was still alive when the player died. In these cases, there's a bug causing the horse to not load and sometimes replacing it with a default Tennessee Walker.

A way to try and get the horse back is to load a previous manual save

What if my pre-order horse gets replaced? 

Players have also noted that pre-order horses have been lost and replaced by Tennessee Walkers. If this happens:

  1. Take the default horse outside of the city
  2. Kill it (however you like)
  3. Return the saddle to the stables

This could respawn the pre-order horse in the stable again. 

If that doesn't work, then you're simply out of luck. Players affected by this bug have let Rockstar know about the problem, but the publisher has yet to comment about any fixes.

I lost my gun in Red Dead 2; how do I get it back? 

Like horses, weapons can also disappear randomly. Usually, this happens during a mission when a weapon is forced upon the player, such as when you're forced to pick up a revolver from a dead NPC, etc. 

When a player loses a weapon in Red Dead Redemption 2, check for the weapon on your horse's saddle. Call your main horse over after the mission is over and check the saddlebag. Scroll through your weapons, and the one dropped during a mission should be available.

As is the case with horses, if this does not work, then you're out of luck. Hopefully, Rockstar will address these glitches in a future update.


Although these methods aren't hard and fast ways to get your guns or horses back, with the chance you might not being able to do it at all, they're at least worth a shot until Rockstar officially patches the game. 

Looking for more tips on Red Dead Redemption 2 guides? Head over to our RDR 2 guides page for more. 

Red Dead Redemption 2 - Gang Hideout Locations Mon, 05 Nov 2018 10:56:06 -0500 galacticfreds

Red Dead Redemption 2 has rival gang hideouts scattered throughout the map for you to find. I'm going to go over both the unmissable and hidden gang hideouts for you to discover.

There are a total of seven hideouts, with four being unmissable by playing through the story, two are hidden in the state of New Austin, and one is only accessible by owning the special edition of the game.

The unmissable gang hideouts:

  1. Six Point Cabin: Automatically in Chapter 2
  2. Shady Belle: Automatically in Chapter 3
  3. Beaver Hollow: Automatically in Chapter 5
  4. Hanging Dog Ranch: Automatically in Chapter 6

The secret gang hideouts:

Keep in mind these are only accessible after finishing the game.

Thieves Landing 

Fort Mercer

The special edition hideout:

If you go here the standard edition random NPCs will spawn and won't count as a gang.

Twin Rocks

There you have six Gang Hideouts total (seven with special edition). If done correctly, it will check off the “Gang Hideouts” in your 100% Completion Checklist.

If you found this guide useful, check out our other Red Dead Redemption 2 guides here on GameSkinny.

How to Get & Use the Lock Breaker in Red Dead Redemption 2 Fri, 02 Nov 2018 21:20:13 -0400 Jonathan Moore

One of the better ways to get money in Red Dead Redemption 2 is to steal things. From money clips and gold bars to pocket watches and pearl necklaces, lootable items can be found in pockets, desks, cabinets, and whatever else -- you have to steal to eat.

But just like in real life, not everything is left out in the open. Some items are locked away behind doors or in chests. To get into these silently and without alerting your victims to your thievery, you'll need the lock breaker

Yes, you could just shoot the locks off of doors and chests, but since that's not always an option, the lock breaker is your second best bet. 

Where to Get the Lock Breaker in Red Dead 2

You can find the lock breaker at any fence in Red Dead Redemption 2. I picked mine up from Seamus, the first fence in the game for $22.50. You can find Seamus after completing the "Spines of America" mission, which you get from Hosea

If you've already completed the quest but don't remember where Seamus is, you can find him at the barn at Emerald Ranch.

Here is a complete list of fences in the game. 

The prices for the lock breaker vary from fence to fence as well. However, it costs $25 from each of them. If you get the lock breaker from Seamus, not only will you get it first, you'll save $2.50

How to Use the Lock Breaker in Red Dead 2

This might seem simple, but it's been stumping quite a few people, even myself. 

To use the lock breaker, approach a locked chest or door and interact with it by pressing "Square" on PS4 and "X" on Xbox One. It's that simple. If you are having trouble with it, it's because the door or chest you want to open can't actually be opened. In my 15 hours with the game, I've only found 3-4 locked chests, and I haven't found any locked doors, so they're few and far between it seems. 


That's all you need to know about how to get and how to use the lock breaker in Red Dead Redemption 2. If you have other lock breaker tips -- or want us to cover other guide topics on RDR 2 -- let us know in the comments below. 

For other tips and tricks for the Wild West epic, head over to our Red Dead Redemption 2 guides page

Red Dead Redemption 2 Jack Hall Gang Treasure Map Guide Fri, 02 Nov 2018 15:43:57 -0400 Oscar Gonzalez

When you're not hunting animals, catching bad guys, or investigating your horse's "reproduction organs" in cold weather, you might be on the lookout for Red Dead Redemption 2's many treasures. 

One of those treasures is, in fact, three different treasures hidden by the Jack Hall Gang. You'll need to get two treasure maps to get to the booty. Here's how to find them. 

How to Find the Jack Hall Gang Treasure

When Chapter 2 starts and you can freely explore New Hanover, go west from Flatrock Station and look for a hill north of the railroad.

When close, a stranger named Maximo will begin to talk loudly.

Speak with him and buy the treasure map for $10. Of course, you can rob him of it or kill him and steal it, the method is up to you. However, with the map in hand, it's time to find the hidden treasure of the Jack Hall Gang.

Jack Hall Gang Treasure Map 1

Treasure Map 1: Climbing the Seat 

The first stop on the map is Caliban's Seat, which is south of Valentine. Head to the "A" in "Caliban and look to the east. There is a path that goes up the cliff. Climb up the cliff and halfway up you'll see a path on your right that will lead to the side of the cliff.

The walkway here is incredibly narrow, so move carefully. Down the path will be a gap you'll need to jump in order to continue.

Once you reach the end of the walkway, there will be a crack in the cliff that can be searched. Inside you'll find the second Jack Hall Gang treasure map and a pearl necklace.

Jack Hall Gang Treasure Map 2

Treasure Map 2: Spring Into Action

The second map will lead players to Cotorra Springs, which is northwest of Fort Wallace. Between the "O" and the "R" on the map are several rock formations. One of the larger stacks of rocks will contain the final treasure map.

Jack Hall Gang Treasure Map 3

Treasure Map 3: A One-Tree Island

For the final stop, head east from Fort Wallace and go to O' Creagh's Run.

The treasure will be on the island in the middle of the lake. Swim or paddle to the island and look for a rock near the water on the south side.

Search there and you'll find the Jack Hall Gang treasure, which consists of two gold bars worth $500 each.


That's all you need to know about getting the Jack Hill Gang treasure in Red Dead Redemption 2. If you're looking for more RDR 2 tips and tricks, head over to our Red Dead Redemption 2 guides page. 

11 Best Easter Eggs in Red Dead Redemption 2 Thu, 01 Nov 2018 12:31:06 -0400 Sergey_3847


Undead Nightmare Easter Egg


Last but definitely not least, this Red Dead Redemption 2 Easter egg references one of Red Dead Redemption's most popular DLCs: Undead Nightmare.


To find the mask, go to the southeastern part of Lemoyne, near Saint Denis. There, you'll find a souvenir shop with some really cool items.


On the shelf behind the seller you will see a green mask, which looks exactly like the mask from the end of Undead Nightmare expansion.




These were the 11 best Easter eggs in RDR2, and for other Red Dead Redemption 2 guides at GameSkinny, check out the links below:


Meteorite Easter Egg


Well, this Red Dead Redemption 2 Easter egg is rather ... gross. 


If you manage to get to Roanoke Valley in northeast New Hanover, then you will find a house full of burned bodies.


It turns out the house was struck by a meteorite that killed every person inside. You can even see the hole in the roof and the floor.


The piece of meteorite can be picked up as an item. Later, you will be able to sell it, for it's worth. 


Crashed Airship Easter Egg


This historical Red Dead Redemption 2 Easter egg can be seen in the northern part of West Elizabeth, west of Little Creek river.


When you get there, look up on the hill and you'll find a crashed glider -- one of the very first flying machines created by Jean Marie Le Bris. Unfortunately, most of these experimental flights were completely disastrous, and many men died trying to fly them.


