Rockstar Game Tips: Attacking the Gang Hideouts of the Liars and Cheats Pack to Earn Your Explosive Rifle (Red Dead Redemption)

Posted on September 28 2010, 10:24am | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

(Aim your weapons and prepare to master all seven of the Gang Hideouts included with the brand new Liars and Cheats Pack...)

Earn the Explosive Rifle via multiplayer Free Roam by completing any of the seven brand new Gang Hideouts that are included with the brand new Liars and Cheats Pack for Red Dead Redemption.  We're breaking down how to clear out all of the areas in this installment of the Rockstar Game Tips series.

Before making your way to one of the hideouts for the first time, keep in mind that:

  • You can obtain the Explosive Rifle in a crate after completing any of the Hideouts.
  • The Explosive Rifle comes with five rounds.
  • While there are ammo crates at each of the seven new Hideouts, none contain Explosive Rifle ammo.
  • Each Gang Hideout ends with at least two bosses that have more health than other enemies.

The Scratching Post
Location: South of Gaptooth Breach along the river
Boss Weapons: Fire Bottles
Investigate the house at The Scratching Post.  When you go inside, miners will begin running at you from the northeast.  Eliminate them using the cover of the building, and be on the lookout for some reinforcements coming from the southwest.  When you get to the bosses, take them out from long range with a rifle or repeater.  They'll be spawning northeast of your position.  Once they're dead, you can claim your prize: the Explosive Rifle.

Critchley's Ranch
Location: Southeast of Ridgewood Farm, north of Rio Bravo
Boss Weapons: Dynamite
Kill the Walton Gang at Critchley's Ranch.  The first wave of enemies await you at the barn.  Pull out a Rolling Block or Carcano Rifle for long distance carnage.  After wasting the first enemies, reinforcements will arrive from all directions.  Use buildings for cover and refill on ammo at various points inside the fenced-in area.  Bosses will use dynamite on you, so take them out quickly from far away with a rifle while strafing.

Crooked Toes
Location: East of Escalera
Boss Weapons: Fire Bottles
Put down the rebels at Crooked Toes.  Head northeast from the road to engage the gang.  Snipe enemies from far away and then move in, using rocks for cover.  Defeat all of the waves as well as the bosses.  If you've got the Legends and Killers Pack, use those Tomahawks on the bosses for quick kills, but be careful when approaching them as it becomes easier for them to catch you on fire.  Be sure to pick some Prickly Pear in this region if you're going for one of the Survivalist Challenges.

Venter's Place
Location: South of Armadillo and west of Coot's Chapel
Boss Weapons: Fire Bottles
Kill the Walton Gang at Venter's Place.  The first wave of enemies comes out of the south building.  Other waves will come from several directions.  After clearing the remaining gang members, bosses with fire bottles will begin attacking.  Use rifles to take them down from a distance.  If you want to have a bit more fun, take out one of your fire bottles and show them who's better at using them...

(At Venter's Place and other hideouts, enemies will hide behind fences, so adjust your aim slightly up to score plenty of headshots.)

Rancho Polvo
Location: South of Las Hermanas
Bandit Leaders Weapons: Guns
Investigate the hut atop Rancho Polvo.  Eliminate the bandits once they surround you, and stay around the building for cover when the remaining waves close in.  Some enemies will be down below, so use the high ground to your advantage.  When you've taken all of them down, the rebel leaders will spawn to the south.  Best to use a sniper rifle to take care of the situation.

Cueva Seca
Location: West of Gaptooth Ridge
Boss Weapons: Repeaters and Rifles
Eliminate the miners trespassing on Dicken's home.  Shoot down the enemies that are outside, and then throw some dynamite in the cave opening to clear out the remaining miners in the first wave.  After a bunch of reinforcements that come from the north and the east, take cover behind a rock as men from above will be aiming for you.  It's best to use the Buffalo Rifle or one of the sniper rifles in this situation.

Warthington Ranch
Location: South of MacFarlane's Ranch
Boss Weapons: Fire Bottles, Rifles, Revolvers
Run all of the rustlers out of the ranch.  The first wave will be in and out of the barn, so stay far away and pick them off one by one at your leisure with one of the sniper rifles.  Or, if you want to use a stick of dynamite, hurl it in the barn and enjoy the blast.  Move in and shoot the rest of the gang in the building.  Once the first wave is gone, use the barn for cover as loads of enemies will begin closing in to Warthington Ranch from all directions.  Bosses will come in at the end with various weapons, so eliminate them fast.

The best tip for the new Gang Hideouts is to always stay in an area with cover, preferably near an ammo crate.  If you have any additional tips you'd like to add or want to ask for any help, let us know in the comments below.

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  • bradleyjwardon November 8 2010, 6:31pmReplyFlag
    i down loaded the nitemare undead pack and now its says i need a rockstar code what do i do help please dont know how to get a code H E L P
    • thisissparta101on October 14 2010, 8:03pmReplyFlag
      @R*Y can you change the first challenge for the savvy merchant outfit to something more easier like sell a certain amount of money?Please answer back because gaining a total of 1000 dollars from gambling is taking much longer than I thought.

