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Resident Evil 4 Remake: How To Melee Attack 

Jack Bye Updated on by

Resident Evil 4 Remake gives you a good amount of options when it comes to the weapons you wield. But when fending off crazed villagers, Las Plagas parasites, and all the horrors that the Resident Evil 4 remake contains, you won’t always be able to rely on Leon wielding a fully-stocked rifle or pistol. More often than not, melee attacks are your best friend.

It’s best to learn how to melee attack in Resident Evil 4 Remake as soon as possible. Not only is it economical in terms of ammo, but it can also absolutely save your life when an infected monstrosity is up in your face with no way of backing off. 

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Resident Evil 4 Remake: Melee Timing

Resident Evil 4 Remake Leon prepares to melee attack a villager

Rather an attempting to take out every enemy you see with Leon’s trusty knife and deadly kicks, it’s important to know when and where melee attacks can be used in Resident Evil 4 Remake.  

In order to tee them up for a melee attack, enemies must first be put into a staggered state. This can be done in a variety of ways but is often achieved simply by shooting them in a non-lethal capacity. Then, rather than wasting more ammo to finish them off, Leon can approach and press the melee button when prompted to deliver a deadly melee attack. 

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Melee Matters

Performing a melee attack correctly will result in nearby enemies being pushed back, so thankfully you aren’t punished for getting in close and swarmed by other foes once the melee attack has been performed. 

Dealing with vulnerable enemies isn’t the only use for your melee weapons. They can also be used to save Leon’s life in a pinch. When grappled by certain types of enemies, Leon will be prompted to use a melee attack to free himself. You might take some damage in the process, but it’s better than dying outright.