This Easter egg shows exactly why these machines were unreliable with their fragile wings and unsafe cabins.


Bonnie MacFarlane Easter Egg


Here's an Easter egg for those who've played and love the first Red Dead Redemption. Bonnie MacFarlane was one of the main characters back then, and she's referenced in RDR 2 in this short scene.


You can find this Easter egg by traveling to the western border of New Hanover. Locate Flatneck Station in The Heartlands and go south from there until you reach the river.


There, you will see a dying, love-sick man who asks you to give a letter to Bonnie MacFarlane. 


Hobbit Easter Egg


Now that we've got the creepier Easter eggs out of the way, here's a fun one that's a real precious (ahem) find.


Referencing The Lord of the Rings, this Red Dead Redemption Hobbit-hole can be found in Ambarino, northeast of Fort Wallace.


Basically, a hole dug in the hillside with a front door and maybe a window or two, this structure would make even Bilbo proud. 


unfortunately, you can't enter the house through the door or any other opening. Clearly, Rockstar just dropped this Easter egg in RDR 2 for fun.


Manbearpig Easter Egg


If you're a fan of South Park, then you'll know what the mutant creature monster found in Red Dead Redemption 2 refers to.


To find it, you first need to travel to the eastern border of New Hanover.


Once there, stop at the house across from the Van Horn trading post. Inside the house, you will see a mutant creature chained to the wall. It has the body of a human, the head of the pig, and arms of the bear.


This is a slightly darker reference to Manbearpig from South Park's episode 6 of season 10, in which Al Gore tries to warn children about this monster, which is an allegory for a global warming.


Ghost Lady Easter Egg


In the same area as the last Easter egg (Hill Haven Ranch), you can find another creepy event unfolding. This time, however, you'll find a ghost lady haunting the swamps. 


She appears and disappears randomly, but she can be found mostly at night. So if you want to meet her and hear her story (yep, she speaks), then come to the marsh after sunset.


You will hear her talking to either her lover or husband. She just keeps repeating the same phrase: "I always loved you. She never loved you... she never did."


That's something right out of a gothic horror novel. 


Ku Klux Klan Easter Egg


Rockstar is also (in)famous for putting rather scandalous references in their games. One such Easter eggs in Red Dead Redemption 2 comes in the form of the understatedly nefarious Ku Klux Klan.


You can witness the meeting by traveling to Hill Haven Ranch at night. The ranch is located east of Scarlett Meadows at Lemoyne region. The best part about this Easter egg is that you can interact with the Klan, killing them all.


Giant Snake Easter Egg


Snakes can give you a lot of trouble in Red Dead Redemption 2. But encountering a giant snake would be a completely nightmarish scenario, one your horse might soon like to forget.


Fortunately, you will find out that this Easter egg is all show since the snake's already dead. Based on what we know about Rockstar's quirky sense of humor, it's safe to say this Easter egg was put in for scares, and not much else. But in any case, a giant snake is a sight to behold.


You can find it by traveling to Lemoyne region in the forest south of Pleasance. It will be hanging from a tree at the edge of the forest


UFO Easter Egg


Rockstar loves putting UFO references into their games, and Red Dead Redemption 2 is no exception. To find this Easter egg, you first need to find Hani Methel's house, which is located north of Heartland Overflow in New Hanover.


When you arrive at the house, you should find a message on the table, which says that you need to come back at 2 a.m. for "some event" to happen. If you have enough patience and can wait until 2 that time, you will see an alien ship hovering over Hani's house.


It's a short scene but something you will definitely want to show to all your friends -- and a tale to tell around the Van der Linde campfire. 


Bigfoot Easter Egg


The Red Dead Redemption 2 map is loaded with unique vistas, sprawling forests, and towering mountain ranges. Some are stunning, while others are a tad bit creepy (Stillwater Creek, anyone?). If you travel to Big Valley located in West Elizabeth, you'll find one of the game's more unsettling Easter eggs.


Located on Mount Shann, which is one of the most mysterious locations in RDR2, you'll find a creature that cryptozoologists have been chasing for years: Bigfoot. 


Known for strange signs on the rocks and other unusual stories surrounding it, it's no wonder that a giant Bigfoot skeleton can be found on Mount Shann.


When you approach the skeleton, you will find a short message saying that it might not even be the Bigfoot, but a man with unusually large proportions.


Yeah ... sure. 


Red Dead Redemption 2 has quickly proven to be one of the finest games Rockstar has ever released. It has a complex story, amazingly realistic gameplay mechanics, excellent writing, and of course, a ton of exciting Easter eggs.


In this guide to RDR 2 Easter eggs, you will not only find references to some of your favorite characters from the first Red Dead Redemption and other popular media, but also a few completely surprising facts from history and beyond.


It's going to be a real ride, so unhitch your trusty steed and let's ride into the sunset. 

How to Get the Leather Working Tools in Red Dead Redemption 2 Wed, 31 Oct 2018 15:09:01 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Theoretically, you could play the entirety of Red Dead Redemption 2 using your original satchel. However, that doesn't mean you should. 

As with any game in the past, oh, forever, it's a good idea to upgrade your base satchel (read: gear) as soon as you possibly can. In RDR 2, that means getting the leather working tools as soon as you possibly can. 

Aside from opening up gear upgrades, the leather working tools also let you upgrade the Van der Linde camp at Horseshoe Overlook. Once you get the tools, you'll be able to add new seat covers, grounds covers, and more to the community camp fire area, camp tables, and other areas. 

Sure it's only an aesthetic upgrade, but if you're into that type of thing ... 

How to Get the Leather Working Tools

In short, you need to get the ledger to get the leather working tools. You can find out how to do that in this guide

However, if you just don't feel like clicking, here's the gist: 

  1. Find Leopold Strauss at Horseshoe Overlook
  2. Accept the Money Lending and Other Sins side quest
  3. Collect the debt from Wrobel
  4. Return to Strauss
  5. Find the ledger at Dutch's tent next to the contribution box

Once you get the ledger, flip to the last page. You can buy the leather working tools for $225. The cost will come out of the camp's savings first, your pocket second. 

This will allow let Pearson at the food carriage to upgrade your equipment. Here are the satchel and camp upgrades you can now get, plus the extra steps required after getting the leather working tools: 

Satchel/Camp Upgrade Benefit Recipe How to Get Recipe
Tonics Satchel Increase tonics carrying capacity x1 perfect deer pelt
x1 perfect buck pelt
x1 perfect elk pelt
Upgrade medicine wagon 2 times
Ingredients Satchel  Increase edible ingredients capacity x1 perfect deer pelt
x1 perfect badger pelt
x1 perfect squirrel pelt
Donate 5 animal carcasses to
Kit Satchel Increase kit
equipment capacity
x1 perfect deer pelt
x1 perfect elk pelt
x1 perfect panther pelt
Donate 3 valuables
to the contribution box
Provisions Satchel Increase provisions carrying
x1 perfect deer pelt,
x1 perfect bison pelt
x1 perfect raccoon pelt
provisions wagon
2 times
Materials Satchel Increase materials
carrying capacity
x1 perfect deer pelt
x1 perfect boar pelt
x1 perfect iguana skin
Craft 3 recipes
at scout fire
(Van der Linde camp)
Valuables Satchel  Increase valuables
carrying capacity
x1 perfect deer pelt
x1 perfect beaver pelt
x1 perfect rabbit pelt
Donate $50 to
contribution box
Legend of the East Satchel  Increase
capacity of all types
x1 perfect deer pelt
x1 perfect cougar pelt
x1 perfect wolf pelt
Craft all other satchels
Cougar Pelt Covered Chest N/A x2 perfect cougar pelts N/A
Bear Skin Table Cover N/A x1 perfect board pelt N/A
Ox Hide Rug N/A x2 perfect ox hides N/A
Boar Skin Rug N/A x4 perfect board pelts N/A
Pronghorn Leather Table Tops N/A x2 perfect pronghorn hides N/A
Campfire Seat Cover N/A x1 perfect beaver pelt,
x1 perfect muskrat pelt,
x1 perfect fox pelt
Campfire Log Seat Cover N/A x2 perfect wolf pelts N/A
Lean-to Cow Hide Ground Cover N/A x1 perfect cow hide N/A
Scout Fire Ground Cover N/A x2 perfect goat hides N/A

That's all you need to know about Red Dead Redemption 2's leather working tools and the upgrades they bring with them. 

