All Dragon’s Dogma 2 difficulty settings

All Dragon’s Dogma 2 difficulty settings
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The original Dragon’s Dogma featured easy and normal modes with a hard mode added later so read on to check if Dragon’s Dogma 2 will feature the same difficulty settings. Dragon’s Dogma 2 adopts a different approach when it comes to challenging the players who take up the mantle of the Arisen.

✓ Quick Answer

Does Dragon’s Dogma 2 have difficulty settings?

Dragon’s Dogma 2 does not have difficulty settings. Instead, the game features a dynamic difficulty that adapts to your playstyle. This allows the game to be more difficulty or become easier depending on how often your character dies.

Does Dragon’s Dogma 2 have a Hard difficulty?

No, Dragon’s Dogma 2 does not have a Hard difficulty setting. Instead, it dynamically adapts to the player to maintain a sense of challenge. This is based on an interview between Reno Gazette-Journal and Hideaki Itsuno, the game director at Capcom.

During this interview, Itsuno stated that they “put in a system that optimizes the difficulty according to the player.” Itsuno also stated that they feel that they’ve “added some difficulty that people will enjoy as far as the role-playing elements that require you to play a character within a specific role.” Note that this isn’t the same as level scaling as we noticed enemies being easy to vanquish once we leveled up in-game.

Dragon's Dogma 2 difficulty settings: Player running to the side during boss encounter with a large worm
The dynamic difficulty of the game adapts to your play style. Image captured by VideoGamer

Dragon’s Dogma 2 challenges the player in other ways as well. For instance, an enemy lock-on isn’t available for most attacks except spells. Fast travel is limited, be it via precious resources or ox carts that meet monsters more often than their destination. Battahl’s ropeways tend to hand you over to Griffins for lunch. As for finding secrets, you’ll need to rely on statues in Dragon’s Dogma 2. And while dragons can be tough to fight, the real problem is the spread of dragonsplague.

Can you change the difficulty in Dragon’s Dogma 2?

No, DD2 does not have a toggle between difficulty options like Easy, Medium, and Hard. The game will automatically fine-tune the difficulty to match your playstyle in various ways – making it more or less difficult as you progress. During our time with the game, we didn’t notice any major difficulty spikes. While the boss fights can take a while due to the massive health bars you need to clear, they weren’t absurdly difficult and didn’t need us to memorize attack patterns.

The original title featured three modes that ranged from easy to hard with the hard mode being added later on with Dark Arisen. The second title does not follow the same route as there are no difficulty settings to choose from. Instead, there is a constant difficulty that is maintained throughout the game.

Dragon's Dogma 2 difficulty settings: Player opening a chest in a cave
You cannot change the difficulty settings in the game as there are no difficulty options available. Image captured by VideoGamer

You won’t be fighting alone though. Your pawns, hireable allies, will be able to take up vocations like the Mage, Thief, and Archer to dispel monsters and collect rewards from chests. You’ll be able to meet them in New Game Plus as you rack up XP and discipline points with Arisen-exclusive classes like the Mystic Spearhand.

Dragon’s Dogma 2 difficulty – FAQ

Does Dragon’s Dogma 2 have standard difficulty options?

No, Dragon’s Dogma 2 does not have difficulty options.

Will you be able to change the difficulty at any time in Dragon’s Dogma 2?

If the difficulty is dynamic, it should change automatically as you progress through the game to match your playstyle. You will not be able to change this setting in DD2.