The following guide to Red Dead Redemption 2 is a complex compendium of knowledge related to Rockstar Games' production. It contains various tips, information and hints which can help you learn the most important gameplay mechanics, complete all missions in the game, and discover all its secrets.
The first pages of our guide constitute the Beginner's Guide and other tips related to the most important mechanics of the game. These include exploring the game world, combat, completing missions, meeting your companions in camps or performing side activities, e.g. hunting. The guide to RDR2 also features an FAQ section which contains answers to the most common questions about the game. It explains e.g. how to use fast travel, how to romance other NPCs, how to replay the already completed missions, how to get to Blackwater, how to change your horse, how to obtain gold bars, or how to aim your gun more easily.
A substantial part of our guide has been devoted to the walkthrough of Red Dead Redemption 2. It contains first and foremost the descriptions of all main missions along with the important choices you need to make within them, as well as the requirements for winning gold medals in said missions. The guide also covers the side missions, which you can do between advancing in the main storyline of the game - these include robberies, fishing or loansharking.
RDR2 features a huge open world, and therefore, our guide wouldn't be complete without an extensive world atlas. It contains the world map, where all the most important locations, shacks, gang hideouts and hidden treasures have been marked. Using our guide should also help you find all secrets and collectibles, which include e.g. collector's cards, dinosaur bones, legendary animals or recipes.
The guide to RDR2 is complemented with a chapter that explains how to complete 100% of Red Dead Redemption 2 - there, you'll find a complete list of activities required for full completion of the game. These include side quests related to strangers, bounty hunting and random encounters with NPCs who inhabit the game world. On the following pages you will also find some tips on gambling which you can partake in RDR2 - the games you can play are poker, blackjack, domino and five fingers fillet.
We have also prepared a trophy guide which will allow you to unlock all trophies and achievements in the game, as well as the platinum trophy. The guide also features sections about controls, PC system requirements and the time it takes to complete Red Dead Redemption 2.
- Red Dead Redemption 2: Beginner's Guide
- Red Dead Redemption 2: Walkthrough
- Red Dead Redemption 2: Secrets and Collectibles
- Red Dead Redemption 2: Game guide
- Red Dead Redemption 2: FAQ
- Red Dead Redemption 2: World Atlas
- Red Dead Redemption 2: Trophies and platinum
- Red Dead Redemption 2: Game length
- Red Dead Redemption 2: System requirements
Red Dead Redemption 2: Beginner's Guide
- Don't try to explore the open world of the game right away, because it's not available from the very beginning of the game. You will unlock its largest part after advancing to chapter 2 of the campaign, but you still won't be able to explore Blackwater and New Austin, where the character would be attacked immediately. You will have access to these locations only towards the end of the game.
- Frequent manual saves are advised. This can save you from many potentially troublesome situations, e.g. accidentally triggering a chase from the authorities, losing your horse or selecting the wrong option during important choices.
- Return to the gang's camp regularly. It offers many activities, including e.g. interactions with other gang members or new mission opportunities. It's also worth spending your money on expanding the camp to unlock its new upgrades (e.g. the fast travel option).
- Search the enemies' bodies and all explored locations. The game offers a lot of valuable loot. Apart from cash and ammo, you can find e.g. consumable items, animal trophies or treasures you can sell.
- Remember to regularly clean the weapons you use often - to do so, you need a special oil. This will reduce the risk of the weapon jamming during combat, and allow you to restore its stats to their initial (maximum) value.
- You don't have to use the same horse throughout the whole game. RDR2 allows you to buy and tame new mount, which aside from a different coat color may also have different statistics (e.g. increased stamina).
We've included more tips and tricks for Red Dead Redemption 2 on a separate page - Beginner's Guide.
Red Dead Redemption 2: Walkthrough
Our guide to RDR 2 contains all the information you need to complete the main storyline. Additionally, we have prepared a walkthrough for all the side missions available in the game as well.
Chapter 1 - Colter
- Outlaws from the West
- Enter, Pursued by a Memory
- Old Friends
- The Aftermath of Genesis
- Who the Hell is Leviticus Cornwall?
