After beating RDR2’s single-player campaign, the so-called “post game” can extend well beyond the conclusion of Epilogue II, with Red Dead 2’s endgame giving you the option to go back and complete (almost) all of the Quests and Side Quests and Collectibles sets that you may have skipped or left incomplete before the end of Chapter 6, as well as adding new things to do, like added Points of Interest, more Dinosaur Bones, a Treasure Map to solve, more Legendary Animals and Legendary Fish, and, best of all, a vast new area to explore on the map.
** SPOILER WARNING **
This page contains major spoilers for the ending of Red Dead 2.
So, you’ve completed all of the story missions in Red Dead 2. Dutch has vanished, Micah is dead and John believes he can live happily ever after with Abigail, Uncle and Jack. The big quesiton that remains is… now what?
How the Post Game Works: Arthurs Items and Collections
Since you no longer play as Arthur Morgan after beginning Epilogue I, it wouldn’t make sense that every aspect of his character progress transfers over to John. This isn’t to say you have to compeltely restart all your game progress, but you’ll find you are missing a few things here and there.
- Arthur’s Money
While Arthur gives John his satchel with his belongings in it, it doesn’t contain all of his money. That said, John recovers the money stash from Micah and Dutch at the end of the epilogues, effectively replacing any money you may have lost when you completed Chapter 6.
- Honor Ranking
John and Arthur are different people, so it stands to reason that you wouldn’t retain the same honor level that you finished Arthur’s story with. When beginning the epilogues, John’s Honor rating will be neutral, and you can raise or lower it as you like.
Sadly, Arthur’s horses that he may have had stabled at the end of Chapter 6 are no longer there for John to inherit. You begin the post game with the one horse that John has, and can break or buy new ones for yourself.
- Provisions, Tonics, Ingredients and Materials
The perishable items in Arthur’s satchel surely expired and were replaced or thrown away by John before the start of Epilogue I.
- Everything else.
When you resume play as John, everything except for the above items will be saved as they were heading into the final mission, Red Dead Redemption. Weapons, Outfits, Kit items, Trinkets, Talismans, Valuables and Documents all transfer over to John in the post game. Character progress, such as known recipes and completed challenges also carry over into endgame play, although core stat progress is reduced to 6/8 bars again.
- John’s Cattleman Revolver
John’s iconic revolver from the original Red Dead is available for use during and after the Epilogues.
- John’s Outfits
New wardrobe items also become available in the endgame, including John’s classic outfit called The Cowboy as well as a cold-weather version called The Winter Cowboy.
Things to Do in the Post Game
During the main story of the game, Arthur was prevented from exploring Blackwater and the West beyond due to the high bounty on his head. Once you complete Chapter 6, that bounty is long gone and you’ll find the entirety of West Elizabeth and New Austin free to explore.
There’s plenty to do once you complete both Epilogues, from hunting down new legendary animals to tracking down the last remaining treasures in the west. In addition to exploring classic RDR1 locations such as Thieve’s Landing, Tumbleweed and Armadillo, you can also seek out the following:
Pay Your Respects
You can visit the graves of the members of the Van der Linde gang that were lost along the way. There are nine graves to visit, and doing so will unlock the Paying Respects Trophy/Achivement.
- Arthur’s Grave
You can find the grave of previous player character Arthur Morgan atop the mountain just north of the state line between New Hanover and Ambarino, to the northeast of Bacchus Bridge and southeast of Donner Falls.
- Davey Callender’s Grave
Davey, who didn’t even manage to live through the opening credits, can be found laid to rest at the cemetary in Colter, the small abandoned mining town where your journey first began in Chapter 1.
- Eagle Flies
The son of Rains Fall is buried along the side of the road south of Wapiti, overlooking Donner Falls from the west.
- Hosea & Lenny
These two are buried side by side in the marshlands north of Saint Denis, northwest of Lakay and across the swamps east of Lagras.
- Jenny Kirk
Follow the river north through Spider Gorge from Colter, until just before it forks. You’ll find Jenny’s grave along the treeline, off the eastern bank of the stream.
- Kieran Duffy
The ill-fated O’Driscoll defector is buried in a clearing to the west of Shady Belle.
- Sean MscGuire
Sean’s grave can be found directly north of the Clemens Point camp location, in a small thicket of trees overlooking Flat Iron Lake.
- Susan Grimshaw
Mrs. Grimshaw lies buried at the top of the ridge overlooking Elysian Pool, directly south of the Trapper camp near Annesburg.
Post Game Points of Interest
There are 6 points of interest that can only be found after completing the main story of RDR2.
Post Game Torn Map Treasure
You can find the stash for the assembled Torn Treasure Maps to the north-west of Armadillo (directly west of Twin Rocks) in New Austin.
Post Game New Legendary Animals
There are three Legendary Animals that can only be found by exploring New Austin:
Post Game New Legendary Fish
Post Game Dinosaur Bones
Post Game Stranger Missions
While Arthur may have passed on, his work remains. John can complete (almost) all of the stranger missions that Arthur was undertaking, the only exceptions seemingly being the ones for Mary Linton, for obvious reasons.
Be warned: there have been reports of some missions restarting after the epilogue, possibly due to a bug or glitch.
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