Village of Shadows Walkthrough: How to Beat the Game on the Hardest Difficulty | Resident Evil Village (Resident Evil 8)

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This page will guide you on how to beat the hardest difficulty in the game, Village of Shadows, in Resident Evil Village. Check here to see the differences between other difficulties, tips for clearing it, recommended weapons, and the best strategy for boss or encounter battles.

Village of Shadows Difficulty Differences

Village of Shadows Difficulty Differences

Enemies have increased attack and health

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Enemies in the Village of Shadows difficulty have higher health and damage compared to lower difficulties. It only takes one grab attack from a regular enemy to put you at critical health. Avoid getting cornered by even regular enemies at all costs when taking on the Village of Shadows difficulty!

Faster enemy movement and attack speed

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Watch out for the enemies you encounter in the Village of Shadows difficulty. They all have faster movement speed and attack speed. It will only take a couple of seconds for them to get close, so careful of nearby enemy positions and try not to get ambushed.

Increased number of Enemies

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You will encounter more enemies than usual in the Village of Shadows Difficulty. Stay vigilant, especially when you have to escape from bosses like Bela or Sturm, as there will be enemies blocking your escape. Make sure to equip a weapon that can kill multiple targets quickly, like the GM79, to clear the way.

Stronger types of enemies will also show up

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Not only has the number of enemies increased, but stronger enemy types will also appear, even right from the start. Always stay vigilant as enemies will come from unexpected places at the worst possible times!
List of All Enemies and Monsters

Save Points and Item locations do not change

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Unlike the Madhouse difficulty of Resident Evil 7, this time you don't need to worry about the game's progression route changing even if you play the story at the highest difficulty. The save points (typewriters), auto-save points, and item locations are still the same. You can progress normally without worrying, so speed running will still be possible!

Tips for Clearing Village of Shadows Difficulty

Get Infinite Ammo for Weapons

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Make sure to get infinite ammo for a weapon first before taking on the Village of Shadows difficulty. Grind first through playing on Casual or Standard difficulty and complete challenges to earn Lei and CP, as they're necessary to get infinite ammo in the game.

How to Unlock Infinite Ammo

Cook all available Dishes

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It is highly recommended to get all the buffs from the dishes in the Duke's Kitchen before challenging the story in the Village of Shadows difficulty. You will get to increase your max HP, movement speed and reduce damage taken when blocking, depending on the dish you have taken. You'll be harder to kill if you have them all, so start collecting the required ingredients now and deliver them to the Duke!
The Duke's Kitchen | Recipe Guide and Effects

Make sure to Block when needed

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All enemies have increased attack in the Village of Shadows difficulty. Always remember to block if you can't evade their attack as it will lessen the damage you'll receive, and you'll be able to hit them back quickly. You can also push them back if you've successfully blocked their attack.

Stock up on First Aid Meds

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Stocking up on First Aid Meds is a must when doing a run on the Village of Shadows difficulty, as you'll undoubtedly get hit by enemies. Try playing through Casual or Standard mode to get craftable materials for the First Aid Meds, or buy them from the Duke.
First Aid Med Item Guide

Save Frequently

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Since the enemies in the Village of Shadows difficulty have increased speed and damage, it is much easier to die in this mode. Save the game frequently so you don't lose progress. Especially save near the Duke, in case you need more items.

Recommended Weapons

Weapons w/ Infinite Ammo Recommendation Level
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WCX Assault Rifle

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Max Upgrade Cost: 1,062,000 Lei Total CP Cost: 90,000 CP

The WCX has a high fire rate and ammo capacity when maxed out, making it easier to clear hordes of monsters without reloading. It also has higher power than the Dragoon. Farm CP and Lei to get the WCX and infinite ammo for it to progress more smoothly through the Village of Shadows difficulty.
WCX Weapon Stats and Upgrades

S.T.A.K.E. Magnum

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Max Upgrade Cost: 1,703,000 Lei Total CP Cost: 120,000 CP

The S.T.A.K.E. is one of the easiest to get and one of the strongest weapons in New Game Plus. Using it with infinite ammo in the Village of Shadows Difficulty is highly recommended. It deals absurdly high damage to enemies even when not hitting their weak spots. Its high ammo capacity is enough to clear waves of monsters without reloading as often as other magnums as well.
S.T.A.K.E. Weapon Stats and Upgrades

