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Jimbatron

RDR2 100% Completion Strategy Guide

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JonnyTNT7

@Jimbatron

 

Let me preface this by thanking you for such a wonderful guide. I found it when I was in Chapter 4, and have followed it to the letter ever since.

 

Spoilers for the Epilogue.

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There is a single suggestion I would like to make, however, in the Epilogue Part 1: the White Arabian. I’m sure others have suggested it, but it really does make the Epilogue - and Horseman 9 - much more enjoyable.

 

After catching the Legendary Rock Bass, I fast travelled to Colter, then headed south to Lake Isabella and broke the horse immediately. This made the race from Van Horn to Blackwater much easier. I didn’t use it during the main story, so I don’t know how much more enjoyable the main story becomes with a faster horse, but with my main horse gone, I decided to get a much better replacement.

 

Note that I did not use the Aberdeen Pig Farm to save my money, so perhaps buying a Turkoman or Missouri Fox Trotter would be a better choice, but with no money and no horse, the Arabian seemed the way to go.


Please do consider adding an optional prompt to get a faster horse, and thank you once again.

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3 hours ago, JonnyTNT7 said:

@Jimbatron

 

Let me preface this by thanking you for such a wonderful guide. I found it when I was in Chapter 4, and have followed it to the letter ever since.

 

Spoilers for the Epilogue.

  Hide contents

There is a single suggestion I would like to make, however, in the Epilogue Part 1: the White Arabian. I’m sure others have suggested it, but it really does make the Epilogue - and Horseman 9 - much more enjoyable.

 

After catching the Legendary Rock Bass, I fast travelled to Colter, then headed south to Lake Isabella and broke the horse immediately. This made the race from Van Horn to Blackwater much easier. I didn’t use it during the main story, so I don’t know how much more enjoyable the main story becomes with a faster horse, but with my main horse gone, I decided to get a much better replacement.

 

Note that I did not use the Aberdeen Pig Farm to save my money, so perhaps buying a Turkoman or Missouri Fox Trotter would be a better choice, but with no money and no horse, the Arabian seemed the way to go.


Please do consider adding an optional prompt to get a faster horse, and thank you once again.

Really glad you have found it useful, thanks for the suggestions too. Agree about the White Arabian, there are also other things I'm looking to include in a wider playlist including stuff like the additional content that was added with the PC release as well at some point, might take a while though to add in the next wave of an upgrade. You're right if you have the money there are good options to buy too, although I imagine completion will want to break this horse in the wild, so it feels worth adding in.

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Really glad you have found it useful, thanks for the suggestions too. Agree about the White Arabian, there are also other things I'm looking to include in a wider playlist including stuff like the additional content that was added with the PC release as well at some point, might take a while though to add in the next wave of an upgrade. You're right if you have the money there are good options to buy too, although I imagine completion will want to break this horse in the wild, so it feels worth adding in.

I’ve managed to get my compendium almost to 100% - just a couple of horses to go. Therefore, I’ve got some ideas about how to efficiently gather the PC-exclusive stuff for completionists. I’d love to help should you want something to bounce ideas off, although I’m sure you must be tired of this guide by now, and I understand if you need some time off to preserve your sanity!

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On 5/3/2020 at 6:32 PM, JonnyTNT7 said:

I’ve managed to get my compendium almost to 100% - just a couple of horses to go. Therefore, I’ve got some ideas about how to efficiently gather the PC-exclusive stuff for completionists. I’d love to help should you want something to bounce ideas off, although I’m sure you must be tired of this guide by now, and I understand if you need some time off to preserve your sanity!

I would definitely like to expand it, and I'm currently working my way through my PC version looking to fill the compendium etc. I moved in with my girl friend last year though and I now spend more time with her and a bit less gaming, so I just think it will take a while to for me to add stuff. I probably only spend about 3-4 hours a week gaming, so at that rate it will probably take me 6 months to do a full play through.

