Understand the story Resident Evil VillageYou need to be familiar with a few key terms. Unfortunately, if you’ve previously missed collecting clues, some late game revelations may seem a little incoherent. For example, a lot of players seem to have come across what it’s all about Cadou they are.
Before we begin, consider this spoiler warning for Resident Evil Village. This article is primarily focused on tradition and backstory rather than the events of the game itself, but if you want to go into your playing completely fresh, don’t read any further.
Resident Evil Village: What are Cadou?
The Cadou you will be referenced a lot at the end of the game, which may seem strange given that they only have a few real appearances on the screen:
It’s some biological-looking goop in a glass. So far, so dressing up the Resident Evil environment, am I right?
As it turned out, you actually saw Cadou very often during your stay in the village. Maybe you didn’t realize it.
Simply put: Cadou Parasites they are the cause of many mutations that you may have noticed as they appear among the population of the titular village.
While Cadou Parasites are officially unrelated to the t-Virus (as far as we currently know), they perform more or less the same basic function as the various virus agents that launched many classic Resi games.
“Cadou” also means “gift” in Romanian (French for “cadeau”). This is interesting not only in terms of trivia, but also because it allows us to look into the mindset of the characters responsible for the spread of each parasite.
But to really find your way around, you may need a slightly longer answer.
A little longer answer
Once again, to be perfectly clear: spoilers in front.
As you can expect, the responsibility for creating Cadou Parasites lies with the main villain of the game: Mother Miranda.
Her discovery of the root of the mold, which she nicknames “Megamycete”, seems to be a blow to happiness (anyway from her point of view). However, the extensive experiments she performed — which involved extracting mold samples from the fungus and then combining them with a parasitic nematode to create a genetically modified organism — were apparently quite deliberate.
These genetically modified organisms were, as you may have guessed, cadmium parasites. Their presentation to human subjects in this way seemed to have a higher survival rate, which is why so many people in the village have some very unusual mutant features beyond the usual zombification. It is less clear why the most unusual and controllable of these mutations seems to favor the nobility over the ordinary inhabitants of the village.
Also – despite the fact that it was referred to as “Mutamycete” in the English version of Resident Evil 7 – the form in its unabridged form seems to be the same thing that caused Ethan and Mia so much grief in Louisiana. In fact, it’s suggested that it could be the raw basic form of almost every ugly bioweapon seen throughout the franchise … but that’s probably the story for Resident Evil 9.
So here you have it: a short history of Cadou. You don’t have to know any of this to really finish the game, but if you weren’t quite sure what the hell was going on, hopefully it cleared you up a bit.
You can find more information about Resident Evil Village in our reviews.
Or you can start at the beginning of Part 1 of our Resident Evil Village guide.