"Desert Eagle .50 A.E. A high caliber magnum pistol. It uses powerful .50 A.E. rounds. By IMI Israel."
— Magnum description

"Desert Eagle .50 A.E 10 inch. 10 inch barrel is put on to D.E.50 A.E. It can fire .50 A.E rounds more powerfully."
— Custom Magnum description

The Magnum is a powerful weapon found in Resident Evil 2. It sports the logo of the Raccoon City Police Department, identifying it as being in official police service to some capacity. A fictionalised version of the Desert Eagle, it carries eight .50AE cartridges unlike the real weapon's seven.


While it is a powerful weapon, the Magnum holds only eight Magnum Bullets and spare ammunition is somewhat scarce, and so it is preferred to only be used against more powerful enemies such as bosses.


The Custom Magnum

The weapon can be modified with the Magnum Parts that are found in a locker in the laboratory, creating the Custom Magnum. The upgrade increases even more the firepower of the already powerful gun, making it the second most powerful weapon in the game next to the R. Launcher. The recoil is also increased, causing Leon to back down significantly with each shot. It also gains the ability to kill several zombies standing behind each other. In The Fourth Survivor mini-game, HUNK carries the basic Magnum in his inventory along with eight Magnum Bullets. In Extreme Battle, Leon starts the mini-game with the Magnum in his inventory. While playing, there is a 50% chance that the Magnum Parts will appear on Level 1. They can specifically be found inside one of the lockers in the Evidence Room.


In the main game, Leon finds this weapon in Scenario A in a guard shack near a dead guard. In Scenario B, he finds this weapon in the weapon safe inside the S.T.A.R.S. office.


Further notes

Tokyo Marui, a Japanese Airsoft gun company, has manufactured three limited edition airsoft models of Leon's Desert Eagle. The first Airsoft gun made is the standard Resident Evil 2 Magnum. The second model that followed is the Custom Magnum. The most recently produced model is the City of the Dead version (referred to as the "Leon Custom"). All versions have the name "Leon" carved on the grips.