Red Dead Redemption 2 walkthrough and guide

Conquer the west with Shacknews' collection of Red Dead Redemption 2 guides covering everything from weapons and combat to wanted bounties and more.

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Rockstar Games has poured a lot of love into its latest western-themed adventure, and the results speak for themselves: Red Dead Redemption 2 is a master class in open-world storytelling. There are so many different places to go, people to meet, and foes to slay that game fans might at first feel overwhelmed by it all. Fear not, for Shacknews has ponied up plenty of guides, tutorials, and strategies that can help players come to terms with the game's numerous mechanics and missions.


General Red Dead Redemption 2 guides

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Red Dead Redemption 2 review: Cowboy up
In their latest release, Rockstar Games has created a living world that expertly balances a fast-paced narrative with peaceful moments of reflection.

General hints and tips
Take these spoiler-free tips with you when you set out to live the life of an outlaw.

All cheat codes and unlock requirements
Check out a list of all available cheat codes and learn about the newspapers and unlock requirements needed to use them.

How long is Red Dead Redemption 2?
It will take dozens if not hundreds of hours for players to take in all that RDR2 has to offer.

Wanted and bounty system
Breaking down how the Wanted and Bounty systems work.

All Van de Linde camp upgrades
We list all the possible Van der Linde camp upgrades and what they do.

Voice actors and cast guide
Learn the voice actors behind many of RDR2's most prominent characters.

Where to find a horse brush
Cleaning the dirt and grime off your horse requires finding and using a horse brush.

Where to find the Arabian horse, RDR2's best horse
The powerful Arabian horse is among the best horses in the game, and we know just where to find it.

Where to find leather working tools
Start upgrading Arthur's satchel and livening up the campsite by purchasing the leather working tools.

How to solve the Strange Statues puzzle
Learn where to find the Strange Statues puzzle and how to solve it to claim the valuable treasure.

Where to find the Fence vendor
If you want to sell goods obtained by questionable means, or craft Trinkets and Talismans, you must find a Fence.

All talismans and trinkets
Learn all the talisman and trinket effects, when they can be made, and how to craft them.

Where to find Yarrow
Yarrow is needed to complete the Herbalist challenge. Here's where to find it.

All Dinosaur Bone locations
Where to find the dinosaur bones for the A Test of Faith Stranger mission.


Gameplay mechanics

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PlayStation 4 controls
Brush up on the basics of movement, combat, and horse riding on PS4.

Xbox One controls
Learn the basics of traversal and combat with our guide to controls for Xbox One.

How to make money fast
There's a lot of ways to make money fast in RDR2, but each comes at a price.

How to fast travel
Learn how to fast travel and save yourself that long journey on horseback.

How to replay missions
Here's how to replay missions to get a gold rating on each one.

How to take a bath
Taking a bath isn't expensive, but bring a little extra if you want the special bath.

Horse bonding, grooming, caring, and reviving
Learn about breaking, taming, bonding, feeding, reviving, and calling your horse.

How to take photos and selfies
Take photos, self-portraits, and selfies with Arthur Morgan.

How to find your hat
We break down three easy ways to find your lost hat.

How to rob stores and banks without becoming wanted
Holding up and robbing stores and banks may be easy, but getting away with the crime without becoming wanted is a bit more difficult.

All Rock Carving locations
Find all 10 Rock Carving locations and get the Old Brass Compass and Raven Claw Talisman.


Weapons and Combat guides

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Red Dead Redemption 2 complete combat guide
Master the basics of Rockstar Games' latest release with our essential guide to combat, weapons, Dead Eye, and more.

Melee combat and fist fight controls
Brush up on the controls and buttons needed to punch, block, and grapple while in a fist fight.

How to craft poison arrows
If you're taking a long journey, you might want to build a campfire at night and get some rest.


Wanted Bounties

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Wanted Bounty: where to find Benedict Allbright
The location of Benedict Allbright and how to capture him alive.

Wanted Bounty: where to find Ellie Anne Swan
Locate and capture Ellie Anne Swan and bring her to justice.


