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A Strange Kindness is a mission in Red Dead Redemption 2. It is the final mission of Chapter 2.

Mission overview

Wanting the gang to lie low after the trouble in Valentine, Dutch asks Arthur and Charles to scout out a new camp location at Dewberry Creek.


After getting involved in a shootout in Valentine, Arthur rides back to camp to find the gang packing up. Dutch tells Arthur that Micah told him of a new spot at Dewberry Creek, and ordered Arthur to take Charles with him to check it out.

Upon reaching the creek, the pair noted it was a poor spot and found a man dead in the dried-up lake. They found a small camp nearby and found a small German family hiding under a wagon. The family could hardly speak any English. However, the daughter managed to communicate that the father had been kidnapped. Arthur doesn't want to look for him, but Charles convinces him, and the two ride off to search for the man.

They follow a horse trail and reach an area by the lake. They find the man tied up, but it turns out to be a trap. Once the assault has been put down, Arthur unties the man and takes him back to his family. While riding back, he tells Arthur his family runs a gold mining business, and he was being held for ransom. Arthur doesn't understand what the man is saying, as he is speaking in German. Once returning him to his family, Arthur tells them to go, but before they do, the man gives Arthur a gold bar as a token of appreciation for rescuing him.

Gold Medal Objectives

  • Return the captive to his family within 1 minute and 40 seconds.
  • Get 5 headshots.
  • Complete with at least 80% accuracy.
  • Complete the mission without taking any health items.


  • Unidentified gang members - killed by Arthur and Charles
  • Stranger in Dewberry Creek - killed by the gang members shortly prior to the mission

Mission failure

The mission will fail if the player:

  • Assaults, kills, or abandons Charles;
  • Assaults or kills the family;
  • Assaults, kills, or abandons the hostage;
  • Kills their horse;
  • Dies.


Video walkthrough

Background Music Played in the Mission

  • "A Strange Kindness" - Played when Arthur and Charles go exploring and looking for a new place to set up camp on the way to Clemens Point.[1]


  • There are three bits of foreshadowing quotes that Arthur will remember at the end of Chapters 5 and 6, if his Honor is low:
    • Immediately before this mission, Hosea can be heard talking to Dutch, where he says, "Turned into a bunch of killers, I mean it" - a line which Arthur remembers in "A Fork in the Road".
    • Once the mission starts, Dutch will make a comment to Arthur on how to find a new camp with Charles, saying, "You have turned into my son." After this mission, Hosea can be found at a random campfire event at night, when he says, "My Pa used to say if you stare into the fire long enough, you can see the whole world pass by". Arthur remembers both lines during his final ride in the "Red Dead Redemption" mission.
  • During the mission, Arthur tells Charles that Dutch would never hide himself, or the gang, in a cave as it was against everything Dutch stood for. Ironically, the gang's final hideout is connected to a cave.
  • If you look at the shotgun the woman holds against Charles and Arthur, the hammers are not cocked.
  • If the player aims a weapon at the woman, she will immediately begin shooting at Arthur, failing the mission.
  • After rescuing the man, Charles will ride back to the centre of the Horseshoe Overlook camp and remain on his horse. Despite the fact that the gang is meant to be packing up and moving, they all behave normally and the camp remains unchanged, with the exception of Arthur's quarters, which have disappeared.


  1. Listed in The Housebuilding EP.


Completing this mission and chapter contributes toward the following Trophies/Achievements:

20 gamerscoregamerscore
Bronze bronzebronze
Complete Chapter 2

50 gamerscoregamerscore
Silver silversilver
Earn 70 Gold Medals in Story missions.

100 gamerscoregamerscore
Gold goldgold
Attain 100% Completion.


Red Dead Redemption 2 mission walkthroughs
Chapter 2: Horseshoe Overlook
"Who is Not Without Sin""A Quiet Time""Exit Pursued by a Bruised Ego""The Spines of America""Blessed are the Meek?""Polite Society, Valentine Style""Good, Honest, Snake Oil""Pouring Forth Oil I""Pouring Forth Oil II""Pouring Forth Oil III""Pouring Forth Oil IV""A Fisher of Men""Americans at Rest""The First Shall Be Last""Paying a Social Call""Money Lending and Other Sins I & II""Money Lending and Other Sins III""We Loved Once and True I & II""We Loved Once and True III""The Sheep and the Goats""An American Pastoral Scene""A Strange Kindness"
Companion Activities
"Five Finger Fillet - Lenny Summers""Hunting - Charles Smith""Rob a Homestead - Javier Escuella"
Chapter 1Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Epilogue, Part 1Epilogue, Part 2