Resident Evil 4

Easter Egg: Capcom Game Promo

Late in the game, Leon will stumble across a weapon aptly called the Killer 7, an obvious tip of the hat to Capcom's Killer 7 videogame.

Easter Egg: Capcom R.I.P.

In the graveyard just behind the entrance hall (the one you get to by the door on the stair landing) go to the fenced area. The camera angle will show some tomb stones in the foreground. On them is some Greek lettering. Chi alpha pi chi omicron mu. This spells out CAPCOM.

Easter Egg: King Leon

In chapter 5-3, right before the room with the lasers, there's a red throne room. Approach the throne and hit 'A' to have Leon sit upon the throne in all his glory.

Easter Egg: S.T.A.R.S. Warning

Similar to the FBI Warning on commercial movies, a S.T.A.R.S. and Racoon City Police Department warning is in the game. Check out the end of the credits.

Hint: Avoid Being A Victim Of The Saw

Erly in the game, when Leon first enters the village, he should avoid the door that belongs to the building where Leon can get a free shotgun (the largest northeast building). Simply do not run into the house that triggers the cutscene. While Leon will still need to kill zombies to progress, he will not have to deal with the chainsaw enemies, who may be fairly tough on the out-set. After the bell rings, feel free to enter the house and collect the items and shotgun inside.

Hint: Big Money

In the Castle after you get out of the sewer you will appear at the top of a large ball room wear there are some monks doing a sacrifice. If you alert them they all run away but if you throw a grenade down every single person you kill will drop a spinel or a los illuminados pendent.

Hint: Chasing Ashley

The enemies who captures Ashley will seek to leave by the nearest area exit; these are the exits that have the "green" OPEN or context command as opposed to the normal "white" text. If they manage to reach one of these exits, then the game is over. When leaving Ashley to do stuff alone, be sure not to leave her near a green exit door.

Hint: Church Bell Hijinks

When you get to the graveyard for the first time, Run up by the church and shoot the bell, 3 not-zombies will come running from where you entered, shoot, grab items, repeat.

Hint: Defeating Verdugo (Alien/Salazar's Right Hand) Boss

Not using the RL makes this fight harder, and in my opinion more fun, so try this if you choose not to buy a RL or don't have any cash. When you freeze him get close so the kick option appears, kick him down and he will stay frozen alot longer, allowing you to unload more rounds into him. Another tip if your using the BB when out of ammo freeze him at the next station reload THEN kick him over, you can still get at least 4 shots off. He will take about about 14 BB rounds at 20 damage a piece and a couple of Leon kicks to the face before he meets his doom. Plus you get an item worth 11000 Ptas for killing him.

Hint: Double Broken Butterfly Ammo

If you buy the broken butterfly before you find it, you can hold twice the ammo. The shopkeeper will not sell you this gun if you already have it.

Hint: Exclusive Weapon Powers

Each weapon has a special "exclusive power" when all of its stats are custom tuned to the maximum:

  • Handgun - Increases the chance of a headshot being fatal by a factor of five (5% or 20%, take your pick).
  • Punisher - Each bullet can penetrate up to five bodies.
  • Red 9 - Increases firepower to 5.0
  • Blacktail - Increases firepower to 3.4
  • Matilda - Increases magazine capacity to 100.
  • Shotgun - Increases the effective damage range of the gun.
  • Riotgun - Increases firepower to 10.0
  • Striker - Increases magazine capacity to 100.
  • Rifle - Increases firepower to 18.0
  • Semiauto Rifle - Decreases firing speed to 0.40 seconds.
  • Broken Butterfly - Increases damage to 50.0
  • Killer7 - No exclusive power!
  • TMP - Increases firepower to 1.8
  • Minethrower - Adds homing ability to mines and increases their blast radii.

Hint: Fishing

If you are low on health spray and herbs when at the lake take aim at the fish and fire away. When you hit a fish it floats. Jump in the boat and ride over the fish and take it. Depending on the size of the fish it will give you health.

Hint: Funny Character Animations

When Ashley is standing on a ledge and you are below her, look up at her and she will hold down her skirt and say something about you being a pervert and one or two other funny lines.

Hint: Get Two Attacks on Saddler

When fighting Saddler, knock him down and stand near his eyeball head so that the "Knife" action appears. Shoot him instead and then start tapping "A" to do the action attack as well.

Hint: Green Or White?

Leon can't leave Ashley when he transitions into a new area (signified by the blurring effect); however, he can leave Ashley safe in the corner of a dangerous area then call her over when its safe. You can instantly tell if Leon is about to leave an area if the OPEN or context command is printed in green. If the command is printed in white, Leon will simply open the door to another section of the area. Use this to plan out where Leon can leave Ashley to brave the dangers ahead.

Hint: Hide And Wait In The Village

When you first get to the village and you are having trouble escaping the chainsaw maniacs and other enemies, you can hide in a safe spot. Go to the tall tower in the east side of the village (check your map) and climb up the long ladder. The villagers cannot climb that particular ladder. This also works when you need to place Ashley in a safe spot when exploring this particular area.

Hint: Keep Money

When you beat the game you are able to keep all of your remaining weapons and items. Start a new game with the "cleared game" feature.

Hint: Knifing Krauser's Kneecaps

Instead of wasting precious ammo on Krauser, wait until he gets close and exposes his vulnerable body (when he is not hiding behind his "wing") and slice his legs with Leon's knife. It's best to practise this on lone enemies beforehand. As long as you are alert to any "Dodge" opportunities, Leon should conserve a load of ammunition and be out of the fight fairly quickly.

