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Clemency Pays

Capture a bounty alive.

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How to unlock the Clemency Pays achievement

  • StartSmallssStartSmallss48,859
    19 May 2010 19 May 2010 19 May 2010
    72 0 11
    In order to obtain this achievement, you will need the lasso earned after the 6th mission with Bonnie MacFarlane; "Wild Horse, Tamed Passions".

    The mission order is:
    1. Exodus in America
    2. New Friends, Old Problems
    3. Obstacles in Our Path
    4. This Is Armadillo, USA
    5. Women and Cattle
    6. Wild Horse, Tamed Passions
    **Thanks to DimitriRascalov for supplying the mission order!**

    Once you have procured your lasso, you will need to find a wanted poster located outside of a Sheriff's/Lawman's office. (I used the one on MacFarlane ranch). **Note: Wanted posters show up on your map as a greyish/white skull** View the poster by pressing "B" and select the bounty by pressing "Y". Once the bounty mission is selected, you will see a red skull appear on your map, this is the wanted man you are trying to capture.

    Follow the map to the marker and fight the kill the posse protecting your wanted man but DO NOT KILL THE WANTED MAN. Once you have taken care of your prey's posse, select your lasso, target the wanted man and rope 'em. **Note: to make this easier on yourself, switch the targeting in your options to normal or casual, this way you can lock on the bandit and make him easier to rope**

    Once the man is roped, hold on to the left trigger, walk up to the roped man and press "Y" to hogtie him. It is then the simple matter of picking the man up, putting him on your horse and taking him back to town. You may have to deal with other posse members out for revenge as you take him back so be quick. Once you drop off the hogtied man to the Lawmen, the achievement will pop after a short cutscene of them walking him into the jail. There you have it, an easy 10 Gamerscore.

    Let me know if I am missing anything.


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    Skeptical MarioIs it possible to miss this achievement if I kill all the bounties? That is, do the bounties respawn eventually or are they a one-shot deal?
    Posted by Skeptical Mario on 03 Aug 10 at 20:07
    B rizzle098Great Solution, I'm goin to try to get this once I get it back. Hope it works for me.
    Posted by B rizzle098 on 08 Apr 12 at 16:48
    LuckyKantSomething you may want to add: Bounty targets are not available until you complete the Marshall Johnson mission Political Realities in Armadillo, which is mission 8.
    Posted by LuckyKant on 06 Aug 13 at 14:28
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  • TGC DaZZTGC DaZZ44,887
    27 Sep 2010 15 Jun 2010
    25 0 0
    Follow MAJOR SMALLMAN' guide and you cant go wrong. I created this video to show you how I got the achievement following their guide. All I can say is once you get that wanted person on the back of your horse get him back to the town as fast as possible - I had a little troule with his friends that kept on coming.
  • Railer wKaRailer wKa75,441
    11 Jun 2010 07 Sep 2010 07 Sep 2010
    20 0 0
    The easiest method for getting wanted poster symbols (the skulls) on the map to appear once you unlock bounties is to be at a major settlement at 7:30 in the morning, since that is when the wanted bounties are posted. In New Austin, go to Armadillo or Hennigan's Stead, in Nuevo Paraiso, go to Escalera, Chuparosa, or El Presidio, and in West Elizabeth hang around Blackwater, among other locations. Knowing this is also very important for getting the Redeemed (100% completion) achievement which requires you to do wanted posters a lot.

    If you show up to a town or wake up after 8:00 in the morning you will have missed the wanted poster. That is why it may seem hard to get one to appear, as you have to be precise with your timing in terms of arriving at a major settlement that would post wanted bounties.

    The bounty you try to capture may or may not try to run away as you approach him at his hideout, but regardless, once you have him on your horse you can expect waves of reinforcements to come after you. The amount of resistance depends on the bounty value; bounties in Armadillo, say, may be $80 if captured alive, while bounties out of Blackwater may fetch up to $600 if alive.
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