The difficulty setting affects various mechanics and rewards in DemonCrawl. When you begin the game, you can play Quest I on casual or normal.
Casual mode has the smallest stage boards. You start with 5/5 Lives.
Casual mode has special options:
- No stage timer
- Fewer monsters
- Monster positions are solvable without guessing
- Omens do not appear in chests
- No Stage mods
These options can be turned off individually. Turning them all off is essentially a Normal difficulty quest with slightly smaller boards.
Quest I of Normal is available by default. Quests II-V are unlocked by purchasing the next quest in the Token Shop after beating each subsequent quest.
On normal, the final stage of Quest V has a Boss.
Many Mastery unlock conditions require at least normal difficulty.
Quest I of Hard is unlocked by beating Quest V on normal. Quests II-V are unlocked by purchasing the next quest in the Token Shop after beating each subsequent quest.
On hard you start with 3/3 lives. Stages are larger, have more monsters and more stage mods. Every quest has a Boss at the end.
Item Shops in hard have coin prices increased by 25% from the codex prices, on top of the usual varying price range.
Other game modes
Most further game modes in DemonCrawl use the hard mode rules, including Beyond, Hero Trials and Endless Multiverse. They count as hard difficulty for achievements and rewards.
|Story Quests||Casual • Normal • Hard|
|Other||Classic • Beyond • Endless Multiverse • Hero Trials|
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