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Title: How to duel?
Post by: emil on May 18, 2010, 01:09:21 PM
OK, this is going to sound kind of stupid. But I wasn't really paying attention during the tutorial and now I'm kind of lost.

Currently I just mash buttons and hope for the best. Can anyone just give a quick guide on how to go about it? What buttons to push, and at what time etc.

Much appreciated.

EDIT: Added to the main post and stickied ~ Cipher 8
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Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: russik112 on May 18, 2010, 02:13:32 PM
You bought the game. Go look at the manual, you can't be that stupid, now can you?

Mod note: User was warned for this post. - kaiserkellar
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: JADO on May 18, 2010, 02:28:09 PM
When you draw your gun you will notice the crosshair is flashing between red and white.You have to mark your target when the crosshair is white in order to have more power in each shot.In the lower right hand corner you have a power meter which shows the power of your shots,the player with the highest meter wins the duel.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: emil on May 18, 2010, 02:41:50 PM
Quote from: 'russik112' pid='31763' dateline='1274206412'

You bought the game. Go look at the manual, you can't be that stupid, now can you?

Quite helpful. At least we know that number doesn't stand for your IQ. Don't know why I'm bothering answering an obvious retard who can't even figure out that maybe, just maybe, the manual wasn't accessible to me at the time of my post, but here goes: The game was delivered to my workplace (if you ever get an education you'll figure out what that word means) where I unpacked it and unfortunately left the manual behind as I had started reading it before going home and never packed it upon leaving.

Quote from: 'JADO' pid='31805' dateline='1274207289'

When you draw your gun you will notice the crosshair is flashing between red and white.You have to mark your target when the crosshair is white in order to have more power in each shot.In the lower right hand corner you have a power meter which shows the power of your shots,the player with the highest meter wins the duel.

Much appreciated. I intentionally got into a few duels by getting caught cheating and getting the hang of it.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: tearorwrist on May 18, 2010, 03:30:10 PM
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Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: croxyj on May 18, 2010, 03:50:10 PM
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Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: CrazedMongoose on May 18, 2010, 04:17:38 PM
Quote from: 'croxyj' pid='31943' dateline='1274212210'
Sounds like a pirates bullshit excuse but whatever I agree with russik. Also I dislike people that after a comment like that have to attack the poster with a word such as retard, which I find quite offensive thrown into a sentence out of any kind of context.
Watch yourself. Don't abuse other members- Grubster11
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: Paladin985 on May 19, 2010, 07:56:03 AM
I would also like help concerning this, I checked the manual and there are no indications has to what buttons to press for duels and I always end up shooting the guy just about anywhere so I don't get killed. I would like to know which buttons to press to paint the target is it R1 or R2. I usually end up having to click both since it doesn't seem to work half of the time.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: Stig McNasty on May 19, 2010, 08:02:20 AM
Same here for dueling.  Can any kind person explain?  The manual has jack squat in it
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: TK42OnE on May 19, 2010, 08:43:20 AM
I seemed to get by fine in the three duels I was in last night, but I really have no idea how.

I just drew my pistol with the right analog stick, and started pressing x when the crosshairs were over the guy.

I wanted to take him down with one shot, but my pistol wouldn't fire so I just kept pressing x. I dunno. :/
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: HateTheVillain on May 19, 2010, 12:29:53 PM
Quote from: 'russik112' pid='31763' dateline='1274206412'

You bought the game. Go look at the manual, you can't be that stupid, now can you?


dude, before u insult someone by calling them stupid for asking a simple question.. maybe just maybe, you should check to see if what your saying is actually in the manual..

seriously if your not going to help the guy out with the answer why even bother replying at all?

i was wondering the same thing as the poster, so much obliged to people who actually answered the question without being a dick about it.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: Jamoking on May 19, 2010, 01:44:21 PM
For PS3, you need to move the crosshairs over the person and press R1 at each desired location. You just need to place enough targets so that your meter is higher than your opponents, once it gets high enough you'll automatically fire. So depending on where you place the targets, it could take you few to many targets painted, act quickly of course or else your opponent will get a higher meter and fire before you can.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: sccapro7 on May 23, 2010, 08:39:30 PM
Quote from: 'russik112' pid='31763' dateline='1274206412'
You bought the game. Go look at the manual, you can't be that stupid, now can you?

ya that would work  if it actually said it in the manual. now who's stupid??????????????????????

