In the Wild West, the same rules apply as in any other place: the higher the loot, the higher the risk. In our Red Dead Redemption 2 Easy Money Guide, you’ll find out everything you need to know about making money in RDR2.
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1) How to earn money in Red Dead Redemption 2
In this epic Wild West game, the question arises how you can make quick money? After all, earning money in the game isn’t just about accumulating luxuries. Rather, it’s an indispensable game resource, without which you won’t be able to advance in the story quickly. There are three different types of money-making-methods:
Legal or neutral acts
This includes all the options to earn money in Red Dead 2 that don’t bring you into conflict with the law. Thus, you’ll be able to earn dollars without getting into trouble with law enforcement or having a bounty placed on your head.
In the Wild West, illegal business and crimes were almost part of daily life. This is also true in RDR2. After all, Arthur Morgan is anything but a child of sadness and the Van der Linde gang knows about various ways to get money.
Illegal business is especially interesting because of the neat profits – however, chances are that there will be a bounty on your head after committing a crime.
As in real life, it is important to have your finances under control in order to earn money in RDR2. Thus, saving dollars offers an adequate way to improve your bank balance. You’ll learn more about the options below.
2) Legal or neutral business
When it comes to earning money in Red Dead 2, every dollar counts. Below we’ll show you how you can legally farm dollars with Arthur without getting into trouble with the authorities.
Complete the story missions
To earn early money in Red Dead Redemption 2, you should definitely stick to the story missions. On the one hand, they provide big amounts of cash as a reward for completing them.
On the other hand, as you advance in the story, you’ll also unlock more legal options to make money. In addition, the story missions also give you the option to improve your skills, which helps increase your income.
Complete bounty missions
Once you have completed Chapter 2 of the story, you will be acquainted with the sheriff from Valentine. From this point on, you can take on bounty missions, of which there are a total of 10 in RDR2.
Depending on the mission, you’ll get a decent bundle of dollars. But beware: Some of the crooks are to be caught alive; however, they bring more reward. Therefore, instead of the revolver, use the lasso.
Hunt animals and sell the materials
Another good way for you to earn money in Red Dead Redemption 2 is hunting. This is a must anyway since you have to get enough food for yourself. The surplus materials that are produced can be sold afterward. The butcher will be happy to accept them, as well as any fish you caught.
Go on treasure hunts
There is no gold rush in Red Dead 2, but you can still increase your budget with the numerous treasure maps that you find in the course of the game. Since the cards often take you to treasure chambers, where you can quickly make $1,000 and more, so you should definitely go treasure hunting. Among the legal options, treasure maps are the most lucrative way to boost your bank balance in RDR2.
Sell items in stores
In the world of Red Dead Redemption 2 you’ll find many things. For example, enemies often have various items with them in addition to a few dollars. You can exchange these for cash in the general store. This not only keeps your inventory clean, but also increases your bank balance at the same time.
Gamble and win
In addition to the predictable income, you can also earn money by gambling. In RDR2 you can play poker or blackjack, for example. However, as the name suggests, these are games that depend on luck. Thus, you can also lose money.
One trick to avoid losing your hard-earned bucks immediately is to save the game after each round. If you don’t like the result, you can simply load the save game.
Loot defeated enemies
As mentioned earlier, enemies have a variety of things with them that Arthur can loot on his adventures. However, the inventory space is limited. Therefore, it is important to sell the collected items from time to time. Even though this isn’t very much per enemy; over the course of the story, it can generate a decent amount of dollars.
3) Red Dead Redemption 2 easy money: Illegal ways
The illegal ways, on the other hand, are particularly promising in terms of profit, but you always have to assume that there will be a bounty on you.
Steal and sell carriages
An important place to start is the fence, Seamus. You will already get to know him in chapter two after you complete the mission – The Backbones of America – for him. After that, you can deliver stolen carriages to him. To find them, you just have to keep your eyes peeled since horse-drawn carriages are everywhere and are generally easy prey.
Rob bandit camps
Also interesting, due to the riches to be found there, are bandit camps. You’ll find six of them in total and one that is only accessible if you own the Ultimate or Special edition of RDR2. Of course, before you can get to the money, you must first eliminate the gang itself.
Sell illegal goods at the fence
The fence Seamus is also your friend away from carriages when it comes to getting rid of illegal goods. There you will also get a fair price for what you steal from the NPCs. Overall, jewelry and other neat goods can be sold to fences in every major settlement.
If you enter a store and point your gun at the shopkeeper, you can rob him. Usually, they have no interest in playing the hero and let you loot the cash register willingly. However, it can happen that they won’t let you go without a fight, so always expect a shootout.
In contrast to classic carriages, stagecoaches have a box on board. This is usually filled with many dollars. To open it, just shoot the lock or open it carefully with a lockpick.
As with regular carriages and stagecoaches, you can also rob entire trains with Arthur for the extra change. To do this, find a station and get on the train. However, you need a ticket beforehand. Once in the passenger compartment, you put on the mask and take all of the passenger’s belongings.
In addition, you can sometimes find boxes and safes, but remember, you will need dynamite to open them! All in all, the risk for the yield is very high, so robbing trains is fun, but not very profitable.
4) Save money
You can also earn money in Red Dead 2 by being frugal. Accordingly, the following tips are sustainable.
Have high honor
If you make sure that Arthur Morgan’s honor stays high, this will bring you some advantages. Especially in terms of earning RDR2 money. With a good reputation in the Wild West, the inhabitants are well-disposed toward you. Consequently, you will get much better prices when you shop.
Keep bounties low
In the context of saving money, it makes sense to have as little bounty on your head as possible. Bounties will burden your already hard-earned dollar balance over time.
Buy no or few weapons
To get the most money out of the options in Red Dead Redemption 2, you can also avoid buying weapons. This is because during the story you’ll get a lot of guns to enjoy the game with. Basically, you won’t have to buy any new ones.
Don’t die during missions
An equally important point to keep the money earned through missions high is not to die during them. Otherwise, there will be a penalty which means you’ll get a lower reward.
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