Red Dead Online gold bars: Microtransactions are live and here's what you can get

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Red Dead Online may still be in beta, but that hasn't stopped Rockstar from implementing some good old microtransactions. These will instantly be familiar to you if you've played Rockstar's most successful online mode, GTA Online, as they take a very similar form. Red Dead Online gold bars are the new GTA Online shark cards, although you can actually earn gold bars in-game through playing for a very, very long time.

Red Dead Online gold bar prices

Red Dead Online microtransactions currently comes in six varieties from $4.99/£4.49 to $99.99/£89.99, the first of which is only available for purchase once. You can access the store page directly from Red Dead Online's title screen. As is the case for many online games that sell virtual currency, the value proposition steadily increases for buying more at once; you'll get more than double the number of gold bars for buying the $19.99/£18.49 option as you would for buying the $9.99/£8.99 option twice, and so on.

That said, the "one-time special offer" of 25 gold bars for $4.99/£4.49 is by far the best value proposition. Since you can only pick it up once per account, it's also a clever way for Rockstar to prime the pump for customers to make more and larger currency purchases. Here is how all the gold bar prices break down for players in the US and then in the UK.

Red Dead Online gold bars - US prices

  • One-time offer - 25 gold bars for $4.99
  • 25 gold bars for $9.99
  • 55 gold bars $19.99
  • 150 gold bars for $49.99
  • 245 gold bars for $74.99
  • 350 gold bars for $99.99

Red Dead Online gold bars - UK prices

  • One-time offer - 25 gold bars for £4.49
  • 25 gold bars for £8.99
  • 55 gold bars £18.49
  • 150 gold bars for £44.99
  • 245 gold bars for £69.99
  • 350 gold bars for £89.99

How to get Red Dead Online gold bars free

If you don't want to pay extra (you already had to buy Red Dead Redemption 2 after all) the best way to get gold bars for free in Red Dead Online is by participating in activities. These range from co-operative story missions, to competitive showdowns, to impromptu free roam events that pit posses against each other. Completing these activities will typically give you a dollar reward as well as a handful of gold nuggets. Once you earn 100 gold nuggets, they'll automatically be converted to a single gold bar.

What can you do with Red Dead Online gold bars?

Many customization options for your character's clothing, your guns, your horse tack, and camp visuals can only be purchased with gold bars. Yes, that includes many of the fanciest varieties of hats. However, Rockstar has made more items available for purchase with dollars (the non-premium currency which is much easier to earn in game) than when Red Dead Online first went live. You'll make your virtual cowpoke's life much more lush if you pay up for gold bars, but it isn't required to make progress in the game.

Want some more help? Then check out our essential Red Dead Online tips to know as you play.