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Red Dead Redemption 2 Honor Level - How to Increase and Decrease Your Honor, All Honor Rewards Explained

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The Honor system first featured back in the original Red Dead Redemption, and it's back once again in Red Dead Redemption 2. In this Red Dead Redemption 2 Honor guide, we'll be explaining how you can both increase and decrease your Honor rank in the wild west, as well as how you can earn certain rewards by reaching different Honor level ranks.

If you need help with any other areas of Rockstar’s wild west prequel however, you’ll want to check out our Red Dead Redemption 2 guides hub. It’s on this page that you can find a complete beginner’s guide to Arthur Morgan’s adventure, as well as a full index of our additional guides on various other areas of the game.

What is Honor in Red Dead Redemption 2

Honor in Red Dead Redemption 2 is essentially how good you are as a person. Being good in the Wild West isn't easy, with opportunities around every corner to do something bad, but in this RDR2 Honor Guide we'll explain what benefits there are to being good and inreasing your honor level.

How to Increase Your Honor in Red Dead Redemption 2

Once you’ve set up and established your very first camp in Red Dead Redemption 2, the first section of the map will open up to you, and Arthur Morgan will began smack bang in the middle of the morality scale. As we mentioned previously, this system returns from the original Red Dead Redemption, and there aren’t a whole lot of changes.

Firstly, your Honor won’t be affected through story missions. Instead, your morality level in Red Dead Redemption 2 will mostly be affected by your actions out in the open world. For example if you rob a store owner at gunpoint your Honor level will obviously take a bit of a dive, but if you stop to help a Stranger in need, it can rise.

Stranger encounters are represented on your mini map by a white dot, and they’re nearly always randomized. If you ride past a Stranger and ignore them your morality level won’t be hurt, but there’s no guarantee they’ll still be there if you come back later. If you stop to attend to the needs of a Stranger, you’ll have the opportunity to either do the right thing and have your morality level rise, or be a bad cowboy and have your morality level fall.

For example, we encountered a lost traveler in the early hours of Red Dead Redemption 2. We had two options here: point him in the direction of Valentine, the local town, or mislead him for the hell of it. This is an example of how Arthur Morgan always has the chance to do the right thing during a Stranger encounter, and have his Honor level rise accordingly.

But there's other, smaller details that can impact your Honor rating in Red Dead Redemption 2. If you store smaller fish in your satchel, it can hurt your Honor rating, as can killing animals with multiple shots, instead of putting them down with a single bullet in a mercy killing.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Honor Rewards

Just below, we've rounded up a complete list of the Honor tiers at which you'll gain some sort of reward. Keep in mind that although the Honor scale ranged from -8 at the worst to +8 at the best, these are the levels at which you'll see some sort of bonus.

  • Honor -1 - Increased drop rate from dead bodies for the following items: Deadeye tonic, alcohol, tobacco, and thrown weapons.
  • Honor +1 - Increased drop rate from dead bodies for the following items: tonics, valuables, and food.
  • Honor +2 - 10% discounts from shops.
  • Honor +3 - Unlocks the following outfits: the Bulldogger, the Chevalier, the Corson, the Cumberland, the Cowpuncher, the Roscoe, and the Valentine.
  • Honor +5 - 25% discounts from shops.
  • Honor +6 - Unlocks the following outfits: the Deuville, the Drifter, the Dewberry Creek, the Farrier, and the Gambler.
  • Honor +7 - 50% discount from shops.

Now that we’re wrapped up with this guide on the morality system of Red Dead Redemption 2, you can check out our other guides on Rockstar’s huge game. Now you can head over to our page on how to earn money quickly in Red Dead Redemption 2, or our full Red Dead Redemption 2 map guide for more.

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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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