Below is a list of all the weapons in the game. The stats are a rough estimate based on the values shown on each weapon's information screen and are out of a possible 4 (where 0 is the lowest and 4 is the highest). Details about where the weapons can be found are included in the notes section of each weapon.
|Notes||The Cattleman Revolver is in your inventory at the very start of the game, so you will not need to do anything special to unlock it in the Compendium. It is a standard all-purpose gun that you will use a lot.|
|Notes||This is a unique weapon and it can only be obtained during the optional Stranger Quest The Noblest of Men, and a Woman. Refer to the Stranger Quest section of the guide for more information on where to find it, but you want to make sure you pick it up after defeating Emmet Granger in a duel since it is not available once you leave.|
|Notes||This is a unique weapon and it can only be obtained during the optional Stranger Quest The Noblest of Men, and a Woman. Refer to the Stranger Quest section of the guide for more information on where to find it, but you want to make sure you pick it up after defeating Flaco Hernandez in a duel since it is not available once you leave.|
|Notes||Can be looted from the Lonnie's Shack home robbery. This robbery is available during Chapter 3 as a camp activity with Sean. Please refer to either the Camp or Miscellaneous sections of the guide for more information on the robbery. This is a very useful revolver variant, as its fast firing speed will make up for its slightly reduced damage. The biggest issue is the big drop in accuracy, and whether or not the extra firing speed is worth it is up to you.|
|Notes||This revolver is an extreme pain to track down, and it requires you to finish the entire Exotics Collectables chain. You will need to finish the Duchesses and Other Animals mission series, which is fully detailed in the Missions and Events section of the guide. Suffice to say, you'll need to track down a whole lot of flowers to get this gun. It is one of the prettier ones in the game, so it is up to you if it is worth it or not. It is essentially the same as every other revolver, so don't expect it to perform any better.|
|Notes||Obtained automatically during the A Fine Night of Debauchery mission in Chapter 4. It can also be purchased from a gunsmith at any point after Blessed Are the Meek? in Chapter 2 for $84.00. The slightly higher damage and accuracy is good, but the slower fire rate and reload speed make this a bit more of a liability that more standard revolvers in an actual firefight.|
|Notes||Can be obtained after completing The Noblest of Men, And a Woman - IV sometime after the A Fine Night of Debauchery mission in Chapter 4. This is a unique revolver, so you have to make sure you pick it up after the duel or you won't be able to get it again. It is a slightly better version of the Schofield Revolver, but it looks pretty.|
|Otis Miller's Revolver|
|Notes||This can only be collected once you reach the Epilogue Part 1. You'll need to go down to New Austin, and you'll find this near the middle of the region along the northern border. Travel to the Cholla Springs region, and head directly north of the first "S" of the Cholla Springs text. Right near the edge of the map, you will find some caves. One of these caves has a chest, and inside the chest will be this revolver. It acts just like all the other revolvers, but it is gold and ivory and just looks really nice.|
|Notes||The Volcanic Pistol can be purchased from any gunsmith in the game for $150 after reaching Chapter 2. It has a very slow fire rate and reload speed, which does make its use a bit more limited compared to more standard pistols. However, amongst pistols its stopping power is top notch and as long as you hit your target you can do a lot of damage.|
|Notes||This pistol can be purchased from the gunsmiths in either Valentine or Saint Denis for $250 after the start of Chapter 6. It can also be picked up from enemies on the Bronte estate during the mission Revenge Is A Dish Best Eaten. Despite its low damage, this is a great weapon due to its superb firing rate and reload speed. It'll come in handy during larger gun fights, particularly if you are good at getting in head shots.|
|Notes||This is a unique weapon and it can only be obtained during the optional Stranger Quest The Noblest of Men, and a Woman. Refer to the Stranger Quest section of the guide for more information on where to find it, but you want to make sure you pick it up after defeating Billy Midnight in a duel as it will be unavailable after you leave. The weapon itself is really useful, with a really high rate of fire and quick reload times.|
|Notes||The Carbine Repeater is obtained automatically as part of the Old Friends storyline mission. It can also be purchased from any gunsmith for $90. It is great for distance combat, as both the range and accuracy are quite high.|
|Notes||The Lancaster Repeater is obtained automatically as part of the An American Pastoral Scene storyline mission. It can also be purchased from any gunsmith for $135. It is another solid rifle and quite good for longer range combat. It is not quite as powerful as the Carbine Repeater, so that gun may have the edge between the two.|
|Notes||This isn't a great weapon for actual combat due to its reduced damage, but it is perfect for hunting. Either this or a bow with a small game arrow are your only hopes for getting perfect carcass quality for a lot of the smaller animals in the game. It can be purchased from all gunsmiths after the Eastward Bound mission in Chapter 1 for $72.|
