Ghost of Tsushima: How to Change Difficulty

Ghost of Tsushima: How to Change Difficulty

For an easier or harder challenge, we show you how to increase or lower the difficulty in Ghost of Tsushima.

Ghost of Tsushima is designed to push your stealth and combat abilities to their limit as you battle against soldiers, bandits, ronin and wild beasts alike. But for those who want things easier or harder, we show you how to change difficulty and which difficulty you should pick.

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How to Change Difficulty in Ghost of Tsushima

To change difficulty in Ghost of Tsushima you can do it from the main menu at any point in the game. Pause with the Options button, then go to the Options Tab and select Gameplay. The first icon presented to you will allow you to switch between the three difficulty settings: Easy, Medium and Hard. You can do this at any point in the game with no repercussions.

You can change difficulty in the gameplay section of the options menu. | Joel Franey/USG, Sucker Punch Productions/Sony

If you want all the guides you'd ever need on Ghost of Tsushima, why not check out our full Guides Hub here? Whether it's bosses, collectibles or getting the best armor and weapons, we've got everything you'll need to liberate Tsushima here.

Which Difficulty Should I Pick?

Ghost of Tsushima starts off by offering you a choice of which difficulty you'll want to play in going forward, but doesn't tell you much about them. However, the fact you can change at any time means we recommend erring on the side of challenge, as you can always change it whenever you want and the game is relatively easy in its first Act, though it gains difficulty later on. As far as we could tell, difficulty increases the amount of damage done by enemies, as well as how much damage it took to kill them and how quickly they spotted us when we were in stealth. Take this into account when making your choice, or how it might affect other settings in the game, such as playing with Kurosawa Mode on or how much you feel the need to upgrade your main weapons.

For a greater appreciation of the game, why not check out some more Tsushima content here at USG? We've got Mike's review of the game right here, or go hunting through the underbrush for our early thoughts on the game here at Axe of the Blood God

Joel Franey

Guides Writer

Joel loves books, games, comics and drinks that make a person feel like they just got kicked in the head by a mule. He has a Masters in writing from Sussex, which he somehow got by writing about Superman. He is absolutely NOT three children in a long coat, so please stop asking.

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