Red Dead Redemption 2 How to Get Rid of Bounty

Getting rid of bounty in Red Dead Redemption 2 is a bit of a tricky proposition. There are several ways to do it, none of the apparent at first. It’s troubling, because you don’t want to get shot, but you also don’t want to give you hard-earned money to representatives of the law. Luckily, there are ways to avoid both, and we’re going to explain them in our Red Dead Redemption 2 how to get rid of bounty guide.

red dead redemption 2 how to get rid of bounty
Red Dead Redemption 2 How to Get Rid of Bounty

The consequences of having a bounty on your head are many, and they range from mildly unpleasant to terrible. The obvious thing is that lawmen will try to arrest you, which leads to a whole lot of unwanted conflicts. The higher your bounty, the stronger they’ll become. At some point, an area might even go into lockdown, stopping you from using shops there. There’s also the financial penalty – while you have a bounty, you won’t be able to sell things at their best prices. Gold bars go for $500 when you’re clean, but drop to $300 when you’re wanted.

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How to remove bounty in RDR2?

If you have a bounty in a region you’re not currently in, all you have to do is go to the post office and pay your due to society – literally. When you talk to the clerk, one of the options will be to pay the bounty. Select a region, shell out the cold, hard cash, and you’ll be free to go.

If you are in the region where there’s a bounty on your head, you can either try to get away then go to the post office, or surrender to the first lawman you run into. This can be tricky, so you’ve got to do it with care. When you run into an officer or bounty hunter, put your weapon away, focus on them using L2 (LT), then press triangle to surrender. You’ll be taken to jail, and a certain amount of money will be taken away from you. However, you can get around the monetary part of the sentence by spending money or donating it in the camp before you get arrested.

How do bandanas & masks affect bounty?

Bandanas and masks are supposed to help you commit crimes by hiding your identity from your victims and any law enforcement officers that get involved. There’s something wrong with them – a bug or a design oversight – which means they don’t. You won’t get any benefits while wearing one, apart from having an easier time of getting into the role of a robber.

If you end up getting stuck at another point, you might want to check out some of the other guides we have. We've written about mysteries like the missing person Gavin, the Rhodes Gunsmith prisoner, the locked door at Valentine doctor. We also have instructional guides that show how to rob stores without getting bounty or where to sell jewelry and gold bars. If it's collectibles or key items you're after, we've found all the Penny Dreadful comic books, Chick's treasure map location, or that famous pipe for Dutch. Finally, if you don't care to explore the map yourself, you could take a look at our Watson's Cabin and Catfish Jackson's Homestead locations guides. In the latest Red Dead Online Moonshiners Update you'll have a chance to find Navy Revolver and Best Shack Locations.

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  1. D

    Definitely making it a bit more difficult not being able to hide our identity!

    1. G
      Gosu No0b

      We found out that you need to change your clothes and horse as well to something no one saw you wear in the town you are robbing to not be found out. You also must not be seen by lawmen.

  2. P

    Masks do help, civilians won’t recognise you with a mask on. It will come up as crime reported, then cops will investigate, if your gone before the cops can see you you get away with it.
    If you got caught and got a bounty, then go and commit a crime in the same town people will immediately recognise you, even with mask on. But if you change outfits before reoffending they will not.

  3. B

    I have just started story mode and have ended up with a £250 bounty in a huge region that I need to access very often. Every time I go there I get hunted and killed, and it has taken me a while to jus earn £50 so I wont be parting with £250 when I finally get it.

    What can I do? in online mode when they kill me the bounty goes but it doesnt work in story. It is making the game very frustrating as I have quests in this region and I cant go 2 minutes without a gang of at least 5 killing me. If there isn’t another way to work off this bounty I am stopping story mode completely Ive had enough. The dumb thing is, I got the bounty from doing work for people, I had to shoot criminals and kill people for the mission then I got penalized

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