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In Red Dead Online there are two currencies; Cash and Gold. Both can be earned by playing the game, but Gold is considered a premium currency since it can be bought with real-world money. Keep your wallets in your pockets though; in this guide I will be exploring ways to earn Gold by just playing the game.
There are several ways to make Gold by just literally "playing the game" however this will only get you nuggets (any amount listed as 0.12, 0.16, etc.) For larger amounts you need to participate in Daily Challenges and Awards.
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Daily Challenges are the best way to make Gold in Red Dead Online. Unlike the Daily Objectives of GTA Online you only need to complete one task to start a streak, however you will earn a bonus if you complete all seven General Challenges for that day.
Doing all General Daily Challenges for the day, during week one, amounts to 0.1 Gold per Challenge. With the seventh Challenge you get 0.1 but also 0.3 as a bonus for completing all Challenges for the day. That is a total of 1GB per day IF you get all seven General Challenges done.
During week two each Challenge gives out 0.15 plus a 0.45 bonus for Challenge number seven, equaling 1.5GB at the end of the day. Week three amounts to 0.2 per Challenge with a 0.6 bonus after the seventh one, this comes out to 2GB each day (this was also the original Week 1 amount before the change). Week four you will make 0.25GB per Challenge with a 0.75 bonus on Challenge seven. In addition to doing Dailies for 28 days you get a Treasure Map and $100.
After the Bounty Hunter Expansion update you can no longer have a streak past 28 days. Once you get to the end of Week 4 it will reset back to Week 1. I once made it as far as 89 days, and a user on Reddit had 553; so in a way I can see why Rockstar changed it. More on that below.
For the sake of your browsing I'm going to separate these Challenges into several different categories; ranging from ridiculously easy to the nigh impossible Posse Challenges. The ones you're most likely to accomplish versus the ones, in my opinion, are not worth frustrating yourself over.
Note: Not all Challenge titles may be listed accurately or may be changed over time. Numeral values, of the amount of times the Challenge must be done before completion, may vary. Use "CTRL+F" and type in your desired Daily Challenge to help navigate you through the article faster. If you're browsing on mobile please use the "find in page" feature of your chosen browser. Just leave the numeral value out of it . . .
Statistics for New Players
Starting off fresh, trying to earn Gold, in Red Dead Online can feel like an overwhelming task. I’ve been there, and so have a lot of other players, but hopefully a little numbers crunching will help inspire you. As mentioned above each Daily Challenge starts off at 0.1 nuggets, which essentially means performing any 10 equals 1GB. If you’re a new or returning player this can seem depressing (literally) but remember that this is only for the first week.
Hypothetically let’s say you’re a new player who has not begun any of the Specialist Roles yet. Since I highly recommend focusing on one Role at a time this is not a bad thing for you.
The Roles should be purchased in order of release, but I suggest the following:
- Trader – 15 Gold Bars
- Bounty Hunter – 15 Gold Bars, then another 15 for expanded levels
- Collector – 15 Gold Bars
- Moonshiner – 25 Gold Bars (30 if you skip Trader Role)
- Naturalist – 25 Gold Bars
Each Role adds some items that improve the overall gameplay, and variety, and for the sake of “too much too soon” I think that order would work best for you. None of the Roles should really be “grinded” though they will feel like that for the first five Ranks. Statistically, by doing Daily Challenges, you can have enough Gold to unlock the Trader Role within 12 days. It could be more, or less, if you factor in finding/unlocking Treasure Maps and whether you get the bonus for completing ALL challenges within a day. Items can be purchased with Cash, Gold, or a combination of either. This also doesn’t factor in weapons, horses, or outfits that fluctuate based on player preference.
For the Trader Role you will need $2,775/211 Gold Bars to purchase just the important items.
For the Bounty Hunter Role you will need $1,225/49 Gold Bars to unlock the Reinforced Lasso and Bounty Wagon which are vital items for bringing in Bounties. The Bounty Hunter Expansion update has only added cosmetic items (so far as of 12/6/20).
For the Collector Role you will need $1,050/42 Gold Bars to unlock the Pennington Field Shovel and Metal Detector which are both highly useful tools in being able to grab all Collectibles.
For the Moonshiner Role you will need $1,700/68 Gold Bars to unlock the two still upgrades to maximize your Moonshine profits (once you reach the required Ranks to unlock them).
For the Naturalist Role you’re going to mostly need Cash money to unlock everything that comes with this update, except for the Advanced Camera ($540/22GB) and Elephant Rifle ($580/24GB) which can be alternatively purchased with Gold. (Note: As of the Blood Money update the Wilderness Camp ($750/30GB) is worth it too for the Fast Travel ability. However you will need to buy the Pamphlet for $1,280/52GB if you did not unlock it during a previous Outlaw Pass.)
I can almost hear you saying “Eric why the hell are you telling me to get the Trader first!? That seems to cost the most!” And “I thought the Bounty Hunter Role gave out Gold Nuggets for doing Bounty Missions!” You’re right on both accounts, but the Trader Role comes with items that will improve your experience outside of just THAT Role. The Hunting Wagon, Stew Pot, and Weapon Locker add items that in my opinion should be in standard gameplay already. The Collector and Moonshiner Roles will get you a lot of Cash. The Bounty Hunter is good for extra Daily Challenges and the Legendary Bounty Missions provide some extra action and challenge. Naturalist is good if you have the Gold to spend on it and/or like tracking down animal species, but for the most part skip it until you have been playing for a while.