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MatthewJAli

Are there any other main missions apart from "Blessed are the Meek?" and "The Sheep and The Goats" that give you the opportunity to gain a $250 bounty for Bandit 5? Ideally Chapter 3 onwards but any other alternatives would be welcomed. I don't really want to do it in free roam.

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1 hour ago, MatthewJAli said:

Are there any other main missions apart from "Blessed are the Meek?" and "The Sheep and The Goats" that give you the opportunity to gain a $250 bounty for Bandit 5? Ideally Chapter 3 onwards but any other alternatives would be welcomed. I don't really want to do it in free roam.

I'm not sure. "Soddom Back to Gomorrah" might be your best bet, definitely blow the safe rather than crack it as you'll have to kill more lawmen which will help boost the bounty. But I can't remember if it will be enough on it's own as you're disguised. If it does work though, you could combine it with the below and nail 3 challenges in 1 mission!

 

 

I'll check and see if I have a save after it and what the bounty was. Another possibility is "An Honest Mistake" perhaps, but Chapter 3 is actually pretty light on bounty heavy missions, "Urban Pleasures" in Chapter 4 might actually be the next one. You ideally want to do Bandit 5 though before you fall out with the Grays: Bandit 6 is quite easy if you're still deputised by them as you seem to be able to nick horses from outside the Rhodes train station repeatedly without getting wanted.

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@MatthewJAli I've check now I've finished work. Unfortunately "Sodom? Back to Gomorrah" in the above only got me a bounty of $120 and if you watch the video above I didn't miss too many lawmen. Also "An Honest Mistake" seems to give you no bounty at all despite the fact you kill a ton of Pinkertons.

 

I might be missing something but I don't recall a Chapter 3 mission likely to saddle you with a bounty big enough, as most of it is fights with the Grays / Braithwaites. But I tend to pay any bounties off straight away and not pay much attention to them, so I could be wrong

 

I think your best options are to either try and get a part of the bounty in New Hanover before you start "Sodom, Back to Gomorrah", based on the above you'll need $130 plus (although you could try removing your mask during the mission and see if that raises it), or else wait until Chapter 4.

 

Robbing trains or stores is probably the best way to boost your bounty, you'll at least get something of a return for it. IIRC correctly, blowing up the engine with dynamite may increase it quite significantly.

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Dudu RDRII

Don't forget you get a $60,00 bounty in New Hanover after the mission "The Sheep and the Goats" in Chapter 2.

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4 hours ago, Dudu RDRII said:

Don't forget you get a $60,00 bounty in New Hanover after the mission "The Sheep and the Goats" in Chapter 2.

Yeah so I guess if he didn't pay it off then that plus robbing the bank in Chapter 3 will push it up to $180, leaving $70 more required which you could probably get by robbing the doctors office back room business and shooting some lawmen on the way out, or robbing a train in New Hannover.

 

I've always gone for Bandit 5 on Blessed are the Meek though, and never really paid much attention to Bounties after. It's striking how high that one seems to be versus later ones though. You'll definitely cross the mark in "Banking the Old American Art", but as said above, I think it's beneficial to do Bandit 6 in Chapter 3 whilst you are still deputised by the Grays.

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19 hours ago, Jimbatron said:

@MatthewJAli I've check now I've finished work. Unfortunately "Sodom? Back to Gomorrah" in the above only got me a bounty of $120 and if you watch the video above I didn't miss too many lawmen. Also "An Honest Mistake" seems to give you no bounty at all despite the fact you kill a ton of Pinkertons.

 

I might be missing something but I don't recall a Chapter 3 mission likely to saddle you with a bounty big enough, as most of it is fights with the Grays / Braithwaites. But I tend to pay any bounties off straight away and not pay much attention to them, so I could be wrong

 

I think your best options are to either try and get a part of the bounty in New Hanover before you start "Sodom, Back to Gomorrah", based on the above you'll need $130 plus (although you could try removing your mask during the mission and see if that raises it), or else wait until Chapter 4.

