Red Dead Redemption 2 Guides Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Red Dead Redemption 2 Guides RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network How to Win Horse Races in Red Dead Online https://www.gameskinny.com/d6ze7/how-to-win-horse-races-in-red-dead-online https://www.gameskinny.com/d6ze7/how-to-win-horse-races-in-red-dead-online Sun, 02 Dec 2018 12:04:34 -0500 Oscar Gonzalez

The Red Dead Online beta has finally rolled out for everyone and with it comes an array of activities for players to participate in. For those who want to feed their need for speed, horse races will scratch that itch.

After logging into Red Dead Online and jumping into Free Roam, there will be checkered flag markers on the map indicating a Race Series.

Head to the spot and walk up to the signpost to start matchmaking. After the loading screen, you will likely be asked if you want to spectate a race. It's important to say "yes" because if you choose not to, you will be vulnerable to attacks from others players.

When the match you're spectating is over, then you will be able to partake in the next race.

Let's Race, Cowpoke

There are three kinds of horse races in Red Dead Online that currently take place in locations such as Saint Denis, Valentine, and Fort Wallace.

The first is a lap race, which will be familiar to GTA Online players. Players must make their way through checkpoints in two laps around the race area and the winner is whoever reaches the finish line first.

There is the regular race, which is a longer course and only one lap.

Then there's the open race, where the checkpoints are scattered throughout the area and players can to reach each point in whatever order they like. Finishing in the top spots will net players gold nuggets, money, and XP.

In Red Dead Online horse races, having the fastest horse doesn't guarantee you'll win. A fast horse will help, but horse racing is more akin to Mario Kart.

On the course are barrels that contain weapons and stamina for your horse. The weapons are important as they can be used to take out the player in front of you.

It's also possible to knock your horse into another player's horse, thus causing them to fall off. Players thrown off their horse or killed will have to respawn, although not far from where they died.

Racing Like An Outlaw in Red Dead Online

Here are some tips on how to win races:

  • Stamina barrels are the key to winning. Even if it appears that a barrel might be slightly out of your way, it's important to nab it. 
     
  • If you want to win, getting a proper horse will be the biggest help. As you grind through the game, you'll obtain better and faster horses than those just starting out. A fast horse is great, but it also helps if the horse has a little weight to it to bump other players.

  • Speaking of bumping, try to avoid crowded areas. Even if you don't get bumped, someone else might to cause a chain reaction that will wipe you out. Don't be afraid to hit the breaks and let everyone in front take the risk. This is especially important at the beginning of certain races where there's a tight turn early on.

  • If you have a weapon, use it. Everyone else will. You can also use your Dead Eye to give yourself a damage boost. Be mindful of any weapon you pass up since the player behind you might pick it up. If they start shooting, do your best to dodge their shots.

  • Learning where the finish line is in an open race is a big help. Since the checkpoints are scattered, some will require going well out of the way to reach them. This will add precious seconds to your time if you have to ride a long distance back to reach the finish line. A good strategy is to clear the outer checkpoints first, then make your way into the inner checkpoints to be close to the finish line.

Racing horses in Red Dead Online may not be the easiest way to make a buck, but at least you won't have to deal with griefers killing you without notice.

Looking for (relatively) quick ways to make money in Red Dead Online? We've got a guide for quick methods, infinite money exploits, and gold grinding. Wondering how to fast travel? Check here. Want to know how to form a posse? We've got you covered

And if you want to know what we think of the mode in general, check out our early impressions (and why the economy is the mode's biggest problem). 

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Red Dead Online Bard's Crossing Treasure Guide: How to Find and What You'll Get https://www.gameskinny.com/fnm9e/red-dead-online-bards-crossing-treasure-guide-how-to-find-and-what-youll-get https://www.gameskinny.com/fnm9e/red-dead-online-bards-crossing-treasure-guide-how-to-find-and-what-youll-get Fri, 30 Nov 2018 11:21:46 -0500 Synzer

In Red Dead Online, you get treasure maps as rewards for leveling up. This is a good way to get money, even though you have to progress through the ranks to do so. 

