Resident Evil 4 remake Mercenaries: how to unlock, rewards, characters, and more

Sam Smith
Mercenaries mode

Mercenaries mode is a celebrated minigame that players can unlock in most Resident Evil games, but does the mode return in the Resident Evil 4 remake?

The Mercenaries, or ‘Mercs mode’, also known as Battle Mode or Raid Mode in some RE games or regions, is a minigame that’s been part of the Resident Evil series since RE3 on PS1. The original RE4 also featured The Mercenaries and expanded the mode into something far more ambitious. Resident Evil Village also featured it as an unlockable extra, but does the Resident Evil 4 remake include it?

The remake of Resident Evil 3 cut Mercs mode in favor of the forgettable Resident Evil Resistance, which was a controversial move that irritated fans of the original. So, the question is, does the Resident Evil 4 remake bring back The Mercenaries? Here’s everything you need to know.

A screenshot from Resident Evil 4 Remake
Mercenaries mode will likely feature more playable characters such as Ada and more.

Will the Resident Evil 4 remake include The Mercenaries?

Yes, the remake of Resident Evil 4 includes The Mercenaries mode. It is available as post-launch free DLC which was released on April 7, 2023.

How to unlock Mercenaries mode in RE4

Players need to complete the game – on any difficulty – to unlock Mercenaries mode in the Resident Evil 4 remake. While Leon is the only available character at first, you are also able to unlock Luis Serra, Jack Krauser and HUNK as playable bonus characters.

There are currently 3 maps available to play in Mercenaries: Village, Castle and Island. Though a 4th is rumoured to be in development for the mode at some point in the future.

If you are able to beat each stage with an S-rank (a score of 200,000 or more) then you will also unlock the Handcannon for use during the story mode.

So, that’s everything we know about The Mercenaries in the Resident Evil 4 remake. For more Resident Evil 4 content, check out the following guides below:

RE4 ending explained | Where to find the Shotgun | Where to find the Golden Egg | Can you save the dog? | Separate Ways | The Mercenaries | Changing costume | How Spinels work | Achievements & Trophies | Remake differences | Resident Evil 4 review | Resident Evil 5 remake | Code Veronica remake