 

Robbing trains or stores is probably the best way to boost your bounty, you'll at least get something of a return for it. IIRC correctly, blowing up the engine with dynamite may increase it quite significantly.

Thanks for checking that for me mate, much appreciated.

 

I'll either try and raise it after The Sheep and The Goats by hanging around a bit longer than necessary or wait until Chapter 4.

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7 hours ago, MatthewJAli said:

Thanks for checking that for me mate, much appreciated.

 

I'll either try and raise it after The Sheep and The Goats by hanging around a bit longer than necessary or wait until Chapter 4.

I think it's a 20 dollar bounty per lawmen. So if you kill 4 after the mission has finished before you flee, that will give you $80, plus @Dudu RDRII says $60 for completing "The Sheep and the Goats", that will total $140. Don't pay it off and then when you come back to Valentine to rob the bank in Chapter 3 if you blow the safe and shoot your way out you should get another $120, which will push you over the $250 requirement.

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*Okay, oversight on my part. Sorry. Great guide!

 

I'm working my way through Chapter 4 at the moment. Just looking at the schedule, it seems you only have 18/20 dreamcatchers there. Could just be a typo, or an oversight on my part. I haven't watched all the videos.

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8 hours ago, mkh515 said:

*Okay, oversight on my part. Sorry. Great guide!

 

I'm working my way through Chapter 4 at the moment. Just looking at the schedule, it seems you only have 18/20 dreamcatchers there. Could just be a typo, or an oversight on my part. I haven't watched all the videos.

Thanks!

 

Double checked the numbers and they are all there. Definitely in the videos too as I have done a full 100% run through using them.

 

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17 hours ago, Jimbatron said:

I think it's a 20 dollar bounty per lawmen. So if you kill 4 after the mission has finished before you flee, that will give you $80, plus @Dudu RDRII says $60 for completing "The Sheep and the Goats", that will total $140. Don't pay it off and then when you come back to Valentine to rob the bank in Chapter 3 if you blow the safe and shoot your way out you should get another $120, which will push you over the $250 requirement.

Awesome, cheers!

 

Your suggestion would defo work for me, as I wouldn't see a need for Arthur to return to Valentine in a hurry following "The Sheep and The Goats". For me, Arthur stays well away from there until the bank robbery mission in Chapter 3. I'll definitely give that a try and if it doesn't work I'll just obtain it another way by doing train robberies.

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19 hours ago, Jimbatron said:

I think it's a 20 dollar bounty per lawmen. So if you kill 4 after the mission has finished before you flee, that will give you $80, plus @Dudu RDRII says $60 for completing "The Sheep and the Goats", that will total $140. Don't pay it off and then when you come back to Valentine to rob the bank in Chapter 3 if you blow the safe and shoot your way out you should get another $120, which will push you over the $250 requirement.

You also get a $20,00 bounty in New Hanover after the mission "The Delights of Van Horn" in Chapter 6!

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Mac-

Didn't know you had a youtube channel Jim, have too go on a binge watch later and subscribe ;).

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3 hours ago, Mac- said:

Didn't know you had a youtube channel Jim, have too go on a binge watch later and subscribe ;).

Enjoy :)

 

Most of it recently has been doing a video for every task needed for 100% in RDR2 as part of this guide.

 

Going back further there’s also GTA V / Online stuff (mostly heists and CMM guides), and some classic GTA IV matches.

 

There is also a three part fully voice acted Cops n Crooks movie at the top of the channel home page, if you’re struggling for things to do during lock down that will kill 2 hours! The plot may be a bit lost on people who haven’t played the game mode though.

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PuerAzaelis

Tyvvm for a great guide. 
 

Quick question I just started the Epilogue and Arthur’s health, stamina and dead eye were all at lvl 8. 
 

John’s stats obviously start much lower. 
 

