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    RESIDENT EVIL 4: A GUIDE TO PLAYING THROUGH WITH JUST A HANDGUN.
    
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    Introduction: Ever feel like playing only with the handgun, throughout the whole
    game?  It's not quite as hard as you might think, but is still a challenge, and
    on Professional it is frankly just excruciating.  I myself have never finished
    it on Professional.
    
    This is a walkthrough designed with those playing with only the handgun
    throughout the whole game.  Well, generally, anyways.  There will be times when
    you'll need to bust out a sniper rifle, and the grenades/knife is just a given.
    
    UPDATE:SOME CONTACT INFO, AND YES, EXPANDED & ADDED SOME SECTIONS.
    
    
    The Beginning:
    
    I highly recommend starting on a second round, as this way you can start out
    with a fully upgraded handgun with a 5x chance of instant headshots.  You can
    just start out with a new game if you wish, but the lack of power and capacity
    along with health will make your going excruciating...  Especially when you are
    trapped inside the small cage with a clawed maniac.
    
    So: upgrade your handgun.  Sell off anything else you don't need.  This includes
    ammo, by the way.
    
    Here are some tips to keep in mind as you play:
    
    -Headshots are nice, but when you are facing a group of Ganados, shoot one in
    the knee, then KICK him into the other to drop them.  Without a shotgun, the
    going gets difficult.  When fighting Monks, the same tip applies, but remember
    to go for a headshot to make them stagger, as when they are kneeling only the
    SUPLEX seems to be used.
    
    -The Knife is nice, and you should use it often...  but on Normal difficulty,
    handgun bullets aren't as scarce as you might think, so don't worry about
    blowing off the enemies' heads as they are laying down, especially if you are
    pressed for time.
    
    -When the Plagas pop out, the 5x Headshot chance comes in very handy.  You'll be
    blowing away those head-chewing monsters in one or two shots, half the time.
    The rest, just shoot them and run away when they get too close.
    
    -You'll be accumulating some nice cash throughout the game.  Think of it as a
    way to save up for the CT, Handcannon, and the Infinite Launcher.
    
    -Use the SUPLEX whenever you can.  This is done by shooting a monk or a soldier
    in the knee-shin area, and as they are kneeling, walking over to them and
    pressing A.  You'll be killing them most of the time in one shot.  However, if
    they are still alive after the SUPLEX, just shoot them in the face.
    
    -You'll get tons of money, throughout the game.  Don't be afraid to buy first-
    aid sprays.  I usually keep around two sprays and as many herbs as I can, when I
    go through the game.  Its not unusual to burn through healing items when
    fighting some of the tougher enemies (the bugs!).
    
    -For use only with the Exclusive Handgun: shoot them in the knee from afar, and
    when they are kneeling, aim for the face and pull the trigger.  If it doesn't
    blow their head off, at least it'll knock them down.
    
    -The bosses will take a long time (my fight with Salazar took forty five
    minutes.)   Be patient.  And I hope you like pain- some of the bosses will rip
    you a new one.
    
    -Easily, the biggest pain in the game comes from the bugs and the dogs, in the
    sewer and hedge-maze areas, respectively.  I'll explain how to deal with them
    when the time comes...  (A special mention goes for the flying bugs.)
    
    -There is a point in the game when you absoutely MUST use a sniper rifle.  Two
    parts, actually.  I mention them when we come across them.
    
    -If you find the going too hard, I suggest you buy a magnum and keep it for the
    bosses.  It's the coward's way out, but hey, at least you'll look cool doing
    it...
    
    -Grenades.  Save them.  Don't ever throw them away.  Whether they be flash,
    incendiary, or fragmentary, KEEP THEM.
    
    -Don't be afraid to run away.  If you can get to a new area (marked with a green
    "Open"), just get there.  The enemies can't follow you, so don't worry.
    Remember, it's about survival.
    
    -What are we waiting for?
    
    
    THE VILLAGE:
    
    Just go through the motions: shoot them in the knees, kick them, and knife them
    to death as they lie on the ground.  You want to gather and save as much ammo as
    possible in the beginning.  Shoot some crows if you can, also: sometimes, they
    drop hand grenades.
    
    Inside the village, there are two options:
    
    -You know that house with the shotgun inside?  If you don't feel like facing Dr.
    Salvador the Paper-Bag Man, don't go in, and don't go up the road to where he
    is, either.  Just run back and forth through the town, shooting kneecaps and
    blowing off heads until the bell tolls.  After which you can collect loot at
    your leisure.
    