If you're looking for more tips and tricks, be sure to head over to our RDR 2 guides page

How to Get the Ledger in Red Dead Redemption 2 Wed, 31 Oct 2018 12:57:06 -0400 Jonathan Moore

As you play through Red Dead Redemption 2, you'll quickly find that upgrading your camp is a necessary task. Not only will upgrading your camp give you access to fast travel, it will also give you access to other necessities, such as better provisions, more potent medicines, and better gear

However, you can't simply upgrade your camp at will -- at least not at the beginning of the game. Instead, you first have to gain access to the ledger. Much like everything else in the game, RDR 2 doesn't tell you how to get the ledger, even though it's rather simple. 

How to Get the Ledger

To get the ledger, you'll first have to start the Money Lending and Other Sins side quest, which you can get from Leopold Strauss (Herr Strauss). 

You will find Herr Strauss at the Horseshoe Overlook camp. From Arthur's tent, go past the community camp fire and toward the bluff overlooking the valley below. Strauss will be sitting on a rock

You will automatically start the quest when approaching him. 

Completing the Money Lending and Other Sins Side Quest

Strauss will task you to collect three debts. However, you only need to collect one of them to gain access to the ledger. 

The easiest and quickest debt to collect is from Wrobel, who is a few miles west of the camp. Once you get to his house, question him about the debt. When he tells you to "take anything" from the house as payment, simply loot the two armoires in the corners and the desk by the door.

Going into the bedrooms is pointless because there's nothing of value in them. 

Return to Strauss at Horseshoe Overlook

Once you return to Strauss and speak with him. After, you can find the ledger to the right of the contribution box at Dutch's tent

Now, you can buy upgrades for the camp, including those for fast travel and upgrading Arthur's equipment. 

If you're looking for other tips and tricks for Rockstar's Wild West epic, be sure to head over to our Red Dead Redemption 2 guides page

Red Dead Redemption 2 Guide: Fence Locations Wed, 31 Oct 2018 12:22:33 -0400 Synzer

Living the life of an outlaw in Red Dead Redemption 2 can be a profitable one. Besides the money you rake in from train and bank robberies, you will come across plenty of valuables. These stolen goods can give you a small fortune -- if you know where to unload them.

There are five Fence locations you can sell these good at in Red Dead Redemption 2. I'm going to go over the details and locations of each so you can turn better profits on your thievery. 

Red Dead Redemption 2 Fence Locations

Although you can sell these goods at your camp, yo won't get nearly as much as you would at one of the Fence locations. If you're looking to make good money, sell all of those unsavory finds at a Fence location.

All of the Fence locations also have a store to buy from and a crafting option.

The store sells throwing weapons, provisions, masks, crafting recipes and more. All of them sell the same things, so no need to go to a specific location.

red dead redemption 2 fence vendor

You can craft trinkets and talismans at Fence locations as well. These give permanent boosts when you make them, such as increased stamina experience, or receiving higher quality skinned animal parts.

Most require at least one kind of legendary animal part. The good thing is that you don't have to bring them to the location, you just need to have skinned it before.

You can also buy the Lock Breaker at a fence location, which allows you to silently break locks.

Emerald Ranch - Wagons and Stage Coaches

red dead redemption 2 emerald ranch fence location

This is the first location you will likely come across. Emerald Ranch is slightly northeast of Horseshoe Overlook in New Hanover. It is unlocked after doing the Chapter 2 mission, "The Spines of America", for Hosea. This mission is available after you do his first mission where you hunt a legendary bear.

In addition to the normal goods, you can also sell stolen stage coaches and wagons at Emerald Ranch.

Van Horn Trading Post

red dead redemption 2 van horn trading post fence location

This location is to the far east of Emerald Ranch, in New Hanover.


red dead redemption 2 rhodes fence location

This location is just north of the town of Rhodes, which is southeast of Horseshoe Overlook in Lemoyne.

Clemens Point - Horses

You must complete the Chapter 3 mission, "Horse Flesh for Dinner". to unlock this location. It is to the northwest of Rhodes, near the Clemens Point camp. You will be able to sell stolen horses here.

Saint Denis

red dead redemption 2 saint denis fence location

This big city in Lemoyne has a great fence location as well. Saint Denis is just east of Rhodes. You can find the Fence location on the east side of town, near the trapper's location.

Those are all the Fence locations in RDR2. Let me know if you have any questions! For more help and info on the game, please check out our other Red Dead Redemption 2 guides.

Red Dead Redemption 2: Gold Bar Locations Guide Tue, 30 Oct 2018 16:23:17 -0400 Ty Arthur

Money is hard to come by in the early stages of Red Dead Redemption 2 as your ragtag gang of outlaw misfits ekes out a sorry existence.

If you want to earn some quick cash to upgrade your camp or buy a better horse, gold bars are the most cost-efficient way to do so. Besides offering up an unbelievable $500 each, they can be used to exploit the RDR2 gold bar infinite money glitch.

Below we cover all the different gold bar locations discovered across the game world so far.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Gold Bar Locations

Keep in mind that if you want to sell the bars directly for cash (rather than donating them to the camp for upgrades), you have to first finish The Spines Of America quest to unlock the Fence.

To start this quest, you have to complete the first Hosea mission where you go hunting for the legendary bear. Later, Hosea will move over to Emerald Ranch and pop up on your map as a yellow icon.

Talk to him at that location to start The Spines Of America. With that out of the way, now its time to start earning some easy money!

Limpany Gold Bar

Limpany gold bar location

This one is super quick to pick up and is available as soon as you leave the mountain and enter the open world area of the game.

Travel southwest from the Horseshoe Overlook camp until you find Limpany, a tiny little burg that burned down.

Head into the burnt out Sheriff's Office at the northwest end of Limpany and look for a desk in the corner. The gold bar is inside a lock box under the desk (along with a horse pamphlet).

Strange Statues Quest Gold Bars

Strange statues gold bar

To kick off this odd puzzle, first head to Window Rock, which is northwest of Fort Wallace and immediately south of Granite Pass. At the top of the area Arthur will note a cave painting about strange statues.

After that is done, head northeast of Fort Wallace to a map location just to the southeast of the giant letter "I" on the map. Enter the cave in the rock wall to find the room filled with strange statues.

Press the buttons on these statues to complete the puzzle:

  • 2
  • 3
  • 5
  • 7

Now you can access the middle statue to find three gold bars ready for the taking!

Braithwaite Manor Gold Bar

Braithwaite Manor gold bar

You can pick up this gold bar starting in Chapter 4 of the main story by heading to Lemoyne's Braithwaite Manor found south of Rhodes.

Head into the main burnt down building and go into the room just beyond the dead body. In that room, turn around and look in the corner to find a lockbox with a gold bar.

Treasure Map Gold Bars

Finally, you can pick up gold bars by following the treasure map bought from (or looted off the body of) the treasure hunter Maximo, who is available in Chapter 2 northwest of Flatneck Station.

The first two treasure stashes each contain a new map leading to another stash with yet more gold bars! After picking up the first map, you can follow the clues to the stashes at these locations:

  • Caliban's Seat (south of Valentine)
  • Cotorra Springs (southeast of the second giant letter "A" in Ambarino on the world map)
  • The O'Creagh's Run lake (south of the giant letter "O" in Ambarino on the world map)

Those are all the gold bars we've found so far! Have you come across any others? Let us know and we'll add them to the list.

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Red Dead Redemption 2: Infinite Money Glitch With Gold Bars Mon, 29 Oct 2018 19:05:09 -0400 Ty Arthur

Players are consistently surprised at how many new elements and areas there are to discover while exploring the Red Dead Redemption 2 map, but one of those most surprising is an unexpected glitch that lets you earn infinite money.

By taking advantage of a save/load bug, you can sell a huge number of gold bars and then easily fully upgrade your camp.

Exploiting this glitch very much goes against the spirit of the game, since it is intended that your gang struggles to survive in the early portions of the story.

If you get tired of being poor all the time though, we explain how to get an unlimited amount of funds below. Note that this will very much be a limited time option, as there's no question it is going to get patched out at some point down the line!