Treasure locations, such as Bard's Crossing, are also a lot easier to find online than they are in Red Dead 2's base game. Once you get a map, all you have to do is open the satchel, go documents, and select the treasure map. This will mark an area on your map to search for the treasure.

It won't show you the exact area, though, so you'll have to do some searching when you get there.

Finding the Bard's Crossing Treasure

One such map you can get is for the Bard's Crossing location. Once you reach level 10, you unlock the map. In order to actually get the map, you must head to a post office or your camp to collect it.

Bard's Crossing is between Riggs Station and Flatneck Station, east of the town of Strawberry, or northeast of Blackwater.

Once you reach the location, there are two things you can do.

  • Walk around until you feel the controller rumble
  • Use Eagle Eye to look for the lockbox

Waiting for the rumble is the what you should do first. If you don't feel a rumble, keep walking around the area until you do. As you get closer, it rumbles more. 

When you reach the location, the rumble stops. This is when you want to use Eagle Eye to search for the lockbox. You will see a yellow glow while in Eagle Eye, which marks the location of the treasure.

I found it on a rocky cliff near a skull under some rocks. You might find it in a different spot, so be sure to follow the above steps until you find where it is located in your game.

Opening the treasure lock box gave me 100 gold nuggets, which equals 1 gold bar, $141, a few consumables and ammo, and some experience.

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That's all you need to find the treasure at Bard's Crossing in Red Dead Online and get a significant increase in your income. If you haven't already, I suggest using some of it to buy a bow, which you also conveniently unlock for purchase at level 10.

Be sure to check out our guides on how to make money fast and the infinite money exploits if you want more ways to get money in Red Dead Online.

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How To Make Money Super Fast in Red Dead Online https://www.gameskinny.com/jmmkk/how-to-make-money-super-fast-in-red-dead-online https://www.gameskinny.com/jmmkk/how-to-make-money-super-fast-in-red-dead-online Thu, 29 Nov 2018 13:49:08 -0500 Ty Arthur

Like GTA 5 before it, Red Dead Redemption 2 finally has an online mode available, and its the real deal wild west!

Unfortunately, being an outlaw is expensive, as the daily camp and stable fees will quickly eat through any money you've earned up by robbing folks and completing stranger tasks.

Money is fairly tough to come by in this game as well. Randomly murdering every NPC you come across isn't usually a viable option. You'll net very sad amounts -- like around 9 cents a pop -- that just aren't worth the attention you'll receive.

Hunting and looting corpses are the obvious ways to earn, but that's mostly just chicken scratch since there won't be enough animals or dead bodies available to make real money quickly (with the few exceptions noted below).

Raiding other player camps is lucrative, but risky. If you want a low-risk, high-reward way to earn cash fast, use our Red Dead Online fast money guide we've got here.

Farm The Emerald Ranch Animals

Grinding on Emerald Ranch livestock

This is midway between a clever way to earn money for an unscrupulous thief and an outright exploit of the system that will likely be patched. Emerald Ranch has a large stockyard area filled with animals that are easy to kill, because they are corralled in a pen and can't escape.

Head over to our short guide on the exploit to see exactly what you need to do. 

Hunting For Pelts In The Wild

If you want better pelts than what you can find from the poor corralled animals at Emerald Ranch, bow or knife hunting can potentially yield more money more quickly -- if you find the right animals and get perfect pelts.

By skinning perfect pelts from three star pronghorns outside Blackwater, its possible to make up to $180 an hour if you get lucky. Be sure to keep in mind the type of ammo / weapon needed and the star rating for each creature, as poor pelts are easy to come by by don't yield much money unless you are quickly farming large numbers of creatures like with the method above.

