Red Dead Redemption 2 Guide - Tips for Beginners, How to Save in Red Dead 2

Here's our complete guide to Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2, including a full beginner's guide, Red Dead 2 cheats, tips, and much more.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 is a truly impressive, massive open world western from Rockstar Games, depicting the fall of the Dutch Van der Linde gang. In this Red Dead Redemption 2 guide, we'll be detailing everything you need to know if you're a newcomer to the game, providing you with a complete Red Dead Redemption 2 beginner's guide to you're ready to brave the harsh wild west.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Guide

In this detailed Red Dead Redemption 2 guide you'll find all our detailed guides pages on Red Dead Redemption 2. We've divided our RDR2 guides up into different areas of the game, including guides on everything you can find out in the open world of the wild west, all the weapons and customization options for guns, and much more.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Beginner Guides and Tips

These RDR2 guides and tips are ideal if you're just starting out with the game and want to get some pointers on how to do some of the game's multitude of tasks. Red Dead Redemption 2 is a complex game so there's a lot to get your head around and plenty of sometimes awkward controls to remember.

Red Dead Redemption 2 World Guides and Locations

In RDR2 there is an awful lot to find. In this section of the guide we've got multiple guides for quests that task you with finding items, plus locations for hunting and how to completely finish RDR2.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Combat Guides

Shooting and fighting play key roles in RDR2. In this section of our Red Dead Redemption 2 guide we've got plenty of info on how to use weapons and how to survive when you're forced to fight with your hands.

How to Save in Red Dead Redemption 2 - How Does Autosave Work in RDR2?

Red Dead Redemption 2 isn't overly clear about how it saves your progress, so the autosave functionality can leave you a bit concerned about losing progress. As far as we can work out, the autosave in Red Dead Redemption 2 saves on these conditions:

  • A mission has been completed
  • An item is bought or sold
  • When you go to sleep

If you want to check if the game has autosaved, you can view your save files by pausing the game, then going to the Story option, then choosing to load a save. From this screen you can see when your most recent save was made.

If you want, you can use a manual save option, accessed from the Pause screen, then the Story option. You may well notice that the save option has a padlock on it. You can't manually save your game in Red Dead Redemption 2 when you are doing the following:

  • Mid-way through a mission
  • In a cutscene
  • Talking to an NPC

Red Dead Redemption 2 - 10 Essential Tips

In the list of tips and tricks just below, we’ll be bringing you up to speed on every new detail that Rockstar has added for Red Dead Redemption 2. Even if you played the original game recently, there’s still a lot of new elements that have been added for the prequel.

  • Just above the mini map, you can see three meters. These are your health meter, represented by the heart, the stamina meter represented by the lightning bolt, and the Deadeye meter represented by the eye.
  • The line running around each circle shows how full they are, while the meter in the middle of the circle shows how fast your health, stamina, and Deadeye will recharge.
  • You can use a variety of tonics, herbs, and food items to replenish all three of these meters, all of which can be found in your inventory by holding the left bumper and pressing the right bumper.
  • While you’re on your horse or standing near your horse, you can equip two different main weapons. These include bows, rifles, shotguns, and more, and missions can get a lot tougher if you forget to take a main weapon with you.
  • When you see a white dot on your mini map, this represents a Stranger encounter. These are randomized events, and if you ignore them, there’s no guarantee they’ll be there when you come back later.
  • You won't unlock the full map in Red Dead Redemption 2 from the beginning, and you only fill in the blank spots on the map as you travel through them.
  • Remember that you have a bandana in your item wheel, and you can use it while committing crimes to help conceal your identity.
  • Whenever you've got some spare cash, consider donating it to the gang, at the icon on the map with a dollar symbol in a brief case.
  • You can then take this money that you've donated to the gang, and use it to upgrade the camp, giving your companions more medicine, food, ammunition, and better tents.
  • Remember to take care of your horse in Red Dead Redemption 2. By bringing up the item wheel while on your horse, you can tab over to the 'Horse' menu and feed your trusty steed.

This is the end of our introductory guide to Red Dead Redemption 2. We'll be constantly adding to this page, as well as our other in depth guides, whenever we uncover any new details in Rockstar's huge prequel.

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.

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