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This is Armadillo. Manhattan it is not, but it does okay for us.

Bonnie MacFarlane

Armadillo is a settlement found in the world of Red Dead Redemption. It is a location in the Cholla Springs region of the New Austin territory.


The town is quite obviously named after the animal that is also found in the game. Armadillo is depicted as one of the few remaining boom towns of the American West, in contrast to the industrialized northern settlements characterized by the city of Blackwater. Armadillo is a common hangout for gangs (mostly Walton's Gang), and road agents who continue to bring violence and chaos to the town. Duels are common, as is the occasional bar fight and wild shootout, making it a place where danger is never uncommon.

Leigh Johnson is the acting Marshal and legal authority of Armadillo, along with the local Sheriffs, and is known widely by the local residents. He is assisted by the young deputies Jonah and Eli. According to Johnson, the bringing of the railroads to Armadillo led to the decline of its regional rival, the old decaying frontier town of Tumbleweed, reducing the latter to the abandoned ghost town at the time of Red Dead Redemption. The Marshal and the rest of the local law operate from the Sheriff's office and jail, where common thugs, drunks, and murderers end up behind bars.


Armadillo has an active train station with a telegraph office, where the player can pay off his bounties with either cash or a pardon letter . There is also an animal pen along the railroad where livestock such as sheep and cows are kept and loaded onto the train cars for shipping. Lawmen post wanted posters of criminals on the south wall of the station. The town's newspaper salesman also sells newspapers outside the station. Five Finger Fillet is played here, and Marston can join in for some competition.

Across the street from the telegraph and train station is the Armadillo saloon, the most popular attraction in town. Residents of Armadillo, weary travelers, ranchers, and brooding cowboys come from all around to drink, socialize, or find a place to rest. Local criminals, gang members, prostitutes, and town drunks are also common. Members of Walton's Gang  are amongst the most common visitors. The saloon has a large room with tables and chairs for visitors, a bar for drinks, a kitchen for food, a piano player banging out classic ragtime honky-tonk music, a bathroom, the bartender's bedroom, and a private poker room where you can buy into a game of Texas hold'em for $25. Upstairs is a mezzanine hall and sitting area where rooms are available for travelers to have a rest, or entertain the resident ladies. Marston can purchase a safehouse for $50 here. There is also an accessible balcony on the second floor.

Across the main street from the saloon is the freight station which contains a post office and an area where stagecoach services are found. Next to that is the general store, owned by bigoted Herbert Moon. Players can purchase their basic needs from his store - campsites, maps, horses etc. - as well as sell their goods for money.

Next door to the saloon resides gunsmith Jeb Murphy, where the player can purchase weapons , hunting bait , and ammo . The player can also sell provisions here for money. Further along is a closed barber shop and dentist, and next to that is the office of the town's doctor Nathanial Johnston, who helps John Marston after his injury at Fort Mercer and can sell Marston Medicine and similar supplies throughout the story.

Across the street from the doctor's office is the Bank of Armadillo, where large sums of money are secured in the safes inside. Marston can rob the bank to gain money, but at the cost of retaliation from the law and penalties to honor. Down the street is a row of two-story residential buildings. On the far side of town is the Sheriff's office and jail, more houses, and a school house used as a movie theater where Marston can watch a short film for $2.

To the rear of the town, behind the saloon and gunsmith, is the livery. Here, livestock such as cattle are kept in a large pen outside. There is another, smaller pen and a barn for horses, as well as a chicken coop outside the blacksmith's large shed which is found in the center of the area. There is also a small shooting range, where players are free to shoot at the targets.

Background Edit

Red Dead RedemptionEdit

Armadillo is the heart of New Austin. Despite the general decay of the region, it provides good services and goods to this day. Recently, Walton's Gang and similar hoodlums have been terrorizing the people of Armadillo and have infested the saloon. Three or four member's of Walton's Gang occasionally ride through town, dragging a civilian behind them, and firing off their guns. It is also reasonably common for Herbert Moon to be robbed, or for a random prostitute to be attacked by a what is probably an unhappy customer (and killed if nothing is done). The only shop type that the area does not possess is a tailor, but because interaction with tailors in not particularly common (only to buy outfit scraps or a bandana), this is not a problem.

Undead NightmareEdit

In Undead Nightmare, the town is overrun when approached, and survivors have taken refuge on the roofs of shops as well as the saloon. Marshal Leigh Johnson is residing in his office, pondering a way to clear out the Undead, and awaiting the return of his two deputies. He claims that the Undead have been constantly attacking for some time, and tend to "just disappear" after a while, only to attack again later. He then requests Marston's help in finding his deputies and clearing the town.


