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Resident Evil Village guide: Every gun and weapon

Where to find every gun and customizable part

Resident Evil Village guide: Every gun and weapon Image: Capcom via Polygon

You’ll pick up a lot of weapons as you play through Resident Evil Village. You’ll find some as you explore new areas and buy some at Duke’s Emporium. Others only become available after completing the game on different difficulty settings.

In this Resident Evil 8 guide, we’ll talk about customizing and upgrading your weapons, how to choose which weapons to upgrade and which ones to sell, and then we’ll list every weapon and gun you’ll find — in roughly chronological order — along with their customizable parts (mods).


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Resident Evil Village weapons list
Resident Evil Village completion weapons

Customizing weapons and upgrading weapons at the Gunsmith

You’ve got two options for improving weapons in RE8: customizable parts (or mods) and upgrades.

  • Customization includes things like stocks to reduce recoil or expanded magazines. You’ll find these during your travels around the village or purchase them from Duke’s Emporium.
  • Upgrades, on the other hand, improve the weapons stats like damage (power) or reload time. You’ll buy these from Duke in the Gunsmith tab.

Attaching your first weapon mod (or customizable part) will earn you the Gunsmith achievement or trophy. Equipping every weapon with every customizable part will get you the Veteran Gunsmith achievement or trophy.

As you keep running into Duke — he’ll show up in each new area you explore — he’ll unlock additional levels of upgrade and sell new customization mods.

Which weapon should you upgrade?

Especially on your first playthrough of Resident Evil Village, you should improve whatever weapon you have and then immediately sell it when something better comes along. The money you put into upgrades aren’t wasted — upgraded weapons keep your alive.

Each new weapon you find is (almost) always better than the weapon you already have. For example, you’ll get the LEMI Pistol in West Old Town very early in the game. After you leave Castle Dimitrescu, you’ll find the M1911 handgun in the Workshop area of East Old Town. When you pick it up, the M1911 is more powerful than the LEMI — even if you’ve already upgraded it a few times. That means it makes sense to sell the old one, switch to the new one, and upgrade that one instead.

There is, however, a reason to fully upgrade each weapon. Completing the game once unlocks the Bonuses > Extra Content Shop. Here, you’ll spend Completion Points — points you earn by completing achievements and trophies — to add new weapons to your subsequent playthroughs. You’ll also unlock infinite ammo for weapons — but only weapons you’ve fully upgraded and customized.

If you’re looking to make your next playthrough a bit easier (and more fun), pick a weapon and upgrade it fully.

Resident Evil Village weapons list

We’re going to list the weapons you’ll find in Resident Evil 8 in (roughly) chronological order. We’ll link out to walkthroughs of the areas where you’ll find or buy them, and then we’ll list their customization mods including where to find or buy those as well.


Knife (melee)

You’ll find the knife in West Old Town. It can’t be upgraded and doesn’t have any mods.


LEMI (handgun, semi-automatic)

You’ll pick up the LEMI as part of the story early on in West Old Town. You can’t miss it.

The LEMI has two customizable parts:


M1897 (shotgun, pump action)

You’ll find the M1897 in a house in West Old Town not long after you find the LEMI.

The M1897 has one customizable part:

  • M1897 – Hair Trigger: Increases rate of fire. Buy from Duke starting at the Vineyard.

F2 Rifle (sniper rifle, bolt-action)

The F2 Rifle is in the Attic of Castle Dimitrescu, just before you step out onto the Rooftops.

The F2 Rifle has three customizable parts:

  • F2 Rifle – High-Capacity Mag.: Increases ammo capacity. Found in the Luthier’s House.
  • F2 Rifle – Cheek Rest: Reduces sway while aiming. Buy from Duke at the Altar.
  • F2 Rifle – High Magnification Scope: Increases scope range. Buy from Duke at the Altar.

M1911 (handgun, fully automatic)

After you escape Castle Dimitrescu, you’ll find the M1911 in the Workshop area of East Old Town.