and the duels get harder and harder as you go on. the first few duels you do are gimmes
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: Mudder on May 23, 2010, 11:44:22 PM
Im confused on this one too.  I had no issues at first, won my first 5+ duels, but now Ive lost about 3 in a row.  Ive done everything the same, but my meter never fills up and it always seems to lag in the middle letting the other guy get his shots off first.  What gives?
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: PredawnDwarf on May 24, 2010, 01:19:13 AM
Aim for his hand and gun. If you hit it even once, the meter fills right up. You get more honor and fame if you only disarm the opponent.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: greystoker on May 24, 2010, 01:27:08 AM
Quote from: 'Jamoking' pid='33636' dateline='1274291061'
For PS3, you need to move the crosshairs over the person and press R1 at each desired location. You just need to place enough targets so that your meter is higher than your opponents, once it gets high enough you'll automatically fire. So depending on where you place the targets, it could take you few to many targets painted, act quickly of course or else your opponent will get a higher meter and fire before you can.
this changes at dead eye 3. r2 is the button to mark.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: ahatmahatma on May 24, 2010, 01:35:33 AM
HOW TO DUEL:




Drawing second means you'll have more chance of winning - sounds counter-intuitive, but it's true. I'm led to believe this is because your accuracy is improved (to compensate for your late draw). Your best bet is to wait until the screen turns sepia and flashes 'Draw' or 'Let's Draw' or whatever the text is - and then press L2.




The important thing here is to wait until the crosshairs turn small and white. They start out big and red and gradually close to a point - you'll do better if you hit R1 as close as possible to the point where they are at their smallest.

And that's it! When your dead eye meter runs out on the right, you'll start shooting.

A few other points.

Jamoking: R1 is the button you use to paint, not R2 (under the default settings).

To the flamers: there is nothing in the manual about dueling. Go have a look yourself before you flame someone for not finding all that non-existent info on topic x.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: Cipher 8 on May 24, 2010, 05:14:33 AM
Quote from: 'ahatmahatma' pid='43388' dateline='1274679333'

HOW TO DUEL:


  • Press L2 or pull back and then forward on the right control stick to draw your gun. L2 is easier.


Drawing second means you'll have more chance of winning - sounds counter-intuitive, but it's true. I'm led to believe this is because your accuracy is improved (to compensate for your late draw). Your best bet is to wait until the screen turns sepia and flashes 'Draw' or 'Let's Draw' or whatever the text is - and then press L2.


  • Paint the other dueler using the R1 button.


The important thing here is to wait until the crosshairs turn small and white. They start out big and red and gradually close to a point - you'll do better if you hit R1 as close as possible to the point where they are at their smallest.

And that's it! When your dead eye meter runs out on the right, you'll start shooting.

A few other points.

Jamoking: R1 is the button you use to paint, not R2 (under the default settings).

To the flamers: there is nothing in the manual about dueling. Go have a look yourself before you flame someone for not finding all that non-existent info on topic x.

Very informative and helpful post, wish I had saw this before I figured out the hard way, about 20 duel losses of spamming the RT thinking more marks the more my bar fills up :P  Silly me.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: NZRAWFURY on May 24, 2010, 09:51:39 AM
Quote from: 'ahatmahatma' pid='43388' dateline='1274679333'

HOW TO DUEL:


  • Press L2 or pull back and then forward on the right control stick to draw your gun. L2 is easier.


Drawing second means you'll have more chance of winning - sounds counter-intuitive, but it's true. I'm led to believe this is because your accuracy is improved (to compensate for your late draw). Your best bet is to wait until the screen turns sepia and flashes 'Draw' or 'Let's Draw' or whatever the text is - and then press L2.


  • Paint the other dueler using the R1 button.


The important thing here is to wait until the crosshairs turn small and white. They start out big and red and gradually close to a point - you'll do better if you hit R1 as close as possible to the point where they are at their smallest.

And that's it! When your dead eye meter runs out on the right, you'll start shooting.

A few other points.

Jamoking: R1 is the button you use to paint, not R2 (under the default settings).

To the flamers: there is nothing in the manual about dueling. Go have a look yourself before you flame someone for not finding all that non-existent info on topic x.


It's the same deal on XBOX... you'll notice the longer you wait to draw and mark your opponent the more your meter fills up with power.

During the duel the camera continues to move forward making precision shooting easier the longer you wait.

