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| Red Dead Redemption mission|
For Purely Scientific Purposes
|Given by||Professor Harold MacDougal|
| Harold MacDougal|
"At Home with Dutch"
| Harold MacDougal|
"The Prodigal Son Returns (To Yale)"
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- Main article: Missions in Redemption/Tree
Nastas has set up a meeting with some of Dutch's men, for what MacDougal claims will be "a meeting of the minds: Indians and whites, academics and criminals coming together to find a common understanding!" Marston will accompany the Professor and Nastas to what turns out to be a set-up. Sadly, Nastas is killed in the ambush, and John must fight through the remaining gang members to escort MacDougal safely back to Blackwater.
Before this mission becomes available, the player must complete:
To complete this mission, the player must:
- Ride with Nastas and Harold MacDougal to Bearclaw Camp.
- Kill the grizzly bear encountered on the way.
- Fight off Dutch's Gang at the cabin.
- Defend MacDougal on the ride back to Blackwater.
Get on a horse and follow Nastas and the Professor to Bearclaw Camp. About halfway there, a grizzly bear attempts to cross the road. The professor begins shooting at the bear and it turns hostile, forcing the player to kill it. After taking care of the bear, move along until you reach the final destination.
Once you reach the cabin, you'll meet with three of Dutch Van Der Linde's men. They pull their guns on Marston and his companions, in spite of the Professor interjecting that they've come in peace. When Nastas tries to remind them of the original terms of the meeting, the bandit Enepay calls Nastas a traitor, tells him to shut up and then shoots him in the face. At which point Marston kills all three men. The remaining gang outside the cabin become hostile, and Marston will have to kill them all to escape.
Once that's finished, the player must follow MacDougal back to Blackwater on horseback. The player will be attacked by two groups of Dutch's gang. Take them out and accompany MacDougal to his office.
- Main article: For Purely Scientific Purposes/dialogues
The mission will fail if the player:
- Assaults, kills or abandons Nastas or MacDougal.
- Kills Nastas's or MacDougal's horse.
- Assault or kill any gangster prematurely.
- Breaks the law.
- Kills a dog.
- Commits vandalism.
- Assaults or kills townsfolk.
- Nastas - Murdered by Dutch's gang for helping the Bureau of Investigation
- 18 members of Dutch's Gang
- Because the bear you encounter during this mission is not initially aggressive, it is easy to approach with a knife to kill for the Master Hunter Challenges Rank 8. Let MacDougal shoot it a few times and then try to approach it from behind.
- If you have already completed this mission and you didn't knife the bear, you can replay the mission from MENU>STATS>MISSIONS.
- Sometimes the bear you encounter in this mission will use the model for Brumas the Bear (confirmed 360/PS3). However, the items from skinning this bear are those for a standard bear, not Brumas' special items.
- Strangely, if the player shoots and kills Nastas's horse after he is killed, they will still fail the mission.
- MacDougal and Nastas's horses are extremely fast in this mission, even faster than the American Standardbred and War Horse, making it hard to manually keep up with them.
- This is one of the only times you see a character holding a gun in each hand, besides Marshal Johnson carrying a revolver in either hand much earlier in the game.
- This is the only mission in which MacDougal will use his gun.
- While at MacDougal's office, he mentions Lionel Fortisque, a fellow academic that MacDougal later assaults.
Completing this mission contributes toward the following Trophy/Achievement:
Attain 100% List in the singleplayer game completion list.