Someone has figured out exactly how long it will take you to pay for a ‘good horse’ on Red Dead Online.
If you’re a fan of Reddit, then you’ve probably come across a post that claimed you had to play for 50 hours to get a single gold bar. Luckily for us all, that’s complete b*llocks.
Another Reddit user has disproved this theory completely, and posted: “After farming deathmatch serie for 2h straight I got: 5257 exp 0.32 goldbar 68 dollars.
“Some post with 1,4k upvotes said that you need to play around 50h to get a single gold bar. This is tremendously wrong. I think OP thought that he was rewarded with 0.4 NUGGET instead of 0.04 Goldbar ( 4 nuggets )
“I repeat, THIS IS WRONG.
“Played around 4 hours yesterday. You need to get 100 nuggets to do one gold bar. You get in between 0.02 and 0.04 ( 0.02 gold bars = 2 nuggets ) from series ( deathmatch, races etc ) which take 10 mins each or less.
“Assuming you always get 0.02 and there’s no loading time it takes 50 games ( 500 minutes ) to get 1 gold bar. That makes 8h and 20 mins, and that’s assuming you get the worst nugget reward and you always reach time limit.
“It’s massively different than the 50 hours found out.
“Now if you think that this is still too much grind you can still tell rockstar your opinion on that, but you’ll have actual numbers.”
So if we go by new horses being around 16 gold bars then it will take a maximum of 8,000 minutes to get enough (as OP states, assuming you get the worst nugget reward and you always reach time limit) which equates to 133 hours of game play. Which is around five and a half days. Yikes.
One fan commented: “oof, Appears that Rockstar picked up some Monetization tricks during their GTA Online Tenure”. While another added: “Anyone who thought it wasn’t going to be like this hasn’t been paying attention. There will be no single player dlc, 100% of r* focus will be on ways to incentivise players to spend more money on the game they’ve already paid for”.
EuroGamer made an easy how-to guide of getting the best, FREE, horse at the start of Read Dead.
- Head to the western bank of Lake Isabella, which is in the north-western part of the map, just to the left of the ‘A’ in the big ‘AMBARINO’ written on the map itself (remember to wrap up warm!).
- Search for the horse – it may take some time, but if things are really dragging on, go and sleep somewhere and come back, which might help with refreshing and respawning it.
- Once you’ve found the horse, approach very slowly – slow walking pace – whilst holding L2 / LT to focus on it.
- Calm the horse as you approach – more detail on how to do this in the section below.
- Keep edging closer until the Triangle / Y button prompt to ‘Mount Horse’ appears in the bottom right – follow the prompt to hop on, and be prepared for a struggle.
- Once you’ve mounted it, you need to ‘break’ the horse – again, more on this below.
- Once the horse stops bucking you’ll get a message in the top left saying you’ve broken in the horse, meaning its temporarily one of your own.
- Once it’s broken, you need to take your saddle off your current horse and put it on the new White Arabian – when it’s saddled, it’s yours permanently.
- Head back to a town with stables, and remember to bring your old horse back with you if you want to keep it – either by lassoing it, getting close enought to focus on it with L2 and commanding it to follow with the button prompt, or whistling for it while nearby, again getting it to follow you. Pop it in a stable to keep it.