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This page contains information about the Difficulty Levels in the game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Read on to learn how Difficulty Levels impact the game and which difficulty you should choose.
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There are a total of 4 difficulties in the game The Witcher: Wild Hunt, Easy, Normal, Hard, and Very Hard. These Difficulty Levels affect and change some of the enemies' stats (Enemy Health, Damage, and Experience Gain), and the effects of your Meditation.
Suggested for players who only wants to enjoy the story. Enemies are significantly weaker than normal, but will still reward you with the normal amount of experience.
Recommended for players who wants to play the game in the default setting with a little bit of difficulty for the full experience. Meditation regenerates Vitality (Health) normally, and can be used anytime outside of combat.
Recommended for experienced players with great knowledge of the game. Enemies are slightly more stronger than the usual. Meditation will not regenerate Vitality (Health).
Only choose this if you are hardcore player who enjoys punishment from the slightest mistake. Enemies are a lot tougher and will give you way less experience. Meditation will not regenerate Vitality (Health).
You can easily change the Difficulty Level at any point in the game by pressing the Options Button on your controller and selecting Options > Gameplay and scrolling down to Difficulty Level.
If this is your first time playing Witcher 3, we recommend starting with Normal mode, as it presents the game as it was meant to be played. Note that this mode will still be plenty challenging, even for seasoned gamers, but the use of Meditation allows you to easily restore health. If you find Normal mode to be a bit too challenging, you can always change to Easy mode later, which will allow you to easily learn the game.
If this is your second time through and you were able to clear Normal mode, why not give Hard mode a shot? While the loss of Meditation presents a huge challenge, Hard mode is still doable, but it will take serious effort on your part. For players who felt that Normal was a breeze, you can try the Very Hard mode if you are interested in seeing what the hardest challenge this game has to offer is.
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|Completing the Story|
|Controls and Techniques||Difficulty Level Differences|
|Does Dialogue Matter?||How to Fast Travel|
|Most Important Side Quests for the Story||Romance Guide|
|List of Endings and How to Get the Best Ending||What is Enemy Upscaling?|
|Things to Know Before Starting Witcher 3||What is New Game+?|
|Should You Simulate a Witcher 2 Save File?||Which Version to Buy?|
|Fighting Like a Pro|
|Combat Guide and Tips||Sign Tier List|
|Healing During Battle & Meditation||Is Repairing Weapons and Armor Worth It?|
|What are Adrenaline Points?||How to Fight on Horseback|
|How to Fight Underwater||What is Toxicity?|
|What are Mutations||What are Mutagens|
|Leveling Up & Getting Beefy|
|How to Level Up Fast||Place of Power Locations|
|Best Character Builds||Best Early Game Skills and Builds|
|Skills Ranking and Tier List||Top Five Best and Most Useful Skills|
|How to Get Magic Acorn||How to Reset Ability Points|
|Best Death March Build and Tips for Survival||Max Level and Level Cap for Geralt|
|Obtaining Weapons & Armor|
|Best Early Game Weapons and Armor||The Best Weapons, Armor and Equipment Sets|
|How to Upgrade Weapons and Armor||Most Rewarding Side Quests and Contracts|
|Witcher Gear Locations||Where to Find Blacksmiths and Armorers?|
|Which Trophy is the Best?||Best Crossbow and Bolts|
|Managing Money & Items|
|Managing Your Inventory||Best and Worst Items to Sell|
|Where to Sell Junk||Where to Find Ingredients and Crafting Materials|
|Should You Loot Everything?||How to Dismantle Items|
|How to Make Money Fast||Can You Cook Food?|
|What Items to Buy From Shops||-|
|Just for Fun|
|List of Hairstyles||Best Looking Armor for Geralt|
|How to Get Paintings||How to Win Horse Races|
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