How to Change Difficulty Levels in Sparks of Hope

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Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is a truly unique game. It manages to blend elements of turn-based strategy games, classic RPGs, and puzzle games. There’s plenty of challenges dotted throughout this game, and it’s suitable for gamers of all experience levels.

One of the best things about this game is that it’s accessible. There are various difficulty levels in the game that can help gamers scale the experience depending on their preferences, and luckily, it’s incredibly easy to switch difficulty levels in Sparks of Hope while playing.

If you need a reminder on where to find the difficulty settings in Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s a quick guide on how to change difficulty levels in Sparks of Hope, along with some advice on picking the right level for you.

How to Change Difficulty Levels Quickly

You can change difficulty levels in Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope whenever you’re exploring the world or when you’re just about to head into a battle. You can’t change difficulty levels when you’re in the middle of a battle.

To change the difficulty levels while playing, hit the plus button on your Switch. This will bring up the menu.

Select the options menu.

Making sure that you’re in the gameplay section on the left-hand side menu, use the left stick to pick a difficulty option. You can pick from three options:

  • Relaxing
  • Average
  • Demanding

Once you’ve picked the difficulty level you want, you can exit back out of the menus and continue with your game. There’s no button that saves your choices, it’s automatic.

If you scroll down, you’ll be able to see more information about each difficulty level.

The ‘relaxing’ option turns enemy threat level to low, makes sure that hero health is partially restored after battles, automatically manages hero skills, and turns off invulnerability.

The ‘average’ option bumps enemy threat level to medium, partially restores hero health after each level up, requires manual hero skill management, and keeps invulnerability off.

The ‘demanding’ option puts enemy threat level on high, doesn’t restore hero health, requires manual skill management, and keeps invulnerability off as well.

If there are certain elements of different difficulty levels that you like, you can build a custom difficulty level. Swap out the different elements that you like (for example, pick the ‘demanding’ difficulty option but turn on automatic hero skill management) and press A when the game asks you if you want to use that setting.

Using a custom difficulty setting is a great way to customize your experience.

Which Difficulty Level Should You Pick in Sparks of Hope?

If you’re a new player and you’re not sure what difficulty level to pick in Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, it’s worth thinking about games that you’ve played previously and considering what sort of experience it is that you want.

There are some tricky aspects to this game, and it certainly does ramp up in difficulty as you progress throughout the different worlds. However, it’s not the most technically demanding title and is one of the best casual games on the Switch for people who are looking to get into turn-based games.

If you’ve never played a game like this before and want a chilled experience, pick the ‘relaxing’ difficulty option from the difficulty menu. It’s the best way to play the game if you’re just looking to experience the story and try out the gameplay style. For an extra boost, you could even turn the invulnerability option on.

If you’re an experienced strategy game fan and you’re looking for a real challenge, don’t bother with the ‘average’ setting. Turn on the ‘demanding’ difficulty level for a real challenge, and consider playing with characters that don’t fit your usual strategy gameplay style, too.

For example, if you usually use ranged characters, try using Rabbid Mario as one of your characters and battling foes at close range. This is a great way to test your skills and add an extra level of difficulty to your game.


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