This is a guide to the different difficulty settings of Shin Megami Tensei III HD Remaster (SMT Nocturne) for the Switch, PS4, and Steam! Learn the differences between difficulty settings, effects of each difficulty setting, and which difficulty is the best setting for you!
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|Enemy AI||More docile; rarely uses offensive abilities.||Uses mixture of attacks; uses offensive skills sparingly.||Smart; takes advantage of weaknesses and spams effective skills.|
|Post-Battle Rewards (Macca & EXP)||x3 ~ x4||x1||x1|
The Merciful Difficulty is recommended for players who want to experience the story without having to endlessly grind Macca and EXP.
Enemies are weaker and encounter rates are lower. To compensate, experience gained is higher than normal so you won't be weakened in the later stages of the game. It can only be accessed if you downloaded the Merciful DLC pack (which is free!).
The Normal Difficulty is recommended for players who want to experience the full SMT 3 experience.
Normal maintains a steady pace of gameplay, alternating between farming, recruiting, and experiencing the story.
The Hard Difficulty is recommended for more veteran players of SMT 3. Only choose this difficulty if you want a seriously hard challenge.
All player stats and rewards remain the same, but enemies and store costs are doubled. You will always be at a disadvantage.
Players can easily change their game difficulty at any time during their playthrough. There is no need to restart your game to change difficulty!
Game difficulty can be changed from the main menu or from the command menu. Simply select Config, navigate to the Game tab, and look for the Difficulty option.
The Merciful difficulty greatly (and we mean, GREATLY) reduces the game's difficulty. It takes out the joy of the game which is best known for its intense difficulty and tough boss fights so we highly suggest avoiding this difficulty unless you really just wanna see how the game works or are curious about the story.
Normal difficulty is the game's base difficulty and is the intended game difficulty for all players. It sports an intermediate amount (for an rpg) of random encounters and normal damage modifiers. Boss battles will still present some trouble if you tackle it unprepared and areas you're not supposed to go to will really prove difficult.
This is the difficulty that truly separates the hardy and experienced players from the uninitiated/inexperienced. The game will be truly unfair and even shop prices will skyrocket without providing additional benefits. Enemies are stronger and also smarter and a gameover will always be sneaking up on you.
|Tips and Tricks|
|How to Get Raidou||How to Get Dante|
|How to Heal and Revive Demons||How to Recruit Demons|
|Fusion Calculator Guide||How to Farm Lucky Tickets|
|Rag's Jewelry Shop||Build Guide: Best Demi-fiend Stat Builds|
|How to Fuse Demons||Mystical Chests Guide: List of Mystical Chests|
|What is the Kagutsuchi||List of Evolving Demons|
|Best Leveling Areas||How to Unlock the Compendium|
|Joining the Mantra: Gozu's Question||List of Trophies and Achievements|
|How to Get Deathstones||How to Return to the Amala Labyrinth|
|Fiend Bosses List and Locations||How to Open All Kalpa Doors|
|Burial Chamber Guide||List of Shady Brokers|
|Junk Shop List||New Game Plus Features : How to Unlock NG+|
|Press Turn Battle System Guide||Differences Between Difficulty Settings|
|How to Swap Demons||How to Talk to Demons|
|How to Change Voice language||How to Save Game|
|How to Remove Curses||How to Farm Macca|
|Stat Guide: All Stats Explained||What Does Strength Do|
|What Does Magic Do||What Does Agility Do|
|What Does Vitality Do||What Does Luck Do|
|Where to Find Bill||Should You Release Pixie|
|Jumping from Mantra Headquarters||Demi-Fiend Canon Name|
|How to Open the Door in Ikebukuro||Four Oni Locations|
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