The Red Dead Online 1.11 Update released on September 10, 2019 introduces Frontier Pursuits - a series of Specialist Roles for players to take on and progress through.

Each role comes with unique activities, outfits, weapons, skills and other rewards to earn. Players have the option to focus on a specific role to advance quickly and unlock each role's unique attributes, or progress simultaneously across multiple roles, shaping your own character and path in the world of Red Dead Online. 

The first three available roles in Red Dead Online allow players to track down wanted criminals as a Bounty Hunter, search the world for valuable treasures as a Collector, and turn your camp into a business as a Trader. As Red Dead Online continues to evolve, more Frontier Pursuits and Roles will be added.

With the Red Dead Online 1.15 Update released on December 13, 2019, a new Moonshiner specialist role has been added. With the Red Dead Online 1.20 Update released on July 28, 2020, a new Naturalist specialist role has been added.

Red Dead Online Roles Ranks & Progression

With each Role, you'll automatically earn Role XP as you complete a Role's activities (in addition to Cash and Gold payouts): when you hunt a bounty, you'll earn Role XP as Bounty Hunter; when you find a collectible, you’ll earn Role XP as Collector, and so on.

By obtaining Role XP, you will progress through 20 Role Ranks (for each role). Every 5 Ranks, you will reach a new tier of distinction:

  • Novice Tier (Ranks 1-5)
  • Promising Tier (Ranks 6-10)
  • Established Tier (Ranks 11-15)
  • Distinguished Tier (Ranks 16-20)

Climbing through the ranks earns you Role Tokens, which can be used to purchase a Kit of Items unique to each tier. At certain ranks you’ll also unlock new Special Skills, upgrades to your satchel, or access to new Role specific Free Roam events.

When you progress to the Distinguished Tier, you will have earned a range of benefits useful in all your pursuits across the frontier, advanced camp styles and comforts and recognizable clothing items that will show off how far you’ve progressed down the path of each specialist role.

Naturalist Role in Red Dead Online

The new Naturalist Specialist Role opens a new path around tracking, studying and hunting animals. Naturalists get access to a new role progression, gameplay and several items. To gain access to the Role, visit the Welcome Center in the town of Strawberry to purchase the Sample Kit from Harriet Davenport to get started.

Both Harriet Davenport and Gus Macmillan have set up stores in several locations across the world of Red Dead Online.

Visit Harriet’s Naturalist Store to progress the Naturalist Role, purchase special tonics, and hear about new unique missions to participate in. Alternatively, drop by Gus’ Store with animal provisions to craft new clothing items, trinkets and more.

As your Naturalist activities progress, you’ll start to encounter Legendary Animals – these distinctive creatures can be discovered both in Free Roam and through Animal Sighting assignments commissioned by Harriet. Using the Legendary Animal Map as a guide, you’ll learn the locations of their native habitats and then follow information in the Animal Field Guide to locate each one – ultimately deciding whether to obtain samples for Harriet and earn precious rewards, or poach them and have Gus turn their hides into ostentatious apparel for your wardrobe.

Moonshiner Role in Red Dead Online

Establish your own bootlegging business in the new Moonshiner Specialist Role - an ideal fit for players progressing along the Trader path or anyone seeking a property to call their own. Unlock unique role-specific skills as you perfect your distillation methods, avoid the law, and put rival peddlers out of business.

Any active Trader who has completed a sell mission or reached Rank 5 in the Trader progression will receive an introduction via Cripps to meet the infamous Maggie Fike - an experienced bootlegger with the scars to prove it - down at Emerald Ranch. Maggie’s got the connections and the knowledge to help you get your Moonshining business up and running.

Acquire the first purchasable Property in Red Dead Online, a Moonshining Shack, and you will be on your way. To passers-by, the Shack is an unassuming dwelling, the main floor acting as a front with all the details of an ordinary homestead. The basement, however, is where you'll ultimately get down to business.

You’ll also work with Maggie through a series of Story Missions to be played solo or cooperatively as you help her get revenge on those who tried to take her down.

As you grow the business (and eliminate a rival operation), you’ll learn new recipes and techniques that help make your moonshine the best by a country mile.

You'll also have the opportunity to set up your own Underground Bar serving your own shine, with customizable décor and the option to add a country band complete with dance floor to entertain your friends and clientele.

Bounty Hunter Role in Red Dead Online

Bounty Hunter Role in Red Dead Online

Become a Bounty Hunter for a life of constant action on both sides of the law. To get started as a Bounty Hunter, meet the Legendary Bounty Hunter in Rhodes and purchase the Bounty Hunter License – the standard cost is 15 Gold Bars (Twitch Prime Members with a linked account will get the License for free).

Licensed Bounty Hunters can pick up work by visiting bounty boards located near law offices, post offices and train stations across the states. The bounty targets range in difficulty, from lone low-level criminals to Legendary Bounties, notorious outlaws with armed protection details.

A Bounty Hunter can capture targets or kill them, depending on how honorable you are in your pursuits. Keep in mind that bringing in targets alive will yield a greater reward. Taking on an armed gang or bringing multiple targets to justice is made easier with the help of a Posse, who will all earn a cut of the final bounty.

Reaching Bounty Hunter Rank 12 will open up the opportunity to hunt down other players with high bounties of $20 or more. The wanted player must escape (or surrender) within the allotted time and, if captured they’ll also have opportunities to escape and flee. If the Bounty Hunter brings the target in alive, they’ll receive an award, while the criminal serves time.

Bounty Hunter Progression & Rewards

Progression will unlock special items like a reinforced lasso for extra-tough targets, a Bounty Wagon to hold multiple targets, the ability to use Eagle-Eye while sprinting or galloping, the ability to duck for protection on horseback, and many other special skills, items and upgrades.