If you've already nabbed the gold bar shown below, check our gold bar locations guide to find more. 

Exploiting The RDR2 Infinite Gold Bar Bug

The quickest and easiest way to exploit the Red Dead Redemption 2 infinite money bug is to head to the burned down village of Limpany, which is found just to the southwest of the main Horseshoe Overlook camp.

Before heading there though, note that this glitch only works if you turn autosave off. You can do that by heading into Settings, then General, and turning off the autosave feature.

Be sure you also aren't currently wanted by law enforcement or being chased by enemies, as these will both screw up the whole process and prevent the glitch from working.

With that out of the way, head into the burned down sheriff's office and look for the desk in the corner. Inspect the lockbox found beneath the desk but don't open it or take anything out of it yet.

When the "Take" option appears for the box to grab a pamphlet or a gold bar, head to the game's main menu and select Story and then Save Game. Save in any slot and select Yes when the Alert appears on the screen.

While still in the Story menu, back out one screen and head over to Load Game and then load the save slot you just created. You will spawn randomly at a location near Limpany (usually on the bluffs just above or by the river just to the west).

Note that if you didn't turn off auto save, you will get a new Alert asking you to overwrite your data. If this happens, choose No and then Yes to prevent the autosave feature from ruining the glitch.

This part is critical -- do not open the map or menu in any way, and walk or ride back to the sheriff's office in Limpany. Walk up to the lockbox so the menu appears in the lower-right corner. Choose the Take option repeatedly to pick up an endless supply of gold bars.

The number of bars you can carry at one time via this glitch is dependent on your satchel, so this is more efficient later on when you've crafted some upgrades.

Now go sell the gold bars at the Fence (or contribute them directly to the camp) for $500 a pop.

You can then repeat the process again by returning to the box. Close the box (rather than taking anything) and then re-open it. You should now see an option to take a pamphlet instead of a gold bar. Simply save, reload, and do it all over again.

Although this Red Dead Redemption 2 cheat is easiest to perform at Limpany due to its close proximity to Horseshoe Overlook, you can take advantage of this glitch with any gold bar found in the game (or nearly any item found in a lock box in a similar fashion).


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Red Dead Redemption 2 Beginner's Tips & Tricks Guide Sun, 28 Oct 2018 17:29:38 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Editor's note: Updated 11/15/18 with more tips.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a behemoth of a game. When you first begin, you'll find yourself essentially on rails for about two hours or so. Here, the game teaches you many of its basic mechanics, priming you for the massive open world to come. 

But when you reach Horseshoe Overlook near Valentine, the training wheels come off ... mostly. The game does provide you with more tips and tricks as you discover new things, but you have to discover them before it will tell you how to do them -- or if you can even do them at all. 

That's why I've whipped up this beginner's tips and tricks guide to Red Dead Redemption 2. After about 10 hours with the game, it's obvious there are a few things -- even those as simple as "how to reload" or "how to upgrade stamina" -- that aren't clearly explained or can be easily overlooked if you're not seeking them out.

Below, we'll cover: 

  • How to reload
  • How to fast travel
  • How to upgrade your abilities
  • How to understand cores
  • Why upgrading your camp is important
  • Why you should keep your horse clean
  • Why you should clean your guns regularly
  • How to pay a smaller bounty
  • How to auto-hogtie NPCs
  • And more

Arthur Morgan shoots a bandit with a Cattleman Revolver on a grassy knoll

How to Reload in RDR2

OK. Let's start with something relatively simple: reloading. 

Red Dead Redemption 2 doesn't tell you how to reload your weapon, and if you're like me, you won't really notice it doesn't tell you until you're in a firefight pressing the wrong button. 

To reload, press "Circle" on PS4 and "B" on Xbox One. Being that most games map reload to either "Square" or "X" respectively, you'll probably find you're hopping around while bullets fly instead of reloading -- at least once or twice in your first encounter. 

Do Missions Before Exploring the Open World

This is something I learned the hard way: do missions before exploring Red Dead 2's open world. 

You can start exploring as soon as you reach Horseshoe Overlook. However, you might find that you can't do certain things, like fishing, or that it's pretty damn hard to get money for camp upgrades. 

The secret is this: Red Dead Redemption 2's early missions either unlock specific items and services or provide a good source of income

For example, here's what you can unlock just in by completing missions in Chapter 2 (alongside the mission's name): 

  • Exit Pursued by a Bruised Ego: Horse Brush and Legendary Animal map
  • Money Lending and Other Sins: Ledger and Camp Upgrades (see below)
  • The Spines of America: Fences (to sell loot)
  • A Fisher of Men: Fishing Pole (Fishing)
  • A Strange Kindness: $300 Gold Bar

Unlock Fast Travel Early

It's possible to ride anywhere you want on Red Dead 2's expansive map. But for certain things, like picking up bounties, getting a haircut, or selling skins to the trapper, you'll just want to get to city hubs as fast as you can, which means fast travel. 

To pseudo fast travel, you can set a waypoint on the map, engage cinematic camera mode, and start riding: your horse will take you to the destination (or in the vicinity of your destination) by itself. There's no need to hold "X" (PS4) or "A" (XB1). Note that this system is a bit fickle: start on roads and your horse will automatically ride; start off-road, and your horse will only gallop while you press or hold the ride button. 

However, the game doesn't tell you that you can unlock true fast travel very early on. Here's a guide on how to unlock fast travel as soon as possible. 

  • Complete the first part of the first quest from Leopold Strauss
    • Collect the debt from Wrobel first since it's the fastest
  • Unlock the ledger (automatically happens after completing the above)
  • Spend $325 (after spending $220 on the first upgrade) to unlock fast travel from Arthur's tent to anywhere you've previously visited

Arthur Morgan buys a train ticket from the post office in RDR2

Use Stagecoaches and Trains to Travel Faster

Another thing the game doesn't tell you is that you can also travel by stagecoach and train from the beginning of Chapter 2. 

Open the map and look at Valentine -- or any other major hub -- and look for the signpost symbol and envelope symbol, which denote the town's stagecoach and train respectively. 

Trains will take you to all the major hubs on the map immediately, and they are typically cheaper and faster than a stagecoach. However, stagecoaches will take you to smaller areas, such as ranches not near rail tracks, that trains won't go. 

If you find that the stagecoach symbol is locked, it's because of one of three things: 

  • You're riding a horse and opened the map
  • You're wanted and have a bounty on your head
  • You're currently in a mission

Note: Stagecoaches won't appear next to the stagecoach sign until after you've designated a destination by purchasing a ticket. Your horse will also appear once you've reached your destination. 

Increase Abilities by Using Them

Red Dead Redemption 2 doesn't have a skill tree system. That means you won't get experience points for taking out lawmen, hunting legendary animals, or dominating at poker. 

Instead, you will upgrade your abilities by actually using them. The game hints at this and mentions it in places, but doesn't outright tell you early on. With so much going on, it's easy to miss that by riding your horse, you're increasing your bond with it, for example. 

So, if you want to upgrade Dead Eye, use Dead Eye -- a lot. If you want to increase your horse's stamina, ride it -- a lot.

Arthur Morgan, with a bloody shoulder, looks out at the Horseshoe Overlook camp next to a fire

Don't Neglect Your Camp

When RDR 2 starts in earnest, you'll get a camp at Horseshoe Overlook. Here you can sleep, eat, cook, shave, change clothes, craft upgrades, and more.

You can even grow the camp by getting the ledger.

But you also have to keep it stocked with ammunition, food, and medical supplies. You can donate money or luxury items such as stolen watches and belt buckles to increase your camp's savings. When you buy upgrades or restock from the ledger, the cost first comes out of the gang's savings; whatever else is needed comes out of your pocket. 

So why contribute your own money to the savings? Isn't it the same as buying out of your own pocket? Well, not really. Giving to the savings and upgrading your camp incentivizes NPCs in the camp to contribute to the savings as well. This is essentially giving you "free" money, so it's worth doing. 

You can also donate items to each of the camp's "vendors" to increase morale, such as giving a freshly killed deer to the butcher. 

