Out in the frontier there are people living an everyday existence and struggling to survive. You can find these Strangers out in the wilderness or in the local towns. They are marked by '?' on your map, and can be spoken to when not busy with a mission.
Their tasks can be as simple as finding a friend or loved one, picking some flowers, hunting some animals, or delivering items across the dangerous frontier. Violence can often solve these problems, but think hard before letting your gun speak first.
Unlike narrative missions, Stranger's tasks can be started and finished at any time. Active tasks will be tracked for you on the map. This journal will record the name of the task, as well as the objectives for each stage.
Journal description
Jenny's Faith Location

Location of Jenny's Faith

Strangers are special NPC characters featured in Red Dead Redemption and Red Dead Redemption 2. Unlike core gameplay missions, these side-missions can be initiated and completed at any time. Strangers will request tasks or offer opportunities to the player.

Strangers are represented on the map by a question mark "?" icon. These question mark icons only appear on the map when the player is close to their locations. Visit the question mark icon to begin dramatic, and sometimes dangerous, chains of events.

Occasionally, the player will be given a choice on how to complete the mission,  yielding either positive or negative results for the player's honor. Additionally, the successful completion of these activities will often reward players with cash.

Helping strangers, with the exception of the mission "I Know You", contributes towards 100% Completion.

Red Dead Redemption

For more information on where to initiate these tasks, how to complete them, and all other details, please choose the desired one.

New Austin

Nuevo Paraiso

West Elizabeth

Red Dead Redemption 2

The following is an incomplete list of all Stranger missions featured in Red Dead Redemption 2. These missions require reaching a certain chapter in the main story to unlock.

Horseshoe Overlook Chapter

Clemens Point Chapter

Saint Denis Chapter

Guarma Chapter

Beaver Hollow Chapter

Pronghorn Ranch Epilogue 1


  • Most Stranger missions ask the player to wait a couple of in-game days before the next part of the mission becomes available. Instead of waiting the player can just save the game at any property/campsite and then reload that save, or an auto-save in case this feature is turned on.


  • Several Stranger missions were cut from Red Dead Redemption before the game was released:
    • In one, John encounters a lonely dwarf with a hatred of people. John ends up feeling sorry for him and goes searching for someone to befriend the dwarf. Eventually John encounters a large man described as a giant. However after meeting each other the giant ends up killing someone by accidentally smothering them. The dwarf then encourages John to kill the giant and the large man's fate is left in the player's hands. Only the audio for this cut mission remains, and it can be heard here.
    • In another, John must gather four stolen holy relics for Mother Superior. The first relic is described as being in the possession of a hermit in New Austin. One was being sold in the Pacific Union Railroad Camp. The next, in possession of a criminal who lives in Tumbleweed, and finally, one by an outlaw hunted by bounty hunters. It can be heard here.


Red Dead Redemption - All Strangers Missions in 4K Xbox One X Enhanced

Red Dead Redemption - All Strangers Missions in 4K Xbox One X Enhanced


Red Dead Redemption

There are three trophies/achievements associated with completing Stranger tasks:

10 gamerscoreGamerscore
Bronze bronzeBronze
Complete a task for a stranger.


Rdr people still strange icon
25 gamerscoreGamerscore
Silver silverSilver
Complete 15 tasks for Strangers.


100 gamerscoreGamerscore
Gold goldGold
Attain 100% in the singleplayer completion stat.

Red Dead Redemption 2

There are two trophies/achievements associated with completing Stranger tasks:

30 gamerscoreGamerscore
Bronze bronzeBronze
Complete 10 Stranger mission strands.


100 gamerscoreGamerscore
Gold goldGold
Attain 100% Completion.

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.