|Notes||Automatically obtained as part of the Sodom? Back to Gomorrah mission in Chapter 3. Can also be purchased from any gunsmith after the end of Chapter 1 for $120. It is a great medium range weapon, but the slow fire rate and reload speed make it a burden if you are fighting out of cover.|
|Bolt Action Rifle|
|Notes||The Bolt Action Rifle is one of the best rifles in the game, if you can ignore its fairly slow fire rate. You'll get this weapon for free after completing the Preaching Forgiveness As He Went mission in Chapter 3. Afterwards, it will also be available for purchase from a gunsmith for $180.|
|Rolling Block Rifle|
|Notes||This weapon is obtained automatically during the mission The Sheep and the Goats in Chapter 2. It is a fantastic sniper rifle, doing a ton of damage with high accuracy. It is not meant for close range fights, as the slow fire rate and reload speed make it a liability.|
|Rare Rolling Block Rifle|
|Notes||Another rare variant, this sniper rifle can only be found during the Magicians for Sport mission in Chapter 3. One of the men at the very end of the mission in the barn will drop it, and this is your only chance to pick it up so make sure you nab it then. It is exactly the same in every way to the standard Rolling Block Rifle, so don't stress too much if you can't find it.|
|Notes||A slight variant on the sniper rifle, this weapon will be obtained automatically during The Delights of Van Horn in Chapter 6. It can also be purchased from all gunsmiths after completing Goodbye, Dear Friend (Chapter 6) for $190. This is probably the superior sniper rifle in the game. The damage is slightly worse, but the super fire rate and reload speed more than make up for it.|
|Notes||This version of the shotgun is acquired during the Enter, Pursed by a Memory storyline mission. It can also be purchased for $85 from any gunsmith in the game. Great gun for close combat as it does a lot of damage and has a decent reload speed.|
|Notes||You can find a Double-Barreled Shotgun along the back wall of the O'Driscoll cabin in Paying a Social Call. It can also be purchased for $95 from any gunsmith in the game. This is another very solid shotgun and is great for close ranged combat.|
As the name implies, this shotgun is pretty hard to find. "Rare" fits it, because there is only one spot in the entire game you can get it. You'll need to go to the far northeastern corner of the map and find a small cabin Manito Glade. Here you will find the Hermit, a special character detailed in the Ranters, Ravers, and Campaigners portion of the Miscellaneous section. Please refer there if you are having trouble finding him. You'll need to kill him, and once you do you can pick up his shotgun. It is the Rare Shotgun, and if you don't pick it up here you won't be able to again later.
|Notes||There are a couple of places in Chapter 2 that this can be found. For the first, if you complete the Chez Porter home robbery, you can find this in a weapons case on the second floor of the cabin on your right. Please refer to the Miscellaneous section of the guide for more details on this robbery. It can also be purchased for $148 from any gunsmith after completing the Pouring Forth Oil - IV mission in Chapter 4. This is another good shotgun that benefits from a quicker reload time at the expense of slightly lower damage compared to the best shotguns.|
|Notes||The earliest you can find this gun is part of the Watson's Cabin home robbery as it will be in the basement for the taking. Please refer to the Miscellaneous section of the guide for more details on where the cabin can be found. It can also be purchased for $255 from any gunsmith after completing the A Fine Night of Debauchery mission in Chapter 4. The gun itself is fantastic, and is one of the better shotguns in the entire game due to its solid reload speed and great power.|
|Notes||The bow is automatically added to your inventory during the course of The Aftermath of Genesis mission. Arrows can be purchased at nearly every store in the game, and special arrows can be crafted at campfires. The bow is great for hunting as it is silent and won't scare away all the animals with a single miss.|
|Notes||Sometimes the best weapon are Mr. Punchy and Sir Slaps-A-Lot a.k.a your two empty hands. You typically won't want to fight with your first unless you have to, although they will come in handy for any one of the numerous brawls you're going to get into.|
|Notes||The Fire Bottle will automatically be added to your inventory during the mission The Fine Joys of Tobacco in Chapter 3 and available for purchase from fences for $0.75 after that. It is pretty good for setting stagecoaches on fire, but other than that you're probably better suited to just shooting things.|
|Volatile Fire Bottle|
|Notes||This weapon can not be found or bought anywhere, and can only be crafted. You will first need to find the pamphlet for it, which can be purchased from any fence for $76.00 after completing Pouring Forth Oil in Chapter 2. Read the pamphlet once you purchase it, and then it can be crafted at any campfire using moonshine (purchased from fences or found all over the map) and animal fat (scavenged from a variety of animals, including bears and ducks). It is slightly better than the standard fire bottle, but you're unlikely to notice the difference.|
