Red Dead Redemption 2 The Widow of Willard’s Rest Stranger Encounter

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The Widow is a Stranger Encounter in Red Dead Redemption 2. This Walkthrough shows how to complete the Stranger Missions.

Quest Giver: Charlotte Balfour
Region: Willard’s Rest, north-eastern-most corner
Requirements: being in Chapter 5 or 6
Reward: $ 125

The Widow Starting Location


In Chapters 5 and 6, Arthur can meet a woman north of Annesburg, who is sitting at a grave. She lost her husband and seems very desperate. Arthur offers her a lift to town, but she turns it down. However, she agrees to Arthur’s invitation to show her how to hunt and thus provide for herself.

Walk a bit to the south, to the marked area on the map. The widow by the name of Charlotte should learn how to track and skin a rabbit, Arthur will do the killing this time.
If she doesn’t find one, use your Eagle Eye :l3: + :r3: to track any animal and approach. This way, “she will find” it, too.
Shoot the rabbit and let her do the skinning.
Time to head home now.

On the way back, we will be attacked by two wolves coming from the hill on the right side. Use Dead Eye :r3: to take out the threat.
Charlotte, who fleed, will pick up the rabbit again and you can finally head the last bit to her home.
She is very thankful and invites you to check on her sometime again.

Part II


A few days after the first encounter, we can visit Charlotte again.
This time, we can literally hear her from a distance, as she is trying to use a rifle.
She is clearly lacking skill, as she hasn’t hit a single bottle she set up. Arthur gives her a few tips and shows how it’s done.
At one point, a rat is walking close to the bottles and Charlotte asks us to get rid of it, because it bothered her for days.
Eventually, she will hit a bottle and is pleased with her progress.

She invites us in to have something to eat – from the rabbit we killed the other day. While eating, the screen will fade a bit a few times, because Arthur’s disease is giving him a hard time.
When trying to leave, Arthur passes out on the floor and wakes up in bed sometime later.
Charlotte has left a letter for us, asking to take the money from her nightstand, as she won’t need it. She is thankful that we showed her how to survive for herself.

When the next night falls, head back to Lemieux and report about your successful campaigning.

Part III


A few days later we can check on Charlotte a final time. This time she is dressed up quite nicely, thanks us yet another time and says we might take anything we want from her house.

This concludes the “The Widow of Willard’s Rest” Stranger Encounter in Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2). For all other Stranger Missions check out the full Red Dead Redemption 2 Stranger Missions Walkthrough.