Our Red Dead Redemption Gold bar locations page contains a list of all the places and activities which will net you valuable gold bars, and detail where you can sell them too.
Sure, you can sell that mouldy bottle of Whiskey you found in some rancher’s closet for a small sum, and that crumpled cigarette you’ve had stashed away for 10 chapters might be worth a few dollars. The big bucks though - the real money - lies in snagging glistening gold bars, but they aren’t easy to find.
Sell one gold bar and you’ll make a cool $500, so it’s worth hunting them down if you want a lovely cash injection. You’re not going to find them nestled under trees or tumbling from the pockets of passersby, but stashed away in the most unassuming of locations instead.
To help you get hold of a few gold bars, we’ve put together a guide below that’ll walk you through all the methods we’re currently aware of. Of course, as more methods are discovered, we’ll update this guide accordingly - stay tuned!
How to get gold bars
Here are all the ways you can get gold bars in Red Dead Redemption 2.
- Story: Complete Chapter 2 -
We’re not going to spoil anything here, so just know that once you’ve completed chapter 2 of the main campaign, you’ll receive some gold bars.
- Sheriff’s Building: Horseshoe Overlook -
Upon completion of the “Spines of America” story mission, head on over to the town of Limpany to the South of Horseshoe Overlook. Have a mooch around for the sheriff’s building and once you’re inside, look behind his desk. There should be a treasure chest sitting on the ground which contains one gold bar and a number of other items too.
- Jack Hall Treasure Maps -
Find all of Jack Hall’s Treasure Maps and you’ll be rewarded with 2 gold bars for your efforts. If you need help locating them all, then our All Treasure Map locations and solutions page has you covered!
- Derailed Train: Cotorra Springs -
There’s a derailed train carriage in the middle of a ravine that’s located just off the train track to the South of Cotorra Springs. Follow the train track leading East across Granite Pass until it intersects with another track that leads North out of Cotorra Springs. The derailed carriage is just to the south of this intersection.
For further clarity, here’s a really helpful video by Ninja Pups.
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- Complete Strange Statues Quest -
Located East of Donner Falls and North East of Bacchus Station is a cave out in the wilderness. It’s home to 7 spooky statues surrounding a statue of an angel. Turns out this is a mini-puzzle that’ll reward you with 3 gold bars if you manage to figure it out - nice.
Here’s how to get it done:
- Each statue is holding up a certain number of fingers.
- With this in mind, press the buttons on the statues that have 2, 3, 5, and 7 fingers held up.
HarryNinetyFour’s produced a helpful video guide that shows you exactly what to do, so it’s well worth a watch if you’re still unsure how to go about this puzzle.
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- Catherine Braithwaite -
Reach Chapter 4 in the story and you’ll be given the option to head back to the charred remains of Catherine Braithwaite’s manor, in search of her corpse.
Once you’ve discovered it, loot her body for an emerald brooch and look for a special box in the same room. Inside you’ll find one gold bar, sorry Catherine.
Where to sell gold bars
If you've got a big stash of gold bars ready to get peddled, then you'll need to find the right person to flog it to. Thankfully the Wild West is home to a few dodgy dealers who'll happily take the weight off your shoulders, and fill your pockets with cash instead.
These merchants are called Fences, and you can find them in a few places across Red Dead Redemption 2's enormous map. All you'll have to do is find them, talk to them, select the "sell" option and let go of all your gold bars.
To help you locate all the Fences, we've put together an All Fence locations page so you don't have to spend hours scouring the map for them!