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Back 4 Blood: How to Change Difficulty

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Back 4 Blood: How to Change Difficulty

The Ridden in Back 4 Blood are vicious ol’ things. They’ll come at you and try and tear you limb from limb with every rotten tooth, mangled claw, and mutated appendage they’ve got left. However, there is a way to make them even tougher (or easier) and increasing the rate of rewards you get by changing the Back 4 Blood difficulty settings.

This cannot be done whenever you want, however. In this guide, we’ll explain what you need to know about changing difficulty, and how it’ll affect your zombie-slaying experience.

Changing Difficulty in Back 4 Blood

You can only change difficulty in Back 4 Blood when creating a run. Once you’ve begun a run, either in solo or online, you are unable to change the difficulty setting without starting over.

That being said, it is possible to start a run from the beginning of any of the game’s four acts once you’ve played through them once already.

This is done by opening the ‘Play’ menu, selecting ‘Campaign,’ and then choosing ‘Create Run.’

Back 4 blood difficulty settings

You’ll then be able to choose from Back 4 Blood’s difficulty settings. These are Recruit, Veteran and Nightmare.

How to change difficulty in back 4 blood

Select your difficulty setting and then choose the ‘Create Run’ option at the top of the screen.

All Back 4 Blood Difficulty Settings & What They Change

We’ve broken down what changes in each of the difficulty options you have available to you below:


  • Cleaners have increased health, damage and ammo capacity.
  • Reduced Ridden variety and lower difficulty level for events.
  • Corruption Card Pool: Limited
  • Friendly Fire: Disabled
  • -50% Supply Points Earned


You know what you’re doing. Gear up and get out there. Solid teamwork and custom decks will help you face the challenges ahead.

  • Cleaners have normal health, damage and ammo capacity.
  • Ridden variety is standard and normal difficulty level for events.
  • Friendly Fire: 35%
  • Base Supply Points Earned


You might just be crazy enough to pull it off.

  • Cleaners tae increased Trauma damage and have 1 less life.
  • Ridden have increased health, damage and greater variety.
  • No card draws or additional resources when Continues are used.
  • Corruption Card Pool: Maximum
  • Friendly Fire: 60%
  • +50% Supply Points Earned

That’s everything you need to know regarding Back 4 Blood’s difficulty settings. For more tips and tricks, search for Twinfinite, or see more of our coverage on the game below.

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