Cyberpunk 2077, just like The Witcher 3, will have various difficulty settings. Choosing the right difficulty setting will depend on how you wish to play the game. The lowest difficulty mode will focus more on the story elements while toning down the difficulty faced when fighting enemies.


Updated on August 9, 2023: Cyberpunk 2077 has come a long way since its release back in 2020. A ton of players are coming back to experience Night City after crucial game updates so it was time to for refresher course on the game’s difficulty settings and enemy scaling. Our guide is now updated with the latest information about Cyberpunk 2077 difficulty levels and enemy scaling.

Meanwhile, for the veterans who like a challenge CD Projekt RED has a hardcore mode. Hardcore mode will not only make the enemies really hard to beat, but it will also turn off the HUD. There are many downsides to this, for example, players won’t be able to see how much damage each shot caused.

Difficulty settings of Cyberpunk 2077 don’t affect exploration. But since there is no enemy scaling, you might need to be careful in certain areas, as well as avoid taking on missions that put you up against high-level enemies. The system works exactly like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. An enemy’s level will be shown right above its head.


Cyberpunk 2077 Difficulty Levels List and Differences

Cyberpunk 2077 offers various difficulty levels and features enemy level scaling to provide a balanced experience for players. Here’s a breakdown of these features:

  1. Difficulty Levels:
    • Easy: This level is designed for players who are more interested in the story and world of Cyberpunk 2077 rather than challenging combat. Enemies are easier to defeat, and the player takes less damage.
    • Normal: A balanced experience for players who want a moderate challenge. It’s neither too easy nor too hard.
    • Hard: For players who are looking for a more challenging experience. Enemies are tougher, smarter, and deal more damage.
    • Very Hard: This is the most challenging difficulty level. Enemies are at their toughest, and players need to utilize all their skills and strategies to survive.
  2. Enemy Level Scaling:
    • In Cyberpunk 2077, enemy level scaling is a bit different from some other RPGs. Instead of enemies always scaling to the player’s level, different regions of Night City have enemies of varying levels. This means that some areas might be too challenging for a low-level player, while others might be too easy for a high-level player. The downside to this system is that is you do side quests and farm XP, you can quickly overpower your enemies in every area of the game. Thus, ending the challenging aspects of the Night City.
  3. Loot and Rewards:
    • The quality and type of loot players can find or earn from enemies often scale with the difficulty level. Playing on harder difficulties might reward players with better gear and items.
  4. Player Progression:
    • As players level up, they earn attribute points and perk points. These can be spent to improve V’s abilities, skills, and stats. This progression system allows players to tailor their character to their playstyle and face tougher enemies as they advance in the game.

You can try to complete high-level missions, there are no restrictions in Cyberpunk 2077. There are character and weapon upgrades that become a must have if you are playing on high difficulty settings in Cyberpunk 2077. Moreover, there is a hacking mechanic in the game which means you need to make upgrades to your hacking abilities as well for easier game progression.

Cyberpunk 2077 is set to release on September 17 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Need more information? Check out the Cyberpunk 2077 Wiki.