Red Dead Redemption Stranger mission guide

Like most of Rockstar's sandbox games, there's a wagonfull of additional side missions to complete and trinkets to collect. Red Dead Redemption is no different, this time we'll be focusing on the game's Stranger missions, where you help random citizens you meet across the game by doing tasks for them, some more violent than others. The guide aims to be spoiler free, so we'll spare you the gritty details of the missions plots, and just give you the info you need to check all these little adventures off.

From picking flowers to aiding and abetting a cannibal, you're definitely going to have your hands full.

Here you will find the titles of all the Stranger quests, where to go to initiate each quest, and minor notes that may prove helpful when you work to complete the quest. Stranger tasks will frequently present you with choices, which can dramatically affect your fame and honor stats.

NOTE: Sometimes you will not immediately be told where to go to continue a stranger's quest: in such cases, simply wait. Eventually, a marker will appear on the map directing you toward the next event.


American Appetites

Complete the mission, "Political Realities in Armadillo."
Armadillo, near the Sheriff's building.
• This is a three-part quest, and can take some time to complete. Just be patient. The areas you'll need to visit will always be marked with a large purple circle in your map: just be patient.
• Before starting the second part, you will need to complete the mission, "Justice in Pike's Basin."
• Before starting the third and final part, you will need to complete the mission, "Wild Horses, Tamed Passions."


American Lobbyist

Complete the mission, "An Appointed Time."
• You can view the photos given to you for the mission.


Aztec Gold

Complete the mission, "Must A Savior Die?" 
Sidewinder Gulch
• For the first piece of the map, stay in Sidewinder Gulch and look for a pile of rocks near the edge of the cliff.
• Look inside the hut for another pile of rocks for the second piece of the map.
• Look at the base of the tall rock formation West of Matadero for another pile of rocks, and the third piece of the map.
• Go to Matadero to give Basilio the map, and then follow him to the treasure.



Complete the mission, "Women and Cattle."
Gaptooth Breach
• This quest is a series of encounters with a man, you'll have to wait a few in-game days between each encounter in order to trigger the next one. 


Daedalus And Son

Complete the mission, "We Shall Be Together In Paradise."
Due East of Agave Viejo, near the road.
• Beavers can be found northwest of Beecher's Hope
• Red Sage can be found in the Rio Bravo area




  • apacheleap - August 12, 2013 9 p.m.

    The question about the "I know you" stranger missions is the guy god or the devil? I think he is the grim reaper. On the last cut scene he makes the comment "this is such a nice spot" when he says it notice 2 shadows on the ground. Hes standing on John and Abigale's future graves. I say the stranger is the grim reaper.
  • Mohsenman - April 28, 2012 6:34 a.m.

    I have done all of them but I can't find the things for daedalus and son , Can someone tell me how to do the daedalus and son ?? thanx
  • SystemTerminated - February 26, 2011 3:13 a.m.

    wait. on deadalus and son, isn't it raccoons rather than beavers?
  • ChristianLB209 - January 29, 2011 10:54 p.m.

    Where is the California Stranger at. I went to that spot as well a searched quite a few times and never found it
  • matthewbailey - December 17, 2010 6:58 a.m.

    thanks for the tip bout the "California" stranger. i found him.
  • matthewbailey - December 17, 2010 6:47 a.m.

    havin trouble locating the "California" stranger. I know it is in Gaptooth Ridge but there isn't a question mark like all the rest of them. I have already compleated the story mode and most of the other challenges, but need this stranger for 100% completion. I'm wondering if I have missed it and it doesn't reset or maybe i let it go too long dealing with other missions. If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions i would greatly appreciate it.
  • HarlequinZombie - December 10, 2010 2:07 a.m.

    Am I the only one who noticed that the last time you meet the Stranger in "I Know You" he's like.. watching your family's home, even before you return to Abigal? That's hella creepy.
  • cookie101 - October 30, 2010 5:22 p.m.

    i found the california stranger by a rock just south-east of the gaptooth breach gang hideout not where its marked? is it not stuck in stone where the strangers are or something?
  • menchaca528 - July 2, 2010 5:07 p.m.

    The california guy isnt where they show it on the map hes actually down near gaptooth breach
  • Cleanser247 - June 30, 2010 12:11 a.m.

    I'm loving Red Dead Redemption so far, such a great game!
  • nadrewod999 - June 29, 2010 4:54 p.m.

    Thanks for the tip on "The Prohibitionist" and "Daedalus And Son". Had I not known what would have happened if I had spared the man, I would have taken the moral high road and warned him. Also, I didn't know where the beavers were until you said they could be found NW of Beecher's Hope (BTW, what kind of beavers make their home in the snowy mountains?)
  • soccerclownking - June 29, 2010 1:36 p.m.

    Thanks guys for posting this. Even though I already have the strangers achievements unlocked these missions are still pretty fun to do.
  • batman5273 - June 28, 2010 11:02 p.m.

    I will be using this to finish my last three stranger missions
  • Nato_VanDookie - June 27, 2010 5:17 a.m.

    Funny thing with the "I know you" missions: guy was standing on the edge of a cliff, got done talkin' to me for the first time and I pushed him off... guess I'll have to get those on another play through...
  • mgkyo666 - June 25, 2010 8:01 p.m.

    Whoops! Forgot to retype the first part of the second sentence as: Cause his..! Mah baaaaddddd!
  • mgkyo666 - June 25, 2010 7:58 p.m.

    Ok, is the guy from "I Know You" God, or the Devil? Cause he freaks me the ominous attitude freaks me the fuck out!
  • GamesRadarMichaelGrimm - June 25, 2010 4:13 p.m.

    @philipshaw Sometimes the missions will take a few in-game days to reappear on the map, if it still doesn't appear try reloading your save and waiting a few in-game days.
  • philipshaw - June 25, 2010 10:55 a.m.

    I have a stranger mission that I failed but it won't reappear on the map, is that a glitch or it will the mission come back?
  • Spybreak8 - June 25, 2010 9:06 a.m.

    The only one I had problems with was finding beavers for the dude in Mexico. Of course then again I got this activity before Tall Trees opened up for me lol.
  • saywhaat - June 25, 2010 4:34 a.m.

    im having trouble finding the california stranger... i go to the place on the map but noyhing shows up... help anybody???

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