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How to Advance Time in Red Dead Redemption 2 - Skip Forward in Time in RDR2

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Time can go pretty slowly in Red Dead Redemption 2, and there are instances where you’ll want to advance through the night so that you can visit shops when they open in the morning, for example. In this guide to Rockstar’s latest game, we’ll be walking you through how to to advance time in Red Dead Redemption 2, so you always know how to skip forward ahead to morning or evening, whenever you want.

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How to Change Time in Red Dead Redemption 2

Firstly, there’s one main way to change time in Red Dead Redemption 2: Sleep. The easiest method of sleeping is to simply head to Arthur’s wagon back at the base camp, which is marked by the tent symbol on the mini map, and interact with the bed by holding Y/triangle.

When you go to sleep, it doesn't have to just be from dusk until dawn. You can sleep until morning, noon, evening, or night, no matter when you first interact with the bed. Even if you’re 15 hours away from the morning, there’s nothing stopping you from sleeping until then.

How to Advanced Time in RDR2 When Not at Base Camp

But what if you’re out in the wild, and you want to advance time when you’re far away from your camp? Instead, you can bring up the item wheel by holding down the left bumper, and tab across to the ‘Horse’ menu. From here, select the bottom middle item, and scroll across using the right trigger until you get to the ‘Campfire’ option.

Arthur will finish laying out his camp in a matter of seconds (impressive), and after this, you can sleep at the camp by holding down Y/triangle. You’ll have the same options as if you were sleeping back at base camp, so you can sleep until morning, noon, evening, or night. This is incredibly useful for if you’ve missed the opening hours of a shop, or if a camp member like Pearson isn’t at his station during the night.

Why Bother Advancing Time in Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 is pretty much a wild west simulation, so at certain times of the day stores and other facilities aren't open. Advancing time happens naturally as you play, but if you really want to get into a shop, using one of the above techniques is your best option.

Now that we’re all done with this guide on how to advance time in Red Dead Redemption 2, you might want to check out some of our other coverage of the game. You can head over to our Red Dead Redemption Shacks guide, or our Red Dead Redemption 2 Poisonous Trail treasure guide for more.

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  • Avatar for crunchb3rry #1 crunchb3rry 18 days ago
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  • Avatar for Karnej #2 Karnej 13 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 2 weeks ago by Karnej
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  • Avatar for duster000 #3 duster000 11 days ago
    I cannot ask the ticket man in Rhodes about Midnight. Any suggestions?
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  • Avatar for nickhunt00 #4 nickhunt00 11 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 2 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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