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    Knife Tactics Guide by Maddux

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    ==================RESIDENT EVIL (GCN) Knife Only Tactics================
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    -Contents-
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    I.    Introduction
    II.   Barry Sanders Moves
    III.  Zombie Combat
    IV.   Misc. Combat
    V.    Crimson Head/Hunter Combat 
    VI.   Boss Combat
    VII.  Legal Jargon
    VIII. Contact
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    I. Introduction
    
    "Slice and Dice, people!  Slice and dice!"
    
    Tired of running out of ammo?  Do yourself a favor!  Head to the item 
    box and dust off the knife.  It's got unlimited ammo, didn't y'know?
    Do it now!
    
    Thank you. :)
    
    The knife gets no respect.  Many so-called veterans look at the knife as
    nothing more than a useless weapon, and recommend ditching it at the 
    first foreseeable opportunity.  Where, in reality, the knife should be a 
    "veteran survivor's first choice."  Truth being told, I've became so sick
    and tired of hearing how useless the knife is, that I became inspired to
    write this guide.
    
    Not until I played Nicholai and Wesker's mini-game challenges did I 
    realize the potential of the knife.  And although it took a long time 
    to master it, I can undoubtedly say now that it was entirely worth it.
    
    In order to perform any of these moves, you'll have to be well-adapted 
    to the control scheme and general physics of the game.  With that in 
    mind, I would expect only an experienced player being able to pull these
    stunts off.
    
    The following strategies were written to help a player through the game
    with the knife ONLY.  However, in this guide you could also learn how to
    incorporate the knife into regular games for simply ammo conservation 
    purposes.  Keep in mind that this is not a hold-your-hand-while-we-do-
    it-together FAQ, but rather a compilation of strategies.  Being the 
    veteran that I hope you are, you should be able to figure things out 
    along the way.  Let it be noted that I've completed the game on easy and
    normal using only the knife, but have yet to attempt hard mode.  So, in
    other words, it IS possible!
    
    Just a few things before I get started...
    
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    ==Playing as Jill is stupid!===
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    Don't play as Jill!  She is absolutely BRUTAL when it comes to using the 
    knife!  Chris is the ONLY way to go.  Trust me!
    
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    =Don't save Richard!=
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    If you save Richard, you won't be able to use V-JOLT on Plant 42.  
    V-JOLT will make the battle MUCH easier.  By letting Richie die, the 
    only thing you'll be missing out on is the Assault Shotgun.  But since 
    we're only using the knife, that won't matter, right?
    
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    =All bosses can be killed!=
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    Don't sweat it!  We can kill anything using our wonderful knife!
    
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    =Defense items are our friend!=
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    If you make a mistake and get bitten, these handy little items can bail 
    you out!  Use them sparingly, however, as they are in limited supply.
    
    Though, to some, using defense items may nullify the fact that you beat
    the game with the "knife only."  If you're really worried about that, 
    then I'd suggest that you go through your first time using defense 
    items, and then try without them the second time.  That's exactly what 
    I did, and I can easily say that it helped me learn things.
    
    Some of my below strategies make specific references to using defense
    items.  
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    II. Barry Sanders Moves
    
    Barry Sanders was one of the most prolific runningbacks in NFL history.
    You, too, will need to learn several Sanders-like moves in your conquest
    to beat this game with the knife.  In fact, you'll need the best shake 
    and bake without a mistake!
    
    A)|   | B)|   | C)|   | D)|  X|
      | Z |   |   |   |   |   |  X| 
      |   |   | Z |   |   |   |  X|
      | C |   |   |   |Z  |   |Z X|
      |   |   |C  |   |C  |   |C  | 
      |___|   |___|   |___|   |___|
    
    First off, yes, I know they're crappy diagrams.  This shows the step-by-
    step progression of how to avoid a zombie.  The "Z" representing the 
    zombie, and the "C" representing Chris, and the "X's" representing the 
    path you're going to take when you sprint by.  
    
    Figure A shows Chris nearing the end of a hallway.
    
    Figure B shows Chris moving slightly to the left, luring the zombie to 
    follow.
    
    Figure C shows the Zombie moving in close for the kill.
    
    Figure D shows the necessary path to take for escape.  Touchdown!
    
