All difficulty settings in Starfield

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September 8, 2023: Starfield's public release has landed, so brush up on which difficulty setting to choose.

Choosing the right Starfield difficulty settings will determine how challenging your adventure through space will be. Whether you want Starfield to test your skills or focus more on the quests and the stories they tell, there are plenty of options to choose from.

With all kinds of skills to master, Bethesda's latest release is packed full of options, ranging from a variety of builds to numerous dialogue options capable of creating plenty of twists and turns along the way.

Before we take a closer look at the Starfield difficulty settings, check out our other guides showcasing the best thief build and how to heal.

Starfield difficulty settings explained

There are a total of five Starfield difficulty settings to choose from before you embark on your journey through space. Here are all of the available options:

  • Very easy
  • Easy
  • Medium
  • Hard
  • Very hard
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Very easy is the most straightforward Starfield difficulty setting to choose from. If you don't fancy intense combat and want to enjoy the scenery and the story, we recommend picking this particular difficulty.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Very hard Starfield difficulty setting is for those who really want a challenge. Expect plenty of intense battles with enemies close to the max level and plenty of time to obtain some of the stronger weapons available.

What is the best Starfield difficulty setting?

Ultimately, the best Starfield difficulty setting comes down to your personal preference. Think you've got what it takes to complete the story with the strongest opposition? Give Very Hard a shot.


Do you want less of a challenge? Medium is bound to strike the perfect balance between tricky opposition and the ability to deal with them with ease.

There you have it, that's all there is to know about the Starfield difficulty settings so far. For more, check out our other guides revealing if the game features a survival mode and how to fly ships.

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