Best Ways To Make Money Fast in Red Dead Online

The Wild West is a dangerous, scenic, and a very expensive place. The gunfights with the bandits are menacing, but even buying an apparel for your wardrobe might cost you an arm and a leg. In these difficult times earning money is painful, but here is a Red Dead Online Money Farming Guide that would get you through your tough time.

Red Dead Online Money Farming

First off, there is no easy way of earning money, so you have to earn your keep with your blood and your sweat. Initially, you must have a better weapon, because the revolver is not going to cut it.

You can earn $250+ right off the bat, with your first mission.

Story Missions

After you are done with the tutorial, tap left on your D-pad to go to Free Roam Menu, where you have to scroll down to Quick Join and select Story Mission On-Call. Here you will find your meal ticket “Kill Them, Each and Every One”.

This quest is straightforward, where you and your crew are required to clear out a military base and execute its leader.

It will take you around 10 mins to complete, but keep in mind, each time you die your payout will diminish, so in order to get the most out of it, it is advised that you keep yourself alive.

Unfortunately, the quest cannot be farmed for cash, because replaying the quest will only give you experience and no money. Therefore, after you are done with it, you can keep on doing more quests or opt for alternative ways.

If you keep on doing the quest you can make yourself some decent cash, and some quests might even reward you with trinkets and guns as a reward.

However, the problem with this is that sometimes you might get the quest you have already completed and replayed it will not earn you any cash.

It is advised that after you have completed a couple of quests and earn a good chunk of money, head over to the Gun Store.

Here the Springfield and the Bolt Action Rifle are the optimal choices, of course, the more expensive weapon is better in most cases, the same rule applies here.

The Springfield goes for $240 that you can afford after your first quest, while the Bolt Action Rifle goes for $360, so you might have to face some grind before you are able to get your hands on it.

The best long-term investment is the Bolt Action Rifle; you can use that to earn money by hunting. With this weapon, you will be able to score perfect pelts from larger animals like deer, while also netting more meat from them.

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Jump into multiplayer. Play one of the many game-modes at your disposal such as Showdown and Featured Series. Winning will get you more cash than losing obviously, but cash nonetheless in both situations


Tired of mindless killing and looting bodies? How about doing that with fish instead? To be able to get your very own trusty fishing rod you need to be level 14. Get some good bait, find a fishing spot that is near a Butcher (So you can sell quicker), put some music on, and fish away.

Gang Hideouts

Another superior method would be to raid Gang Hideouts, with this method, you will be making bank. Now, raiding these hideouts is no walk in the park, these guys are armed to the teeth and you must also have a feasible weapon to deal with them.

After you are done slaughter them, it is very crucial that you loot their bodies. Looting their bodies gets you around 10 cent each that is not much, but we are mainly looking for valuable trinkets like a gold watch and more importantly the Treasure Maps.

Treasure Hunting

Treasure Hunting is something that carries over from the singleplayer and you will need to find maps and then follow their clues to find Treasure Chests around the world.

Treasure Chests are worth searching for because they often hold items like money clips, sellable items and even Gold Bars.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Online’s premium currency and is the most efficient way of making money, but it is rare to find a treasure map, so Treasure Hunting is combined with the previously discussed method.

Becoming a Collector

You can earn loads of cash through the profession of a collector but you’ll need to have patience.

Firstly, you’ll need to work towards becoming a Level 5 Collector so that you can upgrade the Metal Detector and Diamond Bag.

Once this is done and your duplicate storage is full, you’ll notice that a lot of rare collectibles have started to appear throughout the map which can be sold for some handsome cash.

Furthermore, once you’ve bought some of the maps from the Collector Vendor, you can go on to use your Metal Detector and find buried valuables.

Most of the time, these buried valuables will be in the form of high-value trinkets and XP.

Being Economical

In Red Dead Online, if you’re looking to be financially stable and secure in the long-run, then you’ll need to manage your budget smartly.

Stop buying luxuries like clothing items and amp upgrades unless you’re in desperate need of them. (which is highly unlikely to happen)

Don’t waste money on the provisions and tonics that you can collect by searching through different areas of the map.

If you’re a PS4 User, instead of finding faults in the Arabian, just pick it up from the stable.

Likewise, if you’re an Ultimate Edition Player, acquire your free weaponry and items as soon as you can and make good use of them instead of wasting money on new weapons.

Play Showdown Series

Once you’re skilled enough by playing the storyline mission of the Campaign, you can venture to try out your luck in the Showdown Series to earn some easy cash.

You won’t have to put in much effort to come out on top in the Showdown Series; as such, there’s no defined objective.

Waiting on the timer to run down is pretty much all that you’ll have to do.

Furthermore, if you prefer Showdown Series Playlist over Showdown Series Large, you’ll be up against few number of players, meaning that your chances of earning money are enhanced.

Making Use of the Glitches

Mainly, there are two glitches in Red Dead Online that you can take advantage of to get your pockets flowing with cash.

In the first one, you’ll have to find particular houses, stuffed with loot cabinets, off the beaten path.

Take, for example, the cabin west of Wallace Station with a gold cabinet inside. It usually contains loot items like pocket watches and jewelry which you can then sell to a fence.

To get more of such loot items, quit your instance. When you’re required to join a new server, reload back into free roam and refill the cabinet. Keep doing this until you have all the money that you need.

For the second glitch, you’ll have to delete your first character and start again with a new one. With your new character, you’ll get to keep the money that you earned with the previous one.

So, if you’re ready to sacrifice your first character for some quick cash, finish up the first set of story missions and pick up the level 10 treasure map.

Having done that, restart the game and you’ll find that not only your earnings are retained but you can earn around $500 for just three-hour work

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