    This can obviously be applied to many enemies, but more often than not,
    you'll be using it to escape from zombies.  This is the ultimate way to
    escape from a pinned corner.
    
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    III.  Zombie Combat
    
    If there's any enemy that you're going to have to be well-prepared to 
    fight, it's the zombie.  Encounters with him in the early stages of the
    game are somewhat unavoidable, so you'll find yourself bumping into him
    frequently.  There are several methods you can choose from, each 
    dependent on your surroundings, in which you can dispose of these 
    gentlemen:
    
    
    -Method #1: Slash and retreat 
    -Most effective when:  In a narrow corridor, or any other place that 
    prevents evasive maneuvering.
    
    The usually-reliable slash and retreat method will probably be used in
    most encounters.  Timing and depth perception is paramount here, as one 
    miscalculation can lead to an almost certain zombie bite.  Developing a 
    rhythmic stabbing pattern is the best way to approach the situation.  
    
    For example, my pattern is: "Slash...1...2...Slash...1...2."  The 
    "Slash" part is obviously the part where I slash with my knife, and 
    "1...2.." part denotes the seconds of backwards-walking retreat in 
    between my slashes.
    
    Get in as many slashes as possible, but be wary of the end of the 
    hallway.  There's nothing worse than getting pinned in a corner!  
    Because of all the inflicted knife wounds, at some point before reaching
    a dead end, you'll *hopefully* be able to make him keel over and fall to
    the ground momentarily.  While you have the opportunity, QUICKLY get 
    around to his other side.  This way, you will have got yourself out of 
    the corner he's been backing you into.  Additonally, you also bought 
    yourself more than enough clear real estate behind you to finish him 
    off.
    
    If you do happen to get pinned, there's only one thing you can do:  You
    can TRY to pull a Barry Sanders and squeeze by.  If you get caught, and
    you have a defense item, then you're fine.  But if you don't have one, 
    or you're not using them, then be prepared to lose some health.
    
    [NOTE: It is important to ONLY use the mid-section slash with this 
    method.  Don't aim for the head or legs.]
    
    -Method #2: Dizzy Zombie
    -Most Effective when: In a large, open area.
    
    This is a very good method, which will later be applied to many other 
    monsters. I must stress that it requires some precision control, 
    however, so it may take some practice.  The main idea here is to 
    essentially make the zombie really, really confused.
      
    Stand in front of a zombie, and wait for it to start coming after you.
    Keep waiting until he's almost ready to grab you, and then suddenly take
    off.  Run right behind the zombie into its blind spot and stab it.  Wait
    for it to turn and face you, and then repeat.  Keep doing this until he
    finally drops. 
    
    Beware, however, that sometimes zombies do a little "quick turn" and try
    to grab you  This will happen if you get too close behind it, so make 
    sure to keep your distance.
    
    
    -Method #3: The Stair Trick
    -Most Effective when: In an area where you can easily lure a zombie onto
    a staircase.
    
    This is the easiest method of them all.  Simply lure a zombie onto a 
    staircase, and proceed a lot like with what you did in the dizzy zombie
    strategy.  It's easy to run around the zombie on a staircase, mainly 
    because they can't grab you -- they can ONLY vomit!  That being said, 
    stab them a couple times while they're facing you, run behind them, 
    stab them in the back, and then repeat.  The key here is to keep them on
    the staircase.  Just keep luring them up and down AND avoid their vomit! 
    
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    IV. Misc Combat
    
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    =Dogs=
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    It's not smart to fight dogs.  Not at all.  You will, most likely, get 
    bitten several times in the process.  On top of that, you're better off
    just avoiding dogs all together.  However, there is a "glitch" that 
    you can exploit when dealing with dogs, but it only works in a couple
    areas.  
    
    In the courtyard, there are several lifts.  Dodge all the dogs, and sit
    in one of the lifts.  You see, when the dogs get near a lift, they can't
    get in!  They just keep running straight at it like the morons they are!
    Sit inside and just keep knifing until they're all dead.  It's THAT 
    simple, folks!  
    
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    =Crows= 
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    Don't waste your time.  Just run away.  As long as you don't stop 
    moving, you should be fine.
    
