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Resident Evil 4 Charms: all Charm effects and where to find them

Everyone loved the attaché case from the original game and was very excited to see that it would return in the Resident Evil 4 remake. This case brings back the delicate balance of managing your inventory space between healing items, ammo, weapons, and other items that you want to bring with you. What’s new are the little keychains you can attach to your case called Charms. These are more than minor cosmetic flair, though, as each Charm has a unique buff that can help turn the tides in your favor. However, being brand new, even veterans of the survival horror classic won’t know how to get or use them immediately. Leon needs every advantage he can get in Resident Evil 4 remake, so help him out by checking out all the Charm effects and where to find them.

How to get Charms

Three shooting range scoreboards.

Since Charms are a new addition in the remake of Resident Evil 4, the way to get them is also somewhat new. Those who played the original might recall a small shooting range Leon could mess around in. In the remake, this mini-game has been expanded quite a bit. There are now multiple shooting ranges and within them multiple challenges. The first one you can encounter is when you find the Merchant in Chapter 3 after going through the Quarry. Whichever shooting range you pick, enter the ornate elevator to be transported to the range.

Shooting range challenges will rank you based on your score, and depending on what you get, reward you with either a silver or gold token (if you score high enough, of course). These tokens are what you will turn in to get yourself charms.

The downside is the system for getting Charms isn’t as easy as a shop where you can trade in your coins for the Charm of your choice. Instead, you will insert them into a machine that will randomly spit out a Charm. The only small influence you have is based on what tokens you insert, as you must put in at least three tokens. That means there are four possible token combinations you can use:

  • 3 gold tokens
  • 2 gold and 1 silver token
  • 1 gold and 2 silver tokens
  • 3 silver tokens

While there are some conflicting reports, it does seem as though the more valuable combinations — three gold tokens or two gold and one silver — have a better chance of a higher tier Charm payout, but your mileage may vary. What is known is that what Charms you get are set once you start your playthrough. What this means is you can’t “save scum” the system to get what you want since reloading a save before inserting your tokens will always yield the same Charm.

How to equip Charms

A grid of charms in Resident Evil 4.

Once you’ve got one or more Charms unlocked, you can attach up to three of them to your attaché case of choice. To do this, simply go to the Customize Case tab in the typewriter menu and select the Charms you want to equip from the menu below. You can swap them out at any typewriter, so feel free to change them out to suit your current needs.

All Charms

Leon collecting a teddy bear charm.

There are over 30 Charms in Resident Evil 4 remake if you include the two that are only given as DLC bonus items for those who purchased the Deluxe Edition. They’re broken down into four tiers: Legendary, Epic, Rare, and Common. Here’s a full list of all the Charms, plus what bonuses they give.

Legendary Charms:

  • Cute Bear: reduces 1 gunpowder used when crafting.
  • Striker: increases run speed by 8%.

Epic Charms:

  • Iluminados Emblem: increases melee critical hit rate by 20%.
  • Ashley Graham: increases health recovery for Green Herbs by 50%.
  • Merchant: offers 5% off all weapon upgrades.
  • Rhino Beetle: increases health recovery item resale value by 100%.

Rare Charms:

  • Ada Wong: offers 30% off body armor repairs.
  • Luis Sera: increases weapon resale value by 20%.
  • Leon w/ Rocket Launcher: offers 20% off the Rocket Launcher.
  • Leon w/ Handgun: offers 30% off knife repairs.
  • Leon w/ Shotgun: increases ammo resale value by 40%.
  • Chicken: increases health recovery rate for all Egg types by 100%.
  • Black Bass: increases health recovery rate for Black Bass by 100%.

Common Charms:

  • Leader Zealot: increases health recovery for Green Herbs by 10%.
  • Don Jose: increases handgun ammo craft bonus frequency by 15%.
  • Soldier w/ Hammer: increases handgun ammo craft bonus frequency by 20%.
  • Don Estaban: increases shotgun shells craft bonus frequency by 15%.
  • Zealot /w Shield: increases shotgun shells craft bonus frequency by 20%.
  • Don Diego: increases rifle ammo craft bonus frequency by 15%.
  • Dr. Salvador: increases rifle ammo craft bonus frequency by 20%.
  • Don Miguel: increases submachine gun ammo craft bonus frequency by 15%.
  • Zealot w/ Scythe: increases submachine gun ammo craft bonus frequency by 20%.
  • Soldier w/ Stun Rod: increases bolt craft bonus frequency by 15%.
  • Zealot w/ Bowgun: increases bolt craft bonus frequency by 20%.
  • Soldier w/ Dynamite: increases attachable mines craft bonus frequency by 30%.
  • Maria: Increase magnum ammo craft bonus frequency by 15%.
  • Bella Sisters: increases magnum ammo craft bonus frequency by 20%.
  • Isabel: increases health recovery for Vipers by 30%.
  • Don Pedro: increases health recovery for Vipers by 40%.

Deluxe Edition DLC Charms:

  • Green Herb: increases health recovery for Green Herbs by 15%.
  • Handgun Ammo: increases handgun ammo craft bonus frequency by 30%.

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