Rockstar Game Tips: Dueling like a Pro in Red Dead Redemption

Posted on June 7 2010, 5:52pm | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

The world of Red Dead Redemption is inhabited by a large cast of characters, all living out their lives as John Marston makes his way across the land.  One characteristic of the townspeople in the game is jealousy...

While becoming famous has perks like shopkeepers giving you discounts and people greeting you by name, it'll also attract attention from gunfighters looking to make a name for themselves.  The more famous you are, the more likely you are to be challenged.

After gaining enough fame, walk around town such as Armadillo in the daytime and chances are, a wannabe gunslinger will challenge you.  Once someone does and you've accepted, you'll have the option to review the dueling tutorial text.  Here are a few steps for coming out on top in a duel:

1. After accepting a duel, the word "DRAW" appears and two meters are displayed on the right side of the HUD.  John's meter is blue and the red meter belongs to your enemy.  Fill up John's meter before your enemy and you'll win.

2. Draw your weapon by either flicking up then down on the Right Analog Stick or by pressing the Left Trigger/L2.

3. Place your shots carefully and quickly using RB/R1, but watch the crosshair.  It will change colors back and forth, red and white.  Depending on where you aim, white will fill John's meter more than red.  Aiming for the gun hand or the top part of the enemy's head when the aiming reticule is white will fill John's meter faster than anything else.

Additionally, here are some tips and tricks if you want to take your dueling a step further:

  • If you want to force a duel, put on the Elegant Suit that John receives after the first few missions and then get caught cheating in a poker game. 
  • If you want to gain 100 Fame as well as some Honor, disarm your enemy by shooting the gun out of his hand using Dead-Eye.  (Do note that some duels that take place during story missions have enemies that cannot be disarmed)
  • Shoot for the gun first and the hat second - embarassing your enemy in a duel is always good fun.

If you've got any of your own dueling tips or tricks you feel like sharing, give a shout in comments below - and look for more Red Dead tips here in the coming weeks...

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  • chmike14on September 16 2010, 11:34pmReplyFlag
    Any tips on how dueling like a pro in multiplayer. I only get inconsistent results.
    • lllLSDlllon September 15 2010, 9:50amReplyFlag
      after u complete story mission "the last enemy that should be destroyed" do a stranger's task that u find in Blackwater 4 the credits. i won't go into details, but u need to complete the story mission in order to unlock the stranger's task
      • chuychuyon July 30 2010, 1:58amReplyFlag
        @ooooooooohhh you get gold guns by geting headshots, (check wepon challenges)
        • ooooooohhhon July 20 2010, 6:15pmReplyFlag
          Is there any way of getting golden guns other than nooby mods and pre ordering wich is a problem considering I already own the game :)
          • R* Yon July 19 2010, 5:26pmReplyFlag
            @11022616 Thanks, in short and without spoiling anything...the storyline is not completely over with until you see the end credits.
            • 11022616on July 18 2010, 9:30pmReplyFlag
              eventually i'll probably sign up for the social club deal but i have wireless so MP isn't a big part of my gaming experience. loved the game...kinda puzzled though since I was under the impression that I beat the game...but no credits came--to keep from spoiling this game for other ppl who might still be working throught it--someone just tell me is it only really finished after you do 100% or is that final showdown the end te---ally but it allows the game to still be played for fun of running around doing any leftover sidequests althought I'm quite certain I beat every damn challenge the only thing i haven't bothered doing is beating on the duels as i played the good guy so i chose not to kill the duelers only disarm sometimes or if i was wearing the bandana as well as I haven't done the treasure hunting I tried once and I failed epicly :( again though this game was very worth the time thanks again Rstar.
              • KwikKarmaon July 18 2010, 7:59pmReplyFlag
                I agree with Le-Rock, ya'll coulda done a lot better job on tutorials for dueling seeing as how many times it happens. Bunches of info on hunting and other crap that's pretty much self-explanatory, but nothing on duels, and the tip that WAS given was clear as mud and obviously typed up by someone who's not a good teacher and assumes all players are also developers. Seems like I have to empty gun and splatter the dude to win the duel.
                • outlaw34on July 9 2010, 11:30pmReplyFlag
                  Duelling is a very good part of the game sadly need to release all of bullets from the gun to kill the enemy. I want just ONE shoot in the enemy forehead lol.. Quicker than my own shadow.. Before some music or gold pocketwatch song ... (For A Few Dollars More) .. ok ok kidding.. The game is PERFECT cheers!
                  • Chris-4on July 7 2010, 2:54pmReplyFlag
                    Anyone know when the Co-op missions will be fixed yet?
                    • Calvin1300on July 3 2010, 7:08pmReplyFlag
                      RS, love the game, except for the MP, can't get into any games, keep getting thrown into that loop that says I can't connect. Please fix this. It seemed to work fine before the DLC, now I can't hardly ever get into any MP, free roam or co-op.
                      • Leonydoson June 30 2010, 8:16pmReplyFlag
                        Hey rockstar, i was just wondering why, in the dlc content one cannot have access to thier unlocked (legendary) mounts. i guess i can see why the guns are removed, but i guess i'm say'n it kinda sux that i have spent "x" amount of time unlocking them and now i can't use them. is there any plans to incorporate them at a later date, or at least in another dlc pack?
                        • xb360shawkeye23on June 28 2010, 1:32pmReplyFlag
                          still cant play multiplayer fix it now stop all other work and fix the issues with your game
                          • Le-Rockon June 26 2010, 9:07amReplyFlag
                            Dear Rockstar, i would like to know how to disarm and shot hat off in only 2 shots without killing (if it possible) because i did what you tell in your tips and tricks but if i shot the hand first, it full fill the meter and the duel end by disarm.

