Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption Achievements

Friends in High Places

Use a pardon letter with more than $5000 bounty in Single Player.  

You will be given your first pardon letter by Seth, instead of using it hold onto the letter and just pay off the bounty instead. If you do use this pardon letter early on, you can earn more by completing the hideout side missions. I suggest you make a new save and attempt this away from your main save file. Once you have completed the requirements you can then load back your original save and continue playing through the story.

Once you have access to The North you can then make your way to Blackwater. On the western side of town you will find a train station. Just across the street is a large red brick building, which has the title "Welcome to Blackwater" painted on the site. Climb to the top of this building and start killing people. You can stand at the top of the ladder and pick people off as you see them. If you span the camera around from the town hall lawn to the train station you will find an infinite loop of AI civilians. Keep killing people until you reach $5,000 bounty. You can now duck behind cover on top of the building and wait for your wanted level to vanish.

Once your wanted level has dropped make a run for the train station and use your pardon letter to void your bounty. Do not shoot anyone as you make your way to the train station, if you do your wanted level will go back up and using the letter won't be possible.

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User Comments
Comment #1 by loserswin120
Friday, June 04, 2010 @ 11:31:11 PM

Is there any recommended place to do this?

Comment #2 by PJSkiboy
Sunday, June 06, 2010 @ 12:29:42 PM

I did this in Blackwater.

Get on top of any of the buildings and obviously shooting cops get your wanted level higher, faster.

Once you get to $5000 bounty, wait for things to calm down and you can let your wanted level go away. Climb down from whatever building you are on and head to the train station there in town and give them a pardon letter.

That is how I accomplished it.

Comment #3 by ParsleyParsnips
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 01:45:05 AM

So when trying it on singleplayer isnt like on multiplayer? where it keeps coming back if it starts to decrease..cause if not imma try this :P need this and marshal one.

Comment #4 by TITANIUMSNER45
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 04:23:40 AM

Here is a tip everyone if you do what PJSkiboy says make sure you have enough ammo when you get up there... :( I accidentally ran out.

Comment #5 by YpU
Saturday, June 12, 2010 @ 06:56:12 AM

How do you get pardon letters? :/

I'm kinda' new on the game.

Comment #6 by bobafett_esb
Monday, June 14, 2010 @ 05:52:29 PM

This achievement is very time-consuming for what it's worth.

Make sure that you have plenty of ammo before you start out on this. I was fully loaded and still almost ran out of bullets.

I chose Armadillo to do this achievement.
There is a building to the left of the General Store that has a brick topper to it. You can get up there by jumping on some boxes in the back. No one else can reach you. Just duck down behind the front of the building and wait for anyone to come walking along. Take out everyone that you see.

After you get your bounty up to $5,000+, wait for your wanted status to go away. Then jump down off the building. Head to the train station there in Armadillo and use your pardon letter.

Also, make sure that you use your Bandana during this achievement. It is essent

Comment #7 by bobafett_esb
Monday, June 14, 2010 @ 05:53:44 PM

This achievement is very time-consuming for what it's worth.

Make sure that you have plenty of ammo before you start out on this. I was fully loaded and still almost ran out of bullets.

I chose Armadillo to do this achievement.
There is a building to the left of the General Store that has a brick topper to it. You can get up there by jumping on some boxes in the back. No one else can reach you. Just duck down behind the front of the building and wait for anyone to come walking along. Take out everyone that you see.

After you get your bounty up to $5,000+, wait for your wanted status to go away. Then jump down off the building. Head to the train station there in Armadillo and use your pardon letter.

Also, make sure that you use your Bandana during this achievement. It is essent

Comment #8 by Yoshidraak
Thursday, June 24, 2010 @ 01:52:28 PM

Or if you want very low honour. :P Because it will drop to the lowest if you do this achievement. I'm trying it currently at Blackwater, at some ladder they will keep coming up, dumb bastards.

Comment #9 by aboltz11
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 09:07:13 PM

i got a new xbox and my achievements are all there but my saved games are all gone. so im on stage one. where do you get the bandana at?

Comment #10 by aztecwarrior_12000
Thursday, July 15, 2010 @ 05:34:51 AM

i got it at thieves landing at the tailor.

