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. If you’re looking to give yourself a slight advantage early on, you can obtain the Trauma Pack add-on if you purchase the Digital Deluxe or Collector’s Edition of the game. However, these items won’t be available right away, which can leave a bit of confusion.
How to Get the Trauma Pack Digital Bonuses
The Trauma Pack is broken up into two distinct sections: items in-game and items you can select through the main menu. For the former, you will only unlock the Samurai Edge AW Model-01 and Mr. Everywhere weapon charm once you visit the Duke for the first time. This means you’ll need to play through the opening portion of Resident Evil Village with only the items you’ll find along the way. Depending on your difficulty setting and skill level, this will take anywhere from 1-2 hours. I won’t spoil the events leading up to the Duke, but know once you ride up the elevator and go through the field of scarecrows he will be waiting for you.
After a brief discussion, open up his inventory and then go to the “Supplies” tab. Near the bottom, you will see the handgun available for 200 Lei and the weapon charm which is available for free. purchasing the gun will add it to Ethan’s inventory, so make sure to clear some space. As for the weapon charm, you can equip it right away. Keep in mind, the Samurai Edge AW Model-01 cannot be upgraded like the standard handgun. It’s simply a superior weapon until you can afford upgrades for the regular handgun. That being said, it boasts higher damage and a superior fire rate, allowing you to make quick work of any monsters. Plus, it’s stylish as hell.
As for the rest of the Trauma Pack items, these can be accessed once you reach the village after the very brief prologue. Once you arrive, just going back to the main menu at any time will unlock the Tragedy of Ethan Winters, safe room music option, and added difficulty option. I strongly, strongly urge you to not view the Tragedy of Ethan Winters until you beat the game. It has some major story spoilers in it that will ruin Resident Evil Village’s plot. If you’re looking to dive right into the hardest difficulty, you’ll need to start a completely new game. Resident Evil Village doesn’t allow you to swap difficulties on the fly.
Whether you decide to use the digital items or not is entirely up to you. They won’t give you an insane advantage – especially later on in the game. Personally, I just used Wesker’s gun until I upgraded my pistol’s damage beyond the Samurai Edge’s base 110.