Have you found any other surefire spots for great pelts in the wild? Let us know where to look and we'll get this sectino update!

Quick Join Story Missions

Most of the various activities from stranger quests or large scale events net small amounts of money, and we want to avoid that. The real cash is to be found in completing story missions.

While this works better with a posse you trust to blaze through the missions, you can do this with random players to get some quick money as well.

While in free roam mode, tap the left d-pad button (don't hold it down or it will pull up the catalog). If the Free Roam menu, choose Quick Join and then Story Mission On Call. Choose a mission and wait for three other random players to be slotted in.

Since this system puts you in a mission with other players, note that you may see things later in the story than you've currently experienced while playing solo, so there are spoilers there!

Continue to play successive on call story missions (but don't repeat the same ones as they don't have cash bonuses) because the later missions supply several hundred dollars each.

Reset Your Character Repeatedly

Another day, another character to farm with

This nifty little system is slightly time consuming, but if you want a bunch of money and don't mind playing the same missions a few times over, it can be extremely lucrative.

First, make any character you want (sticking with all the base options is best so its quickest) and play the first six story missions of the free roam mode. This will get you around $400 and nearly a full gold bar.

If you want an extra $100 and another gold bar, play that character until hitting rank 10, which automatically unlocks a treasure map.

Next, delete the character entirely in the Player menu and start over with a new character. The game keeps track of how much money you had, so you can repeat this process several times until you have as much money as you want, then continue on with the character you actually want to play.

Go Trout Fishing

Red Dead Online fishing

When you hit rank 14, your character will unlock a fishing rod (or if you've managed to grind enough gold nuggets, you can buy one for four gold bars early).

If you can get one gold bar, you can order the lake lure (unlocks normally at rank 30) from the catalog, which makes it much, much easier to catch fish. From that point, it's simple to make plenty of money by fishing.

For the most money, though, set up camp at the lake at the south end of Valentine, which has Steel Head Trout. Place your camp there and put up your white flag so other players can't kill you, then collect as many fish as you want!

Sell them in stacks of 10 at the butcher in Rhodes for more than $40 per trip!

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Have you found any other ways to quickly grind large sums of cash while exploring the wild west? Let us know and we'll get your method added!

You can also check out our growing list of Red Dead Online guides here:

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How to Form a Posse and Play With Friends in Red Dead Online https://www.gameskinny.com/go5j5/how-to-form-a-posse-and-play-with-friends-in-red-dead-online https://www.gameskinny.com/go5j5/how-to-form-a-posse-and-play-with-friends-in-red-dead-online Thu, 29 Nov 2018 11:13:08 -0500 Jonathan Moore

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

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Red Dead Online Infinite Money Exploit Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/pvich/red-dead-online-infinite-money-exploit-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/pvich/red-dead-online-infinite-money-exploit-guide Thu, 29 Nov 2018 10:40:14 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Editor's note: This guide has been updated to include more money exploits and glitches as of 11/30/18.

If you've played Red Dead Online, you know that it's not easy to make money. You might even find yourself struggling to make ends meet. Beans aren't cheap, you know. 

However, aside from these quick ways to make money, there are a few money glitches/exploits you can take advantage of right now to make your wallet grow. 

Player carrying cow skin at night at Emerald Ranch

Infinite Money Exploit 1: Harvest Animal Skins at Emerald Ranch and Other Farms

The best time to do this is at night since killing the animals in the day will not only affect your Honor level, but it will also increase your Wanted level because there will be witnesses. Having the law called on you will only make the process take longer. 

Here's what you need to do: 

  1. Go to Emerald Ranch at night
  2. Kill all of the animals 
  3. Harvest their skins/pelts
  4. Sell those skins to the butcher/trapper/fence 

After you've killed the animals, harvested their skins, and sold them, start a new session by pausing the game, then going to Online -> Free Roam. This will start a new session and the animals will respawn, letting you farm more money. 

