Many Resident Evil Village players get stuck after beating Lady Dimitrescu because they can't figure out how to unlock a door that's preventing them from moving forward. Doors in Resident Evil Village usually require some sort of key or are involved in some sort of elaborate puzzle, but this door only has a simple padlock. The only other things in the area are a raised drawbridge and a house with a typewriter. You cannot return to the castle after defeating Lady Dimitrescu, but there is apparently no way forward. Here's where to go after beating Lady Dimitrescu in Resident Evil Village.
Where to go after beating Lady Dimitrescu in Resident Evil Village
After beating Lady Dimitrescu, you'll find yourself in an outdoor space. There is a small building with a typewriter inside, a raised drawbridge, and a locked metal door. There's seemingly no way forward, but there's actually a very simple solution: pull the lock on the door.
Prior to this point, locked doors required keys or some sort of puzzle to open, but it appears to be a much simpler lock. Many players get stuck here because the game hasn't forced them to shoot a lock to progress at this point in the game, but yes, you can actually shoot locks to open doors if they look like this. The splash of yellow color is what sets this lock apart from others. It's the same color that marks interactive objects such as switches and wells, and it's the same color on smash crates.
Once you shoot the lock on the door, you can go through the dark cave tunnels. You will not be able to return to Dimitrescu Castle using the route once you have passed through the tunnel. You'll end up in the village, and you'll also get the Winged Key, opening up more of the area for exploration. If you haven't used the typewriter, don't worry, another one appears shortly after you exit on the other side of the tunnel. The Duke will also be there if you need to go shopping.
Since you've acquired several new keys during your time at Castle Dimitrescu, be sure to explore the village thoroughly and open any locked doors you couldn't enter at the start of the game. You can also use the Iron Insignia key to get the Well Wheel now, which will let you remove items from those wells you've seen around the village.
Resident evil village is now available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S and Google Stadia.
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