Resident Evil 2

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Resident Evil 2 (1998)

Resident Evil 2 is the sequel to the 1996 survival horror game Resident Evil. Moving the action from a remote mansion in the wilderness to the heart of zombie-infested Raccoon City, the two main characters are Leon Scott Kennedy, a rookie RPD police officer on the first day of his job, and Claire Redfield, the younger sister of the previous game's protagonist, Chris Redfield who came to Raccoon City to look for Chris. Other major characters introduced to the series include the enigmatic superspy Ada Wong, and Sherry Birkin, the daughter of Umbrella scientist William Birkin.

Unlike Resident Evil, there are two scenarios for each character, and four scenarios in total. Players start the game with the A scenarios of both Claire and Leon unlocked; playing through the A scenario of a player character unlocks the B scenario for the other player character, depicting the events that happened concurrently from the other character's perspective (the two complete storylines are thus Leon A + Claire B, or Claire A + Leon B). Actions taken during the A scenario playthrough can impact the events in the B scenario, such as affecting the the availability of certain items. Like Resident Evil, the two storylines are effectively parallel timelines; the two diverges when Leon crashes the police car front first or rear first during the opening cutscene.

Completing both scenarios with an A rank unlocks the minigame "The 4th Survivor", which depicts Umbrella Security Service operative HUNK trying to escape from the city. HUNK starts out with a limited arsenal and cannot find any more supplies through his escape. Completing any scenario under two and a half hours with a flawless "A" ranking unlocks "The Tofu Survivor", a joke nightmare difficulty version of "The 4th Survivor" that replaces HUNK with a chunk of animated tofu, who is only armed with a combat knife.

Later versions of Resident Evil 2 also feature "Extreme Battle," an unlockable minigame pitting different player characters with different loadouts against a long gauntlet of enemies. This mode uniquely features Chris Redfield (who is otherwise absent from this game), and comes with a unique Beretta 92FS Inox pistol. Some versions of the game feature "Arrange Mode," unlocked after beating the game once, which changes the placement of several items and weapons across the game. All weapon locations are stated only when Arrange Mode is disabled, as the locations are otherwise completely randomized.

A remake of this game is released on January 25, 2019.

The following weapons were used in the videogame Resident Evil 2:



Resident Evil 2 overall has more firearms depicted than the previous title. New mechanics added include the ability to modify firearms, and the ability to use the fire-selector switches for several weapons.


Heckler & Koch VP70M

The Heckler & Koch VP70M is Leon's primary weapon. It's also in Hunk's inventory in "The 4th Survivor". As with the real world handgun, Leon must locate the pistol's stock before the 3-round burst fire is unlocked; said stock can be found inside a locked desk near the RPD library. The gun does lower damage than Claire's Browning HP, but compensated by it's larger 18-round magazine and later ability to use 3-round bursts.

This is the very first upgradable weapon in the series, as well as the first to support 3-round burst fire. The damage from each shot remains the same, but the 3-round burst will always knock a zombie down.

Heckler & Koch VP70M with attached stock - 9x19mm
H&K VP70M as seen in RE2.
H&K VP70M upgraded with the stock.
Leon aims his VP70M at approaching zombies.

Browning Hi-Power Mark III

The Browning Hi-Power is Claire's primary weapon. Claire finds it in a police car glove compartment during the intro CG. The pistol is also used by Ada Wong during the short section where the player controls her. The gun does more damage than Leon's VP70, but hampered by it's smaller 13-round magazine size and lack of any upgrades to compensate.

Ada's Browning Hi-Power is held slightly at an angle and is fired faster than Claire's HP Pistol. Annette and William Birkin are also seen using the weapon during the CG cutscenes.

Interestingly, the in-game description specifically states it's actually an FN Hi-Power, which is the exact same gun, with an FN trademark.

