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Stellaris Difficulty Levels – How to Change and What They Mean?

A complete guide on all you need to know about difficulty levels in Stellaris.

With Stellaris, every day is a new discovery. The more you get playing, the more you find out things that you never knew about the game before. There are numerous possibilities of mixing and matching the game components that work the best for you. A few settings here and some good choice decisions there will get you some insane bonuses within the game and completely change your gameplay. One such aspect is the difficulty levels in Stellaris. In this guide, we will cover all you need to know about the difficulty levels in Stellaris.

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What are the difficulty levels in Stellaris?

Stellaris difficulty

Now each difficulty level is going to add more challenges to your gameplay. But that’s not it. With increasing difficulties come increasing bonuses for AI empires. The thing with bonuses in this game is that they may look really menial but once you start playing, you realize that these bonuses really do bump up your game. It does not end there, the higher difficulty you set, the stronger your endgame Crisis will be.

The game also features Scaling difficulty. This allows the players to start with 0 difficulty level and gradually scale up to the level that has been set for the end year. Now, this may seem like an ideal option initially, but players sometimes may experience the game being too easy or too difficult.

Level bonuses

So manual selection is recommended. Below we have listed down all the difficulty levels starting from the easiest to the hardest and bonuses that come with it:

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Difficulty AI bonuses Spaceborne Aliens bonuses Player bonuses
Cadet +50% Resources from jobs and stations
+50% Naval capacity
+10 Stability
Ensign  +30% Weapons damage
+30% Hull
+30% Armor
+30% Shields
Captain +25% Resources from jobs and stations +35% Weapons damage
 +15% Naval capacity +35% Hull
−10% Ship upkeep +35% Armor
−10% Starbase shipyard cost +35% Shields
−25% Resettlement Cost
+5 Stability
Commodore  +50% Resources from jobs and stations +40% Weapons damage
+30% Naval capacity +40% Hull
 −20% Ship Upkeep +40% Armor
−20% Starbase shipyard cost +40% Shields
 −50% Resettlement Cost
+10 Stability
Admiral  +75% Resources from jobs and stations +45% Weapons damage
+45% Naval capacity +45% Hull
−30% Ship upkeep +45% Armor
 −30% Starbase shipyard cost
−75% Resettlement Cost +45% Shields
+15 Stability
Grand Admiral +100% Resources from jobs and stations +50% Weapons damage
+60% Naval capacity +50% Hull
−40% Ship upkeep +50% Armor
−40% Starbase shipyard cost +50% Shields
−100% Resettlement Cost
+20 Stability

So that is all about our article on the Stellaris difficulty levels. If you would like to know how to fluctuate your Empire Sprawl, check out our article on Stellaris: How To Increase And Decrease Empire Sprawl.

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