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American Distillation is a mission in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Mission Overview

Arthur, Dutch and Bill become temporarily deputized citizens of the Scarlett Meadows Sheriff's Office as they help Archibald shut down a moonshine distillery and steal a wagon-load of the Braithwaites' moonshine.


Arthur meets Dutch and Bill at the Scarlett Meadows Sheriff Office in Rhodes, where Dutch will tell him that Sheriff Gray has made them temporary deputies, so that they can help Archibald shut down a moonshine distillery. Arthur and Archibald will mount a wagon, while Dutch and Bill ride on the side. Archibald will regale Arthur with the Rhodes history, as well as the Gray-Braithwaite feud. Along the way, they will come across the dead body of a Lemoyne state legislator named Fredrick Mitchell, who was killed by the Lemoyne Raiders.

The four men finally arrive at the swamp where the moonshiners are working, and they split up. Arthur takes the left and knocks out the moonshiners over there, while Dutch and Bill attack the right. They then pick up the bodies of the moonshiners, as well as the moonshine itself, and deposit them in the wagon. It is then that they notice that Bill is missing, and hear gunshots from behind them. Arthur rushes over there, and helps Bill kill off the moonshiner reinforcements. The pair then return to the carriage, where they see that Archibald has not yet destroyed the moonshine. He explains that it is "traditional" for the law to drink the moonshine as reward for dealing with the criminals, and offers most of it to the gang. Dutch accepts, and Bill drives the wagon back to camp. Arthur and Dutch then race back to camp.

Gold Medal Objectives

  • Win the race back to camp.
  • Complete the mission without taking any damage.
  • Get 10 headshots.
  • Complete with at least 70% accuracy.


  • Fredrick Mitchell - killed by the Lemoyne Raiders.
  • Numerous Lemoyne Raiders — killed by Arthur Morgan and Bill Williamson.

Mission Failure

The mission will fail if the player:

  • Assaults, kills or abandons Dutch, Bill or Archibald;
  • Allows Dutch, Bill or Archibald to be killed;
  • Alerts the Raiders prematurely;
  • Kills any of the captured Raiders;
  • Destroys or disables the wagon;
  • Kills or abandons their horse;
  • Dies

Video Walkthroughs


  • If the player chooses not to race Dutch, they can instead follow Bill who will actually drive the moonshine-wagon to a spot near the gang's camp, park it there and walk back into camp.
  • There is no way to permanently keep the badge, the player will lose the badge after finishing the chapter.
  • After this mission, the player will be notified not to use force or cause trouble in Rhodes because they're acting as a deputy for Sheriff Gray.
  • Depending on whether the player has completed this mission before or after the mission "Further Questions of Female Suffrage" (during which Arthur and Sadie encounter the Lemoyne Raiders) and whether or not the player has encountered any Lemoyne Raiders during free roam, the dialogue between Arthur and Archibald upon discovering the ransacked stagecoach alters slightly. If the player has already met any Lemoyne Raiders at that point in their playthrough, once Archibald points out that the robbery scene looks like the handiwork of "a gang called the Lemoyne Raiders", Arthur will state "Yeah, I've run into them". If he has not met any Raiders at that point Arthur instead will comment however: "Impressive, you got a keen eye". Furthermore during their further coach ride back to Rhodes, once Archibald continues to tell him about the Raiders, Arthur will, if he has already met any Raiders, add that they are "not the nicest fellows in my experience", while, if he has not met any Raiders so far, he will comment "Sounds like you fellers got your work cut out for you around here".
  • The crashed stagecoach and corpse seen in the first part of the mission are present during the race back to camp, but immediately disappear after the mission has ended.


Red Dead Redemption 2 mission walkthroughs
Chapter 3: Clemens Point
"The New South""American Distillation""Further Questions of Female Suffrage""The Course of True Love I""The Course of True Love II""The Course of True Love III""Advertising, The New American Art""The Fine Joys of Tobacco""Horse Flesh for Dinner""Magicians for Sport""Friends in Very Low Places""Blessed are the Peacemakers""An Honest Mistake""Preaching Forgiveness as He Went""Sodom? Back to Gomorrah""A Short Walk in a Pretty Town""Blood Feuds, Ancient and Modern""The Battle of Shady Belle"
Companion Activities
"Coach Robbery - Bill Williamson""Coach Robbery - Sean MacGuire""Dominoes - Tilly Jackson""Fishing - Javier Escuella""Fishing - Kieran Duffy""Five Finger Fillet - Micah Bell""Social Calls With Mr. MacGuire"
Chapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Epilogue, Part 1Epilogue, Part 2