Red Dead Redemption 2 cheats being present in the game shouldn't be a big surprise - the first of Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption games had them, as had the Grand Theft Auto series.
That said, the place to enter Red Dead Redemption 2 cheats is a little hidden, so you'd be forgiven for even noticing they were even there.
How to enter cheat codes in Red Dead Redemption 2
To enter cheats into Red Dead Redemption 2, pause the game, then access Settings. Next, press Triangle (or Y on Xbox), as suggested in the bottom right corner.
You'll then come to a long Red Dead Redemption 2 cheats list. They will all be locked, and by entering codes, you can have them become available. Press Triangle (or Y on Xbox) to do this.
Now, any cheats that have been already unlocked will be available to toggle on and off, meaning you only have to enter each cheat once to access it whenever you like.
Of course, as soon as you enable it, you'll get a warning - activating a cheat means you cannot save your single player progress, or collect Trophies or Achievements. In short - anything you do from then on won't count.
Red Dead Redemption 2 cheat codes list for Infinite Ammo and more
Note the following list of Red Dead Redemption 2 cheat codes is now complete, with all Red Dead Redemption 2 cheats listed:
|Cheat effect||Cheat code||Requirement|
|Add $500||Greed is now a virtue||None|
|Basic weapons||A simple life, a beautiful death||None|
|Create Buggy||Keep your dreams light||None|
|Create race horse||Run! Run! Run!||None|
|Create Random Horse||You want something new||None|
|Create Stagecoach||The best of the old ways||None|
|Create Superior Horse||You want more than you have||None|
|Create Wagon||Keep your dreams simple||None|
|Decrease Honor||You revel in your disgrace, I see||None|
|Decrease Wanted Level||You want freedom||None|
|Forces you to become drunk||A fool on command||None|
|Gunslinger Weapons||History is written by Fools||None|
|Increase Health, Stamina and Dead Eye levels||Seek all the bounty of this place||None|
|Increase Horse Bonding||My kingdom is a horse||None|
|Increase Wanted Level||You want punishment||None|
|Increase Whistle Range for Horse||Better than my dog||None|
|Infinite Dead Eye||Be Greedy only for Foresight||None|
|Learn All Recipes||Eat of Knowledge||None|
|Own all Outfits||Vanity. All is vanity||None|
|Reset Honor||Balance. All is balance||None|
|Set Health, Stamina and Dead Eye Bars to Full||You flourish before you die||None|
|Set Dead Eye to level 1||Guide me Better||None|
|Set Dead Eye to level 2||Make me Better||None|
|Set Dead Eye to level 3||I shall be better||None|
|Set Dead Eye to level 4||I still seek more||None|
|Set Dead Eye to level 5||I seek and I find||None|
|Stealth weapons||Death is silence||None|
|Purchase all Camp upgrades||Share||None|
|Clear all Bounties and Lockdown Areas||You want everyone to go away||None|
|Infinite Ammo||Abundance is the dullest desire||Own Newspaper Hanover 27 or Saint Denis 43 (acquired anytime in Chapter 2)|
|Heavy Ammo||Greed is American Virtue||Own Newspaper Saint Denis 46 (acquired in Chapter 3 after Magicians for Sport)|
|Remove Fog of War from map||You long for sight and see nothing||Own Newspaper Saint Denis 47 (acquired in Chapter 3 after Magicians for Sport)|
|Increase Honor||Virtue unearned is not virtue||Own Newspaper Saint Denis Times 48 (after Chapter 4 mission Urban Pleasures)|
|Infinite Stamina||The lucky be strong evermore||Own Newspaper Saint Denis Times 49 (after completing Chapter 5)|
|Fortify Health, Stamina and Dead Eye||You seek more than the world offers||Own Newspaper Saint Denis Times 52 (after Chapter 6 mission The King's Son)|
|Create War Horse||You are a beast built for war||Own Newspaper Saint Denis Times 53 (after completing the Epilogue)|
|Create Circus Wagon||Would you be happier as a clown?||Own Newspaper Saint Denis Times 54 (after completing the Epilogue)|
Thanks to reader SoulPhoenix316 and DuPz on reddit helping fill in the gaps on some of the above!
There is also the chance there will be Rockstar Social Club cheats - as with the original Red Dead Redemption - later down the line at some point, but there's no sign of those just yet. We'll update this page if there's any news on that front.
Again, remember any Red Dead 2 cheats activated will disable the ability to unlock Achievements or Trophies for the duration of that playthrough. The good news is it won't let you save your progress, so it allows you to fully let your hair down before you get back to the adventure. Have fun!
For much more Red Dead Redemption 2 help like this, see our solutions for Dinosaur Bone locations, Dreamcatcher locations, Rock Carving locations and World Champion Cigarette Cards locations. On the map front, we have Killer Clue Piece locations, High Stakes Treasure Map locations, Jack Hall Gang Treasure Map locations, and the Poisonous Trail Treasure Map locations too. Our in-depth systems explainers includes hunting perfect pelts, hides and skins as well as all Legendary Animal locations and Legendary Fish locations, or all Gunslinger locations, too. Finally, here's a list of Red Dead Redemption 2 cheat codes, the various Red Dead Online release dates, and an explainer on how to make Red Dead Online money fast .
How to unlock cheats with newspapers in Red Dead Redemption 2
As mentioned above, there are certain requirements in the form of Newspapers, which are sold at vendors in settlements. You need to own the corresponding Newspaper in order to unlock the cheat, which is printed at the bottom if you flip it over, like so:
If you try to enter these types of cheats ahead of time, the game will give you an error message saying 'You do not meet the prerequisites to unlock this cheat'.
There are three types of different newspapers, which will release new editions throughout the story. You can choose to purchase them from Valentine (New Hanover Gazette), Strawberry (Blackwater Ledger) and Rhodes (Saint Denis Times) as you go, or wait until the end to catch up on the back catalogue.
For some reason there are times where you cannot buy a newspaper from a vendor. If you come across this, we recommend coming back later to try again. As far as we understand, none are missable, so don't sweat it if you pass one by.
Additional writing by Chris Tapsell.