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Red Dead Redemption 2 Fighting Controls - Melee Combat Tips, How to Win a Fistfight

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There's plenty of instances in Red Dead Redemption 2 where Arthur Morgan can easily become embroiled in a fistfight, and you'll always need to know how to get out of a sticky situation. In this Red Dead Redemption 2 fighting controls guide, we'll be detailing how to win a fistfight in Red Dead Redemption 2 as easily as possible, ensuring that Arthur is protected from damage as much as possible.

If you instead need help with any other areas of the wild west prequel, you’ll want to head over to our full Red Dead Redemption 2 guides hub. It’s on this main page that you can find all the information you need to get going with the cowboy adventure, including all the combat and stealth tips and tricks you need.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Brawling Guide

Whenever a fistfight kicks off in Red Dead Redemption 2, there are two buttons you need to remember: Square and Circle on the PS4, and X and B on the Xbox One. The first of both these buttons is the button to defend yourself against attacks, while the latter lets you strike out with a fist at your opponent.

The trick to winning a brawl in Red Dead Redemption 2 is to always be on the defensive. You want to start out blocking against all attacks, holding down Square/X, and Arthur will block all incoming attacks. The moment that he does block an attack, you want to immediately press Circle/B to retaliate with an attack of your own.

You can chain together two of three quick punches immediately after you’ve blocked an attack, but don’t get greedy. The longer you continue punching, the more likely your opponent is to block you, and start laying into Arthur with punches of their own. Fistfighting is a battle of attrition in Red Dead Redemption 2, and you’re not going to win a fight with a quick few punches.

Can You Use Weapons for Melee Combat in Red Dead Redemption 2?

While you might see tools that could easily be picked up and used as weapons in these fights, you can't actually use weapons in melee combat. Fist fights in Red Dead Redemption 2 are their own game mechanic, so it's fists only. Outside of these scenarios you can use the butt of a gun to melee a foe, but no guns are allowed during fist fights.

Now that we’re all wrapped up with this Red Dead Redemption 2 guide, you can check out our additional coverage of the game here at USgamer. We’ve got guides on how to refill Deadeye in Red Dead Redemption 2, or our guide on how to increase your health in Red Dead Redemption 2.

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  • Avatar for crunchb3rry #1 crunchb3rry 19 days ago
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  • Avatar for Karnej #2 Karnej 14 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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    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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