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Red Dead Redemption 2 – How to Restore Stamina and Upgrade Stamina Bar

Rockstar’s long-awaited Red Dead Redemption 2 is out now, and it does things a little differently to their other games. Something you’ll always need to keep an eye on is your stamina bar, as basically everything you do depletes it. But how do you restore your Red Dead Redemption 2 stamina bar? How do you upgrade it so you can run or climb longer? We’ve got the answers.

How to Restore Stamina in Red Dead Redemption 2

You need stamina to do all strenuous activities in Red Dead Redemption 2, such as running, swimming, climbing, lassoing horses, tying folk to train tracks and then laughing maniacally, these sorts of things. If you take things gradually your stamina will regenerate by itself, however, if you push Arthur Morgan too hard the stamina core will become depleted and you’ll no longer be able to regenerate.

Much like with your health core, the main way to restore your stamina core is through eating and sleeping, which you can do anywhere if you set up camp for the night. The other way you can restore your stamina is through certain tonics, and you can even get tonics that can fortify your core and give you a temporary stamina boost.

How to Upgrade Your Stamina Bar in Red Dead Redemption 2

While tonics can give you a brief period of unlimited stamina, their effect is only temporary. To upgrade your stamina bar, and allow you to do more strenuous activities for longer, you have to do what you’re supposed to be doing in real life: exercise. The more you sprint, jump, and basically use your stamina bar, the more you’ll level it up. Just don’t “level” too hard, otherwise, you’ll pull a muscle… and by that we mean, deplete your health core and have to take a tonic.