Red Dead Redemption 2: Challenges guide – Rewards and Challenges list

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Our guide to ticking off every Challenge in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Our Red Dead Redemption 2 Challenges guide lists the Bandit, Explorer, Gambler, Herbalist, Horseman, Master Hunter, Sharpshooter, Survivalist and Weapons Expert Challenges with rewards.

Alongside the story and open world exploration of Red Dead Redemption 2 is a huge collection of challenges to work through.

Some of these have you exploring every corner of the map, while others will task you with tracking down certain animals, or gathering specific items.

In this guide we’ve broken down all of the challenges that currently exist in the game, along with their associated rewards. If more are added with DLC updates, we’ll revisit this article and ensure they’re all included over time.

Use the links below if you want to jump to a specific section of the challenges list:

Red Dead Redemption 2 – Bandit Challenges

Rank Description Reward
1 Hold up 5 townsfolk Bandit Bandolier
2 Rob 2 coaches along the road, or complete any 2 coach robbery missions $5, 25 Dead Eye XP
3 Rob the cash register in any 4 shops in one day Bandit Holster
4 Rob 3 coaches in a day $10, 50 Dead Eye XP
5 Acquire a $250 bounty in one State $10, 50 Dead Eye XP
6 Steal 5 horses and sell them to the horse fence in Clemens Cove $15, 100 Dead Eye XP
7 Rob $50 of cash and valuables from townsfolk and travelers Bandit Off-Hand Holster
8 Steal 7 wagons and sell them to the fence at Emerald Ranch $15, 100 Dead Eye XP
9 Hogtie someone and leave them on the railroad 3 times $20, 150 Dead Eye XP
10 Complete 5 train robberies without dying or being caught Bandit Gun Belt

Watch the video below for a step by step guide to completing every Bandit Challenge in the game.

Red Dead Redemption 2 – Explorer Challenges

Rank Description Reward
1 Find a treasure map Explorer Holster
2 Find a treasure $5, 25 Stamina XP
3 Find a treasure Explorer Bandolier
4 Find a treasure $10, 50 Stamina XP
5 Find a treasure $10, 50 Stamina XP
6 Find a treasure $15, 100 Stamina XP
7 Find a treasure Explorer Gun Belt
8 Find a treasure $15, 100 Stamina XP
9 Find a treasure $20, 150 Stamina XP
10 Find a treasure Explorer Off-Hand Holster

The video below explains how to work your way through every rank in the Explorer Challenges set.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 – Gambler Challenges

Rank Description Reward
1 Win 5 hands of poker Gambler Holster
2 In Blackjack, double down and win the hand 5 times $5, 25 Dead Eye XP
3 Win 3 games of Five Finger Fillet Gambler Bandolier
4 Bust 1 Poker opponent out in each location (Flatneck Station, Saint Denis, Valentine) $10, 50 Dead Eye XP
5 Win 3 rounds of Dominoes without drawing any tiles against 2 or fewer opponents $10, 50 Dead Eye XP
6 Beat the Blackjack dealer in 2 locations (Rhodes, Van Horn) $15, 100 Dead Eye XP
7 Beat the Five Finger Fillet player in every location (Valentine, Van Horn, Strawberry) Gambler Gun Belt
8 Win 3 hands of Blackjack with 3 hits or more $15, 100 Dead Eye XP
9 Win 3 games of Dominoes in a tow $20, 150 Dead Eye XP
10 Win 3 hands of Poker in a row Gambler Off-Hand Holster

If you’re struggling to complete any of the Gambler Challenge ranks, the video below is essential viewing!

Red Dead Redemption 2 – Herbalist Challenges

Rank Description Reward
1 Pick 6 yarrow Herbalist Off-Hand Holster
2 Pick and eat 4 species of berry $5, 25 Health XP
3 Craft 7 items using sage as an ingredient Herbalist Gun Belt
4 Pick 5 mushrooms and feed them to your horse $10, 50 Health XP
5 Craft 9 items using indian tobacco as an ingredient $10, 50 Health XP
6 Pick 15 different species of herb $15, 100 Health XP
7 Craft and use 5 special miracle tonics Herbalist Holster
8 Use oleander to craft 6 poison weapons $15, 100 Health XP
9 Pick 1 of each species of herb $20, 150 Health XP
10 Season and cook all 11 types of meat Herbalist Bandolier

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Red Dead Redemption 2 – Horseman Challenges

