The Resident Evil series has always been more than just zombies, and that is definitely the case with the upcoming Resident Evil Village. The sequel to Resident Evil 7: Biohazard looks to be taking the series in a different direction, with less of a focus on science fiction and more on gothic horror. Therefore, we have all new enemy types, including four unique mini-bosses and a mysterious big boss waiting for you. We don't know every enemy in the game quite yet, but here's every Resident Evil Village enemy we know of so far.
Common enemy types
They might look like werewolves, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. While Lycans are like zombies from previous games, they move very quickly, jump far, and can dodge attacks. However, like zombies, they can swarm at you in large numbers (wolves travel in packs, after all) so sometimes the best strategy is to run. They can also bite you if they get too close, so be sure to keep your distance any way you can.
Lady Dimitrescu's daughters
We retain the gothic, classic horror feel with these striking foes. While the enemies in the village are closer to werewolves, Lady Dimitrescu's three daughters, named Belta, Cassandra, and Daniela, are more like witches or vampires. After a cutscene where they torture you, they'll be chasing you around the castle. Both the Tall Vampire Lady herself and her daughters will be stalking you as you try to find your way out. Unlike their mother, they're a lot faster and seem to be able to travel as a swarm of bugs. However, according to an IGN preview, they have a weakness that can be exploited, although your battles against them will differ.
In one of the earlier story trailers for Resident Evil Village, we got hints that Lady Dimitrescu wasn't the only boss you'd have to deal with. She mentions other names like Mother Miranda and Heisenberg. Thanks to an IGN report, we have more detail on the "Lords" Ethan will encounter in the search for his daughter, and the distinct areas they inhabit.
We, of course, have to start with the Tall Vampire Lady herself. Lady Alcina Dimitrescu quickly gained the attention of the internet in her reveal thanks to her towering height (she stands at around 9 feet 6 inches tall), striking white look, and thirst for Ethan's blood.
She functions like Mr. X from the Resident Evil 2 remake in that she's an unkillable force that stalks you around Castle Dimitrescu. When she finds you, she'll use her long reach and retractable claws to get at you. Like with previous bosses, she uses her size to her advantage, but you can also use it to her detriment.
Despite her arguably being the breakout star of the game, she's not its big boss. She reports to somebody named Mother Miranda, who you'll learn about below. It's implied in demos that Mother Miranda was the one that imbued Lady Dimitrescu and her daughters with powers. The Maiden demo specifically features a note written in 1958 that mentions "the Mistress and her daughters," so it's possible that she's as old as she is tall.
Heisenberg was seen in multiple trailers before he was properly introduced. He has a unique look that looks sort of out of place in a rural Eastern European village thanks to his wide-brimmed hat, long hair, sunglasses, and large coat. He carries around a giant hammer and a cigar.
Like Lady Dimitrescu, he has his own domain, referred to in previews as Heisenberg's Factory. Previews suggest that he tortures Ethan at some point, which seems more technologically advanced than the rest of the village. It's unclear if he's actually related to Lady Dimitrescu, but she refers to him as her "brother" in one of the trailers.
Moreau is as grotesque as Lady Dimitrescu is striking. His design is reminiscent of mermen, although it's tough to see what he fully looks like thanks to a large cloak he wears. The only parts of him that are visible are his large lower face, his feet, and hands. He also wears what looks like a small crown made of bones.
Moreau lives in a reservoir near a deserted fishing village. Not much is known about him or his domain yet, but based on a brief moment in a trailer, it appears that a large monster also lives in the reservoir.
Director Morimasa Sato told IGN that U.S. Capcom employees were most terrified of Donna Beneviento's design, and if you have an aversion to puppets, you might agree. Beneviento is a mysterious figure shrouded in all black with a veil and operates a puppet named Angie, who is wearing a dirty wedding dress. It's unclear though whether Angie is alive or not.
House Beneviento is located on the outskirts of the village and rarely receives visitors.
The Lords might be distinct and varying degrees of frightening, but they're not the Big Bad of the game. The Lords seem to report to Mother Miranda, who's the most mysterious figure of all. From portraits we've seen throughout trailers and in press materials, we can assume she's seen as some sort of deity. According to Capcom, she is "a presence worshipped by the villagers," but it's unclear how literal that is. We do know that she has some influence over the Lords, as Lady Dimitrescu is seen in a trailer speaking with her on the phone and reporting to her. She'll likely be the final boss, if previous Resident Evil games are anything to go by.
More mysteriously is the inclusion of the Umbrella logo in certain plaques around the village and in the castle. She likely has some ties to the evil corporation, but in what way?
Chris Redfield has typically been a hero, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore. While his motives remain murky, it's confirmed from trailer dialogue that he kills Ethan's wife Mia, and seems to be impeding Ethan's goals. It's hard to say whether that makes him a proper villain here, or an enemy that Ethan has to face, but he'll, at the very least, get in Ethan's way.
As we previously mentioned, Resident Evil Village is a direct sequel to Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, which prominently but briefly featured Chris Redfield at the end, and has him as a playable character in some of the DLC. He was part of a special task force created by former members of Umbrella, the evil pharmaceutical company at the heart of the main games, to right the company's wrongs. In Village, he leads a group called the Hound Wolf Squad.
Any more enemies?
There are sure to be plenty of other enemy types that haven't been revealed yet. Rumors have said zombies will be making a return, and considering the four distinct areas in the village (minus the village itself), it's likely we'll see a lot more. There are even distinct enemies from the trailers we have no information on yet. For example, there appears to be a Gorilla Man wielding a large hammer (why does that look familiar...) and creatures in robes with sharp teeth. You can even see some winged creatures in the distance of some screenshots. We'll be sure to update this guide once we learn more.
Resident Evil Village is set to release on May 7 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, PC, and Stadia. If you want to really experience horror, you'll want a good pair of headphones or a headset, so check out the best Xbox Series X, Series S headsets.
A new take on a classic
Resident Evil Village
Werewolves, witches, and vampires... oh my!
In Resident Evil Village, you once again take on the role of Ethan Winters. This time, your daughter has been kidnapped and taken to a mysterious village in Eastern Europe. You must battle Lycans, Tall Vampire Ladies, and more to make it out alive.
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