Shin Megami Tensei All Game Difficulty Details

Shin Megami Tensei has been known for being a much more difficult series than Persona; while we can’t say that Shin Megami Tensei V will be more open to newcomers there are several difficulty options that you can choose to make the challenge just right for you.

Here are all the details for the difficulty selection in the game.

Shin Megami Tensei V All Game Difficulties

Shin Megami Tensei V features multiple selectable difficulties. Make sure to pick the right one for you.

Difficulties’ Definition and Details




Safety Mode

Modifications not yet revealed

Players who play just for the story; it is the easiest mode that forgives much of the brutality of combat. *Safety Mode is a free Day One DLC

Casual Mode

Modifications not yet revealed

Players who want an easier time in battles. Those who don't have much experience in JRPGs will find this difficulty welcoming.

Normal Mode

  • Enemies take standard (x1) damage and deal standard (x1) damage

  • Receive standard exp (x1)

  • Receive standard Macca (x1)

Players who want the standard challenge without any handicaps or advantages. Perfect for those who have good JRPG experience.

Hard Mode

Modifications not yet revealed

Those who want to be pushed past their limits. For experienced players who want smaller margins for error and tougher enemies.

Sing Megami Tensei V What Difficulty Should You Start With?

When starting a new game, we recommend going with normal mode as it is the mode that balances Shin Megami Tensei V’s challenging combat without being too boring or too tough.

For more experience players, Hard Mode is the way to go as it pushes you to your absolute limit. This mode forces you to learn all the game has in order to beat it.

Shin Megami Tensei V Difficulty

Changing Difficulties in the Middle of the Game

Shin Megami Tensei V features the ability to switch difficulty anytime in the middle of the game. If you find Casual Mode too easy then you can opt for Normal Difficulty. And if you find that to be too challenging then you can opt back anytime as well.

You Can’t Go Back to Hard Mode

The only exception is Hard Mode which will lock you out of the difficulty should you choose to lower it. While you can lower the difficulty if you’ve selected Hard Mode at the start of the game, you cannot change it back. Once you lower the difficulty, you’re locked out of Hard Mode for the playthrough.

You should know that Hard Mode can only be selected at the start of the game.

Rewards for Clearing Hard Mode

There are no rewards announced yet for those who clear hard mode. We’re guessing Shin Megami Tensei will throw an even harder difficulty our way or a nice bonus costume for our protagonist.

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