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Resident Evil Village piano puzzle solution and how to press the right keys

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The Resident Evil Village piano puzzle has you trying to read music in Castle Dimitrescu in order to try and escape. There's no getting around it: you need to solve this puzzle to get an important item and without it, you'll be stuck in the Castle forever. It's not actually that hard to bluff your way through this once you understand what's happening, but the apparent need for musicality is instantly off-putting if you've never read music before. Even if you've never so much as tapped a drum, though, the Resident Evil Village piano puzzle is not too hard at all when know what to do. All you have to do is press the right notes, in the right order, to play some music and unlock the reward you need to progress. So if you want to continue on your way through Castle Dimitrescu sooner rather than later, here's how you solve the Resident Evil Village piano puzzle.

Resident Evil Village piano puzzle solution and the notes  you need to play

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If you walk up and down the keys you'll see a red note moving up and down the music, level with the first note. When it hits the right one it'll lock in place, and a red dot will appear level with the next note, and so on. It's not too hard, after a couple of pokes at the keyboard, to narrow down the distance between the note you're playing and the one you need. However, up there we've numbered the keys you need to press, in the order you need to press them. Follow those numbers and you'll play the correct melody and complete the puzzle. 

What isn't initially clear when you start is that you can't really 'fail' this puzzle. In theory you can just move up and down the keys until you've made all the notes red, with no fear of resetting the puzzle and having to start over. It's not the fastest way through it but it'll get you there in the end. 

How to get the the Iron Insignia Key

resident evil village piano puzzle

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When you've played all the notes the puzzle will stop, some music will play, and a door will pop open in the front of the piano. Inside you'll find the Iron Insignia Key. Not only is this a useful key you'll need to progress through Castle Dimitrescu, but it'll open a few important doors back in the village. So it's worth a little musical torture to get it.  

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Leon Hurley
Leon Hurley

I'm currently GamesRadar's Senior Guides Co-ordinator, which means I've had a hand in producing or writing all of the guide and tips content on the site. I also write reviews, previews and features, and do video. Previously I worked for Kotaku, and the Official PlayStation Magazine and website. I'm a big fan of open world games, horror, and narrative adventures.