NEO: The World Ends with You - Game Difficulty

A guide on game difficulty in NEO: The World Ends With You (NEO: TWEWY). Included are basic information on game difficulty, all difficulty modes, features, how to unlock, and other useful information.

NEO: The World Ends with You - Game Difficulty

Game Difficulty in NEO: The World Ends with You

NEO: The World Ends With You - Game Difficulty

NEO: The World Ends With You features four types of game difficulty modes which are Easy, Normal, Hard, and Ultimate. Note that progressing through the game will enable you to unlock these different difficulty settings at any time during play.

Difficulty Modes

Below are all difficulty modes in NEO: The World Ends With You, including each mode’s features and how to unlock them in the game.

Difficulty Mode Features How to Unlock
Easy
  • Noise enemies encountered will have low attack and defense.
  • Experience gained in battle is lower compared to Normal mode.
  • Noise enemies will drop mostly weaker pins upon defeat.
Unlock through Fret‘s Social Network Node on Week 1, Day 4 (1 CP).
Normal
  • Noise enemies encountered will have average attack and defense (default).
  • Experience gained in battle is at its default level.
Unlocked by default.
Hard
  • Noise enemies encountered will have higher attack and defense compared to Normal mode.
  • Experience gained in battle is increased.
  • Noise enemies will drop rarer pins upon defeat.
Unlock through Minamimoto‘s Social Network Node on Week 1, Day 4 (4 CP).
Ultimate
  • Noise enemies encountered will have even higher attack and defense compared to Hard mode.
  • Experience gained in battle is greatly increased.
  • Noise enemies will drop the rarest pins upon defeat.
Unlock through Joshua’s Social Network Node after clearing the main story (Week 3, Day 9).

Social Network List and Rewards

Useful Information

Changing the Game Difficulty

The game is automatically set to Normal mode once you start a new game. This can be changed by pressing the directional pad while outside of combat after you have unlocked the other difficulty modes during the main story. Your level can also be lowered which increases the drop rate of pins from Noise enemies at the cost of lowering your party’s HP.

How to Unlock Hard and Ultimate Difficulty

Farming Rare Pins

For farming rare pins (including Uber Pins), it is recommended to set the game to Hard or Ultimate. Note that some of the rarest pins can only be obtained on the higher difficulty modes as well. For better chances of obtaining the best pins, you can also set your team’s level to the lowest possible, granted that you can still efficiently defeat foes despite the penalty applied to your party’s HP.

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