Rockstar Games has at last released Red Dead Redemption 2 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, giving players another chance to drop into the studio’s signature take on Western-style open-world action. As might be expected, the latest Rockstar title is chock-full of various goodies and bonuses, including the option to use a variety of different cheat codes with varying and often hilarious effects. Unlike many other games, however, cheats codes in Red Dead Redemption 2 come with their own specific unlock requirements.
List of cheat codes and unlock requirements
Cheat codes in Red Dead Redemption 2 are entered through the Cheats menu, which players can find by pressing Triangle (PS4) or Y (Xbox One) within the Settings menu. Once there, they’ll be able to browse through a list of all the game’s many cheat codes. However, many if not most of them will be locked, and must be unlocked by fulfilling certain requirements, generally by tracking down specific newspapers from cities spread across the in-game map.
We’ve listed all of the cheat codes we’ve discovered below, and provided information about how and when they can be unlocked. As with other Rockstar Games releases, players should be aware that using any cheat codes will disable Trophies and Achievements.
|Cheat Code:||Name:||Effect:||Unlock requirements:|
|A fool on command||Drunk||Stay drunk persistently||No unlock requirements|
|A simple life, a beautiful death||Basic Weapons||Gives the hero a set of basic weapons||No unlock requirements|
|You want freedom||Decrease Wanted Level||Decreases the hero’s Wanted Level||No unlock requirements|
|You long for sight and see nothing||Fog of War||Reveals all of the world map||Purchase Blackwater Ledger No. 66 or New Hanover Gazette No. 31 following the mission Blood Feuds, Ancient and Modern (Chapter 3).|
|You seek more than the world offers||Fortify Health, Stamina, and Dead Eye Bars||Restores and fortifies health, stamina, and Dead Eye||Purchase New Hanover Gazette No. 36 following the mission The King’s Son (Chapter 6).|
|Greed is American Virtue||Heavy Weapons||Gives the hero the Mauser Pistol, Semi-Automatic Pistol, Pump Action Shotgun, and Bolt-Action Rifle||Purchase Saint Denis Times No. 46 or Blackwater Ledger No. 65. following the mission Advertising, the New American Art (Chapter 3).|
|Virtue unearned is not virtue||Increase Honor||Increases Honor to the maximum level||Purchase Blackwater Ledger No. 67 following the mission Banking, the Old American Art (Chapter 4).|
|Better than my dog||Increase Horse Whistle Range||Horse finds hero regardless of distance||No unlock requirements|
|The lucky be strong evermore||Increase Stamina||Grants infinite stamina for the hero and the hero’s horse||Purchase Blackwater Ledger No. 68 following the mission Dear Uncle Tacitus (Chapter 5).|
|You want punishment||Increase Wanted Level||Increases the hero’s Wanted Level||No unlock requirements|
|Abundance is the dullest desire||Infinite Ammo||Infinite ammunition for all weapons||Purchase New Hanover Gazette No. 237 or Blackwater Ledger No. 62.|
|Vanity. All is vanity||Own all outfits||Grants the hero all available outfits||No unlock requirements|
|Balance. All is balance||Reset Honor||Resets the hero’s Honor level to neutral||No unlock requirements|
|I shall be better||Set Dead Eye to Level 3||Sets Dead Eye to the default Level 3||No unlock requirements|
|I seek and I find||Set Dead Eye to Level 5||Upgrades Dead Eye to Level 5||No unlock requirements|
|You flourish before you die||Set Health, Stamina, and Dead Eye bars to full||Restores all of the hero’s health, stamina, and Dead Eye energy||No unlock requirements|
|Would you be happier as a clown?||Spawn a Circus Wagon||Spawns a Circus Wagon||Purchase Blackwater Ledger No. 73 following the Epilogue Part 2.|
|Keep your dreams light||Spawn a Horse and Cart||Spawns a horse and cart||No unlock requirements|
|Run! Run! Run!||Spawn a Race Horse||Spawns a Race Horse||No unlock requirements|
|You want more than you have||Spawn a Superior Horse||Spawns a Superior Horse||No unlock requirements|
|Keep your dreams simple||Spawn a Wagon||Spawn a horse and wagon||No unlock requirements|
|You are a beast built for war||Spawn a War Horse||Spawns a War Horse||Purchase Blackwater Ledger No. 72 following the Epilogue Part 1.|
|Death is silence||Stealth Weapons||Gives the player the Machete, Throwing Knives, Poison Knives, Tomahawks, and Homing Tomahawks||No unlock requirements|
This list of Red Dead Redemption 2 cheat codes and unlock requirements is still a work-in-progress, and we’ll be updating it through the coming days, weeks, and months as we discover even more cheats.