Red Dead Redemption 2 guides, cheats and tips

Red Dead Redemption 2 is finally here. Rockstar's new Open World Western game is now available for both PS4 and Xbox One, providing players with a vast, open world to explore. The main story alone will take you about 50 hours, and that's before you go into the minor content – and all of that is followed by Red Dead Online in November, the online multiplayer component of the game.

To get the most out of your experience, we've put together a series of guides and tips that cover both specific aspects of the game and a wide range of things to consider before you start. Rockstar has decided not to keep your hand in the game with many features, but to leave it to you to either discover or hide in menus. We'll also look at some of these examples to make sure you know what the game has to offer.

On the way we have many other guides and tips. We will update the list below. While you wait to really get your hands on the game, read our RDR 2 review.

Cheats

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A potentially great aspect of the new game are cheat codes. As with GTA V, you can use 2 cheats in RDR and even make a complete menu available for the feature. However, at this early stage, we do not really know what everyone is. At least some are cleverly hidden in the game in the newspapers. We will do our best to hunt them and will report back as soon as they are revealed – you can see those we have confirmed in our list of all Red Dead 2 cheats. In the meantime, we also have an overview of the best RDR2 cheats worth trying.

Do you have to play Red Dead Redemption first?

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Red Dead Redemption 2 is the third game in the Red Dead series, although it is only closely related to its direct predecessor. However, RDR 2 is a prequel that takes place years before the events of the first RDR. If you played the previous game, you'll see the names and faces of many characters, including RDR protagonist John Marston. We'll see if you should play RDR first in our feature, but whatever you choose, you should review our Red Dead Redemption story to refresh your memory – or fill in the blanks for the first time.

Tips before the start

As with any game, it may be helpful to start with certain skills. This certainly applies to RDR 2, a dense game with different systems interacting with each other. That's why we've put together a list of the most important tips you should know before starting the game for the first time. We've kept the spoilers to a minimum, but you want to know, for example, that side missions can run if you can not reach them fast enough.

How to earn money fast

As an outlaw, you are looking for money, but not out of pure greed. Whether you're motivated to improve your gang and its members or just want a new gun and a new horse, you want to get as much money as possible in your hands. With that in mind, we've put together a guide on how to make quick money.

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Outfits and climates

Red Dead 2 tries to immerse you in his world, is the climate. You must consider the temperatures if you want to maximize your performance. Wear appropriate clothing, depending on where you are in the world. We've summarized all the outfits we've seen so far to give you an idea of ​​what you can find.

Things that the game does not tell you

When you play stories and share with friends, you may find that the game tells you a whole lot of things. There are several interesting details and tidbits that you might miss because Rockstar does not throw them in the face. That's why we've done our best to pull together some of these points so you do not miss an opportunity during your course of adventure.

How do morality and honor work?

Among the many systems you'll find in Red Dead 2 is honor. Arthur Morgan can be a criminal, no matter what choices you make, but there are degrees to which he is a bad person. This comes into play with morality and honor as your actions increase or decrease your honor. If you press the D-pad down, you can see it at any time. If you welcome a passerby, you can build it. Aside from how people react to you, you should be aware of the effects of your honor – Good Guy Arthur gets discounts in stores, which is one way to save money.

Some side missions may expire

If you're an enforcer, the idea that optional missions will disappear is terrible. Whatever you do in games like Red Dead 2, be sure to consider the optional content of your gang. These sequences offer some of the best character traits in the game, but if you move far enough into the story, some of those missions will disappear, whether you did them or not. You can find out how this works in our PSA on ongoing missions.

How do I travel fast?

Fast Travel is available in RDR2, although you will not do that if you select a point on your map and warp there. The means for rapid movement include the use of actual means of transportation, such as stagecoaches. Provided you have the patience, you can run much better or take your horse, because this way you will find some of the most interesting content of the game. When speed matters, consult our explanation of how fast driving works.

All weapons

As mentioned above, the money is expensive, so you do not necessarily have to buy every gun you have in mind. You may want to plan in advance, so we have collected all the weapons discovered so far to give you an idea of ​​what to expect.

Health, endurance, dead eye and horse cores and bars explained

One of the many new wrinkles in Red Dead 2 is the core system that determines various aspects of your character. It can be a bit complicated to wrap your head around. Cores affects bars, but bars are used before cores. Do yourself a favor and understand this key system by reading our guide to how cores work.

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Tips for fishing

At the beginning of the game you will get the ability to fish, which can be a fun mini-game that will kill you for some time. You can do without a lot of strategy, but if you're interested in getting the biggest legendary fish in Red Deads world, you should consult our fishing guide for tips and legendary fish locations.

How to find the legendary animals and skins

In Chapter 2 you'll meet your first legendary beast – a giant grizzly bear. From here you can hunt and hunt the rarest animals in the game, some of which require extra firepower. If you want to know where every single animal in Red Dead 2 is located, check out our Legendary Animal Sand Pets Guide for how to find them and how to handle this legendary bearskin.

Perk's Guide: jewelry, talismans and the necessary crafting components

Perks enhance Arthur's general abilities, which are unlocked through the acquisition of talismans and trinkets, which are primarily made on fences. You need pieces of legendary animals to make them. Others will be rewarded if you perform certain missions under certain conditions. In our Perks guide, you'll find a detailed list of all the talismans we've found so far, what they do and what they need to unlock.

The best horses and where to find them

There is no unique "best horse" in the game. There are only strong breeds that are much better than the standard breeds that you meet early. Speaking of different types: The race of the Arabs, Turkmen and the Missouri Fox Trotter is characterized by the rounded and best breeds. Here is our best horse guide, who offers details for everyone.

Hidden weapons that you might have missed

In the mighty world of Red Dead 2 there are a number of weapons to be found. However, some of them can not be bought in arms shops and can easily be overlooked if you are not careful. That's why we've put together a list of weapons that require extra effort, but they're among the game's most interesting weapons. In addition to personalized six-shooters of legendary gunfighters, there are also melee weapons that can be traced back to ancient cultures that were lost to time. In our guide you will learn how to find these hidden weapons.

Where stolen items are sold: Every fence site in Red Dead Redemption 2

Fences – Traders, No Boundaries – In Red Dead Redemption 2, the only companies that buy goods you've found are looting strangers and stealing their private property. Given the size of the RDR2 map and the fact that there are only four fences across the country, you'll probably wonder where they're hiding. We have a handy reference guide for finding black market vendors selling illegal goods.

To start all challenges

As you play Red Dead 2, notifications will be displayed informing you that you have completed a challenge. Well, that sounds good, but you're probably wondering, "What are the challenges to complete? Heck, why should I even care?" That's a fair question, and we're here to answer it. Here is our Challenge Guide with details on each of you as well as details on your merit.

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