Comment #11 by aztecwarrior_12000
Thursday, July 15, 2010 @ 07:03:06 AM

The way i did it was by getting on the tallest building in Blackwater. I kill all the officers in town and the went to the NW corner (the one looking at the railroad.) I then stood in the corner and just did a 360 with my camera (while standing still) and people would spawn and i would pop them with 1 shot. Didn't run in to ammo problems at wasn't even fully armed up when I did it) as long as you use your bolt action and do 1 shot per person. Soon as you reach $5000 bounty crouch and move away from the corner and wait for your bounty to disappear then go turn in a Pardon Letter when it does. I also took the opportunity to do the Heading South on a White Bronco achievement as I rode till the Marshalls chased me. Took me a while to do it this way but it's pretty much fool proof. Hope this he

Comment #12 by yellowboy06
Friday, July 16, 2010 @ 07:05:04 PM

1. Go to Armadillo and save at the saloon in "SLOT 1".
2. After you have saved, kill one or two random people (MAKE SURE TO NOT KILL THE DOCTOR, OR THE GUNSMITH)
3. Then once you have a bounty and wanted level head into the doctors office, the doctor should run out if you have a wanted level if not, aim your gun at him and he will run away
4. Now once inside take cover behind his desk, an officer will come into the doctors office shoot him and keep doing this until you have killed all the officers (it takes about 3 minutes to kill all of them).
5. Now, once you kill the last officer your wanted level should be gone but, your bounty still there.
6. Leave, the office and ride your horse south west to the Two Crows area and maybe a little farther to make sure the town respawns.
7. Once

Comment #13 by T4INTEDME4T
Friday, July 30, 2010 @ 08:06:14 PM

I did this in Blackwater as well, across from the hotel/saloon. Had plenty of
ammo using the bolt action. Never came down from the roof and got the 5,000 bounty.
Once the Lawmen are dead, the townsfolk will spawn back and....ka pow! Wanted level
went back up and more marshals showed up....killed them all until the bounty was
over 5,000 and walked to pay the Bounty. Viola

Comment #14 by Pete Mesquite
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 07:36:14 PM

just kill a shit-ton of people

Comment #15 by Kiory85
Friday, August 13, 2010 @ 07:41:44 AM

I cannot manage to do it using blackwater . just spent 1 hour + and all the lawmen just keep bunching up just underneath the roof making me unable to shoot them from the roof.

is there any other way people do this other than spend few hours waiting for every lawman to come out and show himself?

Comment #16 by HipLip
Friday, August 13, 2010 @ 07:04:01 PM

I did this in my room in blackwater which is handy because once the bounty runs out you can save!!! Just let one shot off and the ppl in salloon should run off and get lawmen and just aim for the stairs, keep taking them lawmen out using the high powered pistol cause thats what they're using don't worry about running out of ammo... keep saving once bounty runs out!!!!

Comment #17 by HipLip
Friday, August 13, 2010 @ 07:55:28 PM

just to add once the bounty does run out you may have a town with no lawmen just kill the civies or rob someone and run back to the room. also wear your bandana if you don't want to get negative honor... :]

Comment #18 by KoalaMittens
Wednesday, November 03, 2010 @ 01:04:50 AM

It was very easy to complete this achievement from the top floor of the store across from the train station. If you stand on the north side, and do a 360 with the RS, you get easy access to a fair amount of cops, as well as one civilian.

Comment #19 by Crispo
Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 10:43:32 AM

A great place for your massacre is the Blackwater theatre! Kill a few peeps then enter the double doors, climb the staircase to the right to get out of the way of the bullet storm. From your perch you can then pick off the law men one at a time as they enter and try to take cover at the bottom of the stairs. When you've killed the wave just go outside collect ammo from the pile of corpses then repeat the process. Fish in a barrel!

Comment #20 by Zesty Potato234
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 04:16:11 PM

where do u buy pardon letters?

Comment #21 by chrisk62
Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 05:13:42 AM

After trying this a few different ways i found that Crispo (comment 19) is BY FAR the best way to do it: shoot a civilian till a bounty appears on your screen, then head into the Blackwater theatre and head up the staircase on the right, the lawmen will come running through the theatre doors usually one at a time and instead of them trying to shoot you the dumb geezers try to run up the stairs after you giving you plenty of time to take them out, ALL lawmen in the area will eventualy run into the theatre so don't worry about going outside to kill them. Wear your bandana ofcourse and use the high powered pistol so you can collect ammo from the dead bodies when things cool down, then save and repeat this process a few more times to reach the $5000 bounty. Once the lawmen stop coming just cal

Comment #22 by chrisk62
Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 05:20:31 AM

(continued) Once the lawmen stop coming and your wanted level drops just calmly trot to the nearest train station and hand in your pardon letter. Took me 30-45 mins doing it this way. I tried doing it from high buildings but there are always lawmen under you that you can't shoot and they just stand about like panzies. The Blackwater theatre is your best option in my view and less likely to get killed by an enemy you didn't spot .... SIMPLE !!! :)

Comment #23 by kSlice
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 03:35:23 AM

I did this one in escuela, started by mistake when i was about to save my game killed a horse or donkey and a sheriff started shooting me so i shot him and ran into my h
house and saved and the cops swormed my house and i just crouched in the corner and took out my shotgun and waited for them to run in, also would switch to rifle to sneak some shots back at them. Each time they died out i saved and waited and went back in their getting 1-2k bounty each time so it wasnt that bad for me, just make sure if your going for high honor that you put your bandana on before you start shooting cops.

