There’s only one surefire way to make sure Resident Evil 2 Remake’s zombies go down for good: shoot them - lots. Your starting pistol is all well and good, but both Leon and Claire have access to another, more powerful, gun too. Here’s how to solve the Art Room Statue puzzle with the Red Book and claim Leon’s Magnum and Claire’s MQ11 SMG.
This puzzle path starts once you’ve first entered the Library on the west side of the building, but can’t be finished until a little while after in the sequence of events. However, it’s well worth doing. Claire’s SMG especially is a very strong weapon to have.
This guide is for your first playthrough of the Resident Evil 2 Remake - during the 2nd Story playthrough, you'll encounter the box item much earlier in your journey - for example, Leon finds it in the 2F Mens Locker Room.
Resident Evil 2 Remake Red Book
When you first enter the Library on the west side of the Police Station, you’ll be up on the third floor. Trying to reach the door on the other side will trigger a cutscene where you fall through the wooden balcony, so once that’s done, deal with the zombies and make your way back to the main hall through the locked Spade Door.
On your right as you approach the door, you’ll see the Red Book on a table to your right.
Pick it up and keep it in your inventory.
After the cutscene with Marvin, he’ll tell you to go up to the second floor, east side - through the waiting room via another spade door.
Special Weapons Locker Key Card
On the other side of this locked door is the Art Room, inside of which you’ll find a Weapons Locker Key Card - which lets you into the gun cache at the back of the Safety Deposit Room - and a regal statue.
Art Room Statue Puzzle
There’s actually a clue on what to do here in the roll of film that you get out of the Safety Deposit Room Locker.
To solve the puzzle, take the statue hand off of the table to the right of the room and combine it with the red book.
Now use the “Left Arm with Book” on the statue. This gives you the Scepter.
Examining the Scepter in your inventory will give you the Red Jewel.
You can now put this Red Jewel in your item box for safe keeping for a while - it’ll come in handy later.
Resident Evil 2 Remake Red Jewel
Continue on through the game until after you’ve found three medallions, gone through the Goddess Statue and the Secret Room underneath. You’ll eventually reach the Chief’s Office area.
Once you’ve made it here and have access to the area with the “Interrogation Room” and “Observations Room”, head down there.
This path diverges slightly for Leon and Claire. With Leon, you need to use the Crank Handle to get through to the Chief's Office, go up the Stairs to the Balcony, and then climb down the ladder to the Roof. From the Roof, go down the stairs to the north and get to the Boiler Room. From there, go into the side Typewriter room and get the Club Key from the whiteboard. This gets Leon into the “Observations Room” straight away. Claire on the other hand has the Heart Key for the “Interrogation Room”, which she gets from the Special Collections Room.
With Claire, go into the Interrogation Room and search everything until something happens. Once that’s happened, change your underpants and hop over into the Observation Room.
Either way, once you’re in there collect the “Bejeweled Box” from the back as Claire or on the Desk as Leon. Then combine your Red Jewel with the box.
This gets you the S.T.A.R.S Badge.
Resident Evil 2 Remake STARS Badge
Now you have the S.T.A.R.S Badge, examine it in your inventory, turn it over and press to change it into a USB Dongle Key.
Next, once you regain access to the rest of the Police Station, head over to the S.T.A.R.S Office through the 2F of the Main Hall and the Library.
In the Office, use the USB Key on the PC Tower and then interact with the PC Screen. This opens the Weapons Locker behind it, letting you at the goodies inside.
You get a brand-new weapon for your trouble, including a full clip of bullets; a Magnum for Leon, and an SMG for Claire.
Remember to interact with the PC Tower again to get the USB Dongle back. You can use it in the Underground Staircase via the shortcut back to the Police Station in the Worker’s Breakroom in the Sewers. Doing this nets you an upgrade for your weapon.
For more help, take a look at our full Resident Evil 2 Remake Walkthrough - complete with video guide!