Why Am I Underweight In Red Dead Redemption 2?

Although many people, including myself, find themselves struggling with being overweight, players of Rockstar’s recent masterpiece, Red Dead Redemption 2, are actually finding the opposite to be true.

Try as they might, many players can’t quite seem to put on the pounds they want. Here are a few quick tips for gaining weight as well as how Provisions work in general.

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Take It Easy

Early on in the experience, players may find themselves admiring the insane amount of details that Rockstar has put into this game and it may cause you to take your time with absolutely everything.

In my first playthrough, I found myself spending ten to fifteen minutes at a time doing nothing but walking around the town of Valentine, eavesdropping on random citizens, playing a hand or two of poker, or looking through the vast catalogs of guns and supplies I would be buying on my journey.

Compare this to the final ten hours of this game where most of that time is spent chasing down informants, surviving heart-pounding gunfights, leaping from horseback to train cars, and racing to stay one step ahead of the law.

Just like in the real world, if you push yourself all the time and don’t relax every once in a while, it will begin to show. Take your time and enjoy this amazingly realistic world so many worked hard to make.

Eat A Balanced Diet

In the average open-world experience there are varieties of food, but they come with very little difference in how they affect the player in overall health. This is not an average open-world experience. Once again, Rockstar has made this game a hyper-realistic experience that extends all the way down to what you eat, when you eat it, and how much of it you eat.

If all you do is eat chocolate bars and candy, it will start to show. If all you do is eat vegetables and drink tonics, that will begin to show as well. As a matter of fact, because of the tonics, it may even be possible to finish the game without having ever eaten a thing!

Combining the right amounts and types of food with a balanced amount of activity and downtime will keep you looking “fit as a fiddle!”, as they say in Blackwater. Or you may be like me and wonder how long it would really take you to let yourself go. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each of the three general weight classes:

Pros and Cons of Weight

Believe it or not, there is actually more to how much you weigh than just your overall appearance in the game. Small changes to the capacity of your three “core” gauges will take place as you gain and lose weight throughout your adventure.

Being underweight means that your Stamina Core will increase in size, allowing you to sprint faster and far more often, but your Health Core will take a hit because of it, resulting in your enemies having a much easier time killing you.

Being overweight, however, means your Health Core will be maxed out, allowing you to take more damage, but you will also have a small Stamina Core, resulting in less sprinting and a harder time aiming larger weapons such as shotguns. In both cases the third core, Dead Eye, will be slightly lowered, meaning you will have less time to line up those extremely satisfying, slow-motion headshots.

Keeping yourself at a reasonable weight is more than likely the way to go as it allows you to have a good amount of both Health and Stamina, as well as the largest capacity of Dead Eye meter. It is truly all dependent upon your playstyle and figuring out what you discover to work best for you.

