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Here's how Red Dead Online character creation works, and every way to customise your cowboy

If you're going to immerse yourself in the life of an online cowpoke then you'll be spending a lot of time looking at your avatar, so one of the most important things to nail down is using the Red Dead Online character creation system to make your appearance just right. Previously you were locked into the initial appearance you created in Red Dead Online, no matter how much you regretted it afterwards, but thankfully this has been rectified by subsequent updates – you can now make your first appearance change for free, though any additional changes will require a fee to be paid. If you haven't gone through this process yet, or are considering making a fresh character, we've got all the information on what options are available and how you can refine your look with Red Dead Online character creation and customisation.

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As you can see, Rockstar's level of detail has not been forgotten in the jump to multiplayer, as players can tweak with anything, from the pitch of their character's horse whistle to the structure of their eye socket. We decided to put the tools to their limit, creating some sort of rabid, portly pensioner in the process. Perhaps this is what Gandalf looks like after one too many malt beers down at The Prancing Pony. 

Don't worry if you grow to hate your new Wild West avatar, though. You'll no doubt be able to change your character's appearance in-game throughout the world of Red Dead Online, whether visiting the tailors, barbers, or shaving station just as you would in the single player portion of Red Dead Redemption 2.

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