Red Dead Redemption pre-order and special edition bonuses are a series of bonus codes if you managed to reserve the game or buy a specific edition.
These come in the form of codes, and once redeemed, you can collect them in game. However, it isn’t explicitly outlined where they are – which is where this page comes in.
Below are how to redeem the War Horse, Nuevo Paraiso, Throughbred, boosters and more in Red Dead Redemption 2.
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For those who pre-ordered Red Dead Redemption 2, you should get a pre-order code which will give you the War Horse and Outlaw Survival Kit. First, make sure it’s installed. You can redeem it after starting a save, so don’t worry if you forget to do it later.
To redeem the War Horse in Red Dead Redemption 2, you must visit a stable. You’ll do this as part of the main story in Chapter 2, specifically the Exit Pursued By a Bruised Ego mission. From there you have the option to purchase horses, and the Ardennes horse will be available for free. This is the War Horse you’ve been looking for.
For purchasers of the Special and Ultimate edition, you’ll get a series of items when you redeem one specific code. First, make sure it’s installed along with the main game. You can redeem it after starting a save, so don’t worry if you forget to do it later.
To redeem the Nuevo Paraiso Gunslinger outfit in Red Dead Redemption 2, simply head to your Wardrobe (it’s a chest at the base of your bed in camp, and can be accessed from Chapter 2 onwards). Note the outfit also has holsters and other accessories, so be sure to go through all the menus to find everything you’ve unlocked.
For the Talisman, you’ll want to also look in your Wardrobe (it’s a chest at the base of your bed in camp, and can be accessed from Chapter 2 onwards). Talismans are at the bottom of the list, and it’s named the Eagle Talon Talisman, which “permanently increases the time that Eagle Eye can stay active for 5 seconds”.
For the Thoroughbred horse, you must visit a stable. You’ll do this as part of the main story in Chapter 2, specifically the Exit Pursued By a Bruised Ego mission. From there you have the option to purchase horses, and the Thoroughbred horse will be available for free.
For the weapons such as the Volcanic Pistol and Varmint Rifle, visit a Gunsmith and browse the catalogue. You can do this from Chapter 2, and any Gunsmith in a settlement (such as nearby Valentine) will do. The weapons that you can redeem will be free to purchase.
Finally, for the Special Edition Boosters, you’ll want to pause, go to Settings, then General. The boosters are filed under Bonus Content, and will be automatically enabled – feel free to disable if you fancy.
There are also other bonuses for Red Dead Online available – which will all be known when it launches.
Need more help?
If you’re looking for things to collect, there’s Dinosaur Bone locations, Dreamcatcher locations, Killer Clue Piece locations, as well as Jack Hall Gang Treasure Map locations and the Poisonous Trail Treasure Map locations.
Fancy something a little more involved? We can explain how to get perfect pelts, hides and skins as well as all Legendary Animal locations and Legendary Fish locations.
And if you’re after upgrades, there’s how to get Gold Bars fast, the best horse, the best Red Dead Redemption 2 weapons, satchel upgrades and camp upgrades.
Finally, a list of Red Dead Redemption 2 cheat codes and an idea of the Red Dead Online beta date. Not long now!
To quote our original story on it: “The 54.99 standard edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 is joined by a 74.99 Special Edition and an 89.99 Ultimate Edition, variously containing exclusive boosts and items for story and Red Dead Online. There’s also a separate 89.99 Collector’s Box, featuring assorted Red Dead paraphernalia, but no game.”
The 75 special edition contains:
The big 90 Ultimate Edition contains all of the above, plus:
Finally, there’s the Collector’s Box – which is literally a box you can buy separately with some stuff in, but not the game itself: