Getting the S+ Rank in Hardcore may be the most challenging task in Resident Evil 2. Check out this guide on how to get S+ Rank on Hardcore Mode Scenario A, & how to unlock the Infinite Rocket Launcher for Leon!
Story Progression and Walkthrough
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Vs. G 2nd Form
Resident Evil 2 - Game Mode
Getting S+ Rank Tips
You Can Stop The Timer by Pausing The Game
S+ Rank must be completed under a strict time limit. You want to take the least number of actions to complete tasks as possible so as not to waste time. Pausing the game (Option Button for PS4, Start for Xbox One) will stop the timer. This gives you time to review solutions for puzzles before doing them.Check out All Puzzle List - Solutions & Tips here!
Defeat Enemies on Frequently Used Paths
In Hardcore mode, if you get attacked twice, it's game over. Try to defeat enemies in frequently used pathways carefully and take time to defeat them.
Pick Up All Ammunition Items
Since ammo is scarce in Hardcore mode, you must have ammunition or gunpowder at all times. When inventory space is insufficient, prioritize ammunition and discard other items.
Quit and Load Save File When Game Is Over
If you die during the game, it's best to just load a save file instead of continuing. Continuing from where you left off adds time to your total playtime.
Use of Infinite Knife Is Allowed for S+ Rank Clear
Although the use of Infinite Guns is not allowed for getting S+ Rank, you can still get an S+ Rank when using the Infinite Combat Knife. This helps easily kill downed zombies and to conserve bullets.Check out How to Unlock Infinite Combat Knife Here!
Recommended Save Points
- G 1st Form Before the Fight (Secret Room Under Goddess Statue)
- G 2nd Form Before the Fight (Sewer Monitor Room After Solving Chess Puzzle)
- G 3rd Form Before the Fight (Laboratory - West Area After Getting the G Virus Sample)
In order to clear S+, you need to keep the number of saves to maximum of 3 times. The recommended points above are before major boss fights with G and instant death situations.
Opening to Gas Station
Opening to RPD Walkthrough Chart
|Enter the gas station through the front door
|Go to the aisle next to the sitting person in blue T-shirt
|Proceed straight and watch cutscene
|Run straight towards the key immediately after custscene. You can safely pass through the zombie.
|When you get the key, look back and wait for the zombies to pass by
|Run to the locked door and evade the zombies at the store
|Trigger the cutscene.
|Turn around immediately after cutscene and run
4. Run straight towards the key immediately after custscene.
Just ignore the zombie at this point and run immediately towards the key. Run towards its side to safely pass.
5. When you get the key, look back and wait for the zombie to pass
After obtaining the key, wait for the zombie to pass the shelf. This way, you don't have to shoot and waste any ammo.
Raccoon City Streets to RPD
Raccoon City Streets to RPD Walkthrough Chart
|Run to the police station
|On the way, enter the alley on the left past the police car
|Enter the gate and make your way towards the Police Station at the other side.
|Investigate the switch immediately on the right hand side of the entrance to open the 1F East Hallway
|Go through the shutter immediately beside the switch and go to the Watchman's room at the back
|Trigger the cutscene after opening the shutter in the Watchman's room.
|Pass the zombie busting through the door after the cutscene.
|There will be two zombies on the way to the main hall near the press room.
|Kill one zombie and make a run for the main hall.
|Earn combat knife from Marvin at the Main Hall
Raccoon City Streets to RPD ~ Item Location Chart
|First Aid Spray
|First Aid Spray
|Handgun Ammo (Center Corpse)
|Small room on the left side of the press room
Leon (Scenario A) Main Hall to Marvin Call
Main Hall to Marvin Event Walkthrough Chart
|Use the combat knife to go 1F west hallway
|Head to the Operations Room & Use Wooden Board on window (window with zombies near the Operations Room is recommended)
|Kill the two zombies when you go out into the hallway
|Enter the western office and collect the Speed Loader (left lock: NED right lock: MRG)
|Get Hip Pouch at Safe (left 9 right 15 left 7)
|Go to the darkroom and close the window with wooden board
|Climb the stairs & kill the zombies on the way
|Key to collect items on the second floor : CAP
|Open the portable safe (spare key) and get the item in the Safety Deposit Room
|Manage inventory at the Dark Room using the Item Box
|Get spades key on the 3rd floor. Unlock Locker using solution: DCM
|Go through the West Storage Room to the Library
|When you reach the Library, Marvin will contact you via Radio
|[Important] Defeat all enemies in the library
|[Important] Move the bookshelves to the middle and align with the gap in the floor above
|Enter the lounge and obtain Unicorn medal. Solution: fish, scorpion, water bottle.
