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"Red Dead Redemption 2" Explorer Challenges

I started writing about "Red Dead Redemption 2" when I noticed how little info was available online.

The ecstasy of what's in the box.

The ecstasy of what's in the box.

Greed Is Good, but the Hunt Is Better

If you like to do a little detective work and/or make lots of money, these are the ones for you! These are essentially Red Dead Redemption’s Treasure Hunter Challenges, except they can be completed in any order. To view Treasure Maps, hold Right on the D-pad, cycle to Documents, and select “Treasure Maps." There are three Treasure Hunts (well four if you bought the Special or Deluxe Edition of the game, I bought Standard so . . .), two are available from the beginning of Chapter 2, the third is through a random encounter. I’ll list them in “order of appearance.”

This article will also cover a couple of other Treasure Hunts that are not associated with the Explorer Challenges. If there's a map, it's going to be in this article. Also, like the other challenges in this game, it's best to pace yourself throughout the story. I'll list when the best time to do the perspective prospecting.

Explorer Challenge #1: Find a Treasure Map

When You Can Do It: At the beginning of Chapter 2

The closest, and earliest, Treasure Map is the Jack Hall Gang Map, which is located near Flatneck Station, southwest of Valentine. There will be a man named Maximo who you can buy the map from for $10 (or $5 if you decline his FIRST offer).

The other you can get during the “The Noblest Men, and Woman” Stranger Quest, which you can begin in the smaller Saloon in Valentine. Go into your Satchel and select the Flaco Hernandez Photograph. Press A/X to flip it over, this will mark his location on the map (this also works for the other three Gunslingers, wish I knew THAT earlier . . .) Ride up to the West Grizzlies, take care of the gang, and loot his cabin to find the first part of The Poisonous Trail Map. (Note: You can go up here without doing the Stranger Quest, but it will save you a ride.) As you go to attack Flaco's men sneaking up to the camp can get you a Knife kill, or two, for Weapon Expert Challenge #1.

Thirdly, the High Stakes Treasure can be found, through a random encounter, as early as after the Chapter 2 mission "The First Shall Be Last." For some reason, a lot of YouTubers and other online sources say "not until after Chapter 3," but I can indubitably assure you that this is bull s***. You have a great chance of running into him, after "The First Shall Be Last" as you're riding back to Dutch's Camp. You can also trigger the encounter while heading to Strawberry, in Chapter 2, to do the mission "Blessed Are The Meek?" Anyhow, once you find him, use your Lasso to steal the High Stakes Treasure map from his person. You won't lose an Honor point unless you kill him, and once/if you cut him free, there won't be a confrontation.

High Stakes Map Possible Spawn Point

Explorer Challenge #2: Find a Treasure (Jack Hall Gang Map 1)

Once you reach the location in the second screenshot, dismount and run up the southwest side of the mountain. (Note: you COULD ride up this little trail but you run the risk of harming your horse. It's best to just go on foot.) You'll see a pathway that will take you to the top of Caliban's Seat. As you run along the top, you'll see a slope to the right, follow that down and go left. Follow the ledge and be prepared to do a running jump to pass the gap (or else you'll have to start this over again if you don't die that is . . .) Climb then drop down past the the rock wall ahead of you. Go to the end of the ledge and press+hold X/Square collect the next Treasure Map (see below screenshot).

To get back down, climb back over the rock wall, then carefully drop down to the ledge (that gap to ran and jumped earlier) to somewhat carefully get back down to ground level.

Explorer Challenge #3: Find a Treasure (Jack Hall Gang Map 2)

The next treasure map is up at Cotorra Springs (which by the way is also the location of the Legendary Wolf). There are three geysers here, but where you want to be is at the west end of these geysers. There will be a few rock piles at the "home base" part of the area (or would that be "home wicket" for you folks across the pond?). The treasure is in one of these piles, press+hold X/Square to search for it.

Explorer Challenge #4: Find a Treasure (Jack Hall Gang Map 3)

You visited O'Creagh's Run during the Chapter 2 mission "Exit Pursued By A Bruised Ego", so it should be on your map. From the peninsula, on the west side of the lake, use your horse to swim out to the small long island. There will be a little platform of land you can climb up onto. Press+hold X/Square (after dismounting or you'll hear a splash) to grab the treasure under a flat rock.