You may think that prioritising other aspects of Red Dead Redemption 2, such as finding all of the Red Dead Redemption 2 cigarette cards or looking for the Red Dead Redemption 2 Gunslingers locations is best early on to get them out of the way. Money is tight at the beginning of Arthur Morgan's journey though, so we'd recommend tackling the Red Dead Redemption 2 High Stakes treasure map. Those three gold bars aren't going to spend themselves, you know...
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You actually pick up the Red Dead Redemption 2 High Stakes treasure map during a random encounter that can appear at a variety of points across New Hanover and around Strawberry in West Virginia. You'll know it when you see a rather uncouth man looking through some binoculars with some maps littered around his person. When you talk to him about the map he's holding, he'll try to hide it, and start running away from you.
You'll need to hogtie him, or shoot him, at which point you'll be able to loot the map from him.
How to solve the Red Dead Redemption 2 High Stakes treasure map 1
The first map leads to to Cumberland Falls, which is a short distance east of Wallace Station, in the north of West Elizabeth.
You'll need to follow the path along the east-side of the falls, along the stone pathway, as the map suggests.
Head up the log through the actual falls, and there's a little cave behind the waterfall where you'll find the second Red Dead Redemption 2 High Stakes treasure map.
How to solve the Red Dead Redemption 2 High Stakes treasure map 2
The second High Stakes map will point you towards Barrow Lagoon, which is a frozen lake in the middle of the West Grizzlies, to the northwest of Valentine.
Head up there, and don't forget your winter jacket, and you'll see a log bridge over to the right hand side hanging between a little stone island on the lake.
The third High Stakes treasure map is hidden in a hole in the centre of that log.
How to solve the Red Dead Redemption 2 High Stakes treasure map 3
The third, and thankfully final, High Stakes treasure map points you towards a winding, treacherous, and downright annoying path that winds around a cliff edge. It's located on a mountain to the southwest of Bacchus Station and northwest of Fort Wallace. Ignore what the map itself says about passing through two peaks, and instead go here:
Head up the road northeast from Fort Wallace, as the map suggests, but then head up the unmarked road up the mountain to your right when you see it - the peak the map speaks of is technically just beyond it.
Once you reach the top, head through the two peaks up here and head down the path to your left. Here's where the treacherous bit begins. Walk around the side of the cliff, and head up the little slope at the end. It's easier if you crouch here.
Keep following the path around until you get to the end. Drop down and then turn back on yourself, before dropping down again. Turn back around, drop down one more time and follow the path around.
Duck under the overhanging rock, and the three gold bars are hidden in the shadows there.
These gold bars can be sold at any Fence for $500 each, so you'll receive $1500 for completing this map. Boom! That's plenty of dosh to spend on a new horse, snazzy new chaps, or even upgrading your camp.
If you need more tips on making some dollars quick, check out our guide on how to make money fast in Red Dead Redemption 2.