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The Past, Present, and Future of Pursuing Careers

In this last article, I developed the existing five roles in Red Dead Online, adding 20 - 30 levels to each role, and progressing the original three into their own new, unique roles - The Vigilante, The Rancher, and the Treasure Hunter. Here, I'm going to discuss and conceptualize what those three new roles could entail.

This is the start of a new idea I've had, the "Rolepath" - This is a selection of roles leading into each other, where one must be completed for the next one to begin. In this article, I've managed to lay out a map for the "Life of Law" Rolepath. From the humble bounty hunter, players can grow through becoming a vigilante and capturing whole gangs, to an official detective and sheriff to a whole state. Upon maxing this, they will be offered a promotion to become a decorated US Marshal.

For each role export, the host’s posse members get a 50% cut of the full export payout.
(This money doesn’t come from the host's cut, it functions like the trader role)


The Rancher Role

the rancher

  • Upon purchasing the ranch, which is unlocked at Trader rank 50, you can only farm chickens.
    • Start with 5
    • It's a cluckin' good investment
      • How have I not been cancelled?
  • This is a very hands-on role, where you and your posse members must milk cows, shear sheep, collect eggs, feed your animals, and much more. Your early-on hard work will pay off in the end, this is a break from the typical fetch-quest system of the RDO roles.
  • Each ranch hand will have their own unique personality and traits and will be a joy for the players to listen to and bond with. They will each have their own "loyalty" mission in which completing will permanently unlock better efficiency. The missions can be replayed for money and experience, and to give them a 5% efficiency boost for 20 minutes. (Can not be stacked, 40-minute cooldown after it wears off)
  • Unlocks:
    • Pitchfork melee weapon
      • Rank 2
      • 5 Gold
      • Perhaps players could sprint charge with this to impale their enemies, at a higher stamina cost
        • Pitchfork jousting on horseback, the new eSport
    • Cows
      • Rank 5
      • Up to 2, $150 each
    • Double chicken storage
      • Rank 7
      • $100 each
    • Re-shoe your horse
      • Rank 8
      • Shoes vary from 2 – 10 gold, increasing core durability and speed
    • Animal breeding
    • Sheep
      • Rank 10
      • Up to 3, $250 each
    • Better animal food
      • Rank 11
      • $600 one-time upgrade
      • This decreases the ready time of the products
    • Double cow storage
      • Rank 12
    • Up to three ranch hands
      • Rank 13
      • $2/day
      • They will perform chores and the rest of the work on your behalf, meaning you can focus on other projects
        • The more ranch hands, the faster the collection
        • You and your posse members can still work at the ranch for even faster results
    • Double sheep storage
      • Rank 15
    • Selling livestock to NPCs
      • Rank 16
    • Selling animals to players for a negotiated price
      • Rank 20
      • This can include your horses, with stats and such remaining. Bonding is reset for the new owner, however.
      • Upon reaching a high enough rank, you can thank your posse members for helping you by selling your animals to them at a lower price. This provides incentives to help each other.

