Challenges


In Red Dead Redemption 2, there are eight different challenge tracks: Survivalist, Bandit, Sharpshooter, Horseman, Weapons Expert, Herbalist, Gambler, and Master Hunter. Each track has 10 challenges that test different skills; completing each track results in in-game rewards such as unique outfits or equipment.

For all tracks, the challenges have to be completed sequentially, i.e. you have to have completed Survivalist 1 to start progress on Survivalist 2.

Survivalist Challenges

The survivalist challenges are designed to test Arthur Morgan’s ability to survive in the wilderness through hunting, fishing, and crafting.

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Survivalist 1 Catch 3 Bluegill fish
Survivalist 2 Hand 5 animals into camp or to a trapper
Survivalist 3 Kill 5 animals with a varmint rifle
Survivalist 4 Craft a dynamite, fire, improved, poison, and small game arrow
Survivalist 5 Catch a fish in the Bayou from a riverboat and while standing on train tracks
Survivalist 6 Kill a scavenging animal while it is feeding on a corpse 5 times
Survivalist 7 Kill 8 small game animals with consecutive shots using small game arrows
Survivalist 8 Craft a homing tomahawk, improved tomahawk, volatile dynamite, and volatile fire bottle
Survivalist 9 Catch a fish that weighs at least 19lbs
Survivalist 10 Catch one of each type of fish

Bandit Challenges

The bandit challenges are designed to test Morgan’s criminal pursuits.

Bandit 1 Hold up 5 townsfolk
Bandit 2 Rob 2 coaches or return 2 stolen coaches to a Fence
Bandit 3 Rob the cash register in any 4 shops in 1 day
Bandit 4 Rob 3 coaches or return 3 stolen coaches to a Fence in 1 day
Bandit 5 Amass a $250 bounty in one state
Bandit 6 Steal 5 horses and sell them to the Horse Fence at Clemens Cove
Bandit 7 Rob $50 worth of cash and valuables from townsfolk and travellers
Bandit 8 Steal 7 wagons and sell them to the Fence at Emerald Ranch
Bandit 9 Hogtie someone and leave them on the railroad 3 times
Bandit 10 Complete 5 train robberies without dying or being caught

Sharpshooter Challenges

The sharpshooter challenges are a test of Morgan’s skill with various firearms.

Sharpshooter 1 Kill 3 flying birds
Sharpshooter 2 Kill 2 different species of animal in 1 Dead Eye use
Sharpshooter 3 Kill 5 flying birds while on a moving train
Sharpshooter 4 Kill someone 80 feet away with a tomahawk
Sharpshooter 5 Kill 6 animals without switching or reloading your weapon
Sharpshooter 6 Kill someone at least 660 feet away with a long scoped rifle
Sharpshooter 7 Get 7 headshots in a row
Sharpshooter 8 Disarm 3 enemies without reloading or switching your weapon
Sharpshooter 9 Shoot 3 people’s hats off in the same Dead Eye use
Sharpshooter 10 Kill 3 flying birds with 3 consecutive long scoped rifle shots

Horseman Challenges

Riding is a large part of Red Dead Redemption 2; the horseman challenges are designed to test Morgan’s abilities on horseback and his relationship with his mount.

Horseman 1 Kill 5 rabbits from horseback
Horseman 2 Jump over 3 obstacles in 15 seconds
Horseman 3 Ride from Valentine to Rhodes in less than 5 minutes
Horseman 4 While mounted, drag a victim 3300 feet with your lasso
Horseman 5 Trample 5 animals while on horseback
Horseman 6 Ride from Strawberry to Saint Denis in less than 9 minutes without touching any water
Horseman 7 Kill 7 enemies from horseback without dismounting
Horseman 8 Kill 9 predators from horseback
Horseman 9 Ride from Van Horn to Blackwater in less than 17 minutes without touching any water
Horseman 10 Break every wild horse breed

Weapons Expert Challenges

The weapons expert challenges are designed to encourage you to explore the vast variety of weapons available to Morgan in the world of Red Dead Redemption 2.

