So you broke the law, and now you’ve got a bounty on your head. Such is life in Red Dead Redemption 2. And let’s admit it, breaking the rules in RDR2 can be too enticing — you’re likely to have the cops on your tail more often than not. But having a bounty means that traversing areas can become annoying at least and deadly at most. Knowing how you can get rid of that bounty is paramount to Arthur’s continued survival and ease of existence (relatively speaking).
There are two ways to remove a bounty, so long as you aren’t “Wanted: Dead or Alive,” and we’re here to break down each method for you. Read on if you want to know how to eliminate that darned bounty from your head as you continue exploring the wondrous world of Red Dead Redemption 2.
Spend The Night In Jail
The easiest way to get rid of the bounty is a bit of a cop-out, but it gets the job done. You’ll first want to wait for the heat to die down so you won’t be shot on sight by the police. Next, return to the location where you have the bounty and do something minor to get the attention of local authorities.
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Don’t go too wild—if you push the boundaries too far they’ll just start shooting at you again. Instead, try picking a fight at your local saloon. This should attract the police without making them resort to the use of deadly force.
Now that you’ve got their attention, it’s time to surrender. This will get rid of your bounty for free in exchange for a few nights in jail. Follow the prompts on screen—the exact controls vary by system—to peacefully give yourself up. Once you serve your time, your bounty will be gone.
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This method does not work if you have a weapon out and are attempting to aim at the lawmen. They will perceive you as hostile and fire on sight.
Pay Your Bounty At The Post Office
The other way to get rid of a bounty is to pay it off at the local Post Office. Just head on into the building, talk to the clerk, and select the option to pay off your bounties. After your payment is posted, you’re a free man.
Sure, it costs a bit of cash, but many would argue it’s a better option than giving yourself up to the authorities. If you’re strapped for cash and want to walk around without having a target on your back, then just bite the bullet and spend a few nights in prison.
These are the only two ways to get rid of your bounty in Red Dead Redemption 2. The next time you think about breaking the law, make sure you have enough money to pay it off. Otherwise, you’ll be looking at some jail time.