When we tested this for ourselves, we used a slightly different method. Instead of bending down and saving, we simply saved after opening the lockbox, but before taking either of the two items-a gold bar and a pamphlet.
Traveling back to the lockbox revealed only the gold bar without the pamphlet. It’s crucial to hold the Take button so that Arthur picks up gold bars continuously. Also, be sure to load up the correct save, because in another of our tests, hitting the wrong one seems to have broken the glitch from then on.
Red Dead Redemption 2 hearkens back to a simpler time when America’s paper money wasn’t yet inflated. Ten dollars was a lot of money back then! But with one weird trick you can render the game economy functionally meaningless by roping in thousands of dollars in seconds.
As detailed by Raz on YouTube, you can exploit a glitch to trick the game into thinking you haven’t picked up a gold bar, even as it repeatedly gets added to your inventory. It basically boils down to finding the sheriff’s office in the ruined town of Limpany. As detailed in the video, the desk in this office has a gold bar, but you can break it by saving your game just as Arthur bends down to pick it up and then reloading the save. That puts several duplicates of the gold bar in the desk overlapping, so you can pick up 30 of them at a time. That sells for a cash value of $15,000, which basically makes you the Old West version of a lottery winner.
Of course, be warned that like any bug, taking advantage of this could have unforeseen consequences, so use at your own risk. If you do want to take advantage, keep in mind that exploits like this tend to be patched or hotfixed relatively quickly to secure the integrity of the game. If you want to ill-got some gains, you’d better be hasty.
This isn’t the only way to game the system in Red Dead 2, and there are certainly other ways to make some money quickly. Check out some of our favorite cheats, and while you’re at it find where to get the best horses and animal pelts. Plus you should read up on what exactly to do with that legendary bear pelt.