The Mathematics of Rockstar's Gold Restructuring
Rockstar announced that with its Bounty Hunter Expansion update that you will no longer be capable of doing a Daily Challenge streak past 28 days. As you can imagine this is not sitting well with some people in the community. Though in my opinion this is going to help cut down on the obsession of having a streak that goes on for multiple days. This move positively will cut down on the people who feel shackled to NEEDING to have a multi-day streak. I have read several posts that make this need for a constant streak almost sound like addiction, and in some cases the player feels relieved when their streak gets broken (at least I did). Considering the obsessive compulsive disorder of having "perfect streaks" this might not be a bad change.
However I am not happy with the new amounts of Gold for doing Daily Challenges. Don't take my realistic thinking for a positive attitude toward this change. I am simply going to try to make the best of the hand Rockstar is dealing us. You might be concerned that you won’t make a decent amount of Gold, and that you will be forced to purchase it from now on. Daily Challenges are not going away, however Rockstar has changed the amounts of Gold by 50%. I wasn't happy about this myself personally, and we all know why it's like this now, though hopefully after doing some math the follow will maybe put us at ease.
Week 1 (Per Day/Week Total):
- Six General Challenges: 0.6GB/4.2GB (1GB/7GB with seventh Challenge and Bonus)
- Eight Role Challenges: 0.8GB/5.6GB (1.2GB/8.4GB with ninth Challenge and Bonus)
- Total: 1.4GB/9.8GB (2.4GB/15.4GB with Bonuses)
Week 2 (Per Day/Week Total):
- Six General Challenges: 0.9GB/6.3GB (1.5GB/10.5GB with seventh Challenge and Bonus)
- Eight Role Challenges: 1.2GB/8.4GB (1.8GB/12.6GB with ninth Challenge and Bonus)
- Total: 2.1GB/14.7GB (3.3GB/23.1GB with Bonuses)
Week 3 (Per Day/Week Total):
- Six General Challenges: 1.2GB/8.4GB (2GB/14GB with seventh Challenge and Bonus)
- Eight Role Challenges: 1.6GB/11.2GB (2.4GB/16.8GB with ninth Challenge and Bonus)
- Total: 2.8GB/19.6GB (4.4GB/30.8GB with Bonuses)
Week 4 (Per Day/Week Total):
- Six General Challenges: 1.5GB/10.5GB (2.5GB/17.5GB with seventh Challenge and Bonus)
- Eight Role Challenges: 2GB/14GB (3GB/21GB with ninth Challenge and Bonus)
- Total: 3.5GB/24.5GB (5.5GB/38.5GB with Bonuses)
Per Month Totals:
- Six General Challenges: 29.4GB (49GB with seventh Challenge and Bonus)
- Eight Role Challenges: 39.2GB (58.8GB with ninth Challenge and Bonus)
- Total: 68.6GB (107.8GB with Bonuses)
The above does not include Gold earned from Treasure Maps, missions, and game modes, just Gold earned from Daily Challenges. You can still earn a decent amount of Gold if you're patient.
Super Easy Challenges
These Challenges aren't a headache to complete but they may require some leg work and a little money.
- Change Facial Appearance/Hairstyle: Go to any of the Barber Shops on the map and hold Y/Triangle to customize your Appearance. Keep in mind that this will cost money and/or Gold depending on the style chosen.
- Used an Emote on a Local: Go to any town, or settlement, and hold Left Trigger/L2 to lock on to an NPC. Then press Right Bumper/R1 to open your available Emotes. From there just hold any of the face buttons for your chosen Emote.
- Used an Emote on a Player: This one could prove tricky but not impossible. In my experience, other players are always doing this as a way to communicate. When close to a player press Right Bumper/R1, to bring up your Emotes, then hold any of the face buttons for your chosen Emote. Just don’t press Right Trigger/R2 by accident, in which case things could get socially awkward by old west standards . . .
- Items Sold to a Fence: The only hard part about this challenge is finding the items; which just requires a little leg work. Any Pocket Watches, Rings, etc. collected from looting dead enemies can be sold. However, if you can also find Jewelry in specific places you can get guaranteed items to sell.
Where You Can Find Jewelry
- Belt Buckle Updated: To do this you’re going to need at least one other Buckle to switch to. Go to any General Store or Tailor, go to the Wardrobe in the back of the store. Go down to Buckles and select whatever one you’re not already wearing.
- Five Drinks Ordered at a Saloon:Go to any Saloon on the map and order five Beers, five Whiskeys, or be like I am in real-life and do both!
- One Dog Petted: Quite possibly the greatest Daily Challenge. Go to any town or settlement with a dog. Press Left Trigger/L2 to lock onto it, and X/Square to Pat. Also registers for your Camp dog after the Frontier Pursuits update.
- X Distance Driven a Train/Traveled by Train: As you’re exploring you should hear a train whistle. Ride to it and jump on (if you’re not sure where it is check the map, it will be the moving train icon). If you’re looking to spawn a train head to Riggs Station. Keep the camera facing south and wait a couple of minutes. If a train doesn’t spawn switch sessions until it does. Jump on and either stand at one of the cars or throw the Engineer off (by pressing Y/Triangle GTA style) to drive it. Depending on the nature of the Challenge.
- Three Weapons Cleaned With Gun Oil: You pretty much need to do this occasionally anyway. In case you’re new, skipped Single Player (shame on you if you did), and/or you’re wondering why your guns aren’t working as smoothly as usual, chances are you need to clean them. Don’t be worried this isn’t Call of Juarez or Far Cry 2, your weapons won’t explode on you. You should carry at least six Gun Oils on you at all times. To clean a gun hold Left Bumper/L1, select the weapon, then press the Left Stick button/L3 to Maintain. From there hold the X/Square button (or tap depending on your controller layout) to clean the weapon. Now if you already cleaned your weapons recently you can dirty them up again by hip firing a lot, but just use Standard Ammo or it could be pricey.
