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Red Dead Redemption 2 Dead Eye Quick Draw – How to Perform

Dead Eye is a big component of firefights in Red Dead Redemption 2. So, what if we told you that you can activate a Red Dead Redemption 2 Dead Eye Quick Draw mode for when you need to pull out your pistol fast? Here’s our guide on how to do this.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Dead Eye Quick Draw – What is it?

Without wanting to get bogged down in the nitty-gritty of it, quick drawing is when you draw your gun – usually a pistol or sidearm – at a faster rate than normal to get your shot off first. It’s something that became an iconic staple of Westerns, and it’s been used to good effect in the video game industry as well.

Combined with Dead Eye mode, quick draw allows you to get one over your opponents who may want to take you out first.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Dead Eye Quick Draw – How to Win Duels

It doesn’t appear to be a control mechanic that’s common knowledge, so here’s how to execute quick draw in Dead Eye mode. Posted to Reddit by user volkankorki, lightly squeeze the RT or R2 bumper, on your Xbox One or PS4 controller respectively, until your bar is filled up. Once the screen has changed to the yellow hue that’s associated with entering Dead Eye mode, squeeze down on the trigger fully to lock on to your targets and fire away.

You’ll stay in Dead Eye mode until all of your painted targets have been hit, so make sure you get those headshots needed to take enemies out as soon as possible.

This is particularly useful in duels with foes who are either threatening you in the wild, or in town centers if you’re offered out to take part in an actual duel. It isn’t hard to get to grips with but, if you need practice, there’s plenty of things to take out across the game’s massive map.