A Breakdown of Provisions

Food Items

Assorted
Biscuits
Slight increase to the Health Core.
Assorted
Salted
Offal
Slight increase to the Health Core and the Dead Eye Core.
AppleSlight increase to the Horse, Health, and Stamina Cores.
Baked
Beans
Slight increase to the Health Core and the Stamina Core.
Bread
Roll
Slight increase to the Health Core.
Canned
Apricots
Slight increase to the Health Core, Moderate increase to
the Stamina Core.
Canned
Corned
Beef
Slight increase to the Dead Eye Core, Moderate increase to
the Health Core.
Canned
Kidney
Beans
Moderate increase to the Health Core and the Stamina
Core.
Canned
Peas
Slight increase to the Stamina Core, Moderate increase to
the Health Core.
Canned
Peaches
Slight increase to the Health Core, Moderate increase to
the Stamina Core.
Canned
Pineapples
Moderate increase to the Health Core and the Stamina
Core.
Canned
Salmon
Slight increase to the Dead Eye Core, Moderate increase to
the Health Core.
Canned
Strawberries
Moderate increase to the Health Core and the Stamina
Core.
Canned
Sweetcorn
Slight increase to the Stamina Core, Moderate increase to
the Health Core.
CandiesSlight increase to the Stamina Core and the Dead Eye
Core.
CarrotSlight increase to the Health Core, Large increase to the
Horse Core.
Cheese
Wedge
Moderate increase to the Health Core and the Dead Eye
Core.
Chocolate
Bar
Slight increase to the Dead Eye Core, Moderate increase to the Stamina Core.
CigarSlight penalty to the Stamina Core, Large increase to the
Dead Eye Core.
CigarettesSlight penalty to the Stamina Core, Slight increase to the
Dead Eye Core.
Classic
Oatcakes
Slight increase to the Health Core and the Stamina Core,
Large increase to the Horse Core.
CornSlight increase to the Health Core, Moderate increase to
the Horse Core.
CrackersSlight increase to the Health Core.
Fine
Brandy
Slight increase to the Stamina Core, Moderate increase to
the Dead Eye Core.
GinSlight increase to the Stamina Core, Moderate increase to
the Dead Eye Core.
Ground
Coffee
Moderate increase to the Stamina Core and the Dead Eye Core. Must be brewed first.
Guarma
Rum
Slight increase to the Stamina Core and the Dead Eye Core.
Kentucky
Bourbon
Slight penalty to the Health Core, Moderate increase to the
Stamina Core and the Dead Eye Core.
Mature
Venison
Large increase to all Cores.
PeachSlight increase to the Health Core, the Stamina Core, and
the Horse Core.
PearSlight increase to the Health Core, the Stamina Core, and
the Horse Core.
Premium
Cigarettes
Slight penalty to the Stamina Core, Slight increase to the
Dead Eye Core.
Prime
Beef
Joint
Large increase to all Cores.
Salted
Beef
Slight increase to the Health Core, Moderate increase to
the Dead Eye Core.
Tender
Pork
Loin
Large increase to all Cores.

Tonics

Aged
Pirate
Rum
Gives Stamina Experience.
BittersFully restores the Stamina Core as well as fortifying it.
Cocaine
Gum
Fully restores the Stamina Core while slightly fortifying it, but also damages the capacity of the Core.
Chewing
Tobacco
Fully restores the Dead Eye Core while slightly fortifying
it, but also damages the capacity of the Core.
Ginseng
Elixir
Gives Health Experience.
Hair
Tonic
Increases the rate at which hair grows.
Hair
Pomade
Apply to slick back hair and give it an oily, wet look.
Health
Cure
Restores the Health Core while slightly fortifying it.
Horse
Medicine
Restores the Horse Health Core and slightly fortifies
it.
Horse
Reviver
Revives your horse from severe injury and restores your
Horse’s Health Core. Use this whenever your horse will
not get up after a fall or after being shot.
Horse
Stimulant
Fully restores the Horse Stamina Core while slightly
fortifying it
Miracle
Cure
Fully restores the Health Core, Stamina Core, and Dead
Eye Core.
Miracle
Tonic
Fully restores the Health Core, Stamina Core, and Dead
Eye Core while also fortifying them.
Potent
Health
Cure
Fully restores the Health Core while also moderately
fortifying it.
Potent
Horse
Medicine
Fully restores the Horse Health Core while also
moderately fortifying it.
Potent
Horse
Stimulant
Fully restores the Horse Stamina Core while also
moderately fortifying it.
Potent
Bitters
Restores the Stamina Core while also moderately
fortifying it.
Potent
Miracle
Tonic
Fully restores the Health Core, Stamina Core, and Dead
Eye Core, while also moderately fortifying them.
Potent
Snake
Oil
Fully restores the Dead Eye Core while also slightly
fortifying it.
Snake
Oil
Restores the Dead Eye Core while also slightly fortifying it.
Valerian
Root
Gives Dead Eye Experience.

Conclusion

The biggest strength of this game could also be viewed by some as its biggest weakness. Detail. Many gamers might be turned away at the thought of a title where your eating habits and your exercise routine actually affect gameplay, and that is totally fine. There are experiences out there for everyone and this one might not be for you.

However, if you are anything like me and the thought of a game in which your every action, big or small, affects the over-arching story and the way the game plays out, then this adventure is one that you absolutely cannot afford to miss out on! The amazing team at Rockstar has created a benchmark masterpiece in Red Dead Redemption 2 that I most certainly hope will not be their last.

Adam Rahn

From the moment I could pick up the controller of my family's Super Nintendo I have developed a deep and continuous passion for the world of gaming. From narrative-driven adventures to sprawling open worlds, my love for the medium has only grown with every new title on the horizon!

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