Resident Evil 7 guide & walkthrough: all weapons, coins, unlocks, keys and secrets
We can help you survive the Baker family... and everything that follows.
Resident Evil 7 is billed as a return to the horror series’ more slow paced and methodical roots, with the game sharing quite a lot in common with the original two titles in the series. That means puzzles, backtracking, optional and hidden items, weapon upgrades and limited resources. All of which, we think, makes the game one of the best horror experiences on PS4, PC and Xbox One.
It also makes it ample material for a guide – and we’re here to help. As of the time of writing we’ve completed Resident Evil 7 three times – once on normal difficulty blind, and two exploration-driven easy-mode meanders through its world to find more secrets. This guide is primarily based on notes from our first normal play-through, augmented a little with additional tidbits from later play-throughs as there are a number of secrets that are well worth unlocking.
As far as possible, we’ll keep this guide spoiler-free. We’ll hint at and talk around revelations rather than outright reveal them although please understand that some things are unavoidable. Things like item locations, available weaponry and bosses will be spoiled as we need to talk about them, of course, but we’re not going to spoil big plot twists or indeed warn you about jump scares. Consider yourself warned.
Resident Evil 7 walkthrough: a step-by-step guide to surviving the horror
Here you'll find our walkthrough of the game. This is based off notes taken on one of our full runs of the game, and will basically guide you to a fairly safe and route through the game on any difficulty. We'll ensure you backtrack to get any optional weapons and items you might otherwise miss and point out pick-ups so you constantly have enough supplies. Plus we have puzzle solutions and the like. Good luck!
Part 1: the nightmare begins
It's only a prologue, but that doesn't mean it isn't nasty. Here's how to get through it.
Part 2: family, escape and the garage
Welcome to the family. Fancy a game of hide and seek?
Part 3: dog heads and your first tape
Welcome to the family. Fancy a game of hide and seek?
Part 4: shadow puzzles and meeting the molded
It's time for you to meet the molded. Get your trigger finger ready.
Part 5: How to get the shotgun
Up your firepower by solving a little optional puzzle to get a shotgun.
Part 6: duel in the dissection room
Nothing good is ever going to go down in a room called the 'dissection room', is it?
Part 7: freedom and flamethrowers
Out of the new house, into the even creepier old house... but at least there's a flamethrower.
Part 8: the quest for the crow key
Another animal key is required, and the process of getting it isn't so easy.
Part 9: how to get the grenade launcher and beat the greenhouse boss
Grab an optional grenade launcher to up your firepower even more, then tackle a boss.
Part 10: obtaining the arm and the snake key
Finally, you can get your hands on the last of the animal keys... but now you need to use it to get even more keys. Go figure.
Part 11: red keycards, blue keycards and a second shotgun
Find the keycards you'll need and a nice new shotgun.
Part 12: happy birthday
Here's another jolly VHS tape - and whole lot of booby traps.
Part 13: barn fights, booby traps and birthdays
Can you survive the booby trapped maze?
Part 14: bosses and choices
Pay attention - the choices you make here will decide the ending you experience.
Part 15: shipwrecked
Up the creek without a paddle. But you're so close to the end...
Part 16: mounting a rescue
How to open the captain's locker and get yourself a machine gun.
Part 17: gear up for the finale
Head into the salt mines and prepare for the final boss fight.
Resident Evil 7: secrets and collectables
It's here we'll list all the hidden stuff in Resident Evil 7, from secrets and Easter eggs to collectable coins and other items crucial to the game.
Where to find all the antique coin collectables
Finding all of these will bag you two achievements and you can use them to buy essentials for the main game.
Where to find all the Mr. Everywhere statues
Resident Evil 7's hidden collectible comes in the form of an annoying little bobble head. Here's how to find and destroy all 20.
Where to find repair kits to build a better pistol and shotgun
You're going to need all the help you can get, so make sure you have these improved weapons by your side.
All the weapons and where to find them
Okay, so we grabbed the repair kits... but how about an exhaustive list of all the weapons in the game? We've got you.
All the ending unlocks and how to get them
Capcom want you to play through RE7 multiple times, and they try to get you to do that with some handy unlocks. Here's our guide to them..
Resident Evil 7: DLC guide and tips
The nightmare isn't over once the credits roll - oh no, that'd be far too easy. Here are our pages to help you out with RE7's downloadable content and other extras.
Banned Footage Volume 1: Bedroom Walkthrough
You're now in the boots of poor old Clancy, and Maugerite has him tied to the bed and is insisting he takes her rather dubious-looking supper. We can help him to escape.
How to beat the Banned Footage Vol 1: Nightmare DLC
Clancy spends a truly horrifying night trying to survive in the Baker's basement. It'll take all your smarts to stay alive - and Capcom full intends you die a couple of times. Here's our guide to survival.
Daughters walkthrough: How to get the true ending in Banned Footage Vol 2
Fill the shoes of Zoe Baker and embark on a frightening adventure with two endings. This solution shows you how to get the true ending.