      I mean it is called the savvy MERCHANT not the savvy GAMBLER!
      • CaptainDavisonon October 14 2010, 10:08amReplyFlag
        While I love the fact that the explosive rifle isnt a noob tube. I have a complaint. Me and a seven Man Posse were all going around getting the explosive rifle each taking turns. I allowed them to get theirs first, being polite. After seven turns of doing a gang hideout and maintain order making sure no one kills eachother (Looking over a big posse is like having 6 five year olds fighting.) We end up at Cueva Seca and I get my explosive rifle. So our plan is to ride to blackwater and go on the roofs and have an explosive rifle war. I understand we could have teleported but every one insisted we ride. By the time we get to MacFarlanes Ranch a person who is level 7 shoots me with this gun of all guns. The High Powered Pistol. He takes down three of our posse before the rest could even react. The Explosive rifle is gone. Please fix this R* its killing me. Just keep it so that either you unlock it at a level. Or do a new gang hideout and unlock it for the rest of the time your in Multiplayer like when you pick up weapons. And ammo crates dont refil it you just get like 3 shots and when you die it gets replenished ammo. something like that please rockstar. Will you at least respond to me and tell me if your planning anything like that? Thank you
        • thisissparta101on October 13 2010, 4:21pmReplyFlag
          @R*Y can you change the first challenge for the savvy merchant outfit to something more easier like sell a certain amount of money?Please answer back because gaining a total of 1000 dollars from gambling is taking much longer than I thought.
          • andyrome64on October 12 2010, 8:50amReplyFlag
            Will we ever see a complete list of the titles associated with this DLC and how to get those titles?
            • ahetFINon October 3 2010, 4:26pmReplyFlag
              The glitches are the funniest things in free roam, without them it would be very boring. I just hate it that the MacFarlane's Ranch glitch that makes you go up and fall down, got fixed. I and my friends use many glitches just for fun, what harm do they make to someone?
              Rockstar, don't fix the harmless glitches, they are fun and make the free roam enjoyable, the hideouts get boring fast, so does hunting too (not even score for killing animals).
              And in singleplayer, the random encounters aren't very random, but there used to be some very random and funny, like bearman (man was replaced with the skin of bear) and gunslingerdog. They were just so funny and harmless.
              • pig333on October 2 2010, 3:47pmReplyFlag
                Thanks for the tips..
                • maxim2boobleson September 30 2010, 9:29amReplyFlag
                  @R*Y Are there any plans to add Liars and Cheats hideouts to Co-Op playlist? or a separate hideout playlist.
                  • ItsReally_SBon September 29 2010, 3:22pmReplyFlag
                    I saw a kid using one of The Marshalls on PS Network Yesteday! Its Crazy...Cant wait for unead!
                    • andyrome64on September 29 2010, 6:11amReplyFlag

                      You = 4 in his chest with a weak weapon
                      He = 1 in your head with any weapon

                      You die, he doesn't - no cheating.
                      • andyrome64on September 29 2010, 6:08amReplyFlag

                        Yes I have seen cases where I find it hard to shoot when some people are in the session but, in case you don't know, killing people will regenerate your Dead-Eye so staying on a roof for 10 minutes and not losing the Dead-Eye doesn't automatically qualify as cheating.
                        • andyrome64on September 29 2010, 5:55amReplyFlag
                          Cueva Seca is a drag if you do it alone! If you get hit by a sniper you respawn in a place where you are hit by more snipers and it takes ages to get rid of all of them.
                          • R* Yon September 28 2010, 11:36pmReplyFlag
                            @LeroyBrown01 Sure.

                            @Shogibo Thanks for the tip, as for the Gang Hideouts, we'll take your thoughts into consideration.

                            @BeerNutt Cheers, please also send a message to and we'll have a look.
                            • Shogiboon September 28 2010, 8:53pmReplyFlag
                              @R*, any plan to release more Gang Hideouts? I'm currently satisfied with the new ones (which are fantastic), but me as well as other fans think it would be cool to see Cochinay and Wreck of Serendipity hideouts in W. Elizabeth (as you probably know). Are the Blackwater Police really that efficient? All joking aside, is this still a possibility? Thanks R*, keep the amazing DLC coming!
                              • Shogiboon September 28 2010, 8:48pmReplyFlag
                                I have a tip! for Warthington Ranch, I either go one of two ways of securing the barn. One, I peer through the windows and manually aim for headshots on the two rustlers on the ground floor, and then take out the guy on the second floor. Or, I whip out my tomahawks, taking out the guy on the top floor before I enter the barn, and then I quickly dispatch the baddies on the bottom floor with my axes.
                                • 11208429on September 28 2010, 5:18pmReplyFlag
                                  I think it was a smart to bring in the explosive rifle as the objective of new hideouts. After a while getting exploded all the time when I'm leveling up would be annoying.
                                  • LeroyBrown01on September 28 2010, 3:21pmReplyFlag
                                    @R*Y thanx, and dont leave it too long i cant wait for the new outfits :)
                                    • xXSniPeRxHaCkxon September 28 2010, 3:14pmReplyFlag
                                      my gamertag is: I banned I snipe and I'm French
                                      • xXSniPeRxHaCkxon September 28 2010, 3:11pmReplyFlag
                                        Hello, Rockstar if you look at the messages I'd like you to help me, I did track down dead on red redemption I look at my stats I ave killed 60 000 people I'm a big killers, and a good shooter head but my problem is I am insulted, because I'm a cheat Prestige 5 level 50 and I am not my balls, it's because of my connection was file 20 complaints against me I will like you me aidiez please because it starts getting serious every time you see me in a game or is it excluded me I was hunting red dead redemption thank you. much, bye Cordially
                                        my gamertag is: I banned I snipe and I'm French
                                        • BeerNutton September 28 2010, 3:05pmReplyFlag
                                          @Eastwood777 I've run into serious problems with lag-switchers and controller modders as well. I play Xbox so whenever I suspect someone of modifying their hardware to gain an advantage, I just report them to Xbox Live. Usually what I'll do first though is call them out on it. Once everyone else hears that he may be cheating, they usually pay closer attention to him and most will just kick him. Modding and lag-switching is just an unfortunate evil that anyone who plays on Live has to deal with at one time or another. But Microsoft is pretty good at following up on the complaints.
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