Players have discovered much of what you can do in Red Dead Redemption 2 through trial and error. New elements reveal themselves constantly, leading to better strategies for tackling the wild, wild West. These are just a few ways to get the most out of your next RDR2 playthrough.
From shaving and bathing to doing chores around camp, Red Dead 2's mundane tasks contribute to players' immersion in the game. They also give you more control over Arthur's appearance and statistics — from bearded and brawny to clean-chinned and beanpole-ish.
One feature, met with both praise and criticism, is Arthur's weight class. Like real life, Arthur's lifestyle choices take their toll on his body. Eating more — especially snacks such as candy and chocolate — and engaging in sedentary activities will pack on the pounds and push Arthur into the thick zone. Similarly, skipping meals coupled with lots of physical activity will make him underweight.
Each weight class has its pros and cons. A hefty Arthur can take more damage but his stamina will deplete faster. When underweight, Arthur gains a boost to stamina but his health suffers. While the mechanics for the weight system remain somewhat murky, eating two or three times a day will help you achieve and maintain a perfect weight. Well-rounded meals of meat, fruit, and veggies seem to work the best, as does eating at least one meal at camp.
Thus, it's best to decide on your ideal body type for Arthur early on. Then, get to scarfing down those fish stew dinners — or starving the poor cowpoke for that lean, mean, sickly look. Hey — it's your call.
Beyond being one of the main factors contributing to your weight, eating has a big impact on your Red Dead Redemption 2 experience. Meals play a leading role in restoring your Health, Stamina, and Dead Eye cores, making cooking and resource gathering key skills to master. Not all food is created equal, however. Keeping your cores topped up can also be a costly affair.
While hunting is an excellent way to maintain a steady supply of meat, it can grow time-consuming and tedious. It's tempting to skip this mechanic, instead purchasing snacks and ingredients from General Stores. Like real life fast food, though, this will quickly empty your wallet of money best used elsewhere, especially in the early game.
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Indulging bad habits | 0:15
Avoiding the camp's food | 1:25
Switching horses too often | 2:28
Ignoring new journal entries | 3:31
Putting off Stranger Missions | 4:37
Riding everywhere | 5:38
Paying off bounties early on | 6:39
Relying solely on your bandana | 7:23
Using ammo to hunt big game | 8:26
Fishing at the wrong time | 9:17
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