Chapter 4-4 is the final level in Resident Evil 4's Castle stage.
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The level starts with Leon returning to the Castle after taking the life in Chapter 4-3. The first area is the Cathedral, a large room where parts of the flooring have been lowered by two levers, preventing further exploration. Leon must climb the scaffolding of a giant statue of Ramon Salazar using its movable arms, and kill the eleven Cultists who are preventing Leon from reaching those levers.
When the two levers are pulled, access down the hallway is restored. However, this is a trap and the statue will begin walking. A quick-time event will take place in which Leon has to run to the door and dodge falling pillars. Outside is a bridge which the statue will destroy when following, requiring another button press to survive the jump.
Enter the double doors to encounter Salazar; a cutscene will start where he reveals his plans. Leon will throw his Knife at Salazar, but be prepared as the Verdugo you didn't fight will throw it back (not dodging will result in the knife hitting his throat, killing him), then dodge it and Salazar (wounded), and the Verdugo will escape through a lift.
Several, Cultists will appear and barrels will come. A suggestible weapon would be the Blacktail or Red9, because it will destroy the barrels in one or two shots, depending on how highly you have upgraded the power by then, while still only using pistol ammo. Be careful, though; flaming barrels will explode. Once you reach the top, kill the Cultists operating the barrel dropper and more Cultists will come in from the base of the tower, either run or use the barrel dropper and they will all die. Then you will need to push boxes off a lift to start it. Many Red Cultists (some with plagas) will jump on the lift, and if there are more than one Cultist, the lift will halt. An idea here is to either use a pistol to shoot them in the face and kick them off, or use full power and use your shotgun. Before going up the lift go the right and you will notice a "Drop Down" action, press it and you will find a chest with a Gold Bangle .
Atop the tower
You will encounter another lift and you will go up a path and find another Merchant, so buy as much as you can. Then a cutscene will appear where you will encounter Salazar and he and his Verdugo will fuse together and become a monster. There will be two floors on this level. If you are fairly proficient with the sniper, use it to hit his large eye, two shots should be enough if not, use the TMP. Then, Salazar will emerge from the beast and you can hit him with anything, just make sure it is powerful. Every once in a while the beast will make a lunging attack towards you. The best way to avoid this is to just run to the side before he attacks or, jump down to the first floor. However, there are fully grown Las Plagas down there and they are annoying to dodge. There are also some button moments, but those are easy to accomplish. Keep repeating the strategy above until Salazar is dead. After he is killed, go to the other platform and take his money to descend a rope, and a third lift. Then you will encounter Ada and she will offer you a ride, which leads to the end of the chapter.
- Alternative strategy
Because Salazar drops 50,000₧, an easier strategy would be to buy the Rocket Launcher from the Merchant just before the boss fight. It only costs 30,000₧, so killing Salazar would still yield a profit of 20,000₧. To kill Salazar quickly with it, simply shoot the mutated Verdugo tentacle in its giant exposed eye until the carapace protecting Salazar opens up, and fire the rocket at him for an instant kill.
- There will be Cultist calls after you ascend the two lifts, but they are nowhere to be seen. However this may be because the Cultists are below the lifts.
- If you enter the room where you fight Salazar you will not see Salazar nor the Verdugo, but a cutscene will show them.
|Preceded By||Position||Succeeded By|
|Chapter 4-3||Chapter||Chapter 5-1|