Red Dead Redemption 2, the highly anticipated prequel to Rockstar's last-gen hit Red Dead Redemption, is finally here.

This page features links to story mission as part of a Red Dead Redemption 2 walkthrough, as well as a list of our Red Dead Redemption 2 guides.

Still waiting for Red Dead Online beta? That's on the way, and will be based on the single-player game when it launches.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 walkthrough and gold medal mission checklists

Red Dead Redemption 2 has a slightly different structure to other Rockstar open-world games, with each chapter seeing the game's gang move camp from one location to the next.

But as with previous Rockstar Games, though the overarching story is linear, at multiple points you'll have a choice of missions to choose from. None will disappear, so pick the ones you want to play and get to the others when you fancy.

These missions are yellow circles with black initials in them, and not to be confused with any white dots (optional companion missions) and white patches (optional Stranger missions).

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Each mission has a gold medal checklist - a list of objectives to complete in order to get the best possible score. You won't know it the first time you play, so our checklist below will explain what each of them are before you begin.

If you fail to get a Gold Medal or simply want to replay a mission, you can do so by going into your progress in the pause menu.

We also won't do a walkthrough for each mission either - only the ones with a some difficulty that might warrant it.

Chapter 1 mission checklists

Chapter 1 missionGold medal checklist
Outlaws from the West Take no damage during the shootout
Loot 6 or more items from Adler Ranch
Complete with at least 80% accuracy
Enter, Pursued by a Memory Kill all the wolves without taking any damage
Complete with at least 80% accuracy
Old Friends Catch and hogtie Kieran within 45 seconds
Kill 3 O'Driscolls in the same Dead Eye use
Complete within 15 minutes 30 seconds
Get 15 headshots
Complete the mission without taking any health items
The Aftermath of Genesis Kill each deer with one arrow
Do not spook either deer
Get a clean kill on the second deer
Who the hell is Leviticus Cornwall? Save Lenny when he is hanging from the train
After stopping the train, take out the guards within 1 minute 30 seconds
Take no damage during the shootout
Get 10 headshots
Complete the mission without taking any health items
Eastwood Bound Pick up Havier when entering Horseshoe Overlook
Complete within 6 minutes

Chapter 2 mission checklists

Chapter 2 missionGold medal checklist
Polite Society, Valentine Style Return the last wagon horse to its owner
Find Karen within 45 seconds
Americans at Rest Save Javier within 15 seconds
Defeat Tommy within 1 minute 30 seconds
Paying a Social Call Silently kill 4 O'Driscolls
Get 12 headshots
Complete with at least 80% accuracy
Complete the mission without taking any health items
A Quiet Time Try to make amends with an old rival
Catch Lenny in the act
Don't get arrested
Good, Honest, Snake Oil Stop Benedict Allbright falling off the cliff
Hogtie Allbright within 1 minute 15 seconds
Return Allbright to the sheriff within 1 minute 30 seconds
We Loved Once and True - III Peacefully convince the Chelonians to let you take Jamie
Return Jamie to Mary within 2 minutes
Money Lending and Other Sins - III Complete within 2 minutes 10 seconds
Blessed Are The Meek? While escaping, kill all mounted Lawman within 55 seconds
Get 15 headshots
Complete with at least 70% accuracy
Complete the mission without taking any health items
Exit Pursued By a Bruised Ego Track the bear within 1 minute 30 seconds
Shoot the bear at least 6 times
Complete with 12 minutes
Who Is Not Without Sin Win 2 hands of Poker
Return Reverend to camp within 2 minutes 5 seconds
The First Shall Be The Last Silently kill the Bounty Hunters by the river with Javier
Shoot the rope to free Sean
Get 10 headshots
Complete the mission without taking any health items
The Spines of America Loot everything from Carmody Dell
Don't get spoiled
Deliver the wagon to Emerald Ranch within 1 minute 10 seconds
Pouring Forth Oil - II Deliver the wagon to the drop off within 1 minute 45 seconds
A Fisher of Men After arriving at the river, catch a fish within 1 minute 30 seconds
Complete with 7 minutes 20 seconds
Pouring Forth Oil - IV Kill all the train guards before Sean fires a shot
Clear the baggage car of loot
Escape the Law within 1 minute 30 seconds
Get 10 kills in Dead Eye
Complete the mission without taking any health items
The Sheep and the Goats Herd all the sheep in the pen in Valentine
Get 25 headshots
Complete with at least 70% accuracy
Complete the mission without taking any health items
A Strange Kindness Return the captive to his family within 1 minute 40 seconds
Get 5 headshots
Complete with at least 80% accuracy
Complete the mission without taking any health items
An American Pastoral Scene Headshot each of the mounted guards protecting the wagon
Get 10 kills in Dead Eye
Complete within 6 minutes
Complete the mission without taking any health items

