The Riot Gun (リオットガン riotto-gan?) is the second shotgun available to the player in Resident Evil 4. The Riot gun is an Upgradable weapon.


It can be purchased in the main game from the Merchant for 32,000₧ after the Player enters the castle and finds The Merchant. It takes up 16 (8x2) spaces of inventory and uses Shotgun Shells.

Compared to the other Shotguns, the Riot Gun has a tighter pellet spread. This allows it to still be useful and cause damage at further ranges. Like the Shotgun, the Riot Gun is fired from the shoulder meaning it is easy to line up headshots quickly in case of an emergency, whereas the Striker is aimed from the hip. It is the most expensive Shotgun to upgrade.

Tune up chart

Fire Speed and Reload Speed are given in seconds.

The Riot Gun costs 415,000 Pesetas to buy and fully upgrade.

Level Firing Power Cost Firing Speed Cost Reload Speed Cost Capacity Cost
1 5.0 N/A 1.53 N/A 3.03 N/A 7 N/A
2 5.5 20,000₧ N/A N/A 2.43 7,000₧ 9 10,000₧
3 6.0 24,000₧ N/A N/A 1.50 20,000₧ 11 12,000₧
4 6.5 28,000₧ N/A N/A N/A N/A 13 15,000₧
5 7.0 32,000₧ N/A N/A N/A N/A 15 20,000₧
6 8.0 50,000₧ N/A N/A N/A N/A 17 25,000₧
Exclusive 10.0 120,000₧


  • Examine: Riot Gun (Initial Release)
"A light-weight pump-action shotgun. Its superior handling enables quicker aiming."
  • Examine: Riot Gun (All other version)
"This pump-action shotgun is effective even at long distances!"
  • Exclusive
"Increase the firepower beyond the weapon's threshold."



  • Thanks to the tight spread, the gun has a good chance of taking out sprouted plaga. This also allows the Riot Gun to maintain its damage and knockdown effect at surprising distances, something no other shotgun can do.( The basic Shotgun is capable of keeping its damage at any distance but doesn't keep its knockdown effect)
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