Do Chores Around Camp to Increase Abilities, Morale

Doing chores around the camp also increases morale. For example, chopping wood increases morale, honor, and Dead Eye. The game doesn't tell you that you can do this until, well, you actually do it -- and fully complete the task in question.

Arthur Morgan rides a Kentucky Saddler in the woods with sunlight filtering through trees

Explore Off the Beaten Path

Explore off the beaten path to find ingredients, natural food items, challenges, side-quests, encounters, rare wildlife, camps, and much more. 

A lot of Red Dead Redemption 2's gameplay lies outside of the main missions. If you stick to the road, you're bound to miss a lot of it. 

Look for Gang Camps to Loot

Although mostly few and far between, you will occasionally come across gang camps and bandit camps while exploring the wilderness. 

You can often find them by looking for smoke from their campfires. You can either climb to a vantage point and scan the horizon for smoke, or you can also look up toward the tops of trees, where you can sometimes see smoke rising into the sky.  

Usually, the outlaws in these camps will warn you to stay away or else they'll shoot. Use this as an opportunity to get the jump on them. Use Dead Eye to quickly take out the (usually) three to four men in the camp. 

Loot their corpses and camp, the latter of which has the chance of containing expensive valuables and precious resources for your abilities.  

Study Animals While Hunting

This might not seem necessary at first, but studying animals in RDR 2 is important for several reasons. 

Studying animals puts them into your compendium. Here, you will learn valuable information about them, such as:

  • Where you can find them on the map
  • What types of foods they like (for bait)
  • What weapons you should use to hunt them
  • What types of ammo to use when hunting them
  • What tactics you should use when hunting them

To study animals, press and hold "R1" on PS4 or "LB" on Xbox One when you get close to them to add them to the compendium. You can also study animals from farther away by using your binoculars

To access the compendium, open the game menu and go to "Progress". Then choose "compendium" in the middle. 

Arthur Morgan stands next to his horse in a field after picking a Yorrow plant

Pick Flowers and Harvest Plants for Ingredients

While hunting provides you with skins for crafting, meat for eating, or both for selling, there are tons of flowers and plants in the wilderness that will fulfill all three needs as well -- and don't require stealthy hunting to acquire. 

For example, wild carrots are a perfect food for both Arthur and his horse, while American Ginseng can be used to craft health tonics and Violet Snowdrop can be consumed to increase stamina

Some can be immediately eaten or used when harvested, while others have to be combined with other ingredients before being used. 

Your compendium tells you where to find and how to use each plant, just like it does for animals while hunting. 

Loot Carriages and Rob People

As you ride through the world, you'll inevitably come across carriages and lone riders.

Carriages are great sources of income throughout the game, and especially after you unlock fences in the Chapter 2 mission, The Spines of America. First of all, carriages often have lock boxes on the back. You can shoot the locks off or use the lock breaker to open them silently. Inside, you'll find loot and, sometimes, money

You can also sell carriages to Seamus at Emerald Ranch after completing The Spines of America. Average, less ornate carriages sell for less money than their more grandiose counterparts. 

On the other hand, robbing people and lone riders can also be lucrative, if also more dangerous. Often, riders won't go down without a fight, so be prepared to shoot. One of the best ways to avoid a shootout is to lasso your victims before they see you coming or have a chance to draw their weapons. 

Also, try to rob people at night or off the road. Any witnesses will alert the law -- and some witness might even be the law. 

Buy Masks From Fences and Wear Them

After you unlock fences, you'll be able to buy masks. These are especially useful when holding up carriages, robbing people, and clearing out banks. 

Your bandanna works well, but masks hide your entire face -- and look terrifying to boot. Wearing masks will also still allow you to wear your bandanna and not be recognized by the law. 

Arthur kneels next to a campfire in a field near a farmhouse in RDR2

Camp in the Wilderness

Sometimes it's easier to camp in the wilderness than travel all the way back to Horseshoe Overlook. To camp anywhere on the map, open your item wheel and select the campfire under the "items" tab

You can craft, cook, and rest after you've made camp. This is a good way to pass time if you want to stay in the same area, change time of day, or craft certain items such as coffee or potent bitters.  

Be Careful Trimming Your Hair or Beard

Hair grows in Red Dead Redemption 2.  

When you first get to Horseshoe Overlook, you might be enticed to use the shaving station by Arthur's tent to change his look. However, shaving or cutting your hair means you will lose access to hair and beard styles at the barber

If you cut your hair or beard too short and want a specific style that requires a longer cut, use a hair tonic. You can find these at vendors and in the world as loot. Hair tonics will increase the rate at which your hair grows

You can also sleep to increase the length of your hair or beard, although this method is slower than using a hair tonic. 

Cores, Cores, Cores

We have a whole guide on cores, but the idea behind them is worth repeating because their importance can't be overstated. 

Both you and your horse have bars and cores. Arthur has bars and cores for health, stamina, and Dead Eye, while horses have bars and cores for stamina and health. 

The bar around the core is your "temporary health": this bar depletes first when taking damage, running, or using Dead Eye. When the bar around the core depletes, the core begins to deplete. 

Bars regenerate over time, but cores do not. You must use tonics or provisions to refill cores. 

Lose your health core and you die. Lose your stamina core, and you can't run. Lose your Dead Eye core, and you can use Dead Eye. 

Cleaning a double barrel shotgun in first person mode in Red Dead Redemption 2

Clean Your Guns Regularly

Like in other games with weapon durability, Red Dead Redemption 2's weapons degrade the more you use them. Cleaning your guns with oil will make sure their stats stay at maximum -- or return there. 

The more you use your weapons, the dirtier they'll become. This contributes to wear, meaning you'll be less accurate or you won't be able to reload as fast. 

You can find oil on corpses, in camps, and at gunsmiths. You can even get the gunsmith to clean your gun(s) for you and grab oil to take with you. You can also buy accessories, such as holsters, that will decrease degradation over time by a certain percentage. 

Visit the Gunsmith 

Aside from cleaning your gun(s) and selling items, guns, and ammunition, the gunsmith provides a few other services you'll want to take advantage of. 

You can find all the weapons you've purchased in the game at the gunsmith, and you can also customize your weapons at the gunsmith. Note, they do have to be clean before you can customize them. 

Customize Your Guns

Some gunsmith gun customizations are purely for aesthetics, such as gun grips, engravings, barrel colors, etc. However, other options make your gun(s) better. 

Grips, barrels, sights, and more improve accuracy or range. Some improve damage output and rate of fire. Just know that upgrades like these aren't necessarily cheap, with some going for $15 a pop. 

Ammo Types Matter

Not all ammo is created equal.

For example, regular revolver ammo is simply your standard ammo. It deals good damage and has decent range. However, buy express revolver cartridges and you get around a ~10-15% increase in damage.

Get high-velocity rounds and you get about the same increase to range

You can find these ammo types and more on corpses, in shops, in lock boxes, on shelves, etc. Essentially -- and like with other items in Red Dead Redemption 2 -- always be looting; there's nothing better than getting ammo for free. 

To change ammo types, simply bring up the weapon wheel, highlight the gun you want to change the ammo of, and press "left" or "right" on the D-pad

A cattleman revolver with a long barrel sits on a counter at the gunsmith for upgrading

Keep Your Horse(s) Clean

There's a lot that goes into bonding with your horse(s). Aside from keeping them fed and riding them, you need to keep them clean. 

There are two ways to do this: brush them and wash them. Both are relatively simple tasks. The first requires you get the horse brush and the second requires you simply find an area of clean water (rain will even work). 

However, they're both important because your horse(s) won't recover health and stamina as quickly if they're dirty

Save Money By Getting Caught by the Law

As outlaws tend to do, you'll eventually get a bounty on your head. To pay it, you can do one of two things: you can go to one of RDR 2's post offices, which are typically located near stagecoaches or in train stations, or you can get caught by the law

In every single case, getting caught is cheaper. For example, a $15 bounty can turn into a $13 payment by getting caught. I'm not sure there's an exact ration, but you will always save money by surrendering to the law. 

What's more, you don't lose anything by spending a night in jail, other than your wanted status. Sitting through a short cutscene is well worth the money you save. 

However, this doesn't work with bounty hunters

How to Surrender to the Law

Surrendering to the law is easy. All you have to do is go into the red area on the map (this will either be a bubble or an entire territory, depending on how wanted you are), keep your guns holstered, find a lawman, look at them using "L2" or "LT" and choose the "surrender" option. 