- Two Player Stats Boosted by Tonics: Bitters (Stamina), Health Tonic (Health), Snake Oil (Dead Eye), and their other versions all count toward this Challenge. Pick two of your three stats and drink one tonic for each. If you don’t have any you can buy some from a General Store.
- Five Canned Food Eaten: ANY canned goods apply here. Hold Left Bumper/L1, go to the Items tab, and eat any of the canned Provisions.
- X Distance Ran: Not everything you do is on horseback. This also obviously counts during Showdowns and Free Roam Events.
- Don’t Reach High Hostility Within One Game Day: Your hostility rises when you attack other players. So don’t be a jerk for 48 minutes. To help you with this open the User Menu (left on D-pad), select Online Options, and switch to Defensive. This, for the most part, will prevent you from getting into trouble.
- Five Herbs Eaten: Walk to almost any pick-able plant and hold Y/Triangle to Eat it.
- One Clothing Style Updated: If you have another outfit stored on your horse switching to that will get you this Challenge. You can just change your hat and it registers!
- Visited [Location]: So this one’s only slightly more complicated that the town ones. If you’re not familiar with the game’s map than some of these may make you shrug your shoulders. However, some of them are pretty obvious.
- Travel X Distance by Boat or Canoe: The only hard part about this one is finding the boat, but don’t fret there are plenty along the shores of Flat Iron Lake. You just need to relieve the owner of it . . . From there row in whatever direction you wish until you complete this Challenge. Just keep in mind that boats run on Stamina. You’ll see what I mean . . .
- Travel X Distance by Coach or Wagon: If it’s got wheels it’s a “wagon.” You can steal these from travelers and from enemies during certain random events. After the Frontier Pursuits update, you can do this Challenge while delivering goods, or while using one of the purchasable vehicles.
- X Distance Swam: As you probably know already the time you can spend swimming is based on how much Stamina you have. Taking Potent or Special Bitters will give you a LITTLE bit of extra time, but not much to float around. After your Stamina Core drains your Health will deplete, leading to you drowning. For this Challenge you just have to swim around near the shore, until you’ve swam the allotted distance.
- Three Complimentary Snacks Eaten at a Saloon: At certain Saloons (like the big ones, not the rinky dinks) there is a bowl of Almonds you can eat from with X/Square. You can only eat from it three times before the bowl is empty. So if you only were able to eat from it once then another player got here first. Either switch sessions or head to another Saloon.
- Five Fresh Produce Eaten: Since not all produce can be eaten from the items tab, of your Inventory, you’ll have to do it from the Satchel. Hold Right on the D-pad to open the Satchel then go to the Provisions tab. Apples, Celery, Pears, and other fruits and veggies count toward this Challenge. See? We can eat horse food too. Just not Hay and Oatcakes . . . Unless you’re one of those extreme vegans . . .
- Five Tobacco Smoked or Chewed: When looting enemies you’ll pick up a lot of Cigarettes and Chewing Tobacco. Use five of any in your Items section of the Inventory.
- X Distance Traveled: Literally move by ANY means; running, swimming, on horseback, etc. It doesn’t matter! Basically just move.
- Five Herbs Sold: Every plant you pick is like picking up a quarter on the sidewalk. Take them to a Doctor (in Valentine and/or Saint Denis) to sell them. Seems insignificant but it’s a great way to make money if you’re just starting out.
- One Claw Sold: Bear and Badger Claws count. You can find Bears in West Elizabeth and Badgers you can find around Bolder Gate Lemoyne (as one example). Eagle Talons also count toward this Challenge. You can find them flying around West Elizabeth in the daytime.
- One Times Became drunk: We’ve all had nights like this. Go into your Inventory and drink as many bottles of whatever until the screen gets blurry. You can also do this at a Saloon.
- X Distance Driven a Coach or Wagon: If it has wheels on it then it counts toward this Challenge. You can find them along most major trails or in cities. Even better if you’re doing a delivery mission, or own one of the other wagons as part of Frontier Pursuits, they count too.
- Followed Dog to Something Interesting: This was a random event added with the Frontier Pursuits update. As you’re riding around the wilderness you’ll hear a dog barking, follow it to find a dead body you can loot. The dog might also lead you into a bushwhack so be wary. The thing that makes this Challenge hard is actually FINDING a dog to spawn. The screenshots below will show you these dog spots but they might not spawn until Rockstar figures out the random event spawn rates.
- Sell Five Animal Meat: The only kind of meat you can sell is the uncooked variety. Any meat will do. Keep in mind that cooking some surplus meat is good for refilling your Cores.
- Camp Theme Updated: At your Camp (if you can get Cripps to pitch it) go to the Wilderness Outfitters shop by the bench of the wagon. Under “Theme” pick one of the alternative sets. Keep in mind this Daily Challenge will cost money initially, but subsequently will be “free” to perform.
- Five Dry Goods Eaten: Crackers, Assorted Biscuits, and Salted Meat (Beef and/or Venison) count toward this Challenge. You can buy these items from General Stores, or found at various locations around the map.
- One Weapon Customized: You know what’s terrible about this Challenge? It could cost you Gold Bars if you pick the wrong kind of weapon customization. I don’t think you’re that stupid, but I’ll let you do you . . . For the rest of you switching to a previously purchased customization will register.
Note: The follow Daily Challenges were added after the Naturalist update. You do not need the Advanced Camera to take part in the photography related Challenges. If at any time you can't take a picture just switch sessions, it is likely a network error in that lobby.
- One Self Portrait Taken: Equip a Camera by holding down the Left Bumper/L1 then press Right Bumper/R1 to open the Items tab. Your Camera will be in the Kit slot in the "three-o-clock" position. Once equipped press in on the Left Stick/L3 to enter Selfie Mode. Then take your picture, but don't be vain about it!
- Photograph your Horse: Dismount your horse and equip a Camera. Get your steed in the shot and take it's picture.
