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Find out the best ways to earn money in Red Dead Redemption 2 from this guide! This includes guides on hunting for profit, robberies, bank heists, & more!

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Play Through the Story Mission

Complete Main Story Missions

Red Dead Redemption 2 Main Missions

Story Missions offer you a chance to earn large sums of money by participating heists! Some of these missions will result in you returning to camp with your pockets lined with thousands of dollars.

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Get Rewarded in Side Quests

Red Dead Redemption 2 Side Missions

Side Quests are also a good way to getting a bit of money quickly as most have rewards. There are even side quests like the Jack Hall Gang Treasure Stranger Mission that will have you find gold bars!

Check Out the All Side Mission List Here

Help People Out During Random Encounters

Red Dead Redemption 2 Random Encounters

Going around towns, you'll most likely get some random encounters to help some people out. It's recommended to help them out as it's fairly easy at times and you'll get a reward for your services.

Sell Animal Meat & Parts to Traders

Get Income from Hunting & Fishing

Red Dead Redemption 2 Best Ways to Earn Money

Hunting and selling animal meat and parts can provide a steady income for you! There are a wide variety of fish and animals that you can hunt and bring to a local trader for good pay.

Check Out the Hunting Tips & Tricks Here

Higher Quality Meat & Fishes Sells More

Red Dead Redemption 2 Best Ways to Earn Money

The fresher and cleaner the meat, the more it sells. Shot position, weapon, and meat condition plays a part in how much the meat will sell for to butchers and traders.

Get Specific Fish in Different Bodies of Water

Red Dead Redemption 2 Best Ways to Earn Money

There are a number of species of fish that you can hunt for in Red Dead Redemption 2. Some only live in certain bodies of water and can only be attracted by specific baits.

Check Out the Fishing Tips & Tricks Here

Try to Get a Cleaner Kill for Better Loots

Red Dead Redemption 2 Best Ways to Earn Money

Arrows and small caliber weapons are less destructive to animal meat and can shoot without alerting or spooking other animals in the area.

Check Out Hunting Tips & Tricks Here

Good Payouts in Heists & Robberies

Rob Trains & Banks for Profit

Red Dead Redemption 2 Best Ways to Earn Money

Robbery and heists are high risk, high profit ventures! There's a risk in failing and getting yourself a hefty bounty on your head, but pull it off and you'll get a big payout for all your troubles.

Advance Through the Game to Get Access to Heists

You won't get to rob trains or banks immediately in the game. You'll have to advance through the Main Story first to be able to unlock Bank Heists and Train Robberies.

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Rob People for Items & Money

Red Dead Redemption 2 Best Ways to Earn Money

You can also rob people you find along the way for their cash and items. This is best done outside of cities and towns or inside shops where there are no lawmen to stop you.

Wear a Bandanna to Remain Anonymous

Red Dead Redemption 2 Best Ways to Earn Money

You can also wear a Bandanna to prevent getting bounties. However, if there's a lawman that witnesses the robber, he will still chase after you even if you're wearing the Bandanna.

Hunt Down Criminals to Get Their Bounty

Get Rewarded for Bounty Hunting

Red Dead Redemption 2 Best Ways to Earn Money

Head on to the sheriff office and get a few wanted posters to hunt down criminals. You will receive a payment by bringing in criminals whether they're dead or alive.

Bring Back Criminals Alive for Higher Pay

Criminals brought in alive are worth more than bringing in a corpse. It might be a bit more work to bring them in alive, but the payout is worth it.

Catch, Tame, & Sell Horses

Make Taming Wild Horses a Business

Red Dead Redemption 2 Best Ways to Earn Money

Wild Horses roam the lands in Red Dead Redemption 2. These horses can be captured and tamed to be domesticated, then sold off as riding horses!

Tame the Horse by Forming a Bond with It

Capturing a horse doesn't automatically tame it. You will have to calm and "break" their spirit by riding them to form a bond before selling them at Ranches.

How to Get Horses

Stolen Horses Will Not Sell For Original Price

Stolen horses will not sell for their original value at the ranch. If you are looking for an honest profit, try tracking down rare wild horses.

How To Get The Fastest Horse

Loot from Dead Bodies

Get Items and Money from Dead Bodies

Red Dead Redemption 2 Best Ways to Earn Money

Throughout your gameplay, you will run across quite a number of dead bodies. Best to loot them for their money and items that you can sell off later for a quick buck!

Don't Commit Murder in Towns/Cities

If you intend on murdering for a living, don't do it near cities and towns. This will net you a hefty bounty that will surpass the amount you'll get from the dead body.

Sell Stolen Goods at Fences

Sell Stolen Goods at Fences

You can turn in your stolen goods at Fences for good amount of profit after a successful robbery. Fences can be found near towns at locations such as ranches or trade posts.

Find And Sell Gold Bars for $ 500 Each

While hunting for treasures in the wild west, you have a chance to find Gold Bars in specific locations. These Gold Bars can be sold at the Fences for $ 500 each, and in most cases you will acquire multiple of these bars.

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