                            If i mark the hat first then mark the hand, the meter wont fill enough compare to the enemy's one and i die !

                            Could you please make a complete tutorial about duel (with a vidéo would be great) because since i have the game i've always thinking about doing hatshot + disarm in duel but never done it yet !

                            Thanx in advance and sorry for my bad english (i'm french)

                            Red Dead Rocks !!
                            • Fizz91on June 25 2010, 11:53pmReplyFlag
                              @Godfather187um I dll the co-op dlc from the US PSN and then you switch to your Asia PSN account, start up the game and on free roam multiplayer press 'select' to choose the co-op mode. :)
                              • Godfather187umon June 23 2010, 9:19amReplyFlag
                                when is the asian DLC coming out? i looked all over the PSN but cant find it anywhere
                                • MAJ0RBLOODon June 14 2010, 4:09amReplyFlag
                                  Will there be any Indian missions in this game? whats the west without Indians?? Cowboys/Indians!!
                                  • R* Yon June 11 2010, 10:53amReplyFlag
                                    @RawlsDan Thanks, yes, you have to be an Xbox LIVE Gold member for Social Club stats to upload to the site.
                                    • RawIsDanon June 11 2010, 9:59amReplyFlag
                                      I didn't see this anywhere but do you have to be a gold member to have your stats show ?
                                      • yer_huckleberryon June 10 2010, 4:45pmReplyFlag
                                        There is one duel I can not win for some reason?!? I have finished the game and have done a lot of duels but this one guy always kills me, I dont know if it is a glitch or what, but every time I mark the target like you normally do, I can not fire a shot....I can mark the gun, the head, body, where ever and when I go to push the fire button nothing happens, I even tried to mark his head, and push every button on the controller, but it still never fires a shot. It has happend 4-5 times in blackwater, right in front of the gun shop. It always happens right after I save and go over to the gun shop so at least I don't lose any of the game. It still is a pain since I have won many duels, so I thought I knew what I was doing. Oh well. I have ps3 version.
                                        • DeafAtheiston June 10 2010, 1:10pmReplyFlag
                                          I figured out early on how effective shooting the gun out of their hand is, I've tried shooting the gun out of the hand AND shooting off their hat, but it hasn't worked for me yet... I get killed when I attempt to do both at once.

                                          And as for the characters you can't shoot a gun out of their hand... one of them I found that out the hard way... I must have tried 20 times against one guy and he killed me every time. I couldn't figure out why I couldn't do it... I finally gave up and just unloaded on the guy and it worked. The reason why I wanted to shoot the gun out of his hand is cuz I felt it would be more satisfying to walk up to the injured guy and shoot him in the face with a sawed-off shotgun.
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