Red Dead Redemption 2 Equipment Upgrades Guide

Our Red Dead Redemption 2 Equipment Upgrades Guide will help you locate all the Gunsmiths for finding the best equipment for your RDR2 Weapons.

In Red Dead Redemption 2, you can customize your wearable equipment, including the bandolier, the gun belt, and your weapon holsters. In addition to the default versions of this equipment that Arthur Morgan carries, you can get upgrades from the Gunsmith in various towns.

However, the best Equipment Upgrades don’t come from the Gunsmith. Instead, you need to take on various challenges and reach specific rankings to unlock some of the best variants of this equipment.

You can then purchase unique upgrades for your equipment through the Trapper. This RDR2 Equipment Upgrades Guide has listed all variations, their prices, and what rank you need to achieve for the respective challenge to unlock them.

Reinforced (Upgraded) Equipment

You can purchase reinforced equipment at any gunsmith. These are essentially just upgraded versions of Arthur’s default equipment.

ItemPriceHow to Unlock
Upgraded Bandolier$69.50Purchase from Gunsmith
Upgraded Holster$45.50Purchase from Gunsmith
Upgraded Gun Belt$58.00Purchase from Gunsmith


ItemPriceHow to Unlock
ItemPriceHow to Unlock
Explorer Bandolier$34.75Explorer Challenge: Rank 3
Gambler Bandolier$21Gambler Challenge: Rank 3
Herbalist Bandolier$30.25Herbalist Challenge: Rank 10
Master Hunter Bandolier$24.50Master Hunter Challenge: Rank 3
Horseman Bandolier$17.75Horseman Challenge: Rank 7
Bandit Bandolier$21.75Bandit Challenge: Rank 1
Sharpshooter Bandolier$20Sharpshooter Challenge: Rank 1
Survivalist Bandolier$27.25Survivalist Challenge: Rank 7
Weapons Expert Bandolier$17Weapons Expert Challenge: Rank 10

Gun Belts

ItemPriceHow to Unlock
Explorer Gun Belt$31.25Explorer Challenge: Rank 7
Gambler Gun Belt$18.75Gambler Challenge: Rank 7
Herbalist Gun Belt$27.25Herbalist Challenge: Rank 3
Master Hunter Gun Belt$22Master Hunter Challenge: Rank 7
Horseman Gun Belt$16Horseman Challenge: Rank 1
Bandit Gun Belt$19.50Bandit Challenge: Rank 10
Sharpshooter Gun Belt$18Sharpshooter Challenge: Rank 10
Survivalist Gun Belt$24.50Survivalist Challenge: Rank 1
Weapons Expert Gun Belt$15.25Weapons Expert Challenge: Rank 3


ItemPriceHow to Unlock
Explorer Holster$25.25Explorer Challenge: Rank 1
Gambler Holster$15.25Gambler Challenge: Rank 1
Herbalist Holster$22Herbalist Challenge: Rank 7
Master Hunter Holster$18Master Hunter Challenge: Rank 10
Horseman Holster$13Horseman Challenge: Rank 3
Bandit Holster$16Bandit Challenge: Rank 3
Sharpshooter Holster$14.75Sharpshooter Challenge: Rank 3
Survivalist Holster$19.75Survivalist Challenge: Rank 10
Weapons Expert Holster$12.25Weapons Expert Challenge: Rank 1

Off-Hand Holsters

ItemPriceHow to Unlock
Explorer Off-Hand Holster$25.25Explorer Challenge: Rank 10
Gambler Off-Hand Holster$15.25Gambler Challenge: Rank 10
Herbalist Off-Hand Holster$22Herbalist Challenge: Rank 1
Master Hunter Off-Hand Holster$18Master Hunter Challenge: Rank 1
Horseman Off-Hand Holster$13Horseman Challenge: Rank 10
Bandit Off-Hand Holster$16Bandit Challenge: Rank 7
Sharpshooter Off-Hand Holster$14.75Sharpshooter Challenge: Rank 7
Survivalist Off-Hand Holster$19.75Survivalist Challenge: Rank 3
Weapons Expert Off-Hand Holster$12.25Weapons Expert Challenge: Rank 7

Upgraded Equipment bonuses

In Red Dead Redemption 2, certain named equipment provides Arthur and John bonuses to their Health, Stamina, and Dead Eye Cores. If you buy all Horsemen equipment, you’ll receive an additional level for your Health core. Furthermore, if you buy all Sharpshooter equipment, you’ll receive one more level for your health core.

All these effects stack, meaning that you can acquire three additional levels across all three of your cores in total. It is important to note that you do not need to be wearing these pieces of equipment to gain their benefits; they are unlocked automatically and applied permanently to your character once you buy them.

Below we’ve listed the equipment bonus by each core:


  • Horsemen
  • Sharpshooter
  • Weapons Expert


  • Bandit
  • Gambler
  • Master Hunter

Dead Eye

  • Explorer
  • Herbalist
  • Survivor

the bonus level becomes active only if you have all three pieces of the set

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