Resident Evil 4
BLOODY AS HELL - Speed Run Guide
Authored by VampireHorde




                                       
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INTRODUCTION


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Thanks for clicking on the FAQ. This guide will take you on a step-by-
step speed run through Resident Evil 4. 
To do a full speed run, you will need to have unlocked either the 
Chicago Typewriter and/or the HandCannon (as a precaution). 

These weapons will make your speed run hella easier.


This speed run applies for BOTH difficulties. At the end of the FAQ I 
will reveal my own stats for comparison.



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  \__ \/ /_/ / __/ / __/ / / / /  / /_/ / / / /  |/ / 
 ___/ / ____/ /___/ /___/ /_/ /  / _, _/ /_/ / /|  /  
/____/_/   /_____/_____/_____/  /_/ |_|\____/_/ |_/   
                                                      
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  / /_/ / /| | /  |/ / ,<  \__ \ 
 / _, _/ ___ |/ /|  / /| |___/ / 
/_/ |_/_/  |_/_/ |_/_/ |_/____/  
                                 


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There are three types of players in RE4:
--BEGINNER
--INTERMEDIATE
--ADVANCED

What do these ranks mean?  It basically shows where you stand as a 
gamer and how fast you can complete Resident Evil 4 for this speed run.  
Here's the breakdown and see where you rank:


BEGINNER:
-Has finished RE4 at least once or twice
-Spends time searching through every box for ammo
-Still gets lost through the game
-Has a difficult time with the COMMAND buttons (like DODGE)
-Has died from the first Krauser encounter numerous times
-Has not unlocked any of the other secret weapons


INTERMEDIATE:
-Has beaten ASSIGNMENT ADA
-Has unlocked all secret characters in THE MERCENARIES
-Relies on goodies left over by the enemy
-Evasive and can escape situations with little damage


ADVANCED:
-Has beaten PROFESSIONAL difficulty
-Has unlocked the HandCannon and fully upgraded it
-Can evade enemies with no problems
-Can beat bosses in less than a minute (except Del Lago battle)


The rankings for each category highlight how fast you can do a speed 
run. Players in each category can complete a speed run game in the 
following times:

-Beginner:     5-10 hours or more
-Intermediate: 3-4 hours 
-Advanced:     2 hours or more


Anyway, see how you do in the speed run!



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 ___/ / ____/ /___/ /___/ /_/ /  / _, _/ /_/ / /|  /  
/____/_/   /_____/_____/_____/  /_/ |_|\____/_/ |_/   


  ______________  _____
 /_  __/  _/ __ \/ ___/
  / /  / // /_/ /\__ \ 
 / / _/ // ____/___/ / 
/_/ /___/_/    /____/  
                       

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-The best way to do a speed run is to use either the fully upgraded 
HandCannon or the Chicago Typewriter. This walkthrough assumes that you 
are using either (or both) weapons.


-In specific areas of the game, you will encounter scripted situations. 
I will point them out to make sure you don't get stuck in a rut.


-When entering doors, press the A button twice to make Leon kick it 
open.  Also, press the Start button to skip all cutscenes and 
transmission calls.


-Be evasive but defensive! Don't think you can just run past certain 
enemies without taking damage. Use the environment to your best 
ability.


-Use the Save Typewriter at your own pace. I'll mention a few key 
points on when to save but it's up to you to choose when you want to 
save your progress.


-If Leon dies during certain sequences, CONTINUE from the previous 
checkpoint, it's okay to do so.


-Before starting a speed run, be sure to purchase either (or all) of 
the following weapons: the Chicago Typewriter, HandCannon (any Magnum 
is also fine), and/or the Infinite Rocket Launcher. 
Leave the rest of the attache case for First Aid Sprays.


-I'm assuming that you know your way around the game. If you get lost 
during the speed run, STOP! Remember, the point of a speed run is to 
complete objectives in the shortest amount of time. 


Let's start the run!



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 / /   / /_/ / /| | / /_/ / / / / __/ / /_/ /   / /_____/ / 
/ /___/ __  / ___ |/ ____/ / / / /___/ _, _/   / /_____/ /  
\____/_/ /_/_/  |_/_/     /_/ /_____/_/ |_|   /_/     /_/   
                                                            


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OBJECTIVE: INFILTRATE THE VILLAGE
-Head for the house and skip the cutscene. Enter the house and skip the 
cutscene.


SITUATION: Kill the crazed villager and get out of the house.
You CANNOT leave the house until you kill this villager!


-Run past all the other villagers to the village entrance. Skip the 
Hunnigan call and DO NOT use the LOOK option when at the village 
entrance.


OBJECTIVE: FIND ASHLEY

AREA: THE VILLAGE
Kill all villagers in this area. DO NOT ENTER ANY HOUSES! This will 
ruin the speed run already!