|Notes||Dynamite will automatically be added to the compendium after the Who the Hell is Leviticus Cornwall mission. After, you will be able to purchase a stick of dynamite from any fence shop for $1.00.|
|Notes||This dynamite is stronger and more blow-y up-y than your standard dynamite. You'll have to craft this, and you can do so after purchasing the Volatile Dynamite Pamphlet from any fence. It will be available for purchase for $78 after you complete the American Distillation mission in Chapter 3. It can be crafted from normal dynamite (bought from fences), animal fat (scavenged from a variety of animals), and any high velocity ammo (bought from gunsmiths). It isn't that much more useful than standard dynamite, so it may not be worth the time it takes to craft.|
|Notes||These are automatically added to the compendium as part of the Paying a Social Call mission. You can buy additional Throwing Knives after that from fence shops and trappers for $2.50.|
|Poison Throwing Knife|
|Notes||Unlike the standard throwing knife, you can only find this weapon by crafting it. You will need to purchase the informational pamphlet for this from the fence first, which can be bought for $58.00 from any fence after completing Pouring Forth Oil in Chapter 2. Afterwards, you can craft it at any campfire using only a standard throwing knife (purchasable from fences) and oleander sage (these are found very frequently through the swampland of Lemoyne). The extra damage here is great, and as long as you have oleander sage on hand, which is very common, you should upgrade all your throwing knives to these.|
|Notes||These are automatically added to the compendium as part of The First Shall Be Last mission. You can buy additional Tomahawks after that from fence shops and trappers for $4.00. They are probably a bit less useful than throwing knives due to their slower throwing animation and their slightly higher price tag, but they are a very strong throwing weapon and you don't need to get headshots to do serious damage with these.|
|Notes||Improved tomahawks can only be crafted and cannot be purchased or found in the wild. To craft this, you will first need the pamphlet. It is given automatically at the start of Chapter 2, and after you read it you will be able to craft these at any campfire. They require a tomahawk and either a hawk feather or an eagle feather. Tomahawks are even stronger than standard tomahawks, and the slightly better range is a nice boost as well.|
|Notes||This is another tomahawk upgrade that is only available through crafting. You'll need to learn the recipe first, and you can purchase the pamphlet for $60 from any fence starting at the beginning of Chapter 2. Make sure you read the pamphlet first to learn the recipe. You will need a tomahawk and an owl feather to craft this, but it is definitely worth it. It will improve the accuracy when thrown, and also allows the tomahawk to curve towards its intended target.|
I don't know effective "ancient weapon degrading for who knows how long right out in the open" would be, but you can find one in this game if you really want it. You can find it lodged in a broken wooden target near the northeastern tip of the Dakota River. It is in Ambarino, directly above where the "I" in the word Ambarino is in your map and is north of the tip of the river and south of the path that winds through the area. There will be a little display here, and everything else in the area is grass or trees or rocks, so it sort of sticks out.
|Notes||These can only be purchased from any fence after the Chapter 5 mission Dear Uncle Tacitus for $8.00. It can be thrown or used to slash an enemy at close range. As far as murder weapons go, it is pretty fine.|
|Notes||These can only be purchased from any fence after the Chapter 5 mission Dear Uncle Tacitus for $10.00. In terms of melee weapons, these are fairly strong and have a slightly better range than a knife. Still, there likely won't be too much of a use for these since your guns and your silent throwing weapons are more than enough usually. Still, if you feel like hacking your enemy to pieces, this is the way to go!|
|Broken Pirate Sword|
"Broken" swords are the sort of things that don't make very good weapons. But, hey, if you're rummaging around for everything in the game, you're going to pick up some garbage along the way. To find it, check out southwest of Saint Denis in Lemoyne. There are a series of islands here. The railroad will cross the water just above some of them, and directly south of the midpoint of this bridge (right where a legendary fish appears) will be a group of three islands. On the south end of the northernmost of these three islands will be an abandoned ship. Check inside of it to find the broken sword.
|Notes||The Hunting Knife is a weapon you start out the game with. It will be in your inventory at the very start and you can equip it whenever you want. This is a good weapon for killing animals after they've been hogtied and for stealth kills of enemy targets.|
To find the Antler Knife, you'll have to travel to the northwest portion of West Elizabeth. If you go northwest of the Hanging Dog Ranch, you'll find a little clearing with the dead carcass of a very large bear. Inspect it closer and you'll find a man underneath, and if you inspect him you'll find the Antler Knife. It doesn't seem any more powerful than a regular knife, but, hey, it killed a bear! Probably worth keeping.
