Forspoken Difficulty Settings Guide

Forspoken's difficulty settings might be confusing, but don't worry, we have got you covered!

Forspoken Difficulty Settings Cover
Forspoken: Difficulty Settings

Forspoken was just released a few days ago, and it attracted the attention of many people who love the epic combination of action and adventure. Compared to the previous RPG games, Forspoken offers four difficulty modes and a few additional difficulty settings. However, the keywords that define the difficulty levels do not make much sense to several people. Therefore, we will discuss the game’s difficulty modes and the other relevant settings comprehensively in this guide.

Key Takeaways

  • Forspoken features four difficulty settings for players at the beginning of the game.“Focus On Story” mode is the easiest mode.
  • “Explore The Open World” is the same as the easy mode, with weak enemies and other game assist options.
  • “Take Part In Challenging Battle” is the hardest difficulty setting.
  • “Default” is a normal difficulty mode with balance in all aspects. 
  • The game also offers three difficulty settings that effect the enemy’s damage resistance, Frey‘s damage resistance and healing stats.
  • In addition to standard modes, Forspoken lets you tweak many more options to diversify the game’s experience in the Game Balance Options.

How To Change Difficulty Settings In Forspoken?

You can change the difficulty of the game from two locations.

Starting A New Game

The first one occurs when you start a new game. A screen will appear showing four options:

  • Focus On Story
  • Explore The Open World
  • Take Part In Challenging Battles
  • Default

Initially, you don’t need to worry about which mode to select. Choosing any mode will not affect the story; it will only alter the damage stats of enemies and some other game settings like aim assist.

During The Game – Settings Menu

The second one is from the settings menu. You can change these settings at any time during the game, except when fighting an enemy. To change the settings while playing the game, open the Settings Menu and go to the “Gameplay Balance” tab. All the options regarding the difficulty will be present there. You can choose the standard difficulty modes like Easy, Normal, and Hard. Additionally, you can change the individual settings for difficulties like Aim Assist, Damage and Stamina Stats, and other combat-related options. Afterward, save the settings and head back to the game.

Forspoken Difficulty Levels

Forspoken Difficulty Levels Menu
Forspoken Difficulty Levels Menu

The four difficulty options mentioned when a new game starts are confusing. However, they are similar to the usual modes in other games. Some of them will provide peaceful gameplay, where you don’t have to struggle hard to beat the enemies, and you get plenty of time to explore and enjoy the whole story. Others are limited to aggressive gameplay, where your battle skills will be tested.

Although each game’s difficulty mode provides a unique gaming experience, they do not affect the story or ending. The usage of spells and their effects is not much affected; their damage is reduced only. Additionally, the game does not feature any difficulty-related achievements or trophies, so you can replay this game in various settings. A summary of all difficulty levels is given below, with a complete explanation.

Difficulty Setting Explanation
Focus On Story Players can freely focus on the story and play the game without engaging in tough battles.
Explore The Open World Parkour and little challenging battles give a relatively tough gameplay experience in this mode.
Take Part In Challenging Battles For the people who love hardcore action games.
Default Everything is ideally balanced to enjoy each characteristic of the game.
Forspoken Difficulty Settings

Focus On Story

The first mode’s name defines its difficulty. This is a peaceful mode with the least possible difficulty, similar to the easy mode. The mode is designed to allow people to enjoy the storyline rather than being busy in aggressive fights. The enemies will be weaker, and killing them is easy without much effort. Players can spend time completing the objectives calmly without worrying about the enemies. Therefore, this mode is made for those new to this genre or playing the game to relax.

Explore The Open World

Explore The Open World is equivalent to the easy mode as well. In this mode, people will get plenty of chances to explore the beautiful world of Athia. The enemies found in the wild will not bother you much. The damage stats are analogous to the Focus On Story mode. Players can freely parkour in the open world and experience a few combat scenarios. The overall difficulty might be a little above the previous mode, but it will still be effortless for most players. It targets players looking for fun but does not want to engage in many battles.

Take Part In Challenging Battles

This mode is designed for action game veterans who love to play games on hard difficulty levels. It focuses entirely on aggressive gameplay. Players will get many chances to engage in battles, and their difficulty will be a step up from the other modes. This mode tests players’ combat skills and forces them to test all their senses while efficiently using the spells and parkour skills.

