While you can play Red Dead Online without ever trying to make 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.
How to Join and Make a Posse in Red Dead Online
To join a posse:
- 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:
- Go to the “Posse” menu (outlined above)
- 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 Your Posse
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.
As we learn more about posses in RDO, we’ll update this guide with even more information (like, can you create 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.