Money is a valuable commodity in RDR2, and there are a number of ways you can get your hands on some if you’re in need of a swift improvement to your finances.
Some ways are honorable, others less so. Here are 5 of the best ways to make money in RDR2.
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5. Complete Missions
Perhaps the most obvious way to make money in RDR2 is also one of the best. Simply complete as many missions as possible, be it main storyline quests or side quests, there is usually a sizable bag of money to be made.
Granted, it’s easy to get lost in the exploration of the vast Midwestern map of Red Dead Redemption 2, and a good way to do this is to initiate all the stranger missions you encounter along the way. These missions will also be a nice little earner.
A few personal favorite stranger missions are The Smell of Grease Paint, which is found in the Saloon at Van Horn Trading Post, and The Veteran, a story involving a veteran soldier, a wooden leg, and a boisterous horse named Buell.
4. Jack Hall Gang Treasure Map
Treasure maps in general are a great way to make money in RDR2, but the Jack Hall Gang treasure maps will reward you handsomely if you find the booty successfully.
There are four locations in total in the Jack Hall Gang treasure hunt, the first three locations contain maps, with the last of the maps being a clue to the final location. The treasure found in the final location is two gold bars. Combined, these gold bars will fetch around $1,000, making the Jack Hall Gang treasure hunt a very worthwhile investment of your time.
3. Clear Bandit Camps
One of the fastest and most satisfying ways to make money in RDR2 is to clear out the many bandit camps that are scattered throughout the map.
Most bandit camps can be spotted from a distance by smoke rising in the sky. The outlaws that guard these hideouts do so for good reason, they are protecting chests and lock boxes filled with money and treasure from their looting and robbery.
Not only will clearing out these bandits make you feel a good sense of justice, but you’ll also come away with a ton of XP and a varying amount of money, too. Some camps may even have gold bars stashed away.
2. Sell Horses
If you’d rather keep your gun holstered and make money in an honorable fashion, you can take the more agreeable cowboy route of capturing and selling horses.
Wild horses roam the map in several locations, with some of the hotspots being Cumberland Forest, the central Heartlands, and high up in the Grizzlies near the Wapati Reservation. Once you’ve tamed a horse, it can be taken to any stable and sold for pure profit. This method is fast, easy, and rewarding, and can also be a good way to discover new locations in the map.
Without a doubt, selling horses is one of the best ways to make money in RDR2, and if your out in the wilderness getting your nature kick, you could even unt a few animals to stow in your horse for the return journey, the pelts and meat from different animals can bring in a pretty penny.
1. Rob Trains
One of the most lucrative activities in Red Dead Redemption 2 is to rob trains. This isn’t everyone’s cup of tea as it involves being very dishonorable and can also be quite difficult. But for some the money is worth it.
To rob a train, simply board it and wait for the train to depart, whilst in motion, head to the front of the train (discreetly if possible) and dispose of the train driver. You’ll want to be wearing a bandana as there will be a huge bounty on your head if not.
Quickly make your way through the carriages and rob as many passengers as possible before the police turn up. It’s likely you’ll have to deal with a few train guards en route, too.
When the police arrive, they’ll bring a serious amount of firepower with them, jump on your horse as quickly as possible and make your escape. Losing them will be a challenge, but it’ll be worth it for the loot.
There is a way to rob trains with no bounty, too. For a detailed video walkthrough of how to do this, check out the great YouTube video at the end of the article by LaazrGaming.
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To learn how to make money in RDR2 by robbing trains with no bounty, watch the detailed YouTube video below by LaazrGaming.