How To Unlock Leon’s Desk In Resident Evil 2 Remake

Capcom’s 2019 Resident Evil 2 remake doesn’t waste time setting itself apart from modern renditions of the iconic survival horror universe. Provided you search meticulously through every area, as you should in a survival horror game, you’ll come across your first puzzle a few minutes into your maiden playthrough, regardless of whether you chose Leon Kennedy or Claire Redfield to be your story’s protagonist.

At one end of the desks lining the center of the West Office inside the police station, you’ll find what was meant to be Leon’s desk. Inside the desk, there’s a prize that should make combat in the early hours of the game considerably easier, but you’re going to have to work to get inside.

The puzzle is a simple one if you pay attention to the surrounding area. If you’re here, you’ve likely already picked up and read through the note lying on Leon’s desk, which hints at how he’s meant to unlock it. There are two locks on Leon’s desk, one on each side, with the combination to each being – as the note lying on the desk mentions – the initials of his fellow officers’ first names.

Note: Needless to say, there are spoilers ahead for those who intend to solve the puzzle on their own. If you’d rather not read through the entire guide, you can watch our video guide below.

There are a total of six desks, each with a name plaque on or beside it and three on either side of Leon’s desks. Move along the left first and make a mental note of the first name on each plaque, in order, with the plaque on the desk furthest away from Leon’s being the first, the one in the middle being the second, and the closest one, the third.

Return to the lock and adjust the dials to match the first letter of each name, from left to right (which would make the combination N-E-D), then confirm to unlock.

Next, move over to the right, but be careful – if you haven’t already, there will be a zombie to be taken care of on this side. Note that for the second lock, the order of the initials will be in reverse, from right to left, with the rightmost being the initial from the name plaque that is the furthest away from Leon’s desk. The combination in this case would be M-R-G.

Hit confirm to unlock, then interact with Leon’s desk to get the High-Capacity Mag. add-on for Leon’s Matilda pistol, which can be combined with it to increase its clip size from a meager 12 bullets to a whopping 24, or the Speed Loader attachment for Claire’s SLS 60 Handgun, which considerably increases reload speed.

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