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Detailed Guide on all in-game difficulty settings for you

God of War Ragnarok: All Difficulty Settings Explained

All you need to know for keeping best difficulty settings suited for you to play God of War: Ragnarok at full potential.

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God of War: Ragnarok is officially out now, and people are loving the cinematics and gameplay of this game. However, there remains confusion while choosing the best difficulty settings according to combat and gameplay.

Story mode gameplay snapshot of GOW: Ragnarok
The quest for Tyr – snapshot on PS4

This guide will explain all the difficulty settings separately, so you don’t waste extra hours on story mode and complete the side quests in time (unlocked after completing story missions).

Also Read: How to Heal in God Of War Ragnarok


Key Takeaways:

  • God of War Ragnarok offers 5 difficulty settings each with different experience levels.
  • The easy difficulty settings are more focused on smooth gameplay rather than combat.
  • The balanced setting lets you enjoy the game and its battles equally as combat starts to become tougher.
  • The hard difficulty settings are for GOW veterans who are trained in this game and have stronger survival instincts.

How To Change Your Difficulty Settings

If you have chosen a setting randomly and you are uncomfortable on it, don’t stress about it because you can always switch to another during the campaign.

To change your difficulty settings on PS4 or PS5:

  1. Press the options button on your controller.
    Options Button
     Press Options button
  2. Head over to the settings menu.
    Main Menu
    Settings
  3. Select Gameplay tab
    In-game Settings menu
    Gameplay Tab
  4. You will see the first option named difficulty, click on that.
  5. Now you can select any difficulty setting for yourself.
    In-game difficulty settings
    Difficulty settings

God of War Ragnarok Difficulty Settings

Choosing Difficulty Settings from main menu
Difficulty Settings menu

God of War: Ragnarok offers 5 difficulty settings which are mostly similar to the 2018 GOW. According to most community reviews, God of War 4 was tougher than Ragnarok especially on the Give Me God of War difficulty, but it’s still fairly hard to play.

All the difficulty settings hold their own importance. Remember that you can always change your difficulty settings mid-game if you think it is not the best fit for you.

We will be breaking down all these difficulty settings into separate sections with statistics on each difficulty for your knowledge.

Give Me Story

This difficulty is more suitable for beginners who want to play story missions and get them done quickly. The gameplay is very smooth, and Kratos involves in easily fought battles. The enemies deal very less damage to you so boss fights are less intense and you easily win them.

In-game gear upgrades are least important because the gameplay is at the easiest difficulty level, so you don’t have to care for it. Give Me Story is the equivalent of easy mode in any game. This difficulty setting can also be chosen if you only want to enjoy the cinematics of the game.

  • Number of hits a level 1 rider takes to kill Kratos: 41
  • Number of light attacks by Kratos to kill a level 1 rider: 4
  • Enemies and Bosses attack: Very Rarely
  • Enemies and Bosses have:
    • Very low Defense and Resistance
    • Very low Damage
    • Very low Stun Bar
  • Number of Punches required to fully stun Bjorn (the first boss): 12
  • Healthstones provide: Very large amount of Health

Give Me Grace

Give Me Grace a is newly added difficulty setting in the God of War collection. This is also for players focused on story-based gameplay rather keep themselves away from fights. This is a little harder than the previous difficulty setting as enemies become a little tougher and start to fight back.

Your gameplay still stays pretty smooth, and the survival rate of Kratos or Atreus is very high as enemies deal very less damage to you. Again, Give Me Grace is for you if Ragnarok is your first GOW game, or you want to speed-run the campaign.

  • Number of hits a level 1 rider takes to kill Kratos: 19
  • Number of light attacks by Kratos to kill a level 1 rider: 6
  • Enemies and Bosses attack: Sometimes
  • Enemies and Bosses have:
    • Low Defense and Resistance
    • Low Damage
    • Low Stun Bar
  • Number of Punches required to fully stun Bjorn (the first boss): 13
  • Healthstones provide: Large amount of Health

Also, check out God of War: Ragnarok Secret Ending.

Give Me Balance

This is the default difficulty setting in the game. As the name suggests, everything is balanced in this mode. Give Me Balance is equivalent to normal mode in any game. Your combat becomes a little tough and balances with gameplay.

The enemies and bosses start to fight back stronger and harder, so you start gaining combat experience from here onwards. Boss fights become more intense and interesting. Give Me Balance is the best difficulty setting for most players as it is fairly balanced.

  • Number of hits a level 1 rider takes to kill Kratos: 12
  • Number of light attacks by Kratos to kill a level 1 rider: 7
  • Enemies and Bosses attack: Most of the times
  • Enemies and Bosses have:
    • Moderate Defense and Resistance
    • Moderate Damage
    • Moderate Stun Bar
  • Number of Punches required to fully stun Bjorn (the first boss): 15
  • Healthstones provide: moderate of Health

Give Me No Mercy

As you progress further down the difficulty settings, it becomes harder and harder. Give Me No Mercy is equivalent to a hard mode in any game. This is fairly harder to play on so your gear upgrades matter a lot as they will help in your major battles.

We suggest that you choose this difficulty setting if you have previously played the GOW series or you have already completed the game on lower difficulty levels. In this difficulty setting, the boss fights do not offer checkpoints between them so if you run out of health mid-fight, you will be respawned from the start.

  • Number of hits a level 1 rider takes to kill Kratos: 9
  • Number of light attacks by Kratos to kill a level 1 rider: 8
  • Enemies and Bosses attack: Very Rarely
  • Enemies and Bosses have:
    • High Defense and Resistance
    • High low Damage
    • High low Stun Bar
  • Number of Punches required to fully stun Bjorn (the first boss): 20
  • Healthstones provide: Low amount of Health

Give Me God of War

This difficulty setting is for the best of the best. If you want to have a good relaxing time, then we don’t suggest you play on this setting. Give Me God of War is equivalent to ultra-hard or challenging as combats are very tough to win.

The healing rate of Kratos will be very low, so defense matters a lot. You will need to be more careful with your reflexes while playing on this difficulty level because even a level 1 raider can deal a lot of damage to you.

A feature only related to this difficulty setting; if you have chosen Give Me God of War as your difficulty setting and you change it mid-game, you cannot change back to it.

We suggest only the God of War veterans should play on this difficulty setting as they will thrive more.

  • Number of hits a level 1 rider takes to kill Kratos: 6
  • Number of light attacks by Kratos to kill a level 1 rider: 9
  • Enemies and Bosses attack: Continuously and Simultaneously
  • Enemies and Bosses have:
    • Very high Defense and Resistance
    • Very high Damage
    • Very high Stun Bar
  • Number of Punches required to fully stun Bjorn (the first boss): 22+
  • Healthstones provide: Very low amount of Health

Conclusion

You can play God of War: Ragnarok on 5 different difficulty settings. Each in-game setting has a different experience-based combat and gameplay. As you go down the list, the enemies and bosses become tougher and harder to defeat, so your survival rate decreases.

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