Honor Red Dead Redemption 2: how does the honor system work?

Want to learn more about the honor system in Red Dead Redemption 2? If you start shooting random civilians in Red Dead Redemption 2, you will lose honor. However, helping people you meet while exploring will increase your honor score and make you an upright citizen. Your Honor Score determines your Honor Rank, which comes with many benefits and rewards for those who focus on the good. However, it’s not always clear what rewards and perks you earn for each honor rank.

In this guide, we’ll cover how to gain and lose honor in Red Dead Redemption 2, along with a full breakdown of each honor rank and their respective rewards.

How to Gain or Lose Honor

It’s pretty simple and works as expected. You will earn honor for actions that are perceived to be, well, pleasant. Rescue strangers from danger, save a trainer from being robbed or bring a criminal to justice and you will earn honor points.

On the other hand, you will lose honor ranking for committing criminal acts or actions considered dishonorable. Harassing and killing innocent people, or looting innocent bodies will all cause you to lose honor points. If you want to commit heinous crimes without losing honor, check out our Red Dead Redemption 2 mask locations guide.

As you spend time with the game, you naturally gain or lose honor based on your actions. Either you’ll come across something in the open world, or you’ll be forced to make a decision in a story mission. Sometimes missions don’t even give you a choice and you’ll lose honor when events happen and things go south, so to speak.

What will make you proud

  • Donate to the gang through the tithing box
  • Disarm an opponent in a duel
  • Complete camp chores
  • Surrender peacefully to a lawyer and serve a prison sentence
  • Pay off your debts for crimes
  • help strangers
  • Honorable actions in the story or optional missions

What will make you lose honor

  • steal a horse
  • Loot the corpse of an innocent
  • Rob a store
  • Shoot near an innocent
  • Watch a wild animal bleed to death
  • beat someone up by intimidating them
  • Dishonorable actions in the story or optional missions
  • Kill pets or town animals
  • Shoot or use explosives at specific corpses
  • Watch your horse as he writhes in pain
  • Trample an innocent with your horse

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How Honor Rankings and Rewards Work

Imagine that your honor is on a sliding scale. Each time you accumulate honor points, you move up the ladder (+). Conversely, if you lose honor, you go down the scale (-). Play it neutral and you’ll be at 0.

There are certain honor stages in the game that you will reach at a specific rank. You’ll receive some perks if you gain honor, but if you start going down the ladder, you’ll lose them.

The sliding scale starts at the lowest Honor Rank of -8 and extends to the highest Honor Rank of +8.

At honor rank of -8, you will be sitting at -320 points. A rank is earned by gaining +40 points. Thus, those with honor rank -7 will have -280 points. Those with honor rank -6 will have -240 points and so on. Someone with the highest honor rank at +8 will sit well at +320 points.

Image from Red Dead Redemption 2 showing Arthur Morgan wearing a bandana walking through smoke on a street.  He wields double-barreled revolvers.

Here’s an overview of the perks you can earn with your Honor Ranking:

  • +8 Honor Rank (+320 points) – N/A
  • +7 Honor Rank (+280 points) – 50% discount in all stores.
  • +6 Honor Rank (+240 points) – New outfits available in some general stores: the Scrapper, the Farrier, the Gambler, the Deauville, the Faulkton, the Drifter, the Dewberry Creek and the Drover.
  • +5 Honor Rank (+200 points) – 25% discount in all stores.
  • +4 Honor Rank (+160 points) – N/A
  • +3 Honor Rank (+120 points) – New outfits available in some general stores: the Bulldogger, the McLaughlin, the Chevalier, the Corson, the Cumberland, the Cowpuncher, the Valentine and the Roscoe.
  • +2 Honor Rank (+80 points) – 10% discount in all stores.
  • +1 Honor Rank (+40 points) – The rate of obtaining powerful tonics, restoration items, jewelry and food is increased when looting bodies.
  • 0 Honor Rank (0 points) – Loot corpses and you’ll often get standard tonics, cheap jewelry, basic horse consumables, and used alcohol and tobacco.
  • -1 Honor Rank (-40 points) – The drop rate of Dead Eye Tonics, Throwing Weapons, Alcohol and Tobacco is increased when looting bodies. You will also receive more money and jewelry from the lawmen.
  • -2 honor rank (-80 points) – N/A
  • -3 honor rank (-120 points) – N/A
  • -4 Honor Rank (-160 points) – N/A
  • -5 Honor Rank (-200 points) – N/A
  • -6 Honor Rank (-240 points) – N/A
  • -7 Honor Rank (-280 points) – N/A
  • -8 Honor Rank (-320 points) – N/A

That wraps up our Red Dead Redemption 2 honor system guide. If you want to look fashionable while helping or harassing people in Red Dead Redemption 2, check out our hat locations guide. If you just want to focus on 100% game completion, take a look at our Red Dead Redemption 2 Graves Locations Guides and Red Dead Redemption 2 Squirrel Statues Locations Guides. weird, learn where to find the vampire and where to find the Night Folk in Red Dead Redemption 2 to unlock some occult mysteries.

Maria D. Ervin