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The Zealots

The "cultists" were the monastic order of Los Iluminados. They conducted their worship within the walls of Ramon Salazar's family castle. In keeping with their monasticism, they dressed in robes bearing the Plaga symbol Los Iluminados' insignia. Their name is likely a mere descriptor, it should be noted, and they may not have been referred to as "cultists" by other followers.


Unlike other hosts of Las Plagas, the cultists exhibited unusually pale skin. All were bald, either the result of the Plaga or from shaving. Ritualistic tattooing was commonplace.

There were variations in the cultists' robes, which may have been an indicator of rank or status. The black cultists appear to have been lower members of the order. The purple-clad cultists were known to wear goat skulls as masks. Those in red robes appear to have been the leaders, having decorated themselves with skulls and amulets. As those with red robes were seen by Leon S. Kennedy to have hosted 'C'-stage Plagas, with lower ranks hosting 'B'-stage Plagas, it appears the red cultists were parasitised first.


The Cultists replace the Villager ganado as the main enemies encountered starting at Chapter 3 of the main game and Separate Ways. Two cultists armed with crossbows can be encountered in the Village section in Chapter 2-2 if the player re-enters the Church. Cultists can carry all three of the plaga variants.

As a type of ganado, they behave almost identically to the villagers, though they are more dangerous enemies. Cultists must run up to the player to attack. Less of them throw weapons at the player but they have access to crossbows. They can also follow the player by setting up and climbing ladders and jumping across gaps. When staggered, players can perform melee attacks via command prompt on them. As Leon, his kick attack is replaced by the suplex. They also have the options of attacking Ashley or picking her up and carrying her away.

The Cultists are better equipped than the villagers, carrying a variety of medieval armaments, such as flails, crossbows and scythes. The Cultists also use dynamite, which they will throw at the player, they also rarely wield rocket launchers. Some Cultists also carry heavy wooden shields or wear iron masks to protect themselves. All ranks may wear a helmet but it seems most common on Cultists wielding melee weaponry.

Cultists can drop their weapons if shot in the arms but it is not as likely to happen compared to the villagers. Also, they never take out new weapons after throwing or dropping the ones they spawn with (not counting the dynamite throwing ones). The Cultists with helmets will not flinch and take almost no damage from headshots (they do take a small amount of damage though).

During Chapter 3-2 when reentering the Temple from the top floor, a group of cultists will be occupied with performing some kind of ritual. Before they are alerted, the player can aim and fire a rocket from a rocket launcher at them triggering a special cutscene where they all will be hit.

Cultists are featured as the basic enemies in Stage 2 of The Mercenaries minigame.


Unarmed Cultists can only attempt to grab the player starting a shake off quick time event. This includes the two Cultists encountered as Ashley during Chapter 3-4.

Cultists with flails will run up and attack with a larger range than villagers with axes. When attacking, they will first swing the mace in a circle. They can change their attack direction in mid-swing, allowing them to spin around and hit the player if they try to run around their sides. They never throw these weapons

Cultists with spiked wooden shield will always carry them up to protect themselves. They can still move either fast, or slowly approach when close to the player. They can perform a quick shield bash which will knock down the player or, if they have a flail in their other hand, perform the flail swing. The shields will break when shot at. Piercing weapons will also hit the cultist behind the shield, causing them to flinch or even die. Shotgun fire or explosions will usually destroy the entire shield.

Cultists with crossbows can only shoot at the player, they do not use the grab move or any melee attacks. They can shoot two bolts at a time before pausing to reload their weapons. They usually have less health and rarely reveal a Plaga.

Cultists with large scythes have three attacks. They can perform a wide ranged horizontal melee slash or a faster vertical slash with less range. At medium range they tend to throw their scythes which can travel great distances have a high chance to decapitate if the player is not at full health

Cultists with dynamite act similar to villagers with dynamite. They can throw only one stick at a time, it can explode in their hands, and they can always take out a new stick.

