American Distillation is the 27th main story mission in Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2). This walkthrough will guide you through all objectives of American Distillation Main Quest including all Gold Medals for 100% completion.
American Distillation is unlocked after completing The New South.
Quest Giver: Dutch
Gold Medal Requirements:
- Win the race back to camp
- Complete the mission without taking any damage
- Get 10 headshots
- Complete with at least 70% accuracy
Starting Location: Rhodes, Lemoyne
Talk to Dutch
Dutch is hanging out with his new drinking buddy Sheriff Gray, having a great time. He asks you to go to break up a Braithwaite moonshine operation in the woods, and temporarily deputizes you for the mission. The irony.
Break up the Moonshine Operation
Arthur and Deputy Archibald again ride together on the wagon while Dutch and Bill follow with your horse. Archibald will drive and talk to you about the feud between the Braithwaites and the Grays, as well as some local trivia.
Along the way, Archibald will spot a wagon that has been attacked. The deputies will get off the wagon and investigate the scene. They give you some background on the Lemoyne Raiders, your favorite welcome party.
Archibald discovers some papers among the bodies, and asks you to take the reins and drive while he examines them. Finally you can drive at a decent speed.
Keep following the path to the waypoint and park in the yellow target area.
Get off the wagon and follow Archibald.
Crouch and advance slowly when he does, so that you can sneak up on them without being noticed. If you are noticed, you will automatically fail the mission, and have to restart from the last checkpoint.
Initially you will have to subdue the moonshiners without being seen or killing anyone. Choose either the left or right path then move slowly around the edge of the area. Watch your minimap to see the enemies’ cones of vision.
Approach from the rear slowly so that they wont notice your approach, and subdue them when you get the takedown prompt.
By targeting them with the / button, you can also choose to send Bill over to take them out silently if he is in a better position than you are.
Carry any unconscious moonshiners to the wagon for transport to jail.
The last step is to use explosives to destroy the distillery to shut down their operation once and for all.
- GOLD MEDAL: Complete the mission without taking any damage
Select dynamite from the weapon wheel and use it to destroy the distillery. Make sure you get to a safe distance do you don’t take any damage from the blast.
Whoops, looks like these guys are actually Lemoyne Raiders and they’re pretty angry that you blew up their operation. Get ready for an attack from the southwest.
- GOLD MEDAL: Get 10 headshots
- GOLD MEDAL: Complete with at least 70% accuracy
Since this mission requires you to get headshots and take no damage, you should probably stay well back from the fight and use a sniper rifle with Dead Eye to maximizae your accuracy and minimize your chances of being hit.
Once you’ve cleaned up the last of the raiders, rejoin your group by the wagon.
Looks like Dutch has volunteered to handle the “disposal” of the moonshine. What a gentleman.
Bill takes the wagon with the moonshine while Arthur and Dutch ride their horses back and talk. Eventually Dutch will challenge you to a race.
Focus on him, and select “Accept Race”.
- GOLD MEDAL: Win the race back to camp
If you have a decent horse, its not even a close race. Don’t overtax your horse’s stamina, and follow the path back to camp. Win, and mission complete, all in one.
This finishes American Distillation main mission in Red Dead Redemption 2. Now the next quest An Honest Mistake starts.
Next Up: The Course of True Love – II
For more Walkthroughs with all gold medals, check out the complete Red Dead Redemption 2 Story Walkthrough.