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The First Shall Be Last is a mission in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Mission overview

Following a tip-off on Sean's whereabouts, Arthur, Trelawny, Javier and Charles track Ike Skelding's bounty hunters up the Upper Montana River and attempt to rescue Sean.


To start this quest, the player must go to Javier, just north of Blackwater. Arthur learns that Sean will be transported to a federal prison, and a plan is created to intercept them in transit to save him. The player follows Josiah and Javier on horseback, and they see a boat, where Sean is. They proceed to kill Skelding's bounty hunters and save Sean. When Arthur gets back to camp that night, the gang will be having a party to celebrate Sean's return.

Gold Medal Objectives

  • Silently kill the bounty hunters by the river with Javier.
  • Shoot the rope to free Sean.
  • Get 10 headshots.
  • Complete the mission without taking any health items.


  • Numerous members of Ike Skelding's Boys: Killed by Arthur, Javier, and Charles in order to rescue Sean.

Video walkthrough


  • The Bolt Action Rifle can be obtained in the mission but has to be done exactly as shown here:
    • Arthur and Javier will silently kill two Bounty Hunters when Trelawny provides a distraction. Then, Javier and Arthur will begin to proceed up the valley towards the Bounty Hunter camp. The first two Bounty Hunters in this valley - especially the one on the LEFT of the other Bounty Hunter carries and drops the Bolt Action Rifle if you kill him first. You MUST kill him, not just wound or otherwise alert the pair to your presence as he will swap it out for a Carbine Repeater and will not drop the Bolt Action Rifle upon death.
  • The machete can be obtained in this mission by killing a bounty hunter (who is attacking Charles) before going up the hill.
  • Under normal circumstances in the story line, Arthur will receive an immediate Dead or Alive wanted level if he travels south of the Upper Montana River into either Tall Trees or Great Plains, and will be swarmed and one-shotted by lawmen if he does not retreat. If this mission has not been completed, Morgan will not receive a wanted level and won't be pursued by lawmen. As well, the law will not be as prominent if Arthur strays south. This is to allow the player to safely get to the location of the mission without being killed, but be advised as the law WILL still pursue and kill Morgan as normal if he gets too close to Blackwater, or continues to stray south towards New Austin.
  • This mission is the only time in the main story that the player is in control of Arthur in territory that includes Red Dead Redemption's world map. For the duration of the game, Arthur is restricted to all the "new" territories created for Red Dead Redemption II, which includes Big Valley, and all of the states of New Hanover, Ambarino, and Lemoyne due to the ramifications of the failed ferry heist before the story line began.
  • Somewhat ironically, the title of the mission is a reversal of what happens to Sean later. Out of those who were unaccounted for after the ferry heist he's the last member the gang has to rescue, and is also the first one to die (While Micah is in Strawberry jail around the same time, he was arrested for a different crime).
    • This title is also taken from the Bible verses of Matthew 19:30 and 20:16; Mark 10:31; and Luke 13:30; the title also hides the other half of these verses that say that "the last will be first", which hints at what will happen to Sean later.


  • Do not waste any time in looting everything and anything from the Bounty Hunter's camp when the mission ends. You will soon receive a WANTED status, prompting several Lawmen to appear and investigate. Instead it is advised to loot the bodies and the camp right before releasing Sean off the rope.


Red Dead Redemption 2 mission walkthroughs
Chapter 2: Horseshoe Overlook
"Who is Not Without Sin""A Quiet Time""Exit Pursued by a Bruised Ego""The Spines of America""Blessed are the Meek?""Polite Society, Valentine Style""Good, Honest, Snake Oil""Pouring Forth Oil I""Pouring Forth Oil II""Pouring Forth Oil III""Pouring Forth Oil IV""A Fisher of Men""Americans at Rest""The First Shall Be Last""Paying a Social Call""Money Lending and Other Sins I & II""Money Lending and Other Sins III""We Loved Once and True I & II""We Loved Once and True III""The Sheep and the Goats""An American Pastoral Scene""A Strange Kindness"
Companion Activities
"Five Finger Fillet - Lenny Summers""Hunting - Charles Smith""Rob a Homestead - Javier Escuella"
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