Comment #24 by Inevias
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 08:41:34 AM

As already stated #19 is the best way. At the theatre i didnt even get shot. Though i did accidently choose to pay off my bounty rather then use the pardon letter damn it lol.

Comment #25 by skull_x_man
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 09:47:39 PM

why is everybody having such a hard time with this?
i just did this between missions, 20 min tops. got on my default yellowish horse and started to shoot people in armadillo. when the law came after, i just shoot while running on my horsey.
also, had full medicine and when i ran out, i went to the general store to buy 5 more and started shooting again.

Comment #26 by HiiP3Rx5NiiP3R
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 05:20:32 AM

I got shot in the face on $4900 the first time i did it. got so angry

Comment #27 by lastjedi84
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 04:51:57 AM

Very time consuming.

Comment #28 by talkietoasta84
Thursday, June 23, 2011 @ 05:27:36 PM

Not as bad as I thought it would be. Got a bit frustrating when no one spawned at night, but during the day it was easy enough. Just stand on top of the building in front of Blackwater station and alternate between the person running in front of the station and the one running in to the square, over and over. Simples!

Couldn't help but chuckle at the huge pile of hats that were left after the carnage!

Comment #29 by Rurik
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 @ 03:06:03 PM

Got this through an interesting "bug". In Blackwater I started off from within the cinema. A "wave" of lawmen would get you $1250 bounty. After two waves I got on the horse and stood at the NW corner of the city near the stagecoach. From here, if you look towards the train station you'll see 2-3 people walking. Shoot them with a rifle then move the camera to face East. Move the camera back and the bodies will be gone and replaced by 2-3 more people walking. Just keep shooting and moving the camera, and picking off the 1-2 lawmen that come from the East, and I quickly picked up $5000 bounty. The last $2500 came faster than the first $1000 sitting in the cinema.

Comment #30 by Vasdefren13
Thursday, June 30, 2011 @ 10:19:18 PM

Blackwater is definitively the best place to do this. Just go on a rampage and then run when you get 5000.

Comment #31 by ReD DeMoN 79
Thursday, July 07, 2011 @ 12:55:44 AM

I did this at the same time I did "Mowing Them Down". I went to El Matadero and used the machine gun there to kill 500 people and at the same time got my bounty up to 5000. Then all I did was head north for like 30 seconds to a small town and payed off my bounty with a pardon letter.

Comment #32 by reignofrock
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 10:19:31 PM

This is so much easier now considering you can save your bounty.

Comment #33 by bernardo5
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 @ 04:47:29 AM

I've already finished the game with 100%. Tried doing this in Blackwater near train station, but have highest honor and fame. Problem is after over an hour I have zero bounty. Don't even have a wanted level. Is this because my honor and fame are so high? Any suggestions?

Comment #34 by Kryxx
Thursday, July 28, 2011 @ 09:03:30 PM

@ bernardo5
I had that happen a few times, while getting this Achievement. It usually happened to me after my wanted status went away and I saved. I would kill many people, but would never get my wanted status back. Since it happened usually after saving, I just quit to the main menu and reloaded, which fixed it.

Comment #35 by Willsef
Thursday, August 25, 2011 @ 06:57:22 PM

i was wondering if the cheats you get from the social club deactivate your ability to get achievements

Comment #36 by tacohead83
Friday, August 26, 2011 @ 03:41:31 PM

movie theatre in blackwater

Comment #37 by Aidanrv
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 @ 06:07:44 PM

This took ages!! Little tip, do this ach before you get full fame. And save at every opportunity! Did this between armadillo saloon and Blackwater theatre. Thanks for the tips!

Comment #38 by He-Man
Sunday, October 02, 2011 @ 06:21:07 PM

In blackwater, the key is to spin the camera around to make the AI respawn. I didn;t even realize this until last night, which made it so frustrating for me.

Comment #39 by DannyAwesome
Sunday, October 09, 2011 @ 05:53:14 PM

If you buy the bandanna you won't lose any honor.

