Don't Ignore These 15 Things in Red Dead Redemption 2

Oct. 29, 2018

The 15 things you shouldn't be ignoring in Red Dead Redemption 2. Red Dead Redemption 2 is an absolutely massive game with one of the most diverse and ambitious open worlds you'll ever see. It has a wide range of activities for players to tackle and many of which you may only have scratched the surface of by the time you finish with the main story. While it is totally possible to stick to just the main story and roundly noir mostly everything else the game has to offer, we wouldn't recommend doing that. Some of these activities can actively contribute significantly to the main story in both big ways and small. In this feature we're going to take a look at 15 things you should not be ignoring when you're playing Red Dead Redemption 2.

Camp activities - your camp is your home base in Red Dead Redemption 2 and you'll find yourself returning to it again and again as you play the game. It's also home to a large number of activities. For instance, every now and again some of your fellow gang members might want you to ride out with them to do any number of things from hunting or fishing to robbing a homestead or hijacking a stagecoach. These appear as little white dots in the camp on your mini-map and not only are these a lot of fun most of the times anyway, and can net you with plenty of useful rewards such as a lot of money or pelts and so on, they also usually add a lot of context to the characters involved with some really well-written dialogue and interesting conversations.

Donating - see a camp the Vanderlin gang is a lot like a family and just like any other family they rely on each other for sustenance. The gang's camp requires all members to periodically contribute to its funds whenever possible to keep things afloat. You should at least once every few hours put a bit of money into the camp's funds or alternatively contribute some of the valuable trinkets you find on your journey. But why is this important? Well other than not wanting to hear snide remarks from you fellow gang members about how you haven't donated in a while or replenishing your camp's food and medicine reserves, it's important for the following reason: upgrading your camp.

One of the most important things you can do with your camp's funds is upgrading it. You can increase the amount of both food and medicine you can find in your camp. You can also have better of both kinds of supplies in store as well finding all that stuff at your home base in the middle of missions can be quite useful and also very convenient.

Camp conversations - these aren't exactly critical to anything that happens in the game for the most part both sides say they're really really important nonetheless the conversations your fellow gang members are constantly having around the camper had quite a bit the experience from character development to adding a great deal of context to every situation to finding out bits and pieces of history of several characters to finding out what your fellow gang members headspace is at any given moment eating food at your camp on regular occasions.

Mr. Pearson the camp's cook and butcher will prepare a stew for the entire camp. Don't skip these meals. You can of course always just feed yourself or buy your own provisions from towns and cities but why not save that money save it up so that you can spend it on a beautiful expensive horse maybe not to mention the fact that your own provisions don't replenish nearly as much of your stats in one go as Pearson's meals do.

Legendary hunts - hunting animals is an important parts of Red Dead Redemption 2's gameplay loop. Legendary animals as their name suggests often they yield the best rewards for hunting which often allows you to craft some of the best gear and equipments in the entire game both for yourself and your horse. Additionally the pelts you get from these beasts usually go for really high prices when sold in case you ever want to make an extra bit of money.

Treasure maps - treasure hunts in Red Dead Redemption 2 are of course entirely skippable and to be fair they don't add anything to the games critical story but they're a great way of making a lot of extra money. The gold bars you get from some of the hunts can be sold for pretty high prices so we'd recommend that you make use of the treasure maps you get whenever you can. There's also the fact that these hunts are all just really really fun.

Cleaning your weapons - weapon degradation is one of Red Dead Redemption 2's most important mechanics and it goes without saying that keeping your weapons clean is vital. You should make sure that you have plenty of gun oil with you at all times because a weapon that hasn't been cleaned in a long time not only has significantly lowest stats it can also jam up on you at crucial times.

Cleaning your horse - similarly, making sure your horses clean is also very important. How clean your trusty steed is has an impact on its course, which means that if your horse is dirtier it will have lower course, which results in its health and stamina being refilled slower than usual. Make sure you brush your horse every once in a while and if you don't want to do that's just take it for a swim.

Debt collections - early on in the game your fellow gang member Leopold Strauss or herr Strauss as he likes to be called is a loan shark will tell you about some people is like money too it's asking you with making sure that they pay up their debt and I'll give you new targets at regular intervals. Don't ignore these missions though they're set up might seem a little wrote these lead to some really interesting side stories and decisions not to mention the fact that both you and the camp also make a bit of money thanks to them.

Stagecoach robberies - an outlaw's life is the life for you and few things give you a good chunk of money after a relatively easy and quick job like stagecoach robberies do. A few hours into the game you'll meet a character who regularly gives you tips of stagecoaches that you can rob and we would not recommend ignoring these. Not only do these give you a good amount of money robbing stagecoaches is also a lot of fun especially if you've gunned down everyone guarding it with a quick flourish of Deadeye mastery.

Stranger quests - there's a good chance that you're already not ignoring stranger quests in Red Dead Redemption 2. If you're not, good on you, you're doing everything right but if you are, don't. These appear as white question mark symbols on your mini-map and as side missions these are entirely skippable but they have some of the best mission design, characters writing and shorter stories in the entire game so you definitely should not be skipping them.

Dynamic events - riding around from one place to another of which there's a lot in Red Dead Redemption 2 can take plenty of time but the game tries to keep things fresh by having random dynamic events occur every now and then. People on the side of the road might be asking for your help with a broken carriage or a dead injured horse or needing medicine. Helping them is usually a good idea because not only does it help with your honor meter you're also often rewarded with stuff which could be things like money and treasure maps or tips about potential robberies or even what kinds of poisonous herbs you should avoid ingesting/

Bounty hunts - bounty hunts may not be as important in Red Dead Redemption 2 as they were in the first Red Dead Redemption but you still shouldn't be ignoring these. Tracking down criminals from bringing them in either dead or alive is not only a lot of fun it also nets you with some useful rewards while also often contributing to your honor meter.

Reading newspapers - often in the towns and cities of Red Dead Redemption 2 you'll find people selling newspapers and just like it was in the first game, these usually contain some really interesting stuff. Make sure you take out the time to read one of these every now and then because they contain some pretty interesting law information as well as details and backgrounds on some of the game's most important characters including Arthur Morgan himself.