If you mark them wen the reticle is small and white and in a vital place e.g hand = game over

I one shot kill guys in the head all the time - usually my meter only gets to about 60-75% but I just wait and watch my enemy's meter. It usually only gets up to about 50% - if i get nervous i just mark another shot to ensure the win but usually this isn't necessary = one shot kill

I think you can probably get close to 100% of your bar filled with one head shot if u wait long enough and time it right. But there is a fine line between waiting a good effective long time and waiting too long and then none of your marks register on the power meter and you get blown away.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: will54 on May 24, 2010, 08:26:37 PM
Quote from: 'NZRAWFURY' pid='43913' dateline='1274709099'

Quote from: 'ahatmahatma' pid='43388' dateline='1274679333'

HOW TO DUEL:


  • Press L2 or pull back and then forward on the right control stick to draw your gun. L2 is easier.


Drawing second means you'll have more chance of winning - sounds counter-intuitive, but it's true. I'm led to believe this is because your accuracy is improved (to compensate for your late draw). Your best bet is to wait until the screen turns sepia and flashes 'Draw' or 'Let's Draw' or whatever the text is - and then press L2.


  • Paint the other dueler using the R1 button.


The important thing here is to wait until the crosshairs turn small and white. They start out big and red and gradually close to a point - you'll do better if you hit R1 as close as possible to the point where they are at their smallest.

And that's it! When your dead eye meter runs out on the right, you'll start shooting.

A few other points.

Jamoking: R1 is the button you use to paint, not R2 (under the default settings).

To the flamers: there is nothing in the manual about dueling. Go have a look yourself before you flame someone for not finding all that non-existent info on topic x.


It's the same deal on XBOX... you'll notice the longer you wait to draw and mark your opponent the more your meter fills up with power.

During the duel the camera continues to move forward making precision shooting easier the longer you wait.

If you mark them wen the reticle is small and white and in a vital place e.g hand = game over

I one shot kill guys in the head all the time - usually my meter only gets to about 60-75% but I just wait and watch my enemy's meter. It usually only gets up to about 50% - if i get nervous i just mark another shot to ensure the win but usually this isn't necessary = one shot kill

I think you can probably get close to 100% of your bar filled with one head shot if u wait long enough and time it right. But there is a fine line between waiting a good effective long time and waiting too long and then none of your marks register on the power meter and you get blown away.
I always just put the mark on the guys chest and tapped as fast as possible and I figured this was wrong so this was a big help. I even have the big book which is full of a bunch of nothing what a ripoff.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: bulletime69 on May 24, 2010, 08:40:53 PM
very helpful posts,
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: qraider on May 25, 2010, 04:47:52 AM
Quote from: 'ahatmahatma' pid='43388' dateline='1274679333'
HOW TO DUEL:


  • Press L2 or pull back and then forward on the right control stick to draw your gun. L2 is easier.

Drawing second means you'll have more chance of winning - sounds counter-intuitive, but it's true. I'm led to believe this is because your accuracy is improved (to compensate for your late draw). Your best bet is to wait until the screen turns sepia and flashes 'Draw' or 'Let's Draw' or whatever the text is - and then press L2.


  • Paint the other dueler using the R1 button.

The important thing here is to wait until the crosshairs turn small and white. They start out big and red and gradually close to a point - you'll do better if you hit R1 as close as possible to the point where they are at their smallest.

And that's it! When your dead eye meter runs out on the right, you'll start shooting.

A few other points.

Jamoking: R1 is the button you use to paint, not R2 (under the default settings).

To the flamers: there is nothing in the manual about dueling. Go have a look yourself before you flame someone for not finding all that non-existent info on topic x.

This is what I was looking for in my first duel ... which I lost - this should be in the manual.
Thank you ahatmahatma.

And thank you russik112 for that very informative post, I drool on your boots in awe.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: Huge on May 25, 2010, 07:14:45 AM
lol...

"ahatmahatma" is the kind of forumer that should be cloned. Solved the problem I was having as well.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: Prathik on May 25, 2010, 07:27:52 AM
Quote from: 'ahatmahatma' pid='43388' dateline='1274679333'
Drawing second means you'll have more chance of winning - sounds counter-intuitive, but it's true.

http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2010/02/03-01.html

You guys should read this, its proven in scientific terms that if you draw last you have a better chance of surviving a duel.

Thanks for your post, and NZRAWFURY's.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: RayTonz on May 25, 2010, 10:07:56 AM
I guess there is no way to one shot the guy in the head huh? :|
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: TehBluebear on May 25, 2010, 11:58:14 AM
This clears things right up! Thanks ahatmahatma!

