Developed by Monolith Soft, Xenoblade Chronicles was originally released for the Wii about 10 years ago. Fast forward to this month, and it’ll be released as an upgrade and enhanced Definitive Edition on the Nintendo Switch. Much of the combat system remains intact, and things can get a little tricky if you’re not careful, though. Here’s how to change difficulty in Xenoblade Chronicles.
The combat system in Xenoblade Chronicles allows your characters to attack automatically, and you can select Arts to use from the bar on the bottom screen which operate on individual cooldown timers. You’ll have to use your Arts effectively by attacking enemies from different positions and making use of linked attacks with your party to deal large amounts of damage.
It sounds relatively simple on paper but it can get pretty complex later on. With that in mind, you might consider changing the difficulty to make things a little easier.
Changing Difficulty in Xenoblade Chronicles
The good news is that you can adjust the difficulty whenever you want, and once you get a hang of the game, you can always bump it back to the default setting. To do this, bring up the menu by pressing the X button, then press + to bring up the system menu. From the System option, go to Casual Mode and toggle it on or off according to your preference.
As the name suggests, Casual Mode will make the game a lot easier as enemies won’t hit as hard and you’ll be able to survive more combat encounters. At least on a first playthrough as far as we can tell, there’s no way to bump the difficulty level up from the default setting.
It’s also possible to toggle on Expert Mode from the menu, but it doesn’t seem to affect combat difficulty –just the way your experience points are allocated for each character.
That’s all you need to know about how to change difficulty in Xenoblade Chronicles. Be sure to search for Twinfinite for more tips and information on the game.