|Civil War Knife|
This is another rare weapon that is only found in one spot in the game. To get it, you'll need to travel to Fort Brennand in southeastern New Hanover. The fort is found to the southwest of Van Horn and is located almost directly north of the second "R" in the Kamassa River text. You'll need to enter through the north end of the fort, and if you look to the right you'll find a small ruined building. Go into the building and check behind the crates to find a hidden ladder. Climb down the ladder to reach the basement, and you'll find the knife on some crates in the middle of the room.
|Notes||The Jawbone Knife can only be obtained by completing the optional stranger mission A Test of Faith - II. This involves collecting all of the dinosaur bone collectables and then meeting up with Deborah MacGuiness one more time. Please refer to the Missions and Events section for information on the mission, and the Collectables section for information on all dinosaur bone locations. The knife itself is fairly unremarkable, and while she says it is made with a dinosaur bone the actual description of the item says it was from a coyote jawbone. SCAM. WE'VE BEEN SCAMMED!|
Like most special knives, this can only be found in one location. You'll need to go to central West Elizabeth, in the Big Valley region. If you check your map and look south of the "G" of the Big Valley text, you should see a dotted line representing a path going almost directly east to west. Just south of the aforementioned "G", this path will dead end. Follow this path to where it dead ends and you'll find an entrance to a mine. Go into the mine, and start looking to your left as you walk down the path. There will be a plunger you can interact with a little ways in, and doing so will blow up some rocks blocking your path. Continue down the path now, and when you see an opening turn to your right. Go into the little alcove, and you will see a dead man with a knife sticking out of his back. Collect the knife. Hey, he isn't using it.
|Notes||This is the boring normal hatchet. There are a lot of special hatchets in the game, so this one isn't as fun as the others. It can be purchased from any fence in the game for $4.25 after completing the Chapter 5 mission Dear Uncle Tacitus. It is a solid enough throwing weapon, but there are more fun ones in the game.|
The Hewing Hatchet is a rare weapon with only one pick-up location in the game. You'll need to travel to southeast Ambarino, to the Grizzlies East region. There is a small pond south of Grizzlies East called Moonstone Pond, and there is a cain on the south bank of this pond called Falttened Cabin. The Hewing Hatchet is stuck in a stump right out from of the cabin, to the right of the fire pit directly outside of the house.
This is a very rare weapon that can only be found in one location. Travel to the Old Tomb area of New Hanover, which is in the far northeast corner of the map. It'll be northwest of Annesburg and across the Kamassa River. Right in the center of the Old Tomb is an altar, and the hatchet will be sticking out of that. The weapon itself is fairly decent if a bit boring, but it is worth hunting it down just to feel a bit more like a viking.
Only found at Dodd's Bluff shack. It is in Ambarino, but to get the shack it is easier to go through New Hanover. Go west from Fort Wallace until you cross the Dakota River. Dodd's Bluff will be just on the other side of the river, south of Granite Pass and Whimyard Straight. Once you get to Dodd's Bluff, you will want to check just to the northeast of the cabin. There is a tree stump here on some rocky ground, and the Hunter Hatchet can be found lodged into it.
|Rusted Hunter Hatchet|
Like the Hunter Hatcher, but rusty. You may just be a hoarder, at this point, if you are picking this up. Another of the weapons that can only be found in one spot, this one will require you to go to Martha's Swain Cabin in southeastern Ambarino. The cabin itself is almost directly east of the Three Sisters region south of O'Creagh's Run. The hatchet can be kind of hard to see because it is mostly buried in a stump right in front of the house. The stump is almost right in front of the window to the right of the door into the cabin.
|Double Bit Hatchet|
So many hatchets...which one to choose? The double bit hatchet is found in northeastern West Elizabeth. If you check to the northwest of Wallace Station, there is a very small dot on your map that represents a structure. Travel to it, and you'll find a fireplace in the middle of some fences. If you go north of the fireplace, you can find this hatchet stuck in a tree stump just beyond the fence. Watch out as a very hungry grizzly bear makes his home nearby.
|Rusted Double Bit Hatchet|
And now our rusted collection of hatchets is complete! This is found in the north end of Annesburg. There is a red building just north of the large red coal mining facility in town. It will be easy to spot because it has four smokestacks coming out of it, billowing all sorts of smoke. This hatchet is found lodged in a tree stump just north of that building. It is pretty much the same as all the other hatchets, although this one looks slightly cooler.