I’ve no shame in admitting that the puzzle in the Atelier of Castle Dimitrescu was the first one that I found myself stuck on in Resident Evil Village. I’d assumed that I was missing an item, or had to trigger an event elsewhere to be able to solve it.
It turns out I was wrong – so don’t stress – if you get to the Atelier in the Castle you already have everything you need to progress.
Completing this puzzle opens up a new area of the castle for you to explore, and requires you to find and shoot five bells. The bells will remain “ringing” even when you leave the room, so don’t worry if you have to leave, for whatever reason.
BELL #1 – RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU
This one is hard to miss – you’ll see it sitting on the table next to a statue. As you enter the room, it’s to the left of the easel.
BELL #2 – SWINGING ON THE GEARS
If you refocus and look just beyond the easel, you’ll see some gears in the distance swinging. The bell is attached to one of those gears. Watch carefully, line up the perfect shot, and you’re bound to see it. The flame you see in my screenshot below shows you that I’ve already activated it, but should give you a better idea of where to look.
BELL #3 – THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX, LITERALLY
Now, looking to the skies. You’ll notice that the only source of light in this room is a skylight above the lavish portrait of Lady Dimitrescu. Shoot it out, and then walk up the small set of stairs to the left of the room and peek out the window. You’ll notice the bell, in a tower across from you, and can easily take it out with any weapon from this point. We’d recommend anything but a Shotgun, though.
BELL #4 – INSIDE THE CHANDELIER
While you’re up here, turn slightly to the right and spot the chandelier hanging from the roof. A single shot will propel it forward, revealing its bell-y insides to you. It could take a few turns to line things up properly, but once you’ve seen it, it shouldn’t be too hard. If you’re struggling, perhaps this time try the shotgun.
BELL #5 – IT’S TEENY TINY
I shouldn’t admit this either but thiswas the bell that had me stuck the most. But once you realise that the bells can be any size, it becomes a little bit more obvious. When you enter the room, directly to your right is an armoire underneath a painting. Sitting atop this armoire is the bell. A mini bell, mind you, but still a bell, and the final one you need to “solve” this “puzzle”.