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Money in Red Dead Online is possibly even more important than in the story mode, as weapons and horses can only be obtained by first unlocking them in stores and then purchasing them.

There are also fewer ways to earn cash in Red Dead Online, so you will likely end up being poor for a long time if you don't know the best ways to earn money.

Red Dead Online features two different types of currencies: regular money, which is obtained by completing story and stranger missions, winning in the competitive multiplayer modes, and selling items.

The second type of currency in Red Dead Online is Gold Bars, which can only be obtained by either: (1) earning 100 Gold Nuggets (which are then converted to a single gold bar); or (2) by purchasing them with real money. Gold Bars allow players to bypass the rank unlocking system and purchase any item even if it has yet to be unlocked, so they are a real commodity.

In this guide, we will cover the best ways to earn regular money in Red Dead Online (without resorting to any exploit or hack either).

Currently, Red Dead Online features a few story missions collectively known as the "A Land of Opportunities" missions. A total of ten are currently available in the game, but two of them are only unlocked if your character's Honor rating is low. Completing these missions for the first time will allow you to get money, XP, and Gold Nuggets as rewards.

As this money making method involves playing story missions in a random order, you may want to avoid using it if you care about the story. These missions aren't particularly long or difficult to complete, however, so you can just play through them regularly to make some good money.

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To make some decent money early on, you want to play the Kill Them All, Each and Every One late story mission. You are rewarded $250 for completing the mission the first time and slightly more if you manage to complete the secondary objectives, making it one of the better-paying missions currently available in the game.

Other missions aren't that lucrative, but they will still help you make some decent money early in the game. Once you have made enough money to purchase a good weapon, such as the Bolt-Action rifle, and the Varmint Rifle, you can start using other real money-farming methods and make yourself some cash.

As a side note, repeating story missions through the story mission On-Call option is a good way to make additional XP to rank up.

Hunting

Getting a powerful weapon that is unlocked relatively early, like the Bolt-Action rifle, will allow you to make the most out of hunting, as bigger and more resilient animals yield the best items to sell.

With the recent economy changes, hunting has become the most reliable activity in Red Dead Online to earn regular cash, as it does not depending too much on chance and luck. The best hunting spot is undoubtedly an area found in the western part of the Lemoyne region, to the east of Kamassa River on the map.

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This area is the best hunting spot thanks to: (1) the variety of animals that can spawn there, ranging from big animals like alligators to herons, eagles, pekin ducks and spoonbills; and (2) its location, as it's conveniently close to Rhodes. The animals are spawned randomly, however, so the amount of obtained money per hour will change depending on which are spawned and on your ability to make perfect kills to get the highest quality pelts possible

As most of the animals that spawn in the area are small, the only way to get a perfect kill on them is with a Varmint Rifle, which is unlocked relatively early, at rank 8. For medium-sized animals, the bow is the best weapon to use to get Perfect Pelts.

Against alligators, however, you need to use the best weapon you have obtained, so this is where the Bolt-Action Rifle comes in. It's high firepower will help you kill these fearsome animals with a couple of well-aimed headshots.

Fishing

Fishing used to be the best money making activity in Red Dead Online, but the recent economy changes dropped the price of salmon considerably. With fishing, it's currently possible to make around $180 per hour, which is not a bad amount, but far from the $300+ per hour that could be earned when Red Dead Online originally launched.

While definitely a good money making method, fishing requires players to have played the game long enough to have met a couple of requirements: you need to get to rank 14 to unlock the fishing rod and rank 30 to unlock the Lake and River Lures, which are needed to fish salmon. In case you have some Gold Bars to spend and don't want to wait for rank 30, you can use one to purchase either lure.

There are a few fishing spots where salmons can be caught, but two of them are the absolute best thanks to the fact that they are very close to towns. These spots are Owanjilla Lake, to the west of Strawberry and the Dakota River, to the southwest of Valentine. Owanjilla Lake is probably the best possible spot, as there are lower chances of being interrupted by other players, since most people don't travel here unless it's for fishing.

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Once you have caught 10 salmons, head over to the nearest butcher and sell them. Each trip will net you $25.00, which is not a bad amount of money at all.

Treasure Maps

Even with the recent economy changes, finding treasure maps is still the best money making activity in Red Dead Online. It's not the most reliable, however, as chances of finding maps outside of ranking up are low.

Treasure maps in Red Dead Online work differently than they do in the single-player story mode. Online, treasure boxes are placed in random locations found in the areas highlighted by the maps, so you will need to keep attention to your controller's vibrations, which indicate how far you are from the box. Once vibrations become strong, use Eagle Eye and search for the yellow particles. Items found inside treasure boxes are also random, but they are usually worth a significant amount of money.

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Maps can be obtained in two ways in Red Dead Online. They are a reward for ranking up every 5 ranks past rank 10, so you will be getting a new map at rank 15, 20, 25, 30 and so on. You will eventually reach rank 100, however, and won't be able to obtain more maps this way once you do.

The second way to obtain Treasure Maps in Red Dead Online is via clearing Gang Hideouts. These hideouts have the chance of spawning at several different locations found all over the map.

Once you have killed all of the gang members found in hideouts, you will confront the leader, whom you can kill or spare. Your decision doesn't seem to influence the chance of getting a treasure map, so do whatever you feel like doing. Even if you don't get a treasure map from the gang's boss, you can still make some money by looting all corpses. The amount obtained will usually be relatively little, as looted items have incredibly low sale value compared to that of the single-player campaign, but it's still better than nothing.

Competitive Modes

If you're really not hunting and fishing, and the random nature of obtaining treasure maps is not for you, you can earn some decent money playing the Showdown Series and Races multiplayer modes.

