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Resident Evil 2 weapons guide: Locations and upgrades detailed

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Fancy some more firepower?

Resident Evil 2 is out now and we’re here to help you find and upgrade each of the game’s weapons.

We’ll try to make our guides as spoiler free as possible — story beats will largely be skipped, but item and room names won’t be — so rest assured we won’t ruin anything for you. With that in mind, let’s get to it!

Unlike some aspects of the game, safe combinations are the same no matter who you’re playing as. You’ll get different items depending on your character, however.

(We’re not including any DLC/bonus weapons as they don’t count toward records.)

Resident Evil 2 Leon weapons and upgrades

Matilda handgun

W-870 Shotgun

Lightning Hawk MAG

  • Location: S.T.A.R.S. Office Armory (2F) with S.T.A.R.S. Badge USB Dongle Key
  • Upgrade 1: Long Barrel from the case in Underground Stairs (Lower) with S.T.A.R.S. Badge
  • Upgrade 2: Red Dot Sight from Hidden File stash in S.T.A.R.S. Office

Chemical Flamethrower

  • Location: Supplies Storage Room using Queen Plug and King Plug
  • Upgrade 1: Regulator from locker in Laboratory Nap Room (B1)

Anti-Tank Rocket

  • Location: Through story progression (unmissable unless you actively choose to ignore it)
  • Upgrades: None

M911 handgun

  • Location: Room underneath Entrance (1F) in Leon 2nd Game only
  • Upgrades: None

After obtaining all of Leon’s six weapons, you’ll obtain the Gun Fanatic record.

Resident Evil 2 Claire weapons and upgrades

SLS 60 handgun

JMB Hp3 handgun

  • Location: Found in the trunk of the Police car in the Parking Garage (requires Car Key)
  • Upgrade 1: High-Capacity Mag. from the safe in Waiting Room (2F)

MQ11 submachine gun

  • Location: S.T.A.R.S. Office Armory (2F) with S.T.A.R.S. Badge USB Dongle Key
  • Upgrade 1: Suppressor from the case in Underground Stairs (Lower) with S.T.A.R.S. Badge
  • Upgrade 2: High-Capacity Mag. from Hidden File stash in S.T.A.R.S. Office

GM 79 grenade launcher

  • Location: Safety Deposit Room (1F) with Weapons Locker Key
  • Upgrade 1: Shoulder Stock from locker in Elevator Controls Room (B1)
  • (It’s assumed this weapon is counted as two due to Flame Rounds and Acid Rounds.)

Spark Shot stun gun

  • Location: Supplies Storage Room using Queen Plug and King Plug
  • Upgrade 1: High Voltage Condenser from locker in Labratory Nap Room (B1)

Minigun gatling gun

  • Location: Found in the room at back of Laboratory Turntable (B3)
  • Upgrades: None

After obtaining all of Claire’s seven weapons, you’ll obtain the Gun Enthusiast record.

Resident Evil 2 is available now on Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4. Check out our other guides below.

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