Favored Sons

Quest Giver Dutch Van Der Linde
Region Cumberland Forest
Reqs Mrs. Sadie Adler, Widow – II
Reward -

Favored Sons 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.


Favored Sons Mission Details

In order to draw attention away from the gang and onto the Natives, Dutch convinces Eagle Flies to ambush an army patrol.



Favored Sons Objectives

  • Kill the soldier on the cannon within 45 seconds
  • Get 35 headshots
  • Complete the mission without taking any health items



Favored Sons Related Characters



Favored Sons Walkthrough


Proceed to Cumberland Forest and meet Dutch Van Der Linde, Eagle Flies, and the others on a cliff  - the mission begins where Dutch has convinced Eagle Flies to retaliate against the army and Arthur Morgan (you) tries to reason with him. Eventually, Dutch wins over the argument and leaves Arthur no choice but to help.

Walk down the cliff with Dutch and help as he plants the dynamites. Pick up the spool, and attach the wires to the dynamites that Dutch sets on the trees - in case you lose track of him, look at your mini-map and follow the yellow dots to check the location of the dynamites. Once you're done, Eagle Flies will call out to you to return back to the cliff.

As you wait for the convoy, crouch next to the plunger and detonate the dynamite once you are prompted to - the soldiers will be trapped between the trees and Dutch and Eagle Flies will attempt to intimidate the soldiers. Failing to do so, the soldiers fire first and a gunfight starts.

Kill all the soldiers that are trapped and the reinforcements that arrive. Once you've eliminated all of the enemies, Eagle Flies recommends you to loot all of the dead bodies before leaving.


Defend Against The Ambush

After leaving the scene of the crime, a cannon fire interrupts and an ambush starts. Hold your ground against the enemies and quickly eliminate the soldier controlling the cannon - once you've killed all of them, a short cutscene will start showing Eagle Flies trying to find his brother, Paytah and more reinforcements are alerted.

Escape with Dutch on horseback as cannon fire starts to rain down and reinforcements will pursue the two. As you continue down the path, Dutch informs you that the only way to proceed is on foot, and along the way you will encounter more soldiers that you need to eliminate.

After killing most of the enemies, Arthur (you) will be prompted to escape down a pass where you will find it to be a dead end - another cutscene will trigger where Arthur believes it is the end for the two of them, but Dutch tells Arthur to listen and follow his lead.

You will then be prompted to press a button to surrender, to slowly move back to the edge of the cliff and jump to the river. Eventually, the two manage to escape - swim down the river and reach over Dutch's hand to get on shore.

A cutscene follows where we find Arthur who is worried, mentions that Eagle Flies is either captured or killed while Dutch who seems to have enjoyed the ride, says to have faith - this marks the end of the mission.


Next is The King's Son







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