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The Veteran is a Stranger mission in Red Dead Redemption 2. It becomes available in Chapter 6.


Part I

When the player approaches a rock, they are greeted by Hamish Sinclair, who asks for help. He informs the player that his horse, Buell, bucked him off and took his wooden leg with him, asking the player for help retrieving his horse.

Once Buell is returned to Hamish, he tells the player that, if they please, they can go fishing with him. The player is able to visit Hamish after one in-game day passes. He can then be found at Veteran's Homestead.

Part II

On your first visit to Hamish, he invites the player to go fishing with him out on O'Creagh's Run, a small lake beside his cottage. He informs them on how he would like to catch a large fish he calls the "Tyrant". They fish for a short while until Hamish is hauled into the lake by the Tyrant. After being rescued by the player, Hamish gifts them a special lake lure, so they may catch the fish themselves. Once Tyrant is caught, the pair row back to Hamish's cottage and part ways. The next time the player visits Hamish, the Tyrant is hanging on his wall above his fireplace.

Part III

Upon returning to Hamish again, he takes the player out hunting to catch a she-wolf near his home that he had been tracking for some time. They attempt to track her before being ambushed by a pack of wolves, including a very large alpha male that the player kills; Hamish once again thanks the player for their assistance and invites them to come by sometime once more.

Part IV

On the player's final visit to Hamish, they go out to hunt a massive boar. They split up to track it, only for the player to find Hamish having been mortally wounded by one of its tusks. Hamish makes a last request to the player to take his horse, Buell, before dying. If the player decides to take Buell, they will gain honor.

Missable items in the Mission

  • Giant Boar Tusk

Video Walkthrough


Red Dead Redemption 2 Stranger Mission - The Veteran


  • It is possible to kill Hamish after the first part of the mission is complete, with the use of either dynamite or fire arrows.
  • If the player wishes to keep Buell until the end of the game, it is recommended then to only start part IV of this mission after the epilogue, as any horse previously owned before it starts will be lost.


Completing this Stranger mission strand is associated with these trophies/achievements:

10 gamerscoregamerscore
Bronze bronzebronze
Reach maximum or minimum Honor level.

20 gamerscoregamerscore
Bronze bronzebronze
Catch a fish weighing at least 16 lbs (7.3 kg)

30 gamerscoregamerscore
Bronze bronzebronze
Complete 10 Stranger mission strands.

100 gamerscoregamerscore
Gold goldgold
Attain 100% Completion.