Notorious achievement in Red Dead Redemption 2


Red Dead Online: Reach Rank 50.

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How to unlock the Notorious achievement

  • Chief0fZombiesChief0fZombies600,229
    19 Oct 2019 19 Oct 2019
    53 3 26
    For those that dont like playing the Showdowns/Races, the best way to rank up is to start the New Collector Role . For each Full Collection you sell, you will get 1550XP. Took me two weeks to go from 9 to 50 without really trying. Buy Metal Detector when you have $700 as it helps find Coins/Jewelry and Buried Arrowheads. Each set will net you between $200-$600. smile

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    dsp100252To clarify what "completely random" means from Resinous' post, you also no longer have a guarantee of getting an entire set just by hitting all the spots in one day. Like you could end up getting the same coin 5 times in a row if you were unlucky. Total BS from R* angry
    Posted by dsp100252 on 30 Jul 20 at 20:08
    Belly EllyWith the added randomness, is this still the best way to go?
    Posted by Belly Elly on 20 Oct 20 at 19:25
    Belly EllyJust got the achievement, this is still by far the fastest way to level. Full collection sets give a nice xp bonus, but you get 100-300 xp per collectible. Just running around gathering everything will give enough xp to level up quickly. I focussed on the american flowers which are the easiest to collect, and you can finish 2 per day.
    Posted by Belly Elly on 26 Oct 20 at 19:27
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  • rafa1000houserafa1000house503,461
    22 Jun 2019 24 Jun 2019 24 Jun 2019
    29 6 5
    This boost is an adaptation of the original but obsolete method posted on powerpyx last year.

    You can read it here:

    It is also a great way to level up for those who keep disconnecting due the error 0x20010006, or don't like competitive games / dealing with bad behavior players. I've updated it considering the new matchmaking system which is easier than Beta's and the "restart from checkpoint" that doens't work anymore. You also may earn 35% to 60% MORE XP during bonus events.


    0 - Make a 2-player posse with a friend.

    1 - Posse Leader must initiate replay of the online story mission “Kill Them, Each and Every One” (Pause Menu cn_start > Progress > Story > Select Mission > hold cn_X to Replay).
    Note: The Posse Leader must have beaten this mission for replay to be available. The joining player only needs to have beaten the online tutorial.

    2 - Posse leader must click cn_A to Start Mission then after a loading screen both players press cn_Y. Skip the cutscene (hold cn_A) to save time. One player goes to the mission objective which is the Fort Mercer. You can take some shortcuts avoiding the winding track by going in a straight line through cacti.

    3 - After a cutscene where you put on helmets is where the actual XP boost starts. You will get for free “Split Point” Ammo for the Carbine Repeater and Revolver. Open weapon wheel cn_LB, hover over the Carbine Repeater and press cn_right to select Split Point Ammo!

    4 - Both players take cover. Near each cannon there is a convenient cover spot: to the left of the Fort's entrance you can use a wooden barrel and a box and to the right there is a big rock. Kill both gunners using Maxim, few enemies that are near your cover and at least two guys protecting the Fort's wall (we call them snipers for convenience). Let three or four enemies alive in ground level.

    5 - Open weapon wheel cn_LB, hover over the Revolver and press cn_right to select Split Point Ammo! Now is the main part: run towards your enemies and press cn_B when near enough to tackle them. Press cn_RT to execute with your revolver.

    You should receive*: 5XP for kill + 10XP for execution + 10XP for kill with special ammo

    Extra Bonuses:
    "Eyes Wide Shut" + 10XP (not sure when this bonus is granted, but it pops sometimes)
    "Last Chance" + 5XP (use all your 6 bullets to execute enemies and this bonus may be granted to your next kill - do not reload your revolver)

    *Event Update:
    Sometimes for a whole week, the values are increased by Rockstar to 7XP instead 5XP and 13XP instead of 10XP.

    6 - Don't waste your time blowing up the Fort entrance with cannons, instead run to the left and use the stairs, then jump the wall. One player takes the left route killing everyone with executions. The other player takes the right path. Try to keep close as this makes the enemies to spawn nearby. Kill all enemies in the upper floor, go to the front yard of the Fort with no mercy but watch out an old man carrying a shotgun, then go to the backyard luring groups to the corridors, to avoid too much damage. Soon Teddy Brown will arrive..."Think I'm affraid of you fools?......Huummph". Kill the remaining henchmans but keep Teddy alive. Die spending your remaning lives until the mission fails.

    7 - Press cn_X to restart the mission and repeat it once. You can only play it 2 times in a row, because after that you won't earn XP bonus for execution neither for using special ammo.

    8 - After playing the mission twice, in the FAIL screen, press cn_Y to bring your posse to the open world. As soon you are able to move your character, repeat steps 1 to 7.

    9 - You will earn some nice gold buckles during the boost, make sure to reset then as soon as you can and receive gold nuggets and extra XP.

    10 - You will unlock cards and new slots to equip them as you level up. I recommend both players to equip these if they have money to spare:


    In order to reach Rank 50 for the “Notorious” achievement you will need about 170,425 XP so this will take some time, I'd say about 25h or 30h depending of your disconnection rate due error 0x20010006 but it is much faster than playing PVP matches and you don’t need any skill to do this. You can also switch up routes so your XP farming doesn’t get too boring. Good hunt!

