Red Dead Redemption cheats, unlocks and secrets

By Staff, Friday, 8 July 2016 09:47 GMT

Returning to the Wild West? You’re going to need some help, partner.

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Now Red Dead Redemption is finally available as a backwards compatible title for Xbox One, we thought it was time to revisit Rockstar’s open world western.

The cheats and tips below are handy for those who want to swing back into John Martson’s world, or if you’re just entering it from for the first time. We have details of how to unlock weapons and the cash you’ll need to earn in order to buy them. And we also have some pretty big game-changing cheats for those that want to just hang out in the Wild West and cause a ruckus.

Using cheats in Red Dead Redemption

Important: If you use a cheat code you will not be able to save the game or unlock achievements. These are strictly for fun, but they won’t affect your main game save in any way.

To use a cheat code, just go to the Options menu and select Cheats, then enter the listed phrase after tapping Y. You’ll then need to turn it on in the cheats menu.

Please note that some of these cheats and their titles contains spoilers. If you don’t want to ruin your playthrough then please don’t use the cheats here.

As well as cheats we’ve also listed how to unlock all weapons and other skills used in the game, what missions you’ll need to complete and the cost of items.

Newspaper cheats

Why would you buy a newspaper in Red Dead Redemption? Because if you want to find cheats for yourself you’ll find one in the bottom right of every paper. Pick them up whenever you get the chance.

Right, now let’s get into the business of cheatin’.

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Weapon cheats

Enter the following phrase on the Cheats page of the main Options menu.

Unlock Gun Set 1: IT’S MY CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT
Unlock Gun Set 2: I’M AN AMERICAN. I NEED GUNS
Unlock all guns: WE NEED GUNS JOHN!
Unlimited ammo: ABUNDANCE IS EVERYWHERE
Infinite Dead Eye: I DON’T UNDERSTAND IMNFINITY
Invincibility: HE GIVES STRENGTH TO THE WEAK

Where to get all pistols

If you’re playing through the game without cheats, these are the missions you need to complete and to unlock all the pistols, shotguns, rifles, repeaters and thrown weapons, as well as where you find them and how much they cost.

Cattleman Revolver: Unlocked from the start.
Volcanic Pistol: Clear out Twin Rocks Hideout. Find it for sale at Armadillo Gunsmith for $100.
Semi-automatic Pistol: Clear out Fort Mercer Hideout. Find it for sale at the Escalera Gunsmith for $300.
High Power Pistol: Handed to you during Bear One Another’s Burden.
Mauser Pistol: Find it for sale at the Blackwater Gunsmith for $800.
Schofield Revolver: Get this during The Gunslinger’s Tragedy.
Double-Action Revolver: Clear out Tesoro Azul Hideout.
Lemat Revolver: For sale at the Escalera Gunsmith after the revolution. It costs $1,250.

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Where to get all rifles

Repeater Carbine: Handed to you during New Friends, Old Problems.
Winchester Repeater: Clear out Tumbleweed Hideout or complete Spare the Rod, Spoil the Bandit. Find the gun for sale at Armadillo Gunsmith for the tidy sum of $350.
Henry Repeater: Clear Nosalida Hideout.
Evans Repeater: This rifle is for sale at Blackwater Gunsmith.
Springfield Rifle: Clear out Gaptooth Breach Hideout, and it’s given during We Shall Be Together in Paradise. Find it for sale at Thieves’ Landing Gunsmith for $300.
Bolt Action Rifle: This is given to you during The Gates of Presidio. Find it for sale at Escalera Gunsmith for $750.
Buffalo Rifle: For sale at any Gunsmith shop when you become a level five Master Hunter, but it costs $475.
Rolling Block Rifle: Given to you during Empty Promise.
Carcano Rifle: This is for sale at Blackwater Gunsmith for a whopping $1,100.

