Arthur Morgan needs quite a bit of money to survive in Red Dead Redemption 2 and so does the Van der Linde gang. There are many ways to make money in the game, some more effective than others, but there's no doubt that robberies are the most fun, allowing players to play the part of a real outlaw in the late 1800s.
As a general rule, it's possible to rob pretty much everyone and everything in Red Dead Redemption 2: people, stores, private houses, banks, stagecoaches, and trains. Attempting robberies in broad daylight and in front of NPCs brings real consequences, as the attempted crime will be reported to the authorities, increasing Arthur's bounty and setting bounty hunters on him.
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For this reason, trying to steal from random NPCs is not recommended, as the reward is not worth the risk at all. Robbing stores, houses and more is definitely more lucrative, and with the right precautions, it's possible to escape the scene of the crime before lawmen arrive.
Robbing homes in Red Dead Redemption 2 is pretty straightforward, as players have to retrieve stash hidden away and make an escape. These missions, which became available in Chapter 2, are tied to the strangers' random events that can happen at any time while traveling.
The events that must be completed are those focused on escaped criminals: by freeing them, they will reveal the location of a house that can be robbed. For your convenience, we will list all the approximate locations below.
- Aberdeen Pig Farm - Southeast of Emerald Ranck
- Catfish Jacksons - South of Braithwaite Manor
- Chez Porter - North of Valentine
- Lonnies' Shack - South of Emerald Station
- Van Horn Mansion - South of Van Horn
- Watson's Cabin - Northwest of Wallace Station
- Williard's Rest - Northeastern edge of the map, available only after the "A Fork in the Road" mission has been completed in Chapter 6.
Robbing stores is pretty straightforward as well, and it can be done in a few different ways. The easiest one is to interact with the shopkeeper and select the rob option. Another easy method is to just grab items from the shelves and make a run. While simple, doing this will get the law alerted pretty quickly, so attempt it only if you're truly strapped for cash.
The third method requires a bit more planning, but it's definitely the most lucrative one. Killing the shopkeeper silently allows Arthur to rob the store of all available cash as well as get all of the items on the shelves.
Doing it during the day is not recommended, due to the number of NPCs that can potentially alert the law. Doing right before nightfall, however, and with the mask on drastically reduces the chances of the law finding out about the crime shortly after it's been committed.
To kill shopkeepers silently, weapons like the bow, the hunting knife, tomahawks and throwing knives are recommended.
Gunsmiths and general stores are the best stores to rob, as they usually have good amounts of money. It's also more profitable to sell the items taken from the shelves, as opposed to medicines, which are not worth that much.
The only doctor that it's worth to rob is the one in Valentine, as it allows players to get the Schofield Revolver, one of the best weapons in the game. This robbery, however, will result in a confrontation with the law, so be prepared before attempting it!
Robbing trains is one of the most fun robberies that can be accomplished in Red Dead Redemption 2, and one of the most profitable as well. Be warned, though, that it is also the second most dangerous, as stopping a train is a serious crime and will make the law go after Arthur almost immediately.
To rob a train, players have to ride alongside it and jump on it while it's moving. It's always best to do so far from stations, as it reduces the number of NPCs that might alert the law.
Once on the train, players will be able to intimidate and rob passengers to eventually reach the lockbox, which usually contains some nice items. Some trains may be guarded, so be prepared for a confrontation. Killing guards is highly recommended, as they might report the crime to the law once the train stops.
Robbing stagecoaches isn't particularly profitable in the early game, but things improve once the fence in Emerald Ranch is unlocked. Additionally, in Chapter 3, several stagecoach robbery-focused missions become available, with the discouraged employees Hector and Alden providing Arthur with information on six different stagecoaches.
The first few stagecoaches are easy to rob, but later ones become more difficult, as the coaches will be armed, requiring dynamite. Guards will also put up a much better fight.
No Western game would be a true one without a bank robbery, and Red Dead Redemption 2 provides plenty of chances to pull off one of the signature heists of the time. Needless to say, bank robberies are the most dangerous, as a final shootout always happens, no matter the method used to open the safes.
To rob banks, players will have to open the safes found in the bank vaults. There are two ways to do it.
The first is to simply blow them open with dynamite. While faster, this method attracts the law instantly, so it's not exactly recommended.
The second one is to crack each safe, which takes more time, but it's a lot safer. To crack safes, players have to move the analogue stick to the left, then to the right, again to the left and then to the right as soon as the dial clicks. The controller vibrates as the dial gets closer to the clicking point, so use that as a reference to speed things up.
As cracking safes requires time, it's best to take care of any potential witness to gain a little bit more time. In any case, lawmen won't fail to show up, so be prepared for a big fight.