Red Dead Redemption
achievement and trophy

Gold Medal
Description Earn a Gold Medal Rank for a combat mission in Single Player.
Gamer Score 25 gamerscoreGamerscore
Trophy Type Bronze bronzeBronze

Gold Medal is a gameplay achievement/trophy in Red Dead Redemption.


Earn a Gold Medal Rank for a combat mission in Single Player.

Tips and Tricks

  • The shortest and easiest way to get this achievement is to replay the mission "Political Realities in Armadillo". This is probably the easiest combat mission, simply because there are only 5 enemies to kill (Walton is optional, as he can either be killed, or captured via a shot to the leg). To get the gold medal, player must beat the mission in under 2 minutes and 30 seconds (2.30 on the dot will not grant the achievement) and get 100% shot accuracy, making at least 5 headshots.
    • The requirements stack. So if you manage to get the 5 headshots and 100% accuracy but were over the time limit, beat the time requirement on another try. Dead Eye helps a lot with getting the 5 headshots. To beat the time limit, skip all cutscenes, run to the saloon and don't wait for the Marshal to catch up, then kill Walton.
  • Another mission that is very easy is "Lucky in Love". The requirements are 100% accuracy, 5 headshots, and completion in under 2 minutes and 30 seconds. The key is to go all-in on the poker bets and to take 1 shot per duel. Place a well aimed headshot for Andreas Müller and for The Stranger. Aim to the left part of his head. It will automatically take the shot after it is placed.
  • Gold Medals can be earned over multiple mission replays. For one replay, focus on running the mission as quickly as possible – skip the cutscenes, run ahead of friendlies to the mission objectives. On other playthroughs, make sure every shot hits for accuracy and take some time lining up headshots.
  • If the player has not unlocked this achievement after completing the main story, you can replay the missions by going to Stats -> Missions, and selecting Replay.
  • Doing the "Exodus in America" mission is one of the easiest ways to get a gold medal but it is not a combat mission so doesn't count for this achievement/trophy. Just skip the intro scene. Run to the bar when getting control of Marston and just follow Jake to the fort. When getting to the fort, gallop to the yellow X and skip the end scenes. It is possible to do it in 4:04 and get the gold.
  • A gold medal is also easy to get on the mission "Pestilence" by using Dead-Eye and the Evans Repeater, but it will not count for the achievement/trophy.
  • Another good mission is "Spare the Love, Spoil the Child" by killing the bear with 1 headshot (use a Buffalo Rifle or a Semi-Auto Shotgun).
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