Where to get all shotguns and thrown weapons

Double-barreled Shotgun: This is given to you during Spare the Rod, Spoil the Bandit. Find it for sale at Armadillo Gunsmith for $150.
Sawed-off Shotgun: Clear Pike’s Basin Hideout and find it for sale at Thieves’ Landing Gunsmith for $250.
Pump-action Shotgun: Handed to you during And the Truth Will Set You Free.
Semi-auto Shotgun: This is for sale at Escalera Gunsmith for $1000.
Dynamite: Given during Father Abraham and for sale at multiple stores.
Throwing Knife: Unlocked during The Great Mexican Train Robbery and for sale at multiple stores.
Fire Bottle: Unlocked during The Demon Drink and for sale at multiple stores.
Lasso: Given during Wild Horses, Tamped Passions.

Unlockables: Dead Eye, Hunter, Survivalist

Complete the following tasks in-game to unlock a bunch of handy bonuses.

Dead Eye refills faster: Reach Sharpshooter Rank 10.
Double consumables capacity: reach Treasure Hunter rank 10.
Double Survivalist map duration: reach Survivalist rank 5.
Free stagecoaches: reach Treasure Hunter rank 5.
Get tonic when harvesting herbs: reach Survivalist rank 10.
Increased Dead Eye level 1: reach Master Hunter rank 10.
Increased Dead Eye level 2: reach Sharpshooter rank 5.
Increased Dead Eye level 3: reach rank 10 in all ambient challenges.

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Fame and Honor cheats

Fame and honor affects the price you pay for goods, whether the law will turn a blind eye, citizens asking for your help, pay for jobs and other interactions with the folk of the American West.

Enter the following phrase on the Cheats page of the main Options menu.

Remove your Wanted level: I WISH I WORKED FOR UNCLE SAM
Complete Fame: I AM ONE OF THEM FAMOUS FELLAS
Decrease Bounty: THEY SELL SOULS CHEAP HERE
Become a Nobody: HUMILITY BEFORE THE LORD
Become a Good Guy: IT AINT PRIDE. IT’S HONOR

Unlock uniforms, free cash and horse bonuses

Enter the following phrase on the Cheats page of the main Options menu.

Infinite horse stamina: MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES
Spawn a horse: BEASTS AND MAN TOGETHER
Spawn a coach: NOW WHO PUT THAT THERE?
Unlock the gentlemen’s suit: DON’T YOU LOOK FINE AND DANDY
Unlock the U.S. Army, Bureau and U.S. Marshal uniforms: I LOVE A MAN IN UNIFORM
Unlock the Treasure Hunter outfit: YOU THINK YOU TOUGH, MISTER
Turn John into Jack: OH MY SON, MY BLESSED SON
Free $500: THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL, WE THANK YOU
Unlock all areas of the map: YOU GOT YOURSELF A FINE PAIR OF EYES
Become constantly drunk: I’M DRUNK AS A SKUNK AND TWICE AS SMELLY
Apply a sepia filter to the game: THE OLD WAYS IS THE BEST WAYS

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Easy quick save

There’s no official Quick Save option in Red Dead Redemption, instead you need to make a bonfire. There is a workaround, however. From the Pause/Options menu you can change the Audio settings slightly, which forces the game to quick save.

How to unlock all multiplayer weapons

If you want to unlock all the multiplayer weapons, here’s the level you need to reach to unlock each pistol, rifle, shotgun and repeater in Red Dead Redemption.

Repeater Carbine: Level 2
Throwing Knives: Level 3
Volcanic Pistol: Level 5
Winchester Repeater: Level 8
Schofield Revolver: Level 9
Pump Shotgun: Level 11
Springfield Rifle: Level 13
Dynamite: Level 15
Double-Action Revolver: Level 17
Sawed-Off Shotgun: Level 18
Rolling Block Rifle: Level 20
Fire Bottle: Level 22
Semi-Automatic Pistol: Level 24
Semi-Automatic Shotgun: Level 26
Carcano Rifle: Level 28
Henry Repeater: Level 32
High Power Pistol: Level 35
Bolt-Action Rifle: Level 40
Evans Repeater: Level 43
LeMat Revolver: Level 46
Mauser Pistol: Level 49
Buffalo Rifle: Level 50

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