Some Red Dead Online players are being mysteriously attacked by two-headed skeletons. Why? It seems to be the work of hackers.
Reports of two-headed skeletons running up to players and engaging in a fistfight started coming in around February 7, 2020, and carried on throughout the rest of the weekend. Among the first reports was one on the Steam forums, where a player claimed they were attacked by a bony aggressor in Grizzlies West.
“I was using my metal detector and it just punched me from behind and ran off when I switched to guns and started shooting,” the player said. “Also a grizzly bear appeared out of nowhere and killed me as I was shooting.”
It’s certainly bizarre, but does have foundations in the game. The two-headed skeleton model can actually be found inside the single-player story mode. Near Beecher’s Hope, there’s an overturned circus wagon with a two-headed skeleton inside that belonged to conjoined sisters.
By February 9, players were posting video proof of two-headed skeletons running around inside the game’s online world. One player posted a video to Reddit of a twin-head skeleton attacking them while another posted a YouTube video in which they hogtie one and ride around with it on their horse.
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Replying to these videos, other players have claimed that the two-headed skeletons are one of the latest stunts being pulled off by Red Dead Online hackers. Previously, hackers have spawned loads of angry bears inside towns, and even sent horrifying piles of carcasses after people.
One player who says they also got attacked by a two-headed skeleton, reckons you might be able to see the hacker above you in a hot air balloon, which means you can try to report them.
“Just happened to me. Next time it does, look straight up in the sky. The mod cheater is going to be up in the balloon. I just tagged mine and reported him.,” they say.
That same person also shared a screenshot of what they say is from a hacker’s profile who has now been banned from Red Dead Online. It shows them in a hot air balloon with a mod menu equipped.
Mod menus make it easy for Red Dead Online hackers to make themselves invincible, super jump, have infinite stamina, and spawn any character models into the game they want. Some hackers are even able to drain money from players. Grand Theft Auto Online hackers have used mod menus for similar purposes for years. Rockstar has been trying to ban hackers so they can’t ruin Red Dead Online for everyone else.
If you’re looking to liven up Rockstar’s world without getting in trouble, consider installing some Red Dead Redemption 2 mods, such as a playable robot or becoming a giant. Haven’t played it yet? Our Red Dead Redemption 2 review gave it a 10, saying that it’s “one of the greatest games of the modern age.”
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