Frey’s magic spells will cause less damage; on the other hand, the enemy’s attacks will be much stronger. So, be prepared when selecting this mode. This mode is ideal for people who crave action and are willing to take high risks. We recommend completing the game at least once on an easier difficulty before jumping on this option.   


The Default mode is similar to the moderate/normal difficulty level. This mode features a perfect blend of action and story. The battles will be challenging, but they will not be too hard to play. A balance of all game’s aspects is present in it. Players who want to appreciate the game’s story, magnificent open world, and combat and parkour characteristics will love this mode.

Forspoken Gameplay Balance Options

Forspoken Gameplay Balance Options
Forspoken Gameplay Balance Options – Normal Difficulty

In addition to the standard difficulty levels, Forspoken also has a few more difficulty settings to customize players’ gaming experience. Players can change these settings and adjust the game’s difficulty according to their taste. This feature will be helpful if people find the difference between the default difficulty settings too much.

Each mode will change the stats like hits required to kill a specific enemy or boss, hits taken by Frey before she dies, and Frey’s healing abilities. The spell cooldown time and the enemy’s health stats remain the same. However, the damage resistance of enemies is increased. With increasing difficulty, each attack by Frey will do less damage to the enemy.

Easy Mode

The easy mode has the weakest enemies, and Frey’s attack and healing stats are very high. 

  • Number of hits required to kill Limnocyon: 11
  • Number of hits Frey can take before she dies: 48
  • Frey’s Magic Spell Duration: 12 seconds
  • Frey’s Magic Spell Cooldown: 2 minutes
  • Enemy Bear Boss Health: 1650
  • Enemy Bear Boss Damage Resistance: Low
  • Single Health Potion Heals: 103 HP

Normal Mode

The difference between the damage stats is insignificant in the normal mode, but Frey’s damage resistance is significantly decreased.

  • Number of hits required to kill Limnocyon: 11
  • Number of hits Frey can take before she dies: 13
  • Frey’s Magic Spell Duration: 12 seconds
  • Frey’s Magic Spell Cooldown: 2 minutes
  • Enemy Bear Boss Health: 1650
  • Enemy Bear Boss Damage Resistance: Moderate
  • Single Health Potion Heals: 102 HP

Hard Mode

The hard mode is not much different from the other modes in terms of difficulty, but the significant increment is in the enemy’s damage resistance. Each enemy will take about 60% less damage from Frey’s attacks.

  • Number of hits required to kill Limnocyon: 23
  • Number of hits Frey can take before she dies: 9
  • Frey’s Magic Spell Duration: 12 seconds
  • Frey’s Magic Spell Cooldown: 2 minutes
  • Enemy Bear Boss Health: 1650
  • Enemy Bear Boss Damage Resistance: High
  • Single Health Potion Heals: 100 HP

If a certain level or mission is becoming too hard to play or some boss is too easy to beat, players can fine-tune the options and improve their game experience. A summary of these options is given in the table below:

Setting Name Choices Explanation
Aim Assist
  • On
  • Off
Enables or Disables Aim Assistance.
  • None
  • Default (Slow)
  • Full Pause
Duration of time passing when spell switching menu is being used.
Damage Received
  • Significantly Decreased
  • Decreased
  • Default
  • Increased
  • Significantly Increased
Adjusts the damage stats of enemies during combat.
Stamina Recovery Speed
  • Default
  • Fast
  • Very Fast
Changes the recovery speed of Frey’s Stamina stats.
Automatically use Healing Items
  • On
  • Off
Enables or Disables the usage of healing items when health becomes low.
Enemy Knockdown Time
  • Default
  • Extended
Changes the knockdown duration of enemies.
Automatic Support Spell-Switching
  • On
  • Off
Enables or Disables automatic equipping support spells whose cooldown has ended.
  • On
  • Off
Enables or Disables automatic evasion of enemy attacks during battles.
Forspoken – Game Balance Settings

Final Thoughts

As mentioned in the article, Forspoken has four difficulty options and offers several other alterations to change the difficulty. Players can set the options according to their preferences and play the game as they want. We recommend choosing the “Default” mode because it has a great mix of the game’s complete elements, making it neither too hard nor too easy to play. Anyways, you can go with whatever mode you like as each person has their taste, and we respect that.

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