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The Hive was an underground laboratory located under Raccoon City. It was constructed by the Umbrella Corporation for bioweapons research, and its existence was kept secret from the majority of its employees. To lower the chance of information leaks, the facility was capable of housing more than 500 employees - scientists, technicians and support staff. The facility was damaged when the city was bombed in late 2002, but remained intact to act as a sort of Noah's Ark for thousands of Umbrella employees and the Umbrella High Command. Ten years into the Global T-Virus pandemic, the Hive was destroyed by Alice.[1]


The facility was constructed some time before 2002 by the Umbrella Corporation. Holding great influence over the day-to-day running of Raccoon City, they were able to keep its construction a secret.

2002 viral outbreak[]

By mid-2002 an underground anti-Umbrella group had successfully planted a mole within the laboratory. The mole, Lisa Addison, gained an ally in the laboratory's head of security, Alice, and the two planned to steal the facility's T-virus samples and use them as irrefutable proof of illegal bioweapons research. Another disloyal Umbrella employee, Spence, became aware of this plan and instead stole the samples ahead of the two for the purpose of finding wealth on the black market. To prevent the theft from being discovered, he threw one of the samples to the floor, causing an uncontrollable outbreak in the Hive. Spence successfully escaped the facility before the Red Queen computer system detected the leak. The remaining staff, including Lisa, were killed by the Red Queen in an effort to prevent reanimation after their exposure, knowing a team would inevitably be ordered to investigate the facility.

Later that night Umbrella's Sanitation team entered the Looking Glass House to investigate. There they found Alice and Spence, both amnesiac due to a gas released by the Red Queen, and Matt Addison - Lisa's brother - who had come to collect the expected sample masquerading as a police officer. Moving into the facility, the team suffered losses at the hands of a laser grid used by the Red Queen to keep away intruders. Although successfully shutting the computer down, the team suffered more losses from Undead, which the Red Queen had failed to prevent. The survivors escaped the facility's by train to the Looking Glass House, attacked along the way by a Licker the Red Queen had released to take out the Sanitation team earlier. Alice and Matt were the only ones to make it back to the Looking Glass House, where they were taken away by researchers for further study and another team sent into the Hive to re-investigate. In their attempts, the Undead escaped into the city streets and caused another viral outbreak.

Global Pandemic[]

As part of Doctor Alexander Isaacs plan for an "orchestrated apocalypse", the reclaimed Hive became home to the Umbrella High Command and thousands of other key employees kept in stasis pods to wait out the "apocalypse." Amongst those held in stasis were Isaacs himself and Alicia Marcus, the co-owners of Umbrella. The Red Queen was also eventually repaired and restored to life to act as the Hive's AI once more.

Ten years after the pandemic began, Albert Wesker returned to the Hive to use it as his base following the destruction of the White House and nearly all that is left of humanity in a trap set by Wesker. In order to stop Wesker and a clone of Isaacs from destroying the final human settlement located in the ruins of Raccoon City, the Red Queen contacted Alice to inform her that Umbrella had developed a potent new anti-virus that, once released, would become airborne and will wipe out anything infected with the T-virus on contact, thus ending the pandemic. This new anti-virus is stored within the Hive, necessitating Alice's return to the facility.

After helping to repel the attack of the first Undead army led by Isaacs, Alice led a team of survivors from the settlement in Raccoon City into the blast crater and towards a tunnel into the Hive exposed by the nuclear blast. Wesker attempted to stop the team, sending a pack of Cerberus after them and reversing the Hive's air intake fans, resulting in several casualties, but ultimately failing to stop the team. With the aid of a holographic map on a device left for them by the Red Queen, the team made their way into the Hive, but were separated with only Alice, Doc and Claire Redfield surviving. Alice and Doc located the Hive's old laser grid while making their way through it and nearby, some of the Sanitation team's leftover equipment, including better weapons and explosives. Finding the stasis pods containing the Umbrella staff and High Command, Alice planted the explosives in order to destroy the Hive once the mission was finished.

In the Hive's lowest level, Alice faced off with the real Isaacs and Wesker and learned of her true nature as a clone of Alicia Marcus. In order to help Alice, Alicia fired Wesker, enabling the Red Queen to drop a door on his arm, crushing it and trapping Wesker. As Isaacs fled with the only vial of the anti-virus, Alice placed the detonator to the explosives in Wesker's hand so that once he bled out, he would drop the detonator and the Hive will be destroyed. Alice and Claire battled Isaacs through the Hive, leading to a fight between Alice and Isaacs in the old laser grid room. Alice apparently killed Isaacs with a grenade and took the anti-virus to the surface where she was ultimately able to release it, despite interference from Isaacs's clone. Shortly after Alice left the Hive, Wesker succumbed to blood loss and dropped the detonator, causing the explosives to detonate, destroying the Hive and killing Alicia Marcus as well the thousands of Umbrella High Command and staff within.

With the destruction of the Hive and Umbrella High Command, the Umbrella Corporation was left effectively destroyed.




Further Notes[]

  • The Resident Evil: Apocalypse newspaper by Sony states that Raccoon City police officials entered the Hive and witnessed horrific experiments on animals. The newspaper can be found here. However, it is non-canon.
  • The train featured in the film's closing sequence is borrowed from the final level of Resident Evil 2.
  • The laser grid security system seen in the Hive was later implemented in Resident Evil 4. However, failing to pass the grid will result in a clean death sequence instead of a graphic dismemberment. Another version was seen in the Russian base in Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles.
  • The Hive's laser grid was recreated as part of the testing floor of the North American Facility.
  • The set design for The Hive was based on real-life nuclear bunkers. Its shape was intended to give a disorienting feel.
  • According to One, the Hive personnel lived there as well as worked there.


  1. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016).