Did you want to die? I mean, was that it? Is that why you went straight out to Fort Mercer and picked a fight with the worst bandit in the county?
To die?

Bonnie MacFarlane to John Marston

New Friends, Old Problems is the second mission of Red Dead Redemption.

To view the mission tree, see:

Main article: Missions in Redemption/Tree


John Marston wakes up after being shot by Bill Williamson at Fort Mercer. He has been taken by Bonnie MacFarlane and her father Drew to their ranch, after paying the Doctor in Armadillo to remove the bullet.

The player wakes up in the shack on a bed with a bandaged wound on his stomach. Bonnie MacFarlane, the ranch owner's daughter, comes in. She asks what he was doing at Fort Mercer. John replies that he wanted to give an old friend a chance. Bonnie is surprised that he knows such a dangerous bandit. Bonnie also tells John that she paid a doctor to remove the bullet, and that the medical bill costed $15. She says that John could help pay off the doctor's bill by helping her patrol the ranch. After a while, Bonnie gives him a horse to ride and shows John around the ranch and the surrounding neighborhood. After showing him around, Bonnie takes John to her house, and he takes a rest in a chair.

Later on in the evening, he and Bonnie patrol the ranch looking for pests which are causing trouble. Bonnie spots some rabbits eating some vegetables and has John help her get rid of them, soon after they see some coyotes attacking the chickens, and John and Bonnie kill them as well.

John then hitches his horse outside his room, and the night patrol is finished.


Mission Prerequisites

Before this mission becomes available, the player must complete:

Mission Objectives

To complete this mission, the player must:

  • Tour the ranch with Bonnie.
  • Patrol the ranch perimeter with Bonnie.
  • Kill rabbits in the garden and coyotes in the corrals.
  • Hitch his horse to a hitching post.

Mission Details

In this mission, the player is introduced for the first time to shooting and the Dead Eye Targeting system.

Follow Bonnie through the group of buildings to the horses. Once mounted, follow her around the ranch.

After resting, following Bonnie around the exterior of the property. When instructed, shoot at the rabbits. After that is finished, continue to follow Bonnie. When you arrive at the chicken coops, shoot and kill the Coyotes. After all that, Bonnie instruct you to get some sleep, and see her the next day.

Mission Dialogues

Main article: New Friends, Old Problems/dialogues

Mission Failure

The mission will fail if the player:

  • Assaults or abandons Bonnie.
  • Attacks or kills his or Bonnie's horse.
  • Strays too far from the mission location.
  • Breaks the law.
  • Kills a dog.
  • Commits vandalism.
  • Assaults or kills townsfolk.
  • Dies.

Gold Medal Objectives

  • Fastest Time: 6:30
  • Shot Accuracy: 100%

New Game Elements Introduced

Mission Complete Unlockables

For a view of the mission tree, see Missions in Redemption/Tree

Twin Rocks
Solomon's Folly (PS3 and Game of the Year only)


After completing the mission, choosing to do a Nightwatch job instead of saving will hinder the player from getting the Gentleman's Attire outfit. This could possibly be due to the fact that completing a Nightwatch job at MacFarlane's Ranch adds to the Bollard Twins Outfit journal entry. (Confirmed on Xbox.)

It appears that this glitch has been fixed, as it seems to happen very rarely now. Tested on Xbox 360, but not yet confirmed on PS3.


  • The title name is directly opposite of the mission "Old Friends, New Problems" later in the game.
  • It is unnecessary to shoot the animals, as Bonnie will do it anyway.
  • John's injury cost Bonnie $15 dollars to treat. Back in 1911, this was quite a large sum of money. In today's money (as of 2016), that would be roughly $385.
  • During this mission, John will be wearing his cowboy outfit, with the exception of the sleeveless leather overcoat, exposing the bloody bandage around his waist from the bullet wound after he was shot at Fort Mercer. However, during the second part of the mission after he wakes up in Bonnie's house, he is wearing the sleeveless overcoat, therefore hiding the bandage.
  • Occasionally the bandages on John will show blood trying to seep through, seconds later looking as if there never was blood. This happens back and forth, possibly between cutscenes.
  • At the start of the mission, when walking, John will gasp and hold his wound with his hand, showing that his injury is still very painful.
  • This is the only time in the whole game that John is barefoot.
  • While touring the ranch with Bonnie, she will state that the barn on the property was built by her father when she was little. This directly contrasts the rendition of the ranch in Red Dead Redemption 2. If the player visits the ranch in either the main storyline (1899) via cheats or in the epilogue (1907), the barn does not exist.


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"
New AustinNuevo ParaisoWest ElizabethMarston RanchRemember My Family
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