Browning Hi-Power Mark III - 9x19mm
Browning Hi-Power as seen in RE2.
Maybe if you'd had your finger off the trigger, those U.S.S. dudes wouldn't have shot you when the thermos hit the floor. They still might have, but you never know.
William Birkin continues to point the Hi-Power around.

IMI Desert Eagle Mark XIX

Leon finds a nickel-plated Desert Eagle Mark XIX with custom wooden grips with an imbedded gold S.T.A.R.S. emblem in a guard shack next to a dead guard in Scenario "A" or in the S.T.A.R.S. weapon safe in Scenario "B". Later, Leon can find parts in the Underground Facility to enhance the already extremely powerful weapon. The upgrades gives the gun a blued slide and (matching) 10" barrel. However, the increase in firepower significantly increases the recoil and slows down Leon when firing it.

The weapon is chambered in .50 Action Express rounds, technically making it the most powerful handgun in the series until the Smith & Wesson Model 500 appeared six years later in Resident Evil 4. In-game, the weapon holds 8 rounds, despite the fact its real life model can only hold 7. This would only be possible in real life if a round is already chambered before inserting a full magazine (7+1); given how most players opt to reload by using the inventory menu, it's likely Leon locks the slide back on an empty chamber and manually loads in the eighth cartridge. The gun is extremely powerful, capable of instantly killing non-boss enemies in one hit and capable of destroying body parts, but extra ammo is scarce, so it's best reserved for boss fights.

R.P.D. Police Chief Brian Irons pulls a blued Desert Eagle on Claire twice in the game: when they first meet, and shortly before Claire enters the sewers. Although he was never depicted as having fired it onscreen, it is heavily implied that he used this gun to kill the Mayor's daughter just as Claire arrived in the area, as well as a police officer named Ed earlier as mentioned in his diary. HUNK also carries the original non-upgraded version of the weapon in "The 4th Survivor".

As an interesting side note, this Desert Eagle has become a series staple, appearing in the hands of U.S.S. and ECHO SIX operators in Operation Raccoon City (which takes place concurrent to this and Resident Evil 3), apparently as standard BSAA issue in Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil Revelations; Leon gets his hands on one again in Resident Evil 6. In all iterations after this, the Desert Eagle is called the Lightning Hawk.

MRI Desert Eagle Mark XIX - .50 AE
Airsoft version of the Desert Eagle as seen in RE2
Airsoft version of the upgraded Desert Eagle with a 10" barrel as seen in RE2
The Desert Eagle as seen in RE2.
Upgraded Desert Eagle as seen in RE2.

Colt Single Action Army

Claire receives a Colt Single Action Army when she unlocks her second outfit. It is chambered in the standard 9x19mm pistol rounds which is odd for a revolver of this type as it was commonly loaded with .45 Long Colt, although this was likely done to streamline ammunition concerns. Claire fires the SAA from the hip, it has a fast rate of fire due to her fanning the hammer and reloads extremely quickly; which is unusual for the weapon as each shell had to be hand ejected one by one with the ejector rod, instead the weapon acts more like a modern revolver with a swing-out cylinder. Ada carries one in "Extreme Battle".

Colt Single Action Army - .45 Long Colt
Colt Single Action Army as seen in RE2.

Beretta 92FS

In "Extreme Battle", special character Chris Redfield's sidearm is a Beretta 92FS Inox with wood grip panels just like in Resident Evil: Director's Cut. Overall, the handgun plays somewhere between Leon's VP-70M and Claire's Browning Hi Power, but has the added ability to score critical headshots, similar to the Desert Eagle, though these are granted randomly. Holds 15 rounds and for some bizarre reason the weapon's EXAMINE description cuts off in mid sentence.

The weapon is uniquely held by RPD officer Marvin Branagh, who threatens the player with it after they refused to leave him alone to his fate. This is referenced by bright silver color of his handgun, a trait that no other firearm in the game has, except for the Beretta, as they're either black or grey.

