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Guide: 7 Ways to Make Money in Red Dead Redemption 2

Money makes the world go around, as is evident in Rockstar’s GTA V and its numerous Shark Cards. While it’s not easy to hustle up hundreds of dollars in real life, it is in Red Dead Redemption 2 – if you know what you’re doing.

Given that there’s so much going on in Red Dead Redemption 2, it’s OK if you’re a little behind on making that sweet, sweet green. Money is needed for just about everything in Red Dead Redemption 2, from weapons to tonics to bathing. Yes, you have to pay to take a bath in this game. You also have to pay for fast travel. Realism.

Here’s how you can make some quick cash in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Hunt Animals, Sell Their Bodies

Hunting is introduced very early on in Red Dead Redemption 2, so it makes sense that I’d recommend this first. Red Dead Redemption 2 lets you hunt and kill animals all over the country. It’s not just for sport, though, as they can be gathered up and sold for cold, hard cash. You can turn them in at your camp too, but you’ll not see any monetary benefits, so if you’re looking to make a few quick bucks, go hunting. Be mindful about your technique, however, as a poorly hunted animal won’t fetch as much as a clean kill.

Play Cards and Other Mini Games

Are you a bit of a card shark? Fancy yourself taking Vegas to the tables and taking the house for all it’s worth? Don’t go buying a ticket just yet. Instead, get some practice in with the gang and take their money first, or play against townsfolk scattered across the map. It’s not just cards, though, so be sure to keep an eye out in saloons for other betting games.

Loot Corpses, Steal Items

Arthur barely respects the living, so it makes sense that he’d have no problem disrespecting the dearly departed. To be fair, if you’ve already killed them then stealing isn’t the worst thing to do. That would be blowing their dead heads off.

It’s a little tedious to loot every corpse you create – thanks, Rockstar animation department – but it’s worth it in the long run. Looting enemies will normally get you a couple of dollars at most, but many dead folks carry valuable items that can be sold. Whether it’s cigarettes, whiskey, or a pocket watch, everything has a value. Take the time to pick the dead clean and then head into town to sell your wares. It’s not a big earner but it all adds up. Just be sure to upgrade your satchel so you can carry more goodies.

Help Your Fellow Gang Members

It’s worth hanging around in camp every now and then, if not to get some shuteye then to go out on excursions with your fellow outlaws. Some characters will have missions you can go out on, ranging from house invasions to straight up robberies, these are normally pretty fun and pay out pretty well, too.

Rob Strangers

Red Dead Redemption 2 has no problem in putting the player on the spot. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve been held up whilst riding the trail, so I don’t feel all that bad about being a highway robber myself. It’s hit and miss, though, as some people have the audacity to be dirt poor, but when you hit folk on their travels you could end up with a sizeable payday. Just be sure to don your mask before committing the crime, otherwise your ill-gotten good will be paying your bounty fee.

Help the Law, Become a Bounty Hunter

Bounty hunting is another early activity in the game, and given that it involves shooting people for money, you’ve probably already taken on a couple of bounties already. Don’t stop there, though, as you can earn some decent dollar for hunting down the other scum. And it’s fun, win-win.

Play Story Missions, Pull Off Bigger Scores

Much like GTA V, Red Dead Redemption 2 has heists that you can take part in to earn massive paydays. However, the best of the best are locked within the game’s story, so keep chipping away at the story missions and you’ll soon find yourself robbing banks and cargo trains.

And that’s it the list. It’s not the definitive list, however, but it’ll give you a good start in the right direction. Get rich or die tryin’, right? And then respawn and do it again. 

Also worth reading:

Guide: How to Fast Travel in Red Dead Redemption 2

Guide: How to Play as John Marston in Red Dead Redemption 2

Guide: How Long Does It Take to Install Red Dead Redemption 2 on PS4/PS4 Pro?

Guide: How to Behead Anyone in Red Dead Redemption 2

Guide: How to Play Red Dead Redemption 2 in First Person and Is It Worth Trying Out?

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