Very few cultists carry rocket launchers. They have to kneel down before firing and will never perform a melee attack unless their rocket launcher has already been used or they were forced to drop them

Related attacks

These are attacks conducted by Cultists but are part of scripted events or AI. Regular cultists can not perform these actions.

In Chapter 3-1 in the Castle wall area and in Chapter 4-1 Outside the clocktower, Cultists man catapults that launch giant flaming boulders. They can be killed which will stop the catapults from being used.

In Chapter 3-2 in the Castle parlour, if the player fails to stop the red robed cultist from reaching the middle of the room, he will unveil and mount a large machine gun turret.

In Chapter 4-1 in the Weapon exhibition room, going down the long hallway will trigger a cutscene where a the door closes separating Leon and Ashley. Then two cultists driving a giant machine with a wooden drill will break down the wall and attempt to run down Ashley. Killing them will cause the door to open up (but the machine will continue to move down the hall).


The player can obtain Bottlecaps modeled after the various cultists. There are four of them and are all regular prizes that can be won when playing Game C. Their names are displayed as "Zealot w/ Scythe", "Zealot w/ Shield", "Zealot w/ Bowgun", and "Leader Zealot". Their sound effects are a variety of chants heard throughout the game.

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D

Cultists appear as the sole standard-enemy characters from Resident Evil 4. They are the only standard enemies that appear in the Village levels, although they can also be found in maps like the Old Castle, Public Assembly (likewise, Majini appear in the Old Castle on some missions), the second boss fight (Mission 5-5), and both Survival missions (Missions 4-5 and EX-9). Rarely, they will fight alongside Majini. Cultists have a much more limited weapon set than Majini, lacking Stun Rods, grenades, body armor (aside from masks) and their wooden shields can be broken through (the Cultist arsenal is the same as in Resident Evil 4, although the flail was replaced by a standard mace). However, they make up for this with significantly higher resiliency. They also have a tendency to reveal Cephalo. When decapitate, they show signs of Type 2 Plaga as they reuse the Majini animations.


  • "¡Allí está!" - "There he is!"
  • "Cerebros, cerebros..." - "Brains, brains..."
  • "Cogedlo, cogedlo..." - "Get him, get him..."
  • "¡Mátalo!" - "Kill him!"
  • "Morir es vivir." - "To die is to live."
  • "Muere, muere..." - "Die, die..."
  • "¡No dejes que escape a la isla vivo!" - "Don't let him escape to the island alive!"
  • "¡Que sí, quiero matar!" - "Ah, yes, I want to kill!"
  • "¡Quiero su cabeza!" - "I want his head!"
  • "¡Ya es hora de asplastar!" - "It's time to crush!" -- ("asplastar" is actually a mispelling of "aplastar")

Further notes

  • If you shoot the hood-less ones in the head, their heads are most likely to hang there and a parasite will appear.
  • In Chapter 4-1, if you kill a cultist that is patrolling the tower with the jammed gears in it, you will notice that the top part of his cloak disappears.
  • During the Castle level, some will say "No dejes que escape a la isla vivo", which means "Don't let him escape to the island alive" revealing where they have planned to move Ashley.
  • A number of drafts were proposed, but the goat skull mask was chosen as a suitable enemy skin due to its relations to black magic.[1][excerpt 1]



  • Koichi Hamamura, ed (2006) (in Japanese). biohazard4 kaitaishinsho revised edition. publisher=Famitsu. Tokyo. ISBN 4-7577-2638-4. 



  1. Excerpt from biohazard 4 kaitaishinsho revised edition, page 419:
    "ロス・イルミナドス教団教徒たちのデザイン案。数多くの候補があったのとがわかる。黒くたっぷりとしたローブや。動物の頭蓋骨で作られたマスクなどは、 黒魔術のイメージ。"
  1. Hamamura (ed). kaitaisihnsho. p.419

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