For the fastest possible results, winning horse races is the best way to go, as they tend to be shorter than a full run Showdown Series run. There are three different types of horse races in the Race playlist, but they are not all that different from one another, so get yourself a good horse, like an Arabian or the Missouri Fox Trotter, and win as many races as possible.

In case both horse types are way out of your league due to either low cash or rank, you may want to use the Red Chestnut Superior, which is available for free, or the free Thoroughbred Horse if you have purchased the game's Ultimate Edition.

As already mentioned, playing the Showdown Series is also a good way to make some money while having fun, but completing a full playthrough of the playlist takes longer than completing horse races. There are 5 different play modes, called Make It Count, Name Your Weapon, Shootout, Hostile Territory and Most Wanted, each one coming with its own rules and winning strategies. The amount of earned money varies depending on your placement at the end of each round.

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I am fine with money being harder to make than it was in GTA but what pisses me off is the people who are out there taking advantage of glitches/bugs and what not to make money way faster than anyone else. Do it the right way at least. 

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On ‎12‎/‎22‎/‎2018 at 4:47 AM, NewsBot said:

Gold Bars allow players to bypass the rank unlocking system and purchase any item even if it has yet to be unlocked, so they are a real commodity.

Well this part isn't true, most things ARE level locked.

I heard all the horror stories about hunting and losing everything to griefers so I fished a lot and made money but didn't rank up because there's no xp gained in fishing. So now I hunt and keep leveling up. I like it, and I keep a hand in fishing too but usually after hunting just to bring in extra $$$.

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On 12/28/2018 at 9:53 PM, DLKnives said:

Well this part isn't true, most things ARE level locked.

I heard all the horror stories about hunting and losing everything to griefers so I fished a lot and made money but didn't rank up because there's no xp gained in fishing. So now I hunt and keep leveling up. I like it, and I keep a hand in fishing too but usually after hunting just to bring in extra $$$.

I went on a massive hunting spree and was just finishing up and ready to head to sell some stuff and was shot 2 times and died. I was so pissed. I don't even know how they approached me without showing up on the map!

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I don't spawn in where I want to hunt, I go anywhere but New Austin and then fast travel to Armadillo and hunt my way to Tumbleweed. No one there, it's nice. I made level 30 late last night and today after a couple of hours I'm almost 31, plus I found 3 gang hideouts which helped my XP.

Today I was all alone up by Twin Rocks when some idiot spawns in to Armadillo and I guess decides to come after me. I keep watching the dot get closer and next thing he's shooting at me so I whip out the bolt action and kill him. That was weird and he didn't come back.

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Thanks for the guide! Once things settle down anti griefing-wise, I'll take more advantage of it.

I've played all of the main missions (I have 100%) and I basically use Quick Join to play the whole game now, using Story Mission On Call to replay certain missions that I like or to go into Showdown (when I need to be reminded how much better other players are).

As many times as I've replayed Kill Them All, Each and Every One, I think I've gotten maybe $20 in cash at the most. Are my cash winnings so low because I'm so bad or because my Honor is as low as it can go? (don't be kind, be honest...)

And in that area where the missions are listed, sometimes the option to replay them is on screen, sometimes not. What exactly makes the replay option stay highlighted for those missions? When they're  not highlighted, I have to go in and out of the Quick Join lobbies until I find a mission I want to replay.

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My preferred hunting grounds are along the train tracks up the coast from St. Denis to Brandywine Drop. In the marshland  north of St. Denis, there are gators for big game meat(10=$7.50), herons, spoonbills and pelicans for feathers(10=$12-$19.50) and carcass($3.25-$4.00 for perfect), muskrats($4.00 for a perfect carcass, $1.95 for perfect pelt). North of the marshlands as you head towards Annsburg, deer and rabbits are plentiful($7.00 for perfect deer carcass, $3.50 for perfect rabbit carcass, $2.25 and $1.15 for perfect pelts respectively). If you're lucky enough to spot a perfect buck that's $10 for the carcass and $3.25 for the pelt plus $1.05 for antlers. North of Annsburg is where the big boys hunt. It's cougar country where a perfect cougar carcass is worth $13.50, a good one is over $8 and even  poor one is worth $5. A pelt is worth $2-5. Finally as I head back to St. Denis( unfortunately the closest butcher), I stop along the Kamassa river for some salmon fishing(10=$25). It's  noth the fastest hunting trip but it's  worth it for the haul.

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8 hours ago, Vaderspupil said:

It's  noth the fastest hunting trip but it's  worth it for the haul.

I've learned to NOT be in a hurry.  Besides the hunting I gather a lot of herbs and fish. I keep upgrading my ability cards so I'm always broke.

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It's 10 for items in your satchel, mostly. I notice jewelry is only 5 of each type. Might be other differences.

You can carry a deer on your horse but not an elk, pig, bear or alligator unless it's a small one. Hides from those you can carry but only one big pelt or a carcass not both.

Birds, rabbits and such go on the side of your horse, 1 to a side.

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21 hours ago, DLKnives said:

I've learned to NOT be in a hurry.  Besides the hunting I gather a lot of herbs and fish. I keep upgrading my ability cards so I'm always broke.

I hear you. I like to craft, so I'm trying to get all the pamphlets in addition to the ability cards and upgrading my camp tent. Plus I just bought the Carcano sniper rifle. I spend my money as fast as I make it.

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1 hour ago, Vaderspupil said:

I hear you. I like to craft, so I'm trying to get all the pamphlets in addition to the ability cards and upgrading my camp tent. Plus I just bought the Carcano sniper rifle. I spend my money as fast as I make it.

I hear that about the money! I upgraded a 4th ability card yesterday and now I'm broke again. Heh. Nice having all Tier II cards though.

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