- Cat Photographed: Not sure if Big Cats count toward this Challenge, but let's just stick to the adorable domestic ones that will register just fine. You can find several of them in Saint Denis, Lemoyne. There is also one by the Fence in Thieves Landing.
- One Player Photographed: The best players in Red Dead Online are the ones that stop and wave or tip their hat. Pull out your camera and take their picture to complete this Challenge.
- Visited [Location] and [Location] within an hour/30 minutes: Rockstar means real time. Fast traveling between both locations also counts, but if you have a fast horse you can make it between places in due time. It does not matter which location you visit first as long as you get to the other within the given time limit.
- One Mask Worn: This Daily Challenge is unfortunately not available to everyone for some odd reason. The only masks available were ones sold at Madam Nazar's shop during Halloween 2019. If you do have a mask you can access it from the Wardrobe at either your Camp or the General Store.
- One Dog Photographed: Dogs can be found in several towns and settlements. Emerald Ranch, New Hanover and Strawberry, West Elizabeth are two good places to find some. You can also take a picture of your dog at Camp for this to count.
- Five Items Sold to Gus: Gus is Online's answer to Single Player's Trapper. He also has set up shop in a lot of the Trapper's locations (the paw print black dot on the map). He is similar to the Butcher but also accepts Legendary Animal pelts in addition. Whatever you can sell to the Butcher, you can sell to Gus.
- Treasure Map or treasure found: The game will give you a free Treasure Map every five Ranks after Rank 10. You can also rarely find them by looting dead enemies. Locations for all Random Event Treasure Maps can be found here.
- Five Candies Eaten: Either five bags of Candy, Chocolate Bars, or Peppermints (that you can buy from the Stable) will count toward this challenge.
You will be tasked with collecting five of a particular herb. You should be collecting these anyway since you can craft various Tonics at a campfire and/or sell them for $0.25 apiece at a Doctor. These are quick "Challenges" if you know where to look.
Keep in mind that there is an unfortunate glitch where you may need to collect six or even seven of the listed plant. If you have the "Equine Assistance" Skill this will not register since your horse is doing the collecting.
Please refer to this guide for a location for every plant species in the game.
Not really a "challenge" though it does involve some Hunting to acquire the meats for these. You also need Creeping Thyme, Oregano, and/or Wild Mint for seasoning. Creeping Thyme can be found almost anywhere, but Wild Mint grows around damp areas and the water's edge. Oregano can be found in dry hot climates, but is also common like Creeping Thyme.
If you're having trouble getting Cripps to move your Camp you can also use Campfires around the map to achieve these Challenges. Keep in mind that most Gang Hideouts will have a usable Campfire.
After the Moonshiner update you can now spawn directly into your Camp through the Online screen. After the Naturalist update, once you reach Rank five of that Role, you can purchase the Wilderness Camp. The Wilderness Camp allows you to set up a small campfire anywhere (just like the one in Single Player). However if you have "Outlaw Pass 3" I highly recommend waiting until you unlock the 30% Voucher. I made that mistake, but I think it's still worth it.
- Five Provisions Cooked at a Campsite: This doesn’t have to be just animal meats, Coffee counts too! God knows I need plenty of it . . .
- Three Cooked Seasoned Succulent Fish: The two fish that give out this kind of meat are Sockeye Salmon and Steelhead Trout. Go into your Satchel, head to the Ingredients tab, and hold A/X to Breakdown the fish. This will give you Succulent Fish Meat.
- Five Meats Eaten: Any meat items will do, even seasoned meat. If you don’t have any cooked in your Satchel you can hunt for it, or buy it from the Butcher. Salted Beef and Venison also count toward this.
- Cooked Seasoned Exotic Bird Meat: Pelicans give this kind of meat. A good place to find one is just north of Van Horn Trading Post, but they can also be found around Flat Iron Lake (see screenshot below).
Pelican Locations (Exotic Bird Meat)
- Three Cooked Seasoned Mutton: If you’re in a rush you can kill a couple of Sheep at Emerald Ranch, but Bighorns give this up in the mountains of Ambarino, West Elizabeth, and just north-east of Valentine in the Cumberland area.
- Three Cooked Seasoned Big Game: This meat can be gathered from predator class animals (Bears, Wolves, Alligators, and Cougars). Pretty much if it’s a red dot, and is big, it has Big Game Meat. What makes seasoning this meat unique are the gold cores depending on the herb used. Wild Mint boosts Health, Oregano boosts Stamina, and Creeping Thyme boosts Dead Eye.
- One Cooked Seasoned Crustacean Meat: Crabs have this meat. You can find them on the large island in Flat Iron Lake around the beaches. Use a Varmint Rifle, Bow with Small Game Arrows, Pistol, or Revolver. Once you collect the carcass hold Right on the D-pad to enter your Satchel. Hold A/X to Breakdown the Crab giving you Crustacean Meat.
Crab Locations (Crustacean Meat)
- Crafted a Tonic: For this Challenge just Craft Bitters (Braddock Root), Health Cure (Ginseng and Yarrow), or Snake Oil (Indian Tobacco). Braddock Root you can find around water. Yarrow can be found just outside of Valentine. Ginseng is a little rarer but you can find it in heavily forested spots. Indian Tobacco can also be found near areas with trees.
- Three Cooked Seasoned Prime Beef: Cows, Oxen, and Bison will give you this type of meat, but if you’re in a rush you can buy it from a Butcher or the Catalog. With the rarity of animals in Online it might be the safer option.
- Crafted a Horse Care Item: Pretty much every Horse Care item requires Common Bulrush, which can be found around water. For Potent Horse Medicine you will need a Ginseng, and for Potent Horse Stimulant a Sage in addition to that Common Bulrush. Horse Reviver, Horse Meals, and Horse Ointment also qualify. Of course the Special derivatives also work.