GM 79 Grenade Launcher

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Max Upgrade Cost: 0 Lei Total CP Cost: 80,000 CP

The GM 79 with infinite ammo is also one of the best weapons to use for Village of Shadows. It provides blast damage that can hit multiple targets and can stagger larger monsters. The GM 79's Flashbang rounds are particularly useful for stunning enemies, even bosses. Infinite ammo for the GM 79 will be available in the Extra Content Shop immediately after you finish the story on your first playthrough.
GM 79 Weapon Stats and Upgrades

Dragoon Assault Rifle

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Max Upgrade Cost: 0 Lei Total CP Cost: 80,000 CP

Dragoon is a useful weapon to start your New Game+ on Village of Shadows difficulty. It has high power that can quickly take out regular mobs. The drawback of using this weapon is that it only has 30 ammo capacity, and it can only reach a short-range.
Dragoon Weapon Stats and Upgrades

M1851 Wolfsbane Magnum

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Max Upgrade Cost: 973,000 Lei Total CP Cost: 95,000 CP

You should get the M1851 Wolfsbane's infinite ammo if you don't have enough Lei or CP for the S.T.A.K.E. weapon yet. It deals fair damage to normal mobs, and it can also one-shot Lycans.
M1851 Wolfsbane Weapon Stats and Upgrades

Bosses and Encounters Strategy

Survive the Lycan Attack

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Key Strategy
Check markCamp the house with the ladder leading to the basement. There is only one entrance at the top of the ladder.
Check markShoot Explosive or Flashbang Rounds if surrounded.
Check markTry to place mines while running away.

Prologue Walkthrough and Maps

Bela Boss Fight

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Key Strategy
Check markFocus on Bela and block or evade the Moroaica's attacks.
Check markMagnum rounds will make quick work of her.
Check markUsing the Grenade Launcher can take out the Moraica's and stagger Bela as well.

How to Beat the Dimitrescu Daughters: Bela, Daniela, and Cassandra

Escape from Lady Dimitrescu

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Key Strategy
Check markSet up some mines before activating the door
Check markUse obstacles to avoid attacks
Check markTry to lure Lady Dimitrescu to the Moroaica to kill them
Check markShe is much faster, so keep your distance and rotate around pillars to avoid getting killed

Castle Dimitrescu Part 2 Walkthrough and Maps

Daniela Boss Fight

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Key Strategy
Check markKeep your distance
Check markLet in the cold by turning the lever on one of the pillars
Check markUse a magnum with infinite ammo to end things quickly

How to Beat the Dimitrescu Daughters: Bela, Daniela, and Cassandra

Cassandra Boss Fight

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Key Strategy
Check markMove the bookcase on the left wall and use a pipe bomb to let in the cold.
Check markUse obstacles in the room to get some distance
Check markUse a magnum with infinite ammo to end things quickly

How to Beat the Dimitrescu Daughters: Bela, Daniela, and Cassandra

Lady Dimitrescu Boss Fight

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Key Strategy
Check markGet some shots in with a magnum as she first appears on the staircase
Check markAim for her body coming out of the top of the monster
Check markSnipe her out of the air
Check markUse mines and pipe bombs when she is on the ground

How to Beat Lady Dimitrescu

Moreau Boss Fight

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Key Strategy
Check markAim for Moreau's mouth
Check markAvoid his acid rain attack by hiding under a building with an overhang
Check markShoot the explosive barrels for high damage and stun
Check markUse mines when Moreau advances towards you

How to Beat Moreau

Head to the Stronghold

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Key Strategy
Check markKeep moving forward while attacking! Getting pinned in one place will lead to your death.
Check markUse Pipe Bombs and Explosive Rounds to fend the Lycans off.

The Stronghold Walkthrough and Maps

Urias Boss Fight

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Key Strategy
Check markAvoid his jump attack by running away
Check markBlock hits if you can't dodge in time
Check markUse pipe bombs to both deal damage to Urias and take down the Lycans that spawn
Check markPick up the supplies on the sides of the room
Check markUsing a magnum is highly recommended

How to Beat Urias

Escape from Sturm

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Key Strategy
Check markKill the Haulers blocking the way or stun them.
Check markSturm will close in fast, so run as quickly as possible.

