Game Difficulty Guide for Persona 3 Reload (P3RE)
List of Difficulty Modes
|The easiest difficulty setting with the lowest challenge during battles.
|Enemies have greatly reduced attack power in battle. Lets you revive an unlimited number of times after getting a Game Over.
|Features battles offering an easier challenge compared to Normal.
|Enemies have reduced attack power in battle. Lets you revive an unlimited number of times after getting a Game Over.
|The standard difficulty setting with battles offering a fair challenge.
|Enemies have the standard level of attack power in battle. Results in a Game Over when the Protagonist is knocked out.
|Features battles offering more challenging battles compared to Normal.
|Enemies have increased attack power in battle. Likelihood of Enemy Advantage is higher when not ambushed. Results in a Game Over when the Protagonist is knocked out.
|The hardest difficulty setting featuring the toughest battles out of all game modes.
|Enemies have greatly increased attack power in battle. Likelihood of Enemy Advantage is higher when not ambushed. Elements from first playthrough such as character level, Social Stats, Persona Compendium progress, and Vision Quest and Mondad Depths progress do not carry over when starting a New Game cycle on Maniacs.
Gameplay Elements Affected by Game Difficulty
Combat difficulty changes based on chosen difficulty.
Battles become more challenging as you play on the higher difficulties. Enemies become harder to take down as they will deal more damage and take less from your attacks.
The accuracy of your attacks also becomes lower on harder game modes so applying buffs and debuffs on foes become increasingly important even during regular encounters throughout the game.
Experience (EXP) is reduced on higher difficulty modes (to be confirmed).
You gain less experience (EXP ) when playing on Hard or Maniacs compared to the easier game modes. This means that you will level up more slowly on the more challenging difficulty settings which makes grinding more time-consuming. If you prefer to spend time leveling up your party, adjust the game difficulty to something lower.
Carry-over features are disabled on Maniacs difficulty.
Starting a New Game cycle on Maniacs mode after beating the game on any other difficulty prevents you from carrying over features such as character level, Social Stats, Persona Compendium progress, and Vision Quest and Mondad Depths progress from your previous run.
You will essentially be starting from zero if you choose to play on Maniacs so only choose this setting if you want a challenge.
Best Difficulty to Choose (New Game)
Start the game on Normal.
For beginners and new players, it is recommended to choose Normal difficulty for the first playthrough (New Game). This allows you to get a feel for the game’s standard level of challenge as a starting point to learn many of the game’s battle mechanics.
Afterwards, feel free to adjust the game difficulty based to your preferences if you find enemies to easy or too hard to take down.
How to Change Game Difficulty
Can be changed any time under System.
Game difficulty can be changed any time from the game menu by going into System. You can also freely adjust the EXP gained and respawn options after getting a Game Over from this sub menu to your liking.
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|Permanent Events and Missables
|Save Data Rewards
|PC System Requirements and Specs
|Platform and System Differences
|Cross Save Features
|How Long to Beat
|New Game Plus Unlockables
|Voice Actor List
Tier List Guides
|DLC List and Information
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Social Link Characters
Social Stat Guides
|Social Stats Guide
|How to Increase Academics
|How to Increase Courage
|How to Increase Charm
|Social Links Gift Guide
|Tatsumi Police Station Location and Guide
|Aohige Pharmacy Location and Guide
|Mayoido Antiques Location and Guide
|Be Blue V Location and Guide
|Arcade Location and Guide
|Yukari Takeba Weapons
|Junpei Iori Weapons
|Akihiko Sanada Weapons
|Mitsuru Kirijo Weapons
|Ken Amada Weapons
|Shinjiro Aragaki Weapons
Character Armor and Equipment
|Shoes and Legs