- Three Cooked Seasoned Pork: If you’re trying to do this one quickly you can purchase them from Butchers, General Stores, or have them mailed to your Camp from the Catalogue. Wild Boars, which are prevalent around Lemoyne and outside of Strawberry West Elizabeth, give this meat. Domestic Pigs (Flatneck Station New Hanover) and Peccaries (New Austin) will also give you this brand of meat.
- Three Cooked Seasoned Venison: Like Prime Beef and Pork this can be bought, but there are also a number of animals that give it away for free. Deer, Pronghorns, and Elk (anywhere there are mountain forests) are three good sources of Venison, and even with the recent animal spawn issues can be found in some locations. Especially during missions.
- Three Cooked Seasoned Flaky Fish: Sockeye Salmon, Steelhead Trout, and Bluegills DON’T have this type of meat. I figured it would be better to just list the fish that won’t have Flaky Fish . . . Everything else is open season, which also means you’re more likely to get this Challenge done fast.
- Three Cooked Seasoned Plump Bird: Geese, Chickens, and Turkeys have this type of meat. I’ve never had Geese in real-life but I imagine it tastes like chicken? You can find Chickens at farms, Turkeys can be found in forested areas, and Geese can best be found in the plains around Emerald Ranch.
Note: The following Challenge was added with the Naturalist update.
- Three cups of Coffee drunk: Along with the "One Dogs Petted" challenge this one has a special place in my heart. Go to any Campfire and brew three cups of Coffee under the Provisions tab (literally the first Crafting item that pops up). If you do not have any Ground Coffee to brew you can purchase it from the Handheld Catelogue or a General Store.
Your main transportation option in Red Dead Online. These Challenges are simple enough but are equestrian based. It won't matter what type of horse, or how fast it is to complete these.
- Change Horse Appearance: Go to any Stables (horseshoe icon on the map) and select “Manage Owned Horses.” From there select a horse, then “Appearance”, and then change its Mane or Tail to complete the challenge.
- Feed Horses Five Times: You don’t need five DIFFERENT horses; just feed your current mount five times. You have to wait a little bit between feedings for each to register. There are two ways to feed your horse. You can lock onto it, while on foot, and press Right on the D-pad. Or you can use the horseback method; hold Left Bumper/L1 and press Right Bumper/R1 twice to open the Horse tab. Press the Right Stick to the left to feed your horse a food item.
- Jump from Horse to Train: Very easy if you follow the prompts, but the hard part is finding the train. As you explore listen for a whistle, and also check between Riggs and Flatneck Stations for a chance at making a train spawn. If you’re in New Austin a train seems to always be at MacFarlane’s Ranch.
- Jump from Horse to Another Horse: Don’t try doing this with wild horses. I know I thought that would be cool too, but it’s impossible. Trust me I tried . . . You can do it with domestic horses and with NPC travelers, though you’ll lose honor. You can also use a friend’s or posse member's horse for this to count.
- Jump Three Meters onto a Horse: There is one guaranteed spot where I know this works (but I’m sure there are others). Go to the bank in Blackwater West Elizabeth (see screenshot below), there is a ladder in the back you can climb to get on the roof. At the top go to the left, atop the corner café, and jump off the side of the building. As you fall press Y/Triangle to land in the saddle. Oh . . . make sure to leave your horse down below, probably should have mentioned that first? I was just hoping you knew that already.
- 10 Vaults on Horseback: Any time you jump over something on horseback this will count. No need to do it consecutively though.
- Five Animals Trampled: For some reason, this is ridiculously harder to do in Online than it was in Sing Player. I guess the animals are just coded differently? An easy way is by trampling the fish in Stillwater Creek, the pond north of Heartland Overflow, and the little lagoon in the swamp of Lemoyne (see screenshots below). In these places, you can “trample” fish for this Challenge.
- Horse Tack Updated: Go to any Stabled and select “Tack and Services”. Select any of the Saddles, then select any Accessories (like Saddle bags for example) and you’ll unlock this Challenge. (Note: In future updates you may have to actually SWITCH tack for it to register.
- Five Animals Stowed on Horseback: Large animals (like Deer, Pronghorns, etc.) can be stowed on the back, while two smaller animals (Ducks, Rabbits, etc.) can be stowed twice on the sides. A quick Challenge if the animals actually spawn . . .
- X Distance Non-player Enemy Dragged From Horseback: Equip a Lasso in Thieves Landing and drag one of the Del Lobo gang members for the designated distance. Even if they die while you’re dragging them it still counts.
- Jumped From a Horse to a Moving Wagon: Want to know a great prank to pull on a traveling settler in the 19th century? Jump from your horse to a moving wagon! Worked for Chuck Conners in The Big Country. Seriously though just ride along the side of a moving NPC and press X/Square to leap to their wagon, once you match their speed anyway.
- X Distance Traveled on Mount: Considering your horse is your main mode of travel you will get this by literally “just playing the game”. Travel in any direction, at any speed, to any place in any game mode, just make sure you’re in the saddle.
- Two Horse Stats Boosted by Tonics: Technically this can be considered a “crafting challenge” but standard horse stimulants and medicines (i.e. Store-bought) will register too. Hold Left Bumper/L1 then press Right Bumper/R1 to scroll to your Horse Items. Select a Horse Stimulant (any version) and a Horse Medicine (any version) to complete this Challenge.
Note: The following Challenge was added with the Naturalist update.
- X Distance Traveled Leading own Horse: Dismount your steed, hold Left Trigger/L2, and press Y/Triangle to start Leading your horse. Oh . . . and you can let go of the Left Trigger/L2 while you do it. Just walk forward for whatever distance is required to complete this Challenge.
