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Posted 27 August 2016 - 01:33 AM Edited by BenMitchell90, 27 January 2017 - 07:03 PM.

So now that we've got a Red Dead section, I figured I'd give my mission order for RDR its own thread, especially since I've seen people looking for one. This may not be perfect (I've only played through in this order once, so I may have missed some stuff), but it's probably the closest thing there is to a "Possible Trinity" for this game, as I couldn't find one online so just decided to do my own.


Here's the whole post copy/pasted. Also, for any newcomers, please note that there are spoilers, so check the spoilered sections at your own risk.


So last year (2015) I played through GTA IV and in the Possible Trinity orders, and it worked out amazingly well, and is pretty much the only order I'll play the missions in now. But I always wanted one for Red Dead Redemption. I did find one elsewhere, but when I started on it, I found some problems with it and some stuff didn't make sense. So I just decided to make my own during my third playthrough of the game. It worked out great for me, and I figured I'd share it. Now there may be some stuff I missed that someone else may pick up on, so I'm open to any suggestions. I'll go ahead and post the mission listing, along with my reasoning for the order.


I also have to give some serious credit to the guys behind the IV and V Possible Trinities, not only for being the main influence for my RDR order, but because doing one of these things really drove home how much care and attention to detail it can take. Though oddly, in RDR's case, it actually got progressively easier as the game went on. The New Austin portion is the most complex in terms of mission lines going on, but by the time you get to West Elizabeth, it's become pretty simple, with fewer mission givers per chapter. Still fun though.

Enough of my rambling, here it is:


The map marker initials for each mission-giver are:

B – Bonnie MacFarlane

M – Marshal Leigh Johnson

W – Nigel West Dickens

S – Seth

I – Irish

D – Vicente De Santa

LR – Landon Ricketts

L – Luisa Fortuna

R – Abraham Reyes

G – Agent Edgar Ross (as in, G-man)

Mc – Professor Harold MacDougal

A – Abigail Marston

J – Jack Marston

U - Uncle


Chapter 1: Born Unto Trouble
1.              Exodus in America
2.    (B)    New Friends, Old Problems
3.    (B)    Obstacles in Our Path
4.    (B)    This is Armadillo, USA
5.    (M)    Political Realities in Armadillo
6.    (M)    Justice in Pike’s basin
7.    (W)    Old Swindler blues
8.    (B)     Women and Cattle
9.    (B)     Wild Horses, Tamed Passions
10.   (B)     A Tempest Looms
11.   (W)    You Shall Not Give False Testimony, Except for Profit
12.   (S)     Exhuming and Other Fine Hobbies
13.   (M)    Spare the Rod, Spoil the Bandit
14.   (B)     The Burning
15.   (W)    Liars, Cheats, and Other Proud Americans
16.   (I)      A Frenchman, a Welshman, and an Irishman
17.   (I)      A Man Is Born Unto Trouble
18.   (M)    The Hanging of Bonnie MacFarlane
19.   (W)    Can a Swindler Change His Spots?
20.   (S)     A Gentle Drive With Friends
21.   (I)     On Shaky’s Ground
22.   (S)    Let the Dead Bury Their Dead
23.   (W)   The Sport of Kings, and Liars
24.   (M)   The Assault on Fort Mercer
25.   (I)     We Shall Be Together in Paradise


Chapter 2: Mexican Revolution
26.  (LR)   The Gunslinger’s Tragedy
27.  (D)     Civilization, At Any Price
28.  (D)     The Demon Drink
29.  (LR)   Landon Ricketts Rides Again
30.  (D)     Empty Promises
31.  (LR)   Lucky in Love
32.  (L)     My Sister’s Keeper
33.  (D)     Mexican Caesar
34.  (LR)   The Mexican wagon train
35.  (L)     Must a Savior Die?
36.  (D)     Cowards Die Many Times
37. ( R )     The Great Mexican Train Robbery
38.  (L)      Father Abraham
39.  (L)     Captain De Santa’s Downfall
40. ( R )     The Gates of El Presidio
41. ( R )     An Appointed Time
Chapter 3: The Outlaw's Return
42.  (G)     Bear One Another’s Burdens
43.  (MC)  At Home With Dutch
44.  (G)     Great Men Are Not Always Wise
45.  (MC)  For Purely Scientific Purposes
46.  (MC)  The Prodigal Son Returns (to Yale)
47.  (G)     And You Will Know The Truth
48.  (G)     And The Truth Will Set You Free
Chapter 4: Unforgiven
49.   (A)    The Outlaw’s Return
50.   (A)    Pestilence
51.   (J)    John Marston and Son
52.   (U)    By Sweat and Toil
53.   (U)    A Continual Feast
54.   (J)    Wolves, Dogs, and Sons
55.   (J)    Spare the Love, Spoil the Child
56.   (A)   Old Friends, New Problems
57.   (J)    The Last Enemy That Shall Be Destroyed
58.   (J)    Remember My Family




I didn’t bother trying to place most of the Stranger Missions. None of them have any connection whatsoever to the story, with two exceptions:

* The “I Know You” missions, since they reference John’s past and must be done before “The Last Enemy That Shall Be Destroyed”

* “American Lobbyist”, which I went over in the West Elizabeth portion.


Therefore, the other Stranger missions can be done at your leisure. I personally prefer to save a bunch of them for after “The Last Enemy That Shall Be Destroyed” so



Hope this helps. :) Again, I've only played through this way once, so it may not be perfect, so I'm open for suggestions and corrections by anybody.

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Posted 27 August 2016 - 08:51 PM Edited by Noclue_42, 27 August 2016 - 08:52 PM.

Cool list. I wanna play RDR so bad right now... It was so satisfying to do all the strangers' missions, the hunting/outfit challenges and so on. 



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Posted 24 January 2017 - 04:40 AM

Hey BenMitchell90, just so you know I linked your list to the RDR sub-reddit, giving you full credit of course!




Cheers :)

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 02:26 PM

Hey thanks, that's awesome! Hope it works out well for you :)

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 07:53 AM

Just doing the last few missions now, and I think it worked really well! Good effort man, thanks heaps :)

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