How Many Chapters in 'Red Dead Redemption 2' and How to Get the Best Ending

Here's what you need to know.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a very large game. According to developer Rockstar, it takes 60 hours to beat, which probably explains both the massive file size and the soul-crushing hours that employees had to work to get it finished in time. If you’re wondering exactly how long this game really is, here’s a quick rundown of how many chapters and story missions there are in Red Dead Redemption 2, along with some info on how to get the best ending.

Red Dead Redemption 2 consists of six main chapters along with two end-game chapters that take place several years after the central story. Each chapter consists of multiple story missions, along with countless side-quests and activities. You’ll often move to a new area at the start of each chapter as well.

Here’s the full list of chapters (via Newsweek):

  • Chapter One: Colter (six story missions)
  • Chapter Two: Horseshoe Overlook (18 story missions)
  • Chapter Three: Clemens Point (17 story missions)
  • Chapter Four: Saint Denis (14 story missions)
  • Chapter Five: Guarma (nine story missions)
  • Chapter Six: Beaver Hollow (19 story missions)
  • Epilogue Part One: Pronghorn Ranch (10 story missions)
  • Epilogue Part Two: Beecher’s Hope (11 story missions)

For anyone keeping track at home, that’s 104 story missions total. If you want to replay any specific mission you can do so by heading to heading to the Progress tab in the menu and selecting Story. From there, you can try to improve your score on a mission or just revisit your favorites.

Warning: Spoilers ahead for the ending of Red Dead Redemption 2.

If you’re worried about getting the best possible ending in Red Dead Redemption 2 there’s one key decision you’ll have to consider. It comes up in chapter six when your character is forced to make a choice between helping John Marston reunite with his family or focusing on getting Dutch Van der Linde’s money.

According to Screen Rant, Helping John will get you the better “Honorable” ending, while focusing on the loot instead gets you a “Dishonorable” ending. The plot changes slightly as well, but either way, you’ll end up fighting with Micah Bell, the game’s main antagonist, to a draw at the end.

So it doesn’t really matter, but if you’re a perfectionist you should definitely opt to help John when the time comes, though considering how long this game is it might be a while before you get that opportunity.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is available now for PS4 and Xbox One.