These usually come in five, three, and one for small, medium, and large fish species. You cannot partake in these until you have unlocked and purchase the Fishing Rod (Rank 14). The game will tell you which Bait is best for your targeted fish, and don't worry I'll remind you below too! When fishing your target fish will bite twice, wait for this before hitting Right Trigger/R2 to catch it. This will keep you from catching the wrong fish in eclectic schools. You can see which fish is underwater by activating Eagle Eye (Right and Left Stick Buttons/L3 and R3).
Please also refer to this guide for locations, and best baits to use, for each fish species.
- Longnose Gar
- Redfin Pickerel
- Bullhead Catfish
- Largemouth Bass
- Steelhead Trout
- Northern Pike
- Rock Bass
- Chain Pickerel
- Sockeye Salmon
- Channel Catfish
- Fish Caught With a Lure: After Rank 30 you will unlock the River, Lake, and Swamp Lures for purchase. Go to any of your favorite fishing spots and catch five fish with your chosen Lure. Remember to activate Eagle Eye to spot medium and large fish before you waste your time.
- Five Fish Caught With Live Bait: Worms, Crickets, and Crayfish count toward this Challenge. It also doesn’t matter WHICH fish species you catch, and believe me, they all love live bait.
- One Longnose Gar Caught: A great place for this is along the river’s edge south of that abandoned slaughterhouse outside of Saint Denis (see screenshot below). You can tell them apart from Lake Sturgeons thanks to their longer snouts.
Longnose Gar Fishing Spots
- Five Types of Fish Caught: You need to catch ONE of five different species. It doesn’t matter which, but using different bait in different bodies of water will make this go faster. One way to do this would be to fish from Lagras, then ride up the Kamassa River and fish in Roanoke Ridge.
- One Muskie Caught: Ride to Owanjila and use a Lake Lure on one of the big fish swimming around. It will take a few nibbles before it bites.
- One Lake Sturgeon Caught: This might blow your mind, but . . . You know where there’s a good place to fish for Lake Sturgeon? Flat Iron Lake of course, specifically right at the water’s edge in Blackwater. A Lake Lure is recommended but Live Worms work too.
- Five Redfin Pickerel Caught: These specific fish can be found anywhere along the Dakota River (see screenshot below). Make sure to use Bread Bait to attract it, though you might catch a Chain Pickerel instead. They have the same outline in Eagle Eye but they’re two different species.
Redfin Pickerel Fishing Spots
- Five Fish Caught With Food: Go to any fishing spot and select the Fishing Rod. Select Bread, Corn, or Cheese and catch whatever bites. I wonder if Rockstar was going to make us buy Bread Rolls, Corn, and Cheese Wedges at some point. You know to make us have to Craft these food baits? That’s a level of immersion I’m glad they did away with.
- Five Bullhead Catfish Caught: Use Corn Bait around the Kamasa River and Lagras of Bayou Nwa Lemoyne. While using Eagle Eye they have a thin profile, like a Pickerel, but look like guppies kind of.
Bullhead Catfish Fishing Spots
- Three Largemouth Bass Caught: You can best find these around Flat Iron Lake and Stillwater Creek (west of Thieves Landing). A Lake or River Lure (unlocked at Rank 30) is good for catching these. You can also use Live Worms but you may catch other fish swimming around instead.
Largemouth Bass Fishing Spots
- Three Steelhead Trout Caught: These can be found in several places but these are the best three in my opinion (see screenshots below). They are also source of Succulent Fish Meat. Depending on where you’re fishing use the corresponding Lure to attract them. Live Worms also work but you’re likely to catch something else in the process.
Steelhead Trout Fishing Spots
- One Fish Caught Weighing at Least 5lbs [2.2kg]: Sockeye Salmon, Steelhead Trout, and Smallmouth/Largemouth Bass can get this big. Though if you want to get it done quickly go after one of the larger fish like Muskie, Lake Sturgeon, etc.
- Five Bluegill Caught: Like the game says Bluegill are everywhere It’s true! Go to any fishing spot, even small ponds you would otherwise ignore, and you’ll catch these. Using Cheese Bait is your best bet.
- One Northern Pike Caught: One guaranteed place you can find one of these is at Cattail Pond. Of course you can get them in other places, such as Lake Isabella and upper Dakota River, but here it’s like shooting fish in a barrel . . . Actually don’t do that with any of these Challenges . . .
Northern Pike Fishing Spot
- 10 Fish Caught: Any ten fish will do at any fishing spot. If you would like to make some money on this one head to O’Creagh’s Run with a Lake Lure. If the Sockeye Salmon stop biting switch to Bait.
- Five Rock Bass Caught: Like Bluegills this species is practically everywhere. Annoyingly you will likely catch Bluegill when trying to get these . . . Or vice versa if you’re trying to catch Bluegill . . . I think Rockstar knows exactly what they’re doing, but in the below screenshot there are some places you’re practically guaranteed to catch Rock Bass. If you use Cheese Bait that is . . .
Rock Bass Fishing Spot
- Five Chain Pickerel Caught: You can find Chain Pickerel almost everywhere. I would avoid the Dakota River since you’re more likely to catch Redfin Pickerel (even if you’re using Corn Bait). The Kamassa River, specifically south of Elysian Pond, is better bet.
Chain Pickerel Fishing Spots
- Three Sockeye Salmon Caught: Like Steelhead Trout this is the only other fish where you can get Succulent Fish Meat. They also sell for $2.50 a pop, at the Butcher. Use a River or Lake Lure for best results. See screenshots below for the best places to find them.
Sockeye Salmon Fishing Spots
- Five Perch Caught: These little fish have a unique profile in the water when using Eagle Eye. They can be found in a lot of places, but the best is the section of the Dakota River just west of Valentine. You can also find them in Cattail Pond and Moonstone Pond. I’m no fish expert but I guess they like ponds? Not that they would have a choice since ponds are . . . you know . . . ponds.