    -Or, the tougher way.  I don't recommend this, as Dr. Salvador takes up way too
    much ammo to kill, but if you feel like it, here you go. Immediately head to the
    house with the shotgun.  After the cutscene, ignore the villagers pounding on
    the door and go upstairs.  Pick up the items, (don't use the shotgun!) knock
    down the ladder, then head to the roof by jumping out the window.
    
    From here, there are two ladder that can reach you.  Knock them down as they
    come up, then shoot them in the head.  The chainsaw man will show up, too-
    don't let him come up!  As you knock down the ladders and blow off heads, watch
    your back at times to make sure enemies aren't sneaking up behind you.
    
    Pump the chainsaw man full of lead.  He takes quite a lot of bullets before
    going down.
    
    When the bell tolls, collect the loot, and go on to the next part.  And the part
    after that.  And the part after that...  Remember, when enemies mob you in
    groups, the knee-shot+KICK works wonders.  Also use the oh-so convenient
    exploding barrels to your advantage.   You shouldn't have any problem until you
    come out of Mendez's house, and meet another Dr. Salvador.  There's two ways to
    get through alive; knock the two villagers down with a shot to the knees then
    the chest, and as the chainsaw man is rushing you, run around him- don't get
    close- then just rush through the whole thing.  It takes a bit of luck, but
    killing him is hard.
    
    If you do want to kill him, toss a grenade, and when he's knocked over, pump him
    full of lead.
    
    Back to the village, then.  Run through, ignoring anyone who isn't an immediate
    threat, and get to the insignia door.  Open, save, and go on.
    
    Sell the shotgun, by the way.
    
    In the graveyard, its just business as usual.  Run through both the cemetary,
    the bridges, and the swamp, and get to Del Lago.
    
    BOSS: DEL LAGO THE GIANT TUNAFISH
    
    Just refer to the other guides if you need help.  You don't use a gun here, so
    this is out of my jurisdiction.
    
    After the boss, save, then go on...
    
    You'll meet a parasite for the first time.  I usually kill it in one or two
    shots with the instant headshot.
    
    Run down, shoot the chains to knock loose the crate, and use the switch to
    divert the stream of water from the pathway.  When enemies mob out of the cave,
    jump over back onto the second box, and shoot them down as they attempt to jump
    towards your position.  When the dust settles along with a dozen mouldering
    corpses, go on your way and meet...
    
    BOSS: EL GIGANTE
    
    Patience is a virtue well appreciated here.  Using the handgun to whittle his
    health down takes a long time, but be patient.  Just plug him in the face until
    he keels over, at which point you slash away the worms.  The hand grenade also
    does a lot of damage to him.  And I hope you rescued the dog.
    
    There really isn't a killer strategy for this fight.  It's mostly about guts and
    skill.
    
    Afterwards, head back towards the church, and prepare for...  THE DOGS.
    
    God, I hate these critters.  When they run towards you, steadily plug them in
    the face to keep them from leaping.  Hope you have a good aim- with three of
    these darn things, it's hard to keep all of them from ripping your throat out.
    If you find that you are having too hard a time with this, just run through them
    (you might be assaulted a few times) and open the door.
    
    After saving Ashley, get out, take care of the villagers, and go on your way.
    
    "WE'RE SANDWICHED, ALRIGHT." (SO SAYETH THE LEON.)  Or,
    
    THE BATTLE IN THE MANSION
    
    Inside the house, I recommend that you push the closets over the windows,
    collect all the loot, then stand at the middle of the stairs, so that you can
    still see and shoot into the incoming melee without being surrounded.  Luis is
    quite a help- invincibility must help him a lot- and in the beginning, as the
    Ganados pour through the windows, just blast open their faces and any emerging
    parasites.
    
    When they start creeping towards your position, get to the top of the stairs,
    then blast them as they come towards you.  And when Luis runs up the stairs,
    prepare for the ladders to come- knock them down whenever you can, and if there
    are enemies almost all the way up, just shoot them to drop them back down to the
    ground.
    
    Good luck.  It's quite difficult without a shotgun.
    
    Afterwards, get out of the house, then take the left way.
    
    THE BELLA SISTERS
    
    When they first jump out, climb up the stairs, run back a little, then shoot the
    Ganados as they lurch towards your position.  When the Bella sisters charge, lay
    down a hand grenade, and shoot them as they fall.  When they are on the ground,
    pump them full of bullets.  Run if you have.
    
