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Red Dead Redemption:
Undead Nightmare mission

American Imperialism
Rdr american imperialism
Start Solomon's Folly
End Frontera Bridge
Given by Nigel West Dickens
Location Gaptooth Ridge
Rewards U.S. Army Uniform
Access to Nuevo Paraiso
Unlocked by Unlocks
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of What Ails You"

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"Paternal Pride"
"Dinner for Two"
"Missing Souls"
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"Biographies and Lies"

Well... the border is indeed closed. But the Army is sending a train down there. Now, whether it's to help the Mexicans there, or to escape their problems here, I have no idea.

Nigel West Dickens

American Imperialism is a mission in the Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare DLC pack.


Nigel West Dickens has heard reports and rumors that the undead plague is not as pronounced in Mexico and suggests Marston go there to see if he can discover if those rumors are true and to see if he can find out how they're handling the plague, and maybe even discover the cause along the way.

Dickens has also heard rumor the American Army has a train(the No. 11 red line train) at Benedict Point that is bound for Mexico and it is just waiting for all the soldiers to gather. He tells Marston that if John could disguise himself as a soldier, he might be able to get aboard the train. Dickens also gives Marston the scoop on a set of Army deserters encamped at The Scratching Post that might lend him a uniform if he were to help them in some way.


Mission Prerequisites

Before this mission becomes available, the player must complete:

"A Cure for Most of What Ails You"; and
"Get Back in That Hole, Partner"
† = Note: It may take several game days after completing "A Cure for Most of What Ails You" before the icon for this mission appears on the world map.
"Birth of the Conservation Movement";
"Paternal Pride";
"Dinner for Two"; and
"Missing Souls"

Mission Objectives

To complete this mission, the player must:

Mission Details

After speaking with West Dickens, ride to The Scratching Post and help the deserting army soldiers fight off an undead horde. After which, they will allow the player to take the U.S. Army Uniform (alternatively, it may be stolen without helping the soldiers).

Don the uniform and ride to Benedict Point and help the soldiers there defend the train. When the train finally pulls out, the player will be tasked to defend it from pursuing undead. The player will be placed on a flatbed car and must survive until the train reaches Frontera Bridge.

The train will stop at the bridge due to debris blocking the tracks. The player will be ordered to help remove the obstruction and then subsequently fight off more undead before re-boarding the train. The Captain and the rest of the soldiers will flee, so the player is on his own here.

Once back aboard the train, release the brakes and ride it into Mexico.

Mission Failure

The mission will fail if the player:

  • Kills or assaults any army soldier.
  • Abandons the deserters' camp after helping them but before acquiring the U.S. Army Uniform.
  • Abandons the train before it enters Nuevo Paraiso.
  • Dies.

Mission Complete Unlockables


  • The player can acquire the US Army Uniform for John in this mission. This makes said outfit the first and only one that was previously only available for Jack but now can be used for John.
  • The track "Dead Sled" by the Kreeps is heard while riding the train.
  • The title of this mission is a reference to America's growing imperial power in other nations after the Spanish American War.
  • If the player is fast enough to kill the Undead in the front of the train, then the latter two soldiers along with the Captain will not flee. Instead they will keep in place where they are.
  • This is the best mission to unlock some challenges, as Retchers are very common.
  • A small canine-like animal can be seen on a spit at the deserter's camp.


Video Walkthrough

Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare - Mission 5 - American Imperialism

Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare - Mission 5 - American Imperialism


Completing this mission contributes to the acquisition of the following achievement/trophy:

Rdr zed's dead baby
40 gamerscoreGamerscore
Silver silverSilver
Attain 100% Game Completion statistic in Undead Nightmare.

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