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Hint: Lake Shooting

When you are at the lake before you face Del Lago (the thing in the water) stand on the dock right before the water and start firing into the water. The creature will not appreciate this.

Hint: Lava Bonus

When battling the two Gigantes bosses in the lava room, drop one in the fire pit. Then kill the other normally. Collect the $15,000 from the first boss and choose to leave the room. Re-enter the lava room and the money from the second boss (dropped into the lava) will be on the lava pit's edge. This oversight was corrected by Capcom on the PAL version.

Hint: Los Gigante

In Chapter 1-1, along the path towards the village you will run along a white dog trapped in a bear trap. If you help this dog he comes in handy later when you are fighting Los Gigante for the first time. About midway through the fight, you will hear the dog bark and he will come to your aid. Los Gigante becomes distracted, and begins to attack the dog rather than you.

Hint: Maximize Leons Lifebar

This process incurs several continues, which have no bearing on the game's ending. At the first El Gigante fight, there is a Yellow Herb in the boss arena. Take this item and combine it with any of the Green Herbs in the same room and use it. This increases Leon's lifebar slightly.

Now let the boss kill Leon. Since the boss' room is at a map transition (the green OPEN command is a dead giveaway), this lets you continue right at the boss fight but with Leon's life increase from your previous attempt. Repeating this process will increase Leon's lifebar to maximum prematurely. Extra Yellow Herbs found later can be given to Ashley, or sold to the merchant for money.

Hint: Mine Ride Bonus

After the Mine Cart Ride, You must use timed Action Buttons to jump off the falling mine cart and get back on the oter side of the cliff. After, go to the next room and right as you step into the next room look to the left. There should be a pile of bones. Go up to them and the "TAKE" action botton will appear. In the pile of bones will be all the gold from the enimies that you killed(Granados, not the Chainsaw men. So take you prize(that can go up to being 10,000) and leave rich.

Hint: More Money for Beerstein and Elegant Mask

When you find these items do not sell them right away. You can increase the value of the items with gems.

Hint: Quick Aiming

There is a quick way to center your gun when aiming up or down. Simply tap the L1 button (takes out your knife) and you will quickly aim straight ahead.

Hint: Quick Side Turn

While holding R, tilt the C-Stick left or right, then quickly release and pull the R trigger again. You will turn almost instantly towards that direction.

Hint: Raise Max Health

If you mix: GREEN HERB + RED HERB + YELLOW HERB. It restores your health completely and raises your max health.

Hint: Reload Your Upgraded Gun

Whenever you upgrade your gun's capacity it fills the weapon with ammo. So don't reload before you buy the upgrade. This works great with weapons that have very little ammo (such as the magnum revolver 'Broken Butterfly'); after you use up the gun's magazine, simply look for the merchant and upgrade the ammo capacity.

Hint: Snake in the Box

Sometimes when you destroy the wooden crates a snake will jump out and bite you. If you keep slashing with your knife when the box breaks you can kill the snake and receive a healing egg.

Hint: The First Shotgun

There are three main buildings in the village where you first see the chainsaw not-zombie. The shotgun is in the northeast building, on the second floor of the house.

Unlock Matilda Weapon

Unlock the Matilda handgun (which fires 3 round bursts) by clearing the game.

Unlockable: Amber Ring

At the Round of Insignia ,at the tunnel, shoot down that shiny thing. The Amber Ring will fall out.

Unlockable: Assignment Ada Mini-game

Beat the game to unlock the mini game: Assignment Ada

Unlockable: Broken Butterfly Weapon

In the hall south of the hedge maze there is a locked door. Return to that area with Ashley, piggy back with her and she will unlock the door. This reveals the broken butterfly.

Unlockable: Chicago Typewriter Weapon

Beat Operation Ada, and the "Chicago Typewriter", a Thompson with 10.0 firepower, infinite ammo, no reload, and the fire rate of a maxed out TMP, becomes available at the merchant.

Unlockable: Hand Cannon Weapon

Get the five star ranking on the mercenaries mini-game to unlock the Handcannon.

Unlockable: Punisher Weapon

You, know the guy, who runs around and sells you upgrades for weapons, he has a secret quest for you. You must search two areas of the game for blue medallions and shoot them. Finding and shooting more than 10 of the medallions will reward you with the punisher pistol. This weapon has slightly upgraded statistics and penetrating bullets.

Unlockable: Rocket Launcher

In order to unlock the Rocket Launcher Special you beat the game on Normal and you get a chance too buy the Matilda and the Infinite Launcher. The Matilda is $70,000 and the Infinite Launcher is $1000000.

Unlockable: S.T.A.R.S. Uniform

To Unlock The S.T.A.R.S. Uniform You Must Complete The Game On Normal Or Hard Mode.

Unockable: Mercenaries Mini-Game

Beat the game to unlock the mercenaries mini game.

Unockable: Mercenaries Mini-Game Characters

  • To unlock Ada Wong in Mercenaries get a 4 star rating on the Pueblo map of the game.
  • To unlock Albert Wesker in Mercenaries get a 4 star rating on the Waterworld map of the game.
  • To unlock Hunk in Mercenaries get a 4 star rating on the Island Commando map of the game.
  • To unlock Jack Krauser in Mercenaries get a 4 star rating on the Castle map of the game.