    A good tactic is to strand them down where you first began, climb up the ladder,
    and keep knocking it down as you fire on their faces.  They'll fall--
    eventually.
    
    THE GREAT TRAMWAY/TROLLEY RIDE
    
    Just aim carefully, and shoot them as they come.
    
    I think you can handle the regular enemies, from now on.  I'll just go through
    the tough parts.  Just beware of crowds, and use your noggin to get through.
    
    THE CATAPULTS
    
    Wow.  What a welcome.
    
    The first catapult can be destroyed with a shot to the red barrel.  The second
    one- located right above the building with the yellow herb in it- can also be
    destroyed that way.  The third can be destroyed with a nice grenade throw.
    
    The fourth, though, is nearly impossible to destroy without a rifle.  I used it
    for a single shot to the face. You can use the pistol if you want, but it's a
    very large waste of ammo...
    
    NOTE:I HAVE KILLED THE FOURTH CATAPULT WITH THE HANDGUN; JUST AIM, AND FIRE AT
    THE GENERAL DIRECTION, AND LOOK CAREFULLY FOR WHERE THE BULLET HITS.  KEEP FINE-
    TUNING YOUR SHOTS WHILE DODGING THOSE FLAMING BALLS AND YOU'LL EVENTUALLY KILL
    HIM.  NOT RECOMMENDED, HOWEVER; I EXPENDED TWENTY THREE SHOTS ON THE GUY.
    
    THE SHIELD-MONKS
    
    Aim at where their head will be, roughly, and start blasting.  Five or so shots
    will punch through the wood to let you get a shot to the face. Also, try luring
    them up/down a staircase; as they work they way up/down to you, their
    heads/shins will be revealed to you.  Kill them.
    
    THE PRISON:
    
    Ah!  The Clawman!
    
    Seeing as how they go down in a single shot from a Broken Butterfuly or a Killer
    7, the marathon that you are soon about to go through is, to say the least, very
    aggravating.  They take forever to kill, and are very dangerous, also, with
    their one-hit headswipe kills and blind rushes.
    
    There are two things to keep in mind as you fight these guys:
    
    -Always walk, and run only when necessary.
    
    -Shoot them once when they are turned around, and as they writhe around on the
    ground, walk away from the spot from which you shot.
    
    Basically, it's a battle of endurance.
    
    PIGGYBACKING ASHLEY:
    When Ashley piggybacks atop Leon's back to crank the two switches that raises
    the bridge from the pool of water, you'll have to protect her.  This is the
    second part of the game that you'll need a rifle, as a pistol simply doesn't
    have the power to stop them in their tracks.
    
    THE SEWERS
    
    You should know where the bugs are, by now.  Kill the first one from afar,
    pumping it full of lead as it scurries towards you.  Go on, kill the next two
    sitting in the pool with a grenade, then, after you walk through the door, a bug
    will pop down from the hole on the ceiling.
    
    Don't bother trying to run.  They'll simply run you down.  Its all about
    shooting it and kicking it.  Shoot it as it comes towards you.  Kick when you
    can.  Pop a herb into your mouth when needed.  When the first one dies, you
    could drop a hand grenade at the 'spawning' spot- if you get the timing right,
    you'll kill the second one, but its not always guaranteed.
    
    When the two die, don't bother checking the cells.  Go on to where the switch
    is, turn it on, and then RUN.  You could fight the incoming bugs if you wish,
    but there's no point to it.  Unlike the other encounters, you can definitely run
    away from these guys.
    
    FREEING ASHLEY
    
    While she's screaming for help, blast off those locks.  Be careful; it's too
    easy to kill her while you're trying to help her.
    
    When the monks come, shoot them once to knock them down, their aim for the head
    to kill them.  Persevere, and you'll survive...  I guess...
    
    THE RUMBLE IN THE CAGE.
    
    Ah...  trapped in the cage with a clawman and a monk, as others surround you and
    throw darts.  Start with an incendiary grenade to immobilize the Clawman for a
    second.  You can either attempt to shoot off the locks, or as in my case, toss a
    grenade outside to deal with the monks so that you can kill it inside the cage.
    The handgun's too weak to break the lock off in less then twelve or so shots.
    
    Killing the clawman inside the cage is pretty stupid, by the way.  What actually
    happened is that, after all the monks were dead, it, while I stood in a corner,
    actually walked out the cage and went off in search of prey.  I ran like hell to
    the door, then, and got to the next part.
    
    Just walk away from the berserker, shoot the lock, walk again, shoot the lock...
    Also, kill the monks dropping into the cage, too.
    