Automatically Hogtie NPCs

There are myriad reasons why you wouldn't want to kill an NPC. Whether it's for a mission or your own nefarious (or hilarious) purposes, there are times you'll need to capture someone instead of offing them. 

You probably already know you can equip your lasso, hold "L2" or "LT", and then press "R2" or "RT" to wrangle them. If they're on a horse, this is really the only option you have. 

However, if they're on foot, you can run after them and auto-hogtie them. All you have to do is equip the lasso, run at them, and tackle them with "Circle" or "B". When you tackle them, Arthur will automatically tie them up. 


Hopefully, this beginner's guide will make your first few hours of Red Dead Redemption 2 more enjoyable, as well as more focused on killing lawmen than on wondering where something is or how to do something. 

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Guide: How To Customize and Get New Guns Sun, 28 Oct 2018 11:19:24 -0400 David Jagneaux

There are lots of guns in Red Dead Redemption 2. In the first few hours you’ll spend much of your time with revolvers, bows, and basic repeater rifles, but you eventually come across pistols, long-range rifles with roughly attached scopes, and all-powerful shotguns.

All together there are close to 60 guns in Red Dead Redemption 2 and each of them can be tweaked, customized, and upgraded to your heart’s content.

Gun Customization

To customize your weapons all you have to do is head to a nearby Gunsmith. The first one you find in the game is in Valentine, but most proper cities have stores as well. Just walk up to the shopkeeper and you’ll be able to browse the weapons you have already and purchase upgrades.

For example, on a shotgun that could include improving the barrel or stock, adding iron sights, and on rifles even adding scopes. You can also do things like engrave your weapons and change colors.

We’d advise focusing on high accuracy over high damage because a lot of the deadliest firefights you find yourself in tend to be on horseback. Well, that and ammo capacity. Buy upgraded bandoliers and upgraded gunbelts as soon as you can.

Gun Maintenance and Favorites

Gunsmiths also let you clean weapons, but we’d actually advise just buying oil and cleaning them yourself out in the field. Weapons can get dirty and worn over time and that can lead to things like jammed guns or lower accuracy because of wear and tear. Just like real life, maintaining your guns is crucial.

And the more you use a weapon, the more Arthur grows accustomed to it. If you use a specific gun enough, it can be assigned as one of his “favorites” which unlocks better accuracy and other perks with that specific weapon.

The Best Guns

If you’re aching for a bump in your firepower and effectiveness in combat, it could be wise to purchase some new guns from a gunsmith. We recommend the Schofield Revolver, Volcanic Pistol, or Lichefield Rifle as good, relatively inexpensive options. But you can actually loot weapons in the world and find rare and unique guns -- these are always the best options.

For example, if you do the Gunslinger side quests you can track down Billy Midnight and kill him for his high-fire rate and high-accuracy Mauser Pistol. Other weapons are tied to specific missions and challenges in the world.

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Red Dead Redemption 2: How To Bond With Your Horse & Customize It Sun, 28 Oct 2018 11:13:06 -0400 David Jagneaux

Horses are extremely important in Red Dead Redemption 2. Not only will you likely spend just as much, if not more, time on your horse than compared to on-foot, but they are living, breathing creatures in the game world that must be taken care of carefully.

No matter how much time you spend with a horse, bonding with it, and upgrading everything, if it dies then it’s gone forever if you can’t revive it. I’ll never forget when I lost Bullseye on a mission that went bad.

How To Bond With Your Horse Quickly

If you’re not too far away, you can press up on your d-pad to whistle and call for your horse.

The more you ride your horse and spend time with it, the higher your bond level will go. The higher your bond level is, the higher your horse’s health and stamina will be. Plus, you’ll unlock new abilities with your horse as the bond level increases.

Once you’ve got a horse that’s saddled up, there are six main ways to keep your horse happy and increase your bond with it:

  • Feed your horse: Feeding your horse hay, carrots, and other items is a sure-fire way to heal it in the heat of battle (hold L1/LB then cycle to horse items) but when you’re on the ground you can hold L2/LT and select “feed” for some casual eating, which is great for bonding too.
  • Brush your horse: While standing next to your horse, hold L2/LT and select “brush” to clean it off. Keeping your horse clean is important for not only bonding, but a dirty horse suffers from lower stamina as well.
  • Pat your horse:  Finally, when on the ground you can hold L2/LT and select “pat” to give your good little horsie a loving pat on the side of the head to soothe it and build your bond.
  • Ride your horse: Spending time on your horse, galloping around and traveling slowly increases your bond over time.
  • Ease your horse: While out riding your horse may get upset, start bucking, or grunting with anxiety. Press L3/LS to soothe it and ease it with some kind “it’s okay there boyyyy” from Arthur’s soothing deep voice.
  • Protect your horse: Similarly, steer clear of dangerous areas and predators to decrease the chances of your horse getting spooked.

Basically my routine is I go up to my horse or call it to me then I feed it, brush it, and pat it before riding. If you just do this every time, it’ll be at a much higher bond level in no time.

How To Get New Horses

There are two main ways to get new horse in Red Dead Redemption 2.

The most obvious way is to buy them from stables that you can find in towns or peppered along roads. Typically these horses are not cheap and generally we wouldn’t recommend buying a horse unless you’re in desperate need of one or one of the horses up for sale has amazing stats.

The other way to get a horse is to just steal it. You’ll find horses all over town, on roads, in the wild, and with bandits that can be taken as your own. There is a bit of work to be done in terms of easing it and getting it to bond with you, but you can totally do it. Or, after killing someone, you could always hop on their horse and ride it into town to stable it as a backup or sell it.

How To Retrieve Your Horse

If you get separated from your horse you either have to whistle for it and hope you’re close enough or go to the nearest stable and retrieve it. Using some video game magic, it will teleport to the stable you’re at for free.

How To Customize Your Horse

Finally, there’s also horse customization in Red Dead Redemption 2. It’s extremely thorough and feels reminiscent of the vehicle customization options you’re probably familiar with from the Grand Theft Auto series.

To customize your horse all you have to do is find one of the many stables and go inside just like you would if you wanted to buy a hose.

Customization options on horses are broken down into two types: cosmetic and functional. For example, things like the length and color of your horse's mane and tail are purely cosmetic customization options. But change out the stirrups can actually increase speed and stamina and upgrading to larger saddlebags will expand the inventory.

That's it for the basics of RDR2's horses. Be sure to check out our other Red Dead Redemption 2 guides here on GameSkinny!

Red Dead Redemption 2: Legendary Bear Pelt Location and Tips Sat, 27 Oct 2018 16:27:19 -0400 Synzer

One of the early missions in Red Dead Redemption 2 has you chasing a legendary bear with Hosea. During the mission you come literally face to face with this monster of an animal, but you can't finish the hunt during the mission.

I'm going to go over everything you need to know to take this bear out and what to do with the legendary pelt you can skin from it.

Preparation and Hunting

The first thing you'll want to do is come prepared. If you didn't succeed the first time, or went back to camp instead, that's perfectly fine! Here are a few things I suggest before going on the hunt:

  • Repeater or Rifle - You can put a scope on it, but it is not necessary.
  • Provisions and Tonics to increase Dead Eye - You'll want to finish the bear while using Dead Eye if possible.
  • Patience and Perseverance - Things can go south pretty fast. So you may need to retry.

Now for the actual hunt. If you open your map and look towards the Grizzlies and zoom in, you'll see a bear icon with a crown over its head. This means it is the legendary bear.

red dead redemption 2 legendary bear pelt location

The Grizzlies is located north of Emerald Ranch, or northeast of Valentine. I already had Emerald Ranch discovered so I found it easiest to take the train from Valentine to Emerald Ranch once I had my supplies.

Once you reach the location, look to the top-left of your screen. You will see a message that says you've entered the legendary animal's area. Then it will say you can either track it, you can't track it because there is too much activity in the area, or it won't be back for some time.

You will need to leave the area, pass time by sleeping at a camp, and come back until you get the message that says you can track it. Once you're ready, just turn on Eagle Eye and follow the yellow clues until you reach the bear. I've always seen it in the same spot, between some trees.

