Gold bars are the big payoff in Red Dead Redemption 2, but they’re not quite legal tender.

Gold bars are worth $500 apiece, making them one of the most sought-after treasures in Red Dead Redemption 2. But until you convert them into real dollars or hand them over to the camp’s item box, they’re just expensive bricks clogging up your satchel.

Where and how to sell gold bars

Once you’ve found a gold bar you’ll need to sell it to a fence. Gold bars sell for $500 each, so it’s a significant sum if you’re looking to upgrade your camp or just want to buy yourself some new weapons or a horse.

There are four fences in the game in Saint Denis, Emerald Ranch, Van Horn and Rhodes. Approach the fence and you’re given the option to sell. It’s that simple.

While you’re at a fence’s shop, always check what stock is selling because they have some pretty interesting items. Some even sell treasure maps – which will lead you to more gold bars – so always see what’s for sale.

Treasure maps are usually only sold at fences when you’ve passed a certain point in the main story, or you’ve missed an opportunity to get a particular map off a Stranger. Don’t always expect them to sell maps, but always have a poke around on the off chance.

Where to find gold bars

As gold bars are high value items, they’re not found in many locations. The majority of gold bars are rewarded for completing treasure maps. The Jack Hall Gang treasure map pays out two gold bars at the end, while The Poisonous Trail Treasure Hunt coughs up a whopping four gold bars. The Strange Statues treasure quest also has three gold bars as a reward, so it’s well worth doing these.

The biggest payout of gold bars is by completing the Le Tresor Des Morts treasure map, but that is a mission that was only available to those who preordered the Special and Ultimate Editions of Red Dead Redemption 2.

There’s a glitch that will give you unlimited gold bars, so make the most of it before it gets patched out!

There are a few other locations where you can find gold bars too – if you search the derailed train in Granite Pass you’ll find two gold bars which you can then take to a fence.

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If you’re looking to get tooled up for combat, here’s our guide to the best weapons in Red Dead Redemption 2. If you want to get rich quick, find a fence or want to know where to hunt legendary animals, then check out our complete Red Dead Redemption 2 guide here.