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The player is able to disarm foes in Red Dead Redemption.
In regular combat, the player can disarm an armed NPC by shooting the gun out of their hand. This can be accomplished in or out of Dead-Eye Targeting mode, though Dead-Eye allows the player to specifically target the hand. Disarming an opponent can have several effects; they may flee, they may put their hands up in an attempt to surrender, they may fall over as if killed (even if the player hasn't drawn blood), or they may pick up their gun and resume firing on the player. The number of disarms performed are recorded in the Stats menu.
In a duel, disarming the opponent allows the duel to be won without killing the challenger and adds to the player's Honor and Fame. A successful disarm immediately ends the duel by filling the player's dueling bar to maximum.
Other players can not be disarmed in multiplayer.
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A disarm is not possible against certain scripted foes. These only include characters that have to die as it is vital to the story so far and plot. Below are a few Red Dead Redemption 'boss' characters that cannot be disarmed.
- Captain Raul Zubieta - An Appointed Time
- Andreas Müller - Lucky in Love
- Edgar Ross - Remember My Family
- The Stranger - Lucky in Love
- Mario Alcalde - Eva in Peril
- Harold Thornton - The Wronged Woman
Conversely, some missions require an opponent to be disarmed.