You were always the weakest, John! Always a puto!
Javier Escuella

Javier Escuella is a central character and a secondary antagonist featured in Red Dead Redemption. He appears as a major character in Red Dead Redemption II. 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, Escuella is also a multiplayer character model that may be selected in the "Revolution" section of the Outfitter.


A notorious bounty hunter and Mexican revolutionary. Javier immediately had a strong connection to Dutch’s ideals. Very committed, passionate and loyal.
Rockstar Games' description of Escuella for Redemption II.

Javier Escuella was born in Nuevo Paraiso and was once a Mexican revolutionary. According to Agustin 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 Van der Linde gang in 1895. 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, who was a Colonel in the Mexican Army. Marston is forced to pursue him in 1911 by the federal agents.


Prior to John's assault of Fort Mercer, Javier helps Bill Williamson escape into Nuevo Paraiso. Through his association with Colonel Allende, both Javier and Bill pay the local government to protect them from Marston. When John Marston eventually travels into Mexico in pursuit of both of them, Allende takes advantage of this, using Marston to aid him in fighting the rebels led by Abraham Reyes. Eventually, John is betrayed and nearly killed by the Mexican army, therefore he then sides with rebels. Javier is eventually located by Reyes and John in El Presidio during the rebels assault of the fort.

In El Presidio, John holds Javier at gunpoint inside a room within the fort. The two have a conversation with each other. Javier is surprised to see John working for the Bureau of Investigation but John points out that they both now "work for different governments". Javier laughs at this and tries to convince John to let him go. John is quick to remind him of how the gang left him to die and makes it clear to Javier that "It's either you or me. Way I see it, it might as well be you." This doesn't phase Javier and he continues to try to coax a deal out of John. Claiming that he'll give him Bill and even knows the location of Dutch, who is allegedly in Colombia. Javier suddenly pushes a crate onto John, who falls over. Javier then leaps out of a window. John gets up and runs after him. Depending on how the player decides to deal with Escuella. Two outcomes can occur.

  1. Kill Escuella. If the player chooses this, John retrieves Javier's corpse 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. Capture Escuella. John can capture Escuella by using a lasso to subdue him and then riding back to El Presidios jail. John takes a struggling Escuella to the jail cell, where Javier insults John and tells him that "one day I promise you, you're gonna to regret this." To which John replies "One days about all you got left." The next morning John takes the restrained Javier to the government agents, Javier spits on his arm and calls John a puto (Bitch). He is taken into custody and is not seen for the rest of the game. In optional dialogue, John will share his opinion that Javier will be "locked up for a hell of a longtime unless they choose to hang him." Later in the story, it is mentioned by John that Javier is deceased in a conversation with Abigail.

Mission appearances

Red Dead Redemption


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


Red Dead Redemption 2

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