Wilhelm Schnell, also known as Billy Midnight, is a minor character and featured in Red Dead Redemption 2. He is one of the subjects of the Stranger side-mission "The Noblest of Men and a Woman".



Billy Midnight was an infamous gunslinger roaming the Wild West. He became an overnight sensation after killing another gunslinger, Rabbit Matthews, which made Billy later became a national celebrity. He later did speaking tours and re-enactments in Saint Louis, San Francisco and Saint Denis, among other places. Due to his notoriety, he has received death threats and even assassination attempts.

Events of Red Dead Redemption 2

The player is sent to track down Billy, and potentially interview him. The train clerk tells the player that Billy is often drinking in the bar carriage. The player searches the train and finds him in the train's bar room. When the player approaches Midnight and asks him about his gunslinging days, Billy gets skittish and denies killing Matthews in his sleep, believing that the player has been sent to kill him. The player chases him through the train and eventually onto the roof. Cornered, Billy then challenges the player to a duel, in which he is killed, and a picture is taken of his corpse. His personal weapon, Midnight's Pistol, can be obtained after his defeat.

Later on, the player gives Theodore Levin the picture of Billy Midnight's corpse. Levin uses it as part of his book about the gunslinger Jim "Boy" Calloway, in which he writes that it was Calloway who was responsible for slaying Midnight.


Midnight has a unique strategy where he kneels down on one knee as he draws his pistol, to make himself a smaller target. Therefore, the best way to make sure that your shot hits is to ignore the head and aim for the torso. Regardless of where he is hit, Midnight will die from a single shot.

Since the player will not lose Honor in duels part of "The Noblest of Men, and a Woman" side mission, the easiest way to beat Midnight is by cheating. Only partially charge the Draw Meter, to make sure you do not miss, before shooting, or immediately activate Dead Eye, manually adjust the aim and then shoot.

Alternatively, the player can also choose to disarm him. To do so, fully charge the Draw Meter and shoot Midnight's hand as soon as he reaches for his pistol. After being disarmed, Midnight will laugh maniacally and pull out a Cattleman Revolver, before committing suicide. The player cannot stop this, as hitting him anywhere will kill him. Additionally, the player will not gain Honor from doing this, due to the duel being part of the mission "The Noblest of Men, and a Woman".

Mission appearances


  • His real name implies that he is of German ancestry. Furthermore, his use of a custom Mauser Pistol (a weapon of German origin) also hints at him having either German nationality or ancestry.



Red Dead Redemption 2 Billy Midnight (RDR2 Gunslinger)

Red Dead Redemption 2 Billy Midnight (RDR2 Gunslinger)

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