It’s been nearly two years since the release of Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2.
Being a prequel to Red Dead Redemption, it takes place to the north of Red Dead Redemption’s map and sees you as Arthur Morgan, a Van der Linde gang member.
Beyond the story, Rockstar also doubled down on making the game world as immersive as possible.
Well, since the release of Red Dead Redemption 2, fans have made mods to help elevate this immersion, or in some cases, strip it back a bit.
Here is our list of the top 15 best mods for Red Dead Redemption 2.
- Best RDR2 Mods
- 18. Longer Days
- 17. No Auto Reload
- 16. Quick Toggle HUD and Minimap
- 15. Unlimited Horse Whistling Distance
- 14. Duels
- 13. Instant Fast Travel
- 12. Ride With Gang
- 11. Red Dead Trainer
- 10. Open All Interiors
- 9. Basic Needs
- 8. Banking The Old American Art
- 7. Bounties Expansion
- 6. Reshade Natural Vision V.1.5
- 5. Bank Robberies
- 4. PED Damage Overhaul
- 3. Hunting Wagon
- 2. Red Dead Redemption 2 Mod Manager
- 1. RDR 2 Save Editor
Best RDR2 Mods
18. Longer Days
Many video games lose a few points for their immersion factor based on how long or short their days and nights are. If you are looking for a mod to increase the immersion and realism, the Longer Days mod is one mod for you.
The Longer Days mod does as the name states. When you download this mod, you are able to modify the length of time of an in-game day.
It’s easy to download this mod, and once you do, you need to extract the files into the Red Dead Redemption 2 directory.
After that, in the config file, you’ll notice that you can change the number of in-game minutes daytime and night time last for.
17. No Auto Reload
This is another mod for players who want to increase Red Dead Redemption 2’s realism but also want to increase the challenge of the game.
The No Auto Reload mod implements a feature that stops non-equipped weapons from auto-reloading. Obviously, real-life weapons don’t reload themselves, so why should they in-game?
Once you’ve downloaded the mod file, you will need to put the scripts folder in your game’s install location. Then, you and your new mod are ready to play!
Although this is a simple mod to have, it does help to increase the realism, and you can enjoy the slight stress of having to remember to reload in times of danger.
16. Quick Toggle HUD and Minimap
This is a mod for players who want a richer graphical experience when playing. The Quick Toggle HUD and Minimap mod is a simple mod that provides a script to toggle HUD elements.
With this mod, you can enjoy the in-game scenery without the meters and button cues for ultimate immersion.
Once you’ve downloaded the mod, you only need to press the “page up” key and toggle both the HUD elements and the mini-map.
This is a great, simple mod to have to capture amazing screenshots, too.
15. Unlimited Horse Whistling Distance
A simple quality of life mod that removes the distance limit of your horse whistle.
Unlimited Horse Whistling Distance may be a bit un-immersive but brings with it a lot of conveniences that other players may want.
Previously gamers had to be in a whistling distance to be able to summon their four-legged friend.
However, with this mod, you can have your horse come to your wherever you are, no matter the distance. It does make things a lot easier in this open-world game.
This mod simply allows you to duel anybody with a gun in the game. Normally throughout Red Dead Redemption 2, dueling is limited to scripted moments or random events.
This can be a bit of a bother for GTA-type gamers like us who have a bone to pick up even with bystanders.
This modlets you experience that minigame with anybody with a gun. The extent of who or how exactly can be customized yourself, so if you want to pick people out at random, this is your go-to mod.
Now you can stare anybody in the eyes and clutch your weapon to create a tense environment of domination and also fun.
13. Instant Fast Travel
Wild West can get a bit slow and repetitive if you start to travel by foot. Instant Fast Travel gets you as close to the meat of the gameplay as possible.
This, of course, is done in a relatively immersive way as you can only do it while out of combat or standing beside your horse.
All you have to do is grab your horse’s lead then you can select where you want to instantly travel using the map. After which, your cores will be drained by the amount of time it would take to get there.
This way, you don’t have to find a stagecoach every time you want to get to the other side of the map.
12. Ride With Gang
There are only a handful of missions in Red Dead Redemption 2 that sees you and the Van der Linde gang riding out altogether, and to be honest, it feels like one of the best moments in the game.
Of course, this is with good reason as depending when in the story, you’re all wanted men.
If you really want to Ride With Gang to keep yourself entertained throughout your travels, this mod lets you do that.
Allowing you to pick any member of the Van Der Linde gang to accompany you, you can carry on with your usual daily shenanigans with one or all of the available gang members.
11. Red Dead Trainer
A trainer is a cheat menu, and there is nothing wrong with a cheat menu. Rockstar had it in GTA series, and we expect it in this western game as well.
Red Dead Trainer allows you to adjust all the stats you want. This can be your core levels, honor level, infinite weapon condition, and more. You can also spawn any civilian, animal, or vehicle or and their slight variants.
Changing the weather, getting or discarding guns, pretty much any option you might want with the current version can also be done.
