Red Dead Online "Most Wanted" Mode Guide

Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online aren't just about shooting enemies, but it's undeniable that this is one of the most satisfying things you can do during the game. Most of the Showdown Series modes involve attacking other players, and while some are rather straightforward, like the Shootout mode, others offer some interesting variations on the theme, like the Most Wanted mode.

Red Dead Online "most Wanted" Mode Guide

Most Wanted is basically a different take on the deathmatch experience featured in the Shootout mode, but the differences are varied enough to not make the two modes feel too similar to one another.

In this guide, we will cover everything there is to know about the Most Wanted mode so that you will no longer have troubles winning most matches.

Mode Overview

As already mentioned, the Most Wanted mode spices up your typical deathmatch experience with some mechanics that are just perfect for the world of Red Dead Online. In this mode, which can only be played solo, players must attack one another, racking up points for each kill.

The main difference with the Shootout mode, other than the fact that there is no team mode, is that you will be worth more points for someone else to kill, the more kills you have yourself, so the player at the top of the leaderboard will be, literally, the most wanted player in the match. This leads to some interesting gameplay dynamics that hardly happen in other modes.

In the Most Wanted mode, as in the other Showdown Series modes with the exception of Make It Count, your position is always indicated on other players' maps, so don't think you can hide after having become the top player on the leaderboards. Even if someone manages to take you down from the top spot, the game makes it easy to retaliate, as you will always be given the name of the player who has killed you.

Maps take place in a number of different locales, such as Saint Denis, Thieves Landing, Tumbleweed, Tall Trees and Valentine.


Before a Most Wanted match begins, it's possible to purchase a variety of items in the Previsions section of the menu. These items, which are accessed from the Weapon Wheel like in Free Roam mode, are, most of the times, what separates you from victory or defeat.

A general suggestion is to get as many health items as possible, since staying alive while being high on the leaderboards is extremely important.

If you rely on Dead Eye a lot, and have managed to obtain some good Ability Cards that improve the ability further, it's also a very good idea to get Dead Eye items as well.

Best Weapons

At the beginning of the Most Wanted mode, you will have a very basic selection of weapons which, while functional, will not be of much help in securing a victory.

For this reason, you need to make getting better weapons a priority at the beginning of every match in the mode. Even if you get killed, it's not a big deal, as everyone's scores will generally be low until a bit further into the game, leaving you plenty of time to recover. All weapons available on the map are indicated on your radar, so you won't have to search blindly.

Kill Them All

While the main goal of the Most Wanted mode is to go after the player at the top of the leaderboards, this usually isn't the best strategy to employ, since you will have plenty of competition and you may get killed yourself while trying to take down the top player.

For this reason, the Most Wanted mode is best approached as a true deathmatch mode, meaning that killing any player you encounter is the best way to go to get a good score.

You can also play this mode in a smarter way, but this requires practice and skill. You can try to go after the players who are trying to get the top player, as they may not be paying attention to their surroundings. You may also try to ambush a player who just managed to take down the top one, but this requires time and patience which is usually not available in a hectic mode like this one.

Hints And Tips

Something you need to pay attention to when you are gaining an advantage is that the player with the most points is always indicated on the minimap for all contestants. This means that if you get ahead, you'll become a prime target. Not only do players know where you are, but killing you will give them a bigger reward. Hunting down the top player, if it isn't you, at the last moments of the match might just catapult you to 1st place without leaving anyone else time to gun you down.

Matt Gibbs

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