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The Prohibitionist

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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 are scum who can become as angels if you'd just put down the booze.

Abner Forsyth

The Prohibitionist is a Stranger side-mission featured in Red Dead Redemption. Completing this mission is required to obtain a scrap for the Savvy Merchant Outfit.


A preacher, Abner Forsyth, is deterring citizens from the consumption of alcohol outside the Saloon in Blackwater. Upon speaking with him, Forsyth tells how some townsfolk aren't too fond of him. He proves it by sending Marston to one of his disgruntled listeners, the local bar owner, Oliver Phillips.


Mission PrerequisitesEdit

Before this Stranger will appear on the world map, the player must complete:

Mission ObjectivesEdit

After speaking with Abner Forsyth, the player must:

  • Speak with Oliver Phillips.
  • Kill Forsyth or warn him to leave town.
  • Speak with Phillips again.

Mission DetailsEdit

You can find Abner preaching outside of the saloon in Blackwater. After speaking to him, he will tell you of certain people who are unhappy with his preachings. The player is then required to head to the disgruntled bar owner, who is near the dock of Blackwater. He says that the preacher is a menace to his bar keeping business and asks the player to kill the preacher. The player can choose to kill or not kill the man. If the player does kill him, he/she will receive $24 and half price at all bars across the map. If the player does not kill the preacher, a small amount of cash is still obtained but prices of drinks, homes and rooms will double all across the world. Although having the fame of Gunslinger will not affect the price of drinks, the price of homes across the game will still double.

Mission Complete UnlockablesEdit

With the Hunting and Trading Outfits pack downloaded, after completing this quest, the player will acquire:


  • If the player wears the bandana, the player will not lose any honor but still attain a $40 bounty and still receive the perks. Make sure your bandana is put on before taking the shot and talking to the listener.
  • If the player travels to the hill south of Blackwater, they can kill Abner with either the Carcano or Rolling Block rifle from afar, avoiding gaining a bounty of $40.
  • Be sure to wear the bandana even during the final conversation, or else the player will still lose 100 honor at the end of the mission.
  • If the player is Jack and wears the U.S. Marshal Outfit while killing Abner, the player only loses 20 honor and does not receive a bounty.


  • If you try to warn Abner after triggering the conversation, he might disappear. His book will still be visible and moving, resulting in a rather humorous glitch.
  • Despite the fact that you can kill Abner after warning him, the results of warning him still follow.
  • The game can crash if wearing the Deadly Assassin outfit when you first go to talk to Abner Forsyth. (PS3)
  • After you complete the mission, the prohibitionist marker will still remain on your map.


Aiding Strangers will contribute toward the following Trophies/Achievements:

Bronze Ps3 bronze trophy
Complete a task for a Stranger.

Rdr people still strange icon
Silver Ps3 silver trophy
Complete 15 tasks for Strangers.

Gold Ps3 gold trophy
Attain 100% List in the singleplayer game completion list.

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