The Journal is an item in Red Dead Redemption 2 that Arthur Morgan and John Marston write in. It details story and mission moments, animals, world interactions, and more. It's updatable after a Time jump sequence, which is done via resting in a bed, campfire, hotel room, or by death and detention consequence.
Depending on how much information that Arthur or John learn before a Time jump and their Honor level, they will draw and write for consecutive pages. The importance of the writing also goes with the importance of the information. If it's about the starting or ending of a Chapter the writing will take 2 pages to more (Most of the cases, a drawing in the left page and the writing in the right page, it can also be a double page drawing on some occasions). If it's about a mission experience, it will totally depend of the mission (The paragraph will also have all the decisions that were took on the playthrough written). If it's an animal or vegetable that has been known, it will have a small (and not very detailed) drawing, except on the cases of Legendary Beasts that will take 2 pages of the Journal.
The Journal is very useful to guide the Protagonist along all their decisions that they made since the Beginning, because it can help identify the causes of some acts in the game.
|D||Dutch van der Linde|
|S|| Sean MacGuire|
|Participants||Gang Share||Total Savings||Mission|
|D, M, L, JE, C, B & A||X||Who the Hell is Leviticus Cornwall?|
|A, JM & B||300||300||Paying a Social Call|
|A & H||150||450||The Spines of America|
|A & M||600||1050||An American Pastoral Scene|
|A, JM, S & C||750||1800||Pouring Forth Oil IV|
|A, B, C & U||450||2250||An Honest Mistake|
|D, M, L, JE, C, B & A||1000||3250||Who the Hell is Leviticus Cornwall?|
|A, JM & JE||350||3600||Horse Flesh for Dinner|
|A & S||425||4025||The Fine Joys of Tobacco|
|A, B, L & K||10000||14025||Sodom? Back to Gomorrah|
|A & T||375||14400||Friends in Very Low Places|
|A & JM||225||14625||Angelo Bronte, A Man of Honor|
|A, T, JE & S||3000||17625||A Fine Night of Debauchery|
|A, D & L||X||17625||Urban Pleasures|
|A, D, JE, B, H, Abigail, JM, C & M||X||17625||Banking, The Old American Art|
|A, D, C, B & S||6000||23625||My Last Boy|
|A, D, B, JE, S, M, Joe & Cleet||19000||42625||Our Best Selves|
- The job done in the mission "The Sheep and the Goats" is not listed, possibly because the money was never collected, although other jobs where the result was the same are included despite this.
- No jobs completed during companion activities are included, so Mary-Beth Gaskill and Tilly Jackson are not included in the legend despite taking part in Sean and Bill's stagecoach robberies, respectively.
- Susan Grimshaw, Simon Pearson, Orville Swanson, Molly O'Shea and Kieran Duffy are not included in the legend either, since they never participate in any jobs during the story. Kieran does take part in the Paying a Social Call job, albeit in a limited capacity.
- An interesting detail in the journal is that Arthur's drawings and writing are considerably better quality and more professional than John's, that can be proved by watching his mission's memories and Collectible drawings. Arthur tends to have detailed drawings spanning two pages, while John's drawings are rarely more than a simple doodle.
- Strangely, Arthur is able to write entries in the journal regarding Points of interest located in New Austin despite being unable to actually reach that state without the use of exploits.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 The gang is not initially paid for this job, due to the take being bonds that Hosea had to sell later on, hence why it is listed twice.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 In these instances, "S" refers to Sean.
- ↑ In this instance, "S" refers to Strauss.
- ↑ The take for this job was split among the participants only, due to the minimal amount obtained.
- ↑ Lenny is not listed as participating in this job.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 In these instances, "S" refers to Sadie.
- ↑ John and Javier are not listed as participating in this job. Oddly, Charles is still listed, despite the fact that he stated he did not want his cut.
- ↑ John is not listed as participating in this job.