Red Dead Redemption 2 achievement guide & roadmap (Steam)


Multiplayer will not be released until november - until then all the achievements not marked as 'Online' are assumed to be achievable in single-player only.


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Difficulty does NOT affect achievements

6 missable achievements

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Just a Scratch

Story, Unmissable, SP-only,

This will be the first achievement you get.

Back in the Mud

Story, Unmissable, SP-only,

Trusty Steed

Grind, Optional, SP-only,

Reach max bonding level with a horse.

Easy enough to get; stay on the same horse, feed it, and pat it while riding with L3 (press in on left stick). Bonding level will increase to level 4 (the max) soon enough. There's time to do this 3 times over on a good playthrough of the game.

To Greener Pastures

Story, Unmissable, SP-only,

Give to the Poor

Objective, Missable, SP-only,

Donate $250 to the gang tithing box.

Do this before completing chapter 4 - as the tithing box is not available after chapter 4.


Objective, Unmissable, MP-only,

Red Dead Online: Complete the Intro.

It takes about 45m to get started in online, you have to go through this to get to free roam.

Locked and Loaded

Objective, Optional, SP-only,

Upgrade each available component for a single sidearm or longarm weapon.

Easy to do from near the beginning of the game in any gunsmith. Just upgrade everything on a pistol or revolver.

Take From the Rich

Grind, Optional, SP-only,

Rob or loot $250.

Loot every dead body, this should unlock before you complete the story.

Settling Feuds

Story, Unmissable, SP-only,

Washed Ashore

Story, Unmissable, SP-only,

No Traitors

Story, Unmissable, SP-only,

Third Time Lucky

Story, Optional, SP-only,


Story, Unmissable, SP-only,

Getting Started

Grind, Optional, MP-only,

Red Dead Online: Reach Rank 10.

Strength in Numbers

Objective, Optional, MP-only,

Red Dead Online: Complete a Free Roam mission as part of a Posse with at least 2 members.

It was THIS Big!

Objective, Optional, SP-only,

Catch a fish weighing at least 16 lbs (7.3 kg).

Easiest during Ch4 after you unlock Special lures.

Cowboy Builder

Story, Unmissable, SP-only,

Endless Summer

Story, Optional, SP-only,


Grind, Optional, MP-only,

Red Dead Online: Sell 20 items to the Butcher.

Series Major

Objective, Optional, MP-only,

Red Dead Online: Take part in a Series.

Extreme Personality

Objective, Optional, SP-only,

Reach maximum or minimum Honor level.

You can't really get this until during/after chapter 5 - because honor is capped until then. Stay positive Honor, so you can be eligible for all the missions needed for {{Lending a Hand}}

Breaking and Entering

Grind, Unmissable, SP-only,

Recover the stash from 4 homesteads.

Buckle Up

Grind, Optional, MP-only,

Red Dead Online: Achieve 5 gold belt buckles from awards.

Friends With Benefits

Objective, Missable, SP-only,

Complete a Companion Activity in each camp.

You must do a companion mission in chapters 2, 3 and 4. They appear as small white mission icons as you progress through each chapter and are to go do things like fishing/robberies/etc with the minor characters.

Picked to Perfection

Grind, Optional, MP-only,

Red Dead Online: Pick 25 Herbs.

Easy to do from the intro onwards in the obvious way... ...just use Eagle Eye to spot pickable things and pick them...

Pony Up

Grind, Optional, SP-only,

Spend $5000 across all shops.

Gun For Hire

Grind, Optional, MP-only,

Red Dead Online: Accept 10 Free Roam missions from characters around the world.

Self Sufficient

Grind, Optional, SP-only,

Craft 30 unique items in Story Mode.

You should be able to do this in Ch3/Ch4 - just craft one of everything you can. Obviously make sure to buy & pick up (and read, from your satchel) any/all recipes you find.

Master Craftsman

Grind, Optional, MP-only,

Red Dead Online: Craft 20 items (excluding ammo).

Hobby Horse

All-the-things, Unmissable, SP-only,

Play all mini games.

You only need to start a game of each. You don't need to win.

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All's Fair

Objective, Optional, MP-only,

Red Dead Online: Successfully counter a rival Posse's Free Roam mission.

Posse Up

Objective, Optional, MP-only,

Red Dead Online: Form a Persistent Posse.

Western Stranger

Grind, Optional, SP-only,

Complete 10 Stranger mission strands.

There are way more than 10 in the game. You must complete the full quest line for each - not just the first mission. You can still do any/all of these after completing the story.

Lending a Hand

Grind, Missable, SP-only,

Complete all optional Honor story missions.

Errand Boy

Objective, Missable, SP-only,

Deliver 5 camp companion item requests.

You must do this before the end of chapter 4.


Grind, Optional, MP-only,

Red Dead Online: Reach Rank 50.


Grind, Optional, MP-only,

Red Dead Online: Play 5 Free Roam Events.

Artificial Intelligence

Objective, Missable, SP-only,

Discover the fate of Marko Dragic.

This character gives a set of stranger missions in Ch4, from Saint Denis. They'll be in/around a small building right at the north end of the map. Once the mission chain is complete, return to his building after 24 hours or so to learn the fate, get the achievement, and also a reward item.

Home Comforts

Grind, Optional, MP-only,

Red Dead Online: Purchase 5 camp improvements.

Collector's Item

Objective, Optional, SP-only,

Complete one of the Collectable strands.

The Real Deal

Grind, Optional, MP-only,

Red Dead Online: Achieve MVP 3 times (in a round with at least 4 players).

Paying Respects

All-the-things, Optional, SP-only,

This can only be done after completing the story, although you can visit some of the graves during the story from Ch4 onwards. See for locations.

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Grind, Optional, MP-only,

Red Dead Online: Craft 25 pieces of ammunition.

Horses for Courses

Objective, Optional, MP-only,

Red Dead Online: Concurrently own 5 horses.

Skin Deep

Collectible, Optional, SP-only,

Skin every species of animal in Story Mode.

There are 178 species. That is a lot. Keep track in the pause menu under Progress -> Compendium -> Animals

Best in the West

Grind, Missable, SP-only,

Attain 100% completion.


Objective, Optional, SP-only,

Survive 3 days holding a bounty of $250 in all states.

Best to leave this until after {{Extreme Personality}} and {{Lending a Hand}} - you'll need to rack up a large bounty in each state, and then camp out in the wild and sleep a lot to have the time pass.


Collectible, Optional, SP-only,

Study every animal across all states in Story Mode.

See also {{Skin Deep}}. Use the binoculars. Check in the compendium for 100% progress against each animal.

It's Art

Objective, Optional, SP-only,

This can only be done after completing the story.

Gold Rush

Grind, Optional, SP-only,

Earn 70 Gold Medals in Story missions.

This is definitely easiest to do when you first attempt each mission - if you replay them you don't have your normal collection of tonics/weapons/etc. Ofc the game doesn't reveal the requirements for Gold until after you've completed at least once - but 3rd party mission guides will help with that.

Grin and Bear it

Grind, Optional, SP-only,

Survive 18 bear attacks and kill the bear each time in Story Mode.

You have to let the bear attach/maul you first, then fight it off and kill it. A pump action shotgun is pretty handy here, assuming you don't care about pelt quality.