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I am the biggest bastard you're ever gonna meet, James Langton. Mess with me and you'll be begging me to kill you.
James Langton

James Langton is a recurring character in the Red Dead series, appearing as a minor antagonist in Red Dead Redemption 2 and a stranger in Red Dead Online.



James Langton is a professional bounty hunter who operates in New Austin.

Events of Red Dead Online

Langton claims that he "runs" New Austin and offers the player missions that largely hinder the law in some manner. These range from killing criminals to breaking them out.

Blood Money

Langton appears in the Blood Money update as a member of Guido Martelli's criminal network, and offers new missions to the player.

Events of Red Dead Redemption 2

Langton and his men set out to capture Shane Finley, but soon learn that Sadie Adler had already captured Finley. Unwilling to give up on the bounty, Langton and his men intercepted Sadie and forced her to give Finley up near the town of Armadillo.

Sadie contacts John Marston to secure his help in getting Finley back from Langton. The two locate Langton and his men, who have stopped at Pike's Basin to wait for more of their men before heading north, where they intend to hand Finley over to state law enforcement. John and Sadie then launch an assault on Langton and his men, and Langton is slain by either John or Sadie during the fighting. With Langton gone, the pair take Shane Finley to the police station in Blackwater to collect the bounty for him.

Once there, Sadie tells the Blackwater Police Chief Oswald Dunbar that they killed Langton after he stole Finley from her. She also tells John that, with Langton's death, demand for her services will sharply increase.



James Langton is very egocentric and believes himself to be the best bounty hunter in all of New Austin. While bounty hunters are usually meant to assist the authorities in bringing criminals to justice, Langton is only interested in making money, and is an outlaw himself. He will accept any job as long as the payment is big enough, and most of the missions he gives to the player in Red Dead Online involve directly breaking the law. He lacks any honor, and is even willing to kill rival bounty hunters and steal their targets.


In 1898, Langton wears a large white hat, a black coat, a gold tie, and has a black beard and mustache. In 1907 he has a blue coat and a different hat with a feather in it.

Mission appearances

Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Online
  • Paid Killing
  • Rescue
  • Destroy Supplies
  • Horse Theft
  • Blood Money missions


  • The hat worn by James Langton in 1907 greatly resembles the exotic hat given to the player by Algernon Wasp.
  • His PED model used in Single Player is different than the one used in Red Dead Online.
  • If the player had managed to hogtie and thereafter spare Langton in the mission “An Honest Day's Labors”, John and Sadie still report that he had died.