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Chainsaw
Chainsaw
The chainsaw in Silent Hill
Description
"Gas-powered chainsaw. Extremely high attack power."
Range
Medium
Strength
High

Durability
Indestructible
Location(s)
Varies on game
Appearances
Silent Hill
Silent Hill 2
Silent Hill 4: The Room
Silent Hill: Book of Memories

The Chainsaw is an unlockable melee weapon found in Silent Hill, Silent Hill 2, Silent Hill 4: The Room and Silent Hill: Book of Memories. It deals extremely high levels of damage, but it is quite slow and the player's maneuverability is significantly reduced when wielding one.

Silent Hill

The chainsaw is found in a smashed window of the Cut Rite Chainsaws store on Bloch Street. In order to get it, the player must complete the game at least once to unlock the gasoline tank, found in the Hell Gas Station on Bloch St. With the gasoline tank they can choose to obtain either the Chainsaw or rock drill, as both require the gasoline to be used. The chainsaw is slightly less powerful than the rock drill and has different types of attacks, but is slow to recover and rather difficult to use. Unlike the rock drill, however, the chainsaw can be turned on and used to attack enemies while Harry Mason is moving, allowing him to deal damage by simply walking into enemies. It is modeled after the Chainsaw found in Evil Dead.

Silent Hill 2

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The secret chainsaw in Silent Hill 2.

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The chainsaw's location.

The player can only get the Chainsaw during a second playthrough. After talking to Angela Orosco in the cemetery at the beginning of the game, a buzzing sound from an activated chainsaw can be heard in the background. While leaving the cemetery, the sound will get louder. Eventually James Sunderland will come upon a pile of logs near Silent Hill Ranch where the chainsaw is stuck.

The Chainsaw is arguably the best melee weapon in the game, despite its drawbacks. It kills many enemies in one hit and is faster than the Great Knife, so overall, if the player is experienced enough to know when to start up the weapon and when to strike, it can be the most devastating melee weapon in the player's inventory, possibly killing the monster unscathed. It is powerful and has different attacks, but is slow to recover, and has a brief waiting period while it warms up.

A hidden bonus to the chainsaw occurs when James is in the presence of an enemy, he will let out a battle cry.[1] If the player goes into standby mode with the chainsaw equipped, he will set it down blade first and lean on it like a cane.

Silent Hill 4: The Room

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The Chainsaw as seen in Silent Hill 4: The Room.

The Chainsaw can be unlocked after beating the game at least once after playing in "New Fear" mode. Henry Townshend will find the chainsaw in the Forest World near Jasper Gein's car on the trunk of a cut-down tree. It has a good range and is more versatile than in previous games, but the damage it can deal varies and it is slow when it comes to charging. A bonus similar to the one in Silent Hill 2 happens if the player leaves Henry alone long enough: he'll rev up the chainsaw and wave it over his head, but without a battle cry.

Walter Sullivan will occasionally wield one instead of his usual pipe.

