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Item type
Weapon type:Handgun
Uses guide
Weapon action:Semi-Auto
Ammunition:Handgun Ammo
Special guide
Buying price:24,000₧
Appears in:Resident Evil 4
Last edit: 3 months ago. (Purge)

The Blacktail is a Handgun that is featured in Resident Evil 4. It can be purchased at the beginning of the maingame at the Castle.


In the maingame, the Blacktail is available for purchase from the Merchant for 24,000₧. It is first purchasable in Chapter 3-1. As a handgun, it uses Handgun Ammo. It takes up 6 (3x2) spaces of inventory.

Compared to other handguns, it is the second most powerful, has high ammo capacity, the steadiest handling, and medium stopping power. When fully upgraded it is the fastest firing handgun in the game. However, it is also the most expensive to upgrade.

The Blacktail appears in Leon's inventory in the Mercenaries minigame. The gun is also in Ada's inventory in Separate Ways by default. She is also seen using it during some cutscenes during the main game.

Tune up chartEdit

Fire Speed and Reload Speed are given in seconds. The Fire Power stat between the Japanese/US Gamecube versions and the GC PAL/PS2/Wii/HD/Ultimate HD versions was raised.

It takes a total of 362,000₧ to buy and fully upgrade the Blacktail.

Level Fire Power Cost Fire Speed Cost Reload Speed Cost Capacity Cost
1 1.6 N/A 0.47 N/A 1.70 N/A 15 N/A
2 1.8 10,000₧ 0.40 10,000₧ 1.47 8,000₧ 18 8,000
3 2.0 15,000₧ 0.27 20,000₧ 0.83 15,000₧ 21 10,000
4 2.3 20,000₧ 25 15,000
5 2.7 25,000₧ 30 20,000
6 3.0 35,000₧ 35 25,000
Exclusive 3.4 80,000₧

Examine DescriptionEdit

"A 9mm handgun with superior handling."


  • The Red9 is much more powerful (5.0/6.5 vs. 3.4/4.5 fully upgraded), but the Blacktail does more damage due to the higher rate-of-fire, making it more powerful. The Red9 also has much better handling (turning/aiming speed, etc.), if with stock. If the Red9 is without stock, it will have much poorer accuracy than the Blacktail. The Blacktail also has high enough capacity to sustain fire for a decent amount of time. 
  • Compared to the Red9 with stock, the Blacktail can fit with two more stacks of ammo plus one empty square. But if the handgun is one's primary weapon, you can still run out quickly being trigger happy with the Blacktail. 
  • If players plan on investing in the Blacktail when playing on Normal mode, it is possible to get by just using the Handgun without upgrades as to not waste money and buying the Blacktail as soon as it is available.

Further NotesEdit


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  • Real Weapon

    5 messages
    • I think the idea has a lot more to do with players knowing the guns by their ingame names rather than it being a pet peeve thing. Though brie...
    • None of that justifies nonsense like "Handgun" (No.0045). The article photo alone tells them what the guns are from what game they've played ...
  • blacktail vs punisher

    6 messages
    • I prefer the Punisher, cuz they can shoot through enemy shield, (anyway that's my opinion)..
    • really !! .. l didn't know that it can go through shield .. thanx

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