Mercenaries is the mode that opens in Resident Evil Village once you complete the main campaign. Unlocking from the Extra Content Shop costs 10 CP and is a single player challenge mode. Points are awarded for killing enemies against time, with the help of a number of bonuses abilities which are exclusive to this mode.
Most skills can be picked up right away, but a few – including the very popular ones Magic magazine – have some unlock requirements attached.
In this guide, we’ll look at what Mercenaries abilities do, how to pick them up, and how to unlock the really good ones.
How to use abilities in Resident Evil Village: The Mercenaries
As you play The Mercenaries, you will notice that balls are scattered around each phase. The yellow balls add extra time to the stage blue balls contain abilities.
To pick up and equip an ability, you simply need to get within range and press the interaction button when prompted. You then have a choice of three random activation abilities.
If the same ability appears on stage more than once, you can equip it several times. The effect accumulates, which can be very strong. There’s also no limit to how many abilities you can have at once, so there’s literally no need to linger when you see a blue ball around.
All abilities you pick up will persist between areas in the same game. However, when you start a new game, you will not keep any of them.
Magic Magazine | How to get locked abilities in Resident Evil Village: The Mercenaries
While most of the abilities in The Mercenaries are available from the beginning, there are four that require another step to unlock them.
You have to get With rank or higher on each of the four stages of Part I add Magic magazine, Execution, Lightning speed, a Masamune to a random group of abilities that you find in the balls.
Resident Evil Village: The Mercenaries – Abilities list
|Ability name||Ability type||Effect||Unlock requirements|
|Agile||agility||The speed is increasing.||None|
|Assassination Dash||agility||When the knife is equipped, the speed of movement increases.||None|
|Lightning speed||agility||The speed of movement increases considerably, but the damage also increases.||Complete ‘The Factory (I)’ phase with a rating of S or higher|
|Corpse Combustor||Enemy Debuff||Enemies are likely to explode when defeated with weapons.||None|
|Slow motion||Enemy Debuff||Enemy movement is declining.||None|
|All Brawn||Offensive||The attack increases, but the speed decreases.||None|
|Break Shot||Offensive||The initial attack deals more damage when the enemy’s HP is full.||None|
|Execution||Offensive||The attack increases significantly when the enemy’s HP is below 30%.||Complete “The Castle (I)” with a rating of S or higher|
|A fickle shooter||Offensive||The attack increases when switching between enemies.||None|
|Warrior||Offensive||Melee attacks cause more damage.||None|
|No brain||Offensive||Headshots do more damage.||None|
|Out of reach||Offensive||Long-range attacks do more damage.||None|
|Adrenaline||Support||HP is easily recovering from a weapon attack.||None|
|Terrible gourmet||Support||Restore a little HP when the enemy is defeated.||None|
|Healthy||Support||Maximum HP increases.||None|
|Super guard||Support||The guard was no longer damaged.||None|
|Strong skin||Support||The damage is reduced.||None|
|Blade master||Weapon||Knives do five times more damage.||None|
|Pistol Master||Weapon||Pistols cause more damage.||None|
|Shotgun Master||Weapon||Shotguns cause more damage.||None|
|Magic magazine||Weapon||Ammunition capacity doubles.||Complete ‘The Village (I)’ with a rating of S or higher|
|Masamune||Weapon||Knife attacks are 10 times stronger, but damage from other weapons is greatly reduced.||Complete ‘The Mad Village (I)’ with a rating of S or higher|
The abilities you find in the balls will be random, so there is a limit to the extent to which you can plan to build characters. And as we’ve already pointed out, there’s no reason to ignore the ball, even though none of the abilities on offer are particularly inspiring.
However, due to the selection, we always recommend to give priority Magic magazine and Execution once they are unlocked. Unlike the other two unlockable abilities, equipping neither is a devil’s business. They allow you to stack ammunition capacity and fatal damage indefinitely, without disadvantage.
If you want to unlock Mercenaries mode, you’ll need to start over, so check out Part 1 of our Resident Evil Village Completion Guide.
Or if you want more information about the game in general, read our review.