Unique Bounty Hunter Skills and Items include:

  • Focus: Targets glow red in Eagle Eye
  • Reinforced Lasso: A lasso made with reinforced rope to keep bounties secure
  • Reverse Spin: Perform a Reverse Spin with a single pistol or revolver
  • Tonics Satchel Upgrade: Store more items in your Tonics Pouch
  • Eagle Eye+: Track enemies while sprinting or galloping
  • Spin Up: Perform a Spin Up with a single pistol or revolver
  • Kit Satchel Upgrade: Store more items in your Kit Pouch
  • Tracking Arrow Pamphlet: A pamphlet recipe on how to craft Tracking Arrows
  • Reverse Spin Up: Perform a Reverse Spin Up with a single pistol or revolver
  • Ducking: Duck for protection while on horseback
  • Bolas: A thrown weapon, perfect for tangling the legs of bounties
  • Bounty Wagon: A wagon for securely retaining multiple bounty targets
  • Perception: Receive a notification of bounties from a greater distance
  • Alternating Flips: Perform Alternating Flips with a single pistol or revolver
  • Dual Gun Spinning: Perform gun spinning tricks with two pistols or revolvers
  • Breton Horses: This breed is strong and muscular.

Trader Role in Red Dead Online

Trader Role in Red Dead Online

The life of a Trader allows you to establish and develop a business from your Camp - by becoming a partner in the fledgling Cripps Trading Company. Thanks to your trusty companion JB Cripps’ knowledge of animal materials, you’ll be able to take on new opportunities to hunt, collect materials and produce valuable goods to sell.

An investment of 15 Gold Bars to purchase a Butcher's Table will get your business up and running (PlayStation 4 players will get the Butcher's Table for free).

Once you’re operational, you'll provide Cripps with Materials through hunting animals: pristine pelts and carcasses will, of course, provide better yields. You’ll also take on Resupply Missions to acquire additional necessities: once supplied, Cripps will begin turning the materials into sellable goods, which can then be sent out on low-risk local deliveries for payment or across greater distances for a premium.

Trader Progression & Rewards

As your trade grows, you can improve your hunting yields with a Hunting Wagon to bring in bigger hauls, and upgrade your Delivery Wagons for larger sales. Gain new skills, improve your satchel, upgrade your Camp with a Weapons Locker and a Stew Pot that provides your camp with fresh meals to refill your cores and your Posse’s cores (and additional recipes to prepare special stews for Gold Cores).

As your business expands and your presence becomes known in the market, your competition may grow jealous of your success, so keep an eye out for raids on your camp. You might consider purchasing a camp dog from Wilderness Outfitters: increasing your skill as a Trader unlocks the ability to train your dog to warn of incoming attacks on the camp.

Unique Trader Skills and Items include:

  • Stew Pot: A camp upgrade that unlocks stew recipes to boost cores
  • Hammer: A classic hammer makes for a hard-hitting melee weapon.
  • Ingredients Satchel Upgrade: Store more items in your Ingredients Pouch
  • Awareness: Identify rival Trader wagons at an increased range
  • Canine Warning: Train your dog to warn of thieves raiding your camp
  • Medium and Large Delivery Wagons: Upgraded wagons that can hold more goods for transport
  • Weapons Locker: Store weapons for later use
  • Lance Knife: A bespoke knife style available to Traders only
  • Efficiency: Learn to increase the amount of usable materials from perfect carcasses
  • Materials Satchel Upgrade: Store more items in your Materials Pouch
  • Hunting Wagon: A sturdy wagon fit for carrying multiple carcasses, hides and pelts
  • Protection: Reduce the chance of raids at your camp
  • Kladruber Horses: Distinctive, strong and steady horses

Collector Role in Red Dead Online

Collector Role in Red Dead Online

A Collector loves to explore the world for rare and valuable items. To get started down the Collector’s path, look in the wild for the mystic travelling saleswoman, Madam Nazar, and acquire the Collector's Bag.

The standard entry cost is 15 Gold Bars, but if you successfully collect the 54 hidden playing cards in GTA Online you can obtain the Collector’s Bag for free in Red Dead Online.

With Madam Nazar’s help, you will be able to search for lost jewelry, rare arrowheads and other treasures. Collect individual pieces and sell them off directly to Madam Nazar, or collect entire sets for even more valuable sales.

Collector Progression & Rewards

As you progress, you will gain access to useful tools that help your search, including Refined Binoculars, a Horse Lantern and even a Metal Detector, as well as gaining enhanced searching skills to help you seek and discover the world’s greatest rarities.

You'll also get additional benefits like increased carrying capacities, the ability for your horse to directly pluck and pass herbs to you while mounted, and more.

Unique Collector Skills and Items include:

  • Divination: Sense when near collectibles
  • Pennington Field Shovel: An essential tool for uncovering buried collectibles
  • Potential: Detect disturbed earth when using Eagle Eye
  • Intuition: Narrow your search area
  • Horse Saddlebag Upgrade: Carry more in your Horse’s saddlebag
  • Refined Binoculars: Specialized binoculars that make dig sites glow from a great distance
  • Águila Machete: A classic machete restyled for the use of adventurous and belligerent Collectors
  • Metal Detector: An important tool which can identify collectibles buried underground
  • Equine Assistance: Collect herbs from horseback
  • Horse Lantern: Light the path ahead with a lantern attached to your horse’s breastplate
  • Valuables Satchel Upgrade: Store more items in your Valuables Pouch
  • Criollo Horses: Known for their hardiness and stamina, they're fast and agile

For more useful Guides check out the complete Red Dead Online Guides & Features, as well as the Horses DatabaseWeapons Database, and everything else on Red Dead Redemption 2!


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