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Red Dead Redemption 2 - American Distillation

How to complete American Distillation in Red Dead Redemption 2.

American Distillation is a mission from Red Dead Redemption 2's third chapter.

For more help, our Red Dead Redemption 2 walkthrough explains how to complete the game's many story missions.

American Distillation

American Distillation medal objectives:

  • Win the race back to camp
  • Complete the mission without taking any damage
  • Get 10 headshots
  • Complete with at least 70% accuracy
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You'll start this mission by visiting Dutch in Rhodes after completing The New South.

This is a slow going start - get off the wagon and look at the bodies when instructed, then head to the location on the map. After the cutscene you have a choice who to take down - we chose left - then to silently take down the two guards, indicated as red dots, on the map.

Approach from the back - wade through the water to the one by the bridge for one, then go over the bridge and round the side of the lake for the other - to do so safely. If you struggle to take them down, remember to hold L2 to lock on, then a prompt should appear.


The PC version has seen several new additions, including a photo mode, Landmarks of Riches Treasure Map, The Elemental Trail Treasure Map and the End of the Earth mission. If you're looking for more help in general, our Red Dead Redemption 2 mission list walkthrough can help provide pointers with the story. If you're looking for things to find, there are Killer Clue Piece locations, High Stakes Treasure Map locations, Jack Hall Gang Treasure Map locations, Red Dead Redemption 2 Le Tresor Des Morts 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 .


After moving the second person, a firefight will break out nearby - nothing special or difficult here, but if you're after documents, there's an optional letter you can pick up by looting the bodies of this gang.

Once done, meet up with Dutch, who will offer you a race back to the camp. There's no reward for doing this, but if you want to win, keep an eye on your stamina meter, and don't be afraid to cut some corners.

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