Beretta 92FS Inox - 9x19mm
Beretta 92FS Inox as seen in RE2.

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch MP5A3

A Raccoon City police officer uses a Heckler & Koch MP5A3 submachine guns on the roof of R.P.D. Headquarters and accidentally shoots down a police helicopter when attacked by zombies in one of the CG cutscenes. The U.S.S. Squad also use MP5A3 submachine guns during the CG cutscene encounter with William Birkin. The weapon is not usable during game play. On a side note, the weapons do not appear to have been modeled with an ejection port.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with Navy trigger group - 9x19mm
U.S.S. commandos in the Umbrella facility with their MP5A3 submachine guns.
U.S.S. commandos raid Birkin's lab. Note the absence of the ejection port.
Close-up of the MP5A3 barrel.

Ingram MAC-11

The MAC-11 is first available to the player when they reach the police armory. Both Claire or Leon can take the weapon, but if the weapon is taken by one character in Scenario "A" the other character will not be able to get the weapon in Scenario "B" until very late in the game. Alternatively, both characters start with an MAC-11 in their inventory, if the game is started on easy mode.

Unlike the other firearms, ammunition is represented in percentage form, with 1% equal to 5 bullets fired; this means that the weapon has a rather astounding capacity of 500 rounds in a standard 32-round magazine. In the "A" Scenario, there is no extra ammo, making it useless after a point (similar to the Calico M110P in Resident Evil: Code Veronica). In the "B" Scenario, a spare magazine can be found late into the game in the double fingerprint-locked room in the Umbrella factory, where its found on the corpse of a dead USS commando.

The in-game description says the caliber is .380, signifying that it is in fact a MAC-11. It also features a rather large barrel extension with a perforated shroud around it, which the user grips when aiming the weapon. In-game, the weapon appears much larger than its real life counterpart, roughly about the same size as modern carbine. This also translates into the inventory, where it uses two inventory slots, a bit strange since even in-game its not any larger than Leon's shotgun (even with the extended upgrade) or Claire's M79, all of whom only use one slot.

RPB Industries M11A1 - .380 ACP
MAC-10 with similar barrel extension.
The MAC-11 as seen in RE2.


Remington 870

The Remington 870 appears in-game during Leon's playthroughs. It has a TacStar pistol grip and the barrel has been sawn-off with what's left of a raised vented sight rib on the rest of the barrel. An upgrade kit is available later in the game which converts it to a Remington 1100, however this would have been impossible in real life as the two models are based on completely different operating systems. Interestingly, when examined, the game specifically states that the gun is a "Remington M1100-P". The weapon itself is very powerful in close range and easily capable of clearing entire rooms due to it's unrealistically wide spread, although it's lethality quickly diminishes past point-blank range and requires frequent reloads due to it's small 5-round magazine.

In scenario A, its first seen at the hands of Robert Kendo, who aims it at Leon when he enters his gun store after mistaking him for a zombie, although he doesn't fire. The weapon can be obtained here after Robert meets his untimely death when a horde of zombies break into his store and devour him alive, although you'll likely have to kill his murderers first to get to it. If the weapon isn't obtained here, it will instead appear later in the game inside a weapons locker in the S.T.A.R.S. office. In scenario B, the weapon is found on the front desk of the police station's main lobby. Hunk also carries this weapon in "The 4th Survivor".

Short barreled Remington 870 with raised vented sight rib, Hogue Tamer pistol grip, and Pachmayr Vindicator foregrip - 12 gauge
Remington 870 as seen in RE2.

Remington Model 1100

The Remington Model 1100 can only be obtained by upgrading the Remington 870 using an upgrade kit found on the nondescript body of a white-shirted zombie in the tunnels leading to the underground tram. This would have been impossible in real life as the two models are based on completely different operating systems. (The Remington 870 is a pump action shotgun while the 1100 is self-loading)

The upgrade kit consists of a full stock, longer barrel, extended tube magazine that adds 2 more rounds for a total of 7 rounds, a self loading action (though the time between shots is almost the same, due to Leon being blown back a step from the recoil), and the power is upgraded to the point where it can blow away the upper torso of zombies, rather than just the head.

