How to Make Money with RDR Online?

The 2019 Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2) game update added support for real-time trading, or “robo-trading”, which makes it possible to earn money simply by playing the game.

So, how exactly does this work and is it worth playing for? Let’s dive in and find out.

What Is Real-Time Trading?

Real-time trading, or “robo-trading” as it is often referred to, is the practice of making trades in the course of playing a game. These can be either buying or selling orders and are typically done on a smartphone. The orders are matched automatically as soon as the game detects them. This way, you can fully focus on playing without having to worry about managing the transactions in your accounts or otherwise keeping track of your orders.

Real-time trading is supported in numerous games, including the popular Steam platform, and it’s available as a premium feature in some of the more sophisticated games, like the Genshin Impact 2 game from the Matrix Games. But it is not universally available, and it has to be opted-in for by the player when they join the game in progress.

Is It Worth It?

I think it’s worth it. In fact, I’ll go out on a limb and say that it’s one of the best ways to make money available in gaming. The reason is quite simple: it removes all the barriers to entry for people who want to play. If you’re looking to make some extra cash, but don’t want to deal with the hassles of setting up an automatic trading account or otherwise needing to be mindful of the market conditions around you, then this is the route to go.

Games that support real-time trading often offer various ways to make money beyond just selling items in game, like skins for characters or other forms of stat boosting. I would highly recommend playing around with it and seeing how much you can make just by selling items in the game. Then, if you want to take it up a notch, you can always buy premium items in game for real-world cash using the in-game currency you’ve accumulated.

How Does It Work?

The basic idea behind real-time trading is to remove the stress of managing your finances when playing. When you opt-in for this feature in a game, your money is handled by the platform. They will keep track of how much you’ve got and, more importantly, how much you’re spending. This way, you can rest assured your money is being handled responsibly and in line with your instructions.

On that note, let’s take a look at how to make money with real-time trading in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Grow Your Cattleya Exporters

In Red Dead Redemption 2, the way to make money is by growing and selling Cattleya flowers. These can be found in the wild and are a part of the plant family Asteraceae. When grown, they have a distinctive orange blossom-like scent that attracts flies and birds alike. It is this scent that you’re supposed to smell while playing and, as a result, feel lured to interact with the plants. When you do, you’ll notice they have a blossom that will open and close like a mouth, inviting you to give it a bite. This bite is what will add the DNA you need to evolve into a Cattleya exporter. From there, you can continue to grow your business, earning you more money with each transaction you make.

Each Cattleya exporter you create can only produce a certain number of seeds per day. After you’ve gathered enough seeds, you can take them to Bartlett & Sons, a florist located in San Francisco and have them create a bouquet. When they do, you’ll be presented with the option to sell the bouquet for real-world cash or opt to continue growing your business. The later option will net you more money.

Farming Is Back – And This Time, It Is For Real

The previous methods of making money in Red Dead Redemption 2 are certainly viable options, but these days, you’re going to need actual farmland to be able to grow your own food to sell. Fortunately for you, we’ve got the perfect example of a working farm that you can invest in: the Riverton Ranch, located in the southwest region of the country. As the name would suggest, the ranch is set along the banks of a river, making it perfect for those looking for a fresh, clean water supply. Not only that, but the soil is excellent, meaning you’ll be able to grow a wide range of crops, including berries, which are often used for making jams and jellies. The downside is the price of land along the river can be very high. So, you’ll need to do your research before making a purchase and finding out what other investments, if any, are available in your area.

The Cattleya Flowers Trade

One of the more lucrative trades in Red Dead Redemption 2 is the one involving Cattleya flowers. As mentioned above, these can be found growing in the wild and will, when left alone, flower naturally, attracting insects and eventually, birds, who will come to eat the sweet juicy seeds at the center of each plant. You don’t need any special equipment to be able to identify these flowers, as they have a distinctive orange blossom-like scent that draws bees and butterflies to them. As a result, the birds are often left to guard the seeds while the bees and butterflies do their work. Selling these seeds to the right buyer can be very lucrative, as you can often make several hundred – even thousand – dollars per day. The key is finding that elusive “perfect” buyer who knows exactly what he’s looking for and will pay top dollar for unusual and diverse seeds.

Sell Other Items To Continue Making Money

Besides growing and selling flowers, there are other ways to make money in Red Dead Redemption 2. One of the more traditional approaches is to buy and sell items in the games shop. You’ll start off with only the bare essentials, like guns, food and medicine, but, over time, you can accumulate an inventory of hundreds of items, which you can then sell to fund further purchases. When you reach the apex of this particular business model, you’ll find yourself in possession of great wealth and, potentially, become a target for those who want to take your money. This can also be a time-consuming strategy, as you’ll need to find the right buyer and haggle over the price before making a sale. But, if your goal is to simply make some extra cash, then this is the perfect approach.


I’ve gone over a few ways you can make money in Red Dead Redemption 2. The crucial thing to keep in mind is the game provides you with a variety of options for how to make money and the choices you make have a direct impact on how rich you’ll become. All you need is some determination and an open mind to find the path that leads to prosperity.