You survived Castle Dimitrescu and escaped the tall lady to find yourself in a doll maker’s cellar, and it’s spooky. You have no weapons to defend yourself for the first time, and there is definitely something unkind here with you. Plus, there’s another long, winding puzzle to solve.
Fortunately, this guide tells you everything you need to know to escape Beneviento’s Basement, but it can’t help you with the number of scary dolls you have to walk past. As always, be on the lookout for spoilers ahead as we discuss various connected puzzles and the consequences for completing them.
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How to find the doll keys in Resident Evil Village
When you first enter the basement, you are a little nervous, but not overwhelmingly scared yet. You are armed to the teeth at this point and you are hunting some pretty harmless kids’ toy. Unfortunately, all of that takes a pretty bad turn when the little blighter steals all your weapons and locks you in the basement.
This first room, the Doll’s Workshop, currently has three locked rooms: one that needs a key, one that needs a combination, and one that, in the classic Resident Evil fashion, needs a missing part. In this room there is also a mannequin of your wife Eva that looks like an operating table.
First, you want to get three things out of the mannequin by disassembling it at the right points. You will have to come back during this puzzle and play the operation again, so don’t worry if you are ahead, but you will have to come back if you have the right tools.
What you want to start with is the winding key hidden in her left leg, the wedding ring on her finger and the silver key on her right shoulder.
How to find the doll maker’s combination in Resident Evil Village
Once you’ve collected all the stuff from your wife’s doll, use the silver key to open the adjoining room. There isn’t much to collect here, especially since ammo would be more or less useless to you at this point, but look around anyway.
When you’re happy you’ve found everything you need, head to the sink here and use it to clean the bloody wedding ring you took off the mannequin. Don’t try to think about why it’s so damn.
Now that the ring is sparkling clean again, examine it from your inventory. You will see a six-digit code engraved on the inside; put that in the combination lock to escape to the corridor you passed through.
How to solve the doll maker’s music box in Resident Evil Village
Walk down the hall and a door will crack open as you approach. If you’ve ever played PT, you’re starting to feel some disturbing similarities. These will continue in the most haunted way as you explore the Dollmaker’s basement.
Enter the newly opened room and you will find shelves of useless equipment. However, on the table behind them is a broken music box that relates to you and your wife. This puzzle requires you to place the cylinders in the correct order for the box to play. There are no clues to be found, so the solution must be somewhere on the box or the cylinders themselves.
Look at the wear on the cylinders and you will see scratches that can be aligned by swapping them. Once you put them in the correct order as shown, play the music box to open the small drawer and grab the tweezers inside.
How to solve the doll maker movie in Resident Evil Village
Now that you have the tweezers, go back to the mannequin in the doll workshop. Once there, you can interact with the mannequin’s mouth and retrieve the cut of the film that was inside. With that in hand, head back down the hall past the pantry to the study next to the elevator.
Maybe you put your head in this before you lost all your weapons. Not much has changed since then. There is a large film projector on the desk and four pieces of film hanging next to it, with room for another, and a note with the order in which the film should be.
Put your movie to rest and arrange it in the following order: the stuffed animal, the creepy book, Baby Rose, the wedding ring and finally the music box.
Once arranged in the correct order, the movie clips disappear and the projector plays a ring-like movie of someone approaching a spooky old well. Once that’s done, a secret door will open next to the screen.
Enter to find a room full of dolls holding menacing scissors. Take those and use them on the bandage at the far end of the room to open a shortcut between the den and the room with the sink.
How to get to the Resident Evil Village dollmaker’s well
Scissors in hand, return to Mannequin for the last time, using the shortcut you just literally cut open. Use the scissors to open the bloody bandage on the mannequin and get the Brass Medallion. Before you go, you’ll also want to examine her eye and note the bird’s position in mind, as well as the number of open eyes in her elbow joint.
When you’ve done all that, go to the only closed door left in this room, apply the copper medallion to the missing floor and align the other two images with what you saw on the mannequin. The door will open if everything is okay and lead you down the same stairs you saw in the movie a while ago.
Once you reach this basement, climb into the pit and reach the bottom to find a discarded mannequin with the Breaker Box Key on its finger. This will unlock the breaker box next to the elevator, but you are not out of the woods yet.
The crib you passed to get to the ladder has been destroyed and you can hear the crying as you walk back up the stairs to the doll workshop.
How to open the doll maker’s breaker box in Resident Evil Village
Back in the now-darkened Doll’s Workshop, you will see that the mannequin is now missing, and there is a lot of blood everywhere.
Slowly make your way down the hall to the elevator, but get ready to turn and run when a giant, screaming, bloody baby crawls around the corner. Sprint back to the workshop and through the shortcut you opened to get to the study and then open the Breaker Box by the elevator. Unfortunately, there is no fuse in it, but there is a child’s relief you have to pick up. At this point, the baby should stop chasing you for the time being.
Where to find the Dollmaker’s Fuse in Resident Evil Village
Go back into the study and through the connecting opening, follow the hall until you see a suspicious doll in front of a door. The door has the relief of a woman and you can add the relief of the child to open it.
Inside, follow the path to the bedroom at the other end, and maybe take a moment to get to know the route, in case you need to sprint it back down in a few moments. In the bedroom you will find a fuse box on the far wall, take it and you will be immersed in darkness.
Start coming back from the hallway until the baby reappears. As soon as they chase you, return to the bedroom and hide under the bed. You will see the baby crawling into the room to look for you. Once they are on the other side of the room, crawl out and run for the elevator.
Replace the fuse box to ring the elevator and jump inside as soon as the doors open. Press the button to ride the elevator out of the basement and, more importantly, away from the baby.
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