New Player Help in Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2) are located on this page, that helps you understand the basics of the game's mechanics and links helpful resources.


New Player Help Information for RDR2

Listen here, young buck!

If you're reading this, this is most likely your first Rodeo. Don't worry, we got you covered. Listed below are a couple of tips to not only making it out alive in the Wild West, but to savor in all it has to offer.


  • Explore

Don't feel restricted to simply completing the campaign. Traverse the various locations, through different landscapes and biomes, as there are always secrets to unearth, and new interactions to uncover.

If you care to, take the time to randomly speak to NPCs as they are not just one dimensional body bags with zero personalities anymore. 


  • Use your wits

Whether you choose to be honorable or not, be careful of who you mess with as you can get yourself into some massive trouble that may have consequences, either major or minor, on the remainder of your adventure.


  • Bullseye

While not always necessary, try to aim for the head in gunfights. This can be a way to practice your accuracy and also to preserve bullets as headshots are a guaranteed one-hit, while other areas may not be. 

Don't be afraid to exhaust your Dead-Eye if necessary, as it refills over time and can even be sped up with items from a General Store.


  • Honor & Fame

Your actions have consequences not only on the outcome of the story, but in the way the world sees you. You decisions will be judged by a Honor system that will rank you, and achieving each rank will unlock new benefits but will also come at a cost.


  • Hunting

Hunting with Dead-Eye makes it a lot easier to successfully stalk and kill your prey, especially smaller animals like squirrels and foxes. 

Try to aim for the the vital parts of your prey to spare you some bullets, time, and most importantly, maintain the quality of the carrion. 


  • Horses

Try to own different types of horses that are suited to different types of work. This can result in a more efficient experience and allows you to bond with more of them. 

Speaking of which, do not ignore to build a bond between yourself and your horse, which can reap awesome rewards, including unlocking new maneuvers, cosmetics, and a more steady stallion in the face of danger.


  • Gamble Responsibly

Sure participating in Activities such as Blackjack or Poker are fun and can even help become a stream of revenue, however it can also go the other way. Be sure to practice sufficiently in low-stakes games, such as that at your camp, before trying your luck with the high rollers.


  • Treat Yourself

Make sure to regularly eat, drink, bathe, and smoke, to maintain core stats and keep Arthur performing at his peak level. 

Just as you'll need to turn off your console eventually and hit the hay, so will Arthur. Make sure to get enough rest by sleeping in between adventures.

You can monitor your health, stamina, and dead eye cores, above the mini map on the bottom left of the screen, which can also be toggled away for full immersion. 


  • High Maintenance

As well as everything mentioned above, you will need to maintain EVERYTHING. Weapons, Horses, the camp, and Arthur himself. Successfully doing so will unlock a lot of very useful rewards to make your experience ever so better.


Below are more pages on our wiki that you can visit to help you get started, and go more in-depth than the advice just given to you. With all that said, good luck and have fun!


Helpful Pages

  • Controls: Details the basic layout of the controller. 
  • Lore: Understanding 1889 and everything to do with the Wild West.
  • Combat: Explains the basics of combat.
  • Dead-Eye: A trick only the most sharp-shooting gunslingers have in their arsenal.
  • Hunting: It's survival of the fittest.
  • FAQs: How to quit a mission? How to build a bond with your horse? All these and more.
  • Weapons & Outfits: All available 
  • Walkthrough: Live out Arthur's experiences throughout his days with the Van Der Linde Gang
  • New Game Plus: What happens once you finish the main story.

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