Holidays in Red Dead Online feature snow, Showdown modes, free gifts, and more


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It’s hard to believe that Red Dead Redemption 2 has been out for over a year already, but Red Dead Online hasn’t been around for nearly as long. Launched in the spring on consoles and just last month for PC, this is the first proper holiday season for the game’s active community of players. To celebrate, Rockstar Games is pulling out all the stops with a Winter Weather Warning that kicks in on Dec. 20.


First off, there’s free loot. Anyone who logs into Red Dead Online between Dec. 23 and Dec. 25 is going to get a heaping helping of holiday cheer in the form of weapons, ammunition, and treats for your horse. Here’s the full list of what’s inside the Gift Chest:


The Krampus Double Barrel Shotgun Variant


30 rounds of Incendiary Buckshot Ammo


100 Shotgun Slugs


10 Thyme Big Game


10 Minty Plump Birds


20 Carrots


20 Assorted Biscuits


50 Candies


10 Fine Brandies


10 Special Miracle Tonics


20 Volatile Fire Bottles


2x Creek Plums


2x Agarita


Rockstar is also handing out some additional goodies, but you need to access the menus to get them. Starting Dec. 13 and running until Jan. 6, anyone who logs in can head to the Benefits section of the main menu to redeem the following coupons:


3,000 Club XPRDO


$200 for starting a new Role


1x Free Trader Resupply Reward


1x Free Weapon Component of your choice Reward


1x Treasure Map Reward


1x Free Moonshiner Mash Refill Reward


30% off one Stable slot Offer


Plus, if you log in between Dec. 31 and Jan. 6, you’ll also pick up a 1,000XP reward for each of the four Specialist roles. There’s also deals on the Butcher’s Table, Medium Delivery Wagons, the Bounty Hunter’s Schofield Revolver skin, and the Collector’s Lancaster Repeater.


There’s also a special 50% sale for shotguns and coats in the online store. That’s helpful, since players should expect to see snow falling just about everywhere in the game world starting tomorrow. A seasonal dusting will also be featured in some platform-exclusive holiday-themed Showdown modes. Folks on PlayStation 4 will have access to Gun Rush (a battle royale mode), Make it Count (bows and arrows only) and Last Stand. Everyone else will get Spoils of War (a capture the flag mode), Up in Smoke (base attack), and Overrun (territory control).


Finally, fans can ring in the New Year with a special assortment of gifts courtesy of Madam Nazar. All they have to do is collect a Goose Egg, Cognac, and a Thyme Plump Bird for the Festive Feast Collection, or the Ace of Wands, some Scotch, and a Platinum Pocket Watch for the New Year Collection. Those offers run from Dec. 14 to Dec. 30 and from Dec. 31 until Jan. 6 respectively.


For more details, check out the Rockstar Games blog.

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