You can find Emerald Ranch in New Hanover, east of Valentine. It can be found between the "N" and the "O" in "Hanover" on the map, southeast of Heartland Overflow. 

You can also use this exploit on all of the farms and ranches near Rhodes and Valentine

Infinite Money Exploit 2: Exploiting Free Roam

This method for getting infinite money in Red Dead Online comes from YouTuber JumpmanGerm via GameRant

Every time you begin a new Free Roam session, you also start a new instance of RDO. That means that the money and items you're carrying transfer to the new instance, but the items in the world respawn. 

We mention this above with the Emerald Ranch glitch, but it's worth noting by itself: any items you loot from any location will respawn after starting a new Free Roam session. 

West elizabeth map with cabin location

GameRant's article shows off a great spot for loot in West Elizabeth. North of the "E" in Elizabeth on the map, and northwest of "Creek" in "Little Creek River", you'll find a cabin with some valuables that you can farm using this method. 

It takes around one to two minutes to farm this location. Each piece of jewelry will net you $9 for both, which is around $270 per hour

Red circle on map showing bayou cabin money glitch location

Another great place to loot items for money can be found in the Bayou south of Lagras and west of St. Denis. Pointed out by YouTuber Daryus P, a cabin here also has two pieces of jewelry that you can easily farm. 

In the video, the jewelry type changes each time they enter the house after reloading a Free Roam instance, but you can make roughly $8.70 per three minutes, which comes out to roughly $174 per hour. Not as good as the West Elizabeth, exploit, but still not bad.  

Red Dead Online map showing cabin east of Tall Trees

A third place to farm jewelry for money in Red Dead Redemption 2 Online can be found east of Three Sisters in Ambarino

As pointed out by YouTuber Obese Giraffe, you can find a platinum chain necklace/platinum watch and 2x platinum earrings in the cabin here. The platinum pocket watch has the best value at $3.25, while the platinum chain necklace will sell for $2.50 and the platinum earrings will sell for $2.

This comes out to around $155 per hour. Again, not as lucrative as the previous two locations, but a good place to check if the other two are crowded by other players. 

Map of Granite Pass for the fish farming money glitch

Infinite Money Exploit 3: Falling Fish Farming

This exploit is more interesting than it is lucrative because it's rather hit or miss. However, if you're in the area, and farming money via hunting, it's an exploit you might want to check out. 

Found by YouTuber Mansa Gaming, this spot can be found at Granite Pass, west of Bacchus Station. Climb up to the cliff underneath the waterfall, and you'll find that fish rain down onto the cliff from the waterfall during the morning hours

The types of fish are random, but you can pick up two- and three-star bluegill and salmon. Some of the fish sell for $1, while the salmon can fetch $3

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These are some of the better ways to farm money in Red Dead Online, but they most certainly aren't the only ways. Let us know in the comments if you've found a more lucrative way.

If you're looking for more tips on Red Dead Online, head over to our growing RDRO guides hub

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How to Get Gold Bars (Kind of ) Fast in Red Dead Online https://www.gameskinny.com/swwma/how-to-get-gold-bars-kind-of-fast-in-red-dead-online https://www.gameskinny.com/swwma/how-to-get-gold-bars-kind-of-fast-in-red-dead-online Wed, 28 Nov 2018 14:52:12 -0500 Ty Arthur

Outside of ranking up over time and acquiring new card abilities, Red Dead Online gates off certain content by requiring you to acquire and spend gold bars.

The currency is used to unlock items like new outfits, better horses with upgraded stats, and the fast travel system. While several gold bars are easy to come by just by finding the right locations in the base game, the online version makes you work a lot harder for them.

Below we cover exactly where to go to turn nuggets into the coveted Red Dead Online gold bars.

Important Note: You can currently only play Red Dead Online if you meet certain criteria. You can find those criteria here

Some users are also currently experiencing problems connecting to the online version -- check out our guide to resolving that problem here.