Perch Fishing Spots
- One Channel Catfish Caught: The two best locations for these are the little islands north of Saint Denis, and the section of the Kamassa River on the west side of Lakay (see screenshot below). You can catch these with a Swamp Lure, but while you’re in Lakay pick up a Special Swamp Lure (Rank 41 and up) which will help attract these massive fish.
Channel Catfish Fishing Spots
Note: Patch 1.19 has finally fixed the "infinite loading screen" glitch. Feel free to switch sessions in order to complete these Challenges easier.
There are a lot of these, and mainly involve "kill/skin (insert animal here)", and they can sometimes be frustrating. However, that's why I'm here and will provide screenshots for places where you can find the target species. Keep in mind that this corresponds with the "Crafting Challenges" since you'll need certain meats to appease those.
You'll notice a problem with the community when it comes to everyone having the same list of Challenges. Looking for a particular animal to hunt? Chances are everyone and their Fortnite-playing-unusually-aggressive-little-brother will be going after the same thing. So be prepared to switch sessions a lot if the animals you're seeking are not in the locations listed below. Then again I'm probably not helping matters much with this article . . .
- One Alligator Skinned/Killed: Chances are you do this already while exploring the swamps of Lemoyne. Alligators come in two sizes; small and large. Small ones have hides that can be draped on your horse, while the larger, more common brand can only hold one pelt. Both versions of the Alligator pelts sell for the same price at a Butcher.
- 20 Animals Killed/Skinned: This is one of those “pfft I was doing this anyway . . .” kind of Challenges. If you’re in a rush you can also Dynamite fish.
- Five Whole Animal Carcasses Sold: After killing an animal you can pick them up and Stow them on your saddle. Certain animals can even be placed whole in your Satchel! Sell five to a Butcher to complete this Challenge, and by the way fish count toward this too.
- Two Virginia Opossums Skinned: These are the little critters that sound like screeching zombies in the middle of the night. Thanks for that Rockstar . . . You can find them pretty much anywhere like other nocturnal animals.
- Five Feathers Sold: ANY Feathers you get counts toward this Challenge, even Plumes. If you’re new to the game you can get Feathers from birds . . . just saying.
- Five Animals Killed With a Knife: No you don’t have to fight Bears with a Knife, though you’re welcome to try . . . This Challenge isn’t as hard as it sounds. Lasso a Deer, Buck, Ram, Elk, etc. Hold Left Trigger/L2 as you dismount, and get close enough to it, then press B/Circle when you get the kill prompt. Only when the prompt comes up or you’ll release your prey. If you’re a low-level player make sure to use some Bitters as your Stamina meter will drain during the struggle.
- Two Spoonbills Skinned: These can be kind of a pain since you have to switch sessions multiple times to find them. Also, your best chance is at dawn and dusk. You can find them best at the spot in the screenshot below. There are also a lot of Alligators here too.
- Three Vultures Plucked: Go to the Hanging Rock (see screenshot below). Here you can find at least two Vultures and a Condor too sometimes. Make sure you let them fly off before you shoot them or else they’ll get stuck out of reach. There’s also a Vulture on the sign outside of Armadillo, just down the road.
- Three Hawks Plucked: Like Condors these birds fly slow in the air, and have a bigger wing span than Ravens. As you ride around The Heartlands, Great Plains, and Scarlet Meadows listen for their distinctive screech. You can also find them perched at bridges, rocks, and signs.
- Three Rats Collected: Ever notice how you’re practically tripping over Rats until you have to do this Challenge? One place I can guarantee you’ll find them is the abandoned slaughterhouse outside of Saint Denis. If they’re not there go across the river, by the train bridge (see first screenshot below). If you don’t find any Rats ride away and come back, or switch sessions. If you don’t yet have a Varmint Rifle or Small Game Arrows use a Pistol or Revolver. Anything bigger and there will be nothing to collect...
- Flying Bird Killed with a Sniper Rifle: You’re going to need a Rolling Block Rifle (unlocked at Rank 13) or the Carcano Rifle (unlocked at Rank 50) to do this. Slapping a scope on a Bolt Action Rifle doesn’t qualify (believe me I tested it). It’s not as impossible as it sounds, and you don’t have to aim for a large bird (though it helps). For once those Western Ravens will come in handy.
- Two Pheasants Skinned: I’m going to tell you now these are a lot easier to find than Prairie Chickens. Somehow Pheasants are more common. You can find them in the Great Plains and Big Valley of West Elizabeth. You can also find them around Emerald Ranch and Downe’s Ranch in New Hanover.
- Five Chickens Skinned: There are three places I know of where you can do this easily; the farm at Emerald Ranch (obviously), Lagras has a whole flock, and Rockstellar Fork might not have much going for it (compared to RDR1’s version) but there are plenty of Chickens here. Note that this Challenge only works with DOMESTIC Chickens.
- Two Striped Skunks Skinned: Like Opossums and Raccoons these are more common at night, and are basically everywhere there is grassy terrain.
- Three Little Brown Bats Collected: If I was to make an example of “time of day” being a factor in Hunting, it’s this. Bats can be found all around the swamps of Lemoyne at night but during the day can be found at a cave in Roanoke Ridge New Hanover. There is also a Rescue that can occur here. If there are no Bats switch to another session (see screenshot below). Make sure to use a Varmint Rifle, Bow with Small Game Arrows, Pistol, or Revolver.
Bat (Daytime) Location
- Turtle Skinned: It’s a shame Turtles don’t give us something other than Herp-de-derp Meat. I ALMOST feel guilty when I hear that little defeated groan. Though they are easy to kill with a Knife. You can find them in the swamps of Lemoyne, the marsh west of Thieves Landing, and around the beaches of Flat Iron Lake.