- Eastward Bound
Chapter 2 - Horseshoe Overlook
- Polite Society, Valentine Style
- Americans At Rest
- Exit Pursued By a Bruised Ego
- Paying a Social Cal
- Money Lending and Other Sins I-III
- A Quiet Time
- We Loved Once and True
- The Spines of America
- Who Is Not Without Sin
- The First Shall Be Last
- Blessed Are the Meek
- Pouring Forth Oil
- A Fisher of Men
- An American Pastoral Scene
- The Sheep and the Goats
- A Strange Kindness
Chapter 3 - Clemens Point
- The New South
- Further Questions of Female Suffrage
- American Distillation
- An Honest Mistake
- The Course of True Love I-III
- Advertising, the New American Art I-II
- Preaching Forgiveness as He Went
- The Fine Joys of Tobacco
- Sodom? Back to Gomorrah
- Magicians for Sport
- Horse Flesh for Dinner
- Blessed are the Peacemakers
- Friends in Very Low Places
- A Short Walk in a Pretty Town
- Blood Feuds, Ancient and Modern
- The Battle of Shady Belle
Chapter 4 - Shady Belle
- The Joys of Civilization
- Angelo Bronte, a Man of Honor
- Gilded Cage
- No, no, and Thrice, No
- A Fine Night of Debauchery
- American Fathers I-II
- Horsemen, Apocalypse
- Urban Pleasures
- Country Pursuits
- Revenge is a Dish Best Eaten
- Banking, the Old American Art
Chapter 5 - Guarma
- Welcome to the New World
- A Kind and Benevolent Despot
- Savagery Unleashed
- Hell Hath No Fury
- Paradise Mercifully Departed
- Dear Uncle Tacitus
- Fleeting Joy
- A Fork in the Road
- That's Murfree Country
Chapter 6 - Beaver Hollow
- Icarus and Friends
- Visiting Hours
- Just a Social Call
- A Rage Unleashed
- The Delights of Van Horn
- Archeology for Beginners
- Honor, Amongst Thieves
- The Bridge to Nowhere
- The Fine Art. Of Conversation
- Goodbye, Dear Friend
- Mrs. Sadie Adler, Widow I-II
- Favored Sons
- The King's Son
- My Last Boy
- Our Best Selves
- Red Dead Redemption
Epilogue part 1 - Pronghorn Ranch
- The Wheel
- Simple Pleasures
- Farming, for Beginners
- Fatherhood, for Beginners
- Old Habits
- Jim Milton Rides, Again
- Fatherhood, for Idiots
- Home of the Gentry
- Gainful Employment
Epilogue part 2 - Beecher's Hope
- Bar Knuckle Friendships
- Home Improvement for Beginners
- An Honest Day's Labors
- The Tool Box
- A New Jerusalem
- A Quick Favor for an Old Friend
- Uncle's Bad Day
- A Really Big Bastard
- Trying Again
- A New Future Imagined
- American Venom
- A Fine Night for It
- The Noblest of Man, and a Woman
- He's British, Of Course
- Arcadia for Amateurs
- The Iniquities of History
- Money Lending and Other Sins IV-VII - this is a continuation of the main storyline quests
- The Artist's Way
- Help a Brother Out
- The Mercies of Knowledge
- Brothers and Sisters, One and All
- The Smell of the Grease Paint
- The Ties that Bind Us
- A Bright, Bouncing Boy
- Oh, Brother
- Fatherhood and Other Dreams
- Idealism and Pragmatism for Beginners
- The Wisdom of the Elders
- Do Not Seek Absolution
- The Veteran
- The Course of True Love IV-V - this is a continuation of the main storyline quests
- The American Inferno, Burnt Out
- American Dreams
- Dutch's Gang Missions and Jobs
- Bounty Hunting - we've described all Bounties in this section
Red Dead Redemption 2: Secrets and Collectibles
In RDR 2, tons of treasures and secrets are waiting to be found. All the most important collectibles have been covered in a few big chapters of this guide.
- Treasure maps - this chapter describes how to obtain the respective collectible maps, what locations they lead to and what treasures you can find
- Legendary animals - this chapter explains where to look for the legendary animals and how to hunt them
- Legendary fish - this chapter suggests what fishing locations to visit in order to catch legendary fish species
- Dinosaur bones - this page lists the locations where you can find all 30 dinosaur bones
- Rock carvings - this page lists the locations of all 10 rock carvings
- Exotic items - this page describes the Saint Denis jobs related to finding exotic items
- Item requests for the gang members - this page describes the mini-quests of finding specific items for Dutch's gang members
- The Strange Statues puzzle - this page describes the unique Ambarino cave, where you can solve the statue puzzle
- Graves - this page features a world map with the locations of all 9 graves
- Dreamcatchers - this page lists the locations of all 20 dreamcatchers
- Homesteads - this page features information about the location and form of completing the homesteads within the game world (a type of side activities)
- Challenges - the page describes all challenges available in the game (e.g. killing enemies in a specific way)
- Store robberies - this page features instructions on how to rob stores in the game world and explains which ones can be robbed
- Unique items - the page lists the secret items you can find by exploring the game world
- Hunting requests - the page describes the bounty hunting jobs available e.g. on railway station posters
- Shacks - the page lists all the cabins you need to explore if you want to complete the game 100%
- Gang hideouts - the page explains where are the hideouts of the gangs from the game world
- Easter eggs - the page lists example easter eggs, i.e. the developer's gags (e.g. ghost encounters or finding the UFO)
Red Dead Redemption 2: Game guide
In the Basics chapter of our guide, you can find information about selected important gameplay mechanics in RDR 2. This can make it easier for you to play the game correctly.