  • Start by using your rifle from a far distance, then wait for it to get in clear sight.
  • Now, just use Dead Eye and target the head as much as possible.
  • As soon as it run out, just activate it again. Doing this two or three times should be enough to kill it.
  • If it reaches you, you can attempt to escape by pressing "B" or "O", but I was not able to escape in time on my first attempt.

Congratulations on your first legendary animal kill! Now let's go over what you can do with the pelt that you skin from it.

Crafting at the Trapper

You will need to take the legendary bear pelt to the Trapper to be able to craft anything. The easiest way to find him is to open the map, choose locations, and scroll down until you reach Trapper. Now, just set a way point and make your way to him.

If he is far away and you are near a train, you can use this to get closer. If you keep the pelt on your horse and use a train, the horse will show up at your destination and still have the pelt!

When you reach the Trapper, take the pelt and sell it to him. You will get $60, and have the option to craft special clothing. Below is a list of what you can craft.

red dead redemption 2 legendary bear pelt crafting

  • Legendary Bear Head Hat - Requires legendary bear pelt.
    • Provides some warmth.
  • Legendary Bear Coat - Requires legendary bear pelt and perfect bison pelt.
    • Provides much warmth. Too warm for hot weather.
  • Legendary Bear Roper - Requires legendary bear pelt and perfect bull hide.
    • Provides no warmth, good in hot weather.

The last item doesn't require the legendary bear, but I will list it anyway since it is part of the set.

  • Boar Riding Gloves - Requires perfect boar pelt and two perfect rabbit pelts.

Luckily, you only need one pelt to craft all three items. You will only need to get the extra materials for the coat and roper. 

That's all there is to know to hunt the first legendary bear in Red Dead Redemption 2 and what to do with its pelt. Be sure to check out our other Red Dead Redemption 2 guides. Leave a comment down below if you have any questions or need more help!

How to Get the Horse Brush in Red Dead Redemption 2 Sat, 27 Oct 2018 13:54:55 -0400 Jonathan Moore

There's a lot that goes into taking care of your horse in Red Dead Redemption 2. Aside from feeding it, one of the most important things you can do is keep your horse clean. That doesn't just mean keeping mud off its coat by washing it, that also means brushing it regularly

Doing both of these things is important for maintaining the bond with your horse, as well as keeping its health and stamina bars full. 

Of course, you'll actually need a brush to keep your horse's coat clean of dust and dander. However, you can't just go into any store and buy a brush. Instead, you have to complete a quest to get it.   

Luckily, that quest is pretty easy -- and it's one you can start and finish very early in the game. Here's how to complete it and get the horse brush. 

Complete the Quest: Exit Pursued by a Bruised Ego 

To start this quest, you'll need to find Hosea Matthews in your camp. From your tent, head toward the horse hitch near the edge of the camp (the one where you almost always leave your horse when entering the camp). He'll be sitting on a rock cleaning his gun

Once you start the quest, Hosea will ask you to help him hunt a Legendary Bear. In fact, this is the first Legendary hunting quest in the game, and it's also how you gain the ability to find other Legendary animals on the map. 

However, before you head off to kill the bear, you'll need to take a horse to the Valentine stables. Once you get there (it's on rails, so you won't have to look for it), sell your horse and purchase another one. 

I'd suggest just buying the $13 horse, since all of the others are priced too high this early in the game. That especially true if you haven't unlocked fast travel yet and need that precious $325. 

Once you buy the horse, you'll automatically get the horse brush. 

There are two ways to use the horse brush: while riding or while standing. While riding, simply open the item wheel with "L1" on PS4 or "LB" on Xbox One and go over to the horse tab. Select the brush and Arthur will automatically start brushing.

While standing next to your horse, hold "L2" on PS4 or "LT" on Xbox One and then press "right" on the D-pad


You can brush your horse as much as you want, but you will only increase your bond every few brushes. Essentially, you can't spam it for bonding points. 

Be sure to check out our other Red Dead Redemption 2 guides while you're here. 

How To Fast Travel in Red Dead Redemption 2 Fri, 26 Oct 2018 22:27:29 -0400 Zack Palm

Red Dead Redemption 2 features a massive map for you to explore, with plenty of secrets waiting for you to discover. Though, getting around this environment takes quite a lot of time.

As with most modern-day games, RDR2 has a method to make things go quicker: fast travel. However, it's not immediately apparent of how to gain access to this feature in RDR2. Depending on how you play, you may miss it for quite some time.

In this guide, we break down the quickest way to unlock fast travel in Red Dead Redemption 2.

How To Unlock Fast Travel in Red Dead Redemption 2

To begin the quest that ultimately unlocks fast travel, you want to proceed to the western side of your camp and look for Leopold Strauss. You can find him sitting on a rock, overlooking the valley.

Speaking to him unlocks a long quest line -- Money Lending and Other Sins. Luckily, you only have to complete one of the various side quests to access what you need: the ledger (the video above shows you the fastest way to unlock it). 

The ledger will give you access to camp upgrades. These additions add things like medicine carts and ammunition crates to your camp, increasing gang morale. The ledger also gives you access to the lodging upgradeFirst Things First

This upgrade costs $220. The funds will come out of both your pocket and the camp's savings. You will then need to purchase the Next in Line upgrade, which costs $325, to get access to fast travel from Arthur's tent after being unlocked.

That's no small price. It takes a bit of time to gather this up, and here are some great methods to do this.

How to Get Money Fast in Red Dead Redemption 2

The $545 you need won't come out of thin air. There's plenty of methods for you to earn the cash, though.


Your first choice should be to check out the bounties available in Valentine. Although you can find bounties listed in a variety of sheriff's offices in towns around the map, the bounty in Valentine is the closest for this quest. 

Bounties offer a quick influx of $50 or more to get you started quick. However, bounties aren't as plentiful as you might expect, so you'll have to shift to other money-making methods quickly. 

Side Quests

After you've exhausted bounties, your next step may be to see what side quests you can tackle located nearby. This money stacks up over time, though you might feel you can earn more faster if you're willing to risk the law.

Robbing & Stealing

Robbing people always provides a high rate of income, and with that high rate, you have to endure the consequences. Choose your targets wisely, and make sure you have your bandanna on your face to hide your identity. You don't want the law on your back before you're ready to jump around the map like a jackrabbit.

You can also steal things from people's homes or businesses -- then resell those items for profit. 


The last method you can use to acquire funds is by hunting the local wildlife. You can skin these animals and sell them in town to the populace. You can also sell the meat to the local butcher.

If you study this path, you'll need to return to the city quickly after your kill to make sure the creature does not start rotting. When it starts decomposing, it'll lose value on the market. 

Playing Poker and Dominoes

Depending on your skill and luck, you can also play NPCs in games of chance and skill, such as dominoes and poker. Both of these can net big winnings, but the thought of grinding $220 at one time, getting close, and losing it all is a waking nightmare. Only go this route if you feel lucky. 


After you've acquired your hard-earned cash, return to camp and find the ledger once again. You can purchase access to the fast travel system, and now getting around the map became so much easie.

Enjoying your time in Red Dead Redemption 2? Let us know in the comments below and make sure to check out these helpful articles to make your time in the west so much easier.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Cheats: A Complete Guide Fri, 26 Oct 2018 22:03:47 -0400 David Jagneaux

Red Dead Redemption 2 is an enormous game. In many ways, it’s the most ambitious game of the generation and certainly the deepest and most lifelike of Rockstar’s stellar list of open world games. If you've played many Rockstar games in the past, such as Grand Theft Auto III, Liberty City, and San Andreas, then you might remember the prevalence of cheat codes. In fact, in past generations, cheat codes were prevalent across pretty much every game genre.

Everyone remembers the Konami code and until very recently, my fingers were ingrained with the muscle memory for spawning a jet in San Andreas. Back then, you had to input a complex series of buttons in rapid succession to activate cheats, but just like the waning days of the Wild West in Red Dead Redemption 2, times are changing.

We’ve put together this list of cheat codes in Red Dead Redemption 2, as well as details on how to enter them, so that you can have Infinite Stamina, Infinite Ammo, and the War Horse whenever you want it. Read on. 

