Archeology for Beginners

Quest Giver Charles Smith
Region Wapiti Indian Reservation, Ambarino
Reqs A Rage Unleashed, The Delights of Van Horn
Reward Honor (Honor & Fame), Owl Feather Trinket

Archeology for Beginners is a Story Mission in Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2). This is one of the "Main Quests" of the game and players must complete it to advance the Story. Completing Story Missions opens up Stranger Missions as well as additional content throughout the game.


Archeology for Beginners Mission Details

Arthur visits Rains Fall in Wapiti and they travel to a sacred Native American site in the East Grizzlies.



Archeology for Beginners Objectives

  • Recover the relics without being detected
  • Recover the relics within 1 minute and 30 seconds



Archeology for Beginners Related Characters

  • Rains Fall
  • Captain Monroe



Archeology for Beginners Walkthrough

Head For The Campsite

Following the event that happened in A Rage Unleashed, Arthur Morgan (you) head north to the Wapiti Indian Reservation to meet Rains Fall.

afbmap-minEnter the tent marked on your map found in Wapiti Indian Reservation - speak to him to start the mission.


A cutscene is triggered where Arthur and Rains Fall have a conversation about the colonel's revenge, Dutch and Eagle Flies - when you leave the tent, Captain Monroe appears, brings news from the mayor and asks to ride along with the two.


Along the way, Captain Monroe talks more about the news and requests help from Arthur (you) as he advises it is best actions were taken by a friend outside the tribe.

afbdecision-minIf you choose to help, you will earn some honor and unlock another mission later on.


After choosing your decision, the captain will go on his way and Arthur (you) will continue to follow Rains Fall as he collects herbs for your health. Once he has collected the herbs, follow him to a nearby campsite where you'll come across a tent that has been burnt. Rains Fall investigates the site and claims the Chanupa, a ceremonial pipe, is gone.


Retrieve The Relics

Use Eagle Sense to help Rains Fall search for any clues. After collecting enough, look at the mini-map and follow the yellow dot to find Rains Fall - approach him and you will find smoke from a distance. Scout the area using your binoculars and Arthur will then be prompted to retrieve the sacred relic.

Head down to the army camp and search for the Chanupa - once you've made your way down the camp, look at your mini-map and follow the yellow dot for the relic's location.

 Return to Rains Fall once you've retrieved the item to trigger another cutscene - now, if you retrieve the relic without knocking out or killing the enemies, Rains Fall will be grateful and he will provide you with an Owl Feather Trinket. If you choose to knock out or eliminate the enemies, he will show regret and will not provide the item.


afbtrinket-minRains Fall providing the Owl Feather Trinket to Arthur Morgan.


Now, it's time to meet up with John Marston at Bacchus Bridge and prepare for the next mission The Bridge to Nowhere.



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