    Good luck.
    
    THE CLOCK TOWER
    
    After destroying those wooden planks that were choking the machinery, just start
    jumping down.  Ignore the enemies unless they are right in your way, at which
    point you just shoot to knock them down- a shot to the knee, then the chest.  It
    won't kill them, but you'll be able to step over them.
    
    Outside, at the bridge, three shield-monks will menace you.  Use a grenade if
    you wish, or just stand your ground, shoot through the wooden shield, and blast
    open their faces.
    
    Just run through, after that, to where the two Garradors wait...
    
    TWO BERSERKERS: TWO DEATHES.
    
    When you step through the door, two monks await, with the berserkers standing
    behind.  Toss a grenade to start it off.
    
    When everyone rushes down to your position, slip past them and run to the upper
    door.  By that point a whole group of monks- who dropped down from somewhere,
    will be charging you, and if you are unlucky, a berserker or two also.  A hand
    grenade takes care of the monks easily, though, and after that its simply a
    battle of endurance.
    
    Use the side passage a lot, and shoot them only if they are far away from your
    position.  Try to wear one out at a time.  Its really about keeping your cool
    and aiming well from afar.  Use the bells only in emergencies- say, if one is
    very close to your position.
    
    THE RIGHT HAND OF SALAZAR
    
    Just run, use L+R to dodge when you need to, and use the freeze canisters when
    you can.  Keep running back and forth until the elevator arrives, at which point
    you run to it.  That's all!
    
    When dodging, remember that the Hand will start attacking you with combos.  This
    is especially prevalent near the end, when you are before the elevator room.
    It'll jump up, go to the ceiling, then stab out with a four-hit combo: just keep
    your wits about you.  It usually attacks with:
    
    L+R, L+R, A+B, A+B.
    
    Good luck.  Its not that hard.
    
    THE TWO TROLLS
    
    Drop one of them in lava to start things off.  The other can be taken care of by
    running to the platform opposite of the switch to release the lava-trap,
    climbing it, and using A to slide down as the troll lurches towards your
    position.  By doing so, you get a chance to pop it a few time in the face.  Aim
    carefully- ammo is going to be scarce afterwards, as this troll takes a ton of
    damage.
    
    SALAZAR
    
    Run down to the right side, and stand under the platform, so that its tentacles
    can't bother you.  Bodiless parasites will rush your position, two at a time.
    Three shots take care of them.  Shoot the parasites, and wait for Salazar to
    reveal himself, at which point you plug it as much as you can.  I usually fit in
    four or five shots.  Don't worry about ammo too much, either; the parasites
    usually drop about ten or fifteen shots when they die, and since they come in
    twos every ten second or so, you'll be continually refreshed with more
    ammunition.
    
    This battle takes a long time.  Be patient!
    
    J.J.
    
    These chaingun-toting maniacs take a lot of damage, but they aren't too hard.
    Wait till they are done shooting, pop them in the face, back into cover right
    BEFORE they start shooting again, pop out&shoot, and repeat.  This will keep
    them from chasing after you, while you wittle down their hit points.
    
    ARMORED SOLDIERS
    
    Blast them in the face.
    
    REGENERATORS
    
    The second time in the game that you absoutely need a sniper rifle.  I think you
    know the rest.
    
    THE "IT."
    
    You know...  the giant four-legged scorpion-sphinx-man-faced monster that chases
    you through those three switch-triggered rooms?
    
    When it comes, just dodge it, shoot and operate the switches, and get to the
    end.  Its not as hard as you think- don't bother trying to damage it until the
    second battle, and you'll be alright.  Don't be afraid to cure yourself.
    
    When the platforms fall away, the battle REALLY begins.  Run and shoot as it
    comes toward you.  Try to trap it behind one of the cages when you can, at which
    point you can chuck grenades and shoot it in the face.
    
    KRAUSER.
    
    Use the knife!  Slash him when he gets close.  Walk away from him, backwards, so
    that you are facing him at all times.  Dodge his attacks with the A+B or L+R
    buttons, slash him, and pump him full of lead when you have the chance.  Use
    grenades when needed.
    
    SADDLER.
    
    THE END!
    
    Shoot the eye on its leg, climb it, stab its eye.  Use the exploding barrels and
    the cranes to your advantage.  Hand grenades also drop it down for a stabbing.
    When the special rocket launcher is thrown to you, USE IT!  And that's it!
    You've beaten Resident Evil 4 with (mostly) the Handgun!
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
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