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Red Dead Redemption 2 best outfits, gear and equipment

Kit Arthur Morgan out in the best equipment RDR2 has to offer.

Customisation is a big feature in Red Dead Redemption 2 and your appearance can drastically impact how people will interact with you.

Sure, you could wander about with long hair, dirty clothes and an unkempt beard like the run-down cowboy of your fantasies, but wouldn't you rather wear a Ram's Skull, a Viking helmet or a bear head hat?

You can buy a range of outfits that are suitable for different temperatures in Red Dead Redemption 2, though some outfits are reinforced and will give you significant bonuses. To craft the very best gear, you'll want to head to the Trapper and it would be a good idea to start some of the challenges.

Other items have their own specific quests, so here's our guide to the best outfits and gear in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Red Dead Redemption 2 best outfits, gear and equipment

There are a few different types of outfit and gear that you can acquire in Red Dead Redemption 2; there's outfits you unlock as the game progresses, bits of gear you can find lying around, outfits you can buy from the store, and others you can purchase from the Trapper after an ample amount of hunting.

Here's a full list of all the outfits you can get in RDR2 and how to get them:

Outfit How to get
The Gunslinger Game progress
The Summer Gunslinger Game progress
The Winter Gunslinger Game progress
Brawler's Outfit Game progress
The Ruffian Game progress
The Rebel Game progress
The Innocent Game progress
The Pursuer Game progress
The Winter Cowboy Game progress
The Cowboy Game progress
The Cowhand Game progress
The Homesteader Game progress
The Rancher Game progress
The Legend Of The East Game progress
Grizzlies Outlaw Outfit Store
The Armadillo Store
The Bretagne Store
The Bulldogger Store
The Calumet Store
The Chevalier Store
The Clairmont Store
The Corson Store
The Cowpuncher Store
The Cumberland Store
The Deauville Store
The Dewberry Creek Store
The Dolton Store
The Donegal Store
The Drifter Store
The Drover Store
The Earl Store
The Estate Boss Store
The Farrier Store
The Faulkton Store
The Gambler Store
The Heartlands Store
The Josiah Store
The Leatherman Store
The McLaughlin Store
The Millesani Store
The Ranch Hand Store
The Roscoe Store
The Saint Denis Store
The Scrapper Store
The Tumbleweed Store
The Valentine Store
The Vaquero Store
The Death Roll Trapper
The Bear Hunter Trapper
The Dreamcatcher Trapper
The Trophy Buck Trapper
The Beast of Prey Trapper
The Huntsman Trapper
The Ghost Bison Trapper
The Stalker Trapper
The Desperado Trapper
The Night Wrangler Trapper
The Bounty Hunter Trapper
The Mountain Man Trapper
The Bronco Buster Trapper
The Marauder Trapper
The Wrangler Trapper
The Rattler Trapper
Nuevo Paraiso Gunslinger Outfit Included with Special and Ultimate Editions

Thanks goes to the Red Dead Wiki page who sourced this list of RDR2 outfits.

If you're looking for more details on the gear you can kit Arthur out in, then here's what to expect when it comes to acquiring new outfits in RDR2.

RDR2 best animal outfits

To craft the best gear, you'll need some high-quality pelts. The better the quality of animal pelt, the better your gear will be. To find some legendary critters to acquire necessary pelts from for outfits, check out our animal hunting guide as well as our guide on how to get perfect pelts.

You'll then want to take your perfect and legendary pelts to a local Trapper, who can spin them into something nice for Arthur to wear in exchange for a fee.

A Red Dead Redemption 2 character wearing the Pagan Ram Skull Mask.
Image credit: VG247/Rockstar Games

One of the outfits, The Bear Hunter, comes complete with a bear head hat. You can also add Boar Riding Gloves into the mix if you want to really pull off the man-bear-pig aesthetic.

The majority of these pelt-made items are cosmetic only, offering no real perks for Arthur other than having more kills under his belt than Gaston. My personal favourite is The Death Roll alligator outfit which has a good mix of Clint Eastwood vs Crocodile Dundee.

There's also a Pagan ram skull mask to be found in Blackwater which is just as cool as it sounds.

A Red Dead Redemption 2 menu showing crafting upgrades for the Satchel.
Image credit: VG247/Rockstar Games

RDR2 best reinforced outfits and equipment

Reinforced equipment is gear that Arthur can wear to carry more weapons and ammo in Red Dead Redemption 2. It includes bandoliers, gun belts, holsters, and an additional off-hand holster for wielding two small arms at once.

You can access these items either by purchasing them at the Gunsmith or General Store or unlocking rewards from the Trapper through competing Challenges.

Reinforced gear offers the following perks:

  • Reinforced Bandoliers increase ammo capacity for repeaters, rifles, and shotguns.
  • Reinforced Gun Belts increase ammo capacity for revolvers and pistols.
  • Reinforced Holsters reduce the maintenance requirements for weapons.
  • Reinforced Off-Hand Holsters reduce maintenance requirements secondary weapons.

Gunsmiths in each town can sell you basic reinforced equipment to upgrade your weapon attributes if you don't fancy doing any challenges.

Only the Trapper sells equipment with added bonus effects, but you'll need to complete various challenges to unlock the gear.

We've also got details on what the challenges involve, just remember to go back to the Trapper afterwards to get your reward.

There are nine categories with 10 challenges in each one. In order to receive reinforced gear from the Trapper, you must complete the first, third, seventh and tenth challenges in each category.

Having a full set of gear will unlock additional bonuses to your stats, such as increased health, more ammo capacity or a reduced weapon degradation rate.

Attributes can also be improved by completing challenges. Once you've collected a complete set of gear, you get a permanent bonus tank to your main attribute bars. Complete all the sets and you'll get a second bonus tank linked to that attribute.

Dead Eye, Health and Stamina are each tied to three different categories:

  • Dead Eye: Explorer, Herbalist and Survivalist
  • Health: Horseman, Sharpshooter and Weapons Expert
  • Stamina: Bandit, Gambler and Master Hunter
A black and white picture of the Legend of the East outfit in Red Dead Redemption 2.
Image credit: VG247/Rockstar Games

Special outfits in RDR2

If you decide to go full hog and complete all of the challenges in Red Dead Redemption 2, you'll be rewarded with the best outfit in the game: The Legend of the East. It comes with a bunch of attribute upgrades and bonuses, so it's well worth your time and will be pretty useful if you acquire it early on in the game.

If being a cowboy just isn't cutting it for you, there's a pirate sword and tricorn hat you can go on a quest to find that leaves you looking like the down-and-out version of Commodore Norrington from the Pirates of the Caribbean films.

There's also a mining helmet and a bone knife to be found which makes trawling through the darkest parts of the map a little easier.

Arthur Morgan riding a horse in Red Dead Redemption 2 while wearing the Morion helmet.
Image credit: VG247/Rockstar Games

There's a Viking helmet, hatchet and comb hidden away in the Old Tomb near Annesburg if you want to pretend you're playing Skyrim for a few minutes.

That's it for our guide to the best equipment, gear and outfits in Red Dead Redemption 2. If you need more help with Rockstar's Western epic, check out also our guides on where to find the best horse, how to get rich quick and the best RDR2 weapons.

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