How To Find Cheat Codes in Red Dead Redemption 2

Not all cheats in Red Dead Redemption 2 are created equally. What we mean by this is that some of them have prerequisites in-game that need to be fulfilled before they will fully unlock -- even if you know the proper code and type it in.

For example, you’ll see in the list below that some of the cheat codes require you to purchase in-game newspapers to fully unlock them. You can find newspaper sales people by looking for the little newspaper icon on your map when in a town.

Open up your inventory, go to the Documents tab, and look for purchased newspapers there. If you use the newspaper, Arthur will pull it out and you can inspect the text yourself. Check the margins, edges, and bottom borders to find phrases that stand out by themselves to locate different cheat codes. Once you spot the cheats, go enter them in the menu by following the directions below.

So if you want, you could go about getting cheat codes manually through playing the game. However, not all cheat codes are tied to newspapers. Some of the cheats are phrases you’ll just find in the game world itself, like those scrawled across ice or carved into objects.

Since the game world is so vast, it’d be quite daunting to only find them this way. Just checking our list down below is much easier!

How To Enter Cheat Codes in Red Dead Redemption 2

Entering cheat codes in Red Dead Redemption 2 is super simple. All you have to do is pause the game, navigate to the Settings menu, then press either triangle on PS4 or Y on Xbox One to bring up the Cheats interface.

From there, you should see a long list of locked “Unknown” cheats that you can’t see yet. Press triangle again (or Y) if the prompt doesn’t automatically open to bring up the entry pad. Now all you have to do is type in each code exactly as it’s spelled (capitalization doesn’t matter) to unlock each corresponding cheat.

Once a cheat is unlocked, it will appear in the list where you can quickly and easily toggle it on or off as you see fit.

If any cheats are activated in Red Dead Redemption 2, you cannot save any single player progress, and you cannot collect Trophies and Achievements for the duration of your playthrough. So you should only use cheats for fun to mess around since nothing else will count. It’s also wise to save your game before enabling any cheats.

Keep in mind that, as explained, some cheats require you to purchase in-game newspapers before they will fully unlock.

List of Red Dead Redemption 2 Cheat Codes

The below list is not complete as codes are still being uncovered, but all of the codes listed here have been tested and confirmed to be working:

Cheat Code Requirement
Infinite Ammo Abundance is the dullest desire   Get New Hanover Gazette No.27 in Valentine during Chapter 1
Infinite Stamina The lucky be strong evermore   New Hanover Gazette No. 33 after the completing "Urban Pleasures" mission in Chapter 4
Get Heavy Weapons Greed is American Virtue   Purchase newspaper after completing the “Advertising, The New American Art”
mission in Chapter 3
Refill/Fortify Health, Stamina, Dead Eye Your flourish before you die Purchase newspaper after completing the “The King’s Son” mission in Chapter 6
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Red Dead Redemption map
You Long for Sight by See Nothing Purchase newspaper after completing the “Blood Feuds, Ancient and Modern”
mission in Chapter 3
Set Dead Eye to Level 3 I shall be better  N/A
Set Dead Eye to Level 5 I seek and I find  N/A
Raise Honor Rating Virtue Unearned is not virtue   Purchase newspaper after completing the “Urban Pleasures” mission in Chapter 4
Create Horse Wagon Keep your dreams simple  N/A
Create Circus Wagon Would you be happier as a clown Purchase newspaper after
completing the Epilogue
Instantly Get Drunk A fool on command  N/A
Increase Horse Whistle Range Better than my dog    N/A
Create Race Horse Run! Run! Run!  N/A
Create War Horse You are a beast built for war Purchase newspaper after
completing the Epilogue
Create Carriage Keep your dreams light N/A


And that’s all of the cheat codes in Red Dead Redemption 2, plus their requirements, that we know about so far. If you know of any others feel free to let us know. Have fun out there in the Wild West!

How to Manually Save Your Game in Red Dead Redemption 2 Fri, 26 Oct 2018 15:24:20 -0400 Zack Palm

When you first start playing Red Dead Redemption 2, it's not entirely clear how to manually save your game. Yes, there's an autosave feature that will keep you from starting all over if you die or make a mistake, but if you want to manually save at a specific point, you'll have to dig through the menu just a bit. 

Unlike most AAA games of the last, oh, decade, RDR 2 doesn't have its save function clearly listed in the menu. This part's obvious, but when you're in game, hit Start on Xbox One or Options on PS4 to jump into the main menu.

Once in the menu, hit the tab labeled 'Story'. From there, you'll see 'Save', 'Load', etc., and you can manually save your progress. 

You may also want to know how RDR 2's autosave feature works. Essentially, the game autosaves right before a mission, after a mission, when you bathe, sleep, shave, buy or sell an item, or travel a certain distance (although this last part is a little unclear).

Corrupted Red Dead 2 Saves

Plenty of people in the comments below have shared their issues with Red Dead Redemption 2's saving, and many have reported dealing with corrupted save files. Unfortunately, beyond starting a new game, there's little you can do to solve this issue, as of yet.

One of the things you can do to help Rockstar learn about and deal with these issues is by contacting them an leaving a ticket. To do so, reach out here: Rockstar Support Page.



Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Red Dead Redemption 2, and be sure to check out our RDR 2 guides for beginner's tips and tricks, how to exploit the game's gold glitch, and more. 

Red Dead Redemption 2 Guide: Cores and Bars Info Fri, 26 Oct 2018 15:12:13 -0400 Synzer

Red Dead Redemption 2 has a slightly different system of Health, Stamina, and Dead Eye management. You will need to keep and eye on these, particularly your health, as you play through the game. If you happen to forget after a while, don't panic -- you'll live. Let's start by fully explaining Cores and Bars.

Cores versus Bars


First the easy mechanic to understand, Bars. These are the rings around your Health, Stamina, and Dead Eye icons on the bottom-left of your screen above the mini-map. For simplicity, I'm going to describe just the Health for now, and get to Stamina and Dead Eye later.

Your Health Bar/Ring can be thought of as your temporary health. As you take damage, this will deplete. It will also refill over time. Once your bar is gone completely, that's when the Core comes into play.


Cores are basically your overall/emergency meters. These are indicated by the icons themselves. For health, that is the heart icon above your mini-map. Once your bar runs out, your heart core icon will begin to deplete. Once that is fully gone, you die. These also determine how fast your bars refill. If your core is mostly full, your bar will regenerate quickly.

red dead redemption 2 core info

Cores will not regenerate over time. Your Health Core also automatically drains over time, even when you do nothing. You can open the menu, select player, then select Arthur to see the remaining percentage and time on your Cores.

Stamina and Dead Eye

Stamina icon is the lightning bolt, and Dead Eye is the, you guessed it, "X" eye icon. 

Stamina gets depleted when you sprint and Dead Eye gets depleted as you use Dead Eye. The only difference between Dead Eye and the rest is that you must actively refill both the Bar and the Core.

Horse Cores and Bars

Your horse also has Health and Stamina Bars and Cores. These look like Arthur's, but they have a horseshoe icon and are to the right of his icons.

red dead redemption 2 horse cores and bars

Refilling Cores and Bars

Since Cores are very important and don't regenerate over time, naturally you will need to know how to refill them yourself. Bars can also be refilled in a pinch. All of these can be restored through specific items called, Provisions and Tonics.


These are the most important as they restore your Cores. There are some that restore multiple types at once, like Health and Stamina for example. Others will damage a Core and restore one or both of the others.

Be sure to pay attention to what each Provision does so you don't end up doing more harm than good. It's better to be safe than sorry.


These restore your bars and some can also restore multiple at once. There are certain Tonics, signified by a yellow color, that can also give a Fortify effect.

Fortify means the bar will become a complete circle and not drain for a short time. This can greatly help in dangerous situations, or just make completing missions a lot easier.

red dead redemption 2 provisions and tonics

Increasing Your Bar Max

If you notice early on in the game, your bars/rings are not complete circles. You can increase the length of each by doing certain activities. Below are examples of how to increase each ring.

  • Health - Hunting and skinning
  • Stamina - Running and swimming
  • Dead Eye - Hunting and skinning
  • Horse - Riding, grooming, petting, etc.

That's all you need to know about Cores and Bars in Red Dead Redemption 2. Hopefully this game mechanic makes perfect sense to you now. If not, feel free to comment down below and I'll happily help.

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