Resident Evil 4
ENERGY ENHANCEMENT - Yellow Herb Locations FAQ
Authored by VampireHorde
Thanks for clicking on the FAQ. This guide will showcase where to find
all the life-enhancing Yellow Herbs throughout the game. I will break
down the locations by Chapter and if the Herb can be backtracked (in
case you missed it).
If you didn't notice, Leon begins the game with a relatively short life
bar. Also notice that his life bar is circular and extends all the way
around. How do you increase Leon's energy gauge? By consuming mixed
What is a Yellow Herb?
It is a gold colored plant that has no healing effects by itself. To
use the Yellow Herb properly, it must be combined with either a Green
or Red Herb (or both). When consumed, the energy bar of Leon or Ashley
is increased by 5% each time.
There are 27 total Yellow Herbs. It may take at least two consecutive
playthroughs of RE4 to fully maximize Leon and Ashley's energy bar so
read this guide to find where they all are!
NOBODY CALLS ME YELLOW
Here are the locations of every Yellow Herb in the game. Happy hunting!
LOCATION: PUEBLO VILLAGE
Behind the large shack with the lone cow is a crate sitting on top of a
large box. Break open the crate to find your first YH.
LOCATION: MOUNTAIN VALLEY
Next to the exit (where you use the EMBLEM) is a small shack. Enter the
shack and open one of the lockers to find a YH.
LOCATION: THE LAKE (before Del Lago boss battle)
Just before heading to the building with the Save Typewriter is a small
shack. Enter the shack and break open one of the crates to find a YH.
NOTE: You can backtrack and retrieve this item after the Del Lago
battle. Just be ready to face off against some killer dogs.
LOCATION: EL GIGANTE BOSS BATTLE (before or after)
You can obtain the YH either during the battle with El Gigante or after
Leon kills it. Either way, don't pass up on this item!
In this sequence, Leon and Luis battle multiple villagers trying to
raid the cabin. The YH is right next to the door. You can't miss it!
LOCATION: BITORES MENDEZ BOSS BATTLE (before or after)
The YH is located on the second floor in the cabin where you battle
Mendez. It's better to obtain the YH after defeating Mendez.
NOTE: If Leon exits the shack before obtaining the YH, he CANNOT go
back to get it!
LOCATION: UPPER BALCONY NEAR CASTLE ENTRANCE
First eliminate all the fireball-hurling enemies during this sequence!
Once their all dead, head to the small room across the mini-bridge from
the Crank (where you bring up the large cannon). The YH is in one of
LOCATION: BEFORE THE PRISON KEY ROOM
Just before grabbing the Prison Key, you'll find three large crates in
the adjacent room. Destroy them to find the YH.
LOCATION: SEWERS AREA
In this sequence, Leon will encounter the invisible Novistadors in the
prison cell area. The YH is in one of the prison cells on the right
side. (It's the one with the dead man inside, just FYI.)
The YH is in the room where you obtain the GOAT ORNAMENT item. Take the
stairs up to the second floor and you'll see the YH.
LOCATION: THE GARDEN MAZE
Open up the map with the Z Button and look for the dead end on the
lower left side. The YH is located right there.
Sorry, no Yellow Herbs in this Chapter!
LOCATION: ADVENTURE WITH ASHLEY
During the brief level with Ashley, she can obtain one YH. The YH is
located in the room where she starts her adventure. It's in the corner
further left from the Save Typewriter.
LOCATION: BEFORE THE ENTRANCE TO THE ROOM WITH THE KING'S GRAIL
Before entering the room with all the Armored Knights is a table with
the "SAMPLE RETRIEVED" memo and a YH. You can't miss it!
LOCATION: THE PIT
After the scene where Salazar tries to drop and impale Leon, he ends up
in a wet and murky pit (with a Merchant who just happens to be
mysteriously standing there). The YH is right next to the Merchant.
Sorry, no Yellow Herbs in this chapter.
LOCATION: THE UNDERGROUND MAZE
In this area, you encounter multiple villagers and two chainsaw
maniacs. After ridding them all, head to the upstairs room to retrieve
the KEY TO THE MINE Key Item. The YH is located across from the Key
LOCATION: THE FINAL TOWER
In this sequence, Leon grabs his knife and impales Salazar's left hand.
After Salazar runs away, DO NOT HEAD UP THE STAIRS YET! There is a YH
in a hidden chest in one of the corners of the bottom floor.
LOCATION: DOWNSTAIRS FROM THE MONITOR ROOM
In this sequence, Leon will view the security monitors and see Ashley
in a prison cell. After this cutscene, head to the previous room and
take the stairs down to a sort of basement. Rid all the enemies that
appear here. When that's done, head for the corner to find two hidden
large crates. The YH is inside one the crates.
