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Stellar Blade Difficulty Settings Overview: Which is the Best One for You?

Choices, choices.

Stellar Blade is now available on PlayStation 5, and many players worldwide are enjoying its various difficulties. As adventurous as the whole experience is, the game could do better at explaining how the difficulty system works. In this guide, we’ll discuss the different difficulty settings that Stellar Blade has to offer.

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Can You Change the Difficulty in Stellar Blade?

Yes, there are different options for the players to pick from when they’re completing the adventure. All players have two options to pick from in the beginning:

  • Story Mode
  • Normal Mode

Stellar Blade Story Difficulty Explained

This is the easiest in-game difficulty and perfect for absolute beginners to the genre. There are several benefits players will avail, thanks to the most accessible setting.:

  • The primary focus is story completion
  • Weaker enemies, who take more damage
  • Increased windows for dodge and parry
  • Presence of Action-Assist Mode

The Action-Assist Mode is an impressive introduction, which will be extremely important for every beginner. The unique mechanic significantly affects the overall gameplay, making combat much easier for the players. 

Stellar Blade Normal Difficulty Explained

The Normal difficulty mode is the second of the two available settings from the beginning. 

  • Enemies do far more damage and are more challenging to kill
  • Parry and Dodge’s windows are much lower
  • Players are more likely to take damage
  • No Action-Assist Mode

This is a great choice for those familiar with the soulslike and RPG genre. The Story Mode, for all its advantages, might feel too easy for players after a certain stage. Playing in Normal difficulty will allow players to enjoy the story content and combat simultaneously.

How to Unlock Hard Difficulty in Stellar Blade

The Hard difficulty is the more hardcore experience players can expect. To unlock it, players must complete Stellar Blade’s main campaign in either Easy/Normal difficulty. While the hard difficulty can be a test of skills, players will benefit from New Game+. A New Game+ save allows players to retain many different skills from their previous save, irrespective of previous difficulty.


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Arka is a staff writer at Prima Games who leads the coverage for FC 24. Previously, he has worked at Sportskeeda for about 2 and a half years, where he cover multiple video games as a writer and later, as a content specialist. When he's not working, Arka can be found playing video games (mostly FC 24 of course), reading books, or watching live sports. He also has double masters in Economics and Education, and he's certified to teach kids at high school level.