The United States Marshals Service is a form of law enforcement in Red Dead Redemption and Red Dead Redemption 2.

Marshals are also a class of playable multiplayer characters in Redemption.



The U.S. Marshal Service is the oldest American federal law enforcement office, the office being created by the first U.S. Congress in the Judiciary Act of 1789. Marshals in Redemption and Redemption 2 are usually in charge of one county.

US Marshal Badge

Events of Red Dead Redemption

Alongside the U.S. Army and the Bureau of Investigation, the Marshals led an all-out assault on Beecher's Hope, killing John and Uncle.

When playing as Jack Marston, the player can obtain the US Marshal Uniform. Wearing it means that Jack is treated as part of the law and will not have to pay for stagecoaches.


When the player has an active bounty and has killed at least 20 law officers, Marshals are called in to pursue the player in place of the local law enforcement. Marshals will not pursue the player into Nuevo Paraíso, but can sometimes be found waiting at the border if the player tries to cross over to New Austin while the bounty is still active.

Similar to the first game, in Red Dead Redemption 2 Marshals only start to pursue the player when they have a high enough bounty in place of the local law enforcement.

The US Marshal Badge

Known members

Red Dead Redemption

The most prominent Marshal in the Red Dead Redemption story is Leigh Johnson, who is stationed in Armadillo. Others include:

Deputy Marshals

Red Dead Redemption 2

Deputy Marshals

Red Dead Online


Rockstar added Marshals as playable multiplayer characters on October 1st, 2010, giving access to eight characters in the Outfitter. The player can choose which individual Marshal they wish to play as.

As in single player, NPC Marshals will pursue characters with bounties in multiplayer. When the player becomes a Public Enemy, Marshals will often spawn near the player and start pursuing him\her. This can sometimes happen in the wild, though they often spawn relatively close to a town or settlement. It does, however, depend on the player's location.

In Multiplayer, Marshals will not give the player a chance to surrender; they will shoot at the player on sight.

Mission appearances

Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption 2




Pursuit by Marshals is a factor in the following achievement/trophy:

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Evade the U.S. Marshals while riding the Hungarian Half-bred in single player.


  1. Tallulah Jetty Gang Killed
  2. Liquor Smuggled Into Indian Territory
  3. Mac Farrelly Bounty Poster
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