Check out how to get the S Rank and S+ Rank in Resident Evil 2! Find out the requirements and conditions you need to get the S and S+ Rank, gameplay tips and tricks, & more!
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Condition to Get the Rank S & S+
Rank Mainly Based on Clear Time
In Resident Evil 2, your rank will be mainly determined by how fast you clear the game in a single playthrough. Take note that the clear time to achieve the S & S+ Rank changes depending on the difficulty you are playing.
Game Difficulty & Clear Time Chart
|Mode||S & S+||A||B|
S Rank Clear Conditions
- Clear within 3 hours and 30 minutes (For Scenario A Standard)
- Clear within 3 hours (For Scenario B Standard)
- Clear within 2 hours and 30 minutes (For Scenario A Hardcore)
- Clear within 2 hours (For Scenario B Hardcore)
To clear the game with S Rank, you only need to clear the game at the required time. You are free to use First Aid sprays, save as many times as you want, and use infinite weapons.
S+ Rank Clear Conditions
On top of the required time needed for S Rank, below are conditions you must follow to get S+ Rank.
- Number of Saves at 3 or Less
- Use of Infinite Combat Knife is allowed.
- Non-use of Infinite Weapons e.g. Samurai Edge, LE 5, etc.
Why Aim for S+ Rank?
The S+ Rank is the highest clear rank you can get when finishing Resident Evil 2. S+ Rank also unlocks infinite ammo versions of the Rocket Launcher and the Minigun, the most powerful weapons in the game.
Other Factors That May Affect S+ Rank Clear
In past games, use of First Aid sprays is considered when clearing for S+ Rank. This is currently being verified but best to minimize use of First Aid to heal.Check Out How To Get Infinite Weapons Here
Hardcore Mode S & S+ Walkthrough
Hardcore Mode S+ Rank Walkthrough Chart
Play Tips to Get Rank S and S+
[IMPORTANT] Return To The Title Menu Upon Dying
It is recommended that you begin again from the title menu if ever you die. Since the time it takes to restart from a previous checkpoint will count towards your clear time, it would be much better to reload a previous save instead.
Claire Scenario A Recommended for S Rank Hunting
It is recommended to choose the Claire A Scenario since her arsenal is much more effective at fighting tougher enemies such as the Licker and Ivy. Scenario A also provides more time, and spawns tougher enemies much later on compared to Scenario B.Check Out Claire Hardcore S+ Rank Scenario A Walkthrough Part 1 Here!
How to Counter Tougher Enemies
|Enemy||How To Beat|
|Licker||Use the Grenade Launcher with Incendiary Ammo to kill Lickers with a maximum of 2 shots|
|Ivy||Use the Grenade Launcher with Incendiary Ammo. Best to combine the Grenade Launcher with Custom Parts to shoot at Ivies from a distance|
|G-Adult||Purposely get caught, and use a combat knife or grenade to release yourself from their grasp. You can also use the Spark Shot to engage them|
Remember the Licker's Positions
As the difficulty becomes harder, it will be more and more taxing to fight Lickers when they appear. It is recommended that you memorize their spawn points and respond accordingly to get past them quickly.
Licker Spawn Area and Recommended Action
|Spawn Point||Recommended Action|
|West Side Corridor, Police Station (1F)||- Will only pass when going to the Library, or Operations Room|
- Use a Flash Grenade to distract
|West Side Corridor, Police Station (2F)||- Since it is only one Licker, kill it|
|Art Room, Police Station (2F) [Side B only]||- Get out of the room as soon as you solve the puzzle|
|West Storage Room, Police Station (3F)||- Silently pass by it|
|Kennel, Police Station (1B)||- Since this is a required area, try to avoid passing by too many times|
|Lounge, Laboratory (2B)||- Use the Grenade Launcher with Incendiary Rounds (Claire)|
- Use the Shotgun or Flamethrower to kill them (Leon)
Important To Learn Which Enemies To Engage & Avoid
It is important to know when to fight, and when to run. If it is a required battle, then by all means, fight. However, if you can easily avoid it by running past it, or by using a knife or grenade, it would be better to save some time and avoid combat.Check Out How To Survive In Resident Evil 2
Use the Infinite Combat Knife on Downed Zombies
Since ammo will be scarce in Hardcore mode, it's recommended to use the Infinite Combat Knife to finish off downed zombies instead of shooting them. Just be sure not to equip this to counter grabs as it's harder to retrieve.Check Out How to Unlock Infinite Combat Knife Here!
Cutscenes Do Not Count Toward Play Time
Sit back, and relax. There is no need to skip the cutscenes as they do not count toward your clear time!
S & S+ Rank Reward List
Check Your Rewards From The Record
You will be able to check the rewards you earn by achieving the S Rank under the Records section in your pause menu. It can also be accessed via the main menu.
S Rank Rewards List Table
|Record||Condition / Reward|
Clear S Rank over Standard
Infinite Ammo Weapon: Samurai Edge (Original Model)
[Model] Samurai Edge (Original Model)
|Leon "S" Kennedy||[Condition]|
Clear the Leon Story with an S Rank
Leon Character Model: Casual
|Sizzling Scarlet Hero||[Condition]|
Complete Claire's Story with an S Rank
|Hardcore S-Rank Player||[Condition]|
Clear Hardcore Mode with an S Rank
Infinite Ammo Weapon: LE 5
[Model] LE 5
|Rookie No More||[Condition]|
Clear Leon's Hardcore Mode with an S Rank
Leon Character Model: Classic Police
|The Redfield Way||[Condition]|
Clear Claire's Hardcore Mode with an S Rank