RE4 Remake Mercenaries Characters [All To Know]

Finesse and style are key to earning that sweet S+ rank using the characters in the mercenaries mode of Resident Evil 4 Remake!

RE4 Remake’s Mercenaries’ characters are sure to delight anyone with their presence as they feature different loadouts and unique abilities. There are three distinctive maps available for you to choose from here; achieving an S rank or higher can earn a sweet reward for your efforts.

There is also the possibility of a multiplayer coop in RE4 Remake’s Mercenaries mode. But before we can discuss that, learning about the game mode and its characters is crucial for any player jumping into it for the first time.

Key Takeaways

Mercenaries is a horde mode-like mode where players use their favorite characters in a prolonged battle to survive for a certain period of time until they fully clear all enemies.

  • Leon: Balanced loadout for both long and close distances, with increased power and maneuverability.
  • Luis: Uses timed dynamite for AoE damage and the powerful Red-9 handgun.
  • Jack Krauser: Playable boss character with the ability to transform and use his signature knife.
  • Hunk: Mayhem ability grants infinite SMG ammo and a melee attack that instantly kills enemies.
Before You Start: You will only be able to use Leon at the beginning of the Mercenaries when you launch it for the first time, so you will have to unlock the rest of the three characters one by one.
Important: By achieving an S rank or above on all three stages using any character, you will be rewarded with the hand cannon magnum.

You may continue reading our guide or watch the following video on the Mercenaries mode:

YouTube video

You can also check out the summarized look at all of the Mercenaries in our comparison table below:

CharactersWeaponsMayhem AbilityHow to Unlock
Leon S. KennedySG-09 R, Stingray, Riot GunIncreased power and movement speedAvailable from Default
Luis SeraRed-9, SR-M1903Timed DynamiteAchieve an A rank in any mercenaries mode stage using Leon
Major Jack KrauserTMP, EJF-338 Compound BowMutant TransformationAchieve an A rank in any mercenaries mode stage using Luis Sera
HunkLE-5Infinite SMG ammoAchieve an A rank in any mercenaries mode stage using Krauser

Mercenaries Mode Explanation

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Post-battle rating in Mercenaries (Image Captured by Us)

In Mercenaries Mode, you choose up to four characters to compete in a horde-style battle, aiming for a high score within a time limit. Each character comes with a preset weapon loadout, but you can pick up additional items like grenades and healing items from foes and crates.

You can select from three unique stages: Village, Castle, and the Island, each with distinct layouts. Each character has a specific playstyle to help you win.

During each run, you can extend the timer by collecting green pickups and gathering yellow pickups to fill your mayhem gauge. Mayhem unleashes a character-specific special technique, enhancing mobility, damage, and enabling a unique attack.

As you progress, enemies become more aggressive, including formidable foes like Garradors. Now, let’s delve into each playable character.

Characters In Resident Evil 4 Remake Mercenaries

You can access four different characters in Resident Evil 4 Remake, all of which have unique mayhem abilities that can provide an edge during the run. While Leon will be the only character that you can use when booting up Mercenaries for the first time, the other three can be unlocked relatively easily by simply attaining an A rank across all three stages of the mode. But for now, let’s discuss each of these characters in detail:

Leon S. Kennedy

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Leon S. Kennedy (Image Captured by Us)
  • Weapons: SG-09 R, Stingray, Riot Gun
  • Mayhem Ability: Increased power and movement speed
  • How To Unlock: Available from Default

Our protagonist of the game is one that easily sets the pace down for this mode as most players will more than likely have finished the campaign and gotten used to his play style. The only limitation is that you may not like the fact that Leon uses his default handgun, the SG-09 R. Meanwhile, the riot gun and Stingray are excellent additions here to provide a balanced loadout for our fabled hero to survive almost any encounter.

Leon’s mayhem ability is also pretty self-explanatory because as soon as you activate it, he’ll gain a burst of momentum which will allow you to escape over-crowded situations swiftly. Moreover, you will also gain increased damage, so make sure to spam every shot from your weapon to gain critical kills easily. Leon has access to all of his iconic melee moves on stunned enemies, such as the German suplex as well as the roundhouse kick.

Luis Sera

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Luis Sera (Image by eXputer)
  • Weapons: Red-9, SR-M1903
  • Mayhem Ability: Timed Dynamite
  • How To Unlock: Successfully achieve an A rank or higher in any mercenaries mode stage using Leon.

Luis Sera’s Timed Dynamite mayhem ability is a standout feature. It allows you to place dynamite bundles on the ground, causing substantial area-of-effect damage to nearby enemies. You can usually set down two to three dynamite packs before the mayhem gauge depletes, especially when being pursued by enemies.

Luis also has a unique melee animation, either charging at foes or using a lead pipe. An advantage is that he is immune to his dynamite’s explosion damage, making it a handy ability for creating breathing room.

Regarding weapons, the Red-9 deals impressive damage, but its recoil might challenge some players without the stock. The SR-M1903 comes with a thermal scope, ideal for eliminating cultists and plaga variants with ease.

Major Jack Krauser

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Jack Krauser (Image by eXputer)
  • Weapons: TMP, EJF-338 Compound Bow
  • Mayhem Ability: Mutant Transformation
  • How To Unlock: Successfully achieve an A rank or higher in any mercenaries mode stage using Luis Sera.

Jack Krauser, a memorable antagonist from the main campaign, is a playable character in Mercenaries Mode. His unique mayhem ability allows him to transform into his mutant form, similar to the one he fought against in the main story.

Krauser’s fighting knife is a valuable tool in this mode, offering high damage and durability. Use it to permanently eliminate downed enemies before they transform into plagas variants.

While in mutant form, Krauser deals significant damage but has limited mobility. The TMP is effective when fired in short bursts to stun enemies. The compound bow requires a brief charge-up time after each shot but excels in long-range, dealing explosive area-of-effect damage.


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Hunk (Image by eXputer)
  • Weapons: LE-5
  • Mayhem Ability: Infinite SMG ammo
  • How To Unlock: Successfully achieve an A rank or higher in any mercenaries mode stage using Krauser.

Hunk returns as a playable character in RE4 Remake’s Mercenaries Mode, known for his popularity in the original game. He retains his iconic Neck breaker melee move, instantly killing stunned enemies, including minibosses. Note that Hunk doesn’t start with Flash Grenades; you must collect them during the run.

Use Flash Grenades sparingly, preferably when surrounded by multiple minibosses. Hunk’s Mayhem mode is a game-changer, turning his SMG into a formidable weapon with unlimited ammo. No need to reload during Mayhem mode, making him incredibly potent against all enemies.

Summing It Up

According to a Subreddit Post, on the subject of potential or future RE4 Remake Mercenaries characters added in the mode later down the line, fans have requested Ada Wong as well as Albert Wesker. While Ada seems like the best candidate, we will likely have to wait a while until her appearance in the potential RE4 Remake Separate Ways DLC down the line.

Aside from that, if you’re someone who absolutely enjoyed the campaign, then you should definitely try your hand at obtaining the special weapons known as the Chicago Sweeper as well as the Infinite Rocket Launcher. Furthermore, some of the Accessories in Resident Evil 4 Remake can save your skin, even helping you get an edge on the Professional difficulty in case you’re attempting the platinum trophy.

But for now, this concludes our guide to the Mercenaries characters in the game, as well as a brief overview of the mode and its mechanics. If you have any questions regarding the guide, then let us know, and we will gladly help you out. As always, eXputer wishes you luck!

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