How To Get Gold Bars In Red Dead Online

Since the online mode is technically still in beta, this is all very much subject to change. Currently, 100 nuggets are automatically converted to one gold bar.

However, almost anything that requires gold bars demands a steep price. For example, you need 18 gold bars to get the horse from the catalog in the image above. You need 112 gold bars to unlock fast travel (unless you want to wait until Level 65 to get it). Obviously, you've got some grinding to do.

To make that grind easier, here's where to go to get gold nuggets:

The fastest ways to get gold bars in the early-game are by completing both story missions and stranger missions. Unlike Red Dead Online's multiplayer modes, these are often linear and filled with easy-to-kill NPCs. 

The time on each type of mission varies, as do the rewards based on how you performed. Typically, you'll get between 1-4 nuggets per event or MP series. 

Red Dead Online character in Rhodes showing gold nugget acquisition rate

On average -- getting the lowest reward and taking about 10 minutes per event -- you can expect to get one gold bar per 7-8 hours of play. Clearly, that's a pretty slow progression, particularly if saving up 10-20 gold bars.

After missions and MP events, challenges, horse races, and treasure maps are all toss-ups for best ways to get gold bars and gold nuggets. Challenges can be very time consuming, while horse races are hit and miss depending on your horse.

Treasure maps are hard to find and often seem to come at random. You do get one in the first mission and another when you hit rank 10, however.

Gold bars will also be available to buy directly with real-world money when the in-game store comes online (presumably next week).

Need help figuring out how to posse up, complete missions, or increase your wanted level? Head over to our growing Red Dead Online guides hub for more. 

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How to Unlock Fast Travel in Red Dead Online https://www.gameskinny.com/4j5gd/how-to-unlock-fast-travel-in-red-dead-online https://www.gameskinny.com/4j5gd/how-to-unlock-fast-travel-in-red-dead-online Wed, 28 Nov 2018 13:36:50 -0500 Jonathan Moore

The fast travel system in Red Dead Online is almost identical to the one found in Red Dead Redemption 2. Stagecoaches still play a large role in getting you around the map, and using the cinematic camera to ride your horse from one waypoint to another is still a good option. 

However, there are a few caveats in the fast travel system that are worth noting. 

Fast Traveling From Your Camp

Unlocking fast travel in Red Dead Redemption 2 meant getting the ledger and buying the Next in Line upgrade. However, unlocking fast travel in Red Dead Online has one of two requirements: 

  • Reach level 65 
  • Pay 112 gold

Arguably, neither of those tasks is easy, with the 112 gold requirement being especially difficult seeing that you get such little gold from missions and multiplayer modes like Most Wanted. 

For the best ways to get gold (kind of) fast, head over to our gold grinding guide here

How to Access Fast Travel From Your Camp

However, once you do meet one of those requirements, you can access fast travel in your camp by: 

  1. Going to Cripps and focusing on him 
  2. Selecting "Wilderness Outfitters
  3. Choosing "Equipment"

Traveling by Other Means

Almost every one of the major hubs in Red Dead Online is connected by stagecoach as soon as you enter free roam. When you reach them, you'll be looking for posts with ram skulls on top of them and a broken stagecoach wheel leaning against them instead of the prim and proper signs from the base game. 

As you would expect, there are different prices for traveling to each of the hubs. However, know that traveling to your camp from any of the hubs -- even those very close to your camp -- will set you back a flat $15. 

You can also "fast travel" by using the cinematic camera while riding your horse. Simply place a waypoint, start riding, and activate the cinematic camera. Make sure you are on a road or designated path or your horse will just go forward a few steps and stop. 

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That's all you need to know about fast travel in Red Dead Online. Be sure to keep an eye out for more RDRO guides as we make our way through the online mode over the coming days. 