A small portion of "Exodus in America" takes place in the saloon. Every mission in the Leigh Johnson strand except "The Assault on Fort Mercer" begins at this location, in his office. The mission "Old Swindler Blues" ends here and leads directly to the beginning of "You Shall Not Give False Testimony, Except for Profit". The introduction of Irish also takes place here in the mission "A Frenchman, a Welshman and an Irishman".

All three segments of the Stranger side-mission "American Appetites" begin infront of the Armadillo Sheriff's Office. The Stranger side-mission "California" ends in the Armadillo Telegraph Office. A portion of the Stranger side-mission "Let No Man Put Asunder" takes place in the Armadillo Saloon. The first segment of the Stranger side-mission "Lights, Camera, Action" also begins and ends in the Cinema.

Undead NightmareEdit

In the Undead Nightmare DLC pack, this is one of 23 locations that must be cleared of the Undead and then protected from re-infestation thereafter.

In the midst of the apocalyptic invasion of the undead, Armadillo has been besieged constantly by the hordes of undead. Everyone is running for their lives and survivors are holed up in the buildings and on the rooftops as the town descents into chaos. Marshal Johnson is deperately trying to defend the town in the name of the law. Everett Knox, Tobias Weldon, Alden Renshaw, Adrienne Lachance, Kittie Crenshaw and Jessie Hargrove are the only survivors that can be found defending the town. Herbert Moon is also present, but does not assist in the town's defense.

The side-mission "Dinner For Two" begins and ends here.

This is also the location of Adrienne Lachance, the tenth and final missing person to be rescued in the Fort Mercer segment of the Missing Souls Side-missions.





  • The town's name could be a play on the real world location Amarillo, Texas.
  • If you look on the back of the banister in the safehouse property, it reads "DON'T YOU LOOK FINE AND DANDY", which is a cheat code to unlock the Elegant Suit Outfit.
  • The bank teller, Baxter Deaton, can be heard talking about Marshal Leigh Johnson, such as how he "buried stolen goods out in Rio Del Lobo" and how "the gang over by Twin Rocks are in cahoots with him". He even talks about Johnson beating the local women. He also talks about a lion in Hennigan's Stead.
  • If players look behind the bar, the painting hanging is a colored version of the nude woman that Ben Wade drew in 3:10 to Yuma right before his capture. It is also the same picture that hangs behind the bar of the Alhambra saloon in the videogame "GUN."
  • The main part of the Southwestern Railroad Company is located here. The company is also located at Benedict Point, and MacFarlane's Ranch.
  • In Undead Nightmare , the movie theater is fully open and exploreable.
  • Sometimes Herbert Moon can be seen on his porch scaring off racoons with a broom that frequent his back alley, sometimes even shooting them with a Repeater Carbine.
  • There is an extremely rare instance of a Walton's Gang member being drunk on the upper floor of the saloon, sometimes even falling over the balcony and crashing down on a table or on the bar smashing all the bottles. They may even get a wanted level for vandalism.
  • Even after the demise of their leaderWalton's Gang members continue to loiter in the saloon found in the town.
  • In Undead Nightmare, a body can be found next to the Train Station with a screw driver beside it.
  • The saloon balcony is one of the locations where you can land on a horse. To do this you must hitch your horse and vault over the hitching post. If done correctly, you will land on your horse.
  • In Undead Nightmare, if you enter the town from the southwest side road, either coyotes or Undead will spawn near the train station. This also happens in Ridgewood Farm and Manzanita Post.
  • In the last newspaper you can buy there is an add for poker in Armadillo's saloon backroom that reads: "Private poker room at the Armadillo saloon in Cholla Springs. Daily games, free from the prying eyes of wives and mistresses.



Red Dead RedemptionEdit

The discovery of locations in Red Dead Redemption count towards the following Trophies/Achievements:

Bronze Ps3 bronze trophy
Uncover every location on the map in Single Player.

Gold Ps3 gold trophy
Attain 100% List in the single player game completion list.

Undead NightmareEdit

Keeping this location free of Undead infestation during the Undead Nightmare contributes toward the following Achievements/Trophies:

Rdr spinning plates
Bronze Ps3 bronze trophy
Have every territory saved at the same time during the Undead Nightmare

Keeping the area free of Undead infestation and rescuing the missing person at this location also contribute toward the following Trophy/Achievement:

Rdr zed's dead baby
Silver Ps3 silver trophy
Attain 100% Game Completion statistic in Undead Nightmare.

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