Comment #40 by lostbob
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 @ 11:13:04 AM

I got this last night, so a few notes:

1) Armadillo isn't that hard of a place to get this. Get on top of the gun shop by jumping up from the back. NO lawmen can get you. As some people noted above, sometimes the lawmen get stuck under the awning. Just hide behind the front of the building (on the roof) and your wanted level immediately starts going away. Once it is gone, all of the lawmen wander around in the street. Voila! You can start plugging them again.
2) Once a wave of lawmen is dead, go down to the street and collect their weapons. Then do the trick mentioned above about going to Two Crows on your horse. When you come back, climb back up and then plug a citizen at the Saloon (day or night). Wait for a witness to go to the sheriff, and then your next wave starts.
3) For those

Comment #41 by lostbob
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 @ 11:14:22 AM

3) For those of you who are having trouble with your bounty not going up, I had this problem too. What I realized is that sometimes the bounty doesn't increase if there are no lawmen around. Once I realized this, I developed the pattern in #2...I had the whole thing done in about 20 minutes after I started doing it this way.
4) Save before you do this achievement. Once it’s done, simply go back to the dashboard and then re-enter the game. You won’t have lost your honor and you can go back to being a fine upstanding…er, um…ex-bandit.

Comment #42 by wcrawford
Monday, February 06, 2012 @ 04:02:20 PM

got 4700 bounty then died so cba

Comment #43 by RemkoX360
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 01:21:53 PM

i have found a trick for this achievement.
go on the roof in blackwater. once on the roof, go to the far right corner (seeing from the ladder) now stand there and face the railway station (city hall)shoot to get the attention of the police.

here comes the trick, rotate you RS counterclockwise (cc), for 2 reasons
1) check if anybody climbs the ladder
2) a character will spawn in front of you on the street. shoot it :)
then do RS-cc again, new person spawns. you can keep spinning to let 2 lawmen appear, then shoot em, rense-repeat. working on it as we speak, 4.3k atm

good luck

Comment #44 by metall2ica
Saturday, April 21, 2012 @ 02:56:54 PM

just completed this one the way the guide says to, easy enough just time consuming, roughly an hour

Comment #45 by Kennsmith
Monday, April 23, 2012 @ 08:13:33 AM

do it before your fame is full because when you're a legend it cuts your bounty in half

Comment #46 by AWESOME DUDE
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 10:15:27 PM

This took me so long to do!! the trick is to keep saving every 1000 bounty

Comment #47 by Sperle
Monday, July 16, 2012 @ 04:11:32 PM

Just save the pardon letter from Seth in the story, and use it when u get the 5,000 bounty.

Comment #48 by Slaughter.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 09:19:09 PM

Use the bandana if you take pride in you're honor. That's what I did...

Comment #49 by xxxSniper0xxx
Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 10:42:17 PM

Was at $3000, then accidentally killed myself with dynamite stick. Then got back to $1500, got hit by a bullet and glitched through the roof of the building I was on and promptly shot dead. >_

Comment #50 by MochaRaf
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 @ 12:38:05 PM

The safest way to achieve this is in blackwater on the roof of the hotel.

The blackwater hotel roof has only two access points, the first being the fire escape in the rear of the hotel, and the second being an access ladder on the right side of the hotel (when facing the front of the hotel) which leads to other roof tops.

Simply go to the roof of the hotel and shoot one of the lawmen walking around the streets or sitting on a bench below. Upon killing the lawmen you will get a bounty and wanted level, ignore the lawmen on the ground for the time being and make your way to the rear fire escape ladder. Crouch to the right of the vent and just watch the ladder, one by one all the lawmen below will start climbing the ladder. It is still time consuming but extremely easy picking, and a

Comment #51 by MochaRaf
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 @ 12:39:21 PM

another bonus to it aside from being one of the safest ways is the fact that you don't have to worry about ammunition. If you only get headshots, it will take about 100 lawmen to get you to 5000, so between all your weapons you should have more than enough ammunition to get a bounty over 5000. Just remember to shoot them as soon as you see their head pop up the ladder, as you don't want to take any chances with them reaching the top.

Also, don't worry about the other ladder that takes you down to the store roof tops, as the NPCs will always use the cloesest and easiest access point to reach you so they will ignore the side access ladder completely.

On last thing, (Not sure if this has to do with wearing the U.S Marshall outfit), but I've had it where a few times the lawmen stop spaw

Comment #52 by MochaRaf
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 @ 12:42:15 PM

spawning after a 2,500-3000 bounty. If this happens to you stay on the roof and just look for some civilians to shoot. Once you have been witnessed the lawmen will start coming in waves again.

