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Red Dead Redemption II Gold Medal Walkthrough: The Sheep and the Goats Story Mission

Red Dead Redemption 2 The Sheep and the Goats is a Chapter 2 story mission, you can trigger by talking to John Marston in Valentine.

In order to play The Sheep and the Goats in RDR2, you need to fulfill all the requirements listed below. This specific mission is quite long; therefore, before starting it, make sure you are equipped accordingly.

Assuming you wish to get the Gold Medal in Red Dead Redemption II The Sheep and the Goats, it’s also a good idea to stock up on tonics that boost Arthur’s Dead Eye Core.

Additionally, before talking to John in Valentine, create a different save file, that can be reloaded just in case you miss the Gold Medal.

When you’re ready to start The Sheep and the Goats, look for John at the auction yard in Valentine.


“John has a plan to rustle a heard of sheep and sell them at auction in Valentine.”

Mission Requirements:

Gold Medal Goals:

  • Herd all the sheep back to the pen in Valentine
  • Get 25 headshots
  • Finish with at least 70% accuracy
  • Complete the mission without using any health items

New Weapons Available:

  • Rolling Block Rifle


When you get close to the auction yard in Valentine, find John Marston next to some brown crates.

He’s waiting for you, cowboy.

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Talk to John in Valentine

For the time being, John won’t tell you what he’s up to, but it asks you to follow him to the Gun Store in Valentine.

While leading your horse, follow John to the said store. Hitch your horse to the post next to the sheriff’s office, then head to John across the street.

Talk to the gunsmith inside and browse his catalog. Choose the rifle’s section, and get the Rolling Block Rifle. Assuming you have enough funds, you should also customize this weapon to increase its stats.

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Buy the Rolling Block Rifle

Now that you got a new sniper rifle, head outside, mount your horse and follow John.  As you follow him, you’ll eventually find out what are his plans. You two will steal some sheep, cowboy!

Okay then… but first let’s deal with the ranchers…shall we?

When you get to the ridge accompanied by John, dismount and look for the 3 ranchers leading the sheep. Pull your weapon, and fire close to one of them. Make sure you don’t kill any of the ranchers. Simply scare them.

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Scare off the ranchers first

After the ranchers run away, head to the sheep in the valley below and start gathering them. Focus on the separated sheep and bring them to the herd first. Next, stay behind the herd and lead it to Valentine. To make the sheep move faster you can shout or fire some bullets in the air.

Gold Medal Goal Tip: For the first Gold Medal requirement, keep in mind that you need to bring to Valentine exactly 15 sheep. If one of them dies or is lost, you’ll miss the Gold Medal. Tread carefully, and try to keep them on the road to avoid possible accidents. Also, make sure you don’t trample them with your horse.

This part of the mission is very similar to Part 3 of Arcadia for Amateurs Stranger Mission.  Your goal is to lead the herd to the auction yard in Valentine. Once inside, you’ll trigger a short cutscene during which you’ll be blackmailed by the auction man. Luckily you’ll be able to strike a deal with him and avoid all possible confrontations with the law. For now…

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Lead the herd back to Valentine’s auction yard

While the auction takes place, head to the saloon in Valentine to meet Dutch. You should find him talking to Leopold Strauss at a table. Pay close attention to what Dutch has to say and get ready because things will get dirty soon.

During the next cutscene, a new character is introduced. Leviticus Cornwall?

Do you remember him? You should, cowboy because you and Dutch robbed his train in Chapter 1 while playing Who The Hell is Leviticus Cornwall?

Looks like Leviticus found both of you, and he wants a word with Dutch. Or else, Leopold and John are dead.

When you exit the saloon, a duel will start. Make sure that when you pull the trigger, you aim for the heads of the two enemies holding your friends. They are your priority, followed by the remaining enemies. Take them out, then, immediately take cover on the porch.

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Prioritize your targets and save Leopold and John first

Gold Medal Goal Tip: The second and third Gold Medal requirements go hand in hand during this mission. As long as you try to score as many headshots as you can, your accuracy will be above 70%. To do so, use the sniper rifle you just bought, and the Dead Eye skill. Keep consuming as many tonics you can in order to maintain the Dead Eye active as much as possible.

If you struggle with the Gold Medal, make sure that when you exit the saloon, after you save John and Leopold, you first take out the enemies coming from the left. You should see two wagons rushing towards you. Deal with these enemies first, and only then, head right and follow Dutch.

Now, stay close to the cart where you gang members took cover, and slowly move down the street, until you reach the barn in Valentine. Keep scoring headshots with your sniper rifle while your Dead Eye is active.

At this point, you should hear Leopold asking for help. First of all, though, clear the area, and don’t waste ammo if you are not 100% sure you score a headshot.

Next, grab Leopold and stow him on John’s horse.

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Save Leopold when you reach the end of the street

As your friends flee from Valentine, you’ll be asked to cover their escape. Take cover immediately after they depart and kill each of the lawmen coming towards you. While your main goal here is to escape Valentine, you can score additional headshots, just to make sure you secure the Gold Medal.

The moment you see an opportunity, jump on your horse and ride south to escape the law faster.

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Ride south to escape the lawmen and complete the mission

The Sheep and the Goats mission ends when you exit the red area marked on your minimap.

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