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Colm can wait. Best to get some of them outta there. And much less fun to rob him and his score if he never finds out about it.

–Dutch van der Linde

Old Friends is a mission in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Mission Overview

Looking for information on the O'Driscolls' planned train job, Dutch leads the gang into an attack on their camp.


Micah Bell and Bill Williamson have a small fight, before being stopped by Dutch van der Linde. Dutch, Arthur, Lenny, Javier, Bill, and Micah ride to the O'Driscoll Boys' camp to steal their plans to rob a train.

During the ride back to camp after slaying the O'Driscolls, they come across another O'Driscoll who they previously saw Colm reprimand. He takes flight, but Arthur chases him, hogties him, and brings him back to Colter to be imprisoned.


Old Friends/dialogues

Gold Medal Objectives

  • Catch and hogtie Kieran within 45 seconds.
  • Kill 3 O’Driscolls in the same Dead Eye use.
  • Complete within 15 minutes and 30 seconds.
  • Get 15 headshots.
  • Complete the mission without taking any health items.

Gold Medal Objective tips

Catch and hogtie Kieran within 45 seconds.

- A quick way to do this is by simply killing his horse the moment you see him, then throw your lasso at him and hogtie him. This will drastically save you time (keep in mind, you will lose minor honor for killing the horse). Complete within 15 minutes and 30 seconds.

-Skip all cutscenes

-Quickly kill all enemies at the camp. Don't waste your time looting all the bodies. Just loot one or two then rush to defend the second wave of O'Driscolls. After that you can loot the rest of the bodies.

Kill 3 O’Driscolls in the same Dead Eye use.

-Make sure three enemies are in the open when defending the second wave, then activate dead eye and aim at three O’Driscolls at vital points (their heads).

Mission failure

The mission will fail if the player:

  • Assaults, abandons, or kills any member of the gang;
  • Allows any member or the gang to die;
  • Alerts the O’Driscolls prematurely;
  • Kills the fleeing O'Driscoll;
  • Lets the O’Driscoll escape;
  • Kills or abandons their own horse;
  • Dies.


  • Numerous O'Driscolls - Killed by the Van der Linde gang after they discover their plan to rob a train.


Video Walkthroughs


  • This mission unlocks Dead Eye Targeting.
  • If the player spared the O'Driscoll in the mission "Outlaws from the West", he will appear in the cabin in front of the gang after Arthur and Dutch get in cover, and he has unique lines like "You should've killed me when you had the chance!"
  • If the player disarms an O'Driscoll and leads him to Micah, he will wrestle one of Micah's guns from his hand and make it possible to obtain Micah's Revolver before the epilogue.[1]
    • If the O'Driscoll disarms any of the Van der Linde gang members, a glitch will occur where multiple melee knife finishers will be performed on the disarmed O'Driscoll but the latter will not die from them.
  • When the Van der Linde gang is observing the hideout from a distance, Colm O'Driscoll can be seen scolding Kieran.[2]
  • If the player checks the map after capturing Kieran, they will see six ally markers at the hideout, one for each of the participants in the mission as well as Hosea Matthews. Hosea has no involvement in this mission past brief appearances in the beginning and ending cutscenes.
  • It is possible to explore the snowy parts of the entire Grizzlies West region once Kieran is captured and stowed on the back of Arthur's horse. However, if the player gets too close to West Elizabeth, New Hanover or Grizzlies East an instant death will trigger which will result in a mission failure.
    • This way it is possible to gather supplies across the map and attempt to reach the General Store at Wallace Station without being killed by the harsh weather conditions. This way the player can change their default Winter Gunslinger Outfit early and also remove the suspenders.[3]
  • If this mission is completed before "The Aftermath of Genesis", Kieran can be found tied up in the barn with the horses and Arthur may interact with him.
  • When Micah is arguing with Bill and Lenny in the mission's opening scene, Lenny will remark to the former that "When you fall, there will be a party." This appears to foreshadow the conclusion of the final mission, "American Venom", in which John and Abigail marry and a celebration is held following Micah's demise.



Red Dead Redemption 2 mission walkthroughs
Chapter 1: Colter
"Outlaws from the West""Enter, Pursued by a Memory""The Aftermath of Genesis""Old Friends""Who the Hell is Leviticus Cornwall?""Eastward Bound"
Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Epilogue, Part 1Epilogue, Part 2