Resident Evil 4 Remake: Bolt Thrower [Guide]

In this guide learn where you can get the Bolt Thrower from, Its statistics, And also some tips about the on its use.

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Bolt Thrower | Image Credit: VeryAli Gaming

At the start of Resident Evil 4 Remake, there are a few weapon options that you have, Bolt Thrower is one of the sustainable ones that you can get early on. In the beginning, you are only given a handgun and you can find a shotgun. When you first meet the Merchant you are offered an SR M1903 Rifle and the Bolt Thrower. Although the Rifle deals way more damage. However, using The bolts provides more ammo sustainability.

Key Takeaways

  • Bolt Thrower can be Acquired early on in the game, In chapter 2 from the Merchant.
  • It will offer you Reusable Ammo that can be picked up after firing.
  • You need to buy the Bolt Recipe to Craft the bolts.
  • You need to buy the Attachable Mines Recipe to craft attachable mines to your bolts.
  • After fully Upgrading the weapon, It will be more useful.
  • This weapon can be used to Mine the Ravens to get random Loot.
  • It is a good option at the starting phase of the game as it Saves you Ammo.

Bolt Thrower

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Bolts | Image Credit: VeryAli Gaming

Bolt Thrower is a modern-day crossbow. The ammo it uses is the bolts that can be crafted. 4 bolts can be crafted using one kitchen knife and one resource(L). Alternatively, if you use one boot knife with one resource(L) you can craft 6 bolts. To craft the ammo needed for this weapon you need the bolt recipe that you can get for 6,000 Pesetas from the merchant.

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Recipe for Bolts | Image Credit: VeryAli Gaming

How To Get It?

When the first-time merchant appears in chapter 2. He offers you the Bolt Thrower for the first time and it is going to cost you 10,000 Pesetas. Alternatively, you can also wait for the merchant to appear in chapter 3 as the merchant will also offer you a discount on your purchase. 

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Attachable Mines Recipe | Image Credit: VeryAli Gaming

In chapter 4 when the merchant shows up beside the shooting range near the lake area. The merchant would also offer you the recipe for the attachable mines at a discount of 6,400 Pesetas (original price: 8,000 Pesetas). Make sure to grab it as when mines are combined with the bolt it can offer you a deadly combo. Although attachable mines on the bolt offer a lot of damage dealt, Especially on weak points. However, it will destroy the bolt in the process and you would no longer be able to pick it up.

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Attachable Mines | Image Credit: VeryAli Gaming


SpecsLevel 1Upgrade Price
Level 2Upgrade Price
Level 3Upgrade Price
Level 4Upgrade Price
Level 5
Power1.209000 Pts1.501800Pts1.8027000Pts2.1036000Pts2.40
Ammo Capacity37000Pts49000Pts614000Pts819000Pts10
Reload Speed0.358000Pts0.5810000Pts0.6712000Pts0.7814000Pts0.94
Rate of Fire0.708000Pts0.7212000Pts0.7516000Pts0.7920000Pts0.85

Although it is a very slow-paced gun at the start of Resident Evil 4 Remake. After enough upgrades, it can deliver the same pace of firing as a normal handgun. At the start, It is not that strong so you need to invest in this weapon to make it worthy of use. 

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Bolt Thrower Stats And Upgrade Price At Level 1 | Image Credit: VeryAli Gaming
  • Investing in power will help you make the weapon more explosive and it will deal more damage.
  • By upgrading ammo capacity you can load more bolts into the gun at a single instance.
  • By investing in reload speed, Leon will reload the weapon faster helping you avoid enemy attacks while reloading.
  • Investing in the rate of fire will increase the speed of firing the weapon making you hit more targets in less time.
  • The exclusive upgrade can be made after the weapon has been fully upgraded and in the case of this weapon it offers you additional ammo capacity.
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    Bolt Thrower Stats And Upgrade Price At Level 2 | Image Credit: VeryAli Gaming

You can also check out the stats of this gun at each level after upgrading in the pictures below. Also, You can look at the Pesetas it would require you to upgrade from each level for every type of upgrade in the pictures below.

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Bolt Thrower Stats At Level 3 | Image Credit: VeryAli Gaming

Tips And Uses

Here are some key points to consider when using the Bolt Thrower:

  1. Ammo Reusability: One of the main advantages of the Bolt Thrower is the re-usability of its ammo. After firing a bolt, you can retrieve it from the enemy’s corpse or the ground if you hit your target. This feature helps conserve ammo and can be cost-effective in the long run.
  2. Stunning Ability: While the Bolt Thrower’s bolts may not one-shot enemies, they have the ability to stun them. Hitting enemies in the head or knee can stun them temporarily, allowing you to follow up with melee attacks or other actions. This stunning effect can be particularly useful in close combat situations.
  3. Aim Considerations: The Bolt Thrower is most effective at mid-range, as the bolts may drop when traveling longer distances. It’s important to practice your aim with this weapon to maximize its effectiveness. Be cautious not to miss your shots, as bolts that fly off into inaccessible areas cannot be retrieved.
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    Bolt Thrower Normal Bolt Aim | Image Credit: VeryAli Gaming
  4. Stealth and Raven Hunting: The Bolt Thrower can be used for stealthy approaches, although stealth is not always necessary in Resident Evil 4. Additionally, you can use the Bolt Thrower to kill ravens that are sitting in various locations. Doing so will yield random loot drops from the ravens and allow you to pick up the bolts used, all without causing noise that might startle other nearby ravens.
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    Bolt Thrower Mine Attached Bolt Aim | Image Credit: VeryAli Gaming

Closing Remarks

At the start of the game, you have a few options in weapons. So Bolt Thrower is a considerable option at the start of Resident Evil 4 Remake. Although It is not so powerful to be considered a good damage dealer. But it can help you greatly at the starting phase of the game as ammo is scarce.

So you can use it to save up ammo and kill enemies without worrying about running out of ammo. But late game even after being fully upgrades the weapon can fail to help you in clearing out stronger enemies without being killed.

So my recommendation would be to buy it in the starting phase of the game as it is affordable and can help you in saving ammo. However, in the late stages, you would be better off with a good rifle. That can hit zombies on a headshot or just simply provide a lot of damage.

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