Five Finger Fillet

In this guide to play Five Finger Fillet, we show you the basics of the game along with the rules and location to playing five finger fillet for the Red Dead Redemption 2 single player playthrough.

RDR2 Five Finger Fillet Locations

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Where to play Five Finger Fillet in Red Dead Redemption 2

Five Finger Fillet will be available at the start of chapter 2.

  • Main camp: Located at the main camp, wont always be available.
  • Valentine: Located in the second, smaller saloon across from the homeless solider Mickey.
  • Strawberry: Located across near the fast travel carriage.
  • Van Horn:  Behind the building beside the saloon in town.

RDR2 Five Finger Fillet Guide

Five Finger Fillet is a test of courage and coordination. To play this game you place one hand, outstretched, palm down, on a table and then stab a knife back and forth between the fingers, aiming to move quickly and avoid stabbing your hand.

A sequence of buttons (one 'lap') will be displayed on screen. Press the buttons as fast as you can to perform knife stabs between the fingers. You will stab your hand if you press the wrong button or hesitate for too long.

At the beginning of each game you must place a bet. If you win the game you take the betting pot. New opponents will raise the betting stakes and the difficulty. Press x button to take them on, or hold O button to leave the table.

There are 3 game variations, Classic, Guts and Burnout. Each has a different objective. Perform the objective better than your opponent to win a round, and win 2 rounds to win the game.

Below are the different types of games and rules and tips on how to play each mode.

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Five Finger Fillet - Classic

In a Classic game the objective is to complete a set number of laps in a faster time than your opponent. You get five attempts. If you fail an attempt, the timer is reset and you restart from the beginning

Five Finger Fillet - Guts

In a Guts game the objective is to complete the most laps in a 20 second time limit. You have unlimited attempts but any mistakes will cost you valuable time

Five Finger Fillet - Burnout

In a Burnout game the objective is to complete the most laps in 30 seconds with no mistakes. You only get one attempt.

How To Practice Five Finger Fillet

Prior to beginning a game you can play up to 3 practice attempts to sharpen your skills before taking on the opponent. Press square when prompted to practice. Your best attempts are saved, so try to beat your previous record scores.

You can learn the sequence of buttons by watching as your opponent plays. Hold R2 during their turn to get a good look.

You can show off your skills by performing knife tricks. Each time you complete one full lap, the L1 button will appear. Press it whenever you are ready to perform a trick. You will sometimes perform a trick whilst spiking the knife into the table at the end of your turn if you performed especially well.


We hope this article helped you understand the Five Finger Fillet game a bit better. For the other Mini Games and Activities in Red Dead Redemption 2, see all the Table Games Guides and check out the complete Guides Section.

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