Red Dead Redemption 2 Strangers are side-quests that run alongside the main storyline, and often pave the way to even more activities in the game's vast open-world.

Stranger quests are optional and won't appear on the map automatically, only appearing as a question mark and a white patch on your map when you get close.

From there, you have to narrow down the location further, before undergoing a starting quest. Some are linked to collectables and other activities, and some are questlines in their own right - and whether you decide to pursue them from there is up to you.

Here are Stranger locations we've encountered so far, vaguely in the order you'd come across them in the story. Remember, if you miss them, you can always go back to them later - just get close and they should appear on the map again.

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Noblest of Men, and a Woman Stranger location

This is found in the saloon in the north-east part of Valentine. Jim Boy Calloway will give you four photographs of gunslingers to track down. View your satchel (right on the D-pad) and read the back of each photograph to add their locations to your map.

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Smoking and Other Hobbies Stranger location

This is found at Flatneck Station, outside of the outhouse. This stranger will inform you of collectable Playing Cards. Get a full set, and you can sell them to him for a profit.

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All That Glitters Stranger location

This is on some cliffs west of Flatrock Station and north of the railroad. Buy the Treasure Map from the explorer for $10 and you can start the Jack Hall Gang Treasure Map locations quest.

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Academia for Amateurs Stranger location

This is south-west of Riggs Station, in the middle of some trees. After the cutscene you have to retrieve the bag which has been stolen by a coyote. Simple chase it and it'll drop it by a rock, then bring it back to the stranger.

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This is the first of many Academia for Amateurs quests, by the way - keep playing the main story and more shall appear.


For much more Red Dead Redemption 2 help like this, see our solutions for Dinosaur Bone locations, Dreamcatcher locations, Rock Carving locations and World Champion Cigarette Cards locations. On the map front, we have Killer Clue Piece locations, High Stakes Treasure Map locations, Jack Hall Gang Treasure Map locations, and the Poisonous Trail Treasure Map locations too. Our in-depth systems explainers includes hunting perfect pelts, hides and skins as well as all Legendary Animal locations and Legendary Fish locations, or all Gunslinger locations, too. Finally, here's a list of Red Dead Redemption 2 cheat codes, the various Red Dead Online release dates, and an explainer on how to make Red Dead Online money fast .


A Fisher of Fish Stranger location

We suspect you might need to complete A Fisher of Men in Chapter 2 before this appears. Either way, you'll find it south-east of Flatneck Station, on a jetty between there and Rhodes. This has you hunt down 13 Legendary Fish locations across the map, with the help of a map.

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A Test of Faith Stranger location

You'll find this Stranger location just north-west of Flatneck Station, out in the wilderness. Look for the wagon and the person standing over a dig site, and you'll be introduced to the paleontologist, who wants you to mail dinosaur bones to her.

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American Dreams location

This will only appear on your map when you find all three Killer Clue piece locations. Once you have, head south-west of Valentine for the radius to appear on the map. The spot you are looking for is the basement doors next to the destroyed hut, on the west side.

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