Having trouble with one thing however...
When duelling Mario at the end of Eva In Peril, I can't seem to disarm him. He always kills me. Is it possible to disarm him, or will I have to kill him?
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: RobotRokk on May 25, 2010, 12:31:14 PM
Quote from: 'russik112' pid='31763' dateline='1274206412'

You bought the game. Go look at the manual, you can't be that stupid, now can you?

Not cool.

Thanks,  ahatmahatma. I'd shake your hand if I could.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: mainjimus on May 25, 2010, 12:53:57 PM
Thanks of the heads up on just being able to just disarm the opponent. I had my first duel and I ended up putting around 5 rounds in the poor dudes face and really I would rather just get more fame and honor out of the duels.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: RobotRokk on May 25, 2010, 01:05:32 PM
Quote from: 'mainjimus' pid='46901' dateline='1274806437'

Thanks of the heads up on just being able to just disarm the opponent. I had my first duel and I ended up putting around 5 rounds in the poor dudes face and really I would rather just get more fame and honor out of the duels.



Hahah. I did the same my first times as well. Kinda felt bad, unless they spit before the duel. Then I go foot, foot, hand, hand. Then watch them squirm on the ground after.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: UrbanLegend on May 25, 2010, 07:03:50 PM
So much of this thread is irrelevant shit talking - nearly half of it.

360 Tips:

To practice dueling change into your elegant suit and head to the Macfarlane Ranch to play some poker. This seems to be the cheapest place to play @ $10 a hand. Most of the time you can duel here 4 - 5 times with a chance to gain 400FAME & 800HONOR maybe more.

Mark your opponents hand once and you win.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: Cipher 8 on May 25, 2010, 07:32:15 PM
Updated the main post.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: Rotten on May 26, 2010, 02:11:35 AM
Quote from: 'TehBluebear' pid='46765' dateline='1274803094'

This clears things right up! Thanks ahatmahatma!

Having trouble with one thing however...
When duelling Mario at the end of Eva In Peril, I can't seem to disarm him. He always kills me. Is it possible to disarm him, or will I have to kill him?



This was brought up in another thread about dueling.  I had the same issue with some of the story driven duels.  I think some just have to die to have the story/cutscenes play out properly.   There are a few others you'll come across.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: Prathik on May 26, 2010, 08:29:09 AM
Quote from: 'Rotten' pid='48377' dateline='1274854295'
Quote from: 'TehBluebear' pid='46765' dateline='1274803094'
This clears things right up! Thanks ahatmahatma!

Having trouble with one thing however...
When duelling Mario at the end of Eva In Peril, I can't seem to disarm him. He always kills me. Is it possible to disarm him, or will I have to kill him?

This was brought up in another thread about dueling.  I had the same issue with some of the story driven duels.  I think some just have to die to have the story/cutscenes play out properly.   There are a few others you'll come across.

Yeah, I was totally pissed off. The guy kept killing me over and over again. I gave up and just filled the douche with lead.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: ahatmahatma on May 26, 2010, 12:09:05 PM
You're all welcome!

I actually just realized that I forgot to mention the meters on the side in my original post. As far as I can tell the winner of the duel is decided by the level of your meter (blue) vs. your opponent's meter (red), and the little black bars represent your shots. I'm going to have to experiment a little, but I think the first shot is crucial - i.e. if your first shot fills up more of the meter than your opponent's first shot, you win. Can anyone confirm this?

Also, I had the same problem with disarming an opponent in a story-duel...

...in the stranger mission for Clara? where you have to duel the guy that got her pregnant. I must've tried 10 times to disarm him but it just wouldn't let me. The whole thing made more sense with him dead, I guess.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: Cipher 8 on May 26, 2010, 01:52:52 PM
Has anyone made a video showing you can make them dance or was that just some wisecrack remark by someone here because I've tried and tried to place white markers on their feet and it don't work... I think you can only kill them or disarm them. Also shooting their hat off, that won't stop the duel either I don't think.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: MarsJackston on May 26, 2010, 02:24:03 PM
Quote from: 'RayTonz' pid='46479' dateline='1274796476'

I guess there is no way to one shot the guy in the head huh? :|


You can but you have to wait like shown in the video. I'm not sure, but I also think you have to third level of Dead Eye. I don't know because I actually didn't do a duel until after the first couple of Mexico missions.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: Cipher 8 on May 26, 2010, 07:23:33 PM
Yeah whoever said you can make them dance is a liar and is lucky I can't find the post to see who is spreading lies. I've tried for hours just reloading from a save to make the person dance by shooting at their feet. I've white marked both feet three times each in multiple duels and it never makes them dance. If you start to mark anything higher it just kills them as those vital shots will be the ones you fire.

