'Red Dead Online' Winter Update Offers Huge XP for Moonshining & Bounty Hunting Roles

Snowy weather is coming to Red Dead Online, heralding a holiday season update loaded with gifts. With in-game snowfall expected to begin Friday, here's what else you can look forward to when winter festivities come to Red Dead Redemption 2's online multiplayer mode.

Anyone who has played the Red Dead Redemption 2 campaign likely still shivers at the thought of anything like the blizzard conditions encountered early in the Story Mode, but the holiday update to Red Dead Online should be a little more cheerful than the deadly blizzard opening the single-player adventure. In addition to snow coating the ground, keep an ear open for piano players toasting the season with festive songs.

Snow is coming to "Red Dead Online" and this time it should be a little more jolly than in the "Red Dead Redemption 2" campaign. Rockstar Games

But more than a change in setting (snow will fall on all five states in Red Dead Online), the holiday update is chockablock with presents, discounts and other bonuses, most of which are accessible by logging into the game during certain time windows.

Players who log into Red Dead Online between December 23 and December 25 will receive a Gift Chest stuffed with a combination of firepower and feast goodies:

  • 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

Players can also get 50 percent off a shotgun or coat purchase by checking for the discount offer under the Benefits section of the main menu.

A lot of gifts are getting squeezed under this tree. Rockstar Games

Anyone who logs in to Red Dead Online before January 6 is also eligible for the following offers, which will appear in the Benefits section:

  • 3,000 Club XP
  • RDO$200 toward starting a new Role
  • Free Trader Resupply Reward
  • Free Weapon Component of your choice Reward
  • Treasure Map Reward
  • Free Moonshiner Mash Refill Reward
  • 30 percent off one Stable slot Offer

You may have noticed many of the gift benefits coming to Red Dead Online focus on the Specialist Roles, including the newly introduced Moonshiner profession. Also on offer is a 1,000XP reward for each of these four Specialist Roles—Moonshiner, Bounty Hunter, Trader, Collector—for anyone who logs in to Red Dead Online between December 31 and January 6.

Other Red Dead Online discounts available through January 6 amount to five Gold Bars off the cost of the Butcher's Table and 25 percent discounts on the Medium Delivery Wagon, the Bounty Hunter Schofield Revolver variant and the Collector Lancaster Repeater variant.

The Krampus Shotgun is holly jolly mayhem incarnate. Rockstar Games

The holiday update also includes "snow-dusted" versions of multiplayer Showdown Modes, including Spoils of War, Up in Smoke and Overrun. Some are PlayStation 4 exclusives, including holiday variations on Gun Rush, Make it Count and Last stand. The multiplayer mode alternates will be available through January 6.

Altogether, the holiday update to Red Dead Online is more than just a Western winter wonderland, but also a great opportunity for anyone hoping to try out a new Frontier Pursuit.