Rank Description Reward
1 Kill 5 rabbits from horseback Horseman Gun Belt
2 Jump over 3 obstacles in 15 seconds $5, 25 Stamina XP
3 Ride from Valentine to Rhodes in less than 5 minutes Horseman Holster
4 While mounted, drag a victim for 3300 feet using your lasso $10, 50 Stamina XP
5 Trample 5 animals while on horseback $10, 50 Stamina XP
6 Ride from Strawberry to Saint Denis in less than 9 minutes without touching any water $15, 100 Stamina XP
7 Kill 7 enemies from horseback without dismounting Horseman Bandolier
8 Kill 9 predators from horseback $15, 100 Stamina XP
9 Ride from Van Horn to Blackwater in less than 17 minutes without touching water $20, 150 Stamina XP
10 Break every wild horse breed Horseman Off-Hand Holster

Red Dead Redemption 2 – Master Hunter Challenges

Rank Description Reward
1 Skin 3 deer Master Hunter Off-Hand Holster
2 Get 3 perfect quality rabbit pelts $5, 25 Health XP
3 Track 10 different animal species using your binoculars Master Hunter Bandolier
4 Get a clean kill after calling to an animal 5 times $10, 50 Health XP
5 Skin 3 black or grizzly bears $10, 50 Health XP
6 Kill 5 cougars with your bow and skin them $15, 100 Health XP
7 Use bait to lure and kill both a predator and a herbivore Master Hunter Gun Belt
8 Catch 3 fish without using a fishing rod $15, 100 Health XP
9 Catch an opossum playing possum $20, 150 Health XP
10 Find and kill the legendary panther Giaguaro Master Hunter Holster

Need help beating all of the Master Hunter Challenges? The video below walks you through the process of completing every rank.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 – Sharpshooter Challenges

Rank Description Reward
1 Kill 3 flying birds Sharpshooter Bandolier
2 Kill 2 different animal species in the same use of Dead Eye $6, 25 Dead Eye XP
3 Kill 5 flying birds while on a moving train Sharpshooter Holster
4 Kill an enemy at least 80 feet away with a tomahawk $10, 50 Dead Eye XP
5 Kill 6 animals without reloading or switching your weapon $10, 50 Dead Eye XP
6 Kill someone at least 660 feet away using a long scoped rifle $15, 100 Dead Eye XP
7 Get 7 headshots one after another Sharpshooter Off-Hand Holster
8 Disarm 3 enemies without switching or reloading your weapon $15, 100 Dead Eye XP
9 Shoot 3 people’s hats off in the same use of Dead Eye $20, 150 dead Eye XP
10 Kill 3 flying birds with 3 consecutive long scoped rifle shots Sharpshooter Gun Belt

The video we’ve embedded for you below explains how to complete all the Sharpshooter Challenges in record time.

Red Dead Redemption 2 – Survivalist Challenges

Rank Description Reward
1 Catch 3 bluegill fish Survivalist Gun Belt
2 Hand 5 animals in to the trapper or to camp $5, 25 Stamina XP
3 Kill 5 animals using a Varmint Rifle Survivalist Off-Hand Holster
4 Craft all of the following arrows: Fire, Dynamite, Poison, Small Game and Improved $10, 50 Stamina XP
5 Catch a fish in the Bayou from a riverboard, and while standing on railroad tracks $10, 50 Stamina XP
6 Kill a scavenging animal while it’s feeding a corpse a total of 5 times $15, 100 Stamina XP
7 Kill 8 small game animals with consecutive shots of small game arrows Survivalist Bandolier
8 Craft a homing tomahawk, improved tomahawk, volatile tomahawk and volatile fire bottle $15, 100 Stamina XP
9 Catch a fish that weighs at least 19 pounds $20, 150 Stamina XP
10 Catch one of each fish type throughout the world Survivalist Holster

If you’re struggling to beat some of the trickier Survivalist Challenges, be sure to watch the video below. The creator has made it as spoiler-free as possible!

Red Dead Redemption 2 – Weapons Expert Challenges

Rank Description Reward
1 Kill 3 enemies using a knife Weapons Expert Holster
2 Kill 3 enemies in 10 seconds using throwing knives only $5, 25 Health XP
3 Kill 3 birds of prey using a tomahawk Weapons Expert Gun Belt
4 Kill 10 enemies with a shotgun using crafted ammo $10, 50 Health XP
5 Kill 5 mounted enemies using one throwing knife per kill $10, 50 Health XP
6 Kill 4 enemies at once using one stick of dynamite $15, 100 Health XP
7 Kill 4 consecutive enemies using the same tomahawk Weapons Expert Off-Hand Holster
8 Kill 15 enemies using a long-barrelled sidearm $15, 100 Health XP
9 Kill 9 enemies from behind using your bow $20, 150 Health XP
10 Kill a grizzly bear without taking damage and using just throwing knives. Weapons Expert Bandolier

Here’s a video guide that will walk you through the process of ticking off every Weapons Expert rank.

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