So as far as I know. There's two ways of doing it. Disarm them by shooting their gun hand. Kill them with a flurry of bullets (marks) to the chest, torso, and head. You may shoot their hat off accidently but that's just because the bullets hit the hat or the person is spinning and the hat goes flying off.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: IMLOL on May 27, 2010, 03:02:32 AM
Thanks, I also didnt pay attention to the tutorial. I was to worried about getting killed.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: fuzz! on May 27, 2010, 05:17:19 AM
okay here's my version of events - i nearly broke the controller trying to figure this out (the manual doesnt say anything about duelling and there are many conflicting reports of how this is to be done online)

first off the ONLY things you want to touch are R1 and the right analog stick..

wait for the animation to finish, then the camera will slowly zoom in.. keep waiting.

when the screen says "DRAW" flick R analog stick forward, then pull back on it to place the marker over the other guys head.

sometimes it doesn't work at first - just quickly flick it forward/pull back again.. the targeting reticle should appear.

click R1 on the other guys head and again when and ONLY when the targeting reticle is small and white.

do this as many times as you can.. ignore the bars on the bottom right of the screen they don't seem to mean anything.

when the timers up you should blow the other guy away.

good luck!
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: Cipher 8 on May 27, 2010, 10:43:41 AM
Quote from: 'fuzz!' pid='51128' dateline='1274951839'
okay here's my version of events - i nearly broke the controller trying to figure this out (the manual doesnt say anything about duelling and there are many conflicting reports of how this is to be done online)

first off the ONLY things you want to touch are R1 and the right analog stick..

wait for the animation to finish, then the camera will slowly zoom in.. keep waiting.

when the screen says "DRAW" flick R analog stick forward, then pull back on it to place the marker over the other guys head.

sometimes it doesn't work at first - just quickly flick it forward/pull back again.. the targeting reticle should appear.

click R1 on the other guys head and again when and ONLY when the targeting reticle is small and white.

do this as many times as you can.. ignore the bars on the bottom right of the screen they don't seem to mean anything.

when the timers up you should blow the other guy away.

good luck!

You sir are horribly misinformed. The bars at the bottom right mean everything! Whoever's bar is filled higher wins. The markers (lines) on those bars are your marks on the other player. Now I agree the player should ignore it right away because you should be concentrating on setting markers on the other player. Not watching the bars.

The marks you place on your duel opponent matter a lot! Red marks fill your bar a little but the White marks fill it a lot. You want to wait til the other guy draws his gun first so you get a more accurate chance at placing shots. Meaning your aiming reticule goes between red and white marks slower allowing you to place white marks on the guy more easily. Yes you clan either press LT/L2 or use the right analog stick (Flick down then up) to draw but you can press RB or RT on 360 to place markers, I'm guessing it's the same for PS3 R1 or R2. Hope that helps you keep your controller in working order :P
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: fuzz! on May 27, 2010, 05:02:45 PM
Quote from: 'Cipher 8' pid='51575' dateline='1274971421'

You sir are horribly misinformed. The bars at the bottom right mean everything! Whoever's bar is filled higher wins. The markers (lines) on those bars are your marks on the other player.


Them's fightin' words! I challenge you to a duel!

Quote from: 'Cipher 8' pid='51575' dateline='1274971421'

Now I agree the player should ignore it right away because you should be concentrating on setting markers on the other player. Not watching the bars.


Exactly.. when learning to duel don't pay attention to them is my point :D

Quote from: 'Cipher 8' pid='51575' dateline='1274971421'

Yes you clan either press LT/L2 or use the right analog stick (Flick down then up) to draw but you can press RB or RT on 360 to place markers, I'm guessing it's the same for PS3 R1 or R2. Hope that helps you keep your controller in working order :P


Ahh.. One thing to keep in mind - a lot of us have our Y axis inverted - so when you say DOWN in our case that's UP..

At least I think so.. 'DOWN' = tilt the mushroom back towards you?
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: TehBluebear on May 27, 2010, 05:17:02 PM
Ok, I'm having major trouble. Tried to shoot the hat and disarm a guy in a duel, got both markers white and in the correct places, but NOTHING happened on my bar (blue). It didn't fill up one iota.

