Persona 5 Royal - Difficulty Settings

Guide on the difficulty settings in Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal, including the names of each difficulty and changes.

Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - System Difficulty

Difficulty Settings

When you start a game, you need to choose a difficulty setting. There are four standard difficulties in Persona 5, with a fifth available as free DLC (already included in Persona 5 Royal). The strength of the enemy will depend on the difficulty that you choose.

You can change the difficulty of your game even after progressing, but you can’t change it if you chose Safety mode. To change the difficulty, go to “System,” then select “CONFIG” on the menu screen. The difficulty you choose does not affect the game’s story.

Difficulty Features
Safety Safety mode is the easiest setting. In this mode, you can not get a game over. However, once you have locked in this difficulty, you can no longer change the setting while progressing through the game.
Easy Easy mode is recommended for players who like a little challenge. You can change the difficulty to normal or hard on the fly.
Normal Normal mode is recommended for players that have some grasp of the combat system. You can choose to to easy or move to hard if you prefer.
Hard Hard mode is recommended for players that prefer a challenge. You can opt to switch to easy or normal during your playthrough.
Merciless* (DLC) Merciless puts players to the ultimate test. This mode retains much of what hard mode offers but, at the same time, halves experience and money earned after winning. Several modifier changes are also present, such as weaknesses, technical damage, and critical hits dealing three times damage.

*Already included in Persona 5 Royal and is unlocked from the start.

Differences in Difficulty

The calculated values that appear in combat and after combat depends on the difficulty. Normal serves as the benchmark since all its values are set to one.

Persona 5

Difficulty Damage Received Damage Dealt Exp Items
Safety x0.5 x2 x3 x5
Easy x0.5 x1 x1 x1
Normal x1 x1 x1 x1
Hard x1.6 x0.8 x1 x1
Merciless x1.6 x0.8 x0.4 x0.4

Persona 5 Royal

Difficulty Damage Received Damage Dealt Exp Items
Safety x0.5 x1.6 x1.5 x1.5
Easy x0.5 x1 x1.2 x1.2
Normal x1 x1 x1 x1
Hard x1.6 x0.8 x1 x1
Merciless x1.6 x0.65 x1.2 x1.2

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  1. why would anyone want to play hard/mericless mode? I could go from A to B hopping on 1 foot or taking a cab! At least make it worth the effort!!

    • Well I for one find p5r to be stupidly easy. I started on Merciless mode cause I wanted to kinda offset my knowledge of p5 with a much higher difficulty but it ended up with Me blazing thru the game at bullet speed. if anything, they really nerfed Merciless. I’d say Merciless is even easier then normal mode.

      play on hard if you know too much XD Merciless if you know how to play pokemon, normal if you don’t know much about persona and safe if you can’t video game to save your life XDD

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