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Easy, friend, don't go gettin' all severe.

Rufus Starkey

Rufus Starkey is a minor character featured in Red Dead Redemption.


Nothing is known of Rufus' background


Rufus makes an appearance during the mission "On Shaky's Ground", in which Americus Roe, Elmore Vinnis, and Zebedee Nash try to intimidate him near the general store.

He can also be found in Armadillo and Thieves' Landing, where he plays poker. If he catches the player cheating, he will challenge Marston to a duel.

Rufus appears in "The Assault on Fort Mercer" apart of the Williamson Gang inside the fort. He is only seen in the opening scene and for a short time after it. Once he is killed, he no longer spawns again in the mission.

Rufus can also be seen during numerous random encounters, in which he will rob a store or civilian. Marston has the choice of capturing him, killing him, or letting him get away.

Mission AppearancesEdit


I'm lookin' a little hogtied.
Rufus Starkey while playing Poker
Hmmm... Sure could've used that last hand.
Rufus Starkey while playing Poker
Them bean eaters got a right ol' civil war brewing, sure as shootin'.
Rufus Starkey while playing Poker
I'm comin' off the Rimrock. Fold.
Rufus Starkey folding in Poker
Friend, you wanna come down off that Rimrock.
Rufus Starkey speaking to another criminal during On Shaky's Ground

Help me, I'm dying!
Rufus Starkey when injured
Step aside, tenderfoot.
Rufus Starkey when bumped into
Step aside, gazute.
Rufus Starkey when bumped into

Ain't got the sense to stand tall.
Rufus Starkey during a gunfight
You're feeding off your brain.
Rufus Starkey when bumped into



  • Rufus is the only unaffiliated criminal who doesn't appear during the Tumbleweed gang hideout in multiplayer.
  • Rufus shares a character head with Danphus Mosley and Rufus Edding.
  • He wears the signature red kerchief of the Bollard Twins Gang.
  • If killed in Armadillo, the player will lose honor and gain a bounty as with any civilian but if killed in Thieve's Landing the player will not lose any honor as if the player killed a criminal

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