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Red Dead Redemption Online Not Working? Try These Potential Fixes https://www.gameskinny.com/jqk6u/red-dead-redemption-online-not-working-try-these-potential-fixes https://www.gameskinny.com/jqk6u/red-dead-redemption-online-not-working-try-these-potential-fixes Tue, 27 Nov 2018 16:25:36 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Unless you live under a rock, you know that Red Dead Redemption Online released today. And as you might expect from a beta, not everything has gotten off to a peachy start. 

While most players have been able to log in, create their characters, and form a posse with their friends, some players have found that they either can't load Red Dead Redemption Online or it's simply not working at all.

Although problems persist across both PS4 and Xbox One, it appears Xbox One users have been hit the hardest.

If you're running into this problem, let's start with the most basic of basics: make sure you have the ultimate edition of the game or are accessing the beta at the right time. Since Rockstar is rolling the release of the beta out over the course of this week, not every player has access to the beta at the same time

Here are the times when the beta is releasing this week, as well as the requirements for access: 

  • Tuesday, November 27Red Dead Redemption Online will be available to all players who purchased the ultimate edition of Red Dead Redemption 2

  • Wednesday, November 28: Anyone who played RDR 2 on October 26  will gain access to the beta. 

  • Thursday, November 29: Anyone who played RDR 2 from October 26 to October 29. 

  • Friday, November 30: Everyone else who has purchased any other edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 and played after the above dates. 

If the beta is still not working, your next step is to check the server status here

If all else fails, then you'll have to get your hands dirty. 

Clear Your System Cache: Xbox One & PS4

Since both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 store temporary files, you need to make sure to clear your cache from time to time to speed things up and improve gameplay. 

To clear your cache on either system: 

  1. Turn the console completely off
  2. Unplug the power cord from the console itself (not just the wall)
  3. Wait for at least 30 seconds (60 seconds to be sure)
  4. Plug the power cable back in
  5. Turn on the console

Set Nat Type to Open

Another possible reason Red Dead Online might not be working correctly is that your NAT Type is not set to open. While it doesn't always affect your connection, an open Nat Type is always best for online play. 

For Xbox One, follow these steps: 

  1. Settings -> Network -> Test Multiplayer Connection.
  2. Wait for your Xbox One to test your connection.
  3. When it says "Everything is Good", press LT+RT+LB+RB to go into "Detailed Network Statistics." 
  4. Wait for the three dots under "Detailed NAT Information" to change to either "Your network is behind a cone NAT" or "Your network is behind a port-restricted NAT."
  5. If you see "Your network is behind a cone NAT", press "A" twice. You'll be taken back to the "Network Settings" menu and you should have an open NAT Type. 
  6. If you see "Your network is behind a port-restricted NAT", you'll need to follow these detailed instructions.

For PS4, the easiest method for getting an open NAT type is by simply plugging your PS4 directly into your modem with an ethernet cable. There are a few other ways, which YouTuber John Glasscock does a great job of explaining here, but they're far more complicated. 

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Aside from clearing the cache on your router by turning it off, unplugging it, and plugging it back in, you can submit a ticket to Rockstar and a representative will attempt to fix the issue. 

On top of what's above, there are several other ways that you can try to rectify the problem, such as calling your cable provider, disabling firewalls, and tweaking uPnP, but all of those are rather lengthy processes. 

Rockstar is currently aware of the issue, and they will most likely have a fix out for the issue relatively quickly. So if the methods above don't fix Red Dead Online for you, it might just be best to wait a few hours for the problem to be fixed server-side.  

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Guide: All Legendary Revolvers Locations https://www.gameskinny.com/t7u37/red-dead-redemption-2-guide-all-legendary-revolvers-locations https://www.gameskinny.com/t7u37/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

RDR2 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

RDR2 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

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

RDR2 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

RDR2 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

RDR2 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.

