Regardless of whether you are playing with Claire or Leon in Resident Evil 2 you are going to want to get into the S.T.A.R.S. Armory in the Raccoon City Police Department because it has powerful weapons for each character. However, unlocking the S.T.A.R.S. Armory is easier said than done because you’re going to need to get multiple items and solve multiple puzzles to do so. This guide will help you unlock the S.T.A.R.S. armory in Resident Evil 2 for either Claire or Leon.
To unlock the S.T.A.R.S. Armory you are going to need to use the computer terminal in the S.T.A.R.S. Office on the second floor of the west side of the Raccoon City Police Department. You can access this pretty early on in the game, but you’ll quickly learn that you need a USB Dongle to actually use the computer to open the armory door.
To get the USB Dongle you will need to get the S.T.A.R.S. Badge. If you already have the S.T.A.R.S. Badge and haven’t realized what it does, you can examine the item and turn it into a USB drive. Simply take the badge to the S.T.A.R.S. Office, examine it, slide the USB out of the item and insert it into the computer and you’ve got access to the armory and either a magnum weapon (Leon) or a sub-machine gun (Claire).
Get the Jeweled Box from the Observation Room
If you don’t already have the S.T.A.R.S. Badge, you will need to complete a multi-step puzzle. You will need to get a couple of things to do this as the S.T.A.R.S. Badge is locked in a jeweled box found in the Observation room. You’ll want to get that box from the Observation Room as well as the the Jeweled Scepter from the Art Room.
To get the Scepter you must first grab the Red Book from the Library and then take it to the Art Room. Combine the arm next to the statue with the book and then place the item onto the statues missing arm. This will allow you to take the Scepter. Examine the Scepter and you will get the red jewel.
Make sure to examine the badge to reveal the USB Dongle
You can then combine the red jewel with the jeweled box from the Interrogation Room and this will open the box and reveal the S.T.A.R.S. Badge. The badge has other uses. It can also be used to unlock weapon parts in Leon and Claire campaigns by taking it to the locked case in the Underground Facility.