It's the whiskey, sir. It gives me the memory of a newborn babe. As innocent as can be.


And it makes me violently angry. Shall we go look for that gun, sir?

John Marston

Man is Born Unto Trouble is the twentieth mission in Red Dead Redemption.

To view the mission tree, see:

Main article: Missions in Redemption/Tree


Irish claims that some miners have found a Gatling Gun, which is needed for the assault on Fort Mercer. Marston has to storm the mine, then push a mine cart with the Gatling Gun inside it and ride the rails out of the mine. Irish raises John and the gun to the surface with a lift and they load the gun on a cart. Irish then leaves with the cart to bring the Gatling Gun to West Dickens.


Mission Prerequisites

Before this mission becomes available, the player must complete:

Mission Objectives

To complete this mission, the player must:

  • Accompany Irish to the mine at Gaptooth Breach.
  • Fight his way to the heart of the mine.
  • Cart the Gatling Gun to the mine lift.
  • Cart the Gatling Gun to the flatbed wagon for transport.

Mission Details

The mission starts off with two miners on horses approaching you. At this point, the game instructs you to use your dead eye to take them both out at the same time. This is not a bad option, but not at all absolutely necessary. That being said, there won't be much need for your Dead Eye meter from this point forward, so go ahead and use it. Walk down the path and you will see three more miners to your left and four at the entrance of the mine. Take care of the three on your left with the repeater as you work yourself toward the mine. Take out the men there and watch the one hidden right at the entrance. If you made it this far, the real work is over. I suggest using your repeater from this point forward and reserve your handgun ammunition as you will only be able to use your handgun at the end of the level.

Proceed down the mine shaft as you take out the miners. Look out for TNT barrels and lamps to take out those pesky hidden miners behind the crates. If you take your time and inch around corners while looking down your sights, you should be able to complete this portion without taking a hit; a good weapon to use here is a shotgun of some kind, given the tight, close quarters and the pellet spread makes aiming for a TNT box less demanding.. When you reach the cart, follow the on screen tutorial as how to move it and don't worry — you won't have to shoot your way out until the cart reaches the surface. Reach the yellow dot to get the cart up the shaft with Irish's help. After this point, you will need to make use of your sidearm as you cannot use a repeater while pushing the cart. The only tough shot is when you are approaching a downhill section you have to manual aim to take out a pile of TNT to blow up Digby Haskins blocking your path. Kill some more miners to each side and get the crate to the waiting wagon. Irish will put the machine gun into the wagon and that's the end of the mission.

Mission Dialogues

Main article: Man is Born Unto Trouble/dialogues

Mission Failure

The mission will fail if the player:

  • Assaults, kills or abandons Irish.
  • Kills Irish's horse.
  • Breaks the law.
  • Dies.

Gold Medal Objectives

  • Fastest Time: 6:40
  • Shot Accuracy: 50%
  • Number of Headshots: 16

New Game Elements Introduced

  • Pushing/riding a mine cart
  • Shooting a gun while pushing/riding a mine cart

Mission Complete Unlockables


  • The Funny Man mission had the actual funny man tied up in the corner of the only square shaped room underground.


  • To get 100% accuracy on the mission stat, simply don't miss on any of your shots and get off the cart a bit before the last treasure hunter next to the dynamite barrel (so far it seems shooting objects lowers the accuracy). Go next to him with a shotgun, line up the shot so it covers him and the barrel behind him, and let a shot loose. This should kill him and destroy the barrel as well. Now ride the cart to Irish.


  • Irish can be heard singing a song titled "Lily of the West" while traveling to the mine. While the most well known version became popular in the United States by parlor singers and ballad-printers, this song originates from the west of Ireland; in the U.S. version, the woman's name is Mary, while her original Irish name is Flora.
  • The name of this mission, like many others, is a Biblical reference, in this case Job 5:7: "Yet man is born unto trouble; as the sparks fly upwards."
  • If the player follows Irish after the end of the mission, they can see the box with the Gatling Gun in it has disappeared, Irish is driving an empty cart.
  • Irish may fall off the cliff and die when he tells the player to meet him at the bottom of the hill but the player will not fail the mission.


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
New Austin Chapter
"Exodus in America""New Friends, Old Problems""Obstacles in Our Path""This is Armadillo, USA""Women and Cattle""Wild Horses, Tamed Passions""A Tempest Looms""The Burning"
"Political Realities in Armadillo""Justice in Pike's Basin""Spare the Rod, Spoil the Bandit""Hanging Bonnie MacFarlane""The Assault on Fort Mercer"
"Old Swindler Blues""You Shall Not Give False Testimony, Except for Profit""Liars, Cheats and Other Proud Americans""Can a Swindler Change His Spots?""The Sport of Kings, and Liars"
"Exhuming and Other Fine Hobbies""A Gentle Drive with Friends""Let the Dead Bury Their Dead"
"A Frenchman, a Welshman and an Irishman""Man is Born Unto Trouble""On Shaky's Ground""We Shall Be Together in Paradise"
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