:(
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: zipice on May 28, 2010, 02:49:49 AM
ok i ran across a problem recently where my meter would be way over the other guys but still get shot in the chest. Why is that?
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: The Marston Bro on May 28, 2010, 01:56:08 PM
This seems to be one of the more problematic aspects of this game.
I have also had problems with this. Sometimes I won duels easily but other times it seems that there's no way I can win no matter what I do.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: CarolinaKev on May 28, 2010, 06:47:53 PM
Maybe I'm lucky, but haven't lost a duel since I learned how to actually do it.  I'm going the honorable route, so I always aim for his hand.  I take my time and just place the shot when the white arrows are close together, even if the other guy is starting to pull his gun and I feel like I'm behind in the draw.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: Eloch2010 on May 29, 2010, 11:00:30 AM
I'm still a bit confused.

I've dueled a bunch of people and most I've been able to disarm but later in the game the opponents are getting quicker.

It seems to me I should be able to put one or two bullets in their arm and that would disable them, why am I forced to paint all 6 bullets, pretty much ensuring his death? Why can't I just target the arm with one or two and then pull the trigger? With faster opponents it seems the only way to win is kill them with 6 bullets to the chest.

Anyway to paint one or two then fill up the "meter"?
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: Thorz Hammerz on May 30, 2010, 02:53:14 AM
I find it very hard for some reason, I just go for the arm / hand and prey.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: Robert 089 on May 30, 2010, 06:45:40 PM
Well after spending a good hour practising dueling I don't think it is possible to shoot off their hats or make them dance. The only sort of 'trick' shot you can do is shooting the gun out of their hand as I dont seem to be able to even paint shots on their hats that don't also hit their head.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: Kopenhaver on May 30, 2010, 09:46:11 PM
Is it possible to win a duel using only one mark?
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: Robert 089 on May 31, 2010, 01:19:32 PM
Yes, by shooting their gun or their head I believe.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: crashrouge on May 31, 2010, 10:46:46 PM
Quote from: 'emil' pid='31609' dateline='1274202561'

OK, this is going to sound kind of stupid. But I wasn't really paying attention during the tutorial and now I'm kind of lost.

Currently I just mash buttons and hope for the best. Can anyone just give a quick guide on how to go about it? What buttons to push, and at what time etc.

Much appreciated.

EDIT: Added to the main post and stickied ~ Cipher 8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbSzFeC1nuQ
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  • Pull Left Trigger(360) L2 (PS3) or pull down and up on the right analog stick to draw your gun. You can push your hand closer to your gun without drawing by ever so slightly pushing down on the right analog stick.
  • The longer you wait to draw, even after your opponent has reached for his weapon the closer the camera zooms in and the more accurate you are. (I always draw last)
  • The goal is to fill your meter in the bottom right fuller then the other person by placing marks on him.
  • The aiming reticule goes from Red to White. Big to Small. You want to place your marks as white marks because it fills your meter fuller for each marks compared to the less accurate red marks which barely fill your meter. So placing a bunch of marks as fast as you can is not as effective as taking a little bit more time and placing all white marks.
  • You can disarm them by placing a mark on their hand. You earn more fame and honor for doing so. You can also apparently shoot their hat off and make them dance, although I haven't actually done this myself yet.


WoW, OP sounds just like me. I, too missed the tutorial and when dueling I also begin pressing buttons. I've won 7 and lost 3 so far but I'm still not really sure how I do it.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: fuzz! on June 01, 2010, 03:38:00 AM
Quote from: 'crashrouge' pid='60010' dateline='1275360406'

WoW, OP sounds just like me. I, too missed the tutorial and when dueling I also begin pressing buttons. I've won 7 and lost 3 so far but I'm still not really sure how I do it.


I missed the tutorial but I didn't miss the tutorial.. dueling never worked for me at first (the game would hang when starting a duel).

The first time it didn't hang was when I had to duel for some stranger mission (mexican pimp burying some girl in the graveyard).

Having absolutely NO idea what to do was fun..
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: SlappyPwnsAss on June 03, 2010, 03:54:29 PM
Im still LMAOing because of the intro and the picture at the ending
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: chaotik220 on June 05, 2010, 12:57:44 AM
Good video
Good video.
Good video.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: RedDeadRetard on June 11, 2010, 07:35:52 AM
Shoot him in the hand, then after you win the duel shoot his leg, then lasso him and take him for a scenic tour around town.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: JTRaines92 on June 14, 2010, 09:08:00 AM
Thanks for the tut. This faggot just beat me twice because I was trying to shoot his hand. I watched this and then tried but I forgot. I have to ride this horse almost all the way across the map. It sucks, but I got it now. Thanks bro!
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: Brokeback Cowboy on June 17, 2010, 01:49:45 PM
Remember, you cannot disarm on some mission duel.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: Karniest on June 17, 2010, 02:35:29 PM
Full of nothing?

