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How do Red Dead Online microtransactions work?

We always knew that Red Dead Online microtransactions would be likely, given the sheer scale of the online Western world and the volume of weapons, equipment, and other useful items available to invest in. It's fair to say that Rockstar continues to enjoy a phenomenal level of success with the microtransactions found in GTA Online, so there was never any doubt that a similar system would appear in Red Dead Online, allowing players to drop some real world cash to get a head start on accessing items that would otherwise be unavailable. There are still subtle differences between how things work in the two games, so let us explain everything you need to know about how Red Dead Online microtransactions work.

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Are there Red Dead Online microtransactions?

Rockstar have gone down the tried and tested route it followed with GTA 5, so while there aren't any microtransactions tied to Red Dead Redemption 2 itself, there are Red Dead Online microtransactions. With the sustained success of microtransactions in GTA Online over a 5+ year period, you can bet your bottom (virtual) dollar that Red Dead Online has a microtransaction system to provide you with a shortcut to better rewards.

How do Red Dead Online microtransactions work?

Red Dead Online gold bars

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If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Red Dead Online follows a similar system to the GTA Online Shark Cards, which you use to buy virtual currency and get a better exchange rate the more real money you spent at once. Obviously 'Shark Cards' are very much geared to GTA Online's modern marketplace, so instead you'll be purchasing Red Dead Online Gold Bars to bolster your in-game currency like a good ol' prospector, allowing you to unlock items you don't have the virtual dollars for. 

What can I buy with Red Dead Online microtransactions?

You can use Red Dead Online microtransactions to buy items that are specifically cosmetic, such as a new hat or something to snazz up your camp, rather than anything that could give you an in-game edge. Weapons have to be purchased using in-game cash for example, rather than Gold Bars. 

Interestingly, you can earn Gold Bars in Red Dead Online too, without having to pay any real money for them, but according to Reddit users it'll take you around eight hours of play to earn yourself one, single, Gold Bar. So if you wanted to buy something special, like fast travel from your camp for example, which costs 112 Gold Bars, you're looking at having to clock almost 900 hours to earn that amount. Or you can reach level 65 in Red Dead Online of course.

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