You can also rebind the shortcut keys for these commands within the ini file. So whether it be because you want to cheat or test something out, you can. Hey, no one’s judging!
10. Open All Interiors
Open All Interiors simply allows you to access all of the locked interiors in free roam, this was not possible before.
However, places like Angelo Bronte’s manor and the BraithWaite manor house can only be accessed during story missions.
The ultimate goal of this mod is to allow you to enter any interior cell that is modeled but cannot be accessed during free roam. Now you can enjoy how wild west people would decorate their homes.
A simple mod that creates the immersion needed in an open-world game.
9. Basic Needs
With Red Dead Redemption 2’s health, stamina, and dead eye cores, you have some basic survival stats to help you survive.
However, you can make things a bit more challenging with Basic Needs that expand upon these existing stats.
The mods make it necessary to eat, drink and urinate, aiming to further reinforce the survival elements, this, of course, means you can’t sleep through everything.
The penalties of these new effects are that they further increase the drainage of your main core needs. And on top of that, if they get too bad, it can directly damage your stats and not just the cores.
8. Banking The Old American Art
The goal of this mod is to make banks a little bit more than a place for a mission to be had or as set dressing for the town. The first thing Banking, The Old American Art, does is make it so that all of your money is not lost when you die.
For this to happen, you need to deposit your money into the bank just like you would in real life. Unlike in GTA V online, where you can access your money anywhere, here you need to withdraw your money from the bank to use it.
Now, of course, by nature, this mod is for the kind of player that wants more to their daily routine as Arthur. Having to walk up to the bank, speak to the teller, and hand the money over after a profitable haul.
Accompanying this is proper animations for any kind of transaction. This makes you think a bit more about how much money you actually need on hand and if it’s worth depositing or not.
7. Bounties Expansion
There are a lot of bounties to do throughout the single-player, but they do run out eventually.
Bounties Expansion adds new unique bounties that have special information, and these bounties can be found on a different bounty bulletin in all the towns except Armadillo.
They will work much like the base game bounties but can be repeated. So if you wanted to make this gameplay loop your main source of income or just enjoy doing bounties, this lets you keep on doing them.
Beware though, there might be other bounty hunters, and you may encounter a duel or two in your quest to make some gold.
6. Reshade Natural Vision V.1.5
Reshade Natural Vision V1.5 does exactly what it says, making the colors pop out a little bit more and makes the shadows more defined.
It also allows you to pick from a few reshade presets or make your own.
With the default version, you can have the colors brighter and a little less washed out by the lighting effects.
With the customizability, though, you can tweak around to your heart’s content until the game looks good for you.
5. Bank Robberies
If you found it odd that you could only do Bank Robberies during main missions, then this mod remedies that.
Although it doesn’t make sense for Arthur to suddenly rob a bank, it doesn’t mean a gamer doesn’t want to do it. Let’s admit it, we’ve all done weird things in a game.
The mod you to stick up a bank much like in the main missions for a large haul, it of course also has a lot of risks as the law might catch up with your shenanigans.
If you can get away with it, though, it’s a lot of money to be made during the free roam mode, which is usually only found in treasure hunts.
4. PED Damage Overhaul
PED Damage Overhaul pretty much changes the entire combat system making things more interesting.
From the simple things like increasing enemy damage and player health to making NPCs act all weird and different, this damage overhaul mod is perfect for those looking for a bit more violence. NPCs now have reactionary damage where they start to limp after getting shot in the leg or dropping their guns when shot in the hand.
This makes combat more interesting. The mod also has more hardcore features like cores draining faster, losing all of your cores on death, and losing 25% more money on death.
So overall, if you want more rapid, dangerous, and violent combat encounters, this is the mod for you.
3. Hunting Wagon
If you’ve played Red Dead Online, you’ll know that there are wagons for sale, one of which is the Hunting Wagon.
This wagon is one of the best rewards of the trader role as it lets you hunt all you want, allowing you to store multiple hides, large hides, and animal carcasses.
You will also know that this is limited to the online mode of Red Dead Redemption; however, with this mod, you can rejoice in the fact that the hunting wagon is there with you offline in the game.
2. Red Dead Redemption 2 Mod Manager
Red Dead Redemption 2 Mod Manager is a port of the GTA V mod manager.
Its main function, of course, is to sort your downloaded mods and add new ones easily, so they can be turned on or off or uninstalled.
This mod manager is simple and a great way to manage our top mods for the game without creating clutter and confusion.
Everything can be seen from the dashboard, and deactivating mods have become easier and more convenient.
1. RDR 2 Save Editor
If you’ve saved the game at a point and are not confident in your ability to survive further due to weakened stats, this RDR 2 Save Editor mod is perfect for you.
The mod allows gamers to finish the game quickly by editing their save files.
Players can now change their character’s stats by using this mod and editing the stats according to their liking. Increase your health, stamina, and more in single-player and even multiplayer mode.
Even though you may feel that the mod doesn’t do much as compared to the other mods on the list, it is no doubt a lifesaver, though. Continue from your saves feeling mighty and rejuvenated to plow through the game.