How to adjust the difficulty in Borderlands 3

You're free to adjust the difficulty settings in Borderlands 3 after you choose them at the start of the game... here's how!

For those looking to get the most out of Borderlands 3, knowing things like how to adjust the difficulty after selecting it at the beginning of the game can be extremely useful. While choosing your difficulty at the beginning of the game is straightforward enough, it can be a bit more time-consuming to adjust it after you’ve already played for a while. To help, we’ve put together a quick guide explaining how to adjust the difficulty in Borderlands 3!

How to adjust the difficulty in Borderlands 3

How to adjust the difficulty in Borderlands 3
You can adjust the difficulty settings in Borderlands 3 by opening your Menu, opening the Gameplay options, selecting Difficulty, then picking a new setting based on what's available to you. For example, you can toggle the difficulty from Easy Mode to Normal Mode during your first playthrough of Borderlands 3.
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During your first playthrough of Borderlands 3, you’ll only have Easy and Normal Mode to choose from in terms of difficulty. Don’t worry if you pick one and find it to be too easy as you can adjust the difficulty as needed in Borderlands 3. To adjust the difficulty in Borderlands 3, you’ll need to open the in-game Menu using either View on Xbox One, Options on PlayStation 4, or Escape on PC.

Once you’re in the Menu, navigate to the Gameplay section, then select Difficulty. There, you’ll find all available difficulty settings. Simply select one of these difficulty options, then save and jump back into Borderlands 3. For example, if you picked Easy Mode and feel it’s too easy, you can use the steps above to adjust the difficulty to Normal Mode.

If this is your second playthrough, you should have more difficulty options available to you including Mayhem Mode. By selecting Mayhem Mode, you’ll be able to increase the difficulty and give yourself a more significant challenge than what you experienced on settings like Normal.

Now that you know how to adjust the difficulty settings in Borderlands 3, be sure to read through some of our other guides including an estimate of how long it’ll take you to beat Borderlands 3, who Lorelei is in Borderlands 3, and the full cast of voice actors you’ll hear in Borderlands 3.

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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