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Nigel West Dickens

Nigel West Dickens is a major character in Red Dead Redemption.

With the addition of the Liars and Cheats DLC pack, Nigel West Dickens is also a multiplayer character model that may be selected in the 'Redemption' section of the Outfitter.



Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, West Dickens is an old swindler who poses as a traveling salesman when he is really a con artist and is purported to have unique miracle cures for many medical and psychological problems, which he calls Nigel West Dickens' Elixir. He is an impeccable dresser and travels in an opulent emblazoned stagecoach. At some stage, Dickens also had a son, who died soon after birth.

Events of Red Dead Redemption 2

In 1907, the New Hanover Gazette described Dickens as a studied man of letters, botany, ornithology, and the history of home medicine practiced throughout the ages who has vowed to uncover "Hippocratic frauds" who were preying on victims across the country. Dickens had begun demonstrations showing that sufferers, of rheumatism, neuralgia, rickets, dysentery, and scarlet fever could be cured of their maladies by use of a simple medicinal tonic. The response was enthusiastic and in more than one town the local doctor taken to task for peddling fraud cures. At the time, Dickens planned to take his message on the road and root out charlatans and purveyors of false science. It is unknown if Dickens was one of these charlatans all along, or if he eventually became one himself after exposing enough of them to learn the tricks of the trade.

Events of Red Dead Redemption

John Marston, after having worked with Marshal Leigh Johnson to clear Pike's Basin, is tipped off by deputy Eli that West Dickens has gone missing. He states that West Dickens is missed by his repeat customers in Armadillo. Marshal Johnson equates West Dickens with a drug dealer.

New Austin

Marston finds West Dickens having been shot and exposed to the elements not far from his stagecoach south of Coot's Chapel, and returns him to the doctor in Armadillo while fighting off bandits who want to finish the job.

Despite Marston's personal dislike of him, West Dickens becomes the central networker and orchestrator of Marston's plan to assault Fort Mercer. West Dickens puts Marston in contact with Seth Briars and Irish, as well as supplying his newly armored stagecoach and uses the "Trojan horse" strategy to deceive the outlaws.

The attack does well, but they find out that Bill Williamson had escaped yesterday morning. Irish then volunteers to take John into Mexico on a barge. West Dickens suggests that he intends to travel abroad, having exhausted customers in the New Austin region. When Marston meets Irish at his barge on the way to Mexico, West Dickens is seen talking with Irish. This is when he tells them he is off to Europe or China.

West Elizabeth

He is later seen in the Blackwater police building, being arrested for possession and distribution of narcotics. John recognizes him and tells the officers to release him, stating he helped him catch Bill Williamson, with Edgar Ross sarcastically claiming that he is a hero. He is then let go.

One of the first newspapers that can be bought in 1911 has an article about Dickens' "miracle tonic," stating it possesses extraordinary healing powers, saying a woman with one leg grew back her lost limb, and a man on his deathbed got up and went to the nearest brothel with the vigor of a 14-year-old boy. It can be assumed that Dickens has greatly exaggerated, if not outright fabricated, these feats. On the other hand, the accounts could be true to provide a "well what do you know" moment. If one would pay attention, they can see that the game never shows what happens to an NPC after drinking the elixir. Also, after Marston drinks it, he gains the second level of Dead Eye, suggesting that the elixir may have something to it.

Events of Undead Nightmare

Note: The events of Undead Nightmare are not considered part of the same canon as Red Dead Redemption. The following description is therefore not contiguous with the preceding section on Red Dead Redemption.

Dickens is first seen at Fort Mercer trying to sell his Elixir for 100 gold coins, claiming it cures the zombie plague and repels zombies. He sees John and tries him to play along with his act but John ends up saying 100 coins is too much for a drink and threatens him with his revolver to give people a free sample of the Elixir. Dickens has no choice but to reluctantly give the customers free samples. However, he and John watch a man drink the elixir, exit the fort, and be immediately mauled by undead. Nigel gives John a bottle of elixir and tasks John with finding more plant ingredients so that he can attempt to make an actual cure for the plague.

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Upon the second encounter, Dickens sends John on an errand to Riley's Charge to acquire some metal parts he eventually uses to construct and complete a Blunderbuss. John, despite Dickens' hasty words, is unimpressed with the weapon.

Dickens also confides in John concerning a branch of soldiers "officially" crossing the border to help those in Mexico. Dickens' age would disallow him to pose as a member of the group and informs John of a group of army deserters stationed at The Scratching Post that may be willing to lend him a uniform instead. When John asks Dickens where he's heading, Dickens optimistically replies that he's headed for either Baghdad or to meet his maker at the hands of one of the undead, smiling as he and John depart amicably. Dickens leaves the scene on foot and he is not seen again.

