Red Dead Redemption II

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Tips and Tricks

Red Dead Redemption II Guide

The page contains a wide variety of tips and tricks that are useful from those just starting out at the beginning of Red Dead 2 to more veteran players looking to get the most out of the time in the Wild West.

General Tips

  • You appearance changes if you don’t look after your character.
    • Eat too much or too little and Arther’s body will change too far or thin depending.
    • Don’t change your clothes or wash and Arthur will start to smell and have visible signs of dirt.
    • Forget to save and Arthur will grow a full-on beard. Of course, this might be the look you are going for.
  • Treasure maps can lead you to some easy money in the form of Gold Bars.
  • On the same note, Gold Bars can be sold to Fence for $500 each.
  • Losing weapons or clothes when out in the world does not mean they’re¬†gone forever. Check your horse’s saddle to recover them.
  • The in-game HUD is customisable you can show as much or as little as you want.
  • Not sure what clothes to wear – check the time and temperature¬†by pausing the game or by pressing the D-pad.
  • This means depending on the temperature you need to wear warm clothes in cold weather and the opposite is true.
  • When committing crimes you need to make sure you wear a bandanna to huge your identity.
  • Remember to loot drawers, cupboards and other places as you can collect healing items and stuff to sell for money.
  • The honour system is not obvious not all your choices good and bad will not always show itself. Depending on your actions even if you kill someone it might not be dishonourable but in another time just talking could be.
  • Fast Travel from camp is unlocked by upgrading Dutch’s tent and then Arthurs tent in the Ledger.
  • Complete small quests around camp to get some points more easily towards levelling up Dead Eye.
  • Don’t always having your gun out, this can be seen as a hostile action. If you need to talk to someone why need a gun out?

Combat Tips

  • When aiming with weapons auto targetting will snap your cursor to the centre of mass to the nearest enemy.
    • You can disable this in the menu if you want full control over your aiming.
  • When you kill enemies they will be shown as an X on the map – this way you can find them when the battle is over to loot from them.
  • Tap R2 when firing from the hip to fire more quickly.
  • Double-tap L1 and Arthur will put his gun away in a fancy way.
  • You can shoot off someone’s hat and then steal it for your own use.
  • Hold up on the D-pad while aiming and Arthur will fire a warning shot in the air, this can be used to attract the attention of other characters or scare an animal when hunting.
  • Shooting a horse will cause it to throw off the rider which is useful when fighting mounted enemies.

Horse Tips

  • You can pat your horse when riding it which will help raise its affection for you. You can do this by clicking the left thumbstick.
  • You can search other people’s bags on their horses for items but be careful as the horse can kick you and you might get a bounty.
  • A horse gets covered in mud when riding it around, this will slow your horse down so be sure to clean them.
  • You can clean your horse by riding it through water like a river or in rain storm.
  • When your horse dies it is gone forever so look after it.
  • Improving the relationship with your horse will unlock skills such as being able to rear it, drifting your horse and dressage.
  • You can use stables to store your horse in case you need another in the future.

Hunting Tips

  • Shooting an animal with a gun will mean a lower price at the butcher. Arrows are needed for “clean” kills.
  • Leaving bodies of dead animals in the world will attract other animals as it is an easy meal for them.
  • Dead animals will go rotten overtime and will attract scavengers.
  • Opossums play dead when you are nearby.
  • You can increase the level of Dead Eye by hunting and skinning them.