- Character development - on this page we explain e.g. how to increase the character's health and stamina
- Crafting - this page explains e.g. how to craft new items and how to obtain crafting recipes
- Cooking and recipes - the page explains how to set up a camp and what you can cook
- Wanted System - by reading this page, you will learn e.g. what crimes are punished and what to do if a bounty is placed on your head
- Completing the game in 100% - this page lists all activities required to complete 100% of the game
- Best horses - on this page, you will find our recommendations on what horses are worth buying
- Best weapons - the page lists the best weapons from each category, including revolvers, handguns, rifles, sniper rifles and shotguns.
- Fishing guide - this page features a complex explanation on how to fish effectively
- Cheats and codes - this page features a list of codes and explains how to unlock cheats
Red Dead Redemption 2: FAQ
In this guide to RDR 2, you can find answers to the most commonly asked questions about the game. The FAQ section divides them by topic, so that you can find the one that interests you more easily.
Exploring the game world
- The Aberdeen pig farm money - how to get back?
- Fast travel - how to use?
- Cards - how to collect them quickly?
- Boat - where to find it?
- Horse brush - how to get it?
- Time of day - how to change it quickly?
- Trolley - can you control it?
- Bath - how to take it?
- Train - can you control it?
- Gold bar - how to get, where to sell?
- Harmonica - what's its use?
- Chests, safes - how to open?
- Fence - what are his services?
Arthur and Dutch's gang
- Vanishing gang - where to look?
- Lost hat - how to get back?
- Horse - can it die?
- Hair - how to cut?
- Upgrading gang headquarters - how and what for?
- Changing the horse - can you and how?
- Coffee - how to brew?
- Traveling with other gang members - can you do it?
- Changing clothes - how and why?
- Photos - how to take?
- Bounty - how to remove?
- Loot - is it worth sharing with the gang?
- Snake bite - how to deal with it?
- Leather working tools - how to obtain?
- Satchel capacity - how to increase?
Hunting and wild animals
- Legendary bear - how to kill?
- Wild animals - how to hunt?
- Fishing rod - how to acquire?
- Animal skins and pelts - how to get the best ones?
- Trapper - where to find him?
- Mexico - how to reach?
- Saving the game - how?
- Missions - how to replay?
- Honor system - how does it work?
- Money - how to earn?
- Challenges - how to unlock?
- Retrieving the saddle - do you have to?
- Blackwater - can you enter?
- Gunslingers mission - how to complete?
- Progress - what transfers to the epilogue?
- Game finished - can you keep playing?
- Weapons - how to repair?
- Dual wielding - is it possible?
- Missing weapons in inventory - why?
- Ammo, arrows - how to refill?
- Rifle scope - how to obtain?
- Revolver duel - how to win?
- Aiming - what's the easiest way?
Red Dead Redemption 2: World Atlas
The world atlas in the guide to RDR 2 contains high quality maps of all regions. We've marked various places on the maps, including cities, villages and important quest locations.
Red Dead Redemption 2: Trophies and platinum
In Red Dead Redemption 2, you can obtain the platinum trophy on PS4 and PS5 (in the backwards compatibility mode). However, getting 100% of all the achievements in the game may be troublesome because to do so, you need to complete almost the whole single player content and do a number of things in Red Dead Online. We have described all trophies in RDR 2 in great detail in our trophy guide.
Red Dead Redemption 2: Game length
RDR 2 is a long game which will take you not less than 40-50 hours to complete, as this is how long it takes to play through just the main storyline. The entire gameplay time can increase if you do side quests and optional activities (e.g. hunting for wild animals), try to get the trophies or take part in RDR Online matches. Then, it's very easy to play even more than 100 hours.
For more information on how long it takes to beat Red Dead Redemption 2, check out the Game length section.
Red Dead Redemption 2: System requirements
- CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz / AMD FX-6300 3.5 GHz
- RAM: 8 GB
- GPU: 2 GB GeForce GTX 770 / 3 GB Radeon R9 280 or better
- OS: 64-bit Windows 7 SP1 / Windows 10
- Disk space: around 150 GB
For more information on the recommended PC system requirements of Red Dead Redemption 2, check out the System requirements section.
About Red Dead Redemption 2 Guide
Author : Jacek "Stranger" Halas & Natalia "N.Tenn" Fras & Grzegorz "Alban3k" Misztal for gamepressure.com
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Red Dead Redemption 2 Video Game
- genre: Action
- developer: Rockstar Games
- publisher: Rockstar Games
- platform: PS4, XONE
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