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Difficulty level is a mechanism in The Witcher game series affect the degree of challenge each game features.

The Witcher[]

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  • Easy - "For novice gamers. Combat is easier. Alchemy is not required to survive".
  • Medium - "Intermediate level recommended for most gamers. Combat is challenging. Alchemy is useful".
  • Hard - "For advanced gamers. Combat is difficult. Alchemy is required to survive".

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings[]

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[]

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There are four levels of difficulty:

Just the Story! (Easy)[]

Enjoy a Smooth Ride Through the World

  • If you are a casual gamer or just someone who wants to play for the story, choose the first difficulty option.
  • Meditation regenerates vitality.
  • Guards take 25% of your coin upon knocking you out.

Story and Sword! (Normal)[]

You're Happy to be Challenged

  • Players earn the default number of XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level for tasks.
  • Meditation regenerates vitality.
  • Guards take 50% of your coin upon knocking you out.

Blood and Broken Bones! (Hard)[]

You're a Seasoned, Demanding Gamer

  • players earn 90% of the default number of XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level for tasks.
  • Meditation does NOT regenerate vitality.
  • Guards take 75% of your coin upon knocking you out.

Death March! (Very Hard)[]

You're Truly Insane and Loving It

  • Choose it if you are a hardcore gamer and worry that the other modes would be too easy for you!
  • Meditation does NOT regenerate vitality.
  • Guards take 100% of your coin upon knocking you out.

Difficulty settings[]

These values were pulled from extracted game files and looking through the scripts.

Stats Easy Normal Hard Very Hard
Enemy Health -50% +10% +20% +80%
Enemy Damage Bonus 0% +40% +130% +230%
Experience Gain 100% 100% 90% 80%

The difficulty setting can be changed at any point in the game through the Options menu.

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales[]

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There are three levels of difficulty:

Adventurer (Easy)[]

For players who want to sit back, relax, and enjoy the story with the option to skip battles.

Battle-Hardened (Normal)[]

For players seeking a moderate challenge and an impactful story.

Bonebreaker (Hard)[]

For players familiar with Gwent and ready to put their skills to the test.