Trivia

  • The attacks that James performs in Silent Hill 2 are copied from the horror movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
  • The store where the chainsaw is found in Silent Hill has the same name as the store that appeared in the movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
  • Finding the Chainsaw in the HD Collection unlocks the trophy/achievement "Overkill".
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Characters
Major Characters
Harry Mason - Cheryl Mason - Alessa Gillespie - Dahlia Gillespie - Lisa Garland - Cybil Bennett - Michael Kaufmann
Other Characters
Jodie Mason - Heather Mason - K. Gordon - Greys
Monsters
Air Screamer - Bloodsucker - Creeper - Floatstinger - Grey Child - Groaner - Hanged Scratcher - Incubator - Incubus - Larval Stalker - Mumbler - Night Flutter - Parasite - Puppet Cybil Bennett - Puppet Doctor - Puppet Nurse - Romper - Split Head - Stalker - Twinfeeler - Wormhead
Weapons
Chainsaw - Handgun - Hyper Blaster - Katana - Knife - Pipe - Rifle - Rock Drill - Shotgun - Hammer - Axe
Locations
Alchemilla Hospital - Annie's Bar - Balkan Church - Cafe 5to2 - Central Silent Hill - Gillespie House - Green Lion Antiques - Indian Runner - Lakeside Amusement Park - Levin Street - Lighthouse - Midwich Elementary School - Norman's Motel - Nowhere - Queen Burger - Resort Area - Sewers - Silent Hill Police Station - Silent Hill Town Center - Toluca Lake - Old Silent Hill - Dog House
Terms
Flashlight - Fog World - God - Map - Metatron - Monster - Otherworld - Paradise - PTV - Radio - Real World - Siren - The Order - Manifestation - Seal of Metatron - UFO Ending
Archives
Items - Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables
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Characters
Major Characters
James Sunderland - Mary Shepherd-Sunderland - Angela Orosco - Laura - Eddie Dombrowski - Maria
Other Characters
Ernest Baldwin - Amy Baldwin - Mary's Doctor - Rachel - Thomas Orosco - Mrs. Orosco - Jennifer Carroll - Patrick Chester - Mira - Harry Mason - Greys - Scott Fairbanks - Walter Sullivan
Monsters
Abstract Daddy - Bubble Head Nurse - Creeper - Flesh Lip - Lying Figure - Mandarin - Mannequin - Mary - Prisoners - Pyramid Head
Weapons
Chainsaw - Chinese Cleaver - Great Knife - Great Spear - Handgun - Hyper Spray - Pipe - Revolver - Rifle - Shotgun - Wooden Plank
Locations
Baldwin Mansion - Blue Creek Apartments - Brookhaven Hospital - Heaven's Night - Jacks Inn - Labyrinth - Lakeview Hotel - Neely's Bar - Observation Deck - Pete's Bowl-O-Rama - Rosewater Park - Silent Hill Historical Society - Toluca Graveyard - Toluca Lake - Toluca Lake Island - Toluca Prison - Wood Side Apartments - Vachss Road - Church of the Rebirth - Dog House
Terms
Flashlight - Fog World - Little Baroness - Manifestation - Map - Monster - Otherworld - Radio - Siren - Seal of Metatron - UFO Ending - Sexuality
Archives
Memos - Items - Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables
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Characters
Major Characters
Henry Townshend - Eileen Galvin - Walter Sullivan - Cynthia Velasquez - Jasper Gein - Andrew DeSalvo - Richard Braintree - Joseph Schreiber
Other Characters
Frank Sunderland - Billy Locane - Bobby Randolph - Eric Walsh - George Rosten - Jimmy Stone - Mike - Miriam Locane - Peter Walls - Rachel - Rick Albert - Robbie the Rabbit - Sein Martin - Sharon Blake - Steve Garland - Toby Archbolt - William Gregory - James Sunderland - Mary Shepherd-Sunderland
Weapons
Aluminum Bat - Chainsaw - Handgun - Submachine Gun - Knife - Pipe - Bug Spray - Chain - Eileen's Bag - Golf Club - Nightstick - Pickaxe of Despair - Revolver - Rusty Axe - Riding Crop - Spade - Stun Gun - Torch - Wine Bottle
Monsters
Bottom - Conjurer - Ghost - Greedy Worm - Gum Head - Hummer - Patient - Sniffer Dog - The One Truth - Toadstool - Tremer - Twin Victim - Wall Man - Wheelchair
Locations
Albert's Sporting Goods - Ashfield - Bar Southfield - Garland's - Hotel South Ashfield - Room 302 - Room 302 of the Past - South Ashfield Heights - South Ashfield Station - Spiral Staircase - St. Jerome's Hospital - Toluca Lake - Water Prison - Wish House Orphanage
Terms
21 Sacraments - Death Machine - Haunting - Holy Candle - Manifestation - Map - Monster - Real World - Ritual of the Holy Assumption - Saint Medallion - Sword of Obedience - The Order - Walter's Otherworlds - Great Knife - Sexuality - Halo of the Sun
Archives
Items - Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Limited Edition Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables - Memos
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Characters
Major Characters
Ashley Baker - Derek Copeland - Graham Reynolds - Howard Blackwood - Jack Merrick - Katie Collins - Matthew Collins - Protagonist - Lorelai Reynolds - Shannon - Trent Baker
Other Characters
Alex Shepherd - Cybil Bennett - Emma - Harry Mason - Heather Mason - James Sunderland - Jason - Joshua Shepherd - Lisa Garland - Mary Shepherd-Sunderland - Mira - Murphy Pendleton - Travis Grady - Walter Sullivan
Monsters
Air Screamer - Blood Baby - Blood Guardian - Blood Mama - Bogeyman - Bubble Head Nurse - Butcher - Double Head - Earth Guardian - Fire Guardian - Flesh Lip - Ghost - Grey Child - Insane Cancer - Light Guardian - Needler - Mother - Pyramid Head - Raw Shock - Tremer - Schism - Steel Guardian - Swarm - Valtiel - Water Guardian - Wood Guardian - Wood Sapling
Weapons
A. Y. Guitar - Assault Rifle - Baseball Bat - Bare Hands - Beam Saber - Bogeyman's Hammer - Chainsaw - Circular Saw - Crossbow - Crowbar - Dagger of Melchior - Earth Sword - Fire Axe - Fire Sword - Flamethrower - Great Cleaver - Great Knife - Great Spear - Grenade - Guitar - Handgun - Hyper Spray - Katana - Knife - Maul - Meat Cleaver - Laser Gun - Pickaxe - Pillow - Pipe - Princess Heart - Robbie Doll - Rock Drill - Shovel - Shotgun - Steel Sword - Stun Gun - Sword of Obedience - Submachine Gun - Television - Torch - TV Remote - Water Sword - Wine Bottle - Wood Sword - Wood Plank
Locations
Howard's Shop - Library - Forsaken Room - Armory - Otherworld
Terms
Monster - Flashlight - Accessories - Artifacts - Karma Meter - Book of Memories - Welcome Sign

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