9 Resident Evil 4 Remake Tips And Tricks You Should Know

I found myself rather confused with some of the new mechanics of Resident Evil 4 Remasters, as an OG fan of RE4, that proved to be frustrating. Lucky for you, I compiled some of the best Tips for Resident Evil 4 Remastered.

For a strong start in Resident Evil 4 Remake, embrace customization, expect challenges, and adapt to new gameplay. Whether you’re a newbie or an OG Resident Evil 4 fan like me, here are some tips and tricks to get you started. 

And if you’re unsure whether or not you should buy Resident Evil 4 Remake, check out our review of it, and hopefully, we can help you decide, let’s get into the guide. 

Key Takeaways

  • Upgrade starting pistol and Knife early.
  • Master parrying for survival.
  • Stock up on Flash Grenades for Las Plagas.
  • Hold onto treasure, and make sure they don’t attach to other pieces to form better forms of treasure that sell for more.
  • Loot carefully and find Small Keys.

Upgrade Your Starting Pistol And Knife

Players start with an SG-09 R as a handgun and a Combat Knife as a melee weapon. Save money and invest in upgrading these weapons as soon as possible. These weapons’ upgrades are comparatively cheaper and provide decent damage from early on.

Yes, SG-09 R may not be the best handgun in the market, so what’s the use of wasting your hard-earned Pesetas over it? As I said earlier, it comes with cheaper upgrades and can help players escape dire straits while still learning the game mechanics. You can always sell your starting handgun to the Merchant later and purchase an even better pistol.

Next up is the Combat Knife. I highly suggest players constantly repair their knives whenever they visit the Merchant. This is because the knives can easily break over time. Upgrading your Combat Knife will increase its power and durability. And you need both as the Combat Knife will not only act as a weapon, it also provides a shield each time you parry.

Therefore, upgrading it is a must because finishing enemies off with a knife is recommended at any chance you get. It will be an efficient way of progressing in your playthrough, as you’ll save tons of ammo.

The Art Of Parrying

Master Parrying to make things a lot easier || Image By VeryAli Gaming

Resident Evil 4 Remake allows players to parry a blow from the opponent’s melee weapon. You can perform parry by pressing the space bar/L1/LB right after the enemy swings his melee weapon at you.

A perfect parry may not make you invincible, but it will give you enough time to reposition yourself while in a tough spot. Parry an enemy, so they back off a bit – transfer yourself or finish off the imbalanced foe. Oh, and you can cut an enemy’s arms off while parrying if they happen to be unarmed.

Upgrading your Knife increases its durability, making it much stronger against each attack. And you will also expand your beloved Knife’s lifespan. However, whether you upgrade the Knife or not, repairing it is a must every time you visit the Merchant. A damaged knife is unable to perform a parry.

Gather As Many Flash Grenades

They might stun enemies in other video games, but Flash Grenades serve a bigger purpose in Resident Evil 4 Remake. While fighting for your life against some bigger parasites like Las Plagas, Flash Grenade will come in handy. Throw one and see Las Plagas take an immense blow or get instantly killed. Flash Grenade is also helpful if enemies swarm you and need an escape.

Lastly, Flash Grenades are scarce, so you can have trouble looting them. Keep looking in every yellow-marked crate, as the grenades are mostly found inside those crates. You can also craft a Flash Grenade yourself once you learn its recipe. The recipe requires 5x Gunpowder and 1x Resources.

Loot Mindfully

Looting For Ammo Resident Evil 4 Remake Tips
Looting for Ammo – Image Credits: VeryAli Gaming

The spawn rate of different resources in Resident Evil 4 Remake is imbalanced for some players. You might have trouble getting a specific ammo type or herbs sometimes. Your best bet is to try to loot whatever you can to avoid running out of resources between a fight. Selling resources is always an option anyway, in case you have to.

You will also run across multiple locked drawers and cabinets containing treasure. The drawer/cabinet is locked; finding its key can become tiring, and you might need to retrace your steps. So, thoroughly looting each area will allow players to collect any Small Key that might be useful later on.

