There are many forms of combat. While gunplay is a central component of each game, combat can also be performed with melee attacks, Thrown Weapons, and mounted weapons. The player can fight on foot, behind cover, on horseback, or from moving vehicles such as Trains and Stagecoaches.
- Main article: Weapons in Redemption
Taking cover is a very important part of combat. The player is exposed on horseback and on foot, while walls and other objects can provide protection. Marston can 'hug' walls, crates, rocks, he can open (or close) doors while in cover, he can lean out and shoot or fire blindly at enemies. While in cover, press the button again while holding the stick towards a second piece of cover (e.g. opposide side of a door, nearby crate/rock) and Marston will dash into the new cover. In another Rockstar series, GTA, the cover system has changed a little since GTA IV. In the GTA series, the player still had crosshair while blind-firing. Now Marston as well as the player has no clue what he'll hit. It's not an effective way of fighting, but it can give the player some breathing time and suppress the enemies for a while.
- Note: Taking cover in Undead Nightmare is not recommended as the undead will pursue you wherever you may be. Using melee, they will go around whatever you are hiding behind, making cover a futile system in the DLC pack. If you attack a survivor in Undead Nightmare, then they will attack you as if they would in the original game. This situation makes cover a valuable system.
Marston has a variety of other skills, like Dead-Eye Targeting or rolling. He can roll in any direction he chooses, which is a great opportunity to evade an incoming bullet/stagecoach/angry bull and such. Marston can replenish Dead Eye and health during battle, using Medicine, Chewing Tobacco and other Consumables.
Euphoria is a character behavior system from NaturalMotion, used by Rockstar Games, in conjunction with the RAGE engine, in many games, like Red Dead Redemption or GTA IV. It simulates human behavior. For example, when the player shoots a bad guy in a leg, he'll walk, but barely. If the player shoots the guy in both his legs, he won't move. He’ll just lie on his knees and shoot the player, and then perish. Also if you shoot an enemy at the end of the spinal cord (lower back) it will utter the enemy into a crawling state making him/her moan and say deathly comments then die a few moments later . Euphoria is an excellent, realistic system that adds a lot to RDR. There are a lot more examples - if Marston kills a guy, he may squeeze the trigger when he dies and fire his last shot.