Hold it right there, outlaw!
This article is littered with spoilers, so I reckon you might ought'a mosey on down the road if you don't want to read any plot details.
You were always the weakest, John! Always a puto!
Javier Escuella

Javier Escuella is a central character and one of the primary antagonists featured in Red Dead Redemption. He is a former gang member alongside John Marston. Escuella is responsible for sheltering Bill Williamson in Nuevo Paraiso.

With the addition of the Myths and Mavericks DLC pack, Javier Escuella is also a multiplayer character model that may be selected in the "Revolution" section of the Outfitter.


Javier Escuella was born in Nuevo Paraiso and was once a Mexican revolutionary. According to Colonel Allende, Javier's father was a drunk that worked on his uncle's land.

After spending some time in America, Escuella became a member of Dutch's Gang. When Dutch's gang was disbanded after Dutch went insane, Javier took it hard and returned to Mexico to work as a hitman for Allende. Marston is forced to pursue him in 1911 by the federal agents.


Even though he is a central character, Javier Escuella only appears in one mission and doesn't have much of his backstory revealed compared to Bill and Dutch.

Prior to John's assault of Fort Mercer, Javier helps Bill to escape to Nuevo Paraiso. When John Marston hunts him down throughout Mexico, Javier takes refuge throughout the countryside in various forts, staying reclusive. After Allende's betrayal, Javier is eventually caught by John, who has help from Abraham Reyes. Javier has been hiding in a fort surrounded by his fellow henchmen, but John breaks in with the help of rebel friends and the two confront each other in a storage closet. John then holding Javier at gunpoint.

The two have a conversation with each other, with Javier slowly inching his way over to John. Javier waits until John is distracted, and then he pushes a crate on John. Given some time, he jumps out a nearby window and onto a deck. Javier calls out to John, saying he was "always the weakest" and then rides out of the fort with a horse. John runs after him, and then the player can do one of two things:

  1. Kill Escuella. If the player chooses this, John guns down Javier while riding his horse. John then takes his dead body and puts it in a jail cell, because he has to show it to Edgar Ross and Archer Fordham as proof. Before walking out of the jail cell though, John looks at his old friend lying dead on the floor and wipes a tear from his eye and then spits on his corpse. Later on, John takes Javier's dead body to the government agents (Fordham will then say: "I expected him a little more....healthy") and Javier's dead body is taken away.
  2. Or, John can capture Escuella by shooting his horse and lassoing him, or just lassoing him. John takes a struggling Escuella to a jail cell and then heads off the next morning with Escuella on the back of his horse. Before turning Escuella into the government agents, Javier spits on his arm and calls John a puto (Bitch). Javier is taken away and is not seen for the rest of the game. It is mentioned later in the story by John that he is deceased in a conversation with Abigail.

Mission AppearancesEdit


Come on, you're not going to shoot your own brother, are you? We was family.
Javier Escuella to John Marston
We thought you was dead, brother. I promise. I'm telling the truth.
Javier Escuella gives his reason for leaving Marston
You got it all wrong, brother. I've always loved you, even now!
Javier Escuella before trying to escape from Marston
Finish me you coward!
Javier Escuella when injured
Get back to your farm!
Javier Escuella when running away from Marston
Did Abigail miss me?
Javier Escuella when running away from Marston
Come on amigo, Abigail wouldn't want this.
Javier Escuella when being hogtied
¡Vete a la chingada! (Go to hell!)
Javier Escuella when running away from Marston
It was Bill, not me!
Javier Escuella when being hogtied
Please let me go John it's Bill you want.
Javier Escuella when being hogtied
Besides I can give you Bill and Dutch....? Dutch is in Colombia I can take you straight to him.
Javier Escuella before trying to escape from Marston
Who's beasting with Abigail now huh?!
Javier Escuella when shooting Marston
You hijo! (You son of a!)
Javier Escuella
You don't have the heart to kill me!
Javier Escuella
You puto one day, one day I swear you are going to pay for this.
Javier Escuella
Tell, tell your wife it's the lord I praise.
Javier Escuella when injured
Please, don't let me die like this.
Javier Escuella when injured
You won't get me alive John!
Javier Escuella
Don't touch me.
Javier Escuella when bumped into
I hope you and your wife and children rot in hell!
Javier Escuella
Yeah, go with your puto!
Javier Escuella


  • "Go to hell!"
  • "Hahahaha... you still hit like a child!"
  • "You're making a big mistake!"
  • "So you think you're tough now, eh? Hahaha."
  • "What are you trying to prove?"
  • "Hijo de Puta! (Son of a bitch!)"
  • "Te voy a partir la Madre! (direct transaltion: "I will break your Mother!" rough/adapted translation: I'm going to (physically) mess you up!)"


  • Escuella is noted as one of the few Mexican characters that speaks English without a strong accent.
  • He wears a similar outfit to that worn by Ramiro de la Torre and Benito Penagarza. Javier also wears Mexican Cavalry boots.
  • In "The Gates of El Presidio", if the player captures Escuella, he will ask John "What about your wife and children?". This gives a time frame to Marston's daughter's death, implying that she died after John left the gang.
  • Hogtying Escuella, sticking him in front of the gate, and then using the Cannon to blow him up will have the same effect as turning him in alive.
  • Javier calls John his "brother" quite often, implying that they were close friends. Further evidence for this friendship is when John bursts into his hiding place, rather than kill John while he's distracted, he runs out of the window.
  • Javier has a knife holster, but he does not have a knife. The player can see the knife holster if he kills Escuella. This may be the reason why Javier is inspecting a Knife in Multiplayer.
  • His sombrero is the same sombrero as the Bandito Outfit's, only that Javier's is a bit bigger while Bandito Outfit is smaller.
  • His last name "Escuella" is closely related to "school" in Spanish (Escuela). On the other hand, "escollo", which sounds a little alike, has different meanings, like: pitfall, stumbling block, reef, rock, barrier, hidden danger. A mixture of "escuela" and "escollo" could mean that Escuella was really one of the many obstacles Marston has to endure to get his family back.
  • In the Chuparosa saloon there is a picture on the wall near the table where Banditos can be seen drinking, the man on the picture is possibly Escuella.
  • Judging from the way Marston and Escuella's confrontation was going, Javier possibly could have talked John out of taking him into custody if he hadn't attacked John and tried to run.
  • Javier's death is seemingly confirmed in the mission "Old Friends, New Problems" where John tells Abigail "Bill, Javier, Dutch. They're all dead. It don't get more over than that." Despite the fact that John can spare Javier, John still says this line. Meaning that he was indeed executed after being captured by John.
  • In "The Demon Drink" Allende mentions being somewhat associated with Javier's father by saying "Escuella is from this province. His father was a borracho, a drunk who worked as a laborer on land cultivated by my uncle."
  • Escuella will be wearing either copper or rusty iron cuffs if the player hogties him.
  • According to John, Escuella never attempted to teach John or his fellow gang members any Spanish, something Abraham Reyes sneers at.
  • In Red Dead Redemption II, Javier plays the guitar for the gang when sitting around the campfire at night.


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