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Resident Evil Licker

The Resident Evil Licker is a terrifying foe that’s sure to leave you trembling in your shoes as you fight for survival in the perilous Raccoon City

A Resident Evil Licker crawaling on the ceiling with its tongue whipping across the hall

Resident Evil’s Licker is one of the most recognizable monsters in Capcom’s iconic survival horror franchise, continuing to scare players since its debut in Resident Evil 2 in 1998. Boasting a truly hideous appearance and the nature to match, the Licker moves at an alarming speed, proving to be a formidable foe that can end your fight for survival in the blink of an eye. It’s a nasty piece of work that might show up in your nightmare.

Though if you want to know more about Resident Evil’s most famous villain, you need to look no further than our Resident Evil Albert Wesker guide, though we also suggest you take a look at our Resident Evil Lady Dimitrescu article for her prosperity and opulence, obviously. Nothing to do with wanting her to step on or bite you.

Anyway, onto everything you need to know about Resident Evil’s Licker.

A Resident Evil Licker lunging at Claire Redfield as she uses a knife to defend herself

What is a Resident Evil Licker?

The Licker is an iconic enemy from the Resident Evil franchise, though unfortunately for Resident Evil’s Claire and Resident Evil’s Leon, they’re the first two protagonists from the series that encounter this monstrosity. Oh, and should you wonder how it got its name, it’s due to its incredibly large tongue.

You need to take caution when approaching a licker, as they react to sound, so if you make a run for it, they hear you. Should you opt to be sneaky, you can, at the very least, position yourself to deal with them. Licker’s hit hard and can spell the end for you, so approach with caution and have the big guns ready to go, especially if you’re unlucky enough to come across the more bulky lickers in later games.

A word of caution, their keen sense of hearing does mean that if you use a gun to deal with minor enemies like zombies, the Licker will hear you and come running, potentially ambushing you. If you want to use ammo, I suggest you go for a hard-hitting weapon that’s likely to kill them instantly, less multiple Lickers overwhelm you.

What does the Resident Evil Licker look like?

The best way to describe the appearance of a licker is as an inside-out human with sharp claws, a long tongue, and an overly large brain, and yes, that’s just as terrifying as it sounds. Though make no mistake, they don’t walk around like a human. Rather they tend to move at high speed on all fours.

Claire Redfield crawling away from an enraged Resident Evil Licker that's ready to pounce

Resident Evil Licker appearances

Unsurprisingly, an iconic Resident Evil monster like this is present in plenty of the videogames, as well as a few appearances in the Resident Evil movies. In fact, when it comes to Resident Evil games, the Resident Evil Licker appears in:

  • Resident Evil 2
  • Resident Evil 2 Remake
  • Resident Evil Survivor
  • Resident Evil: Code Veronica
  • Resident Evil Outbreak
  • Resident Evil Outbreak File 2
  • Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles
  • Resident Evil 5
  • Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles
  • Biohazard Survival Door
  • Biohazard Outbreak Survive
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
  • Teppen
  • Resident Evil 3
  • Resident Evil Resistance

As for movies, you can spot the Licker in:

  • Resident Evil
  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse
  • Resident Evil: Retribution
  • Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
  • Resident Evil (Netflix)
  • Resident Evil: Damnation

There you have it, everything you need to know about Resident Evil Lickers. To see them first-hand, take a look at our picks for the best Resident Evil games on Nintendo Switch. Or, for some other spooks, check out our FNAF games and horror games lists.

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