The rebels have taken control of an abandoned fort on the other side of Nuevo Paraiso. Many men. A place called Torquemada. We cannot allow them to establish a stronghold. The Colonel has given me urgent orders.

Vincente de Santa to John Marston

Empty Promises is the twenty-eighth mission featured in Red Dead Redemption.

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Main article: Missions in Redemption/Tree


John Marston approaches Colonel Allende's villa, where he is met by Captain De Santa. He's told that they've been betrayed and that Marston needs to come with him at once.


Mission Objectives

To complete this mission, the player must:

  • Accompany De Santa to the wagon convoy.
  • Ride shotgun to Torquemada.
  • Fight his way up to the fort.
  • Kill all of the rebels in the fort.

Mission Details

Find and mount a horse and then follow De Santa. Soon you'll have to dismount before riding shotgun in De Santa's cart, which will take you to Torquemada.

Soon after arriving, the cart in front of yours will be blown up by TNT, before rebels assault you from the hills to the right. You'll have to kill them, as well as three rebels on horseback that will come from the same direction.

You'll arrive in Torquemada, where you'll be met by the armed forces. You'll be given a sniper rifle to help fend off the enemy forces on top of the hill. After killing the rebels, you'll have to move on to the blockades. The rebels will blow them up, before assaulting with a small group of combatants. Once again, after killing the attackers, you'll have to move up to clear out the valley.

Lastly, you'll have to move up to the ruins. Beware, because the rebels here have snipers and are numerous. The ruins go on for a long time, with many enemies, both snipers, and regular rebels. Once you reach the end, a cutscene will commence, showing De Santa. He'll try to offer Marston women and wine, but Marston turns it down, saying he wants information, and that he demands information the next time they meet.

Mission Dialogues

Main article: Empty Promises/dialogues

Mission Failure

The mission will fail if the player:

  • Assaults, kills or abandons De Santa.
  • Kills his own or De Santa's horse.
  • Kills the horses pulling the wagon.
  • Assaults any Mexican Army soldiers.
  • Strays too far from the mission location.
  • Dies.

Gold Medal Objectives

  • Fastest Time: 8:20
  • Shot Accuracy: 88%
  • Number of Headshots: 22

New Game Elements Introduced

Mission Complete Unlockables


  • If the player scouts too far ahead of the squad, Espinoza will say phrases like "Stay with the group, Marston!" and "What are you doing? I am leading this attack!"


Video Walkthroughs


Completing this mission contributes toward the following Trophy/Achievement:

100 gamerscoreGamerscore
Gold goldGold
Attain 100% List in the singleplayer game completion list.
Red Dead Redemption mission walkthroughs
Nuevo Paraiso Chapter
"Civilization, at Any Price""The Demon Drink""Empty Promises""Mexican Caesar""Cowards Die Many Times"
"The Gunslinger's Tragedy""Landon Ricketts Rides Again""Lucky in Love""The Mexican Wagon Train"
"My Sister's Keeper""Must a Saviour Die?""Father Abraham""Captain De Santa's Downfall"
"The Great Mexican Train Robbery""The Gates of El Presidio""An Appointed Time"
New AustinNuevo ParaisoWest ElizabethMarston RanchRemember My Family
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