-Skip the cutscenes and the Hunnigan call. Exit to the farm area.

AREA: THE FARM
Simply run to the next gate and exit. No bullets fired or energy lost.

SITUATION: KILLER BOULDER
Escape the boulder and continue through the walkway. Immediately run 
around the shack and shoot off the lock at the house behind it. Enter 
and free Luis. Skip the cutscene.


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(  ____ \|\     /|(  ___  )(  ____ )\__   __/(  ____ \(  ____ )
| (    \/| )   ( || (   ) || (    )|   ) (   | (    \/| (    )|
| |      | (___) || (___) || (____)|   | |   | (__    | (____)|
| |      |  ___  ||  ___  ||  _____)   | |   |  __)   |     __)
| |      | (   ) || (   ) || (         | |   | (      | (\ (   
| (____/\| )   ( || )   ( || )         | |   | (____/\| ) \ \__
(_______/|/     \||/     \||/          )_(   (_______/|/   \__/
                                                               
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(  ____ \( \      (  ____ \(  ___  )(  ____ )(  ____ \(  __  \ 
| (    \/| (      | (    \/| (   ) || (    )|| (    \/| (  \  )
| |      | |      | (__    | (___) || (____)|| (__    | |   ) |
| |      | |      |  __)   |  ___  ||     __)|  __)   | |   | |
| |      | |      | (      | (   ) || (\ (   | (      | |   ) |
| (____/\| (____/\| (____/\| )   ( || ) \ \__| (____/\| (__/  )
(_______/(_______/(_______/|/     \||/   \__/(_______/(______/ 
                                                               


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  / ____/ / / /   |  / __ \/_  __/ ____/ __ \   <  /    |__ \
 / /   / /_/ / /| | / /_/ / / / / __/ / /_/ /   / /_______/ /
/ /___/ __  / ___ |/ ____/ / / / /___/ _, _/   / /_____/ __/ 
\____/_/ /_/_/  |_/_/     /_/ /_____/_/ |_|   /_/     /____/ 
                                                             


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OBJECTIVE: HEAD BACK TO THE VILLAGE

SCRIPTED EVENT: Press the DODGE button indicated. Skip the cutscene and 
the transmission call and head outside. Skip the Merchant cutscene.

SITUATION: THE HEXAGONAL EMBLEM
Mow down anyone that gets in the way and head straight for both chests 
that contain the EMBLEM pieces. Combine the pieces and use it at the 
exit. Exit the Mountain valley.

AREA: FACILITY
Mow down everyone in the way and head straight for the Mendez house.

AREA: MENDEZ HOUSE
Destroy the wall mine and go to the house. Solve the door puzzle: UP, 
LEFT. Head inside and grab the INSIGNIA KEY and exit.

-Skip the cutscene


**NOTE: DO NOT trigger the Ada extra cutscene!

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(  ____ \|\     /|(  ___  )(  ____ )\__   __/(  ____ \(  ____ )
| (    \/| )   ( || (   ) || (    )|   ) (   | (    \/| (    )|
| |      | (___) || (___) || (____)|   | |   | (__    | (____)|
| |      |  ___  ||  ___  ||  _____)   | |   |  __)   |     __)
| |      | (   ) || (   ) || (         | |   | (      | (\ (   
| (____/\| )   ( || )   ( || )         | |   | (____/\| ) \ \__
(_______/|/     \||/     \||/          )_(   (_______/|/   \__/
                                                               
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(  ____ \( \      (  ____ \(  ___  )(  ____ )(  ____ \(  __  \ 
| (    \/| (      | (    \/| (   ) || (    )|| (    \/| (  \  )
| |      | |      | (__    | (___) || (____)|| (__    | |   ) |
| |      | |      |  __)   |  ___  ||     __)|  __)   | |   | |
| |      | |      | (      | (   ) || (\ (   | (      | |   ) |
| (____/\| (____/\| (____/\| )   ( || ) \ \__| (____/\| (__/  )
(_______/(_______/(_______/|/     \||/   \__/(_______/(______/ 




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  / ____/ / / /   |  / __ \/_  __/ ____/ __ \   <  /    |__  /
 / /   / /_/ / /| | / /_/ / / / / __/ / /_/ /   / /_____ /_ < 
/ /___/ __  / ___ |/ ____/ / / / /___/ _, _/   / /_____/__/ / 
\____/_/ /_/_/  |_/_/     /_/ /_____/_/ |_|   /_/     /____/  
                                                              


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OBJECTIVE: GO TO THE CHURCH

AREA: MENDEZ HOUSE
Head outside and mow down the chainsaw maniac and anyone in the way. 
Exit to the village.

AREA: VILLAGE
Run past everyone and head straight for the door and use the INSIGNIA 
KEY and enter. Head underground to the Merchant.

