Red Dead Redemption 2: Bounty and Wanted Level - How to escape from the Law

Nov 07 2019 5 min read

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Red Dead Redemption 2 is a game that can offer a unique experience to the player. There are not that many games out there that are based in the so-called "Wild West" and have that diverse gameplay. Players have the ability to do pretty much anything, ranging from riding horses to completing some tricky quests.

Of course, being in a game like this allows you to break the law all the time. This means that you will probably come across the Wanted and Bounty systems that are implemented in the game. In fact, you can't really escape this, even if you try to stay out of trouble. After all, Arthur Morgan is a member of a gank so regardless of what you do, you will always have this "criminal shadow" over you that you can't escape from.

When you start doing illegal things in Red Dead Redemption 2, you will see that the officers won't e too happy about it. The good thing here is that all different crimes are treated the same way, which is a good thing.

Let's take a look at all you need to know about the Wanted and Bounty systems in Red Dead Redemption 2. 

Witnesses - how does it work?

Believe it or not, the witnesses are among the most important aspects when it comes down to crimes in Red Dead Redemption 2. Whenever you commit a crime somewhere where there are a lot of people, chances are that someone will notice. You will know when this happens because you will receive a special notification that will basically let you know that there is a witness to your crime. On top of that, there will be a special sign on the minimap that will show you where each witness is at all times. This will give you some spare time to deal with them because if you let them go, they will run to the sheriff and turn you in. 

There are a couple of ways for you to deal with the witnesses. First, after you catch him, you can try and talk to him and explain what was the reason behind your actions. Unfortunately, this does not usually work, which means that you need to opt for different measures. Luckily, you can also tackle down the witness, which is probably the more effective way to deal with him.

When you manage to tackle him, there will be two options for you to choose from - Beat or Threaten. It is definitely advisable to try threatening him first because it is an easier way to escape from danger, although beating him up will give you more satisfaction. The big plus about threatening a witness is that you will avoid a lot of hassle, which makes it a safer option. However, if that does not work, there is not really much left for you to do other than "spanking" him up.

You need to follow these steps for every single witness of a crime if you want to stay out of trouble. If you succeed, you can return to your normal gameplay without having to worry about the police chasing you.

Wanted Level in Red Dead Redemption 2 - How Does it Work?

Before we dive in explanations, there is a very important thing to remember - always use your bandana. You can find on the bottom left corner near your weapon. The cool thing is that if you wear it when you are committing the crime, the witness won't be able to reveal your identity, which will is definitely a plus.

Wearing a bandana while committing a crime also means that you will get a special wanted level called Uknown. This is the preferred wanted level because the sheriff won't know that it's you. On the other hand, if you are not wearing the bandana, you will have the so-called "Known Suspect"  wanted level.

Regardless of which wanted meter you get, you will see a big sign that says WANTED in the top right of the screen. If you are an unknown suspect, the sheriff will go to the exact place where the witness told him and look for a suspect that matches your description. Needless to say, this will give you a lot of time to escape and run until the wanted meter disappears.  On the contrary, if you are a so-called "known" suspect, the police will know exactly who are they looking for, which means that you need to run fast. Luckily, we already covered which are the best horses in Red Dead Redemption 2, so be sure to check it out.

To make a long story short, always wear your bandana and you will have an easier time.

Losing the Wanted level - How does it work?

As you probably guessed, the easiest way to lose your wanted level is to just run away from the area where they are looking for you. You will know that you are on the right track once the color of your wanted level starts to change from red to neutral. When this happens, the people that chase you will basically give up, which means that you will be able to walk away freely.

However, sometimes it will be pretty hard to escape, which means that you will get caught. When this happens, you have a couple of options to choose from. First, you can just surrender and explain what happened which is not really the best idea. Sometimes, you could even try to talk with the sheriff and tell him to let you off, especially if the crime is not that serious.

If they catch you, depending on whether you’re still on a rampage or not, the lawmen will offer you a chance to surrender, which you can comply with by holding L2/LT and pressing Triangle/Y. You can also use conversation to defuse the situation if the crime is petty, which works on the odd occasion. 

If not, they’ll probably start firing at you, in which case you have to ride out of there as fast as you can and try to pick them off as they follow you. If saddled with this dire situation, your best bet is to probably use Dead Eye to pick them off and stimulate your horse so you can ride off into the sunset. If they do give chase, there is still a red area that you can step outside of to dip from the authorities.

Even if you get away with a crime, you’re going to have to deal with another problem. When you return to the scene of the crime, the associated lawmen who gave chase (or couldn’t find you) will appear as little star blips on your minimap. If they identify you, the cycle will renew and you’ll be running for your life. If you’re keen to return though, slap a bandana on your face and they will be none the wiser. Sure, they’ll be suspicious of you, but if they never identified you in the first place (and you refuse to take it off) you should be good as gold.


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