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Upon creating a save file on the file selection screen, the player will be prompted to choose a difficulty. There are 3 options: Normal, Hard, and Ultra-Spicy, in increasing order of difficulty. The lattermost can only be unlocked once the player has completed the story mode in Hard difficulty, or completed the demo.
At any point in the saved game selection screen, the player can press to change a file's difficulty, but doing so prevents the player from earning any badge related to completing Story Mode in a given difficulty, in that file. If the player uses this option to change to the exact same difficulty the file is already at, nothing will happen.
The following is a list of known differences between difficulty modes. The Wii U version of Pikmin 3 is included for comparison's sake.
|Day duration||18 minutes||13 minutes||13 minutes||13 minutes|
|Enemy health||Enemies usually have lower health than on the Wii U||Most enemies have twice as much health than on Normal difficulty||Enemies have either the same or higher health than on Hard difficulty||N/A|
|Nectar eggs in the Garden of Hope||Many||Several||None||None|
|Pikmin drowning time||≈11 seconds||≈6 seconds||≈3 seconds||≈6 seconds|
|Sprayed Pikmin drowning time||≈5 seconds||≈2 seconds||≈1 second||≈2 seconds|
|Leader health||≈1.5 times the usual||Same as on the Wii U||Same as on the Wii U||N/A|
In addition, in Normal difficulty, having the active leader collect a data file will automatically open it, whereas in the other difficulties, this is only true for some data files.
In other game modes
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Internally, other game modes use rules based off of specific difficulty modes. Each stage is capable of specifying what difficulty mode it uses.
- Pikmin Challenger: Obtained by beating Story Mode on Normal, Hard, or Ultra-Spicy difficulty.
- Pikmin Professional: Obtained by beating Story Mode on Hard or Ultra-Spicy difficulty.
- Pikmin Master: Obtained by beating Story Mode on Ultra-Spicy difficulty.
Pikmin Challenger. The badge shows Alph with a single flag.
Pikmin Professional. The badge shows Brittany with two flags.
Pikmin Master. The badge shows Charlie with three flags.
- Enemy HP Comparison + How to test it. on reddit, published on October 21st, 2020, retrieved on October 14th, 2020