-Skip the Merchant cutscene and continue to the church

AREA: CHURCH
Run past the church. Skip the Hunnigan call. Head for the next area. 
Run past the El Gigante area to the next area.

SITUATION: BOULDER RUN
Escape the boulder and head for the swamp.

AREA: SWAMP
Escape everyone here. Shoot all the wall mines and exit the swamp area.

-DO NOT watch the Del Lago cutscene! Head straight for the boat.


BOSS BATTLE: DEL LAGO
GOOD LUCK! Press the A Button to CUT the rope and then skip the 
cutscene after the battle.


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(  ____ \|\     /|(  ___  )(  ____ )\__   __/(  ____ \(  ____ )
| (    \/| )   ( || (   ) || (    )|   ) (   | (    \/| (    )|
| |      | (___) || (___) || (____)|   | |   | (__    | (____)|
| |      |  ___  ||  ___  ||  _____)   | |   |  __)   |     __)
| |      | (   ) || (   ) || (         | |   | (      | (\ (   
| (____/\| )   ( || )   ( || )         | |   | (____/\| ) \ \__
(_______/|/     \||/     \||/          )_(   (_______/|/   \__/
                                                               
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(  ____ \( \      (  ____ \(  ___  )(  ____ )(  ____ \(  __  \ 
| (    \/| (      | (    \/| (   ) || (    )|| (    \/| (  \  )
| |      | |      | (__    | (___) || (____)|| (__    | |   ) |
| |      | |      |  __)   |  ___  ||     __)|  __)   | |   | |
| |      | |      | (      | (   ) || (\ (   | (      | |   ) |
| (____/\| (____/\| (____/\| )   ( || ) \ \__| (____/\| (__/  )
(_______/(_______/(_______/|/     \||/   \__/(_______/(______/ 



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  / ____/ / / /   |  / __ \/_  __/ ____/ __ \   |__ \     <  /
 / /   / /_/ / /| | / /_/ / / / / __/ / /_/ /   __/ /_____/ / 
/ /___/ __  / ___ |/ ____/ / / / /___/ _, _/   / __/_____/ /  
\____/_/ /_/_/  |_/_/     /_/ /_____/_/ |_|   /____/    /_/   
                                                              


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OBJECTIVE: GET THE ROUND INSIGNIA

SITUATION: LAS PLAGAS
Skip the cutscene and head for the door outside. Skip both villagers 
and head for the next area. DO NOT CLIMB DOWN THE MOUNTAIN YET!

AREA: WATERFALL
DO NOT CLIMB DOWN THE MOUNTAIN YET! Stand on the corner ledge of the 
mountain and shoot the hanging crates. NOW CLIMB DOWN!

-Run to the lever at the other end and operate it. Skip the cutscene 
and head for the waterfall. Mow down the villagers and head for the 
ROUND INSIGNIA. Exit to the boat.

AREA: MERCHANT
Run outside to the next boss battle.

BOSS BATTLE: EL GIGANTE
Use the Rocket Launcher to kill it in one hit.


OBJECTIVE: FIND ASHLEY

AREA: CHURCH
Head for the church and use the ROUND INSIGNIA and enter. Climb the 
ladder the second floor and jump on the chandelier to the other side. 
Solve the light puzzle: RED 2x, GREEN 3x, BLUE 1x. 

-Skip the cutscene and head to Ashley's room. Skip the cutscene and 
exit the church. Skip the Saddler cutscene.


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(  ____ \|\     /|(  ___  )(  ____ )\__   __/(  ____ \(  ____ )
| (    \/| )   ( || (   ) || (    )|   ) (   | (    \/| (    )|
| |      | (___) || (___) || (____)|   | |   | (__    | (____)|
| |      |  ___  ||  ___  ||  _____)   | |   |  __)   |     __)
| |      | (   ) || (   ) || (         | |   | (      | (\ (   
| (____/\| )   ( || )   ( || )         | |   | (____/\| ) \ \__
(_______/|/     \||/     \||/          )_(   (_______/|/   \__/
                                                               
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(  ____ \( \      (  ____ \(  ___  )(  ____ )(  ____ \(  __  \ 
| (    \/| (      | (    \/| (   ) || (    )|| (    \/| (  \  )
| |      | |      | (__    | (___) || (____)|| (__    | |   ) |
| |      | |      |  __)   |  ___  ||     __)|  __)   | |   | |
| |      | |      | (      | (   ) || (\ (   | (      | |   ) |
| (____/\| (____/\| (____/\| )   ( || ) \ \__| (____/\| (__/  )
(_______/(_______/(_______/|/     \||/   \__/(_______/(______/ 



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  / ____/ / / /   |  / __ \/_  __/ ____/ __ \   |__ \     |__ \
 / /   / /_/ / /| | / /_/ / / / / __/ / /_/ /   __/ /_______/ /
/ /___/ __  / ___ |/ ____/ / / / /___/ _, _/   / __/_____/ __/ 
\____/_/ /_/_/  |_/_/     /_/ /_____/_/ |_|   /____/    /____/ 
                                                               



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OBJECTIVE: HEAD TO THE RENDEZVOUS POINT

AREA: GRAVEYARD
Shoot the wagon and exit to the underground. Run past the Merchant and 
head back to the village.

