10 Best Resident Evil 4 Remake Combat Tips

Master the combat mechanics with the help of this guide!

Umer Cheema
Umer Cheema
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Combat is one of the main focuses of Resident Evil 4 Remake, and if you’re good at it, you can easily progress through the game without any issues. However, most new players make common mistakes that can leave them vulnerable and make the game feel difficult. That is why we will show you the 10 best Resident Evil 4 Remake combat tips.

Even if you are new to the game, following this guide will allow you to quickly master the combat and have a fun time. With that said, let’s dive right in and get started.


Conserve Ammo For Bosses

Conserve Ammo For Bosses

This is one of the best combat tips that you can get in RE4 Remake. Ammo in this game is extremely difficult to come across. While it might feel satisfying to blast through the robots with your shotgun, make sure that you spare your ammo.

One way to spare ammo is to rely on melee combat. However, that can leave you open to attacks and taking damage if you are not careful. Veterans of the RE series will tell you how crucial it is to save your ammo for bosses.

When you find stronger weapons like the rocket launcher or the magnum, make sure that you conserve its ammo instead of wasting it on random enemies across the map. This will allow you to defeat the bosses easily without having to waste all your ammo for your handgun.


Locate the Weak Spots

Locate the Weak Spots

Just like in the original, there are tons of enemies – especially the mutated ones – that have open weak spots. They can be often located by finding the tentacle-like thing sticking out of the enemy. In that case, make sure that you focus your fire on that area.

This will cause them to take additional damage and fall down more quickly. Doing so will allow you to conserve a lot of ammo and kill enemies quickly. Otherwise, you’ll have a tough time taking down strong mutated enemies that attack you later in the game.


Disarm Enemies

Disarm Enemies

During your journey, you will come across many enemies that are holding various weapons in their hands. Some will carry a Molotov that they will throw toward Leon. If you spot an enemy that has a weapon in their hand, make sure that you shoot it to disarm them.

This will allow you to get more breathing room and reduce the overall effectiveness of the enemy. Plus, if you shoot a Molotov, it will explode and set the enemy on fire as well. This is a great way to conserve your ammo and focus on the weak spot at the same time.


Make Use of Flash Grenades

Make Use of Flash Grenades

Flash grenades are extremely underrated in Resident Evil 4 Remake. While most players use it to stun a group of enemies – as you should – did you know there is another use for them? You can use them to instantly kill most mutated enemies that you come across.

Doing so will either knock them down or kill them in one shot which is extremely impressive since these enemies are tough. This will save you tons of ammo in the long run and protect you from getting damaged as well.


Focus on Melee Followups

Focus on Melee Followups

While fighting enemies, you will occasionally notice a melee prompt above their heads. This allows you to take down enemies without wasting your ammo or the durability of your knife. Plus, it kills most enemies in one hit as well which is always a good thing.

So, whenever you get a prompt to melee an enemy, make sure that you press the appropriate keybind and one-shot the enemy.

Roundhouse Kicks

To get the prompt, you will have to shoot the enemy with your gun a few times. Whether you shoot them in the head or in other parts, you will only get the melee prompt when they are staggered. Keep in mind that this doesn’t apply to all enemies. There are certain types of enemies that will not get staggered to the point where you can kick them away.




Speaking of melee attacks, the game now allows you to parry incoming melee attacks. This makes the entire process a bit easier as Leon can actually fight back instead of taking the hit and hoping for the best.

Parrying is a staple of Resident Evil 4 Remake if you want to master the combat. Doing so will stun the enemy so that you can use your melee attacks on them without any issues. The best part is that parrying is extremely easy – and simple – in the remake, unlike other games.

So, make sure that you parry enemies when you get the chance. However, keep in mind that your knife will deteriorate if you parry or attack enemies with it. Whenever you get the chance, repair your knife so that you can parry more attacks without any issues.


Don’t Waste Your Knife

Don't Waste Your Knife

While we are still on the subject of melee attacks, I would highly suggest that you do not randomly use your knife to kill enemies. While this sounds like a good deal since it will help you conserve ammo, you will reduce the durability of your knife.

Once it reaches zero, you won’t be able to parry attacks or use it to attack enemies either. So, make sure that you only use it if you have no other choice. Otherwise, waiting to parry the enemy is the best course of action as it will give you a melee prompt that you can use to save your knife and ammo.


Use Quick Turn

Use Quick Turn

Quick turn is a useful mechanic that was a part of the original Resident Evil 4 as well. Luckily, the remake brings it back and it is as useful as ever. During a sticky situation, instead of moving your camera to turn around Leon, you can press the quick turn button and quickly look back.

This allows you to either look back and retreat or focus on an enemy that is behind you. Quick turn saves you a lot of time and potentially saves you from dying to random enemies that are surrounding you.


Focus on Early Upgrades

Focus on Early Upgrades

This is something that most players tend to avoid. Certain weapons are extremely useful in the early game like the Bolt Thrower. It can help you take out enemies in one shot without wasting your ammo. However, as you progress in the game, it will start dealing less damage.

So, many players do not upgrade it since they will eventually sell it later in the game. The best part about the Resident Evil 4 Remake is that you can sell your upgraded weapons for a higher price. This allows you to use them fully and sell them without losing money.

Doing so will allow you to have a better early game and get more money when you sell your upgraded weapons as well.


Adjust the Difficulty

Adjust the Difficulty

Finally, if you are having issues with the game, make sure that you adjust the difficulty. There is no shame in lowering the difficulty if you cannot progress further. Since you play the game for fun, you shouldn’t have to get stressed just to clear a level.

Many players consider this the ‘coward’s way out’ but there is no shame in adjusting the difficulty and mastering the combat. You can always increase it once you feel like you are getting the hang of the game. Plus, this gives you the incentive to do a next playthrough on harder difficulties as well.

Keep in mind that if you are playing on the Standard difficulty, you can change it when you get a game over screen. However, if you are playing on Hardcore and above, you will not be able to change the difficulty unless you restart the game.


And there you have it; those are the 10 best Resident Evil 4 Remake combat tips. Following these tips will allow you to excel in combat and become better at the game. Plus, you’ll feel that the game is a bit easier as well since you won’t have issues with any of the enemies.

Do you like the combat system in the remake? Or do you prefer the original? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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By day, Umer loves writing about games and talking about them; by night, he is an avid gamer that loves playing League of Legends and RTS games. Being a massive fan of Metal Gear Solid, you'll find Umer always praising the legendary Hideo Kojima.
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