The Vigilante Roles


  • Upon purchasing the dungeon, you have 1 guard and 10 beds for prisoners. 5 pieces of evidence is kept per case.
  • $10 daily fee for food and guard ($4 per guard, $6 for food)
    • Food increases to $10 depending on how many prisoners are kept.
  • Unlocks:
    • More bandit mask colourways
      • Rank 1
      • $40
    • Prisoner Interrogation skill
      • Rank 3
      • Typical NPC chat system, with our characters just speaking through body language and the NPC prisoner responding. Good cop/bad cop available. The good cop is offering food and mercy, bad cop is a violent approach. Honour will increase/decrease depending on the approach If prisoners aren’t fed well, they are more likely to give you information to lead to traps or be false overall.
        • It's good to finally have more honour-based choices in the 'Life of Law' role path
    • 5 more beds
      • Rank 5
      • $80 per bed
      • Each bed means one more prisoner can be kept, naturally
    • Random events unlocked
      • Find targets out in the wild and take them back. Extremely rare ones can be found where you encounter the leader
      • Rank 7
    • Increased ammo pouch
      • Allows players to carry up to double the ammunition for their weapons
      • Rank 9
      • Rockstar have added something similar to this as a skill in The Outlaw Pass 4
    • 2 more Prison Guards
      • Rank 10
      • Still $4 each per day, a one-off deposit of $25 per guard
    • Cell upgrade
      • Thicker doors and bolts, less likely for an attempted breakout
      • Rank 12
      • $600
    • Prison delivery wagon convoy
      • Players can now purchase a set of prisoner wagons, allowing them to take more prisoners to the Sheriff’s office in one trip. Can be piloted by other posse members of the hired guards. 10 prisoners per wagon
      • Rank 15
      • $1200
    • Eavesdropping
      • You and your guards can overhear gang members discussing potential clues to where you could find evidence or other members
      • Rank 16
    • 2 more Prison Guards
      • Rank 17
      • Still $4 each per day, a one-off deposit of $25 per guard
    • The Legendary "Zed Van Golden Gang" mission
      • Rank 19
      • A well-known gang known to have been raiding banks in New York has made it's way to the Frontier, and have taken up a fort in the town of Colter. Team up with the United States government and ride up to the old mining town to either hogtie or execute each and every member of the gang, before confronting the villainous Zed and his brute lieutenants who must be defeated in hand to hand combat by the players and their posse members.
      • The first completion of this mission will reward each player with $1000 and 10 gold, with subsequent playthroughs paying out $150 and 40 golden nuggets.
    • 5 more prison beds
      • Rank 20
      • $80 per bed
    • Safehouse, from Twitter user @Jericho681’s “Private Eye” concept, leading to his idea.
      • I really like this concept, among Jericho's other ideas, and think it would fit perfectly with the rest of the roles.
      • This means we'd have up to 80 role levels when it comes to the lawman path
        • 40 bounty hunter ranks, 20 vigilante ranks, and, presumably, 20 detective ranks.
          • We could add 20 more levels on one final role, the US Marshal, taking it up to 100 and completing the first-ever "Rolepath"

The Treasure Hunter Role

treasure hunter

  • Upon purchasing the vault, the player can store up to 10 artefacts at $15 each. Players collect artefacts by raiding tombs and vaults across the map. Artefacts can smash in a poorly driven wagon, decreasing delivery price.
  • Tombs are procedurally generated structures with traps the player must avoid, and puzzles to solve.
  • Sometimes, other treasure hunters may attempt to steal your loot as you plunder a tomb, or foil your plans by trapping you in
  • Unlocks:
    • Guards (Up to 2)
      • Rank 3
      • $2/day each, price of $100 each
    • 10 more artefact slots
      • Rank 5
      • $200
    • Fortified vault
      • Decreases chance of vault being raided
      • Rank 7
      • $700
    • Padded wagon
      • Decreases the chance of artefacts breaking in the delivery wagon
      • Rank 9
      • $800
    • 10 more artefact slots
      • Rank 10
      • $200
    • Item restoration
      • One-time use on a loaded vault, adds $300 value to the artefacts
      • Rank 13
      • $100 per use
        • Will you risk the extra price for the better reward? If the artefacts are destroyed, the money is gone
    • 10 more artefact slots
      • Rank 15
      • $200
    • Loaded tombs
      • For tombs with more loot in them, more players are required to carry the extra items
      • Rank 17
    • 10 more artefact slots
      • Rank 20
      • $200
    • Special weapon/clothing treasures the player can keep for themselves or add to the vault.
      • Rank 20
      • 5% chance of spawning as a searched treasure
      • Can also be sold to the fence for 2 gold bars
        • The value comes from it being so rare, the weapons and clothes could perhaps also have special effects.

Before We Go

We all know I've made a LOT of concepts, and I think we might be nearing the end for a little while. I wanted to say a thank you for all of the support they've received, and the large amount of people calling for Rockstar to listen to, or even hire me, has been very flattering.

As a little thank you, I've compiled a list of all of my concepts in an order of DLCs via a roadmap, as well as a list of all of the roles we've ever discussed. Here they are:

The full resolution image and details recap can be found on my Twitter here


list of roles

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