Red Dead Redemption 2: Decreasing Wanted Level, Paying Bounties & How to Silence Witnesses

Rockstar has shaped the game landscape in many ways and created countless recognizable systems. It Wanted level of Red Dead Redemption 2 is no exception. Just like in the previous adventure in the wild west, the developers also follow a variation on the popular GTA mechanics. The essence: the more often and more severely you break the law, the more ruthless the long arm of the law will try to get you.

In Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar has further refined this basic idea and expanded it with different facets. Your crimes can have witnesses who can intimidate you and you have multiple levels of bounties per province. On the one hand, this makes for more credible and exciting clashes with the police. On the other hand, it is often confusing because it is not always clear how the gears behind the scenes fit together exactly.

That’s why in this guide we explain what you need to know about the Wanted system and the Wild West’s Wanted level.

Wanted: Escape the police in Red Dead Redemption 2

These are the different facets of the Wanted system that we explain below:

  • When are you breaking the law?
  • Witnesses and how to silence them
  • What are the effects of a high bounty and wanted level?
  • Shake off the police and lose your bounty.
  • There are different levels of your Wanted level. When you are wanted by the police, you will see your Wanted level in the top right corner of the screen.

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    You have violations … and then you have violations

    Justice in Red Dead Redemption 2 summarized: where no judge, no hangman. You can commit the most blatant offenses and still get away with it IF your crime had no witnesses. However, you can never be completely sure because it is practically impossible to monitor the entire environment. Especially in towns and cities, it is almost certain that someone will see you while you commit a crime. However, that risk decreases the further you go into the wilderness.

    Of course, the seriousness of your violation also plays a big role. If you shoot someone in public, don’t be surprised if your face adorns each poster a little later. Fights, robberies or the shooting of horses (or other animals) also draw negative attention to you. Even being rude to passersby can make the police want to have a word with you. In this regard, Red Dead Redemption 2 is much stricter than GTA.

    Silence Witnesses

    If your crime is seen by a witness, you will be notified in the top right corner of the screen. The witness will then be marked on your minimap with a red dot and you can chase and stop him before he reaches the police and reports your crime. What happens next depends on the seriousness of your crime. If you made a small mistake, you can often calm the person with words and convince them that it was just a mistake.

    It is best to confront the witness every time you have done something wrong. Catch the witness with your lasso, and then you can beat him up or convince him with words. What is most successful depends from character to character. However, if you can convince the witness, he will always be silent and it will be as if the crime never happened.

    Tip: You can also make witnessing and the police more difficult to establish your identity by putting on a mask before committing the crime. However, don’t do it too soon either, because a man in a mask will also quickly get unwanted attention and a policeman will come to you and ask you to remove the mask as soon as possible.

    Shake off the cops and remove your Wanted level

    There are two different ways you are ‘wanted’ in Red Dead Redemption 2. If the police are right next to you, you are ‘wanted’, which is also in the top right corner of your screen. When this happens, it is important to get rid of your pursuers as soon as possible.

    For this you have to escape from the red marked area on your map or minimap. If you succeed and no one has detected you, the Wanted notification will slowly start to empty. Once it’s empty, you’ve shrugged off the cops and are safe for now. First, because your actions have not been forgotten and forgiven.

    Bounty and Wanted status

    Getting rid of the police is often just the first and easiest step. The police don’t forget your crimes. Depending on how severe your trafficking was, they put a bounty, or bounty, on your head in a particular area. Doing so will inevitably draw the attention of other trigger happy bounty hunters who can make life very difficult for you in that area. On the other hand, this of course does not mean that being caught by the police at the scene of the crime is a better option.

    In fact, if the crime you committed is serious enough, you may not even be able to do any activities or missions in the areas where you have a bounty on your head.

    There are two ways to improve your reputation. Or you wait, but you can wait a long time sometimes, especially with serious violations. After a while your Wanted status will disappear. Or you pay the bounty out of your own pocket. You can do this at any post office.

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