It's no secret - Red Dead Redemption 2 is absolutely littered with things to do. It's a truly massive game, complete with an enormous map, dozens upon dozens of characters, and roughly 60 hours worth of story. Therefore, it's easy to see how some players may miss certain aspects of the game, even though they played it for hours on end. What makes the possibilities even MORE endless is the game's open-world nature - it doesn't hold your hand, so you are free to do whatever your imagination can conjure.
These are ten things you didn't know you could do in Red Dead Redemption 2.
10 Double Tap To Put Your Pistol Away In Style
Despite Red Dead Redemption 2 being a relatively realistic look at the American Frontier in the late 19th century, it's certainly not without its flourishes.
When you think of Westerns, you don't think of families sitting in their little houses and trying to make a living. You think of cowboys whipping out their pistols, dispatching a dozen enemies in rapid-fire succession, and twirling their pistol back into their gunbelt. Luckily, you can do just that.
If you double-tap the "draw" button while holding your pistol, Arthur will put it away with a fancy flourish. It's certainly not necessary, but it looks pretty damned cool.
9 Gallop In Time To Your Horse's Hooves
New players to Red Dead Redemption 2 may grow frustrated at the horse riding mechanic. The default speed is a slow saunter, whereas tapping the "gallop" button results in the horse speeding away, quickly running out of stamina, and bucking you off like a fly. Luckily, there is a nice medium that offers the best of both worlds.
If you tap the gallop button in time with your horse's hooves, you will get into a beautiful rhythm that allows you to run at a steady pace without draining your horse's energy. Yes, the stamina still depletes, but at a much slower and more manageable pace. It's a wonder.
8 Greet People To Raise Your Reputation
One of the most important factors in the gameplay is your "reputation" meter. This meter scales between immoral/evil and moral/good, and this scale directly impacts the story and the character development of Arthur.
Being too immoral means people will treat you like garbage. Being moral means people will treat you better and it's more in keeping with the game's theme of redemption. Luckily, it's not too hard to raise your reputation meter. It's as easy as greeting people on the street rather than antagonizing them or beating them up. Yes, the meter fills VERY slowly with this method, but hey, every little bit counts!
7 Steal People's Hats
You can own a large number of hats in the game, each with their own distinct style. Some people keep the default Arthur hat throughout the entire game. Others go on a little shopping spree and access new hats. However, there is another, less noble, option.
You can enter Dead Eye and target a random person's hat, effectively shooting it off their head without accidentally disposing of them. You can then pick said hat up off the street. You can also loot corpses and steal their hats should you come across a particularly fancy one on the battlefield.
6 Shoot Guns Out Of Your Opponents' Hands
In a similar vein, you can effectively dispatch an opponent by shooting their weapon out of their hands. Just liking shooting off a hat, you need to enter Dead Eye (unless you're a particularly good shot) and target the gun. Arthur will then shoot the weapon out of their hands, which usually results in them fleeing the scene or surrendering.
Of course, you can also "accidentally" shoot their hand, which usually results in a similar outcome. Obviously, this isn't the most fun or "cowboy" method of disposing of your enemies, but it's an option should you want to be a particularly peaceful cowboy.
5 Revive Your Horse
Many cowboys grow attached to their horses. By petting, feeding, and just generally taking care of your companion, you eventually grow a bond with it, unlocking various abilities like faster speed. Of course, their abilities aren't why most people take care of their horse - people just like horses! The abilities are simply a bonus. And, like most pets, it devastates us when we lose them.
Fortunately, there's a way to revive your horse should it go down in battle (or if you accidentally run it off a cliff). Simply purchases a Horse Revival Kit and administer it to them when they go down. Voila! No more dead horse. It doesn't make a lick of sense but just ignore that bit.
4 Buy Lock Breakers
Despite how much we love him, Arthur Morgan is a criminal. And like a lot of criminals, he does seem pretty immoral things to get his hands on some money. Usually, this means robbing people or breaking into safes. Unfortunately, safes, lockers, and the like are usually protected by a sturdy lock.
Fortunately for you (and unfortunately for the owner), you can purchase lock breakers from the Fence. And while you can only carry one lock breaker at a time, it is still a highly effective way of getting into locked safes and lockers and accessing the money inside. And it really is as easy as that!
3 Fire A Warning Shot
Rockstar Games create the best open worlds around, and usually, that means that players will get up to some pretty nasty and immoral stuff. And while going on a violent spree is fun, it always results in some hero trying to run away and alert the proper authorities.
In the heat of the action, you usually end up killing them. However, there is a more peaceful way to temper their heroics. If you aim your weapon like normal and hit up on the D-pad, Arthur will point his weapon towards the air. All you need to do now is fire, and Arthur will fire a warning shot into the air, which typically stops the hero in their tracks. You can them intimidate him, and everyone goes on their merry way.
2 Use Jewelry To Craft Talismans
Jewelry is in abundance throughout Red Dead Redemption 2. It can be found in random homes, stolen from random victims, and is often found on the bodies of the deceased. Most people will simply accumulate this jewelry and sell them at a Fence for a nice profit. However, there is another, more robust and rewarding option.
You can use the jewelry to craft various talismans, which are rare items that grant Arthur specific abilities. For example, the Eagle Eye Talisman increases Eagle Eye by five seconds, and the Bear Claw Talisman permanently decreases the speed at which the health core drains by 10%.
1 Fast Travel
Upon release, Red Dead Redemption 2 was often criticized for its slow pace, and a big aspect of that criticism is the lack of fast travel. Whereas the first Red Dead Redemption featured a fast travel mechanic, it is seemingly absent from the sequel, resulting in you spending twenty minutes riding your horse from one end of the map to the other. However, fast travel IS in the game. It's just a little hidden.
Fast travel is eventually unlocked once you donate enough money to Dutch's camp, and a map can then be found in the camp allowing you to pick a location. It's certainly easier than messing around with the trains!