A Magnum is a high caliber handgun that fires very powerful rounds. These pistols have large frames to withstand the high pressures of their cartridges, and often have long barrels to maximize bullet velocity. These firearms use Magnum ammunition, and appear in both revolver (most common) and semi-automatic (somewhat rarer) forms.

The standard "power weapon" in almost all Resident Evil games, the Magnum deals devastating damage to enemies and also possesses superb penetrating abilities. These guns will instantly decapitate a normal zombie when shot in the head.

However, Magnums often have a small supply of ammunition available and a relatively low clip capacity. Thus, their use is limited and recommended only for boss encounters and hard-to-kill enemies. Plus, they have a slow rate of fire due to strong recoil, and thus are generally unsuited for crowd control.

The Magnum is the second most powerful weapon type in Resident Evil next to the Rocket Launcher.

Gameplay Specifics

In Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D and Resident Evil 6, the player can equip certain Skills that affect how effective Magnums are.

In Resident Evil: Revelations, enemies have a specific set of resistance and vulnerability to each weapon type. In Raid Mode, Raymond, Lansdale, Rachel, HUNK, and Lady HUNK have inherent skills that make them more effective with Magnums.

In Resident Evil 6, after completing all campaign chapters, a skill called "Infinite Magnum Ammo" will be available for purchase, granting unlimited ammunition to the weapon. The skill is one of the most expensive skills in the game.

List of Magnums

Image Name Game Examine
Re0 magnum lg.jpg Magnum Resident Evil 0
"A large handgun capable of firing powerful Magnum rounds."
Re0 magnum 2.jpg Magnum Revolver Resident Evil 0
"A magnum revolver containing enhanced parts like a new cylinder and frame. Its tremendous firepower makes it more of a "hand cannon" than a handgun."
RE1Magnum.jpg Colt Python Resident Evil
"Colt Python. Powerful gun that can be loaded with .357 Magnum rounds. Magnum Rounds loaded."
Colt phython (re1 danskyl7).jpg
Magnum Revolver Resident Evil (Remake)
"It's loaded with Magnum Rounds."
RE1 44magnum.jpg Barry's 44 Magnum Resident Evil (Remake)
"Fires .44 Magnum rounds. An extremely powerful handgun, not to mention one of Barry's favorites."
Rem selfdefgun lg.jpg Defense Gun Resident Evil (Remake)
"A self defense gun that fires .22 Magnum rounds. One round has been fired already."
RE2Magnum.jpg Magnum Resident Evil 2


"Desert Eagle .50 A.E. A high caliber magnum pistol. It uses powerful .50 A.E. rounds. By IMI, Israel."

Custom Magnum

"Desert Eagle .50 A.E 10 inch. 10 inch barrel is put on to D.E.50 A.E. It can fire .50 A.E rounds more powerfully."
RE2 Remake Lightning Hawk examine.jpg Lightning Hawk Resident Evil 2 (2019)
"7-round capacity .50 AE MAG. Gas-operated action, which is unusual for a semi-auto handgun, gives it both power and accuracy."
RE 2 Remake SLS60 Upgrade 2.jpg SLS 60 (Upgraded) Resident Evil 2 (2019)
"5-shot capacity handgun. Easy to handle, and can fire high-powered rounds in addition to 9mm ammo."
Resident Evil 3 Magnum-1.jpg Magnum Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
"S&W M629C. A large stainless steel revolver. A classic type equipped with weights to reduce the recoil. It uses .44 Magnum bullets."
.44 AE Lightning Hawk Resident Evil 3 (2020)
"8-round capacity .44 AE MAG. Its gas-operated action, which is unusual for a semi-auto handgun, gives it both power and accuracy."
RAI-DEN Resident Evil 3 (2020)
"An energy weapon developed by Umbrella based on airborne electrical phenomena. It possesses great stopping power, but only when targeting enemy weak points."
REGS SW19.gif Magnum Resident Evil Survivor
RECV Colt Python.jpg Magnum Resident Evil CODE: Veronica
"Colt Python. An american gun. It uses .357 magnum rounds."
Dead Aim Magnum.jpg Magnum Resident Evil: Dead Aim
"This pistol fires Magnum rounds for max damage and penetration."
image MAGNUM REVOLVER Resident Evil Outbreak
"An M29-44 magnum. It uses 44 magnum rounds."
image MAGNUM HANDGUN Resident Evil Outbreak
"A very huge handgun. It uses .50 AE rounds."
Bb 3.png Broken Butterfly Resident Evil 4
"A very powerful .45 magnum revolver. This will make anyone's day."
Killer 7.jpg Killer7 Resident Evil 4
"A very stable yet powerful .45 magnum."
Re4 handcannon close.png Handcannon Resident Evil 4


"This is a .50 magnum. Need we say more?"

Fully Upgraded

"This .50 magnum now fires infinite bullets! Gotta love it!"
Magnum Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles None
Magnum AT Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles None
Magnum Revolver Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles None
S&W M29 RE5.jpg S&W M29 Resident Evil 5 None
RE5DEAGLEBRANDDEAGLE.jpg L. Hawk Resident Evil 5 None
RE5SW500.jpg S&W M500 Resident Evil 5 None
Python.jpeg Magnum Python Resident Evil: Revelations None
Thunder Raptor.jpeg L. Hawk Resident Evil: Revelations None
Pale Rider.jpg Pale Rider Resident Evil: Revelations None
Elephantkiller.jpg Elephant Killer Resident Evil 6 None
Lhawk.jpg Lightning Hawk Resident Evil 6 None
Magnum Python icon.jpg Magnum Python Resident Evil: Revelations 2 None
Magnum Model 329 icon.jpg Magnum Model 329 Resident Evil: Revelations 2 None
Magnum 2005M icon.jpg Magnum 2005M Resident Evil: Revelations 2 None
Magnum Anaconda icon.jpg Magnum Anaconda Resident Evil: Revelations 2 None
Magnum Pale Rider icon.jpg Pale Rider Resident Evil: Revelations 2 None
M44 Magnum.png 44 MAG Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
"A large caliber firearm. Has a lot of bite, but a lot of recoil too."
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