Red Dead Redemption 2 How To Keep Stolen Hats

Stolen hats are clothing items in Red Dead Redemption 2. They’re just like regular hats, except they’re obtained ilegally. After you pick up another person’s hat, it won’t always immediately appear in your wardrobe. Sometimes it seems like you have to wait a certain amount of time, or visit a camp before it’s yours for good. Our Red Dead Redemption 2 how to keep stolen hats guide shows you what the entire process actually looks like and what you need to do to keep a hat forever.

red dead redemption 2 how to keep stolen hats
Red Dead Redemption 2 How To Keep Stolen Hats

How to steal hats in RDR2?

UPDATE: There’s rumor of a workaround that lets you steal hats that aren’t usualy available for stealing. It says you need to access your wardrobe, then remove all the hats from the horse (apart from the default one, as that one cannot be removed). After you’ve done this, you need to put the hat you want to steal on your head and mount the horse. The hat is then supposed to automatically appear in your horse wheel, and in the wardrobe. We’ve tried it, but sadly, it doesn’t work.

You’ve probably already tried to steal hats with little success. You kill a man, take his hat, wear it for a while, and then it disappears instead of showing up in your wardrobe or horse menu. It’s frustrating, so a lot of people are wondering how the system works exactly. Some claim you have to wear it for a while before it’s yours, others think you have to go to a camp while wearing it in order to store it.

The truth is far more simple than that. The only hats you can steal are the ones that glow while on the ground. When you pick one up, a popup on the right side of the screen will tell you the name of the hat. It will immediately appear in your wardrobe, and in the horse inventory.

If the hat doesn’t glow, you won’t get the popup after you’ve picked it up, and it won’t be stored in your stash. The game deems hats like these too irrelevant to give them a permanent spot in your trunk. When you pick up such a hat, you’ll get a message saying it cannot be stored and will be lost if you leave it on the ground.

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18 COMMENTS

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    Christopher Edwards

    Wow thanks for not answering the question in your headline

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      Cc

      Technically there wasn’t a question mark 😳

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    Arthur Morgan

    So what you’re saying is is rockstar only lets steal very specific hats. That’s wonderful feature!

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    Matt

    Can you provide list of “steal-able” hats

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    alfred

    thanks. I was wandering why I couldnt save hats.

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    matt

    you can save all hats, just go to camp delete a hat from your horse and get on the horse with the hat you want to save it will automaticly save on your horse

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      Steve

      This doesn’t work on hats that aren’t made to be stolen. I tried it and it doesn’t work. .

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    Brett

    You guys are the real Mbps! I got this lol old lady bonnet /wig that I can finally take off lmao

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    Brewwonder

    I stole an awesome hat from an Odriscoll, looked like a worn black panama hat. I wore it for three days, traversed half the map, went to camp, emptied horse hats, mounted, slept, saved and it still disappeared when i loaded save. Why give us the option to swap hat if we lose it as soon as we end playing session. Kinda dumb.

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    Desdichado

    This article isn’t accurate at all. They still don’t appear in your wardrobe, and you can still lose them easily if you don’t go out of your way to keep them by attaching them to a saved outfit, which you can only do by wearing it into the wardrobe and leaving it on as you otherwise customize your outfit.

    The constantly losing hats routine is a big pain, and a rather significant miss for Rockstar, because it is a customer irritant for no good reason. This is even more true of the collectible hats than the stealable hats, but the difference between the two isn’t significant other than it’s more work to find the collectible ones.

    Heck, you can’t even keep the hats you BUY at the trapper after a while, although at least you can go back to the trapper and re-equip them.

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      Max Power

      What are you talking about Des? I’m not sure how to save stolen hats but any hat you buy will always be in your wardrobe…and can always be saved to your horse…if you have it saved on your horse you can have any bought hat knocked off your and just put it back on on your horse. I once had over 10 alligator hats chilling on the ground by getting my hat knocked and putting a new one on repeatedly.

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      Fringe

      Customer irritant? LOL, so whiny.

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    MoTownMP

    What are you talking about Des? I’m not sure about stolen hats, but bought hats will always be in your wardrobe…

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    John Cranston

    There is a work around for this. Have done it work the mining helmet (You know… the one with the light). All I did was keep it on and head back to camp. In there go to the wardrobe and pick whatever you want to wear with it (do not remove the hat at this point). When satisfied with what you’re wearing just choose to save it as a custom outfit and assign it to your horse (if desired). You can change what clothes you wear with it by following the above again while wearing the custom outfit.

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      Riley

      That is a found hat not stolen

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    Outlaw4Life7603

    Dont know if this info helps but, in the mission for getting the horses for rains fall it saved the hats i got off the army dudes, however i have consitantly tried to get the lawman hat and it wont save.

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    Mutawa95

    You’re wrong because there is a way to keep those regular hats and that is by wearing them long enough. It worked with my confederate civil war hat and one of the skinners’ hats.

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      Dag Nabbit

      The Confederate hat is one of the “glowing” hats. It’s a “found hat”. Same goes for the skinner hat. I found them both, and didn’t have to wear them at all after finding them. Because they’re supposed to be found.

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