Can you adjust difficulty in Fire Emblem: Three Houses?

Explaining whether you can adjust the difficulty settings in Fire Emblem: Three Houses after selecting them at the start of the game.

When you start a new game of Fire Emblem: Three Houses, you’ll be asked to choose a difficulty setting. Unlike other games where you’re only choosing one difficulty level, there are actually two different difficulty level options in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The first asks you to pick between Normal and Hard and relates to how difficult your enemies are in battle.

The other difficulty level option asks you to pick between Casual and Classic mode. For new players, it’s best to choose Casual mode because Classic mode unlocks the permadeath option. Wondering if you can change any of these options after you select them? Below, we’ll explain whether you can adjust your difficulty settings in Fire Emblem: Three Houses!

Can you adjust difficulty in Fire Emblem: Three Houses?

Can you adjust difficulty in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
After choosing your difficulty settings at the beginning of Fire Emblem: Three Houses, you won't be able to adjust them later on in the game.
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The quick answer to the question of whether you can adjust the difficulty settings you’ve chosen in Fire Emblem: Three Houses is no, you can’t. Once you choose Normal or Hard, and then pick between Casual or Classic, you’re locked into those choices. To change your difficulty settings, you can always create a new game using a new save file.

However, the issue is that you’ll need to start over from the very beginning every time you create a new save file. Depending on how you intend to experience the game, it can also be worth creating a new game save file to try playing under a different house, pursue different romance options, etc. Keep in mind when you start your new save file that the main combat difficulty is determined by Normal or Hard.

If you want to focus on relationships over combat, feel free to choose Normal. You also have to pick a mode with Casual offering forgiveness if you fall in combat, and Classic using permadeath mechanics. Seasoned players will undoubtedly want to choose Hard and Classic, while Normal and Casual serve as the “easy” options in Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

Now that you know whether you can adjust your difficulty settings in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, be sure to read through some of our other guides including the list of all students and characters in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, all personal skills in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and the Budding Talents list in Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. Need something? Morgan can be reached at morgan.shaver@allgamers.com or if you like, you can say hello using GIFs on Twitter.

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