Weapons Expert 1 Kill 3 enemies with a knife
Weapons Expert 2 Kill 3 enemies in 10 seconds using only throwing knives
Weapons Expert 3 Kill 3 birds of prey using only a tomahawk
Weapons Expert 4 Kill 10 enemies with a shotgun using crafted ammo
Weapons Expert 5 Kill 5 mounted enemies, using 1 throwing knife per kill
Weapons Expert 6 Kill 4 enemies with a single stick of dynamite
Weapons Expert 7 Kill 4 consecutive enemies by throwing and retrieving the same tomahawk
Weapons Expert 8 Kill 15 enemies using a long barrelled shotgun
Weapons Expert 9 Kill 9 unaware enemies from behind using the bow
Weapons Expert 10 Kill a grizzly bear without taking damage using only throwing knives

Herbalist Challenges

Taking a break from combat, the herbalist challenges task Morgan with locating and collecting various types of flora from across the map.

Herbalist 1 Pick 6 Yarrow
Herbalist 2 Pick and eat 4 species of berry
Herbalist 3 Craft 7 items using Sage as an ingredient
Herbalist 4 Pick 5 mushrooms and feed them to your horse
Herbalist 5 Craft 9 items using Indian Tobacco as an ingredient
Herbalist 6 Pick 15 different species of herb
Herbalist 7 Craft and use 5 special miracle tonics
Herbalist 8 Use Oleandar to craft 6 poison weapons
Herbalist 9 Pick one of each species of herb
Herbalist 10 Season and cook all 11 types of meat

Gambler Challenges

The gambler challenges focus on the various mini-games available to Morgan throughout the course of the game.

Gambler 1 Win 5 hands of Poker
Gambler 2 In Blackjack, double down and win the hand 5 times
Gambler 3 Win 3 games of Five Finger Fillet
Gambler 4 Bust one Poker location out in each location (Flatneck Station, Saint Denis, and Valentine)
Gambler 5 Win 3 rounds of Dominoes without drawing any tiles against 2 or fewer opponents
Gambler 6 Beat the Blackjack dealer in two locations (Rhodes and Van Horn)
Gambler 7 Beat the Five Finger Fillet player in every location (Strawberry, Valentine, and Van Horn)
Gambler 8 Win 3 hands of Blackjack with 3 hits or more
Gambler 9 Win 3 games of Dominoes in a row
Gambler 10 Win 3 hands of Poker in a row

Master Hunter Challenges

Similar to some of the survivalist challenges, the master hunter challenges task Morgan with locating, tracking, killing, and trading various forms of wildlife.

Master Hunter 1 Skin 3 deer
Master Hunter 2 Collect 3 perfect quality rabbit pelts
Master Hunter 3 Track 10 different animal species using your binoculars
Master Hunter 4 Call an animal and get a clean kill 5 times
Master Hunter 5 Skin 3 black or grizzly bears
Master Hunter 6 Kill 5 cougars with your bow, then skin them
Master Hunter 7 Use bait to lure and kill both a herbivore and a predator
Master Hunter 8 Catch 3 fish without using a fishing rod
Master Hunter 9 Catch an opossum playing possum
Master Hunter 10 Find and kill the legendary panther “Giaguaro”

Explorer Challenges

In order to complete explorer challenges, you need to find treasure maps, hidden trinkets and valuables. There are plenty of Treasure Maps in Red Dead Redemption 2. You need to find 9 treasures in total to complete the explorer challenges.

Challenge Reward
Find a Treasure map Explorer Holster
Find a Treasure $5 & Stamina Exp
Find a Treasure Explorer Bandolier
Find a Treasure $10 & Stamina Exp
Find a Treasure $10 & Stamina Exp
Find a Treasure $15 & Stamina Exp
Find a Treasure Explorer Gun Belt
Find a Treasure $15 & Stamina Exp
Find a Treasure $20 & Stamina Exp
Find a Treasure Explorer Off-Hand Holster

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