Walkthrough of all the Main quests
Walkthrough of all the Starnger quests
Walkthrough of all the Legand of the west activities Hunter, Gatherer, SharpShooter and Treasure hunter
Walkthrough of how to get all the Clothes
Walkthrough of all the gang Hideouts
All the bounties and their locations
How to unlock all the weapons
and maps of where the flowers/animals are to say the least.

So its hardly nothing lol

I always buy these guides but dont even open it until I have completed the game once, then I see what I have missed and play again to get 100% with the guide
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: choder on June 24, 2010, 09:12:03 AM
What am I doing wrong here? I almost broke my controller throwing it at the TV in the Muller Duel.

No matter what I do, whether I draw late or early or right on time, whether I spam the targets or place 4 well-timed shots, whether I even fill my bar or not, whether my first mark on the bar is above or below his, whether or not he's even drawn his weapon, no matter what, I lose. I die with a shot to the throat. Every time.

The minute I hit "x" no matter what, my bar empties, none of my markers "stick", and I die.

It's getting really frustrating.

So what is it? First to "fire" or full bars?
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: mikeharrison87 on June 28, 2010, 02:29:18 AM
Posted this on another thread buy thought people might enjoy this bit of info.

Do you like me always struggle to decide on whether to kill the s.o.b who dares challenge you to a duel.


if you kill, you gain items but no honor or fame. if you spare his life and disarm him you gain...


i, my friends, have come across an interesting way of getting both.


simply shoot the fellow in each knee cap followed by his right arm and "tada" after him shaking his hand in pain he will fall to the ground and start to crawl away asking for someone to "finish him off and after say, 10sec he will no longer be of this mortal plain.


this is handy as you get all the fame and honor of disarming and the items of killing him all without the law coming after you (incase some people say you could kill him after the duel.)
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: Battle Axe Jack on July 12, 2010, 12:14:10 PM
WOW! Duelling sounds awesome now! I finished the game (GOD only knows how) after losing my manual and not paying much attention to the duelling intro (prob coz my wife was yelling at me to get off the xbox or something) :) Somehow I still managed to win 90% of the duels on DUMB LUCK
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: Red Dead Darren on July 20, 2010, 11:54:41 PM
(this tip goes toward the players that have trouble winning at duel) The easiest way to win at duel, is when the time to draw, you hold (LT) of course and you see the aim "cursor" that turns red then white constantly, when the "crosshair" turns white, target the body area you wanna shoot at, the more white crosshairs, the more bars on your meter the better chance of winning.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: Roaven on July 24, 2010, 11:56:04 PM
I always got lucky spamming shots on my first run through, only now do I realize that being accurate is better. Couldn't understand why my friend was having trouble.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: vicky222114 on August 13, 2010, 02:28:40 AM
Step 1: The Draw

A duel starts with a quick staredown as the camera slowly moves into the action. At this moment, you don't need to do anything, though you can hold DOWN on the Right Analog Stick to ready your hand by the gun for a quicker draw. When the screen flashes "DRAW!" push UP on the Right Analog Stick to pull out your gun. (Side note: You can actually be quick on the draw and pull out the gun well before the screen flashes the "DRAW!" message. But doing this prevents the camera from zooming in fully, and could decrease the accuracy of your shots.)

Step 2: Targeting

Move the reticule over a part of the opponent's body and pull the Right Trigger / R2 button to set a target point. Each successful target will fill up your blue meter in the lower-right corner of the screen. Fill your meter before the opponent fills his and you'll win the duel. If you want to disarm the opponent instead of killing him, make sure you only target his hand. However, if you unload too many shots, even into the opponent's arm, you'll still kill him.

Step 3: Winning

Notice that your aiming reticule flashes red and white. If you pull the Right Trigger / R2 button to set a target just as the reticule turns white, you'll fill up a larger portion of your blue meter. In fact, usually one or two perfect shots are enough to fill the meter entirely and win the duel. If you want a successful disarm without going overboard and killing the opponent, you need these perfect targets to end the fight in a single shot.

answer From:http://www.pubarticles.com/article-how-to-duel-red-dead-redemption-ps3-easily-1278985666.html
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: Red Dead Boy on September 22, 2010, 04:10:34 AM
If you want to win a duel quickly just aim for the hand just click once and you win
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: high_plains_drifter on December 03, 2010, 06:25:49 PM
Quote from: 'JADO' pid='31805' dateline='1274207289'

When you draw your gun you will notice the crosshair is flashing between red and white.You have to mark your target when the crosshair is white in order to have more power in each shot.In the lower right hand corner you have a power meter which shows the power of your shots,the player with the highest meter wins the duel.



