For other uses, see Matilda (disambig).

The Matilda (マチルダ machiruda?) is a special burst-fire Handgun that appears in Resident Evil 4. It can be bought only after completing the game once.

The weapon is a reference to Resident Evil 2 as it modeled after Leon's upgraded handgun and is unlocked alongside his R.P.D. costume, which is also from the past title.

The name "Matilda" is likely a reference to the film The Professional, since the gun and the "Professional" difficulty setting are unlocked together. In the film, a hitman named Léon shelters a young girl, Mathilda, after her family is murdered by corrupt DEA agents.


The Matilda is a three-round burst pistol available for purchase from the Merchant after completing the main game once. It costs 70,000 pesetas and takes up 10 spaces (5x2) of Leon's inventory. It is the largest 9mm handgun in the game; only the Red9 with its stock would occupy more room in the attache case.

To start, it has a firepower of 1.5, a firing speed of 0.47, a reload speed of 1.70 and a capacity of 15. Fully upgraded, it has a firepower of 2.5, a firing speed of 0.47, a reload speed of 0.85 and a capacity of 30. The exclusive upgrade increases the capacity to 100. In the Gamecube version of RE4 the Matilda has a starting damage of 1.0 and a fully upgraded damage of 2.0.

The gun has a permanently equipped stock and fires in quick three-round bursts, providing rapid firepower & depleting Handgun Ammo very quickly.

Compared to the other handguns, the Matilda has the middle range of firepower, but also the fastest rate of fire, the fastest reload speed and the largest capacity. However, it is also the most expensive handgun to fully upgrade.

The Matilda is the only gun in the game incapable of the "quick side-aiming" technique (turning the camera to the side, then pressing the aim button to instantly point in that direction).


  • As the Merchant states, the Matilda does indeed burn through ammo very quickly. While a fully-upgraded Matilda can perform the same role as an automatic, care must be taken to preserve ammunition.
    • By lightly tapping the trigger button, the player can fire single shots or two-round bursts. Mastering this technique will prove useful, as a two-round burst has overall 5.0 damage, almost as much as the Red9 with its Exclusive upgrade.
  • It may not be a good idea to purchase the exclusive upgrade for this gun, as the capacity of 30 rounds may help limit the player's firing. With the 100 round capacity, it is more likely the player will get carried away and fire off a full magazine.
  • A good strategy when using the Matilda would be to aim burst shots at the head whenever possible. Most of the time an enemy will have its head blown off or be ready to be kicked, almost always killing the enemy with only three shots.
  • Continuously tapping the trigger will allow this gun to fire in a near fully automatic fashion, dealing massive damage to boss enemies, but draining the player of Handgun Ammo.
  • A method for conserving handgun ammo is to use the TMP or a Shotgun against most regular enemies and save the handgun ammo for tougher enemies, such as Colmillos, Novistadores, or bosses
  • In the GameCube version. the Matilda will fire in full auto after three rounds are fired, similar to the Chicago Typewriter, making it viable for hordes and minibosses except for the Regenerador, unless you were shooting its legs off.

Upgrade Chart

Level Firepower Cost Fire Rate Cost Reload Time Cost Capacity Cost
1 1.5 N/A 0.47 N/A 1.73 N/A 15 N/A
2 1.7 15,000 N/A N/A 1.47 6,000 18 7,000
3 1.9 17,000 N/A N/A 0.87 15,000 21 10,000
4 2.1 20,000 N/A N/A N/A N/A 24 12,000
5 2.3 25,000 N/A N/A N/A N/A 27 16,000
6 2.5 35,000 N/A N/A N/A N/A 30 20,000
Exc. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 100 60,000


  • Examine Description: Matilda:
"A 9mm handgun with Burst-Fire capability."
  • Merchant's Comment:
"An awesome choice, stranger. It's got a 3-round rapid fire capability. Although, it uses up ammo rather quickly."




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