Like previous entries in the series, Ys IX: Monstrum Nox has multiple difficulty levels for you to choose from.
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox presents you with six difficulty levels when you start a new game: Easy, Normal, Hard, Nightmare, Inferno, and Lunatic. The gameplay experience is quite different depending on which one you choose, and so you might be left wondering which is the right one for you.
It’s hard to recommended Easy difficulty to anyone really. Play on Easy and you’ll find that enemies are a walkover thanks to them being made weaker. So, only play on Easy if you’re really new to action games or are simply playing for the game’s story.
The default difficulty level, Normal offers a fairly easy-going experience. It’s a good place to start, but fans of the series, and action games in general, will probably find it too easy.
Those familiar with the Ys series might want to consider starting Ys IX: Monstrum Nox on Hard difficulty. It makes enemies a bit harder, but it’s still not too challenging. Most combat encounters won’t be any trouble at all, but some might get your heart racing.
Players should select Nightmare if they really want to be challenged, albeit fairly. Enemy strength is increased yet again, forcing players to perform well in combat. Those wanting to get all of the trophies in Ys IX: Monstrum Nox will need to complete the game on this difficulty eventually, but most might want to save it for a second playthrough.
If you want your combat skills to be truly tested, then Inferno difficulty might be for you. Enemies deal double damage on Inferno difficulty, so when they hit they hit really hard. Needless to say, there’s a chance you might die often unless you know the game inside and out. Are you up for the challenge?
Lunatic difficulty is for… well, lunatics. Building on Inferno difficulty, enemies are yet stronger and also faster. So, be prepared to die and die again unless you’re some sort of Ys IX: Monstrum Nox. This is really best saved until you’ve beaten the game at least once, though even then you might not be fully prepared.
It’s important to note that whichever difficulty you choose at the outset, you can change it at any time during a playthrough by pressing the Options button, selecting the System option at the bottom of the screen, then making your way to the difficulty option in the Game tab. Be warned, though, that if you’re going for the trophy for beating the game on Nightmare or above difficulty, you need to never lower the difficulty below it.