How to Get the Chicago Typewriter in Resident Evil 4 Remake

Leave the gun, take the cannoli.
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In the original Resident Evil 4, you could unlock all kinds of cool weapons, outfits, and features by beating the game under various conditions. One of the most iconic of these special unlockables in the Chicago Typewriter, an old-school Thompson submachine gun (or Tommy Gun, as it was often called). This weapon packs both power and style into a single package, and as luck would have it, it’s made its return in the remake. Here’s how to get the Chicago Typewriter in the Resident Evil 4 remake.

How to Get the Chicago Typewriter in Resident Evil 4 Remake

Now, technically speaking, the Chicago Typewriter does not exist in the Resident Evil 4 remake as we strictly know it. Rather, you can unlock a similar gun called the Chicago Sweeper, a Tommy Gun with slightly different stats. Don’t ask me why they changed the name, I still think “typewriter” sounds cooler.

Unlike in the original game, the Chicago Sweeper doesn’t come fully upgraded when you first obtain it. You’ll need to buy both the gun and its upgrades yourself, and while it does have the original Chicago Typewriter’s signature infinite ammo, you also need to unlock that feature on the Sweeper by either fully upgrading it or using an Exclusive Upgrade Ticket. At its height, though, the Sweeper is just as mighty as the Typewriter was, blowing Ganados away with an infinite clip of high-caliber rounds. It’s not very accurate or long-ranged, but that’s what the ol’ spray-and-pray approach is for.

Unlocking the Chicago Sweeper

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To actually unlock the Chicago Sweeper, you’ll need to first beat the game on Professional difficulty, the highest difficulty setting available. You can’t even access Professional difficulty until you’ve cleared the game once before, though you can do that first playthrough on any other difficulty you like. Additionally, at the end of your Professional difficulty run, you’ll need to have earned at least an A rank, completing the Leon “A.” Kennedy challenge.

Once the Chicago Sweeper is unlocked, you’ll need to buy access to it via the Extra Content Shop in the main menu for 1,000 Completion Points, though by this point in your time with the game, I’d be surprised if you don’t already have that many. Afterward, you can immediately retrieve the Chicago Sweeper from any Typewriter storage in the main game.

It’s a lot more work than it took to unlock the weapon in the original game, but it’s still totally worth it to mow down mutant villagers with an old-timey gangster gun. For added fun, try shouting “nyeh, see!” as you fire it.

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