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

Rufus Starkey

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


Rufus' is a heavy gambler and outlaw in random encounters he can be found being chased by lawmen and him escaping coaches belonging to law men. Rufus can be found at the saloon in Thieves' Landing as well as the one in Armadillo gambling. He takes gambling very seriously and will challenge Marston to a duel if the latter is caught cheating. He also shares afflictions with the Williamson Gang but is often considered unaffiliated as he does not appear at Tumbleweed gang hideout in multiplayer but he does in single player. He also can be found drinking in Tall Trees.


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 playing Poker
Hmmm... Sure could've used that last hand.
Rufus Starkey playing Poker
Them bean eaters got a right ol' Civil War brewing, sure as shootin'.
Rufus Starkey playing Poker
We gotta start movin' people off that land.
Rufus Starkey playing Poker
Time to smoke out the phones!
Rufus Starkey betting in 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 Statkey 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, in contrast to Thieves' Landing where killing him at the poker table will not incur a bounty, as the aforementioned town is lawless. However, any nearby unaffiliated criminals will open fire on the player.