The M1911 has two customizable parts:

  • M1911 – Improved Grip: Reduces recoil. Buy from Duke in the Reservoir.
  • M1911 – High-Capacity Mag.: Increases ammo capacity. Found in the Reservoir.

W870 TAC (shotgun, pump action)

On your way back from House Beneviento, you’ll find the W870 TAC in a house on the south side of the Garden.

The W870 TAC has two customizable parts:


GM 79 (grenade launcher)

After you create the Four-Winged Unborn Key, you’ll head into West Old Town on your way to the Reservoir. The GM 79 is in the waterwheel house with the Iron Insignia Key lock.

The GM 79 does not have any customizable parts.


M1851 Wolfsbane (magnum, revolver)

The prettiest weapon ever, the M1851 Wolfsbane, is in the Moreau’s Lab area. You’ll be able to reach it after you defeat Moreau and return from the Reservoir.

The Wolfsbane has two customizable parts:


V61 Custom (handgun, fully automatic)

Once you reach Heisenberg’s Factory, Duke will have the V61 Custom for sale in his shop.

The V61 Custom has three customizable parts:


SYG-12 (shotgun, semi-automatic)

Once you reach Heisenberg’s Factory, Duke will have the SYG-12 for sale in his shop.

The SYG-12 has three customizable parts:

  • SYG-12 – Red Dot Sight: Increases power and rate of fire. Buy from Duke in Heisenberg’s Factory.
  • SYG-12 – Long Barrel: Increases power. Buy from Duke after beating the game (at least) once.
  • SYG-12 – Drum Magazine: Increases ammo capacity. Buy from Duke after beating the game (at least) once.
Resident Evil Village spoiler image Graphic: Dave Tach/Polygon | Source images: Capcom via Polygon

Resident Evil Village completion weapons

Once you’ve completed Resident Evil Village the first time (and subsequent times on different difficulties), you’ll have new weapons available. You’ll have to unlock them in the Bonuses > Extra Content Shop menu by spending Completion Points — which you’ll earn by completing achievements and trophies. Once they’re unlocked, you’ll be able to


WCX (assault rifle, fully automatic)

The WCX is unlocked in the Bonuses > Extra Content Shop and then purchased from Duke.

The WCX has two customizable parts:

  • WCX – Red Dot Sight: Increases power and rate of fire. Buy from Duke’s Emporium.
  • WCX – Foregrip: Reduces recoil. Buy from Duke’s Emporium.

Karambit Knife (melee)

The Karambit Knife is unlocked in the Bonuses > Extra Content Shop and then purchased from Duke.

There are no customizable parts for the Karambit Knife.


USM-AI (handgun, semi-automatic)

The USM-AI is unlocked in the Bonuses > Extra Content Shop and then purchased from Duke.

The USM-AI does not have any customizable parts.


Dragoon (assault rifle, fully automatic)

The Dragoon is unlocked in the Bonuses > Extra Content Shop and then purchased from Duke.

The Dragoon does not have any customizable parts.


S.T.A.K.E. (magnum, semi-automatic)

The S.T.A.K.E. is available for purchase at Duke’s Emporium after you’ve beaten the game (at least) once on any difficulty.

The S.T.A.K.E. has two customizable parts:

  • S.T.A.K.E. – High-Capacity Mag.: Increases ammo capacity. Buy from Duke’s Emporium.
  • S.T.A.K.E. – Improved Grip: Reduces recoil. Buy from Duke’s Emporium.

Handcannon PZ (handgun – sniper rifle ammo, revolver)

You’ll unlock the Handcannon PZ once you complete the game on Hardcore difficulty or higher.

The Handcannon PZ does not have any customizable parts.


Rocket Pistol (rocket pistol, semi-auto)

You’ll unlock the Rocket Pistol when you complete Resident Evil Village on Village of Shadows difficulty.

The Rocket Pistol does not have any customizable parts.


LZ Answerer (melee)

Complete every state of The Mercenaries with at least an SS rank to unlock the LZ Answerer.

The LZ Answerer does not have any customizable parts.