Red Dead Redemption 2: How to Make Money Online?

Welcome to the next installment of “How to Make Money Online” where we’re going to teach you about Red Dead Redemption 2. We’ve got a tequila still in the country, a fully stocked bar, and some very successful players who can teach you invaluable tips on how to make money online. So sit back, relax, and get ready to learn. Let’s go.

Red Dead Redemption 2’s Main Menu

When you first enter the game, you will see a menu on the bottom of the screen with an option to continue playing or going back to the main menu. If you choose to go back to the main menu, the option to reload your gameplay will be available. During this moment, take note of the gameplay cursor which will be represented by a small spinning coin. You can click on the cursor to bring up gameplay controls which we’ll get to in a bit. For now, just know that you can go back and forth between the main menu and gameplay whenever you want. It’s pretty self-explanatory.

The Money Making Options In Red Dead Redemption 2

When you enter the country manor, you’ll immediately be faced with three options to make money. You can do simple chores for the homeowners, hunt down criminals, or become a professional gambler. Each option has its perks and quirks which we’ll explore one by one.


Your first and foremost decision when you reach the country manor is to choose whether you’re going to be a worker or a gambler. The latter doesn’t require much labor. Basically, you’ll sit at the table and throw bones with a group of other gamblers. The only difference between a regular game of Red Dead and a professional gambler is the payouts. The former pays out small sums of money while the latter can expect larger winnings. The biggest difference between the two is how the latter is played. A pro gambler is going to be betting large sums of money on a regular basis which can significantly increase your earnings. It’s important to note that if you decide to go for this route, you’ll need to play honestly otherwise the homeowners may become suspicious.


The second option available to make money in Red Dead Redemption 2 is to go on a hunt. When you reach the country manor, you’ll receive a note from another player who wants to hire you to hunt down a particular bandit. The more experienced you are in hunting, the more valuable you’ll be to the player who hired you. Different types of hunting will provide you with different items which you can sell for money. The most valued items are bear heads, deer skins, and elk antlers. If you’re interested in hunting, you can reach out to the player who hired you and ask what type of outfit will be needed for the job. You can also take a look at the surrounding area on the map to get an idea of what to expect.


Red Dead Redemption 2’s third and final option to make money is to become a professional gambler. You’ll have to establish yourself as a trustworthy person in order to get a license to operate a gambling den. Once you’ve done that, you can look for players who want to play poker or blackjack with you. When you join a poker game, each player will contribute money into a pot which is then used to pay out wins. The house takes a portion of the pot as a commission for managing the game. It’s important to remember that the more you play, the more you’ll learn how to play better and improve your win-to-loss ratio. Gambling provides the best overall money-making opportunity in Red Dead Redemption 2 because it doesn’t require much effort and can bring in huge winnings. However, as with any other option, it’s important to stay alert because dishonest players may attempt to trick you.

Red Dead Redemption 2’s Bonus Menu

When you reach the country manor, you’ll have a fourth option available for making money. You can either become a farmer and grow your own crops or establish yourself as a merchant in the nearby town of Van Cleef. Each option has its perks and quirks which we’ll explore one by one.


As a merchant, you’ll start out by buying and selling goods for other players. You’ll have a small shop in the town of Van Cleef where you can do that. The game constantly rains gold coins which you can use to purchase items from other players. Just remember that some items are more valuable than others and you may need to spend more money to buy certain items. For example, you may need to purchase a whole flock of sheep in order to get the right to manufacture cloth.


As a farmer, you’ll have to work much harder than as a merchant. Basically, you’ll be responsible for planting seeds and watering the crops on a regular basis. You’ll be able to choose whether you want to grow wheat, potatoes, or rice. Each type of crop requires a different approach which we’ll discuss in more detail below. The biggest difference between a farmer and a merchant is the earnings. The former doesn’t really make much money. However, you’ll be able to purchase various tools and traps from other players which will significantly increase your productivity. This may end up being one of the most gratifying paths to make money in Red Dead Redemption 2 because it requires a lot of effort to be able to grow your own food.

Red Dead Redemption 2’s In-Game Menu

When you reach the country manor, you’ll have a fifth and final option available for making money. You can either join a Railroad Crew and help escort settlers to their new homes or set up shop as an Outfitter and sell equipment to hunters and fishermen. Each option has its perks and quirks which we’ll explore one by one.


As an escort, you’ll be transported to various places in the game where you’ll have to protect and watch out for other passengers. You’ll protect them from monsters, hostile Native Americans, and other risks which may obstruct their travel. The biggest difference between an escort and a pure mercenary is how the former is played. An escort will mostly be compensated with money which you can use to purchase various items from the shops located in the towns which you travel through. You won’t have to worry about supplies for the expedition because all shop owners along the way will be able to provide what you need.


As a mercenary, you’ll have to take part in various exciting adventures in order to make money. Basically, you’ll have to help take down targets, protect merchants from attacks, and rescue hostages. As a mercenary, you’ll be paid mostly in treasure which you can use to purchase weapons, armor, and special gadgets. The perks of being a mercenary are endless. You’ll be able to travel to different places, meet different people, and have different adventures on each trip which can all be worth money. Just remember that this is the most dangerous of all the money-making opportunities in Red Dead Redemption 2 because it can quickly lead you into conflict. Make sure you’re always aware of your surroundings and take care not to overstay your welcome in any way.

Where Do I Go From Here?

Now that you know how to make money in Red Dead Redemption 2, it’s time to put all the pieces together. The first thing you should do is head over to the country manor. If you decide to continue playing, it’s best to choose the option to continue playing on the bottom menu. Once you reach the country manor, go up to the porch and enter the manor. You’ll see a cut scene play out which will transition you to the main menu. From here, you can access all of the game’s options for money making. It’s important to note that all of these options are available to you whenever you want. Just make sure that you have enough food and water because it’s easy to get into a bit of a pickle when you’re completely cut off from the rest of the world. You never know when a bandit is going to try to attack you or when a blizzard is going to come knocking. It’s also important to know how to play the game effectively without getting too distracted by the potential money which you can make. It’s all about having fun while also making money. That’s how you get rich in this game. Just make sure that you play by the rules or else things can get rather messy.