    [NOTE: I should mention that it's quite fun to sit there and see if you 
    can time a slash perfectly just as a crow swoops in.  I only recommend 
    you try this if you've got a lot of health, though. :p]
    
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    =Spiders= 
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    You don't actually have to fight them, but if you want to, they're 
    easily killed with the dizzy zombie method.  Wait until they're just 
    about to attack, and then run behind them and stab.  With practice, you
    can kill them without taking any damage at all.  It's probably best to 
    just run away from these critters, though, as they aren't really worth 
    your time.
    
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    =Chimeras:=  
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    Don't waste your time.  Just run away.  You won't be back-tracking 
    enough through Chimera areas enough to warrant you killing any of them.
    
    
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    V.  Crimson Head/Hunter Combat
    
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    =Crimson Heads=
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    If you are attempting the game with the KNIFE ONLY (which I assume 
    you are) and time is no concern, then it is highly recommended that 
    you go out of your way and burn zombie corpses.  Crimson heads can 
    truly be a pain, so it's probably best that you take the time to do 
    things right.
    
    However, if you're lazy, or else you want to get a really good time, 
    then you're going to have to deal with crimsons sooner or later.  There
    are two ways to deal with Crimson Heads:
    
    -Method #1: Run past them!
    
    It has come to my attention that MOST (if not all) Crimson Heads 
    right-handed.  Use this to your full advantage.  When a Crimson is 
    charging you, just be sure that when he's nearing you, you pull a quick
    move to his LEFT SIDE. This way, he should completely miss with his 
    swipe, and you'll be long gone.
    
    -Method #2: If there's a crimson-infested hallway that you're frequently
    accessing, it might be smart to remove the Crimson(s) for good.  Do this
    by running into one with a defense grenade, because it would probably be
    considered suicide if you attempted to kill a crimson in that situation
    with the knife only. 
    
    However, if you MUST kill a crimson with the knife, you have to be 
    pretty good at the dizzy zombie strategy.  More specifically, though, 
    you have to be REALLY quick on your feet.  Though, you will probably 
    need some extra health as well.  
    
    Remember how I said that most Crimsons are right-handed?  Wait until 
    they are bearing in on you, sprint to their LEFT, and get off a slash.
    You'll have to do this quite a few times, but eventually the crimson 
    will drop dead.
    
    [NOTE: If I recall correctly, Crimsons, like Zombies, can do a 
    quick-turn and grab on to you.  Keeping that in mind, even if you're 
    behind them, it would be safe not to get TOO close!]
    
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    =Hunters=
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    Most hunters should be avoided, but there's going to be a couple that 
    you'll have to dispose of.  For instance, the first Hunter that you'll
    see in the game should be taken care of.  This is because you'll be 
    backtracking through there quite a bit, and you don't want to risk 
    damage each and every time you go through. 
    
    Hunters aren't as ill-fated as their Crimson brothers, as they have 
    fully-functional usage of both their hands.  However, they're a little 
    slower at turning.  Once again, use the dizzy zombie strategy and get 
    behind them.  Wait for the hunter to commit to you, and fake him out.  
    If you can pull that off, start stabbin' away for as long as possible!  
    
    Even if you are quick, you probably won't emerge from the battle 
    completely unscathed.  It's best to keep some first aid sprays with 
    you during the hunter portion of the game.
    
    [NOTE: Watch your health during the battle.  If you get too low, they'll
    go for the nortorious show-boat head swipe.  To avoid this, replenish 
    your health, or get the heck out of the way!]
    
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    VI. Boss Combat
    
    These are the boss battles that require some kind of revamped strategy 
    in order for you to be successful with the knife.  Do as I say and 
    you'll live!
    
    
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    =Coffin Crimson=
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    Use the regular Crimson Head strategies here, but be warned that this 
    Crimson is much stronger.  Bring some extra health items, because you're
    going to take some damage!  (You'll ESPECIALLY be taking damage if 
    you've been burning Crimsons up to this point, and have yet to face one
    for yourself.)
    
    The key: Be conservative and take your time.  Choose your slashes 
    carefully -- if don't think you can hit him, then run around in circles 
    until you think you have a legitimate opportunity.  If you sit still and
    think for too long, he'll grab you!  
    