Heisenberg's Factory Walkthrough and Maps

Sturm Boss Fight

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Key Strategy
Check markLet Sturm clear out the walls in the area. It will be easier to move and dodge his attacks.
Check markPlace mines and lure Sturm in to stun him.
Check markWatch or listen to the sound when Sturm is about to attack using fire. Evade it at all cost to avoid dying.
Check markHit him in the legs to deal at least small damage if you can't get a view on his weak spot on the back.

How to Beat Sturm | Boss Fight Guide

Heisenberg Boss Fight

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Key Strategy
Check markFocus on hitting his weak spots (red/orange spots) to stop his movements.
Check markKeep your distance as you'll die after getting hit 3 times, even if you're blocking.
Check markOnly fire the cannon when Heisenberg attacks with his right arm and dodge his left arm.
Check markUse the debris Heisenberg throws as cover.

How to Beat Heisenberg | Boss Fight Guide

Battle with Lycans (Using Target Locator)

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Key Strategy
Check markGet both sets of supplies before using the Target Locator.
Check markThere is an explosive barrel near each supply point to deal with the Lycans.
Check markThere is a ladder you can climb on the house to the left to help avoid the Lycans.
Check markUse Hand Grenades and Flashbangs to kill or slow down the Lycans.
Check markMove away from the Lycans before targeting the objective to not get interrupted.
Check markRemember to block to avoid getting grabbed or slowed down.

Finale Walkthrough and Maps

Urias Strajer Boss Fight

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Key Strategy
Check markFlashbangs work on him.
Check markTarget his back after hitting with the Target Locator.
Check markBlock whenever he's about to do a slam attack to reduce the damage.

Finale Walkthrough and Maps

Mother Miranda Boss Fight

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Key Strategy
Check markAim for her head
Check markDodge or block her spider form's jump attack
Check markShoot down her fireballs before they can hit you
Check markWhen the room goes dark, use mines or pipe bombs
Check markDodge her flying charge attack by sprinting away

How to Beat Mother Miranda

How to Unlock Village of Shadows Difficulty

Clear the Story

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Unlock the Village of Shadows by clearing the story on any difficulty at least once. We recommend finishing the story on Casual difficulty to unlock it quickly.

Buy the Trauma Pack DLC

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You can start the story with the Village of Shadows difficulty is you bought the Trauma Pack DLC. However, it will be hard to finish the story in the highest difficulty using starter weapons, and without their infinite ammo.
Trauma Pack DLC Content: Everything Included

Complete the Universe's Best Dad Challenge

Challenge Requirements
★Universe's Best Dad Reward: 100000 CP
Requirement:
Finish the story on the Village of Shadows difficulty.

List of Challenges | How to Get CP

Resident Evil Village Related Guides

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Tips and Tricks
Lei Farming Guide Village of Shadows Walkthrough
List of Extra Content List of Challenges
How to Unlock Infinite Ammo Best Weapons List
New Game Plus Guide How to Obtain Ammo
How to Stack Items
Lists of Collectibles
List of All Files and Locations List of All Goats of Warding and Locations
List of All Combinable Treasure List of Wells and Rewards
All Breakable Windows in Castle Dimitrescu All Outhouse Locations in the Village
Puzzle Walkthroughs
How to Solve the Hall of the Four Puzzle How to Solve the Statue Puzzle
How to Solve the Piano Puzzle How to Solve the 5 Bells Puzzle
How to Solve the Doll Puzzle How to Solve the Music Box Puzzle
How to Solve the Film Puzzle How to Solve the Riverbank Treasure Puzzle
Labyrinth Puzzle Guide How to Solve the Sluice Gate Puzzle
All Combination Lock Codes
Treasure Guides
Beneviento's Treasure Waterwheel Weapon
Moreau's Hidden Weapon Luiza's Heirloom
Riverbank Treasure House Treasure Under the Stronghold
Cannibal's Plunder Maestro's Collection
Achievement Guides
Lucky Number 7 Knives Out
Countdown Anniversary Present
Don't Trust That Snake Oil Geologist
Timber Unstoppable
Speedrun (Dashing Dad)

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