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Ability Cards

In Read Dead Online, you can equip Abilities using Ability Cards which provide you with attributes that will affect the damage you deal and how you deal it. These come in Dead eye form, granting you an ability activated during Dead Eye by holding L2 and pressing R3, and Passive form which affects you persistently, You have one Active slot, and three Passive slots to fill.   

The Dead Eye slot unlocks at Rank 2. The three passives unlock at ranks 10, 20 and 40.    

Your Abilities can be foudn in the Abilities section of the Pause menu, or accessed via the Weapon Wheel. To equip an ability, select the slot you wish to fill and view the avalable Ability Cards.   

As your rank increases, Ability Cards will unlock and become available for you to buy with cash.  S  

imilarly, upgrade the cards you already own by unlocking upgrades as you gain XP or by buying them with Gold Bars. Each card has three tiers for you to unlock, greatly enhancing the abilities on offer.  

Level Action Card
2 A moment to recuperate I

Focus Fire I

Paint It Black I

10 Come Back Stronger, Horseman
14 Peak Condition
16 Necessity Breeds
18 Landon’s Patience
20 Hunker Down
22 To fight another day
24 Slow and Steady
26 The unblinking eye
28 Eye for an Eye
30 The Gift of Focus
32 Strange Medicine
34 Take the Pain Away
36 Cold Blooded
38 The Short Game
40 Of Single Purpose
42 Hangman
44 Quote An Inspiration
46 Never Without One
48 Winning Streak
50 Slipery Bastard

You do not unlock any past level 50

Dead Eye Abilities

A Moment To Recuperate

  • Price: Free
  • Unlocks: Rank 2
  • Description: While Dead Eye is active you slowly regenerate health. Taking any damage with cancel Dead Eye

Focus Fire I

  • Price: Free
  • Description: While Dead Eye is active you and your team members deal a little more damage. If more than one member of your team has this ability active, the effects do not stack.

Paint It Black I

  • Price: Free
  • Unlocks: Rank 2
  • Description: While Dead Eye is active you can paint targets onto enemies. Fire your weapon to shoot all marked targets Each shot drains Dead Eye.

Slow and Steady I

  • Price: ?
  • Unlocks: Rank 24
  • Description: While Dead Eye is active you take a little less damage and headshots do not kill you outright. You cannot run or sprint.

Quite An Inspiration I

  • Price: ?
  • Unlocks: Rank 44
  • Description: While Dead Eye is active you and your allies slowly regenerate health. If more than one member of your team has this ability active, the effects do not stack

Slippery Bastard I

  • Price: ?
  • Unlocks: Rank 50
  • Description: While Dead Eye is active enemy players cannot lock onto you, and you cannot lock onto them. Other enemies are a little less accurate when shooting at you. The rate at which your Dead Eye drains is dramatically increased.
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