How to Get & Use the Lock Breaker in Red Dead Redemption 2

This guide shows you where to find the lock breaker in Red Dead Redemption 2, as well as how to use it on locked doors and chests.

This guide shows you where to find the lock breaker in Red Dead Redemption 2, as well as how to use it on locked doors and chests.

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

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Jonathan Moore is the Editor-in-Chief of GameSkinny and has been writing about games since 2010. With over 1,200 published articles, he's written about almost every genre, from city builders and ARPGs to third-person shooters and sports titles. While patiently awaiting anything Dino Crisis, he consumes all things Star Wars. He has a BFA in Creative Writing from Georgia Southern University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University, the latter focused on games writing and narrative design. He's previously been a newspaper copy editor, ad writer, and book editor. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, watching football, and walking his three dogs. He lives on Earth and believes in aliens, thanks to Fox Mulder.