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    =Plant 42=
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    If you DID NOT save Richard, you will be able to use the V-JOLT against 
    Plant 42 with Rebecca.  Once that is taken care of, go UNDERNEATH 
    Plant 42 and swipe at its tentacles.  Make sure you have plenty of 
    health items here, because you're bound to take some damage.  The 
    tentacles will be difficult to hit with the knife at times, but you'll
    eventually figure it out.   
    
    The key: Keep mobile to insure that you don't get hit with any of 
    Plant 42's attacks.  Don't stay in one place for too long at a time!
    
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    =Yawn II=
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    This is pretty easy with the right idea.  See how there's a kind of 
    horseshoe-shaped section of books with a low ceiling?  You have to lure
    him back there.  When he starts to chase you in, run ALL THE WAY around
    BEHIND him and start stabbing him in the rear-end of his body.  This is
    perfect because there is no possible way he can harm you if you're 
    behind him like that. Just keep doing this until he dies.
    
    The key: Have patience. It's not fun, and it takes a lot of tiny stabs
    to get him, but it eventually brings him down.  Don't get frustrated and
    challenge him head-on, because you'll be risking severe damage.  Do it 
    the safe way!
    
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    =Saving Rebecca=
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    I know that this isn't really a "boss" per se, but I thought I'd include
    it.  I also realize that you don't have to do it, but if you want the 
    best ending, you'll have to do it.  If you don't want the best ending, 
    then just skip ahead.
    
    Now, I don't know if I'm always lucky when it comes to this part, but it
    seems like the hunter likes to pounce on you here.  If you have a 
    grenade handy, this battle will be over rather quickly.  Wait for him to
    pounce on you, and Chris will stuff a grenade in his mouth and he'll be
    done.  If the hunter does not pounce (and this has never happened to me,
    BTW) you'll have a tight space to work in.  Keep moving around, and be 
    sure not to get cornered.  That's about all I can say.  
    
    The key:  Have a grenade, or at least a defense dagger handy.  This will
    make things all the more easy.  If you're not using defense items, then
    this battle will be difficult - or near impossible - because of the
    space you have to work with.  That being the case, I'd suggest not even
    bothering to save Rebecca.
    
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    =Tyrant I=
    ==========
    
    Insanely simple!  Remember the dizzy zombie strategy?  Do the exact same
    with Tyrant.  He's too slow to even get off an attack if you're quick 
    enough.  
    
    The key:  Keep behind him the whole time and you'll be just fine.  When
    he starts turning towards you, run around him in the direction of his 
    non-claw hand.  Barry Sanders would be proud.
    
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    =Tyrant II=
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    Once again, this battle is not necessary unless you want the best 
    possible ending.  I haven't really developed much of a strategy for 
    this part, so you're free to do what you want and NOT listen to me.  
    Just be sure thatyou have an ample health supply.  Ample, being, like 
    four first aid sprays. 
    
    You're going to have to be a chivalrous gentleman here. As he nears 
    Rebecca, try to get in his way and distract him so he can't hurt her.  
    I usually attract his attention by stabbing him a couple times.  Watch 
    out, though, because if you don't position yourself right, he'll slap 
    you away like a rag doll.  When the timer hits about thirty seconds, the
    Rocket Launcher will come down from Brad.  This should be the FIRST TIME
    in the game where you pick up a weapon other than the knife.  Equip it,
    say something creative like "Hasta la Vista, Baby!", and fire!  
    
    Woo hoo!
    
    You've officially beat Resident Evil using ONLY the knife!  
    
    Congratulations!
    
    (The Rocket Launcher doesn't really count as using a weapon, because you
    have no choice. :p)
    
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    VII. Legal Jargon
    
    This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for 
    personal, private use. It may not be placed on any web site (other than
    gamefaqs.com) or otherwise distributed publicly without advance written
    permission. Use of this guide on any other web site or as a part of any
    public display is strictly prohibited, and a violation of copyright.
    
    All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by 
    their respective trademark and copyright holders.
    
    Copyright 2003 Bill Maddux.
    
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    VIII. Contact
    
    If you have a question or comment for me, I'd be glad to hear it.  
    E-mail me at m4ddux@hotmail.com.  
    
    Thank you for taking the time to read my guide.