Hunting guides

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Complete hunting guide
Get an in-depth look at hunting in RDR2 with these tips and breakdowns of the mechanics.

Where to find the Trapper
The Trapper will be mentioned in various places, but it's not immediately clear who this is and where they're located.

Complete Trapper crafting guide - clothing, materials, and prices
Learn about all the different hats, coats, vests, gloves, chaps, and boots that can be crafted at the Trapper, including the money and materials required to craft them.

All Legendary Animal locations and maps
Discover where to find each type of Legendary Animal roaming the wilds of the Old West.

How to kill the Legendary Bharati Grizzly Bear
Players will need the right gear and a solid plan to kill the legendary Bharati Grizzly Bear.

How to kill the Legendary Moose
Take a long trip north and learn how to kill the Legendary Moose.

Where to find Grizzly Bears and American Black Bears
Locate both Grizzly Bears and American Black Bears, giving you the edge when hunting these predators.

How to get perfect hides, skins, and pelts
Learn the animals to hunt and the weapons to use to get a perfect hide.

How to build a camp and campfire
If you're taking a long journey, you might want to build a campfire at night and get some rest.

What to do with legendary bear pelt
Make the most out of legendary bear pelts by using them to craft some new clothes.

All Beaver locations
Tracking down beavers can be tough, so use our handy guide to locate them all.

All Bull locations
It's hard to find a Bull in Rockstar Games' latest release, but this guide will show you all their locations.

Blue Jay location
Those looking for a reliable Blue Jay location will be pleased to know that at least one exists.


Fishing Guides

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How to start fishing in Red Dead Redemption 2
Learn how to unlock the ability to go fishing at will in RDR2.

All Legendary Fish locations and maps
Learn where to find each type of Legendary Fish, plus the lures needed to bring them in quickly.


Treasure Hunts

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Jack Hall Gang treasure maps and locations
Complete the Jack Hall Gang Treasure quest by finding the locations listed on each Jack Hall Gang Treasure Map.

Poisonous Trail maps and treasure location
Find all three Poisonous Trail Maps and get the treasure at the end of the quest.


Cigarette Cards

Red Dead Redemption 2 Cigarette Card guides

All Cigarette Card locations
Where to find all 144 cigarette cards for the side quest Smoking and Other Hobbies, plus the rewards they offer

All World's Champions Cigarette Cards
Where to find all World's Champions cigarette cards for the Smoking and Other Hobbies mission

All Vistas of America Cigarette Cards
Where to find all Vistas of America cigarette cards for the Smoking and Other Hobbies mission.

All Stars of the Stage Cigarette Cards
Where to find all Stars of the Stage cigarette cards for the Smoking and Other Hobbies mission.

All Prominent Americans Cigarette Cards
Where to find all Prominent Americans cigarette cards for the Smoking and Other Hobbies mission.

All Marvels of Travel Cigarette Cards
Where to find all Marvels of Travel cigarette cards for the Smoking and Other Hobbies mission.

All Gems of Beauty Cigarette Cards
Where to find all Gems of Beauty cigarette cards for the Smoking and Other Hobbies mission.

All Flora of North America Cigarette Cards
Where to find all Flora of North America cigarette cards for the Smoking and Other Hobbies mission.

All Fauna of North America Cigarette Cards
Where to find all Fauna of North America cigarette cards for the Smoking and Other Hobbies mission.

All Famous Gunslingers Cigarette Cards
Where to find all Famous Gunslinger cigarette cards for the Smoking and Other Hobbies mission.

All Breeds of Horses Cigarette Cards
Where to find all Breeds of Horses cigarette cards for the Smoking and Other Hobbies mission.

All Artists, Writers, and Poets Cigarette Cards
Where to find all Artists, Writers, and Poets cigarette cards for the Smoking and Other Hobbies mission.

All Amazing Inventions Cigarette Cards
Where to find all Amazing Inventions cigarette cards for the Smoking and Other Hobbies mission.


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