Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption Achievements

Master Exploder

Complete the Explosive Rifle Single Player Challenge  

There are 5 challenges to complete for the Explosive Rifle. After you've finished all 5 challenges, the achievement will unlock. The challenges are as follows;

1. Purchase the Explosive Rifle
The Explosive Rifle can be bought from the Gunsmith in Blackwater. It's price will be one of three options;

  • $5,000
  • $10,000
  • $15,000

The price will depend on your fame. (Honor?) The higher your fame is, the lower the price of the gun is. Being negative in fame will cause the rifle to be $15,000. Somewhere around Neutral will cause the rifle to cost $10,000. Be extremely positive, and the rifle will cost $5,000. If you happen to have very low fame, and low money, try and bring your Fame up. You can do this by wearing the Elegant suit, cheating at Poker and shooting the gun out of your opponent's hand during the duel after being caught. If you play at MacFarlane's Ranch, the buy-in is only $10. Repeat this over and over until you are at high enough Fame where you can buy the rifle at $5,000.

2. Kill 5 Enemies while they are in cover
After you've purchased the Explosive Rifle, you'll need to kill 5 enemies while they are in cover. Traveling to the nearest hideout is the easiest way to find enemies. When an enemy is in cover, they'll be out of sight, and hiding behind something. This is when you must take your shot. Repeat 5 times, and the challenge should be complete.

3. Kill 3 Enemies With One Shot
Killing 3 enemies with one shot may seem like an improbable task, but it is much easier than it seems. Hog-tying 3 enemies and placing them within a spot where they're all next to each other, will do the trick. Shooting your enemies from a higher point may make the job easier, but that is down to personal preference.

4. Kill Two Wild Animals
Killing any type of wild animal will work. Vultures will spawn after you've completed a hideout, bait can attract different types of animals, and finding random spawning animals all work well. Be sure to use Dead Eye when you're trying to shoot a hard target.

5. Kill an Enemy While Wearing the US Army Outfit
First, you'll need to have unlocked the US Army Outfit. This outfit is tied to the Redeemed achievement. For information on how to unlock it, check this thread. You can change your outfits at your nearest Bed. Change into the outfit, and kill an enemy.

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User Comments
Comment #1 by jamie2
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 @ 07:07:02 AM

Explosive rifle challenge:

Rank 1: Buy a explosive rile from the gunsmith in Blackwater. Costs 5000 dollars.

Rank 2: Kill 5 enemies taking cover

Rank 3: Kill 3 enemies with a single shot

Rank 4: Kill 2 wild animals with a single shot

Rank 5: Obtain the U.S Army outfit and kill and enemy with the gun

Comment #2 by eNaRGe
Thursday, November 04, 2010 @ 11:18:10 PM

A few tips;

Rank 3; equip the rifle, head into the saloon in Armadillo and shoot a table
with 3 or more Bollard Gang members at it. They don't have to be in a Hideout
to count as an 'enemy'. Just make sure you aren't wearing the Bollard outfit
at the time or it won't count. It's easy to do from up on the landing near your

Rank 4; Use bait, wait for 2 or more animals to approach the bait then shoot.

Rank 5; Again, change clothes in the Armadillo saloon and just shoot a Bollard
Gang member at a table (again, easiest to do from upstairs).

The last 3 Ranks can be done in under 5 minutes in/around Armadillo. Easy.

Comment #3 by aFluxx
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 11:17:52 AM

Shooting the Bollard Gang at the poker table is a good idea. I didn't see three at the table in my game at the time I was at the saloon. I grabbed a wanted poster, took down the gang leaving three members alive. I hogtied the three, grouped their bodies and my shot took them all down.

Comment #4 by obrazok
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 09:46:50 AM

guys how am i supposed to buy the gun that costs 15000? i got only 5500, where i can get like 10000

Comment #5 by Guizon Maltrov
Saturday, December 25, 2010 @ 03:33:31 PM

Theres a gun that costs that much?
well i have already all the available guns,including the exotic ones
and never see that one...
you sure it aint 1.500 ??

