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Red Dead Redemption 2 Wanted Level Explained, How to Lose Your Wanted Status

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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The law is a powerful force in Red Dead Redemption 2, and there are definitely going to be plenty of times when you're on the wrong side of it. In our Red Dead Redemption 2 wanted level guide, we'll be explaining the various states of the wanted level where the law can be pursuing you, as well as detailing how to lose your wanted level in Red Dead Redemption 2, so you know how to quickly pay off your bounty.

But if you instead need any help with any additional areas of Rockstar’s latest blockbuster game, you’ll want to head over to our Red Dead Redemption 2 guides hub. It’s on this central page that you can find a complete beginner’s guide to the game, as well as a full list of tips and tricks on the open world, and other areas of the huge game.

Red Dead Redemption 2’s Wanted Level System Explained

The law are always on the lookout for crimes in Red Dead Redemption 2. Rockstar is aiming for ultra realism with RDR2, so chances are if you think something could be considered a crime, like running someone over with your horse, or threatening someone with your gun drawn, then it’s a crime. If you want to remain out of the law's eye don't perform illegal acts, such as the horse attack we just mentioned.

After you’ve committed an act that could be deemed a crime, any potential witnesses will attempt to report you to the law. They’re marked on your mini map with a small eye icon, and should you let them get away, the Wanted system will kick into gear, and the law will have you marked.

How to Prevent Witnesses From Reporting You for Crimes?

But, you can obviously prevent a witness from reporting you. You can always kill them outright with a quick shot to the back while they’re running away if you want, or you can chase after them, using left trigger to lock onto them, and then press Y/Triangle to threaten them. If you can catch them and do this, you can intimidate them enough that they’ll forget about reporting you, saving you from the force of the law.

How to Evade the Law and Lose Wanted Level Status in Read Dead Redemption 2

But let’s say you fail to catch the person before they reach law enforcement and report you for a crime. ‘Wanted’ will appear in the top right corner of the screen in big red letters, and while this is present on the screen, you’re being hunted by the law. On the mini map however, there’s a red area, that indicates the area in which law enforcement are hunting for you.

While you’re in this area, you can be attacked on sight by the law at any time. But if you go outside of the red area, the ‘Wanted’ in big red letters on the screen will gradually empty. If the meter is depleted entirely, then law enforcement will stop searching for you, effectively letting you go. This is everything you need to know about the wanted system in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Now that we’re all done with this guide for Rockstar’s game, you can head over to our additional guides on Red Dead Redemption 2. There’s info on how to shave in Red Dead Redemption 2 if you’re tired of the beard, or our complete Red Dead Redemption 2 Deadeye guide, for everything you need to know about the sharpshooting system.

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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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