When John completes all the challenges and purchases all the garment sets from the trapper are his stars maxed out?

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4 minutes ago, PuerAzaelis said:

Tyvvm for a great guide. 
 

Quick question I just started the Epilogue and Arthur’s health, stamina and dead eye were all at lvl 8. 
 

John’s stats obviously start much lower. 
 

When John completes all the challenges and purchases all the garment sets from the trapper are his stars maxed out?

No problem glad you found it useful.

 

First to explain how the system works, you can reach level 8 health, stamina and Dead Eye via experience point. Levels 9 and 10 are only unlocked by buying the reinforced equipment.

 

In the start of Epilogue Part I your stats should be set to around 6-7 level IIRC correctly. So you’ll need to acquire some experience points as well as buying the reinforced equipment. However, if you follow the guide you should easily do enough activities to reach level 8 on all three before the guide tells you to buy the remaining reinforced equipment - at least, I have always hit that level without actually trying.

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Lonely-Martin
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Howdy @Jimbatron, just a couple of queries if/when you have a spare moment...

 

I'm looking to get back into story mode and am still to get the 70 gold medals trophy which will be my main focus. Just wondered if you know weather we can use different save games to hit that trophy? I have a 100% save still and was going to pick off the easier missions through the mission replay route and do the rest on a fresh game. Also wondered if you could throw in a few missions you feel are easy enough to get through the reply as it'll mean less to do on the new game for golds, and any to avoid would be a great help too, lol. Although no worries if that's a lot of effort of course. I shall look into some of the videos you've posted too though.

 

Great guide BTW, you're really building this one up since my last visit. I'm just looking for the easier approach to that last trophy for my platinum and any help will be most appreciated indeed. :)

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18 hours ago, Lonely-Martin said:

Howdy @Jimbatron, just a couple of queries if/when you have a spare moment...

 

I'm looking to get back into story mode and am still to get the 70 gold medals trophy which will be my main focus. Just wondered if you know weather we can use different save games to hit that trophy? I have a 100% save still and was going to pick off the easier missions through the mission replay route and do the rest on a fresh game. Also wondered if you could throw in a few missions you feel are easy enough to get through the reply as it'll mean less to do on the new game for golds, and any to avoid would be a great help too, lol. Although no worries if that's a lot of effort of course. I shall look into some of the videos you've posted too though.

 

Great guide BTW, you're really building this one up since my last visit. I'm just looking for the easier approach to that last trophy for my platinum and any help will be most appreciated indeed. :)

Thanks man!

 

I suspect you can't use different saves to unlock the Gold Rush trophy, but I'm not certain about that. I expect though your progress is tracked as part of your saved game file, so if you reload another, it won't carry that progress over, but I could be wrong. One way to possibly test it: on the Xbox One X at least it says how far off you are completing trophies (e.g. you're 80% towards doing it, not sure if the PS4 does the same). So you might be able to reload an earlier save, and do a couple of easy golds you hadn't managed before, and see if that bumps your percentage up at little. Unfortunately as I already have the trophy/achievement, so I won't be able to test this out, it will stay as unlocked at 100%.

 

Generally I think it's much easier to get Gold Rush on a full replay, although that's because I'm mainly a PC player with little skill using a control pad - I found it very difficult to get headshots and high accuracy without being able to use snake oils to top up my Dead Eye meter (which you won't have using the replay function).

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Lonely-Martin

Thanks @Jimbatron, I'd forgotten about the social club entirely, lol. I'll definitely check on that progress there and will pop back to let ya know too, in case you wanted to add that info anywhere. Definitely going for a full reply though, need a brush up and those first few missions will surely be good for that. :)

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WeirdDuckThing

I decided to play through story mode again after finding this guide. I've been enjoying it so far, the guide is well written and concise. I did notice that the stranger mission "Arcadia for Amateurs" isn't mentioned on the guide anywhere, I just wanted to mention it in case that was left out by mistake.

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