The Difficulty option allows you to choose how challenging the game, generally in combat, is. Throughout the Elder Scrolls, There have been a multitude of ways to change the difficulty and multiple difficulties to choose from. This slider was used to change the difficulty in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
Difficulties in Morrowind were added in a patch and work the same way as in Oblivion with the same type of slider.
Difficulties in Oblivion are controlled by the Slider seen above.
- If you move the bar to the left, monsters will do less damage to you and will be more vulnerable to your attacks, thus making the game easier.
- If you move the bar to the right, monsters will do more damage to you and will be more resistant to your attacks, thus making the game harder.
The Difficulty in Skyrim can be changed by opening the pause menu and accessing "Settings" under the "System" Tab. Difficulties in Skyrim change the damage multiplier causing direct changes to skills that rely on them. There are six difficulties, ranging from Novice to Legendary, from less to more difficult, respectively.
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- Using a higher difficulty results in unbalanced skill developing. As the Dragonborn needs more hits to kill an enemy he/she would generally have higher weapon skills, but many enemies can kill the Dragonborn in a couple of hits, so the Dragonborn would have to evade their attacks, and armor skills remain undeveloped.
- If you wish to level a certain skill the difficulties can be very beneficial. Two examples are weapon leveling and armor leveling. For example if you begin the game and go to Helgen Keep, set the difficulty to legendary, and start hacking away at Ralof, (crouched while wielding an Iron Dagger) you will soon realize that his extra health will keep you from having to wait on him to recover. However on the contrary, if you set the setting to Novice and go to a dungeon, put on the set of armor you wish to level (I.E. Light or Heavy) and grab a mob and make them slash away at YOU. You might soon realize how much of a difference the difficulty will play when farming.