    Feedback: Please, if you vote negative, take a minute to comment on how I can improve this solution. The same goes for any grammatical mistake you may find, because English is not my main language and I would gladly correct the text.
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    rafa1000houseThanks for your comment, Xela Killaz. Not sure if it was patched but I'm glad it still works and it's good enough for you. Did you try changing the posse host, or play in different servers? I hope an event with bonus XP can make things faster soon.
    Posted by rafa1000house on 01 Aug 19 at 20:27
    R1KM4NLove this solution. Looking to go for this achievement early this year and everything is laid out super clearly and easy to read. Will comment back when trying to confirm if everything is still working. Thanks for the help!
    Posted by R1KM4N on 04 Jan 20 at 16:00
    rafa1000houseThank you for your kindness! Good luck boosting it, I hope you have a good time with your boost partner(s).
    Posted by rafa1000house on 06 Jan 20 at 20:39
  • IXI FalcoNIXI FalcoN1,509,141
    30 Aug 2019 29 Aug 2019 05 Feb 2020
    14 5 9
    UPDATE 2/5/20 - Solution might not be viable anymore. See spoiler tag below for ChunkzUnlimited's findings.

    *** Spoiler - click to reveal ***

    There are many ways to grind this out and the other solutions do a great job of covering that. But if you're like me and don't really care for this kind of MP format then I have great news; you can idle the entire thing with minimal effort on your end.

    In order to do this you'll need some kind of way to run macros (CronusMax, Titan One, or even a simple turbo controller will suffice) in order to bypass the idle kick. Rubber banding your sticks won't cut it, Rockstar has implemented a system to detect this and you will get booted after a couple matches. The good news is that you don't need to run any sort of complicated script; just turbo the A button.

    You'll be doing all your idling in showdown matches. You have 2 options; the standard Showdown with 16 max players and the Showdown Large with 32 max players. There are pros and cons to both. The 16 player showdown has a larger pool of gametypes with most of them being team modes. Team games yield more XP per match even if you lose, but you do get a bonus for being on the winning team. The 16 player showdown only has 2 teams for all but one gametype, which increases your chances of being on the winning team and thus yields a higher XP payout. The 32 player large showdown is more populated and has a better chance of holding up on non-peak hours. The downside to the showdown large playlist is that the team modes have multiple teams, meaning you will rarely win, and also only 3 gametypes with 1 being a FFA mode. FFA modes will not award you as much XP even if you do well. I played one out to test and placed second and still netted worse XP than idling a losing team match. For this reason I recommend the 16 player showdown unless you can't get a match (more on this later).

    Like I said earlier, all you need to do upon getting into a showdown match is turbo the A button. This will prevent you from being idle kicked, respawn you quickly, and bypass the results screen and place you into the next session right away. The one negative to this is that once you're in the pre-game menu the A button turbo will immediately place a vote kick on yourself. The good news here is that the player base doesn't seem to care about vote kicking idle players because it never happened to me. You need 50% of the players in the room to initiate a vote kick to boot you and I never had it happen so I wouldn't worry about it.

    What does happen unfortunately is that sometimes the game will boot you to free roam between matches for no reason. Anyone who has played GTAO knows Rockstar's servers aren't the greatest. My longest session was 13 consecutive hours before being dumped into free roam, but typically you can go 3-5 hours without an issue provided you have a reliable connection. For this reason you need to check in periodically to make sure you're still in a showdown match. A good way to do this is to just check your status on It will say "Red Dead Redemption 2 - Playing Red Dead Online: Showdown Series" if you're still in showdown matches, otherwise it will say "wandering around Blackwater" or something similar if you got tossed into free roam.

    XP Payout

    A standard 7 min match will typically yield around 200-250XP per game if you're on the losing team. You then have around 3 mins of loading screens and pre-game lobby time before the next match so you can run around 6 matches an hour. You will get more if your team wins; the highest I saw was 414XP. You will get less for a FFA match, usually around 90-100. Time spent in the match is the main factor in how much XP you get, the second being a team game, and third winning said team game. Beyond that it doesn't matter. Other than getting XP for individual kills, performing well and the match and sitting there doing jack shit didn't change the end result much from what I observed. My 13 hour session took me from a low 39 up to a high 45, so it's about 2 to 2.5 hours per rank when you get higher up, but of course this is highly dependent on getting lucky with being on winning teams. Obviously you'll level at a faster pace at the lower levels. My final stretch from 49 to 50 took almost exactly 2.5 hours.

    The other great thing about this is that you make bank doing this too. You will get 0.16 gold bars for a full 7 min match. The cash payout fluctuates, but you usually get between $10-$13 per game, sometimes more for a team game win and less for a FFA match. I made enough money to knock out all the achievements involving buying things, including owning 5 horses, by level 28. I've made several thousands of dollars since that point so don't worry about money at all, you'll be swimming in it when you reach the upper levels. If you plan on playing the PVP at all just for fun, I recommend buying the Bolt Action rifle, Pump Shotgun, Dual Volcanic Pistols, and the split point pamphlet when you hit level 28. I also recommend following BabyishDuck's solution with regards to which ability cards to use as I found those to be quite useful in the handful of matches I played.

    Sometimes the game struggles with putting you into a showdown match from free roam. If you see the message "waiting for showdown to start", just quit back to free roam because trust me it never actually starts. When this happens you should quit and reload the game completely and try the other showdown mode. If showdown standard gives you problems, try showdown large and vice versa.

    If you don't mind putting a little time into the free roam, the daily challenges are a good source of XP. You get 200XP for completing a daily challenge, so try and stick to the easy ones that will take you 10 mins or less, otherwise that time is better spent just idling in showdown.
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    IXI FalcoNThat's a real shame to here. I'll update the solution with your findings.
    Posted by IXI FalcoN on 05 Feb 20 at 13:53
    NickTheGreekYeah 3 ranks in 24 hours without being dropped from the lobby, this seems to not happen at all now
    Posted by NickTheGreek on 05 Feb 20 at 16:23
    NickTheGreekTo be more clear on that 3 ranks 35-38
    Posted by NickTheGreek on 05 Feb 20 at 16:24
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