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"Red Dead Redemption 2" Tips & Tricks: Fast Travel, Bounties, and More!

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Kain writes video game articles that include tips, tricks, and tutorials. He is especially enthusiastic about horror games.

Rockstar's most anticipated video game, Red Dead Redemption 2, is a vast world that spans across miles of western landscape in the year 1899. The large open world offers a non-linear experience that is filled with exploration, adventure, combat, and several activities like hunting and fishing. Although it's the second game (minus Red Dead Revolver) in the series, it actually takes place before the original Red Dead Redemption. The game is essentially a prequel, but the graphics and gameplay are significantly more advanced.

Understanding all that Red Dead Redemption 2 has to offer can be a bit confusing, especially to new players (including myself). The game gives you tips occasionally, but only at certain points of the story. Sometimes you'll forget, as there are so many options in the game. But that's okay!

This article will provide basics tips & tricks to help you on your journey in the vast world that you're free to explore. Your experience will vary depending on how you play, for there are random events in the game. You'll play as the outlaw Arthur Morgan.

Screenshot of a breath-taking mountain

Screenshot of a breath-taking mountain

Tips & Tricks for "Red Dead Redemption 2"

  1. Keep a Horse Revival Kit with you because your horse can permanently die in the game.
  2. Make sure to eat food by building a camp or accessing the satchel inventory.
  3. Complete the Jack Hall Gang mission to get $1000 worth of gold bars!
  4. Remove a bounty by visiting the post offices in the game.
  5. Fast Travel by using a train or stage coach.
  6. Upgrade Dutch's Gang camp as soon as possible (can add fast travel option).
  7. Issue commands to horse to make it follow, stay, or flee.
  8. Bond with your horse to improve its speed, stamina, and move list.
  9. Upgrade Deadeye to use slow motion on animals and enemies.
  10. Store winter clothing in your horse's inventory for cold regions.
  11. Wear a bandana to conceal your face when committing crimes.
  12. Play poker at the camp in Horseshoe Overlook.
  13. Use cinematic mode to make your horse automatically travel to a waypoint.
  14. Sell valuable items at fence to make a lot of money.
  15. Animals on your horse will decompose and lose their monetary value after a while.
  16. Turn your radar off or make it larger by pressing down on the D-Pad.
Eating food at a camp in Red Dead Redemption 2

Eating food at a camp in Red Dead Redemption 2

1. Horse Revival Kit

Riding horses is the primary means of exploring the colossus world in Red Dead Redemption 2 . Because your horse can permanently die, it's a good idea to keep a few Horse Revival Kits in your inventory. They can heal your horse from major injuries. Obtain Horse Revival Kits by finding them or purchasing them at the stables.

2. Eat Food at Camps

Cook food by making a camp. Arthur Morgan will become underweight or overweight depending on how much food you eat. Eat canned foods and snacks by accessing the satchel (hold right on D-Pad). Being underweight increases your stamina, but your health will be lower. Eat food consistently, but not too much or Arthur Morgan will become overweight. Make sure you feed your horse as well. Purchase hay, apples, sugar cubes, and other items for your horse at the stables.

3. $500 Gold Bars

By completing the Jack Hall Gang Treasure Hunt, you'll get two gold bars that are worth $1000 total! To start the quest, go just west of Flatneck and buy the treasure map from the man walking around. You can obtain the valuable gold bars in Red Dead Redemption 2 as early as chapter 2. Sell them at the fence in Emerald Ranch.

4. How to Remove Bounties

Committing crimes will make bounty hunters attack you in the world. Visit the post offices in the game to remove your bounty. It will cost money to get rid of your bounty. The greater your crimes, the higher your bounty will cost. Post offices are near major towns or cities. Check your map to locate them. Exploring the game will reveal more areas.

Bounties in Red Dead Redemption 2 are region based. You'll see a red area around different regions of the map. For example, you could have a $90 bounty in the town of Valentine, but no bounty in another locations.

Dutch's Gang Camp in Horseshoe Overlook

Dutch's Gang Camp in Horseshoe Overlook

5. How to Travel Fast

Tired of riding on horseback to travel? Use the stagecoaches or the trains to travel fast. Fast traveling costs money, but it will save you time, particularly when the distance is extremely far. Upgrading the camp will allow you to fast travel to major locations. Use the map near Arthur Morgans bed.

6. Upgrade the Camp

During chapter 2, Dutch's gang sets up the camp in Horseshoe Overlook. You can contribute money to the Van der Linde gang. Additionally, you can upgrade the camp itself to increase provisions and the morale of the group. Try and upgrade the camp as soon as possible. Sell gold bars or valuables to make enough money. Use the logbook near Dutch's camp to see the list of available upgrades. One upgrade allows fast travel from the camp to already discovered areas.

7. Issuing Commands to Horses

It is possible to issue commands to horses in Red Dead Redemption 2. You can tell your horse to stay, follow, or flee. Hold down left trigger when viewing your horse and press the corresponding button.