Herbs And Their Combo

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Herbs And Their Combos – Image Credits: VeryAli Gaming

Your ultimate healing item will be Herbs (well, there are Eggs and First Aid Spray too). There are three types of herbs available – green, which will slightly increase your Health; red, which can multiply the herbs’ effect; and yellow, which increases the player’s maximum HP.

Rather than using the herbs individually, combine them to craft “Mixed Herbs.” Following are the Mixed Herbs combos:

  • Green Herb + Green Herb = Regains five cells on the Health Meter
  • Green Herb + Red Herb = Restores 100% of the Health
  • Green Herb + Yellow Herb = Restores Health slightly and increases Maximum Health
  • Red Herb + Yellow Herb = Increases the Maximum Health
  • Green Herb + Green Herb + Green Herb = Restores 100% of the Health
  • Green Herb + Red Herb + Yellow Herb = Restores 100% of the Health and increases Maximum Health

I found mixing and storing herbs for later use extremely helpful in terms of storage and survival. I hope it helps you as well!

Handle Group Of Enemies Like A Pro

You might find yourself in a tight spot, surrounded by a mob more often than not (Cause I sure did a lot). In that case, here are the best ways to get out of it:

  1. Shoot the knees and use Leon’s Superkick when they’re bundled together, and watch as they fly and make way for you to make your way out.
  2. Use a Flashbang and either use the melee prompts to clear the enemies or run away to a safe spot while the mob is flashed.
  3. Use good ol’ grenades (I was particularly fond of this method) 

Perform Merhant Requests And Collect Spinels

Trading Spinels for Rare Items
Trading Spinels for Rare Items – Image Credits: VeryAli Gaming

Don’t miss the blue notes – they’re Merchant Requests in Resident Evil 4 Remake. Completing them gets you Spinels, pink gems you can trade for exclusive items like upgrades, equipment, herbs, tokens, and treasure maps. Keep an eye out for blue notes for valuable resources and quicker progress. Check our Merchant Request guide for details on each request, all leading to Spinels as a reward.

Collect Gems To Get Richer

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Instructions are shown to combine treasures – Image Credits: VeryAli Gaming

While looting the map, you will find some locked drawers and chests. You can unlock them with a Small Key, which mostly contains some treasure; it can be a mask, a crown, a necklace, etc. You can also make the job easier by purchasing a Treasure Map from the Merchant and going on a treasure hunt.

If the treasure contains empty slots, do NOT sell it. Find gemstones – a form of treasure, too- that you can attach to those empty slots. The value of the treasure will increase immensely. To do this, follow the mentioned steps:

  1. Go to the menu and open the “Key Items & Treasures” tab.
  2. Choose a treasure and select the pop-up option “Inlay Gemstones.”
  3. Here, you can inlay any gemstone available to your desired slots.

Make sure to check out the option “Gemstone Bonuses.” It will show a chart filled with multiple gemstone color combos. Each color combination of gemstone you place in a jewel has a different bonus/price value. Once you’ve successfully attached the gemstones to a treasure, go to the Merchant and sell it for some fortune.

Look Out For Limited Deals At Merchant Shop

Yup, even the Merchant has some deals going on from time to time. Since your main focus, especially in the early game, is to play efficiently and save up cash for better equipment later on, always look out for discounts on purchases. Obviously, these discounts last for a short period and may not be there on your next visit to the Merchant.

Players can get limited offers on a pretty good set of things. The discounted items can be some Weapons, Weapon Attachments, Attachable Mines, Crafting Recipes, Case Upgrades, etc. And since you will be purchasing these items quite frequently, keep an eye out for special offers for them.

My Thoughts

The OG Resident Evil 4(2005) is a cult classic. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time the first time I played through it, and I’m glad to say the same for the new Resident Evil 4 Remake, with veteran fans and newbies loving it just the same. The Remake offers new mechanics and weapons, along with some exciting quests.

If you want to learn in-depth about these new additions or simply like to gather some tips for a better experience, I have mentioned the top 9 tips for Resident Evil 4 Remake. I hope you learned something new from our guide that may make your playthroughs more entertaining. Happy Gaming!

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