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How to survive the Resident Evil Village attack at the start

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The big Lycan attack at the start of Resident Evil Village is a real trial by fire. A huge werewolf battle right at the beginning that can seem impossible to beat. It's an overwhelming assault given the time you've spent in the game, or the amount of combat practice you've had. If you're struggling to survive you might be wondering how to get through this first part of the game and we don't blame you. There too many enemies, they keep coming and there's no way out. 

It doesn't help that the overall objective isn't clear - there's no location to head for, or thing to achieve other than trying not to die. Your next steps aren't clear at all. However, there is special trick to surviving the attack in Resident Evil Village, which we're about to explain. 

How to survive the attack in Resident Evil Village

Resident Evil 8 Village

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The real trick to surviving the attack in Resident Evil Village is to understand that you're not meant to take out all the werewolves. It's a timed moment with a predefined countdown - when the clock is up a bell will ring and trigger a cut scene ending it all. Whatever you try to do, at a certain time you'll be grabbed and thrown to a specific area to watch all the creatures react to the bell and wander off. 

So, you'll have just as much success running away as you will trying to fight. Keep moving in loops to avoid getting hemmed in and you'll stand a much better chance. play with: 

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1. Grab the shotgun, and use the house

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Head into the house and you'll find a shotgun on the table inside, which will give you a firepower boost as long as your ammo lasts. There's also some handgun ammo, gunpowder and a herb in there. This house is also a handy way to bottleneck enemies - you can hide in the porch and deal with them one at a time to last longer. Or, if you want to stay more mobile, there's a ladder in a back room you can use to get out under the floor - gather the lycans in the house, then leave through the hole in the floor where they can't follow to buy some time. 

2. User the barrel to take a few enemies out

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If you can get here on the map you'll find a red barrel that will explode when you shoot it. If you can cluster enemies up around it you can take a bunch out. The risk being that you're backing yourself into a corner. However the blast will knock most nearby lycans over, even if it doesn't kill them, so you'll have a window to escape with. 

Basically, hang tight, try not to get killed and being able to survive the attack in Resident Evil Village is basically a case of waiting it out. When the bell rings and the bad things go away you'll be free to carry on with the rest of the game. 

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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.