Comment #6 by Varshir
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 03:46:10 PM

It's definately 15,000

Comment #7 by elrogero
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 03:53:12 PM

Master Exploder, Tenacious D are the best!!!

By The way, I got mine for free at the Undead Nightmare :)

Comment #8 by Yunder
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 08:42:24 PM

Just to add; the gun's price varies depending on your honor, the lower honor, and it will cost $15,000. Being in the middle and it'll cost $10,000. Being high in Honor, and it will cost $5,000.

One way to raise you honor is to equip the Elegant suit and cheat at Poker. Shoot the gun out of your enemy's hand, and you'll gain 200 honor. Head to Macfarlane's Ranch and Poker will cost $10 to buy in. Rinse and repeat until you get higher honor.

Comment #9 by pvtkjoe117
Monday, February 21, 2011 @ 03:33:19 PM

If you bought the retail version of the Undead Nightmare pack, that came with this, how do you access the single player challenges with it being on a separate disc?

Comment #10 by Viper8828
Saturday, February 26, 2011 @ 03:16:35 AM

If you Bought the Undead Nightmare Game Disk

Rank 1 is complete Rathskeller Fort (it will be gifted to you with 30 ammo)

Rank 2 Shoot Each type of Zombie with it (there are 4)

Rank 3 is the same, except you kill 3 Zombies at once

Rank 4 is the same, except its kill 2 undead animals (I did this by shooting a wolf that had another one right next to it since they usually travel in packs)

Rank 5 is the same - Obtain and change into the US Army Uniform. Kill a zombie with the Explosive Rifle while wearing the US Army Uniform.

Comment #11 by 13ip0lar
Saturday, April 09, 2011 @ 05:51:38 AM

Thanks Viper, I was just about to ask. :D

Comment #12 by guy298
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 02:00:49 PM

Sorry, I did not mean! (he does not mean) to blow your mind! (to blow his mind)

Comment #13 by Waggie2K10
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 @ 08:44:41 AM

ive only got 3000 cash ): im screwed im on 89 cheevos and i need the other 6

Comment #14 by meandeadly90
Saturday, August 20, 2011 @ 12:36:57 PM

This achievement was easier on Undead Nightmare than the regular retail.

Comment #15 by e Mathias p
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 11:57:11 AM

i raised the money by just hunting bears, elk, and buffalos

Comment #16 by Waggie2K10
Sunday, April 08, 2012 @ 08:22:18 PM

Right okay, I had problems with this one, as you can see from my earlier post, last year in August. This is my guide to obtaining the achievement. When I was getting the man of honour/chivalrys dead achievement, I did the lazy thing, and killed everybody I saw, sheriffs, prostitutes excetera, I hated my self for doing that after. Okay, so I come back to the game nearly 6 months later, to finish it off, and I still have lowest honour. The first thing I did, and you would have to do to get a higher honour, is head over to McFarlanes ranch and head over to the little cottage where there is a group playing poker, enter the room and sit down and start playing(NOTE you do need to be wearing the elegant suit, but NOT the bandana, as any honour you earn will not count) the buy in is only 10$ so it

Comment #17 by Cynical Empire
Wednesday, June 06, 2012 @ 04:25:12 PM

Would anyone like to boost these achievements with me? I have one other friend, so maybe we can do some over cheevos as well message me on Xbox my GT is Cynical Empire

Comment #18 by IKV91
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 @ 11:12:45 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 #19 by kattw
Sunday, May 25, 2014 @ 05:10:17 PM

For anyone having trouble buying the gun: 1) go kill some bears. The game spawns them practically on top of each other once you get some kills going. Equip the master hunter clothes to make it faster. Sell the bear stuff in Mexico. 2) Equip the master trader clothing, that'll cut the gun price in half.

'course, you have to earn the outfits first, but earning outfits is a good way to get money too, honestly.

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Game Info
Rockstar Games


US May 18, 2010
Europe May 21, 2010

HDD Space Required : 6.73 GB
Backward compatible on Xbox One: Yes
Price: $29.99USD
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