Red Dead Redemption 2 is now out on PC, letting players immerse themselves into its vast Wild West adventure. For some, however, the sheer amount of things on offer won't be enough. That's where our list of The Best Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Mods comes into play, opening up the options available to you.
Red Dead Redemption 2 mods have started popping up as soon as the title arrived on PC, as the Joker mod showed. But it's not just texture mods we're dealing with, others are letting players play as various animals or skip the game's intro.
The Best Red Dead Redemption 2 Mods
While Red Dead Redemption 2's offering of mods might not be the largest out there, there still are plenty of options to choose from if you're looking for something extra when playing Rockstar's latest. These are the best ones that caught our eye so far.
Arthur Morgan as The Joker Mod
If you're secretly dreaming of a Red Dead Redemption 2 x Batman crossover, the Arthur Morgan as The Joker Mod is your best bet for living out that fantasy, at least at the moment. Although it's not a complete revamp of the protagonist, the face re-texture mod does give Arthur a fair share of the Clown Prince of Crime's unstable vibes which, luckily, Red Dead Redemption 2's gameplay gives you plenty of tools to complement.
Model Swap Mod
Playing as a gun-toting outlaw in the final days of the Wild West has its appeal but what if you could lift those limitations? That's where the Model Swap Mod comes in. With it, you can experience Red Dead Redemption 2's world as a chicken, pig, or any other animal. More than that, it also lets you pick any other character or NPC if you still fancy the notion of playing as a human, just not that Arthur Morgan bloke.
Skip Intro Mod
Red Dead Redemption 2 has a linear and fairly lengthy introductory chapter and if you've already experienced the game on console or going into your second playthrough on PC you might want to jump straight into the action. The Skip Intro Mod lets you do exactly that, progressing the story straight to Chapter 2, where you also get access to the game's open world.
Photorealistic Reshade Mod
Red Dead Redemption 2 pays lots of attention to many small details in its gameplay leaning quite noticeably towards realism. If you want to step even further in that direction, the Photorealistic Reshade Mod is precisely what you're looking for. Rather than abusing a preset, the mod simply enhances the already existing colors, shadows, tone mapping and sharpness.
The FOV-Widescreen Mod is a handy tool to keep around if you're playing Red Dead Redemption 2 on monitors using 16:9, 21:9 or wider resolutions. As its name suggests, it lets you adjust the field of view and also remove black bars from cutscenes, cinematic cameras, and a handful of other places.
Zolika1351's Trainer Mod
Zolika1351's Trainer Mod is as old fashioned as it gets. A trainer with multiple options, it lets you turn the madness in your Red Dead Redemption 2 playthrough up to eleven with options such as god mode, infinite ammo, invisibility, the ability to change time, weather, and more.
Longer Days Mod
Red Dead Redemption 2 is without a doubt one of the most gorgeous titles currently out there and if you can't take in enough of its scenery during daylight, the Longer Days Mod is one you should pay attention to. With it, you can set the duration of an in-game day to one of your choosing which, interestingly enough, also helps if you're more of a night owl.
Undead Nightmare 2 Mod
If there's one thing that Red Dead Redemption 2 lacks, it's definitely zombies and modders have caught on. The Undead Nightmare 2 mod aims to populate Red Dead Redemption 2's world with a whole lot more zombies, bringing about a constant sense of terror. The mod is currently in early stages of development, its only gameplay showcase featuring regular knife-wielding enemies mindlessly charging everyone in a manner that's not all that different from the tactics employed by actual zombies. Although there's currently no sign that we'll also get a full single-player campaign like in the expansion that inspired its name, the Undead Nightmare 2 mod shows promise if you fancy yourself a fan and sworn enemy of zombies.
Red Hot Redemption Mod
What would it be like it you combined indie hit Superhot with Red Dead Redemption II? The Red Hot Redemption mod aims to answer that question by taking gameplay rules from Superhot and applying them to Rockstar's latest. Simply put, the mod makes it so that in combat time moves only when you move. On top of that, it also applies a layer of slow-mo to all combat encounters.
Recruit Peds Mod
The Recruit Peds mod gives Arthur the ability to recruit any pedestrian to his side, turning them into impromptu bodyguards. The simple process involves targeting an enemy while having the rope equipped and pressing the appropriate hotkey. If the Wild West happens to ever get lonely, this mod is an easy solution.