Chapter 3 mission checklists

Chapter 3 missionGold medal checklist
The New South Knock out Anders Anderson without taking a hit
Catch and return Anders Anderson to jail within 5 minutes 30 seconds
Catch a fish with Dutch and Hosea
The Course of True Love - II Reach Penelope without getting spotted
Complete within 3 minutes
The Course of True Love - III Complete within 4 minutes 15 seconds
American Distillation Win the race back to camp
Complete the mission without taking any damage
Get 10 headshots
Complete with at least 70% accuracy
An Honest Mistake Save Uncle when he is overpowered
Get 20 headshots
Complete with at least 80% accuracy
Complete the mission without taking any health items
Further Questions of Female Suffrage Fend off the Lemoyne Raiders in less than 1 minute
Get 5 headshots
Complete with at least 85% accuracy
Complete the mission without taking any health items
Preaching Forgiveness As He Went Kill 10 Lemoyne Raiders with a long scoped rifle
Complete within 11 minutes and 30 seconds
Complete with at least 70% accuracy
Complete the mission without taking any health items
Sodom? Back to Gomorrah Loot all the safes
Headshot 5 mounted Lawmen during the horseback escape
Get to Downes Ranch within 1 minute 55 seconds
Complete with at least 70% accuracy
Complete the mission without taking any health items
Advertising, The New American Art - II Headshot 5 Lemoyne Raiders in the saloon
Complete with at least 90% accuracy
Complete the mission without taking any health items
Magicians for Sport Inspect all the clues in Trelawny's Caravan
While tracking, stay within 30 feet of Trelawny's trail
Kill 2 Bounty Hunters in the cornfields within 1 minute
Complete the mission without taking any health items
Horse Flesh for Dinner Kill the stable hand showing you the horses
Catch the stallion within 10 seconds
Get 5 headshots
Friends in Very Low Places Complete the mission without getting spotted
Complete within 8 minutes 10 seconds
The Fine Joys of Tabacco Silently kill the Gray Sean distracts in the wagon store
Douse the fields within 2 minutes 20 seconds
Kill 5 Grays during the escape
Complete the mission without taking any health items
Blessed are the Peacemakers Free yourself and perform self-surgery within 1 minute
Recover your weapons from the O'Driscoll's camp
Kill the O'Driscoll gang members that beat and shot you
Escape the O'Driscoll's camp without being spotted
A Short Walk in a Pretty Town Kill 3 Lawmen in Dead Eye while saving Bill
Complete using only sidearms
Complete within 4 minutes 30 seconds
Get 20 headshots
Complete the mission without taking any health items
Blood Feuds, Ancient and Modern Headshot Gareth and Gerald Braithwaite
Get 20 headhots
Complete with at least 85% accuracy
Complete the mission without taking any health items
The Battle of Shady Belle Kill all the Lemoyne Raiders in Shady Belle
Clear two bodies from Shady Belle within 1 minute 40 seconds
Complete with 11 minutes

Chapter 4 mission checklists

Chapter 4 missionGold medal checklist
The Joys of Civilization Catch the street urchin before he reaches the market
Complete within 5 minutes 30 seconds
Angelo Bronte, a Man of Honor Encounter the dog and the drunk
Don't get spotted by the law
Complete within 10 minutes 40 seconds
Get 4 headshots
The Gilded Cage While at the party, pour some drinks, compliment a guest's attire, accept a gift and save a life
Follow the servant without being spotted
No, No and Thrice, No Kill both of the Foreman boys yourself during the chase
Complete with at least 90% accuracy
A Fine Night of Debauchery Win the game of Power without Strauss's help
After your cover is blown, escape the boat in under 35 seconds
Get 5 headshots
Complete the mission without taking any health items
Horseman, Apocalypses Hoot the O'Driscoll's in the boat before they disembark
Complete using only sidearms
Complete with at least 70% accuracy
Get 15 headshots
Complete the mission without taking any health items
American Fathers - II Inflitrate the factory by hiding in the wagon
Reach Danbury's office without being detected
Kill all the horseback pursuers during the escape
Complete with at least 80% accuracy
Urban Pleasures Rob all the customers in the trolley station
Kill 10 lawmen while on the trolley
Prevent any lawmen jumping on the back of the wagon
Shoot the dynamite Lenny throws
Complete the mission without taking any health items
Country Pursuits Return Jules to the skiff within 1 minte 40 seconds
Shoot the Bullgator 5 times
Revenge is a Dish Best Eaten Search every room in Brone's mansion
Carry Bronte to the skiff within 1 minute 30 seconds
Get 20 headshots
Complete the mission without taking any health items
Banking, the Old American Art Crack the safe without making any mistakes
Complete only using firearms
Get 25 headshots
Complete the mission without taking any health items
Help a Brother Out Find the captives without threatening the store owner
Complete within 2 minutes 45 seconds
Brothers and Sisters, One and All Find the kid within 19 seconds
Fatherhood and Other Dreams - II Catch the wagon and take it to the secluded spot within 1 minute 45 minutes
Take Mary to the theater
High and Low Finance Complete within 5 minutes 45 seconds
Don't take any damage during the escape