LOCATION: WASTE DISPOSAL SECURITY ROOM
After getting past all the garbage cans in the Waste Disposal room,
head for the next room. The YH is on the table in the security room.
You can't miss it!
LOCATION: COMMUNICATION TOWER
After obtaining the STORAGE ROOM CARD KEY from the Iron Maiden, DO NOT
GO BACK TO FREE ASHLEY JUST YET! Instead, head outside (from where the
Iron Maiden emerged from) to a large metal walkway. Further down the
walkway is a Merchant and three large crates. Shoot one of the crates
to find the YH. Now go back and free Ashley!
LOCATION: NEAR THE ENTRANCE TO THE TRUCK-DOZER
Just before the room with the truck-dozer, you'll find a YH sitting
across from the Save Typewriter room. You can't miss it!
LOCATION: JUST BEFORE ENCOUNTERING "IT"
Just before you encounter "It", there is a cage that has been torn
open. Inside the cage is a YH.
NOTE: You can obtain the YH after the "It" boss battle if you missed
it. Near the ladder exit is a lift. Enter the lift and ride it back to
the other side. Obtain the YH and then head back.
LOCATION: CAMPGROUND AFTER THE "IT" BOSS BATTLE
After defeating "It", climb the ladder back up to solid ground. Turn
around to see a large tent and a couple of soldiers. Eliminate them all
from above and then jump down. DO NOT ENTER THE TENT YET! Head for the
gate blocking the entrance to the Fortress. There is a YH sitting
LOCATION: DOWNSTAIRS JUST BEFORE FINAL KRAUSER BOSS BATTLE
Just before you battle Krauser in the upper balcony, there is a YH down
the stairs. (The gate will shut behind Leon; you can't miss it!)
LOCATION: COMMANDO TOWER
Head down to the lower area of the commando tower and blast one of the
large crates near the fences. The YH is inside one of them.
LOCATION: PRISON CELLS
In this area, you encounter another (but the last) Regenerator. The YH
is located in a hidden corridor right next to the Save Typewriter.
LOCATION: OUTSIDE SADDLER'S QUARTERS
In this sequence, you face off against your last bout of soldiers and
one more Machine-gunner. The YH is located in one of the crates near
the numerous red barrels on the right side.
LOCATION: OUTSIDE THE SURGERY ROOM
Make your way out of the surgery room and head outside. The YH is
located next to the exit (where you also find the "OUR PLAN" memo).
CONGRATS! You found every Yellow Herb in the game. It's up to you to
decide on who will get the life enhancement.
Remember that when you start another cleared game, the extended life
bar carries over to that game. So if Leon's life gauge isn't fully
maximized, then go and find the rest of those Yellow Herbs!
Think finding Yellow Herbs ends after Leon saves Ashley? Nope! When you
start the ASSIGNMENT ADA sub-mission, she can also collect Yellow Herbs
to maximize her life bar.
There are seven total Yellow Herbs in this mini-game and they are
--FIRST AREA (OUTSIDE): TWO
#1: When the game begins, jump down and head to the path all the way to
the left. Climb the rocks to find some crates. There's a YH inside one
#2: Head up to the entrance (the one that Leon solves with the rotating
mirrors). The YH is behind some sandbags.
--SECOND AREA (OUTSIDE): ONE
#1: In the area where Leon finds the Golden Lynx Treasure Item is a YH
sitting in a lone corner.
--PLAGA SAMPLE #1
In the adjacent room where you find the Plaga Sample in the dead
scientist's hand is a YH. (This is also the room where Leon encounters
the Regenerator for the first time.)
--PLAGA SAMPLE #3
Right next to Plaga Sample #3 is a YH. (It's in the area across from
where Ashley was being held prisoner.)
--THE HIDDEN ROOM
Just before heading to the Laboratory to obtain the fourth Plagas
Sample is a door. Enter this door to find the YH. (In the main game,
Leon finds a Save Typewriter here.)
In the area where you obtain the fourth Plagas Sample is a YH. It's
enclosed behind glass next to a Red and Green Herb. You can't miss it!
That's all the Yellow Herbs in ASSIGNMENT ADA!
It's important that you maximize Leon and Ashley's (and Ada's) health
bar during consecutive playthroughs. It would be embarrassing if Leon
had the Infinite Rocket Launcher but died because of a short life bar.
If you're having trouble finding the YH's that I've mentioned here, e-
mail me at the address below and I will provide screencaps. Trust me,
not all these locations are hard to find.
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