Let's see if we can put that new lasso of yours to good use.
Bonnie MacFarlane to John Marston

The Lasso is a piece of equipment featured in Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online.


The lasso is a loop of rope that is designed to be thrown around a target and tightened when pulled. It is used for catching and taming wild horses, for lassoing people and to hogtie criminals to take them to jail for a bounty reward. The player can also lasso criminals around the waist or feet and drag them while riding a horse. The player is unable to use the lasso while on a train.


  • In Redemption, the lasso is obtained during the mission "Wild Horses, Tamed Passions".
  • In Redemption 2, the lasso is provided during the mission "Old Friends" then will available to the player thereafter.
  • The lasso is not available in Redemption Multiplayer. The associated weapon slot is empty in the weapon wheel. However, it is available to all players in Red Dead Online after finishing the first mission.
  • In both games, it cannot be obtained with cheats.


To use the lasso, aim and 'fire' it, like any other weapon, though there is an important distinction: the player must continue to hold the aim button, otherwise, the target will be released.

Aiming the lasso above the target extends the lasso range further than the auto-aim targeting allows.

Pressing the fire button while still holding the aim button to keep the lasso extended allows the player to reel in the rope, dragging the victim towards them. When trying to break horses, this can cause the horse to rear up, giving the player a few seconds to run up and mount it. It can also be used in herding cattle, when having trouble getting the cattle through the gates.

In Redemption 2, the player has to calm the horse before they are able to mount or pat it.



  • Tamed horses, when lassoed, will follow your lead at a trot.
  • Though meant to be a non lethal tool, it is still possible to accidentally kill victims. Dragging someone behind the player's horse rather than placing them on it will eventually kill them as they will be trampled.
    • Winding them in for too long or getting them caught on objects can actually cause a target to suffocate from the pressure of the ropes.
  • The player can lasso a wild horse, and this is essential in attempting to capture and break one. However, the player must act quickly as an agitated horse can drag and break free.

Red Dead Redemption

  • Similar to tame horses, the player can lasso and lead cattle, domesticated goats, and mules. They cannot be hogtied. However, Mountain Goats or Bighorn Sheep cannot be roped.
  • The player is able to lasso  dogs, bears, wolves and cougars, but they cannot be dragged, hogtied, or even moved. However, it will briefly stun them, which can prove useful for Master Hunter challenges that require the knife. Lassoing a dog will cause it to attack the player.
    • The player is able to lasso deer as well, but they cannot be dragged. If the player lassos a deer on foot (or dismount after lassoing on horseback) the deer will bolt, causing Marston to lose his grip on the deer and fall over.
  • When putting the lasso away or taking it out while wearing the Gentleman's Attire outfit, the lasso will clip through the modified duster coat (as well, the lasso cannot be seen, as the player's hand will clip through the white coat while reaching for it.)
  • Dead Eye can be used with the lasso equipped. Similar to the throwing knives, Dead Eye can give the lasso a 'homing' feature when a single target has been marked. Unfortunately - unlike the throwing knives - it does not significantly raise the length of the lasso's reach.
  • If the player lassos a panicked bull, if they do not immediately fall over, they may "surf" behind the bull at high speeds, albeit with no control over its direction.

Red Dead Redemption 2

  • Lasso can be used to rope small and medium size animals closer for a swift kill with a knife.
  • You can instantly hogtie NPCs by running up and tackling them with your lasso equipped.


  • [platforms tag needed]If the lasso is used on a person, then the player switches weapons the person will be stuck on the ground, it will continue if the player doesn't restart. [verification needed]
  • [platforms tag needed] If a bounty target is lassoed and the lasso is released, the target may remain on the ground and not be able to be lassoed again.[verification needed]


Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption 2


Red Dead Redemption

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Place a hogtied woman on the train tracks, and witness her death by train.

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