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Phineas T. Ramsbottom is a minor character in Red Dead Redemption 2. He initiates the stranger side-mission "Smoking and other Hobbies".



Phineas T. Ramsbottom is a cartophilist and ephemera collector. He enjoys smoking and loves collecting Cigarette Cards.

Events of Red Dead Redemption 2

Phineas can be found sitting on a bench outside of Flatneck Station, smoking beside an open box. He calls the player over and explains to them that he has a hobby of collecting Cigarette Cards: cards either found in cigarette packs or around the in-game world, which become very valuable once a set is completed.

He asks the player to search for these cards, and if they complete a collection, they should mail them to Phineas for a cash reward.



Phineas is a white middle-aged man who is very well-dressed. He has dark hair and sports a chin strap beard.

He wears a black bowler hat with a red ribbon around it, and a grey overcoat with a white shirt underneath. He wears a red bandana tied around his neck and has black pants and shoes.

Mission appearances

Red Dead Redemption 2


  • The player must collect 144 cards and mail them to Phineas. The player will receive $200 for collecting them.
  • If the player manages to get on the train after the mission, Phineas will be sitting in one of the wagons, thus allowing the player to interact with him. He can be robbed, greeted, or antagonized, although no additional dialogue can be heard during this.