|Go to the main hall with the key of spades.
|Get the lion medal with puzzle (lion · leaf · bird)
|Trigger cutscene by approaching Marvin
|Attach 2 medals to the center Goddess Statue after the cutscene
|Unlock the Door to the West Office Using the Spade Door
|Organize Items in the Box at the Main Hall
Main Hall to Marvin Event Item Location Chart
|Green Herb (near the entrance)
Handgun Ammo (on the chair)
|Handgun Bullet (right after entering)
|Corridor in front of the West Office
|Handgun Ammo (behind the Operations room)
Wooden Board(in front of the dark room)
|Handgun bullet (locker)
Gun powder (on the desk)
Speed loader (Leon's desk)
|Gun Powder (locker)
Red Herb (back room)
|Handgun Ammo (corpse before the stairway)
Red Herb (before the shower room)
Flame Rounds(locker with a key)
Portable safe (on the shelf beside the locker)
|Safety Deposit Room
|Gun powder (102)
Handgun Ammo (109)
Flame Round (208)
|Handgun Ammo (on the box in front of the stairs)
Submachine Gun Ammo (locker with key)
|West Storage Room
|Gun powder (on the box next to the entrance)
Timber (entrance right front)
Handgun Ammo (shelf in front of C4)
Hip Pouch (on the desk in front of C4)
|Combat knife (corpse on the left under the stairs)
Red book (desk in front of the door of the spade)
|Unicorn medallion (pedestal)
Gun Powder(entrance right desk)
|Handgun Ammo (above the chair on the left out of the library)
Lion medallion (pedestal)
15. Move the Bookshelves To The Middle
You will visit the library again in the middle of the story. Since Tyrant will be stalking you at that time, it's better to move the shelves before hand and kill zombies in this room to make it easier.
Leon (Scenario A) East 2F to Underground Facility
East 2F to Underground Facility Walkthrough Chart
|Open the door of the spade in the waiting room (Discard the key of the spade at this point)
|Get the Weapons Locker Key and Scepter (red jewel) in the art room
|Take the Fire Exit to the First Floor
|Use the Cutting Tool to open east side office
|Keep windows closed with wood
|Get Electronic Part and Round Handle at the east side office
|Keep West Office windows closed with wooden board
|Open the main hall with Electronic Part
|Manage inventory at the Item Box
|Make sure you have a Weapons Locker Key / Cutting Tool / And Round handle and head towards the operations room
|Cut the chain of Operations Room and get electronic device
|Leave the key and go to the Weapons Locker
|Get Shotgun with a Weapons Locker Key
|Manage items in the Item Box
|Use the handle on the 2nd floor to the STARS office
|Kill Licker with a grenade
|Get batteries at STARS office
|Go down the path and head towards west storage room from the library
|Attach detonator to C4
|Kill the zombie hanging on the ceiling
|After installing the detonator, the shelf will not collapse if you escape to the library
|Get Maiden Medallion at the Maiden Statue. Solution: (female · bow · snake)
|Attach the medallion at the Goddess Statue in Main Hall
|Go to Secret Room under the Goddess Statue and proceed further.
East Side 2F to Underground Facility Item Location Chart
|Green Herb (on the desk)
|Wooden Board (near the art room)
|Near Fire Exit
| Weapons Locker Key (on the front desk)
Scepter (Use Red Book on Left Arm)
|Cutting Tool (front of first floor door)
Handgun Ammo (above drum)
Wood (under stairs)
|Electronic parts (desk in the main hall side)
Handle ( desk in the small room)
Enhanced gunpowder (white) (shelf in the small room)
Flashbang (entrant left desk)
Handgun Ammo (entered left corpse)
Gun powder The desk on the right)
|Fuse (desk top)
Green Herb(entrance left)
|Shower room (after handle)
|Gun powder (back locker in the back)
|Battery (desk in small room)
Red Herb (immediately after entering)
Flashbang (front left box)
Flame Rounds (front left desk)
Tempered gunpowder (white) (left desk)
First Aid Spray (emergency back on the left)
|In front of the underground facility
|Flame Rounds (left shelf)
10. You Must Get The Shotgun
The Shotgun is effective especially for Licker and G, so if you forget it and miss it, you will waste a lot of time.
20. Ceiling Zombie
This corpse starts to move as a zombie after the C4 bomb. It will be blocking the escape route to the library, so you should knock it down in advance.Check Out Leon Hardcore S+ Rank Scenario A Guide & Tips Part 2 Here!