"7-round capacity .50 AE MAG. Gas-operated action, which is unusual for a semi-auto handgun, gives it both power and accuracy."
— Inventory description
— Inventory description - Japanese
The Lightning Hawk is a weapon in the Resident Evil 2 remake. This weapon is only retrievable in Leon's campaign.
- Leon: It is located in the weapons locker of the Armory, requiring the USB Dongle Key to obtain it.
- HUNK: HUNK has this weapon in his inventory when the player begins The 4th Survivor mode.
- Robert Kendo: Robert can acquire this weapon inside the sewers from a Mr Raccoon Resupply machine in The Ghost Survivors mode.
- J. Martinez: Ghost can acquire the weapon inside NEST from a Mr Raccoon Resupply machine in The Ghost Survivors mode.
Using .50 caliber ammunition, it is one of the most powerful weapons Leon is capable of wielding. With very high base damage and a high chance of criticals on nearly every target it fires upon, it is a formidable weapon when shot accurately. It is also capable of piercing through multiple enemies in a row, making it highly effective against crowded zombies. Its exceptional firepower makes it perfectly suitable for difficult targets such as the G-Adults's eyeball or boss monsters.
As a 7-round semi-automatic magnum pistol, it is well suited for quick reloading on the move. Its only weaknesses are its relatively high recoil, making chaining shots challenging, and rare ammunition. As a result, taking care to shoot and knowing when to use it are crucial to wielding it effectively. MAG Ammo is not commonly found in-game, but combining two High-Grade Gunpowder (Yellow) does create ammo for it.
- The Lightning Hawk's color was updated after update 1.03. Changing it from a dark grey steel to light chrome. This change is not reflected in the inventory icon though.