Chapter 5 mission checklists

Chapter 5 missionGold medal checklist
Welcome to the New World Do not fall behind while walking with the chain gang
Get 10 headshots
A Kind and Benevolent Despot Get Javier to safety in under 10 minutes
Get 10 headshots
Savagery Unleashed Release all the workers within 4 seconds
Complete within 5 minutes 40 seconds
Get 8 headshots
Hell Hath No Fury Prevent 4 boats from reaching the shore
Destroy the Naval ship without missing a shot
Complete with at least 70% accuracy
Paradise Mercifully Departed Kill the first 2 sentries without being spotted
Escort the captain to the boat within 1 minute 45 seconds
Complete withion 6 minutes 45 seconds
Get 25 headshots
Dear Uncle Tacitus Leave Shady Belle without being detected by the Pinkertons
Complete within 8 minutes
Fleeting Joy Kill 2 Pinkertons during the Dead Eye ambush
Get 5 headshots with the Gatling Gun
Get at least 70% accuracy with the Gatling Gun
Complete the mission without taking any health items
That's Murfree Country Deliver Meredith to her mother within 2 minutes
Get 15 headshots
Complete with at least 85% accuracy
Complete the mission without taking any health items
A Fork in the Road Complete within 3 minutes 5 seconds

Chapter 6 mission checklists

Chapter 6 missionGold medal checklist
Icarus and Friends Keep the balloon at the correct altitude for the entire journey
Get 5 headshots from the balloon
Complete with at least 70% accuracy
Complete the mission without taking any health items
Visiting Hours Get headshots on both Prison Guards when sniping from the tower
Escape to the boat within 2 minutes 45 seconds
Complete within 9 minutes
Complete within 9 minutes
Complete with at least 80% accuracy
Complete the mission without taking any health items
Just a Social Call Headshot 3 mounted enemies
After killing Cornwall, reach the horses within 2 minutes 45 seconds
Complete the mission without taking any health items
A Rage Unleashed Knock out 2 soldiers on the boat
Round up the horses and reach shore within 1 minute 30 seconds
Archelogy for Beginners Recover the relics without being detected
Recover the relics within 1 minute 30 seconds
Honor, Amongst Thieves Recover the vaccine without being detected
Complete within 5 minutes
The Fine Art of Conversation Kill a pursuers horse during the escape
Complete within 9 minutes 30 seconds
Complete with at least 75% accuracy
Complete the mission without taking any health items
The Delights of Van Horn Headshot 5 soldiers with a long scoped rifle
Complete with at least 85% accuracy
Goodbye, Dear Friend Find Colm's back up within 45 seconds
Get 8 headshots with a long scoped rifle
Complete within 6 minutes 30 seconds
Favored Sons Kill the soldier on the cannon within 45 seconds
Get 35 headshots
Complete the mission without taking any health items
The Bridge to Nowhere Plant the dynamite within 1 minute 35 seconds
Escape the oncoming train within 19 seconds
The King's Son While infiltrating Fort Wallace, headshot every soldier blocking your way to Eagle Flies
Kill 15 enemies while escaping in the canoe
Complete with at least 80% accuracy
Mrs. Sadie Adler, Widow - II Headshot the sniper in the barn
Secure the barn without taking any damage
Complete within 5 minutes 30 seconds
My Last Boy Save Paytah
Get 30 headshots
Complete with at least 80% accuracy
Complete the mission without taking any health items
Our Best Selves Get a headshot in Dead Eye after jumping from Dutch's Horse
Complete within 11 minutes
Fight through the train with at least 80% accuracy
Complete the mission without taking any health items
Red Dead Redemption Get 7 headshots while covering Sadie from the lighthouse
After Sadie is captured, reach Abigail and Sadie within 1 minute
Complete with at least 70% accuracy
Complete the mission without taking any health items
Do Not Seek Absolution - I Complete within 1 minute 20 seconds
Do Not Seek Absolution - II Find Edith Downs within 1 minute 10 seconds
The Course of True Love - V Headshot 5 of the Braithwaites as they pursue the train
Complete within 7 minutes 30 seconds

