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Random encounters are randomized events and interactions that the player can encounter while free-roaming the game maps of Red Dead Redemption, Undead Nightmare and Red Dead Redemption 2.


Randomized encounters with different NPCs and animals is a feature introduced to the Red Dead franchise with 2010's Red Dead Redemption, which moved away from the linear gameplay of its predecessor to a more open-ended approach.

These events will often pit the player character against criminals or predators which may end in a hostile situation, but will also interact with friendlier NPCs that may offer a challenge or an item.

While Redemption and its expansion pack Undead Nightmare feature limitless random encounters of different kinds, Red Dead Redemption 2 also includes story-related random encounters that tie into the game's larger narrative, such as rescuing a fellow gang member or specific attacks by rival gangs.