Resident Evil 4 remake: How to maximize treasure and get the Astute Appraiser achievement

Finding Treasure in Resident Evil 4 Remake
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The Resident Evil 4 Remake is here, and its a lot of fun. If you've already scoured our list of weapons in the game, you'll next want to know how you can afford the purchasable firearms, and upgrade them to their full potential. You're going to need a lot of coins, and we're here to help you get them.

Treasure can be located all around the game and sold to the dubious arms dealer for pesetas (ptas) which you can then use to fund your arsenal. Though it's not a simple case of finding and selling treasure, if you really want to make the most ptas you need to utilize the game's gem inlaying mechanic to get the most bang for your buck.

Resident Evil 4 treasure: treasure maps and locations

There are three distinct areas in Resident Evil 4 Remake, the Village, the Castle and the Island. Each area has its own treasure map that you will need to purchase from the merchant at the beginning of that area. Here's a list of the locations so you know when to check.

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ChapterMap AreaVendor location
2VillageOutside factory
7CastleCastle Entrance
13IslandInside first cave

Resident Evil 4 treasure: Trickier treasure and keys

The treasure maps themselves will mark on your map exactly where the treasures are located, however, they aren't always as obvious as a gleaming red treasure chest. Sometimes you will need to look a bit closer. The first treasure I found for instance was inside what looked like a ruined oven. 

Treasure displayed on the map in Resident Evil 4 Remake

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If you are struggling to find treasure at eye level, look up. Most of the valuables that initially evaded me, were simply hanging from up above in a lantern, which you must shoot down to claim the bounty. 

Finding Treasure in Resident Evil 4 Remake

Look UP Leon! (Image credit: Jennifer Young -Windows Central)

You'll find some valuables squarely locked away from your grasp. Some behind drawers that require keys (and the keys are normally found nearby), and others require a more intricate device to plunder the riches. Rest assured if you find some locked items, the required key will not be far, and you can backtrack later. 

Where is the Wayshrine key in Resident Evil 4 Remake?

Wayshrine Key

Leon finds the Wayshrine Key (Image credit: Jennifer Young - Windows Central)

The Wayshrine Key will unlock special boxes in the Village, which is found in the Mural cave, just off the lake. 

Wayshrine Key

Map showing location of Wayshrine Key (Image credit: Jennifer Young - Windows Central)

This key can be used to unlock some previously forbidden treasures around the map. You can also sell it to the Merchant once you advance to the Castle.

Where is the cubic device? 

Cubic Device

Chest containing device (Image credit: Jennifer Young - Windows Central)

Upon exploring the castle, you'll come across locked cabinets for which the key alludes you. They will have a cubic socket. For these you need a special device, which can be found in the Grand Hall down one of the corridors. See our map marker here.

Cubic Device

Map showing location of Cubic Device (Image credit: Jennifer Young - Windows Central)

Just like the Wayshrine Key, this device is exclusively for use in its map area of the Castle, therefore when moving on to the Island, you can sell it to the Merchant. 

Resident Evil 4 treasure: Gemstone bonuses

Finding Treasure in Resident Evil 4 Remake

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Some of the more opulent treasures, can be socketed with gems to increase their value. Gems are found like other treasures, and can also drop from enemies.

To really maximize your profit, you'll want to perfect your gem combos. The gemstone bonus heirachy works very similarly to poker cards, in that 2 of the same colour, is worth more than two differing colors. However as the sockets increase on an item, slotting in up to 5 different gems will reap you the most rewards. 

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Combo NameGemstones neededReward bonus
Two ColorsTwo gemstones of differing colors.x1.1
DuoTwo gemstones of the same color.x1.2
Three ColorsThree gemstones of the same color.x1.3
TrioThree gemstones of the same color.x1.4
Two DuosTwo duos.x1.5
Four ColorsFour gemstones of differing color.x1.6
QuartetFour gemstones of the same color.x1.7
Duo & TrioOne duo, and one trio.x1.8
QuintetFive gemstones of the same color.x1.9
Five ColorsFive gemstones of differing colors.x2.0

There is a visual guide to the Gemstone Bonuses in the gem inlaying menu. 

Resident Evil 4 treasure: Astute Appraiser achievement

There are achievements associated with sniffing out every piece of treasure in the game, each of the three areas has its own achievement for acquiring each treasure on a single playthrough. The Bandit, Raider and Burglar achievements can be obtained by checking your treasure maps and making sure you listen to the Merchant when he warns you there is no going back once you hit certain points in the story.

The Astute Appraiser achievement is itself a simple one to get and requires you to sell a single treasure to the Merchant for at least 100000 ptas. In my playthrough, I lifted a crown with a handy 5 sockets to utilize the gem bonuses. 

Resident Evil 4 Remake Gem inlay screen

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The crown itself was found on a corpse in a corridor in The Depths, the map and location are displayed below. Right before slipping through a crack in the wall to make my way to the surface. 

Finding Treasure in Resident Evil 4 Remake

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Selling the crown, with five different colored gems slotted into it, took the value from a respectable 19,000 ptas to exactly 100,000 ptas. Selling this item netted me the Astute Appraiser achievement. Do not fear if you miss the crown though, as there is at least one more found in the ruins of the Salazar Palace later in the game. Just remember to gem that bad boy up before selling it.

If you enjoyed this guide, we have many more to aid you in your fight against Las Plagas.

-List of all enemies and bosses
-All weapons and where to find them
-All Yellow Herb Locations (coming soon)
-Guide to all Clockwork Castellans
-All Requests and where to find them


Resident Evil 4 remake

Bringing the 2005 horror classic to a new audience, Capcom has overhauled Resident Evil 4 for next-gen gaming. Featuring modernized gameplay, a modified storyline, and ray tracing. This is the definitive way to experience Resident Evil 4. 

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Jennifer Young

Jen is a News Writer for Windows Central, focused on all things gaming and Microsoft. Anything slaying monsters with magical weapons will get a thumbs up such as Dark Souls, Dragon Age, Diablo, and Monster Hunter. When not playing games, she'll be watching a horror or trash reality TV show, she hasn't decided which of those categories the Kardashians fit into. You can follow Jen on Twitter @Jenbox360 for more Diablo fangirling and general moaning about British weather.