Red Dead Redemption 2 Wanted Level Explained - How to Lower Your Wanted Status in Red Dead Redemption 2

The wanted system can be tough to understand in Red Dead Redemption 2, but this guide will explain everything you need to know.

There's tons of times where you're going to fall on the wrong side of the law in Red Dead Redemption 2, and you'll want to know how to lose the bounty on your head quickly. In this Red Dead Redemption 2 Wanted guide, we'll be explaining how the legal system works in Rockstar's game, and how you can prevent witnesses from calling the law on you.

But if you instead need any help with any additional areas of Rockstar’s latest blockbuster game, you’ll want to head over to our Red Dead Redemption 2 guides hub. It’s on this central page that you can find a complete beginner’s guide to the game, as well as a full list of tips and tricks on the open world, and other areas of the huge game.

Red Dead Redemption 2’s Wanted Level System Explained

The law are always on the lookout for crimes in Red Dead Redemption 2. Rockstar is aiming for ultra realism with RDR2, so chances are if you think something could be considered a crime, like running someone over with your horse, or threatening someone with your gun drawn, then it’s a crime. If you want to remain out of the law's eye don't perform illegal acts, such as the horse attack we just mentioned.

After you’ve committed an act that could be deemed a crime, any potential witnesses will attempt to report you to the law. They’re marked on your mini map with a small eye icon, and should you let them get away, the Wanted system will kick into gear, and the law will have you marked.

How to Prevent Witnesses From Reporting You for Crimes?

But, you can obviously prevent a witness from reporting you. You can always kill them outright with a quick shot to the back while they’re running away if you want, or you can chase after them, using left trigger to lock onto them, and then press Y/Triangle to threaten them. If you can catch them and do this, you can intimidate them enough that they’ll forget about reporting you, saving you from the force of the law.

How to Lose Wanted Level in Read Dead Redemption 2

But let’s say you fail to catch the person before they reach law enforcement and report you for a crime. ‘Wanted’ will appear in the top right corner of the screen in big red letters, and while this is present on the screen, you’re being hunted by the law. On the mini map however, there’s a red area, that indicates the area in which law enforcement are hunting for you.

While you’re in this area, you can be attacked on sight by the law at any time. But if you go outside of the red area, the ‘Wanted’ in big red letters on the screen will gradually empty. If the meter is depleted entirely, then law enforcement will stop searching for you, effectively letting you go. This is everything you need to know about the wanted system in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Now that we’re all done with this guide for Rockstar’s game, you can head over to our additional guides on Red Dead Redemption 2. There’s info on how to shave in Red Dead Redemption 2 if you’re tired of the beard, or our complete Red Dead Redemption 2 Deadeye guide, for everything you need to know about the sharpshooting system.

If you're looking for info on RDR2's Online mode, we've got you covered. You can head over to our Red Dead Online Guides Hub to find all of our Red Dead Online Guides content in one handy place. Alternatively, you can find info on the best weapons in our Red Dead Online Best Weapons Guide, see what the best horse is in our Red Dead Online Horses Guide, learn how to make as much money as fast as possible in our Red Dead Online Money Making Guide, and see what the deal is with Camps in our Red Dead Online Camps Guide.

Tagged with Action Adventure, Blockbuster, Guides, PlayStation 4, Rockstar Games, Story Driven, Xbox One.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Read this next

Red Dead Redemption 2 Guide

Here's our complete beginner's guide to Red Dead Redemption 2, detailing all the essential tips and more that you need to know going into the huge game.

Red Dead Online's Newest Update Adds Previously PS4-Exclusive Content to Xbox One

Red Dead Online is also planning much-requested changes in the next update.

No Downside to Releasing Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC, Take-Two CEO Says

Strauss Zelnick is taking a different approach to questions about Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC.

"Today's Digital Entertainment Ecosystem Is an Online Gauntlet for Children"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | A Republican senator's loot box and pay-to-win legislation has the support of Democrats and the industry shows itself in various states of preparation for the coming fight.

Some Red Dead Online Players Can't Play Poker Due To Regional Gambling Regulations

Forced to watch everyone else have all the fun at the poker table.

More Guides

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Platforms: Is it On PS4, Xbox One and PC?

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is bringing a huge roster of heroes to Nintendo Switch . But is it coming to PS4?

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: How to Change Your Team

There are a lot of team options in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. Here’s how to change your team.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 XP Cubes: How to Level Up Fast

You’ll need to level up your heroes in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. Here’s how to do it quickly.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance Characters List: How to Unlock Characters, Secret Characters

There’s a tonne of characters to unlock in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. Here’s how to get each one.

More on PlayStation 4

Tim Willits Leaves id Software After 24 Years Working On Quake, Doom, And More

The studio mainstay is moving on to new projects after QuakeCon.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 Room Recipes

All the room recipes you'll need for Dragon Quest Builders 2

Fortnite Season 10: Mecha Versus Monster Battle

Fortnite is set to change once again. Here’s what we know about Fortnite Season 10 so far.

More Action Adventure Games

New Switch Joy-Con Colors are Coming but Fans Wonder if Nintendo's Fixed the Notorious "Joy-Con Drift"

Joy-Cons are like cars in racing anime: They're snazzy and they're good at drifting.

How Does Fire Emblem: Three Houses Stack Up Against Persona, Bully, and Other Games With School Settings?

We don't need no education, but video game characters are another story.