- Three Cows Skinned: This is a pretty easy one. You can find Cows at Emerald Ranch, South of Rhodes, and a few other farms around the map (see screenshot below).
- Two American Muskrats Skinned: These are those brazen little fury bastards that attack you when you’re trying to fish. They can be found along every river in the game, as well as Bluewater Marsh Lemoyne.
- Two Western Toads Collected: Western Toads, like Muskrats, can be found around rivers and the swamps of Lemoyne. Use a Varmint Rifle, Bow with Small Game Arrows, Pistol, or Revolver.
- Two Iguanas skinned: Either Green or Desert Iguanas count toward this (plus they're the only two species in the game). Green Iguanas can be found on the large island, west of Clement’s Point Lemoyne, in Flat Iron Lake (see screenshot below). Desert Iguanas can be found in Rio Bravo and Gaptooth Ridge New Austin. Use a Varmint Rifle like other small game.
Green Iguanas Location
- Loon Skinned: Three places I know of where you’re guaranteed to find a Loon; the large island west of Clement’s Point Lemoyne in Flat Iron Lake, Lake Owanjila, and the Lower Montana River just north of Thieves Landing. Like Ducks, and other birds, they will fly off when you get close. If a Loon isn’t at the above locations (see screenshot below) switch sessions.
- Panther Killed/Skinned: There’s only one part of the map where you can find Panthers, thus making this one of the harder Challenges. The forest around Catfish Jackson’s, and Shady Belle Lemoyne is where a Panther is likely to spawn. They’re very similar to Cougars in how they act, sound, and attack. Because of the dense surroundings you should pay attention to your horse’s behavior, and look for the moving red dot on the mini-map. A Shotgun with Slugs is recommended, pelt quality be damned.
- Three Black-tailed Rabbits Skinned: These things are EVERYWHERE, except when this is a Daily Challenge . . . Don’t fret you’ll find enough to complete it yourself. More than enough Rabbits to go around.
- 10 Flying Birds Killed: If it flaps it's wings, and can maintain flight, it will count toward this Challenge. Those Western Ravens and small birds will now be handy.
- Four Whitetail Deer/Bucks Skinned: You can find these pretty much anywhere, as you probably already know since these are about as hunted as Rabbits. A good place to hunt Deer is around the plains of Emerald Ranch.
- Two Bighorn Rams/Sheep Skinned: You can find Bighorns in the mountains of Cumberland Forest, West Elizabeth, and Ambarino. The desert variety appear around Rio Bravo and north of Tumbleweed in New Austin. Both Rams and Sheep count toward this challenge.
- One Nine-Banded Armadillo Skinned: You’ll never guess where you can find these. Yep! Outside of Armadillo New Austin is a good place, as well as anywhere west of there. Listen for a pig type noise. I don’t mean like the sounds Peccaries make, I mean like a groggy “oink.”
- Three Pronghorns Skinned: These suckers seem to be everywhere there’s wide open spaces. They’re very plentiful sometimes in herds of up to six. Unfortunately, the pelt doesn’t sell for much, which is why we don’t bother hunting them under usual circumstances.
- Three North American Beavers Skinned: There are three places to hunt for Beaver (who by the way move unusually fast in Online). The guaranteed spot is Lake Owanjila which you’ll notice has everyone else here too . . . Ride along the shore of the lake and use a Varmint Rifle. You’ll more than likely have to switch sessions.
- Three Ducks Skinned: If you have the Explosive Express Pamphlet then you know how often you shoot Ducks. Anywhere along the Dakota River and around the Heartlands Overflow is a pristine place to hunt for Ducks.
- Five Birds killed while on a moving train: Get on any moving train and stand at one of the flatbed cars. Using a weapon of your choosing shoot any five flying birds as you travel along. Do this in the daylight hours, not only is the lighting better but birds are more plentiful.
- Five Perfect Pelts Sold: Look for animals that have three stars next to it’s name. They’re not common, but they’re not rare either. If you’re not hunting I’m sure you’re looking for these already. Just sell five at a Butcher to get this completed. (Note: Donating them to Cripps will not count toward this Challenge.)
- Two Snakes Skinned: You know those little red dots that make your horse scared (for no real reason)? Shoot two and skin them.
- Two Alpine Goats Skinned: Alpine Goats can be found on farms throughout the map. The best two locations being Emerald Ranch and Rathskeller Fork. You can usually find one at each of these locations. So you’ll have to switch sessions, but don’t feel bad about losing the pelt.
- Two North American Raccoons Skinned: Check around the forests of West Elizabeth at night. They are as common as Skunks and Opossums at this time of day. Unless they’re a daily challenge . . . Use a Varmint Rifle.
- One Bear Killed/Skinned: This applies to either Grizzlies or Black Bears. Grizzlies can be found around Watson Station. Actually they can find YOU and you’re likely to require defending yourself. You can also skin a Black Bear but you’ll need to chase after it first. They’re more scared of you than the Grizzlies.
- Eagle Plucked: You can find Eagles perched on the cliffs, and flying around, West Elizabeth during daylight hours. A good place to look is around Owanjila lake. Like other small animals use a Varmint Rifle, but a Repeater is useful depending on the range.
- Two American Badgers Skinned: You can find American Badgers around Bolger Gate Lemoyne and The Heartlands (south-east of Valentine) New Hanover. Try around evening and nighttime, riding around these areas, and use a Varmint Rifle.
- Two Oxen Skinned: There is one spot, that I know of, with an Oxen. There is a small farm west of Emerald Ranch with a one behind the house (see screenshot below). Unlike other animal skinning Challenges this one always seems to be there. If it’s not just switch sessions.