Old Friends is the 4th main story mission in Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2). This walkthrough will guide you through all objectives of Old Friends Main Quest including all Gold Medals for 100% completion.
Old Friends triggers when you complete Enter, Pursued By a Memory.
Quest Giver: Bill Williamson
Gold Medal Requirements:
- Catch and hogtie Kieran within 45 seconds
- Kill 3 O’Driscolls in the same Dead Eye use
- Complete within 15 minutes 30 seconds
- Get 15 headshots
- Complete the mission without taking any health items
Starting Location: Colter, Ambarino
Dutch thinks that its time to hit the O’Driscolls where it hurts. You’re going to steal their heist right out from under them, and the first step is to get explosives. Follow Dutch into the mountains until you locate the camp and are called to a halt. He will hand out assignments to Arthur and the others, and you’ll all get into position. You and Dutch will climb up to a vantage point and use your binoculars to spot Colm O’Driscoll before returning to the horses.
Grab your rifle as Dutch directs, and follow Bill and Micah’s trail down to the camp below as quickly and quietly as possible.
- GOLD MEDAL: Complete within 15 minutes 30 seconds
- GOLD MEDAL: Complete the mission without taking any health items
A couple of initial gold medal requirements to remember from the beginning of the mission. You only have 15 minutes and 30 seconds to finish the mission, so you can’t waste any time. You also can’t heal yourself so you have to rush, but do it cautiously. When you meet up with Bill and Micah, you have the option of proceeding stealthily, but there isn’t enough time for that. Line up your first headshot and kick off a substantial gun battle.
- GOLD MEDAL: Kill 3 O’Driscolls in the same Dead Eye use
- GOLD MEDAL: Get 15 headshots
Right at the start of the fight is the easiest point to get the Kill 3 O’Driscolls in the same Dead Eye use requirement. There are several O’Driscolls coming down the hill from the left, one on the water tower, another in the cabin ahead, and a couple to the right. Activate Dead Eye and pop off three easy headshots to get things started.
Since you have to get headshots, you will need to use Dead Eye liberally, replenishing it with Dead Eye tonics as needed. Remember, the gold medal requirement says you can’t use health items, so don’t use any tonics or consumables that affect your health meter/core in any way.
Once the firefight is over, Dutch will tell everyone to loot the corpses. After a few searches, there will be a second wave of O’Driscolls that attack from the Southwest. There are a lot of them as well, so if you didn’t get the Kill 3 O’Driscolls in the same Dead Eye use requirement at the start of the mission, you can try again here, though it will be somewhat harder as they are all charging at you weaving in and out of the trees which can occasionally block your queued up Dead Eye shot as they move.
Once you’ve killed enough of them, they will retreat. If you haven’t quite gotten your kill requirements, you can chase them for a short distance but don’t move too far away from the camp or the mission will fail and bounce you back to the last checkpoint.
Regroup with the Gang
Go back to Dutch and the others, and he will direct you to search a building to the left to find the explosives and detonators. In one corner of the room is a large red wooden chest labeled “Samson Bros Dynamite”. Search this chest to find the explosives you need.
A cinematic will play, showing Dutch looking over the explosives and a plan that was found, then cuts back to you all riding back to camp. Follow Dutch and discuss your plans.
Chase Down and Lasso the O’Driscoll
Along the way, you’ll run into a guy on horseback near a river, and Dutch will send you after him to capture him for interrogation. Ready your lasso, and spur your horse onwards as soon as you notice him. Don’t even wait for Dutch’s order, time is of the essence.
- GOLD MEDAL: Catch and hogtie Kieran within 45 seconds
Close the distance with Kieran and throw your lasso the second your reticle turns red to show you’re in range. Lasso him and get off your horse immediately, holding the L2/LT button as you run towards him. As soon as you are next to him, hogtie him up. The timer stops once he is tied, so there’s no rush after that.
Throw him on the back of your horse, and ride back to camp. Pick up Kieran and drop him near the cabin at the waypoint to trigger a cinematic that will close out the mission.
This finishes Old Friends main mission in Red Dead Redemption 2. Now the next quest Who the Hell is Leviticus Cornwall? starts.
Next Up: Who the Hell is Leviticus Cornwall?
For more Walkthroughs with all gold medals, check out the complete Red Dead Redemption 2 Story Walkthrough.