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This is a guide to The Mercenaries Mode, an additional game mode for Resident Evil Village. Here you can find everything you need to know about The Mercenaries mode including what it is, tips and tricks, and how to unlock it!

How to Unlock The Mercenaries

To unlock Mercenaries Mode, you must beat the main game of Resident Evil Village first. Although eager players may be disappointed about having to wait, keep in mind it's a free bonus mode for completing the main story. Additionally, playing Mercenaries Mode early may lead to spoilers of the main story.
Postgame Guide

The Mercenaries Stage Guides

Stages are unlockable levels that you can play through in The Mercenaries mode. These can be accessed by completing available Stages and earning the required ranks to unlock them.

List of All Areas

Stage Unlock Requirement Rewards
The Village Area.pngThe Village Already Unlocked S Rank
Magic Magazine Ability
A Rank
The Castle Stage
B Rank
5000 Lei
The Castle Area.png The Castle Earn an A Rank in The Village. S Rank
Exeuction Ability
A Rank
The Factory Stage
B Rank
5000 Lei
The Factory Area.pngThe Factory Earn an A Rank in The Castle. S Rank
Lightning Sped Ability
A Rank
The Mad Village Stage
B Rank
5000 Lei
The Mad Village Area.pngThe Mad Village Earn an A Rank in The Factory. S Rank
Masamune Ability
A Rank
The Village II Stage
B Rank
5000 Lei
The Village II Area.pngThe Village II Earn an A Rank in The Mad Village. B Rank
The Castle II Stage
The Castle II Area.pngThe Castle II Earn a B Rank in The Mad Village. B Rank
The Factory II Stage
The Factory II Stage.pngThe Factory II Earn a B Rank in The Castle II. B Rank
The Mad Village II Stage
The Mad Village II Stage.pngThe Mad Village II Earn a B Rank in The Factory II. If all other stages have been finished with SSS Rank
LZ Answerer

How to Get SSS Rank

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How to Get SSS Rank For Mercenaries Mode

Tips and Tricks

How to Get SSS
checkpoint.pngBuy Weapons in the Shop and Sell Extra Items
checkpoint.pngUpgrade your Weapons
checkpoint.pngFind Yellow Orbs to Increase the Time Limit
checkpoint.pngKeep a Combo from Start to Finish
checkpoint.pngKill Every Enemy while Keeping up your Combo
checkpoint.pngMap Your Route and Memorize Spawns
checkpoint.pngPrioritize Movement and Damage Abilities

List of The Mercenaries Abilities

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List of Abilities and Effects

The Mercenaries Shop Guide

RE Village The Duke.png

Mercenaries Stages 1-4 Items

Items Cost
V61 CustomV61 Custom 30000 Lei
M1897M1897 10000 Lei
W870 TACW870 TAC 20000 Lei
SYG-12SYG-12 30000 Lei
F2 RifleF2 Rifle 15000 Lei
LEMILEMI 5000 Lei (If sold)
Pipe Bomb - Resident Evil Village.pngPipe Bomb 2500 Lei
Mine - Resident Evil Village.pngMine 1500 Lei
First Aid Med.pngFirst Aid Med 2500 Lei

Mercenaries Stages 5-8 Items

Items Cost
GM 79GM 79 50000 Lei
M1851 WolfsbaneM1851 Wolfsbane 20000 Lei
LEMILEMI 5000 Lei (If sold)
Explosive Rounds.jpgExplosive Rounds 1000 Lei
Flashbang.jpgFlashbang 250 Lei
Pipe Bomb - Resident Evil Village.pngPipe Bomb 2500 Lei (Price increases by 500 with each purchase)
Mine - Resident Evil Village.pngMine 1500 Lei (Price increases by 500 with each purchase)
First Aid Med.pngFirst Aid Med 2500 Lei

The Mercenaries Mode Overview

What is The Mercenaries?

The Mercenaries is an arcade-like mode included for free with the main game of Resident Evil Village. This mode has been featured throughout the franchise, making its first appearance in Resident Evil 3 and being included in every game except for Resident Evil 7. Many fans are happy to see this mode returning in the upcoming sequel.

Players can earn CP in this mode that can lead to unlocking items in the extras shop such as Infinite Ammo.

The Extra Content Shop

How to Play The Mercenaries

The Mercenaries is a first-person action mode focused on combat. Players will have to reach the goal within a certain time limit while also taking out enemies.

While only a certain number of enemies need to be defeated to progress, the more enemies you can take down, the higher the score you can get. There will also be bonus time orbs scattered across maps to give you extra time. Take advantage of the time orbs to take out more enemies!

The Mercenaries Mode Features

The Duke's Emporium Shop

Resident Evil Village (Resident Evil 8) Shop

For the first time in the franchise, players will be able to access a shop, also known as The Duke's Emporium, in-between areas in The Mercenaries. Players can buy new items and weapons, or even upgrade their current ones allowing for a higher chance of survival in the next area.

Reaching the II versions of each stage will change up the contents of the shop, going from a Shotgun and Sniper Rifle, to the trusty Grenade Launcher and Magnum.

Weapon Customization

Resident Evil Village (Resident Evil 8) Customization

At the shop, players can customize their equipment by upgrading weapons. Players can choose which playstyle they prefer and strategize according to the challenge they are facing.

Choose Abilities

Resident Evil Village (Resident Evil 8) The Mercenaries Abilities

When playing through an area, you can gain different abilities by interacting with large glowing orbs on the field. Abilities can strengthen weapons, give more health, buff defense, or even add special effects like Corpse Combuster which makes zombies explode after being shot.

Effectively using your abilities in combination with your weapons will be key to overcoming the hordes of enemies!

Chain Kills for Combos

Killing consecutive enemies within a time window will allow you to combo. This is important to get higher scores as the higher your combo becomes the more points will be rewarded to you. Make sure to kill enemies fast but not too fast to keep the combo going.

Area Completion Bonuses

Resident Evil Village (Resident Evil 8) The Mercenaries Mode Area Completion Bonus

When completing an area, the score they received in that Area will receive bonus points based on the time left and money carried upon completing that area. The bonus from time will greatly increase your score while the bonus you get for your money is half of the amount of money you have. Finish the area as fast as you can for the biggest bonus possible!

The Mercenaries Rewards

CP Rewards

There are a few CP challenges that can only be acquired through playing The Mercenaries.

Challenge Requirement Reward
Ability User Use 10 abilities in The Mercenaries 5000 CP
Hero of the Village Complete The Village stage in The Mercenaries once 5000 CP
Storming the Castle Complete The Factory stage in The Mercenaries 8000 CP
Mass-Reduced Complete The Factory stage in The Mercenaries once 10000 CP
Combo King Get a combo of at least 30 during The Mercenaries 10000 CP
Night Fighter Complete The Mad Village stage in The Mercenaries once 20000 CP
Overkill! Do over 10,000 damage with a single attack while playing The Mercenaries 20000 CP
Ability Expert Use 22 abilities in The Mercenaries 30000 CP
Gun Slinger Achieve at least an A Rank on all stages in The Mercenaries 50000 CP
Legendary Cowboy Achieve at least an S Rank on all stages in The Mercenaries 70000 CP

Get at least SS in Every Stage the LZ Answerer

Each stage will get progressively harder, making your ammo and items even more valuable! For those that can progress to the last stage of The Mercenaries and obtain SS Ranks or higher on all the stages including the last one, there is a special reward available. The LZ Answerer.

LZ Answerer Weapon Stats and Upgrades

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