Resident Evil 4 Remake: Complete Minimalist Requirements

My guide will discuss how to unlock the Minimalist Achievement or Trophy. Moreover, all the conditions you need to know to earn the Achievement will also be under discussion. Make sure you have free time from your busy schedule because you will need it!

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Resident Evil 4 Remake: Minimalist Requirements

You can earn Minimalist achievement once you have completed the game from scratch. This run is challenging because you can only use handguns or knives in your gameplay. This can be very difficult when facing tough bosses, but you can only use pistols.

The trophy will unlock once you finish and meet all the conditions. However, violating any single condition will not get you the achievement, even if you use handguns and knives only.

Key Takeaways

  • Minimalist Achievement is one of the challenging ones that requires you to finish RE 4 Remake using Knives and Handguns only.
  • You must only use the 6 Handguns and 4 Knives; killing enemies with any other weapon will not get you this trophy.
  • Eliminating enemies with other means, such as Frag or Flash Grenades, is also prohibited. 
  • To make the grind easier, unlock Cat Ears first, granting you infinite ammo for your handguns. 
  • After doing that, max out Matilda with stock equipped so you can fire three bullets in a single shot.
  • Completing Resident Evil 4 Remake on Assisted Difficulty Mode is the easiest way to unlock the Minimalist Trophy.

What Is Minimalist Achievement

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Unlocking the Minimalist Achievement | Picture Credits: akhafasu (yt)

You can earn Minimalist achievement once you have completed the game from scratch. This run is challenging because you can only use handguns or knives in your gameplay. This can be very difficult when facing tough bosses, but you can only use pistols.

The trophy will unlock once you finish and meet all the conditions. However, violating any single condition will not get you the achievement, even if you use handguns and knives only.

Minimalist Achievement Requirements

As I mentioned earlier, you must only use handguns and knives to get the Achievement. The list of allowed handguns is as follows:

  • Blacktail
  • Matilda
  • Red9
  • SG-09R
  • Punisher
  • Sentinel Nine

Some pistols will be found when playing campaign mode, while others can be bought from the Merchant. The last handgun, Sentinel Nine, comes from the DLC bundle you must purchase.

Other than that, you can also use all the knives this RE4 offers:

  • Combat Knife
  • Boot Knife
  • Kitchen Knife
  • Fighting Knife

You will find the mentioned knives during your story mode gameplay, specifically from the dead bodies of bosses.

Related: Resident Evil 4 All Weapons

Exceptional Situations

  1. I strongly recommend avoiding Killer7 or Broken Butterfly weapons, as they are magnums, not handguns.
  2. If you use the undesired weapons, you must start the campaign from scratch, which can be tedious.
  3. Using Flash Grenades for damage and eggs for healing is also against the requirements of Minimalist Achievement. 
  4. There are also some exceptions in which you will keep the progress of your Achievement. If you mistakenly kill an enemy by shooting the explosive barrel with a handgun, it will not exploit your run as this is allowed.
  5. Killing the Del Lago Lake Monster using the Harpoons is also allowed, as it is one of the ways to eliminate the boss.
  6. When you have made your way to the Castle after defeating Mendez, you will encounter a Canon that you must use to destroy Castle doors. Using the Canon to eliminate opponents is also allowed and will not reset your achievement progress.
  7. Using the Special Rocket Launcher provided in your final boss fight is also acceptable.

My Tips To Get Minimalist Achievement

Play On Assisted Mode

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Pistol gameplay during Minimalist achievement grind | Captured By: VeryAliGaming

Assisted is the easiest of the four difficulty modes in Resident Evil 4 Remake. As the trophy requirements do not guide you to play on any specific difficulty, you can play in assisted mode, as it will be easy to progress through the story.

Unlock Cat Ears

unlocking cat ears helps a lot when unlocking minimalist achievement
This is how cat ears look in your item list | Picture Credits: VeryAliGaming

Cat Ears can benefit you when you are aiming for Minimalist Achievement. They can be unlocked by completing RE 4 Remake on Professional difficulty settings while keeping an S+ rank. This means that your playtime should be under 5.5 hours.

After you unlock cat ears, you can access infinite ammo for all the handguns in your inventory. This can be a significant advantage in many boss fights, as you won’t have to care for ammo. 

Matilda Is Your Go-to Handgun

fully upgraded matilda can be very powerful
Maxed out, Matilda can be a very powerful pistol | Captured By: VeryAliGaming

Using Matilda can make your trophy hunt a lot easier. The pistol has a stock that can be bought from the Merchant. When the stock is equipped, you can shoot three bullets at a time, which can be fatal for your opponents.

Like myself, you can also opt for Exclusive upgrade for the Matilda handgun that will allow you to keep double the ammo in your magazine. By doing this, you can shoot more bullets in a single go due to the large ammo capacity, dealing more damage.

Keep A Check On The Progress Bar

progress bar lets you know if you have violated any minimalist requirements
Always keep a check on this bar to see Achievement Progress

A handy way to know you haven’t violated any of the mentioned conditions is to check the Achievement progress. To do that, pause and open the Challenges tab. In there, you can see the progress of all the achievements.

Slide over to the Incomplete tab and locate the heading named Minimalist. If you hover over that, it will show you the progress of the achievement so far in your campaign. You can keep a check by looking at the progress value shown.

If the progress value is anything other than 0, then it means that you have used the undesired weapons or violated any other condition. In that case, you must return to the last saved checkpoint and play from there.

If the value does not reset after starting from where it was saved, you must create a new game. Therefore, it is better to keep checking the progress bar every 10 minutes.

Is Minimalist Worth It?

For completionists? Yes, because showing off your enthusiasm toward the game is a great approach. Most importantly, it offers a decent challenge to players who already completed the game several times on Assisted mode. 

That is all you need to know to get the Minimalist Achievement. Make sure you keep a check on the progress bar, as it helps a lot. Also, make sure you are playing on Assisted Difficulty, as you will find it much easier to eliminate bosses. 

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