The New South is the 26th main story mission in Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2). This walkthrough will guide you through all objectives of The New South Main Quest including all Gold Medals for 100% completion.
The New South is unlocked after completing A Strange Kindness.
Quest Giver: Dutch
Gold Medal Requirements:
- Knock out Anders Anderson without taking a hit
- Catch and return Anders Anderson to jail within 5 minutes 30 seconds
- Catch a fish with Dutch and Hosea
Starting Location: Clemens Point, Lemoyne
Talk to Dutch
To start this mission, all you have to do is walk by Dutch at the beginning of Chapter 3. He will walk over and start waxing philosophical about his goals.
As a nice change of pace, Dutch suggests that you go find Hosea and the three of you go fishing.
Follow Dutch, and meet up with Hosea, then get on your horse and follow them out of the camp.
While on the way to the fishing spot, Dutch says that he doesn’t want anyone causing any trouble in the local town after what happened in Valentine. This means that you won’t be able to use guns or violence while in Rhodes. The game simply won’t allow it.
Along they way, you spot some lawmen ahead carrying prisoners on a caged wagon. Good thing you’re all fine upstanding citizens.
Except for Trelawny, who is apparently one of the prisoners. Dutch tries to sweet talk the Sheriff to get Trelawny released while one of the other prisoners picks the lock at the back of the cage.
The Anderson Boys make their escape to a nearby train and Dutch, thinking quickly offers your services in retrieving them in exchange for leniency for Trelawny.
Arthur and Deputy Archibald ride off to catch the train and retrieve the prisoners.
- GOLD MEDAL: Catch and return Anders Anderson to jail within 5 minutes 30 seconds
No pressure, but 5:30 doesn’t leave you a lot of time.
Chase the Anderson Boys
Ride hard for the train while Archibald warns you that you can’t shoot the Anderson Boys. You need to capture them alive.
That one’s not on me. Anyhow, that’s one less Anderson to deal with.
When the train slows down to go through a station, you will be able to catch up to the train and pull alongside it.
Keep moving up the train until you pull up next to he flat carriage. When prompted, press / to leap to the train.
After jumping to the train, you’ll get knocked down by one of the Anderson Brothers, and will have to break free of his choke.
Doing so will allow you to toss him from the train. Get up and keep moving forward.
Chase the remaining Andersons to the roof of the train until one of them stops to fight you.
Incidentally, throwing them off the train counts as “capturing” them.
Continue forward, and you’ll encounter the biggest Anderson yet, Anders Anderson.
- GOLD MEDAL: Knock out Anders Anderson without taking a hit
Anders has a knife, so be ready to block, followed by a combination. Concentrate on defense, since even one hit will cause the Gold Medal requirement to be fail.
Three or four solid combinations should be enough to knock out Anders, allowing you to pick him up and haul him off the train.
Load Anders onto the back of your horse, and ride hard for the Sheriff’s office. Do not let Archibald set the pace of your trip, or you’ll never make it within 5:30. Delivering Anders to the Sherrif will convince him to let Trelawny go, and earn some goodwill from the local law.
After you part ways with Trelawny, you’ll be walking through Rhodes with Dutch and Hosea talking about your next plans, then they’ll ask if Arthur still wants to go fishing. Say yes!
Go Fishing with Hosea and Dutch
You’ll get back on your horses, and follow Hosea to the fishing spot that you’ve been trying to get to all day.
Eventually you’ll reach a beach where Arthur can “borrow” a rowboat.
I wonder what the bounty is for Grand Theft Rowboat?
Walk over to the rowboat, and the three of you will launch the boat into the water. Arthur offers to row, and Hosea directs you to a spot in the deeper water at the middle of the lake. Row out to it, and stop in the marked yellow zone.
- GOLD MEDAL: Catch a fish with Dutch and Hosea
There’s no trick to this one, just enjoy the conversation among the men, and catch a fish.
When you’ve had enough, just put your rod away, and you’ll call it a day.
Row South to the camp and park at the camp docks to finish the mission.
This finishes The New South main mission in Red Dead Redemption 2. Now the next quest American Distillation starts.
Next Up: American Distillation
For more Walkthroughs with all gold medals, check out the complete Red Dead Redemption 2 Story Walkthrough.