The next horrifying installment of the Resident Evil series has finally arrived. Continuing the story of Ethan Winters following the events of Resident Evil 7, Resident Evil Village sees our titular hero venture into a mysterious eastern European town to save his kidnapped baby. Throughout your journey, Ethan will encounter all sorts of horrific monsters, eccentric characters, puzzles, and familiar faces. Pulling inspiration from previous entries, Resident Evil Village mixes both horror and action. Just like every core entry of Resident Evil, Village is filled with puzzles that players will need to solve. These can range in difficulty, but most will require you to find some missing key item. One of the first you’ll stumble across involves opening the castle gates via two different crests.
How to Open the Castle Gates
To open the castle gates you will need to find the Maiden and Demon Crests. Once you have these items, you can put them into the gate and rotate them until they align with the stone carving. Go up the path to the graveyard to reach the gates and the church. From the castle gate, turn right and head through the iron gates that are slightly ajar. Head inside of the church and grab the Maiden Crest on the altar to your left. This will instantly add it to your inventory in the Key Items section and won’t take up any space in your briefcase. Additionally, you can find a map on the right that shows you that the Demon Crest is located Luiza’s house.
Now exit out of the door at the end of the pews and follow the path through the broken fence. When you arrive in the field, go into the house on the left to find some crafting materials and a mine. A lycan will run by the window, but don’t worry about it attacking. Leave the house and head into the field. About halfway through the field, you’ll be attacked by three werewolves. I recommend quickly going to the house and using the mine to take out multiple werewolves at once. You can also fortify the house via the bookcase to limit being swarmed. After all the monsters are dead, go up the hill, and enter the home on your right to trigger a short cutscene.
Once you regain control of Ethan, climb through the open window, go over the broken wall, and unlock the gate. Now all you need to go is bang on the front door to trigger a brief in-game cutscene. Upon regaining control of Ethan again, leave the garage, and go to the left. In the kitchen, you’ll find the car key in the shelf by the wine bottles. Before you store the car key, examine and rotate the item 180 degrees. You should get an Interact prompt to open the small satchel and retrieve the screwdriver. Continue through the scene until you’re back outside by Luiza’s front gate. Use the screwdriver to open the light box on the right so you can grab the Demon Crest.
You can now head back to the castle gate and place the Maiden Crest on the left and the Demon Crest on the right. Rotate them until they align with the carvings to unlock this path.