How to save in Red Dead Redemption 2

Rockstar Games has spent their sweet time developing Red Dead Redemption 2, but gamers worldwide can universally agree that the Wild West experience captured through the adventures of Arthur Morgan is a masterpiece. However, it is not all rosy as some core game mechanics such as how to save in Red Dead Redemption have been shrouded in mystery, leaving some players worried about their progress.

Red Dead Redemption 2 isn’t exactly forthcoming about how the autosave functionality works and when exactly it saves your progress. This is especially nerve-racking during a particularly long multi-stage quest where you’re not sure if you’ve been hitting checkpoints and saving progress.

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However, as far as we can tell, the autosave in Red Dead Redemption 2 saves under these conditions:

  • When Arthur Morgan goes to sleep
  • When an item is bought or sold, and
  • When a mission has been successfully completed.

You can view your saved game files by navigating to the Story option on the save menu, then choosing to load a save. The most recent save(s) will be displayed on this screen making this an effective method of determining exactly when autosave has been saving your progress.

How to manually save in Red Dead Redemption 2

The game also allows you to manually save your progress should you wish. However, at times, you may notice that the Save option found by navigating to Story option from the pause menu has a padlock on it, indicating that the feature is currently disabled. From our experience, this occurrence happens when:

  • In a cutscene
  • When talking to an NPC, and
  • When midway through a mission.

During these instances, the game bars you from saving your RDR2 progress.

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Hopefully, this guide on how to save in Red Dead Redemption sets some of your worrying to rest, so you can focus on the real task at hand of dominating the Wild West. For other tips, tricks and gaming guides, check out some of our other pieces.