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8. Develop a Bond with Horses

You'll develop a bond with your horse when you ride it a lot. Special moves will be unlocked when you reach higher bonding levels. Eventually, your horse will be able to strafe to avoid trees or other obstacles. Additionally, your horse's speed and stamina will increase. Weaker breeds of horses will only be able to get so fast, though.

The town of Valentine

The town of Valentine

9. Upgrade Dead Eye

There is a slow motion mode in Red Dead Redemption 2. It is called Dead Eye. Make sure to upgrade it and smoke cigarettes to refill the meter. Tobacco will increase Dead Eye as well. Dead Eye slows down time and allows you to target specific parts of animals or enemies. It's very useful in stressful situations or when pinpoint accuracy is required.

10. Store winter clothing on your horse

Not only does the game feature a dynamic weather system, but the heat or cold will affect Arthur Morgan's overall health. Make sure to pack winter clothing for the cold mountain areas. Clothing is made for cold, hot, and medium temperatures. You can buy clothes in stores. Switch Author Morgan's outfits at a hotel room or the main camp.

11. Bandanas

Wearing a bandana allows you to conceal your face when committing crimes. You can hide from law enforcement if you have a bounty. Or masquerade by utilizing different bandanas and masks. Open up your satchel inventory to put on a bandana. Strangers and other folks will not speak to you when you're wearing a bandana, though.

The fence in Emerald Ranch

The fence in Emerald Ranch

12. Poker

Playing poker can be a good way to make money in the world of Red Dead Redemption 2. Learn how to play poker at the camp in Horseshow Overlook. You can play poker with other members of Dutch's gang without losing too much money, as the stakes are not too high. Once you understand gambling better, challenge poker players in other towns. Poker can be lucrative, but only if you're adequately skilled and lucky.

13. Cinematic Mode

Similar to the Grand Theft Auto video games, there is an aesthetic cinematic mode. Hold down the touch pad to go into a widescreen cinematic mode. Your horse will automatically travel to destinations when you set a waypoint. You will have to deal with enemies that attack, though. You're not safe in cinematic mode. It's basically an auto-pilot mode.

14. Selling Valuable Items to the Fence

After completing a few main quests in chapter 2, you'll unlock a fence in Emerald Ranch. You can sell many valuable items that you find or steal on your travels. You can sell stuff like gold watches and other fine Jewelry that sell for a high price. Gold bars can be sold as well. Lastly, you can bring stagecoaches to the fence for cash.

Make sure to loot corpses, cabinets, wardrobes, safes, containers, and other nooks and crannies. Sometimes enemy gangs carry money in little boxes. For instance, I found $100 from a gang hideout. I meandered my way upstairs in an enemy house after a challenging firefight. To my surprise, I found cash inside a small box on the floor. You'd be surprised what you come across if you search thoroughly.

Hunting deer

Hunting deer

15. Selling Animals to the Butcher in Red Dead Redemption 2

Hunting is a major feature of the video game. Many species of animals roam the the world. Over 100 in fact! You'll encounter small game, big game, and legendary animals. There are herbivore animals like whitetail deer, predators like wolves, and the vicious bear that can maul you to death if provoked or hungry!

You can only carry so many pelts on your horse after skinning them. And only one entire animal on the back of your horse. Sell the animal to the butcher as soon as possible, otherwise, the animal will decompose and lose value.

Death in Red Dead Redemption 2 can be very harsh. The game punishes you if you're too reckless, foolish, or unskilled. You'll lose money when being killed, and you'll also lose animal pelts that you've collected. Be very cautious when hunting in the game. Bounty hunters can track you down, animals can attack, gangs can ambush you, or you can die from falling off a cliff or high height.

16 Turn off Radar

If you're looking for a more immersive experience, you can turn off the radar (mini-map) at the bottom right of the screen. Hold down on the D-Pad and select the option. You can also enlarge the radar mini-map to see icons at the bottom easier.

Additionally, you can toggle run automatically from the main menu options. By default, the game requires you to hold down the (x) or (a) button to move quickly. Some areas of the game force you to walk, though.


sharpys too cool on September 08, 2020:

Red dead feels like the only reliable game I've played this year for that alone its worth every penny and more love it.

Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on October 28, 2018:

I love open world games, but I prefer the fantasy genre, such as Skyrim and Dragon Age. I recently bought God of War and didn't enjoy it enough to justify the hefty price tag, though I'm glad I played it. It's better to buy games you want, not just get them because they're popular, I guess.

The main reason I buy popular games is so I can write about them, but it seems you've already got this game covered!

Kain 360 (author) from PA on October 28, 2018:

The game is immersive, has great graphics, many little details, several activities, a lot of exploration and a decent story so far. However, it is slow paced at times depending on what you're doing. And IMO, the controls are difficult to adjust to. I think the game is worth buying if you like open world games, particularly western themed ones with a lot of exploration & story. I think it could get game of the year. It's a possibility. The online component is not available yet, though. It's just the robust story as of now.

Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on October 28, 2018:

This is a great article! I've been thinking about buying this game, but of course, it's pretty expensive since it's brand new so I'm on the fence. Do you think it's worth buying?

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