Thanks very much, that's the simplest explanation Ive read and been able to follow.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: CarntFace on December 04, 2010, 12:56:10 AM
Aim everywhere. It's what i do. Just try not to shoot the poor guy in the groin.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: it was the mouse! on December 11, 2010, 02:01:37 PM
Quote from: 'Stig McNasty' pid='33053' dateline='1274270540'

Same here for dueling.  Can any kind person explain?  The manual has jack squat in it


when you are Duelling make sure you pull Right Trigger/L 2 when it says 'DRAW!' or something like that.

ALSO, when you are targeting choose his Right Forearm.

ALSO! try to pull the right Joy-Stick down before you pullout your gun.

Last, try targeting him when the crosshair is white and small, not big and red.


Hope it Help Anyone who needed this.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: reachfortheskyyy on January 30, 2011, 11:54:55 AM
Is it just me or are the guys at the poker table in Theives Landing harder to win in a dual??? The Chinese guy has owned me at least twice now...:confused:
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: floofgoofer on February 09, 2011, 05:22:45 AM
if you leave your crosshair on the spot you want to hit, the longer you leave it there before marking with RB (xbox) the more damage it does  - works for me, that's all I know for sure lol.  Just take your time with each mark.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: iluminatae on July 15, 2011, 08:58:12 AM
I had trouble with this but found that when the "DRAW" signaled I wait for the screen to zoom in completely, then I just tag the opponents head with as many shots as I can.
Title: RE: How to duel?
Post by: Shaunyboy010 on September 18, 2011, 07:14:44 PM
Quote from: 'russik112' pid='31763' dateline='1274206412'

You bought the game. Go look at the manual, you can't be that stupid, now can you?

Mod note: User was warned for this post. - kaiserkellar

thats a bit harsh and unnecessary
Title: Re: How to duel?
Post by: Jack Crabb on April 28, 2012, 02:08:34 PM
I've been having difficulty understanding exactly how dueling works as well - I see I'm not alone - so I sought out this thread and the various "how-to" videos that have been posted.  There seems to be some outright contradictions regarding which button or stick to do what thing, and most of the attempts to explain the process are still a bit confusing, or vague, at least regarding the basic mechanics. 

However, by trying to make sense of all the advice the best I could, I did manage to win a duel last night.  I think what some players, like myself, might need is a real basic, step-by-step layout of the mechanics of dueling by itself, without the strategizing that might only confuse matters, at least at the very first.  I still have questions, but here are the actual moves (in XBox)  one needs to make to duel in RDR (not necessarily to win, but just to to do it) as I currently understand them:

1.  Find a duel challenge somehow (random, or by the card-cheat deal as others have mentioned).
2.  Follow the prompts to begin the duel.
3.  Once you get the "Draw!" prompt, press the left trigger (and hold? this is a detail usually left out in other explanations - but it seems that that you hold).
4.  The screen goes to slow motion, allowing you to raise the target reticule using the right stick - the marker will start out at the bottom of the screen, but it's mostly just a matter of raising it straight up, more or less,  to find appropriate targets on your opponent's body).
5.  Mark the target areas you wish to hit by pressing the right bumper (I'm confused as to what R1 and R2 are, and I don't have the manual with me right now.  This is where the meter business comes in, but that's strategy).
6.  The slow motion should be just about to stop, and the actual firing begins - this bit goes by pretty fast, but I assume once real-time starts back up, you simply pull the right trigger a bunch (if you've selected multiple targets,  or once if you only set one).  If you were able to set good targets, you probably win!

Anyway, I think I have enough confidence now to accept duel challenges as they occur.  Please let me know if I'm wrong about something here (like you're shy about that sort of thing!).   :)
Title: Re: How to duel?
Post by: Snakeman on January 29, 2013, 05:52:23 PM
I have a PS3 but I am sure it is the same for the X-Box 360 players. You target using the button to shoot. Wait for the cross hairs to go from red to white. White is good. Target while the cross hairs white and your meter will fill up faster. I found it more useful to use a pistol that used only six bullets. When your meter gets full and you have some bullets left start targeting really fast. That way the other person will not have time to target you all the way and shoot and kill you with one shot.   (whip)