Red Dead Redemption 2 How to Make Money - Bounties, Treasure Maps, Poker

Making money in Red Dead Redemption 2 is likely going to be one of the more important gameplay aspects. You’ll need to earn money in RDR 2 to afford the means to survive in the wilderness. Luckily, the game will provide you with plenty of opportunities to get money, including treasure maps, bank robberies, bounties, gambling, and many more. Our guide on how to make money in Red Dead Redemption 2 is going to show you some of the best ways to earn cash in RDR 2.

Red Dead Redemption 2 How to Make Money - Bounties, Treasure Maps, Poker
Red Dead Redemption 2 How to Make Money – Bounties, Treasure Maps, Poker

How to Make Money in RDR2?

There’s a number of ways that you can earn money in Red Dead Redemption 2. After all, the Wild West is full of opportunities for the enterprising outlaw. Of course, the avenues you choose are going to depend based on how you want to play your character. Maybe you want to play as an honorable outlaw that has some kind of moral compass. No matter what path you choose, though, the game will give you a number of ways to make money in RDR 2.

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The list includes things like busting gang hideouts and looting them, stealing, gambling, completing bounties, hunting, trade, treasure maps, robbing banks, side quests, and more. All of these activities will reward you with different amounts of cold, hard cash. You’ll get other stuff, too, which you can also use to earn more money, potentially. Of course, depending on how legal your actions are, the level of trouble you end up in. Just playing a few rounds of poker is less likely to get the sheriff on your back than, say, stealing and selling a horse.

Of course, you can always go trapping or hunting, and then sell the meat and skins you earn. But, come on, you’re playing Red Dead Redemption 2. What’s the fun of playing an outlaw if you don’t go robbing banks and trains? Why wouldn’t you want to bust a rival gang hideout and rob them of everything they have. Let’s be honest; we’ll all be pulling some crazy stunts in this Red Dead Redemption 2 to earn money.

Best ways to Make Money – Red Dead Redemption 2

The best ways to make money in RDR 2 will likely vary depending on how you want to play your character. Like I’ve touched on previously, if you’re playing an honorable outlaw, you’ll be less likely to, say, steal horses. Also, it’s going to depend on how you develop your skills. But, there are some methods that I believe can be more universal.

For one, I believe that completing treasure maps will be pretty lucrative, no matter your playstyle. Anybody can find a treasure map while exploring, and the goods will be up for grabs. Another pretty safe method is gambling. Playing poker in Red Dead Redemption 2 or similar games can multiply your funds pretty quickly. That is, if you’re good enough at the table. The first Red Dead Redemption wasn’t too difficult to cheese when it came to gambling, but it could still get pretty annoying, leading people to just plain old shoot the dealer.

Completing bounties also could be a pretty handy way to earn money. Naturally, the higher the bounty, the more trouble it’ll be for you, but they’re still a good source of cash. Not only that, but no matter what kind of scoundrel you’re playing as, you always want to be in the good graces of the sheriff. They’ll know how to appreciate and reward your help. Might even help you with your own wanted meter.

Speaking of good graces of the law, let’s not forget the heists and robberies you can pull off. Again, I’m pretty sure this will be lucrative no matter what kind of outlaw you want to be. After all, is it really that dishonorable to rob a bank? Aaaand, I’m pretty sure that I’m on some kind of list now. Oh, well. Anyway, we’ll have more information on how to best make money in RDR 2 once the game goes live, so make sure to pop back in for more advice after launch.

RDR 2 How to Make Money Easy in Early Game?

The easiest way to make money in the early game in Red Dead Redemption 2 is to complete story missions and side missions. In the initials stages of the game, this will be your best source of cold, hard cash. Another good source of money will have an effect on your honor, though. I’m of course talking about robbing people blind. Whether it’s individuals, carriages, stores, or houses, you’ll always get some decent coin from these exploits. You are a bandit, at the end of the day.

If you’re trying to be more lawful, there are options for you, too. Make sure to help every single NPC that you might find in trouble. I’m talking about people stuck in bear traps, bitten by snakes, attacked by bandits, that kind of stuff. Also, completing bounties will be pretty lucrative initially, but the cash flow will peter out pretty fast. And, of course, if you’re a good enough hunter, you can grind money out with those pelts and meat.

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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