All Resident Evil 7 Special Unlocks and How to Get Them

Discover how to unlock all the secret items in Resident Evil 7.


Players get more than just a happy ending when they complete the campaign in Resident Evil 7. Depending on their difficulty, the amount of items they used, as well as several other factors, players can actually unlock secret items that will help them in future playthroughs. We’ve put together an entire list of the special unlock items that you can find, so take a look to see what you need to do to start unlocking items like the X-ray glasses and Infinite Ammo.

The Albert 01-R

The strongest handgun available in Resident Evil 7, this handy weapon can only be unlocked by completing the game. There aren’t any other requirements, making it one of the easiest items to obtain.

The Secrets of Defense

Another one of those defacto unlocks, the Secrets of Defense upgrades Ethan’s block so that he can block more damage. This one is also unlocked right after beating the game on any difficulty mode.

Madhouse Mode

The horrific and terrifyingly difficult Madhouse Mode is Resident Evil 7’s highest difficulty type. You can only unlock it by preordering or beating the game on Easy or Normal.

X-Ray Glasses

Having this item in your inventory will pinpoint the location of every item around you, even through walls. It can only be unlocked by completing the game in under 4 hours, which is a pretty tough feat!

Circular Saw

One of our favorite weapons in Resident Evil 7, the Circular Saw is rewarded to players after they beat the game in under 4 hours. It’s especially powerful against the Molded, and a very handy tool to have around.

The Essence of Defense

This upgrade item can be obtained after finding and destroying every single one of the Mr. Everywhere statues in the game. These are pretty tough to find, so keep an eye out and destroy them when you see them. It works even better when paired with The Secrets of Defense.

Walking Shoes

The Walking Shoes allow Ethan to move much faster than he does by default and are a pretty good item for speedrunners to have available. You can only unlock it after beating the game in under 4 hours, though, so players will have to be quick on their feet to grab this special item.

Infinite Ammo

The holy grail of upgrades, Infinite Ammo is not easy to come by and for good reason. You’ll only be able to unlock this special cheat by completing the main game on Madhouse difficulty, which is a feat all on its own. Once you have it, the perk can be activated or deactivated from the menu and it only works on the handguns that Ethan can pick up around the level.

You can learn more about the various secrets and items in the latest iteration of Capcom’s popular horror series by checking out our Resident Evil 7 guide for more details like how to find all the antique coin locations, how to beat the bedroom DLC tape, and more.

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