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Red Dead Redemption 2 cheats: every cheat code for the frontier

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Red Dead Redemption 2 cheats let you do a wide range of things in the American frontier. Without the hassle of getting them yourself you can magically whip up weapons and upgrades to make your life as an outlaw even easier. Or you can just make yourself drunk without spending any of your ill-gotten gains at a bar, and ain't that the dream? 

Cheat codes are tradition in Rockstar titles, but RDR2 cheats work a little differently. With this guide you can learn more about how to find and activate cheat codes in Red Dead Redemption to give Arthur Morgan an easier (or more intoxicated) ride through the harsh Western plains.

How to use Red Dead Redemption 2 cheats

All of the cheat codes you can use in Red Dead Redemption 2 are readily available in the world, provided you know where to look. In RDR2, cheat codes are actually cheat phrases, and you can find these phrases carved into furniture or scribbled on pieces of paper, for instance. Generally, if you find a phrase in a seemingly unusual place, that’s your cue to head into the Cheats section of the menu and give it a try.

Most newspapers have a chance of containing a phrase that you can use as a cheat, those being the New Hanover Gazette, Saint Denis Times, and Blackwater Ledger. The former can be picked up in Annesburg and Valentine, the Saint Denis Times in Rhodes and Saint Denis, and the latter in Strawberry and Blackwater. 

Open up a newspaper, zoom in, and have a look at the bottom right corner. If you see a phrase underneath one of the news articles, that'll usually be a cheat code. Secret phrases you find in the newspaper can only be activated when you have bought the paper, too, so make a habit of purchasing any newspaper you see during your adventure.

After you've unlocked a cheat code in RDR2, you can head back to your settings menu to toggle them off and on. Beware, having cheats turned on will remove your ability to earn achievements or save your game progress.

RDR2 cheats list

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If you don’t want to try and find the codes naturally, below are the cheat phrases and what they unlock. Please note, certain cheat codes will not unlock unless you have bought the corresponding newspaper, even if you know the phrase. 

Remember, the punctuation in each cheat phrase is important but capitalization is not.

RDR2 CheatCheat Code PhraseNewspaper Requirement
Basic weaponsA simple life, a beautiful death--
Stealth weaponsDeath is silence--
Gunslinger weaponsHistory is written by fools--
Get $500Greed is now a virtue--
Get drunkA fool on command--
Unlock all outfitsVanity. All is vanity--
Learn all recipesEat of knowledge--
Unlock camp upgradesShare--
Lowest HonorYou revel in your disgrace, I see--
Neutral HonorBalance. All is balance--
Increase Wanted levelYou want punishment--
Lower Wanted levelYou want freedom--
Remove notoriety and bountiesYou want everyone to go away--
Dead-Eye level 1Guide me better--
Dead-Eye level 2Make me better--
Dead-Eye level 3I shall be better--
Dead-Eye level 4I still seek more--
Dead-Eye level 5I seek and I find--
Infinite Dead-EyeBe greedy only for foresight--
Increase Health, Stamina, and Dead-Eye metersSeek all the bounty of this place--
Refill Health, Stamina, and Dead-EyeYou flourish before you die--
Increase horse bonding levelMy kingdom is a horse--
Call your horse from any distanceBetter than my dog--
Spawn a racehorseRun! Run! Run!--
Spawn a Superior horseYou want more than you have--
Spawn a random horseYou want something new--
Spawn a stagecoachThe best of the old ways--
Spawn a wagonKeep your dreams simple--
Spawn a buggyKeep your dreams light--
Infinite ammoAbundance is the dullest desirePurchase newspaper after completing Chapter 1
Heavy weaponsGreed is American virtuePurchase newspaper in Chapter 3 after completing the mission 'Advertising, the New American Art'
Remove map fogYou long for sight and see nothingPurchase newspaper in Chapter 3 after completing the mission 'Blood Feuds, Ancient and Modern'
Highest HonorVirtue unearned is not virtuePurchase newspaper in Chapter 4 after completing the mission 'Urban Pleasures'
Infinite StaminaThe lucky be strong evermorePurchase newspaper after completing Chapter 5
Fill meters and fortify coresYou seek more than the world offersPurchase newspaper in Chapter 6 after completing the mission 'The King's Son'
Spawn a warhorseYou are a beast built for warPurchase newspaper after completing the Epilogue
Spawn circus wagonWould you be happier as a clown?Purchase newspaper after completing the Epilogue