AREA: VILLAGE
Mow down anybody in the way. Remember to shoot the bear traps and exit 
the village.

AREA: THE FARM
DO NOT let Ashley hide! Mow down everyone and exit. Use the PIGGYBACK 
option and press START to skip the cutscene.

-Run past the Merchant. Skip the Hunnigan call. Skip the villagers and 
Luis cutscene.

SITUATION: CABIN RAID
Kill all the villagers until they leave. Skip the cutscene.


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(  ____ \|\     /|(  ___  )(  ____ )\__   __/(  ____ \(  ____ )
| (    \/| )   ( || (   ) || (    )|   ) (   | (    \/| (    )|
| |      | (___) || (___) || (____)|   | |   | (__    | (____)|
| |      |  ___  ||  ___  ||  _____)   | |   |  __)   |     __)
| |      | (   ) || (   ) || (         | |   | (      | (\ (   
| (____/\| )   ( || )   ( || )         | |   | (____/\| ) \ \__
(_______/|/     \||/     \||/          )_(   (_______/|/   \__/
                                                               
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(  ____ \( \      (  ____ \(  ___  )(  ____ )(  ____ \(  __  \ 
| (    \/| (      | (    \/| (   ) || (    )|| (    \/| (  \  )
| |      | |      | (__    | (___) || (____)|| (__    | |   ) |
| |      | |      |  __)   |  ___  ||     __)|  __)   | |   | |
| |      | |      | (      | (   ) || (\ (   | (      | |   ) |
| (____/\| (____/\| (____/\| )   ( || ) \ \__| (____/\| (__/  )
(_______/(_______/(_______/|/     \||/   \__/(_______/(______/ 



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  / ____/ / / /   |  / __ \/_  __/ ____/ __ \   |__ \     |__  /
 / /   / /_/ / /| | / /_/ / / / / __/ / /_/ /   __/ /_____ /_ < 
/ /___/ __  / ___ |/ ____/ / / / /___/ _, _/   / __/_____/__/ / 
\____/_/ /_/_/  |_/_/     /_/ /_____/_/ |_|   /____/    /____/  
                
                                                

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OBJECTIVE: ESCAPE THE VILLAGE

SITUATION: LEFT OR RIGHT PATH
Take the right path and kill El Gigante with the Rocket Launcher. Exit 
the right path and head for the lift to the Mendez fight.

SITUATION: THE LIFT
Unfortunately, you'll have to deal with the SLOW lift ride. DEAL WITH 
IT! Kill all the villagers in the lifts. Head for the Mendez boss 
battle.

BOSS BATTLE: MENDEZ
Press the indicated DODGE button and skip the cutscene. Kill Mendez 
with the HandCannon. 

-Skip the death scene and grab the FAKE EYE. Skip the cutscene and head 
outside and back to the lift. Use the FAKE EYE and exit.

SITUATION: RUNAWAY TRUCK
Trigger the runaway truck and shoot it down. Run past the truck and 
head for the Castle. Skip the cutscene.


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(  ____ \|\     /|(  ___  )(  ____ )\__   __/(  ____ \(  ____ )
| (    \/| )   ( || (   ) || (    )|   ) (   | (    \/| (    )|
| |      | (___) || (___) || (____)|   | |   | (__    | (____)|
| |      |  ___  ||  ___  ||  _____)   | |   |  __)   |     __)
| |      | (   ) || (   ) || (         | |   | (      | (\ (   
| (____/\| )   ( || )   ( || )         | |   | (____/\| ) \ \__
(_______/|/     \||/     \||/          )_(   (_______/|/   \__/
                                                               
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(  ____ \( \      (  ____ \(  ___  )(  ____ )(  ____ \(  __  \ 
| (    \/| (      | (    \/| (   ) || (    )|| (    \/| (  \  )
| |      | |      | (__    | (___) || (____)|| (__    | |   ) |
| |      | |      |  __)   |  ___  ||     __)|  __)   | |   | |
| |      | |      | (      | (   ) || (\ (   | (      | |   ) |
| (____/\| (____/\| (____/\| )   ( || ) \ \__| (____/\| (__/  )
(_______/(_______/(_______/|/     \||/   \__/(_______/(______/ 



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