Once you have reached your 5,000+ bounty simply hide in the corner of the roof top (or use the side access point ladder and climb to the lower roofs to hide there if you still have a constant waves of lawmen coming at you) until your wanted level has fallen. Then go to the train station and use the pardon letter.

The achievement can be obtained this way in anywhere from 20-45 minutes, depending on how many waves are coming at you and how fast. I've had it where there was a constant stream of lawmen popping up the ladder every 5-10 seconds, and other times where the gap between lawmen was 15-25

Comment #53 by MochaRaf
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 @ 12:44:14 PM

seconds. As far as this achievement is concerned, just be patient. The first time I tried it this way I got impatient when I reached a bounty of 4,150, so I ran to the front of the hotel roof and popped my head out only to be instantly killed. Stick to watching the rear ladder and you won't die or run out of bullet.

Good luck and have fun!

Comment #54 by mracree9
Friday, December 14, 2012 @ 05:42:13 PM

Was trying this at the hotel roof in Blackwater, I got to about $6500 without realising, in just over 30 mins! Ran down to the station and it wouldnt let me pay off my bounty! Just kept coming up about collecting a wanted poster/bounty!

So I panicked, and some lawmen were back on my scent, had to run back up, got to about $8000 out of boredom, and waited for the train, jumped down, hopped onto the train and hid behind a crate until I reached Manzanita Post where I paid it off!

Comment #55 by scaryevilpanda
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 04:52:52 PM

this was very easy, I couldn't do it the way everyone said, hidong on the roof, kill, hide etc. I had the fastest horse (***) and a powerful rifle. I forget the name of it. All I did was trot around the streets of Blackwater shootong people til the law showed up, then started shoting them. after a few cop kills, leg it out of town. They wil chase you, you kill them in 1 shot with the rifle. keep it up and if you come under too much flqk gallop like hell. when you are happy with the bounty you have, save in the wilderness outside Blackwater. Repeat above till $5000 bounty, then hand in the letter. took around 20 minutes I think, just don't get too cocky while doing it. Hope this helps :-)

Comment #56 by sleezecheeze
Saturday, February 23, 2013 @ 04:57:59 AM

Easy. Get the bandana so you don't ruin your honour (if it's already to high and you can't get it at thieves landing buy it from the general store in escalara). Stock up on ammo and then get on a roof at black water. Sit up there and mow all of the coppers down then when you get to 5000 bounty take off the banner and sit up there. Cause the cops can't see your wanted level will go down then you can just climb down and walk to the telegraph thing.

Take loads of ammo though, I almost ran out and I was jam packed.

Comment #57 by XxDesperadoxX
Monday, April 08, 2013 @ 11:46:26 AM

Does it matter if it's over $5000?

Comment #58 by IKV91
Friday, May 03, 2013 @ 09:53:52 AM

I'm willing to help anybody with any achievement/challenges for the price of 20 headshots per achievement/5 per challenge. My gt: IKV91.

Comment #59 by bastsxbox360
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 @ 05:54:29 PM

The method with the rooftop of Blackwater hotel took me about an hour, because the dead bodies of the police men kept clogging up the fire escape.

Then I went on to use the pardon letter and pressed the fucking wrong button (I PAID the bounty) :-(

Comment #60 by Iceskater101
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 04:35:03 PM

Dude this achievement sucks, I go on the top of that building in Blackwater but the walls are too high I can barely shoot anything on top of this building. I tried it on another building but I got to 4900 bounty and I was killed by a police officer who finally climbed up. I definitely give up on this achievement.

Comment #61 by theheartgold123
Thursday, October 24, 2013 @ 06:12:11 PM

I hate this achievement xD

Comment #62 by kattw
Saturday, May 24, 2014 @ 09:18:31 PM

For those having problems making stupid mistakes and dying: buy at least two horses. You can switch them whenever you like (e.g. in the middle of combat), and the game will save when you do it. For me, at least, this keeps my bounty up at the pre-bullet-to-the-face level.

Comment #63 by Mr Meany
Saturday, July 05, 2014 @ 03:13:15 PM

one of easiest ones I`ve done but kept traveling to MacFarlanes and Armadillo and use high points to stop the law from killing me

Comment #64 by ditisem
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 @ 12:22:00 PM

I don't know why people rooftops etc... just walk the streets? i did it in like 3 minutes by just walking on the street killing cops etc.

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US May 18, 2010
Europe May 21, 2010

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