Epilogue - Part 1 mission checklists

Epilogue - Part 1Gold medal checklist
The Wheel Reach Pronghorn Ranch without dropping any supplies
Reclaim the wagon within 1 minute
Simple Pleasure When milking, fill a bucket within 10 seconds
Complete within 5 minutes 15 seconds
Fatherhood, for Beginners Tire Out Jeremiah within 45 seconds
Feed Jeremiah a treat
Teach Jack to ride without his horse bucking him off
Win the race back to Pronghorn Ranch
Farming, For Beginners Fix the first section of fence in 1 minute 30 seconds
Avoid being hit by the bull
Old Habits Defeat the Laramie without taking a hit
Defeat the Laramie within 25 seconds
Fatherhood, For Idiots Kill all 3 enemies in Dead Eye
After the confrontation, return to Pronghorn Ranch within 1 minute 30 seconds
Jim Milton Rides, Again? Get 10 kills while dual wielding sidearms
Get 15 headshots
Complete the mission without taking any health items
Motherhood Complete within 1 minute 30 seconds
Home of the Gentry? Complete within 2 minutes 30 seconds
Gainful Employment After arriving in Strawberry, locate the bounty within 30 seconds
After mounting your horse, catch and hogtie the bounty within 1 minute 15 seconds

Epilogue - Part 2 mission checklists

Epilogue - Part 2Gold medal checklist
Bare Knuckle Friendships After arriving in Saint Denis, find Charles within 1 minute 50 seconds
Kill all of Guido Martelli's men within 10 seconds
Home Improvement for Beginners Complete within 18 seconds
An Honest Day's Labors Kill all of Langton's men during the horseback escape
After choosing your approach, escape with Shane Finley within 5 minutes
Complete with at least 70% accuracy
Complete the mission without taking any health items
The Tool Box Headshot all Skinner Brothers hiding up trees
Find Mr Wayne within 2 minutes 15 seconds
Complete using only sidearms
Complete the mission without taking any health items
A New Jerusalem Hammer the nails in with 80% accuracy
Complete within 3 minutes 35 seconds
A Quick Favor for an Old Friend Force Cortez's men to flee from Rhodes within 30 seconds
Get 5 headshots while covering Sadie with a long scoped rifle
Get 4 hip fire kills
Complete the mission without taking any health items
Uncle's Bad Day Get 5 headshots using the bow
After freeing Uncle, return to Beechers Hope within 3 minutes 10 seconds
Complete with at least 80% accuracy
Complete the mission without taking any health items
Trying Again Catch a fish
Complete within 5 minutes 20 seconds
A Really Big Bastard Shoot the bear 4 times as it charges
Headshot both the rival bounty hunters in Dead Eye
Complete within 7 minutes 15 seconds
A New Future Imagined Complete within 7 minutes 30 seconds
American Venom Help Sadie catch Cleet within 35 seconds
Headshot the sniper who shoots Charles
Complete with at least 85% accuracy
Complete the mission without taking any health items

Red Dead Redemption 2 guides

As well as the above in-progress walkthrough, here's other Red Dead Redemption 2 guides:

Side-quests:

Treasure Maps:

Collectables:

Upgrades:

System explainers:

And more:

Other things to know about Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 is out, and the above guides give you an idea of the many systems in place. But there are other things to know about, too, that don't quite fit into the above so easily:

Red Dead Redemption 2 map

Shortly ahead of release, the map for the game was leaked. Spoilers are below, if you're worried about that sort of thing - thanks to tomcruise_momshoes on reddit for putting the following together:

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Credit: tomcruise_momshoes on reddit

Compare that to the original leak from 2016, which Eurogamer sources verified as accurate. The new areas are almost exactly the same, with one major difference being, at the time, less of the Red Dead Redemption 1 map was to be included.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 PC version - is it coming?

Unfortunately for PC players, there's been no noise out of Rockstar so far with anything on a PC release. It's a strange one. Red Dead Redemption still hasn't released on PC itself - although you can play it there via PlayStation Now subscription - whilst Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar's most recent major title, released late on PC but to enormous commercial success.

The expectation - and hope - is that Rockstar will follow the GTA model, rather than the Red Dead model, for releasing on PC after the console versions have had a little time breath.

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