Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth Difficulty Mode Differences

    How difficult the life of a Valkyrie is, is up to you.

    When starting a new game in Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth, you might be wondering what difficulty mode to select. One of the factors that usually influence the decision for me is “are there trophies based on difficulty mode”? In Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth‘s case, there are no explicitly difficulty-based trophies. However, due to the game’s unique difficulty mode differences, you won’t be able to get the platinum by breezing through the game on Easy; a Hard Mode run is required.

    Playing Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth on Easy, Normal, or Hard difficulty doesn’t adjust enemy and party statistics. It changes how much of the game players are allowed to engage with. In fact, enemies will use the same techniques and have the same HP on Easy that they do on Hard. Instead, Easy, Normal, and Hard modify how much experience your party gains, how many characters/einherjar you can recruit, and how many dungeons you’ll have to tackle.

    Here’s a breakdown of each difficulty mode’s differences:

    Easy Mode

    • Item Access: Limited
    • Initial Character Level: Fixed per character
    • EXP/Experience Gain: 3x more than Normal Mode
    • Recruitable Einherjar: 13
    • Dungeons: 8 & Cave of Oblivion
    • Endings Available: B, C

    Normal Mode

    • Item Access: Slightly Limited
    • Initial Character Level: Fixed per character
    • EXP/Experience Gain: Normal
    • Recruitable Einherjar: 20
    • Dungeons: 15 & Cave of Oblivion
    • Endings Available: A, B, C

    Hard Mode

    • Item Access: All
    • Initial Character Level: Level 1 (each recruit must be trained from square one)
    • EXP/Experience Gain: 70% of Normal Mode
    • Recruitable Einherjar: 24 (that’s all possible characters)
    • Dungeons: 18 & Cave of Oblivion
    • Endings Available: A, B, C

    If you’d like to play through the game quickly and want to see ending B or C, Easy Mode is the way to go. If you’d like to see ending A, a Normal or Hard mode playthrough is required. If you’re trophy hunting, want to see all the game has to offer, or you want to recruit all available characters, you’ll need to play on Hard Mode. But don’t be too discouraged, the PS4/PS5 release of the game adds quick saves and the ability to rewind should a false move in battle lead to the death of your party.

    Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth, the PSP port of Valkyrie Profile, is now available digitally on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth costs $19.99 on the PlayStation Store, or comes included with the purchase of Valkyrie Elysium Digital Deluxe Edition.

    BusterSwordBoy is a video game enthusiast who writes about them here, plays them live on Twitch, and talks about them endlessly to anyone who will listen. Subjectively believes that the PS2 is objectively the greatest console of all time, but also loves games from far older hardware, and new releases as well.

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