Remington Model 1100 Tactical - 12 gauge
Remington Model 1100 as seen in RE2.


M79 grenade launcher

The M79 grenade launcher is only available for Claire, the gun's stock is replaced with a pistol grip to make it compact. During scenario A, the gun can be found in the S.T.A.R.S. office's weapons locker. During scenario B, the gun is found on the desk in the main lobby of the police station.

The weapon fires an array of fictional rounds, with a choice between Cluster Bomb Burst Rounds, Sulfuric Acid Rounds, and Napalm Flame Rounds, all of whom have varying degrees of efficiency towards certain targets, although all of them are powerful in their own right.

M79 grenade launcher with pistol grip - 40x46mm
M79 as seen in RE2.

FIM-92 Stinger

Either Leon or Claire use a FIM-92 Stinger to dispatch the T-103 in their 'B' scenarios. The weapon lacks its IFF box antenna and erroneously functions as a conventional direct-fire rocket launcher; the FIM-92 is designed for use against aerial targets, not ground targets. That and using it in such close quarters is extremely dangerous on account of the backblast. The weapon however is never called a Stinger in it's description , and is simply known as the "Rocket Launcher".

The weapon strangely has two shots with no need or way to reload (as if there's two rockets inside the tube). An infinite version can be acquired by getting S-ranks on both scenarios.

FIM-92 Stinger - 70mm
FIM-92 Stinger as seen in RE2.
Game Over.

Machine Guns


A three-barreled Minigun known simply as the "Gatling Gun" is a secret weapon with unlimited ammo that can only be acquired if the player completes the Scenario B game in under 2 1/2 hours without saving and gets a grade of A or B.

Minigun as seen in RE2.


Flame Thrower

Available only for Leon, is a portable chemical flamethrower found in the Underground Research Facility, is used primarily on the Ivy creatures. The flamethrower in-game is based on the M240 flamethrower used in Aliens (sans M16 carry handle).

M240 Flamethrower prop from the movie Aliens.
The Flamethrower as seen in RE2.

Spark Shot

The Spark Shot is a rifle-sized stungun-like weapon that shoots arcs of high-voltage electricity over a short distance, apparently being used to forcefully subdue B.O.Ws in the Umbrella factory. Only Claire obtains this weapon. In both scenarios, the weapon is found on the dead body of a white-shirted zombie inside the tunnels leading to the underground tram, similar to where the upgrade parts for Leon's shotgun is. The weapon itself is very powerful, particularly useful in taking-down bosses.

The weapon's ammo capacity is measured in percentage, but as it consumes 5% per shot, it can fire 20 rounds before being emptied. It cannot be reloaded due to the lack of extra ammunition for it, making it useless once empty. Additionally, its large size consumes two inventory slots.

Spark Shot

See Also

Main Video Game Series Resident Evil 0  •  Resident Evil  •  Resident Evil (2002 remake)  •  Resident Evil 2  •  Resident Evil 2 (2019 remake)  •  Resident Evil 3: Nemesis  •  Resident Evil: Code Veronica  •  Resident Evil 4  •  Resident Evil 5  •  Resident Evil: Revelations  •  Resident Evil 6  •  Resident Evil: Revelations 2  •  Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Spin-Off Games Survivor  •  Outbreak  •  Darkside Chronicles  •  Mercenaries 3D  •  Operation Raccoon City  •  Umbrella Corps
Spin-Off Animation Films Degeneration  •  Damnation  •  Vendetta
Spin-Off Live-Action Films Resident Evil  •  Apocalypse  •  Extinction  •  Afterlife  •  Retribution  •  The Final Chapter

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