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Red Dead Redemption mission
New Friends, Old Problems
Rdr friends problems
Statistics
Start MacFarlane's Ranch
End MacFarlane's Ranch
Given by Bonnie MacFarlane
Location New Austin
Rewards +150 Fame and +50 Honor
Progression
Unlocked by Unlocks
John Marston
mission:

"Exodus in America"
Bonnie MacFarlane
mission strand:

"Obstacles in Our Path"
and
Stranger side-mission:
"Flowers for a Lady"


Did you want to die? I mean, was that it? Is that why you went straight out to Fort Mercer and picked a fight with the worst bandit in the county?
To die?

Bonnie MacFarlane to John Marston


New Friends, Old Problems is the second mission of Red Dead Redemption.

To view the mission tree, see:

Main article: Missions in Redemption/Tree

StoryEdit

John Marston wakes up after being shot by Bill Williamson at Fort Mercer. He has been taken by Bonnie MacFarlane and her father Drew to their ranch, after paying the Doctor in Armadillo to remove the bullet.

The player wakes up in a shack on a bed with a bandaged wound on his stomach. Bonnie MacFarlane, the daughter of the owner of the ranch, comes in. She asks what he was doing at Fort Mercer. John replies that he wanted to give an old friend a chance. Bonnie is surprised that he knows such a dangerous bandit. Bonnie also tells John that she paid a doctor to get out the bullet, and that it cost 15 dollars. She says that John could help pay off the doctor's bill by helping her patrol the ranch. After a while, Bonnie gives him a horse to ride and shows John around the ranch and the surrounding neighborhood. After showing him around, Bonnie takes John to her house. He takes a rest in a chair.

Later on around night time he and Bonnie patrol the ranch looking for wild animals which are causing trouble. Bonnie spots some rabbits eating some vegetables and has John help her rid of them, soon after they see some coyotes attacking the chickens, and John and Bonnie kill them as well.

John then hitches his horse outside his room, and the night patrol is finished.

WalkthroughEdit

Mission PrerequisitesEdit

Before this mission becomes available, the player must complete:

Mission ObjectivesEdit

To complete this mission, the player must:

  • Tour the ranch with Bonnie.
  • Patrol the ranch perimeter with Bonnie.
  • Kill rabbits in the garden and coyotes in the corrals.
  • Hitch his horse to a hitching post.

Mission DetailsEdit

In this mission, the player is introduced for the first time to shooting and the Dead-Eye Targeting system.

Follow Bonnie through the group of buildings to the horses. Once mounted, follow her around the ranch.

After resting, following Bonnie around the exterior of the property. When instructed, shoot at the rabbits. After that is finished, continue to follow Bonnie. When you arrive at the chicken coops, shoot and kill the Coyotes. After all that, Bonnie instruct you to get some sleep, and see her the next day.

Mission DialoguesEdit

Main article: New Friends, Old Problems/dialogues

Mission FailureEdit

The mission will fail if the player:

  • Assaults or abandons Bonnie.
  • Attacks or kills his or Bonnie's horse.
  • Strays too far from the mission location.
  • Breaks the law.
  • Kills a dog.
  • Commits vandalism.
  • Assaults or kills townsfolk.
  • Dies.

New Game Elements IntroducedEdit

Mission Complete UnlockablesEdit

For a view of the mission tree, see Missions in Redemption/Tree

Tumbleweed
Twin Rocks
Solomon's Folly (PS3 and Game of the Year only)

GlitchEdit

After completing the mission, choosing to do a Nightwatch job instead of saving will hinder you from getting the Gentleman's Attire outfit. This could possibly be due to the fact that completing a Nightwatch job at MacFarlane's Ranch adds to the Bollard Twins Outfit journal entry. (Confirmed on Xbox.)

It appears that this glitch has been fixed, as it seems to happen very rarely now.

Tested on Xbox 360, not yet confirmed on PS3.

Trivia Edit

  • The title name is directly opposite of the mission "Old Friends, New Problems" later in the game.
  • It is unnecessary to shoot the animals, as Bonnie will do it anyway.
  • John's injury cost Bonnie $15 dollars to cure. In today's money, that would be roughly $250 USD.
  • During this mission, John will be wearing his cowboy outfit, with the exception of the sleeveless leather overcoat, exposing the bloody bandage around his waist from the bullet wound after he was shot at Fort Mercer. However, during the second part of the mission after he wakes up in Bonnie's house, he is wearing the sleeveless overcoat, therefore hiding the bandage.
  • Occasionally the bandages on John will show blood trying to seep through, seconds later looking as if there never was blood. This happens back and forth, possibly between cutscenes.
  • At the start of the mission, when walking, John will gasp and hold his wound with his hand, showing that his injury is still very painful and draining.
  • The dialogue between John and Bonnie differs between normal and hardcore difficulty. For example, when showing John the barn, Bonnie will explain that it has survived many harsh winters on hardcore difficulty, rather than telling him that her father, Drew, built it when she was a child, as she explains while playing on normal difficulty.
  • This is the only time in the whole game John is barefoot.
  • John seams to have a bandage on his foot. It is unknown if this is from Fort Mercer or some time in Dutch's Gang.

Gallery Edit

Video WalkthroughEdit

Achievement Edit

Completing this mission contributes toward the following Trophy/Achievement:

Redeemed
100Gamerscore
Gold Ps3 gold trophy
Attain 100% List in the singleplayer game completion list.
Red Dead Redemption mission walkthroughs
New Austin Chapter
"Exodus in America""New Friends, Old Problems""Obstacles in Our Path""This is Armadillo, USA""Women and Cattle""Wild Horses, Tamed Passions""A Tempest Looms""The Burning"
"Political Realities in Armadillo""Justice in Pike's Basin""Spare the Rod, Spoil the Bandit""Hanging Bonnie MacFarlane""The Assault on Fort Mercer"
"Old Swindler Blues""You Shall Not Give False Testimony, Except for Profit""Liars, Cheats and Other Proud Americans""Can a Swindler Change His Spots?""The Sport of Kings, and Liars"
"Exhuming and Other Fine Hobbies""A Gentle Drive with Friends""Let the Dead Bury Their Dead"
"A Frenchman, a Welshman and an Irishman""Man is Born Unto Trouble""On Shaky's Ground""We Shall Be Together in Paradise"
New AustinNuevo ParaisoWest ElizabethMarston RanchRemember My Family

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