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These are all legendary revolvers, which you can find in the game. We've got a lot of other Red Dead Redemption 2 guides at GameSkinny. Check out the link for a full list or follow one of these directly for more community guides:

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Red Dead Redemption 2: How to Find Lost Horses and Guns https://www.gameskinny.com/q2hth/red-dead-redemption-2-how-to-find-lost-horses-and-guns https://www.gameskinny.com/q2hth/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.

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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. 

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Red Dead Redemption 2 - Gang Hideout Locations https://www.gameskinny.com/xgbqn/red-dead-redemption-2-gang-hideout-locations https://www.gameskinny.com/xgbqn/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.

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How to Get & Use the Lock Breaker in Red Dead Redemption 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/w1ww2/how-to-get-use-the-lock-breaker-in-red-dead-redemption-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/w1ww2/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. 

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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

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Jack Hall Gang Treasure Map Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/mqewi/red-dead-redemption-2-jack-hall-gang-treasure-map-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/mqewi/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.

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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. 

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11 Best Easter Eggs in Red Dead Redemption 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/cixf6/11-best-easter-eggs-in-red-dead-redemption-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/cixf6/11-best-easter-eggs-in-red-dead-redemption-2 Thu, 01 Nov 2018 12:31:06 -0400 Sergey_3847

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Undead Nightmare Easter Egg

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

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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.

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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.

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

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Meteorite Easter Egg

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

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

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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.

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

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Crashed Airship Easter Egg

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

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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.

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

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Bonnie MacFarlane Easter Egg

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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.

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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.

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

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Hobbit Easter Egg

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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.

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

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

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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.

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Manbearpig Easter Egg

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Ghost Lady Easter Egg

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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. 

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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.

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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."

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

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Ku Klux Klan Easter Egg

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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.

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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.

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Giant Snake Easter Egg

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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.

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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.

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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

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UFO Easter Egg

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Bigfoot Easter Egg

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Yeah ... sure. 

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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.

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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.

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

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How to Get the Leather Working Tools in Red Dead Redemption 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/5r472/how-to-get-the-leather-working-tools-in-red-dead-redemption-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/5r472/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
Pearson
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
capacity
x1 perfect deer pelt,
x1 perfect bison pelt
x1 perfect raccoon pelt
Upgrade
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
carrying
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
N/A
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. 

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How to Get the Ledger in Red Dead Redemption 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/hy5y6/how-to-get-the-ledger-in-red-dead-redemption-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/hy5y6/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. 

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Guide: Fence Locations https://www.gameskinny.com/m7klp/red-dead-redemption-2-guide-fence-locations https://www.gameskinny.com/m7klp/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.

Rhodes

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.

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Red Dead Redemption 2: Gold Bar Locations Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/g1n1m/red-dead-redemption-2-gold-bar-locations-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/g1n1m/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).

Train Wreck Gold Bars

Located south of Coterra Springs and northwest of Fort Wallace, this hidden track wreck location has two gold bars! Beneath the bridge you should be a derailed train car.

To the right of the crashed car you can walk on a small path up the mountain. Just slightly up the path, turn left and you'll see a small alcove. You can run and jump into the open area, then turn around and jump across the chasm to an outcropping.

From there, just jump down into the open end of the derailed car to find a chest with two gold bars.

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 burned 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.

Shady Belle Gold Bar

At the end of Act 3, you will return to the old Shady Belle plantation house a second time to clear out the remaining Lemoyne Raiders and establish a new camp.

When the elderly Confederate shoots himself in the head in the main upstairs bedroom, don't go downstairs to help move the bodies yet. Instead, search the dresser on the opposite side of the bed to find a hidden 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 https://www.gameskinny.com/wk78u/red-dead-redemption-2-infinite-money-glitch-with-gold-bars https://www.gameskinny.com/wk78u/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 https://www.gameskinny.com/ira54/red-dead-redemption-2-beginners-tips-tricks-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/ira54/red-dead-redemption-2-beginners-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. 

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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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