Red Dead Redemption 2 Guide - Essential 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.

Guide by Hirun Cryer, .

There's no denying that Red Dead Redemption 2 is an absolutely massive game, with various secrets hidden all throughout the world. In this Red Dead Redemption 2 guide, we'll be listing our a complex index of all our guide pages, as well as revealing essential Red Dead Redemption 2 tips that you need to know.

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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.

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  • Avatar for crunchb3rry #1 crunchb3rry 23 days ago
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  • Avatar for Karnej #2 Karnej 18 days ago
    I saw the bounties quest option before I got into the bar fight with javier but I didn't mess with it at the time. Now I can't seem to get it to happen at all. I've waited in town, done other things, slept. I'm not sure what to do exactly. Any suggestions?

    Edit: I didn't realize I was still on the debt collection mission for Strauss and it locked a few things including the bounty starting quest. I had just gotten distracted by the open world and didn't put those 2 things together till way later than I want to admit.Edited 3 weeks ago by Karnej
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  • Avatar for duster000 #3 duster000 16 days ago
    I cannot ask the ticket man in Rhodes about Midnight. Any suggestions?
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  • Avatar for nickhunt00 #4 nickhunt00 16 days ago
    How do you get the shotgun from the devil in the cave? He just stands there and tell your to leave then does nothing. I shot him and got his body down with tnt and he didn't have anything on him. SO how do you get the shotgun? Thanks.
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  • Avatar for shanezwicker25 #6 shanezwicker25 7 days ago
    It should be noted that if you access a hat from your house while wearing another hat that isn't stored on your horse via the wardrobe, the hat on your head vanishes and is gone. I went through the trouble of getting the hat off the head of the jailhouse guard then drowning myself so I could lose the guards and keep the hat. But then I looked up this guide so I could keep the hat and lost it via the horse thing... Not impressed..
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  • Avatar for Montmont #7 Montmont 4 days ago
    I bought a Volcanic revolver, the bought a second, but can’t seem to weild it / find it. Any thoughts?

    SOLVED: Had to leave Rhodes to arm itEdited 4 days ago by Montmont
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