Play As John Mod
If Arthur Morgan doesn't exactly strike your fancy as a protagonist, the Play As John Mod is one to look at. What it does is replace Arthur with Red Dead Redemption's protagonist, John Marston. The mod also goes a bit further than just replacing a model, giving John his own voice lines and letting players customizing him as they see fit. The only bit that breaks immersion happens during main mission cutscenes, where Arthur's voice can still be heard which, at the end of the day, is a reasonable price to pay.
Telekinesis and Pyrokinesis Mod
If you're tired of picking up objects with your hands and placing them down gently, the Telekinesis and Pyrokinesis Mod should be right up your alley. As its name implies, the mod lets you pick up objects or peds in Red Dead Redemption 2 from a distance and fling them around carelessly. The fun doesn't end there either as its Pyrokinesis component gives Arthur the ability to create spontaneous explosions in front of him which, better yet, damage anything but him.
Hunting Wagon Mod
Hunting in Red Dead Redemption 2 is a very involved activity, requiring knowledge of which weapons to use, where to find prey, and having to haul meat and hides back to camp yourself. But as your horse can only carry so much, this means you'll often have to plan for multiple trips. Not with the Hunting Wagon Mod, which offers a more generous amount of space for you to store that which you hunt. The mod is still in beta but, nonetheless, offers a great alternative to your horse.
Blink (Teleportation) Mod
As much as Red Dead Redemption 2's slower pace is part of its charm, at some point in your travels you'll likely have wished for a faster way to travel around its world. That's where the Blink (Teleportation) mod comes in, letting you zip around the game's world much faster. Essentially, a press of a button teleports you to where you're looking at, regardless if it's a patch of ground or up in the air. Can't do that with a horse.
Invisibility (Turn Invisible) Mod
If your time as Arthur Morgan is much too filled with unwanted gunfights, giving Red Dead Redemption 2's Invisibility mod a try is well worth it. As its name suggests, the mod lets the main character vanish right in front of his enemies' eyes, making them unable to shoot them. The mod does come with a few caveats, like still being able to talk to others or becoming wanted when committing crimes, but creator hcl20061218 is looking into addressing them.
If those pesky animals keep outrunning you while you're out hunting, the Red Dead Redemption 2 Stasis Mod has an easy solution for your troubles. At a press of a button, you can stop any animal or human dead in their tracks and significantly slow down horses, wagons, and carriages. Once trapped in stasis, you can choose whether to pull the target toward you, push it away or kill it.
Temperature already plays a role in Red Dead Redemption 2, draining Arthur's health core faster unless he changes outfits when in different climates, but what if it could go one step further? The Hypotermod makes Arthur more vulnerable to poor weather and susceptible to losing body temperature depending on environment temperature, wind speed and how wet he is. Hypothermia has several stages with varying effects, like dismounting your horse every 30 seconds, the last one leading to Arthur suddenly dying.
Ped Damage Overhaul Mod
The Ped Damage Overhaul Mod alters human NPCs and their behavior, raising Red Dead Redemption 2's difficulty. They gain more health and withstand more fire damage, headshots being the sole way of dispatching them quickly. The mod also makes human NPCs stumble or fall when getting shot in the legs and increases the time it takes for them to bleed out. Players using the mod need to be more thorough when raiding camps and locations to make sure they don't have to deal with surprise eyewitnesses after leaving.
Save Editor Mod
The Red Dead Redemption II Save Editor Mod does precisely what you'd expect. It lets you manually edit the values of specific stats and the number or type of items your character carries in any given save game. These include stuff like money, health, stamina, honor, but also hair, available weapons and much more.
Non-essential Red Dead Redemption 2 Mods
- Red Dead Freecam
- Savegame with 30 Gold Bars and Elite Horse
- Real Western Reshade
- Hot Air Balloon
- Quick Toggle HUD and Minimap
- 1 shot 1 kill
- Disarm Any Ped
- Thunderhawk - Lightning Tomahawk
- Pyrokinesis Power (Explosions)
- Fly Mod
- Illumination power
- Hardcore Difficulty Mod
- Another slow motion (bullet time) mod
- The Lasso of Healing
- Shrink Ray
- Bank Robberies
- Rocket Mode
Mods in Red Dead Online
It's worth keeping in mind that taking mods into Red Dead Online is bound to result in a suspension, or perhaps even a ban, as it violates the game's terms of service. Using mods in the single-player portion is, however, perfectly fine.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is out now on PC, via the Epic Games Store and Rockstar Games Launcher, Xbox One and PS4. It arrives on Steam in December.