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How to Unlock Leon’s Desk in “Resident Evil 2” Remake

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Poppy is the author of "A Bard's Lament" and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima, Japan, with her husband and young son.

Resident Evil fans eagerly awaited the HD remaster of Resident Evil 2, the exciting second installment of one of the biggest horror video game franchises of all time. Originally released on PlayStation in 1998, the remastered graphics of this scary adventure can now be played in two parts: as Leon or as Claire. It can be enjoyed on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

During Claire's story, while exploring the Police Station, you will come across a riddle to open Leon's desk and get the reward inside. Here is a quick rundown of how to solve it.

The West Office

The desk is located in the West Office, opposite the Safety Deposit Room. You can find it when you've killed the fat zombie trying to break through a locked door.


When entering the West Office, kill the "sleeping" cop zombie on your left. He looks dead, but he isn't! A few good swipes with your combat knife will do the trick.

There is another zombie in the small room opposite the entrance. Like the cop, it seems that he's dead, but he'll rudely awaken while you're exploring the room. Hit him while he's down to make sure he stays dead!

Leon's Desk

On the other side of the room, Leon's desk is located at the head of six other desks belonging to other police officers. You'll see two padlocks on them and a note, "Rookie's First Assignment," with some hints.

"Leon S. Kennedy, we're putting you on a very special case for your first assignment.

Your mission is... to unlock your desk! The key to your success is in the initials of our first names. Input the letters in order of our desks. There are 2 locks - 1 on each side of your desk. Make sure you get them both.

Basically, your first task is to remember your fellow officers' names, but you figured that much out, right?

Good luck, Leon.

By the way, it might take a little work to get Scott to give you a straight answer.

Lieutenant Branagh."

The Left Padlock

The desks to the left of Leon all have name cards on them with the officers' names. The code is the first letter of each of their first names, from left to right (the final letter being the one closest to Leon's desk).

  • The first needs to be seen from the left-hand side as it's tucked into a corner. Find it to read NEIL CARLSON.
  • The second name card is on top of the desk, at around Claire's eye level. It reads ELLIOT EDWARD (you can also find out Edward's name by picking up the nearby note "Operation Report").
  • The third name card can be seen from Leon's desk, at the same eye level as the second card. It'll read DAVID FORD.

In short, the code for the left padlock is N E D.

The Right Padlock

The right padlock reads the same way, left to right, right being the farthest desk from Leon's.

  • The first hint is easy to see; check the area at Claire's eye level to find MARVIN BRANAGH.
  • The second is on the next desk around the same place, and reads RITA PHILLIPS.
  • Near the now-dead cop zombie is the final hint; this time, the name card has fallen to the ground. Find it to read GEORGE SCOTT.

The code for the padlock on the right, then, is M R G.






When you've turned the letters to read the correct codes, press the action button and the desk will open, leaving you to grab the item inside. It's well worth getting, so don't skip this puzzle!

After you've completed this room, you're free to explore more of the Police Station. Make sure you grab all the items you can in this game because sometimes you are locked out of areas and cannot go back.

Enjoy This Frightening Remake!

Veterans and new players are continuing to enjoy this frightening horror remake! With remastered graphics and a fair amount of gore, it's a great game to play with the lights off. Puzzles in this scary adventure can be tricky, but they're well worth it when you can reap those sweet rewards.

© 2019 Poppy


Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on February 19, 2019:

It's super spooky, Jeremy! I can't finish it, it's way too scary.

Jeremy Gill from Louisiana on February 19, 2019:

Thanks for the info, Poppy! I admit I've always been hesitant with games that feature a finite number of ammo (you really have to think before you shoot), but I'll have to make an exception considering all the praise I've heard about RE2's remake.