Mission appearances

Red Dead Redemption
Undead Nightmare



Nigel is a friendly, positive, and jolly individual. He is also shown to be somewhat of a fraud, showing that he sells non-working medicine to get other people's money. Although all that, he does try to be helpful and uplifting to others.


I know a cure for all ailments, Mr. Marston.
Nigel West Dickens
Skepticism is the bastard child of progress, son.
Nigel West Dickens
Let the battle commence!
Nigel West Dickens declares during the Battle for Fort Mercer.
Nigel West Dickens
I have a soft spot for life's flotsam and jetsam.
Nigel West Dickens
Respect science!
Nigel West Dickens
You're an amusing man, Marston. After all the murders, robberies and kidnappings you've committed, a little hypocrisy is hardly a sin.
Nigel West Dickens
And I can tell you, with no uncertainty, that miracle cures are no laughing matter!
Nigel West Dickens to Nathanial Johnston
These yokels wouldn't know science if it crapped in their bed!
Nigel West Dickens
Bugger fuck! Goddammit! Good heavens!
Nigel West Dickens when Marston finds him at the side of the road during "Old Swindler Blues"
The spirit of free enterprise must be embraced!
Nigel West Dickens
I'll sink down to your level if I have to!
Nigel West Dickens
I'll show you, you inbred codhopper!
Nigel West Dickens
Ah! Sports, war and heartache!
Nigel West Dickens
Today, we are gladiators! Motivation, dear boy!
Nigel West Dickens
Have you been to Paris?
Nigel West Dickens
I refuse to let the blind stupidity of the proliteriate derail my calling in life!
Nigel West Dickens
Alas! No tonic can cure cowardice!
Nigel West Dickens
You'll rue the day you tangoed with Nigel West Dickens!
Nigel West Dickens
Oh me? London or Paris or maybe Pekeng. I'm a travelling man, sir.
Nigel West Dickens
This land is much too small for the likes of me.
Nigel West Dickens
The same to you, sir, the same to you.
Dickens words to Marston during "We shall be together in paradise"


  • His appearance, character, voice, and mannerisms seem to be based upon the actor/comedian W.C. Fields. His outfit is also very similar to Fields' most popular role as "Mr. Micawber" in the original David Copperfield film. Also, Fields played many con artists in his films, one, in particular, involves Fields' character peddling a "miracle elixir".
  • Furthermore, West Dickens' characterization and interactions with John Marston appear to be influenced by the character "Carpetbagger" from the Clint Eastwood film The Outlaw Josey Wales.
  • After the mission "Can a Swindler Change His Spots?", if the player stays at Cueva Seca, they can see Dickens urinating. Afterward. he will stop, walk away, go back and do it again.
  • When John introduces himself in "Old Swindler Blues", West Dickens recognizes John as an outlaw. If John wears the Walton's Gang Outfit or Bollard Twins Outfit, West Dickens will note his membership in the gang.
  • As seen in Undead Nightmare, Nigel West Dickens apparently owns a small valuable item, as he has a small box that he handles very carefully, with rattling coming from the box. This item could also be some of West Dickens' Elixir (which has been revealed to be a powerful Undead Bait) that the old man keeps in a little box and handle carefully to avoid spilling it (and so baiting every undead near).
  • It seems he has been lynched at one point, shown by a scar stretching across his neck. This is likely due to him being caught as a con artist.
  • His relationship with Irish remains fairly ambiguous, considering he is never seen using heavy firearms. However, in dialogue, Irish mentions selling morphine to a friend named Shaky; Irish's drug trafficking may explain their relationship.
  • Both Dickens and Irish wish to become permanent partners with Marston in their schemes.
  • Despite constantly failing at "cures" and "miracles", West Dickens says he will not give up science.
  • In Undead Nightmare, among the writing on the walls of the buildings in Blackwater one writing reads "I know a cure for all ailments." West Dickens says this to John on his way out of Doctor Johnston's office.
  • Nigel West Dickens and Seth are the only uninfected major characters in Undead Nightmare to not battle the Undead in any way.
  • He is one of the three major characters who do not ride horses at all. The others are Agustin Allende and Luisa Fortuna.
  • Nigel West Dickens is from Fort Wayne, Indiana according to the comment he made on Liars, Cheats And other Proud Americans.
  • West Dickens' elixir may also be a laxative as John states that 'that elixir I drank went through me like a dose of salts' during The Sport of Kings and Liars
  • Nigel West Dickens explains that he once tried to sell his elixir on MacFarlane's Ranch, before being chased away by Bonnie MacFarlane herself.
  • In Red Dead Redemption 2, Nigel West Dickens is referred to in an anecdote that appears in the Gunsmith catalogue's description for the Sawed-off Shotgun. In it, a woman from Annesburg recounts having threatened West Dickens with the shotgun after her elderly parents became addicted to his elixirs.


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