All difficulty settings in Stellar Blade & how they affect the game

All difficulty settings in Stellar Blade & how they affect the game
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Written by 

Ben Williams


25th Apr 2024 13:00

The amount of difficulty settings available in Stellar Blade might be a shock to some players at the start of the game. Nevertheless, for newcomers who’ve yet to start playing, I’ve got all the details with everything you need to know. 

All difficulty settings

There are only two difficulty modes available to choose from in Stellar Blade - here's how they affect gameplay: 

Difficulty setting Description
Story Mode Enemies are weakened. Recommended for players who want to focus on the story
Normal Mode Features tense battles. Recommended for players who enjoy challenging combat

As we currently don’t know if there’ll be an unlockable Hard Mode through means like completing the campaign, Normal Mode is the highest difficulty setting to play.

The Normal Mode difficulty setting in Stellar Blade
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How to change difficulty in Stellar Blade

If you feel like switching the difficulty between Normal and Story Mode though, you can do so anytime within the Gameplay tab of the Settings menu.

However, in lieu of a Hard Mode, you can make Normal Mode more challenging by having EVE wear the Skin Suit instead of one of her Nano Suit outfits. This removes her Shields, thus making combat far more dangerous.

Wearing the Skin Suit

To equip the Skin Suit in Stellar Blade, you just need to carry out the following steps in the main menu: 

  • Select the “Equipment” tab
  • Move your cursor over your currently equipped Nano Suit
  • Press the X button to unequip the Nano Suit

EVE’s appearance will then automatically switch to that of the Skin Suit, with its own description that includes Shields are disabled. 

It doesn’t look the most suited for battle, but if you find Stellar Blade's combat too easy, wearing it is the closest we’ll get to a Hard difficulty setting for now.

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For more from the game, check out how to unlock fast travel, how to unlock the Double Jump skill, the best early skills to learn, and how to unlock Nano Suit crafting

Otherwise, keep up with our Stellar Blade guides & news homepage for extra tips and updates as they come right here at GGRecon.

Ben Williams
About the author
Ben Williams
Ben is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon. Alongside his BA (Hons) in Business Management is a wealth of gaming and entertainment writing experience, having previously occupied roles as a Copywriter in e-commerce at Overclockers and Guides & SEO Writer at GameByte and FragHero. When not whipping up guides and reviews, Ben’ll be off playing the latest Pokemon games, Overwatch 2, Spider-Man, The Witcher, and Final Fantasy - all before reading manga and listening to Ice Nine Kills.
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