Move up mister. Time to get you to a doctor, or an undertaker, whichever you need once we get to town.

John Marston to West Dickens

Old Swindler Blues is the tenth mission in Red Dead Redemption.

To view the mission tree, see:

Main article: Missions in Redemption/Tree


John finds Nigel West Dickens wounded in the desert near his stagecoach. Marston helps him get on his feet and on the stagecoach. Because Nigel is too wounded, John has to drive the stagecoach to Armadillo for a doctor. On the way, Marston has to shoot some unhappy customers of West Dickens who are trying to kill him. When arriving at Armadillo, he says he needs some time to recover.


Mission Prerequisites

Before this mission becomes available, the player must complete:

Mission Objectives

To complete this mission, the player must:

  • Drive Nigel's wagon to Armadillo.
  • Protect Nigel from the bandits encountered en route.

Mission Details

Take Nigel West Dickens on a stagecoach ride to Armadillo. However, be careful as you will be attacked by outlaws. Two outlaws will show up and very soon after another two will appear. Nigel has a certain time limit before he dies, which will lower even faster if you drive off the road. Make sure to save your Dead-Eye and use it carefully and make every shot count. If you have a hard time shooting the enemies, shooting at their horses is the next best thing. After taking him to Armadillo, the quest is over and the next quest will begin the next day.

Mission Dialogues

Main article: Old Swindler Blues/dialogues

Mission Failure

The mission will fail if the player:

  • Assaults, kills or abandons Nigel West Dickens.
  • Kills the horses pulling the wagon.
  • Fails to reach Armadillo before Nigel expires.
  • Strays too far from the mission location.
  • Breaks the law.
  • Commits vandalism.
  • Kills townsfolk.
  • Dies.

Gold Medal Objectives

  • Fastest Time: 2:20
  • Shot Accuracy: 100%
  • Number of Headshots: 4

New Game Elements Introduced

  • Shooting while driving a wagon.

Mission Complete Unlockables


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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